We're all aware of how important floor cleaner is. That's particularly true when needing to cut through stuck-on residue and tough debris. But what does the pH of your floor cleaner have to do with anything? A pH-neutral floor cleaner offers some important benefits over acidic cleansers. 

If you're unsure what those are, this post will explain why paying attention to your cleaner's pH level is important.

What Is a pH-Neutral Floor Cleaner?

Let's go back to high school chemistry briefly. A water-based liquid's pH level is a measure of its acidity or alkalinity. The range runs from 0 to 14. The higher the pH, the more basic (alkaline), and the lower the pH, the more acidic it is. 

A pH-neutral floor cleaner would fall around seven on this scale, meaning it is neither acidic nor alkaline. This is important when cleaning sensitive surfaces like natural stone and hardwood.  

What Happens When You Use the Wrong Floor Cleaner?

Flooring isn't waterproof, even though it's hard. And some types of flooring are more susceptible to damage from cleaners than others. For instance, natural stone slabs, tiles, and hardwood flooring can become discolored or even etched if you use alkaline or acidic cleaners. 

This type of damage is permanent and will mar your floor's appearance, reduce its shine, and generally make it look older and more degraded. That's not a situation you want to find yourself in, so it's important to use the right pH-neutral floor cleaner with your spray mop when cleaning.

What Types of Surfaces Benefit from a pH-Neutral Floor Cleaner?

We've already touched on the need for a pH-neutral floor cleaner with your stone and wood flooring. However, other surfaces also benefit from this type of cleaner. Vinyl flooring, grout, PVC, and untreated wood all stand up better when using a cleaning product with a neutral pH level. 

You'll also find that other surfaces that might be stained or bleached by an alkaline or acidic cleaner are safe with pH-neutral products. That includes fabric carpeting, so you don't have to worry about inadvertently damaging your area rug if you overspray a little while cleaning up a mess on your tile, stone, or wood floor.

Are Acidic and Alkaline Cleansers Always Bad?

In a word, no. Many instances exist when you might want to use either an acidic or alkaline cleaner. For instance, if you're trying to remove calcium or rust build-up, an acidic cleaner is the way to go. If you're dealing with tough grease, an alkaline cleaner can help you cut through it. 

The Benefits of a pH-Neutral Cleaner for Humans

Chances are good that anytime you break out the cleaner, you also don gloves. That's because most cleaners are hard on the skin and can leave it red, irritated, and damaged. There's much less chance of that with a pH-neutral cleaner. It's gentle on the skin because it's not too alkaline or acidic.

Where to Find the Right pH-Neutral Cleaner

At Casabella, we believe in creating great products that help you keep your home clean and your family safe. That includes our Casabella Infuse Multi-Surface Floor Spray Mop. It’s a simple but effective solution for deep cleaning the hard surfaces in your home. It also comes with a bottle of Infuse concentrated cleaner, which is pH neutral.

The refillable bottle is so simple to use. When you run out, just fill it with clean water and recharge the concentrate. The bottle and the mop pad can be used repeatedly, reducing waste, protecting the environment, and ensuring your home is sparkling clean.

Infuse is more than just a convenient cleaning product. It's free of carcinogens, parabens, phthalates, and BPA. That means it poses less risk to you and your family than other cleaners on the market. Plus, it’s designed to work perfectly with our refillable spray mop, so you don’t have to worry about poorly fitting bottles or messy DIY solutions.

It’s Time for a Safer, Healthier Home

Keeping your home clean and healthy requires the right cleaning products. While both acidic and alkaline cleaners have their uses, a pH-neutral cleaner is safer for many surfaces, as well as for human skin. When paired with the right microfiber spray mop, it's an unbeatable combination that offers ease of use, dramatically improved cleaning, and the protection your sensitive surfaces and skin deserve. 

It's time for a safer, healthier home. Who says cleaning products must be harsh to be effective? Spray your way to a gentle, whole-home clean with Casabella.