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The Science of Cleaning: Understanding Your Cleaning Products

The Science of Cleaning: Understanding Your Cleaning Products

Cleaning is not just a chore; it's a science.

Cleaning is not just a chore; it’s a science! When it comes to maintaining the beauty of stone surfaces, understanding the science behind your cleaning products becomes crucial. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the fascinating world of cleaning science, shedding light on how certain cleaners are tailored for stone and why specific ingredients are key to their effectiveness.

The Marvels of Chemistry in Cleaning

1. pH Levels and Stone Surfaces:

The pH scale plays a pivotal role in cleaning, especially when it comes to stone. Stone surfaces, such as marble, are sensitive to acidic or alkaline cleaners. Understanding pH compatibility is essential. For instance, acidic cleaners can etch and damage marble, while alkaline cleaners may harm other types of stones. Opt for pH-neutral cleaners designed for the unique needs of stone to maintain their integrity.

2. Soap and Surfactants:

Ever wonder why soap is a common ingredient in cleaners? Soap molecules have a dual nature – one end attracts water, and the other attracts oil and grease. This unique property allows soap to break down and emulsify dirt, lifting it off surfaces. Surfactants, a broader category that includes soap, play a crucial role in ensuring effective cleaning by reducing the surface tension of water.

3. Solvents and Stain Removal:

Some cleaning products contain solvents, which excel in breaking down and dissolving stains. Solvents are particularly effective against oil-based stains, grease, and stubborn residues. When dealing with stone surfaces, it’s essential to choose solvents that are safe and compatible with the specific type of stone you’re cleaning.

The Science Behind Why Stone Requires Special Attention

1. Unique Composition of Stones:

Natural stones, such as marble, granite, or limestone, have unique compositions and structures. They may contain minerals like calcite, each with distinct vulnerabilities to certain cleaning agents. Using generic cleaners not designed for stone can lead to major damage, including etching, dullness, or discoloration.

2. Sensitivity to Acids:

Many stone surfaces are sensitive to acidic substances. Acidic cleaners can react with minerals in the stone, resulting in etching and surface damage. Understanding the science behind this sensitivity helps in choosing cleaners that gently clean without compromising the integrity of the stone.

Ingredients that Make Stone-Friendly Cleaners

1. Neutral pH Formulas:

Stone-friendly cleaners are formulated with a neutral pH to ensure they clean effectively without causing harm. These cleaners maintain the natural beauty of stone surfaces without compromising their structural integrity.

2. Gentle Abrasives:

For tougher stains or grime, stone-friendly cleaners may contain gentle abrasives that help lift and remove stubborn residues without scratching or damaging the surface.

3. Sealing Agents:

Some stone cleaners include sealing agents that provide an additional layer of protection. These agents help prevent stains and moisture penetration, keeping your stone surfaces looking pristine for longer periods.

Choosing the Right Cleaner for Your Stone

Understanding the science of cleaning empowers you to make informed choices for your stone surfaces. When selecting a cleaner, look for those specifically designed for the unique needs of natural stone. Consider factors like pH levels, ingredients, and compatibility to ensure a cleaning process that enhances, rather than harms, the beauty of your stone.

In the realm of cleaning science, knowledge is your greatest ally. Armed with an understanding of how cleaners work and why certain ingredients are effective, you can embark on a cleaning journey that not only maintains but elevates the beauty of your stone surfaces. Choose wisely, and let the science of cleaning unveil the true brilliance of your stone.

Easy Care Kit

MB Stone Care

$63.97

MSRP:

Easy Care Kit includes:

(1) Easy Scrub Quart

(1) Easy Oxy Quart with Sprayer

(1) Finito Ultimate Spray Polish Quart

(2) White Microfiber Cloths

(1) Yellow Microfiber Cloth

 

The Easy Care Kit is the perfect combination of luxury and convenience. Everything you need to upgrade your natural stone fixtures is here! Indulge in the Easy Scrub Deep Cleaning Cream to banish water spots, soap film, dried food, oil and grease. It works on all surfaces, from marble to granite, engineered quartz, glass, tile, and stainless steel.

Follow up with a gentle treatment of Easy Oxy Multi-Surface Cleaner. It’s an oxygenated, non-abrasive cleaner, perfectly suited for stainless steel, stone, other hard surfaces, and fabric. It’s non-bleach, non-toxic, and biodegradable. Easy Oxy serves as an amazing degreaser which will leave your fixtures with a fresh, clean scent.

Bring it all together with our Finito Ultimate Spray Polish, ideal for all polished and honed surfaces. Your stone will be flaunting a glossy new look, and protected from water, scratches, and finger marks. You’ll have no trouble with routine cleaning! 

Made in the USA