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How to properly mix our drum kits

Posted by Linda Chambers on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Here it is the beginning of another cleaning season and the prefect time to again go over how to mix kits. I know this may seem rather odd to be writing a post on how to mix product, but we get calls all too often asking why a product is not working well, or the way that it should be, or how it had worked in the past, and more often than not, the reason can be traced directly back to how the product was mixed. Therefore I will be going over this information again. If you have more suggestions please add them at the bottom of this post.

First it is important to mix the component packages in the order they are labeled and it states in the directions.

For the most part they are very simple instructions but by not adding a part in the correct order you can either make a small difference, all the way up to making things dangerous.

If a kit comes in A, B and C and it clearly states put A in then add water, then please do that. I know some might like to start filling the drum before they pour in the first powder but there is a reason. First is to be sure the ingredients in the A component dissolve well. For instance it is much harder to mix a powdered chocolate drink mix into a full glass of cold milk then it is to put the powder in first, pour the milk in and then stir. Same principle. And make sure the water is not too cold! Even tap water in some parts of the country and during many times of the year may be colder then needed for proper mixing. Directions say to use "Tepid water". Tepid only means the same temp as your skin or around 98 degrees. If a powder is not disolving, try adding luke warm tap water, but if your water is cold you will need to add some hot water, say a gallon to every 4-5 gallons of tap water, that you are adding to the mixing drum (prior to pouring it in). In other words, have a 5 gallon pail that you are using to add water that you mix the hot and cold water together before pouring it into the drum. The reason being hot water increases chemical reaction and may become hazardous if hot water is used.

Next if it says to use 45 gallons of water, then add 45 gallons, not 20 or even 40 but 45. If the amount of water is too small and you add in other ingredients early, you might cause a reaction due to having too high of a concentration of the raw chemicals together.

Next, always add the second "B", third "C" and so on number of ingredients slowly to your mixture. One so that you do not splash chemicals back on to yourself or into your eyes (Always wear protective gear when mixing) and second so that you have time to properly stir and mix the solution for complete integration.

I know some people like to put all the powders together and then add all the liquids or put powders in after all the liquids are in the drum but this can cause dangerous results. Some of the chemical powdered ingredients should not be put together, or they would have come packaged that way. Or one powder may need to be added only at the very end when you have the most amount of water in the drum because it may produce a stronger reaction if added too soon or when less water is present.

When pouring the liquid components into a partial solution, add slowly and stop once or twice to mix well so the new liquid does not fall straight down to the bottom of the drum, since it will be denser than the solution already in the drum. Once you have emptied all the liquid that will easily pour out be sure to scrape the walls of the pail off to get all of the liquid out. A kit is designed to use all of the parts for the correct results. If it is too difficult you can just add a small amount of warm water, say 1/2 gallon, and with the lid back on and tightly closed, slosh the water around in the pail to dissolve the remaining residue into a thin enough liquid to be pored into the drum with the rest of the mixed solution.

Once you have finished adding ingredients and mixing make sure you top off to the proper level. If you have a product where one drum will make two, be sure you have thoroughly mixed the entire 55 gallons, transfer half of the drum (27.5 gallons) to a second drum and then fill both back up to the 55 gallon level. If you wait for even a few hours or a day before transferring make sure you thoroughly remix the first drum before you start to pump out the 27.5 gallons in case you have settling of ingredients. This can sometimes be the reason why one drum seems to work much better than the other because you got an uneven amount of active product ingredients in each drum.

This is also the reason you mix any super concentrated product all at once and DO NOT just pump out 1 gallon of a 5 gallon mixture and make only 11 gallons of product at a time. These super concentrated pails are designed to be completely mixed because of how the ingredients will settle out or layer in the pail. if you try to mix partial batches, no two mixtures will be or will work the same.

Same can be said when you mix a drum and then only pump out small amounts at a time. You should always remix at least for a few minutes to reintegrate the solution. Some products settle out more than others and temperature can be a large factor in this. If you store your chemicals out in an unheated building or area, products will have the tendency to settle more quickly than if left at 70-75 degree average room temp. Try to pump from the center of a just re-mixed barrel to insure you will get the same product gallon after gallon. If you only pump from the bottom your product may be too strong in the beginning and too weak at the end. Same with only pumping off the top. You may not be getting a proper mix of active ingredients to give you the best performance.

