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PH Balance-What is it and why is it important to know

Updated on November 13, 2010

PH Balance-What is it and why importnt to know

PH Balance- What is it?

Etymology: German, from Potenz power + H (symbol for hydrogen)

A measure of acidity and alkalinity of a solution that is a number on a scale on which a value of 7 represents neutrality and lower numbers indicate increasing acidity and higher numbers increasing alkalinity and on which each unit of change represents a tenfold change in acidity or alkalinity and that is the negative logarithm of the effective hydrogen-ion concentration or hydrogen-ion activity in gram equivalents per liter of the solution also :the condition represented

by a pH number 1-4 Acid

5-7 Neutral

8 and higher- Alkaline

Note: Lower the number - stronger the acid cleaner. Higher the number stronger the alkaline cleaner.

Note: If the substance that you are working to clean is made of Alkaline and then try the cleaner that is made of Acid.

On the other side?

Try Alkaline cleaner.

Why important to know PH Balance of the solution you are using?

You can encounter a host of problems, if the area is not neutralized when you stripping and waxing or carpet cleaning.

Please see more information at stripping and waxing or carpet cleaning concerning this subject on our home website at: (Cleaning Instructions page).

Always neutralize the area that your are cleaning by either rinsing it thoroughly or using neutralizer.

How to determine what the PH Balance is in the cleaning solution that I am working with?

Request MSDA Information Sheet from your local distributor regarding cleaning solutions purchased or from the manufacturer. They will be happy to provide you with it. MSDA Information sheet contains PH Balance information.

You can buy Test Strips from the janitorial supply company or from a swimming pool supply company.

For more cleaning instructions and bidding software, please visit our home website at:


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