The understanding of cleaning chemistry is essential for those involved in the cleaning and restoration business. A thorough understanding
will prevent many problems. The following uses stone cleaning as an example, but the information presented can be applied to all aspects of cleaning chemicals.
Chemistry is the science of chemical properties, compositions, reactions and the uses of a substance.
For example, when you pour an acidic chemical on a piece of marble, the acid attacks the calcium in the marble. This is a chemical reaction. When you mix a detergent in water you are creating a solution that has different properties than the individual chemicals (the water and detergent). Chemistry is the study of these changes. Knowing how these individual chemicals react with one another and with the stone you apply them to is important in determining which chemical to use.