Handle All Chemicals Safely
- Read all product instructions and use warnings
- Safety data sheets are available on the Ver-tech Labs website (safety data sheets here)
- Wear all required personal protective equipment when using chemical
Understanding Chemical Dilution Ratios
Proper dilution of cleaning chemicals ensures that
- you are using the right amount for the cleaning application.
- you are not wasting money by using too much chemical.
How do you read a chemical dilution ratio?
- The two numbers of the ratio are telling you how many parts of water for one part of chemical product for a specific application. Remember “1” always references the chemical product.
- Example: The suggested dilution ratio 1:20 means 1 part of chemical product for every 20 parts of water. The same dilution ratio could be written as 20:1 meaning 20 parts of water to 1 part of chemical product.
Why should I care about the suggested chemical dilution ratio?
- It’s very similar to cooking. If you are making a batch of chili and Grandma likes it mild, you might put in only one cup of hot peppers. For Grandpa who likes it to burn his mouth, you might be adding five cups of hot peppers. Different applications (different jobs) will often require a different strength to the solution.
- Looking at suggested dilution ratios is one way to compare similar products. For example: Product A’s suggested ratio for wheel washing is 1:16. Product B’s suggested ratio for wheel washing is 1:10. The graphic below shows that Product A would probably make more wheel washing solution if you used the same amount of chemical. This also means that if you wanted to make the same amount of wheel washing solution, you would need less of Product A than Product B if you wanted to make the same total amount of wheel wash solution.
- Does that sound confusing? – try thinking about it this way. If I have one ounce of Product A and add 16 ounces of water, I have a 17 oz wheel washing solution. If I have one ounce of Product B and add 10 ounces of water, I have a 11 oz wheel washing solution.
How do you figure out how much chemical to add to water when you are using a Foam Maxx portable foamer?
- The easiest way is to refer to the chart below which lists the most common ratios, amount of chemical product, portable foamer size.
- Or you can calculate the ratio yourself. IMPORTANT: always use the same measuring units for chemical product and water to calculate the amounts initially.
- Example: The suggested dilution ratio is 1:20. If you have a measuring cup and a container – you would put in 1 cup of chemical product and then 20 cups of water. Putting in 20 cups of water could be silly, so you might want to calculate what 20 cups of water would equal in other units.
- There are 4 cups in 1 quart — to make 20 cups, you would need to use 5 quarts.
- You can use an online volume conversion tool for all types of units. Here is a sample of different units the conversion tool calculated for 20 cups.
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