September 20, 2005
ISSN 1556-7648

In This Issue

Tip of the Week
What's New
Membership Advantages
Subscriber Information
About Us


What's New

The Janitorial Store is here!

We're happy to announce that was launched late last week.

Please come over for a visit. On the Home Page check the Recent Articles section where you'll find a number of articles that everyone can read.

Recent Articles:

Online Discussion Forum Recent Topics:

How should I use a microfiber cloth for dusting? Dry or wet?


Membership Has Its

Here are just a few of the advantages for becoming a member of The Janitorial Store...
  • Members Only Bidding Calculators
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  • F.r.e.e Telephone Discussion Forums
  • Online Discussion Forum
  • Members-only articles added weekly
  • And much more...!


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Trash Talk: Tip of the Week

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Tip of the Week:
What You Should Know About the pH Scale

The pH scale determines the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The scale ranges from 0 to 14. At the 0 end of the scale is where solutions are very acidic. Moving up around 2 on the scale is the rating for lemon juice, around 3 is vinegar, beer and cola. Pure water has a pH of 7, which is neutral.

As you move up the scale from 7, solutions become more alkaline (some chemicals in this range are commonly referred to as bases). Milk of magnesia has a pH of 10, household ammonia has a pH of 11, and household bleach of pH of 12. Oven cleaners fall between 13 and 14. Solutions at either end of the scale are extremely corrosive.

It is important to know about the pH scale as improperly using cleaners with too low or too high of a pH can ruin surfaces. In addition, mixing low pH solutions with high pH solutions is dangerous, and can even be deadly. Employees need to be aware that mixing chemicals together to make their own “super” cleaning solution is never a good idea.

High pH detergents may be required when floors are heavily embedded with wax or badly soiled with grease. However, it is not recommended to use harsh chemicals for daily floor cleaning. Instead, use a high quality cleaner with a neutral pH that will not harm the surface.

Strong acids (low pH) may be required to clean toilet bowls. Be aware that strong acids are very corrosive and they can eat through metal.

Your employees should always have the proper protective gear when working with chemical solutions. Cloth or cotton type gloves will not protect an employee’s skin from these chemicals. Make sure you have the proper gloves available (usually a latex or nitrile glove) for your employees to use when handling chemicals.

Download a pH Scale Reference Chart here

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The Janitorial Store (TM) is an online community designed exclusively for owners of small cleaning companies who want to build a more profitable and successful business.

The Janitorial Store (TM) provides the tools and resources that building service contractors need to achieve their dream of running a successful cleaning business -- without having to learn it all the hard way.

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