It is all in how products are formulated. Sodium Metasilicate is in Citracleen and it has a long track record. The key is using the proper concentrations. I used Rinse Aid, Foamer and Wet Wax in my mix and had no problems with windows. I used a X-Jet and have the right amounts calculated to obtain good results. One thing to consider is the hardness of the water, it varies. Hard water will cause problems on windows, that is where the Rinse Aid comes in. The Wet Wax has a drying agent in it and will stop the spotting. As mentioned do not apply chemicals to the whole house at one time.Chris, you mentioned that Sodium Metasilicate-based soaps aren't as good on windows. I this a widely known fact? This would be a big issue with me. Thanks!
I am curious enough to ask some of the veterans and distributors about the chemical makeup of their house wash mix and why they choose that particular mix. In order to understand the chemicals in the soap, I am posting the MSDS hazardous materials from 3 of the popular detergents below that are used in the residential cleaning market. The name of each soap and the distributor do not need to be mentioned as these are just 3 of the popular examples.
Soap #1: Sodium Tripolyphosphate <70% in weight
Soap #2: Sodium Metasilicate <70%
Sodium Dodceylbenzene Sulfonate <10%
Sodium Tripolyphosphate <30%
Soap #3: Sodium Tripolyphosphate <70%
NTA Trisodium salt, monohydrate <13%
Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether <7%
For you guys that have tried just about everything in your many years in business, what are the pros and cons of the sample detergents above. All the distributors claim the above soaps to be “bleach stable.” Does the popular “Sodium Tripolyphosphate” have an advantage over the other popular “Sodium Metasilicate?” Is there an advantage or disadvantage to one adding a little butyl into their mix like soap #3? Would one work better on a particular surface while another one is better at not spotting windows? Is one safer for the surrounding plants?
Recently, I had a customer that wanted to know what I was going to spray on her house and asked to see an MSDS—this was a first for me. After that, I wanted to understand what I was using so that I may put clients minds at ease while working on their property—especially regarding any labeled hazardous materials.
As far as I have seen, all the house mixes include either the “base or builder” Sodium Tripolyphosphate or Sodium Metasilicate (with one soap having a combination of both). I have only used one of the soap mix above and it works well for me, but I am sure they all work just fine. I am just curious if I am missing out on any advantages of not using one type “base” over another or having some other ingredient like butyl included. Thanks!
Im hearing a lot of different chemicals and mixes. Im just getting started and Im going to be using BioPower with a foamer bottle. According to my local distributor, its plant safe and will work on pretty much everything.
Not sure whats in it and I was just curious if anybody else has heard of the stuff.