The Simple Science of Neutralizing: How do Chemical Neutralizers Work?

In winter, you normal neutral floor cleaning chemicals may not work to fight the winter mess. Try one of our specially formulated chemicals that neutralizes the ice melt residue. When ice melt is applied to walkways and driveways after snowfalls, some of it inevitably ends up tracked into facilities, creating a white powdery haze on floors. This ice melt residue is both unsightly and damaging to floor finish, so it’s important to remove it as soon as possible.

These cleaners work by “neutralizing” ice melt. But what does this mean?

Neutralizing is a chemical process that converts either an acidic or alkaline substance or solution to a neutral state, meaning a pH of 7 on the pH scale. This is a good article to read for some additional information on pH.

We know that pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity. Ice melt compounds are alkaline, meaning they have a pH above 7. Neutralizers are acidic with a pH of about 4. When a solution of a neutralizer product is applied to ice melt on a floor or carpet, it neutralizes and dissolves it.

In Simple Science terms, neutralizer cleaning solution molecules and ice melt molecules cancel each other out. The solution that is left is easily mopped up or picked up with an auto scrubber.

And there you have it…the Simple Science of Neutralizing! Check out some of our favorite neutralizers and ice melt removers below, and give us a call today at (773) 929-6800 to place your order.

Sterns One Packs Concept “915” Ice Melt Remover

One pack of this formula makes 5 gallons and removes the white crust of ice melt, leaving behind sparkling clean floors and a pleasant sassafras fragrance. Click here to order online.

Nyco Trax Buster Ice Melt Film Dissolver

This ice melt film neutralizer and floor conditioner eliminates white film and haze from floors, resulting in superior gloss and durability. Use as a damp mop solution to reduce the need for frequent strip-outs! Click here to order online.

SSS Carpet Rinse Plus Rinse and Neutralizer

This formula softens, conditions and brightens carpet following extraction, shampooing or bonnet cleaning. Click here to order online.

SSS Navigator #69 Carpet Rinse Plus Rinse & Neutralizer

A mild acidic formula, SSS Navigator #69 neutralizes pH to prevent browning and is a Certified Carpet Cleaning Solution under the Carpet Rug Seal of Approval Program. Also EcoLogo certified! Click here to order online.