Cleaning Energy

House Cleaning Methods

The combination that will remove even the toughest stain:

  1. Heat energy
  2. Agitation energy
  3. Chemical energy

These three keys to cleaning; heat, agitation and chemical energy, work together to loosen soil, stains, oil, grease, proteins and fat.

Combine for Results

Examples of these energies working together are in everyday house cleaning tasks.

When cleaning dishes, the dishwasher uses hot and pressurized water (heat and agitation) along with soap (chemical) to rid dishes of grease. In the washing machine, hot water is jostled by the wand, adding heat and agitation. Degreasers in the detergent provide chemical energy to break bonds between soil and clothing. When you shower the pressure and loofa, heat and soap make up the three keys that thoroughly wash the body.

Next time you come across a stain that just won’t budge, try combining heat and agitation with chemical energy. Use the following table for a quick reference guide.

Steam CleanerBleachVacuum CleanerRubber Gloves
Disposable Gloves
Hot water bucketVinegarGrout Brush
Scrub Brush
Hydrogen PeroxideAll-Purpose
Terry Rags
Face Masks
Baking SodaScour SpongeFooties
Closed Toed Shoes

The Science of Chemical Energy

Degreasing structures known as surfactants consist of hydrocarbon chains that have two ends.  One end is attracted to water, the other, grease. When washing clothes, surfactants in detergent interact with soiled clothing,  pulling stains out of the clothing and into the water solution.