What are the different types of aqueous cleaners?
There are mineral-acid cleaners that range in pH from 0-2 which remove heavy scales. Mild acid cleaners that range in pH from 2 – 5 ½ , remove inorganic salts, water, and soluble metal complexes. Neutral cleaners range in pH from 5 ½ 0 8 ½ and remove light oils and small particles. Mild alkaline cleaners range in pH from 8 ½ - 11 and remove oils, particulates and films. Alkaline cleaners range in pH from 11 – 12 ½ and remove oils, fats, and proteins. Corrosive alkaline cleaners that range in pH from 12 ½ - 14 remove heavy grease and soils. The Aqueous Cleaning Handbook p 17
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