Cleaning Fundamentals

In this video clip you will learn about the 4 fundamentals of cleaning. With this knowledge you will be able to improve the efficiency of your cleaning for any ‘wet’ cleaning situation.

There are 4 fundamentals that affect the efficiency of cleaning:

  • Temperature
  • Agitation
  • Chemical
  • Time

An easy acronym to remember these is T.A.C.T.

We can represent T.A.C.T. in a pie chart where each of the slices contribute to the efficiency of the cleaning. If one of the four fundamentals is reduced then another must be increased to compensate.

If for example we decrease the temperature being used we must compensate for this by increasing either the agitation, the chemical or the time.

If we decrease the agitation amount then we need to compensate by increasing either the temperature, the chemical or the time.

If we decrease the chemical then we need to compensate by increasing either the temperature, the agitation or the time.

If we decrease the time then we need to compensate by increasing either the temperature, the agitation or the temperature.

The Four Fundamentals

Temperature – heat makes molecules move faster and thus cleaning efficiency improves as the temperature increases.

Agitation – also know as scrubbing, is usually carried out using a brush or a pad and can be done manually or mechanically. Agitation helps distribute the cleaning agent (chemical) for maximum soil suspension.

Chemical – this is the cleaning agent and its job is to dissolve, loosen or emulsify soil particles.

Time – is a measurement of seconds, minutes or hours given for the other three fundamentals to interact. This can be reduced with good understanding and use of the other fundamentals.

These principles can be applied to any ‘wet’ cleaning situation such as dish washing, laundry, carpet cleaning, washing the car and even washing your hair.

Next time you are faced with a tough cleaning job, just remember T.A.C.T.

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