Understanding Soap, Dirt, and Dust. 

To understand what is needed to achieve effective cleaning, it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of soap and detergent chemistry.  We at KMB Maintenance have spent years testing all sorts of brands and we only use the best cleaning products for our contracts.

Water, the liquid commonly used for cleaning, has a property called surface tension.

 This tension causes water to bead up on surfaces (glass, desks, floors), which slows wetting of the surface and inhibits the cleaning process.  You can see surface tension at work by placing a drop of water onto a counter top.  The drop will hold its shape and will not spread. 

 In the cleaning process, surface tension must be reduced so water can spread and wet surfaces.  Chemicals that are able to do this effectively are called surface-active agents, or surfactants.  They are said to make water "wetter."

Surfactants perform other important functions in cleaning, such as loosening, emulsifying, (dispersing in water) and holding soil in suspension until it can be rinsed away. Surfactants can also provide alkalinity, which is useful in removing acidic soils. 

Surfactants are classified by their ionic (electrical charge) properties in water:

anionic: negative charge

nonionic: no charge

cationic: positive charge

amphoteric: either positive or negative charge.

Dust also carries electrical charges; by using the right chemicals KMB Maintenance has achieved superior dirt, and dust control in all of our contracts. We at KMB Maintenance also use powerful degreasers, when KMB Maintenance is entrusted with cleaning your building, you only get SATISFACTORY RESULTS.

Note: Most airborne particles like pollen, dust, and smoke carry a positive electrical charge.

The accumulation of dust on a given object is not random.  Most dust particles carry an electrical charge, and therefore can be attracted to one another (a dust ball is simply an accumulation of charged dust particles that have a fatal attraction).  Sure 90% of dust settles on horizontal surfaces, but can you explain why there is dust on vertical surfaces or upside down clinging to ceiling tiles?  The answer is in the electrical charges of dust and objects that attract each other, some materials attract more than others, we at KMB Maintenance know and we can effectively control dust in your building.*


*For KMB Maintenance to control dust, we recommend the building be cleaned on a daily basis for best results.