There is an acronym used in the hard surface cleaning industry to outline the critical factors related to cleaning: CHAT.
C- Chemicals. There is no “universal, all purpose cleaner” truly effective on every application. Different soils require different cleaning chemicals optimized for the task at hand. The best cleaner for greasy floors in a commercial kitchen is not optimum for soap scum on a marble shower. Hard water deposits require different solutions than the mess found in a neglected commercial bathroom. Further care must be taken that the chemicals used to not damage the surface itself, e.g. etching polished limestone or corroding stainless steel.
H-Heat. Almost any cleaning process is helped by increasing the temperature. A truck mount unit pumping out massive amounts of hot water can go a long way to speeding up a difficult restoration job. But if just mopping or spraying a cleaner onto a cold surface, heating up the cleaner does little good because it cools down on contact.
A-Agitation. Nothing beats a good old scrub brush to break through soil. The benefit here is obvious, but not always easy.
T-Time. Dwell, time, or “letting it soak” is as helpful as all of the previous factors, with the added benefit that it is easy and free. Many times a 10 -15 minute dwell time can overcome deficiencies in the other factors.
The problem with dwell time of course is that it is only available for horizontal work, and perfectly flat ones at that. Slope to drains, textured surfaces and deep grout lines get in the way of dwell time even here. And for vertical work your dwell time is measured in seconds, not minutes.
Our Gel cleaners address the dwell time problem with a series of cleaners that are ready to use and thickened to maintain a useful, active layer of gel on textured, sloped, vertical and even overhead surfaces. This allows the chemistry to keep working for at least 30 minutes, breaking down the soil without continually re-applying the product.