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Why is it important to use the correct ratios to dilute chemicals?

chemical dilution ratios

Proper dilution ratio is important for safety and to provide a better outcome when using a chemical. Over diluting chemicals wastes product and money as well as gives you poor results. While under diluting chemicals could cause safety issues due to high concentration of the chemical. It may mean damaging surface areas you’re working with or it may put you at risk with chemical fumes. You should always check the label of the chemical you’re using for suggested PPE (personal protection equipment), dilution ratios, and directions for use.


Understanding Ratios

A ratio shows you how much of the chemical to dilute with water. If you see a ratio of 1:4, this means that 1 part will be chemical and 4 parts will be water.


Dilution Don'ts

It’s a common misunderstanding that adding more chemical to the dilution will create a stronger mix to get a better outcome. This is false. Not only does this waste product and therefore money, it may also cause damage to the surface areas where you’re using the chemical. Doing this can also put you at risk with high fumes.


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The Takeaway

Always use a chemical the way it’s intended to be used. This means checking labels before using a chemical, wearing the suggested PPE for your protection, and diluting chemicals properly according to the label. Doing these things will give you the best outcome and will also keep you safe.

If you have questions about correct dilution ratios, you can reach out to your Powell Sales Specialist or call us at 1-800-472-0039.



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