Dilution Techniques: Cleaning Chemicals

When it comes to detailing/cleaning chemicals, when you buy in bulk the solution is typically concentrated, whereas consumer sizes are typically ready to use. This means that car soaps, carpet shampoo, glass cleaner and degreasers purchased in higher volumes will need to be diluted.

You can either get a dilution system that adds the correct amount of chemical to the water as you fill your spray bottle, or you can measure and mix the chemical and water in the spray bottle. So, what is the easiest way to do this? Here are some helpful tips:

Car soaps can simply be added to the bottle of your foamer. Mixing deionized (DI) water with concentrated chemicals is best for car washes as it doesn’t have minerals floating in it that can cause residual watWashing a car with foamer spot staining. If you’ve ever washed a car with water from a garden hose and let it dry on the vehicle, or if sprinklers hit your car overnight, you might see these watermarks after the water dries. This is a very important step when mixing a car soap or window cleaner for your car.

Fill the bottle to the correct amount of DI water FIRST, then add the correct amount of chemical. This technique will reduce the foaming that will occur if you add the chemical to the bottle first.

Get dispenser pumps that replace the cap for your chemicals that need to be diluted at a high rate, like our 3D NANO chemicals. Most of these pumps produce approximately 1oz per pump and are available with more exact measures. For closer ratios like 4:1, you can mark a line at the bottom fourth of your bottle. You can learn more about our NANO products here.

The great feature of diluting chemicals is that you can dilute to meet the needs of specific jobs. You would not want a potent chemical mix to clean the headlights, just as you would not want a weak mix to clean the engine. Just don’t forget to properly label the spray bottle after filling it, so that everyone can tell what it contains.