Things you have to know before buying cleaning agents Part 2

Having a clean surrounding is essential for a healthy lifestyle. If you are to keep your surroundings clean, you need the right cleaning solutions. In this article, as a continuation of our previous blog, we list out a few more tips to keep in mind before selecting the right cleaning agents for your requirements. In case you missed the first part, you can read it here.

Solvent Cleaner

Solvent Cleaner is mixtures containing organic solvents that strip oil, grease and other really tough stains from floors. They act as a medium for the cleaning process. There are different types of solvents they are


Water is a universal solvent that commonly used for cleaning purpose. Water has the power to dissolve all kind of soils except oil. They can be used with detergents and other cleaning agents for cleaning

Organic Solvent

Acetone is an organic solvent which is miscible with water. This property makes it us as a cleaning agent.
The main uses of acetone are

Used in laboratories for cleaning purpose.

Used in nail polish removers

For removing lipstick from cloths

For removing oil based stain from carpets,

For removing hair dye from a sink,

2. Denatured alcohol also called methylated spirit or denatured rectified spirit. It is mainly used for

Removing permanent marker from PVC plastics.

For cleaning paint brushes

As a general metal cleaner

For removing stickers from car windscreens

To clean bike disc brakes

Cleaning electronics

Cleaning CD/DVD laser lenses

3.Kerosene/mineral spirits/naphtha: These are petroleum products commonly used to

Remove candle wax from glass surfaces;

Clean bicycle and motorcycle chains.

Clean brushes

Turpentine is a fluid obtained by the distillation of resin from live trees.

Cleaner for paint brushes

Excellent Stain Remover


Disinfectants are commonly used in to destroy microorganisms like germs that are invisible to our eye. Most of the disinfectants have a strong smell. There are different types of disinfectants. They are

Air Disinfectants

They are used to kill germs spread in the air.

Alcohol: Used as hospital grade disinfectant


Aldehydes, such as formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde, are commonly used to destroy microorganisms like bacteria and fungus

Oxidizing agents

Oxidizing agents like oxygen and chlorine are strong oxidizing agents commonly used as disinfects for cleaning purposes.

Peroxy and peroxo acids

Peroxycarboxylic acids and inorganic peroxo acids are strong oxidants and extremely effective disinfectants.


Phenolics are commonly used in housed hold disinfectants.


Polishes can be used for cleaning metals and woods. Polishes make surface shining. There are three categories of polishes. They are

Spirit based- used on metals & window panes

Oil-based – used on synthetic flooring, leather and painted wood,

Water-based- thermostat and rubber flooring

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