30 September 2014
Q. We have had a customer call and say the product is not “sudsy & slimy” like it usually is. A. Variations in normal water hardness will not impact the detergency of Alconox, but they can change the foam and feel of a solution. If the client has had any change in the hardness (amount of calcium and magnesium in the water) of their water used to make solutions, this can cause changes in the "slipperyness" and foaminess of the solution. Harder water will make less foam because the calcium and magnesium ions in the water form insoluble dodecylbenzene sulfonate soaps that must be dispersed and emulsified by the cleaner, thereby depleting available foam making ingredients.