Our products are all produced with a very short pre-ship storage time. We try to have product made from just a few weeks to only a few days before they are ordered and ship out. This way they are very fresh and have a long storage life, for most at least two years if stored properly. This way you can buy a large volume of product to save money and shipping costs and even if you do not use all of it by the end of your wash season, you can be sure it will still work when you mix it and use it at the beginning of the next season. With this said it is important that if product has not been kept in the most ideal conditions that when it is mixed you can take additional steps to try and make it still work for you. We have had customers call that have let product freeze or nearly freeze, get wet or exposed to moisture that the powders become solid, etc. Many of these problems can be addressed with sometimes no ill effects to the end mixed product.

If you have a liquid component that has frozen or has gotten extremely cold, you must raise its temperature high enough to allow it to pour but not too high to destroy the products chemical integrity. We suggest that you get a larger container than the 5 or 6 gallon pail the liquid is in, fill it with warm water and place the pail into it. Do NOT use HOT water, this way the temp is brought up slowly. It may take more than one dunking application to have this work. But do not do what one customer did. He broke open the pail, dumped the frozen rock of liquid into an open 55 gallon drum and then poured boiling water on it trying to melt the ice block of concentrated product. He ended up not getting all the product dissolved before he added all the water to make the 55 gallons and then it did not work properly even days later once he got all the settled melted bits mixed.

Now sometimes if stored for a long time the bagged powder mixes can compress and get firm, but they should not turn to solid blocks. Only if they are exposed to moisture, heat and sit for long periods would this ever happen. If it does it may still be usable but you must allow the block to soak, break up and dissolve in a much smaller amount of water than normally used for mixing. Again using warm water, not hot, add the solid powder to about twice the amount of water by weight than you have of the powder. So if you have 5 lbs of solid powder place it in 10 gallons of water and wait for it to completely break down before mixing it with the other ingredients in the proper order with the other ingredients and the proper amount of additional water.

I hope this has been helpful and as always, if you have any questions please give us a call. 1-800-SOAP-911

Tags: proper mixing, drum kit, Soap Warehouse, chemical safety

MATS 2013

Posted by Linda Chambers on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 @ 02:50 PM

It is that time again. Time for the Mid America Trucking Show, held in Louisville, KY, this year from today March 21st until Saturday the 23rd.

Although we are not exhibiting and I am not even attending any of the three day event, Soap Warehouse is having a presence through the publications we are advertising in, special offers sent out via Twitter and interacting with those on Facebook that are at the event.

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We are in Transportation Topics buyers guide this entire year on their web site at

We have also been running ads in Fleet Owner magazine and this month we have a quarter page ad on page 136 that contains a QR code directing scanners with smart phones to view a special offer.

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Here is Jim Mele from Fleet Owner on the show room floor.

I hope you take the opportunity to join in and order some Fleet Wash products during the sale time for MATS. Look for the Twitter links that also post to our Facebook to get to the pages with the offers.



Tags: Soap Warehouse, Mid America Trucking Show, Mid America Trucking Show, MATS, fleet washes, Fleet Wash

New 10 pound Powder Products

Posted by Linda Chambers on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

A few weeks ago we are introducing our new line of 10 pound containers of powder products at the Pressure Washing Seminar held in Albany, NY.

These 10 pound containers have a re-sealable ratched lids which makes them easy to open and use only what is needed to be mixed at one time. Each container holds 10 pounds of powder and an 8 ounce measuring cup. The products that are going to be available so far are:

"So Safe" Wood Wash, a "Hard Surface Cleaner", a "Stripper" for paint and stain, a "Wood Brightener", a "Truck Wash" and a "Uniform Detergent".

These unique containers allow even normally hazardous products like stripper and sodium hydroxide truck wash to be listed as a DOT ORM-D (Other Regulated Material for Domestic transport) consumer commodity that ships just like a non hazardous item, thus saving the customer from higher Hazmat fees.

