Finding the Right pH for Your Floors

When it comes to maintaining sensitive flooring materials, like vinyl, tile, marble, hardwood, or natural stone, choosing the right cleaning product is crucial. These surfaces require special care to preserve their lifespan and appearance. The largest thing to consider when shopping for a cleaner is the pH balance in the cleaning product formula.

The pH level of a cleaner means how acidic or how much alkaline is in it, which can significantly impact the condition of flooring material. Cleaners that are too acidic or have too much alkaline can cause damage, leading to discoloration, scratching, or weakening of the floor’s surface. This is why using pH-neutral cleaners for floors is essential.

LOBA’s floor cleaners are formulated to be neither too acidic nor have too much alkaline, making them perfect for cleaning these flooring materials. By maintaining a neutral pH level, these cleaners help preserve the lifespan of your floors, ensuring they remain in pristine condition.

What You Need to Know about pH

The Scale of pH

Illustration explaining the importance of pH balance and what you need to know about it.

pH Balance is measured on a pH scale, which ranges from 0 to 14, where 7 is neutral (water). If the number is below 7, this means it’s acidic. If the value is above 7, this means the substance has more alkalinity. It is extremely important to understand how pH interacts with various surfaces, and the below scale explains how different pH cleaners react to certain materials:

Acidic Cleaners (pH 0-6): Used to removing mineral deposits, rust, and soap scum. Note: They can be harsh on sensitive materials like hardwood.

Neutral Cleaners (pH 7): Gentle and safe for most surfaces, making them ideal for regular cleaning without causing damage.

Alkaline Cleaners (pH 8-14): Effective for cutting through grease, oils, and other organic materials. However, they can be damaging to certain types of flooring and other household surfaces.

The Long-Term Effects of Harsh Cleaners

Common household cleaning products such as vinegar or bleach can harm delicate floor surfaces over time. The long-term consequences of using the wrong floor cleaners can include discoloration, spots, cracking, and irreversible damage to the flooring. The LOBA Universal Floor Cleaner Spray is an excellent choice for cleaning spills, stains, and dirt on your floor without having to worry about damaging it long-term.

How Harsh Cleaners Damage Each Kind of Surface

Graphic depicting the long-term effects of maintaining a pH balance.

Sensitive flooring materials like hardwood, laminate, tile, and marble are susceptible to damage from improper cleaning methods and harsh chemicals due to their unique properties.

Hardwood floors are porous, which makes them prone to absorbing liquids, which then makes them susceptible to warping and staining when using acidic cleaners. This acidity can also strip away the protective layer and damage the wood underneath.

Laminate flooring consists of multiple layers, including a layer that has the look of wood or stone and then a protective top layer. Laminate is generally more resistant to scratches, unless the protective layer gets damaged over time, which also leads to warping just like hardwoods when using harsh cleaners.

Vinyl flooring can replicate the appearance of wood, stone, or tile while providing a softer feel. Vinyl can become brittle and lose its shine if exposed to harsh chemicals and cleaning products.

Natural stone floors, such as marble, granite, and limestone are porous, making them easier to stain from acidic substances. The surface of natural stone can also be easily dulled by certain cleaners.

In summary, it is clear that maintaining the lifespan and appearance of your floors starts by choosing the right cleaning products as well as understanding pH balance. By purchasing pH-balanced cleaners, you will get an effective, long-term clean without compromising the look of your floors. LOBA’s Universal Floor Cleaners provide the ideal solution, as its neutral pH formula protects and preserves all hard-surface flooring types.

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