01 September 2014
Aqueous means water. A water-based or aqueous cleaner is a cleaner that increases the ability of water to clean. An aqueous cleaner uses blends of detergent compounds with surface active agents together with other cleaning chemicals that use detergency to lift soil from a surface by displacing it with surface active materials that have a greater affinity for the surface than for the soil. Water, considered by many to be the “universal solvent,” is an important component of aqueous cleaners because it dissolves many types of soils. Water—municipal tap water, deionized or distilled water depending upon the cleaning application—also functions as a carrying medium for detergent compounds.