Citric acid based cleaning solution

Contributed by ProNatural Brands, Inc. 

Citric acid-based cleaning solutions are gaining traction in the professional cleaning industry, according to Hannah Jonasse, marketing director of ProNatural Brands, which markets these products.

Jonasse attributes this trend to the environmental benefits, their antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, and the sustainable ingredients used to make them. They are derived from citrus fruits such as lemons and limes.

While these products can be used to clean most all surfaces, there are a few where they should not be used.

Some of the surfaces where they should not be used are the following:

Marble: Citric acid can damage marble, stone, and granite surfaces by reacting with minerals in these products, potentially causing corrosion over time.

Copper: While citric acid can be used on most metals, it can tarnish copper and brass.

Upholstery: Citric acid can be used to clean most types of upholstery, but it should be tested first. If it causes discoloration or damage, it should not be used. 

Wood Floors: Citric acid can strip away the protective layer applied to some natural wood floors, making them more vulnerable to scratches and stains.

Electronic screens: Citric acid can harm the protective layer on electronic screens found on computers, TVs, phones, and laptops. Better to use just tap water and a microfiber cloth to clean electronic screens.

On the other hand, citric acid can be used for some unexpected and challenging cleaning tasks.

"Cleaning professionals tell us they use it to clean tile and grout. They spray it on, let it set for a few minutes, and then wipe it clean. They say it works well. We’ll have to try it here in the lab.”