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Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500302
These are made from a combination of one or more of the other types of
cleaners: acids, alkalis, abrasives, bleaches, detergents, solvents.
Most are low sudsing detergents or alkaline-based cleaners. They may
contain extra ingredients that are more effective for certain cleaning
jobs. For example, some all-purpose household cleaners contain
petroleum-based solvents, to dissolve grease and greasy soils. Always
read label and follow directions and cautions.
Types of Commercial Cleaners
Dissolve in water; use to clean large surface areas such as painted
walls, woodwork and washable floors.
Cautions- May contain trisodium phosphate a moderately strong alkali.
Most should be rinsed off.
Dilute in water; use for same cleaning jobs as powders. Use full
strength for spot removal and touch-up cleaning.
Cautions- Follow label
instructions; rinse if label indicates.
Use full strength from the bottle and wipe dry, usually no rinsing
required; use for touch-up cleaning and spot removal.
Cautions- Generally more
expensive to use than liquids.
Concentrated cleaners that you mix with water at home are usually the
cheapest to use.
Don't buy a lot of different types and brands of cleaners that you
never use up; they take valuable storage space, may be hazards if
children can get at them, and may create chemical environmental hazards
if disposed of improperly.
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus,
with references from MSU Extension bulletin Money Saving Tips on
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bias against those not mentioned.
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