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Even in these small amounts they are concentrated products. Each 10 pounds canbe mixed to make between 20-50 gallons of solution for cleaning. The Uniform Detergent can wash at least 80 loads of greasy dirty work clothes so clean you will want to use it all the time.

Most of these run $50 per unit, $40 for the uniform detergent, and for a limited time are being offered at $10 off each pail. Because of their low weight and non hazard shipping classification the cost to ship these in small quantities via UPS Ground average around $10 a unit as well.

For more information, to be sent individual data sheets or to order please call us at 1-800-762-7911. 





Tags: new product, powders, Pressure Washing Seminar, Soap Warehouse

How Hard Water effects Pressure Washing

Posted by Linda Chambers on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:08 PM

How Hard Water Effects Pressure Washing 

For most of the country hard water is a way of life, the only difference may be in the degree that you have it. So how does hard water effect pressure washing and what can be done about it?

First lets us discuss where hard water is found and where it comes from.

Water hardness is rated by GPG - grains per gallon, and hard water, higher than 1 GPG includes 85% of the country. The amount of hardness will vary from slight to extreme, see map.

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Hardness Levels

  • Soft water – less than 1 grain per gallon
  • Slightly hard – 1 to 3.5 grains per gallon
  • Moderately hard – 3.5 to 7 grains per gallon
  • Hard – 7 to 10.5 grains per gallon
  • Very hard – 10.5 and higher grains per gallon

Rain water dissolves minerals present in rocks as it passes though the ground down to the water table, aquifers and wells. Carbon dioxide being heavier than air also combines with rain water underground and helps convert the carbonates of calcium and magnesium into bicarbonates. These bicarbonates being soluble in water cause hardness. These bicarbonate salts exist in the form of positive and negative ions which can be used, as you will see later, in ways to help incapacitate or remove them by certain methods, one being ion replacement.

Disadvantages of hard water

For the pressure washing contractor the first effect of hard water is on the soaps and detergents. Because soap and detergents have an ionic nature, when they dissolve in hard water, each soap molecule reacts with any calcium ions, limits the formation of lather and instead forms precipitates or scum. This scum essentially renders the detergent ineffective, so much more soap is needed to clean if used with hard water.

The second major problem with hard water is that when it is heated, it will deposit solid calcium carbonate or lime scale. Scale is a poor heat conductor and in a hot water pressure washers scale insulates water from the coils heat source. For many pressure washers a hot water machine is a necessary time saver, since heat increases the effectiveness of soap and helps break down and dissolve the contaminates they are trying to remove for their customers. But the scale produced in their machines when using hard water will very quickly start to reduce the machines effectiveness to heat and maintain hot water as well as restrict water flow in the other pressure washing equipment, even to the point of changing the flow rate Gallons per minute or PSI that the machine should be producing. As flow is restricted it places a heavier strain on the pumps motor which can cause early wear and failure.

Water Softeners

To reduce the negative effects of hard water, many ways have been developed to remove hardness. These techniques range from adding softening chemicals, to either the soaps, the water or both, in order to avoid having to use larger quantities of detergent and stop lime scale. Portable filters can be used to filter water running through the machine to change the ions to prevent scale build-up on the heating element. Water softeners work using a technique called ion exchange, whereby calcium and magnesium ions are replaced by sodium ions, which do not cause hardness. Even separate machines containing magnets are now being used to alter the molecules action in the water just before entering the machine to inhibit scale build up with out using chemicals at all, just electricity.

You may already be using softeners

Soap manufactures are very much aware of this problem and many add softeners to their chemical mixes without the customers not even knowing it. These softening benefits may be communicated in the detergents description with phrases such as "superior ingredients", "great suds action", "works well in hard water" "cleans well in cold water". Just like car wash patrons that are not aware that they are probably getting extra sheeting and quick drying chemicals added to their final rinse whether or not they are paying extra for them, just because the car wash owner wants you to be happy with a dry car and come back again. And since these chemicals are not hazardous they are not mandated to be listed on a MSDS or reported to consumers.

Local water departments may also be adding softeners to the water supply that you are not aware of. In known hard water areas ground waters may be treated by lime softening, as are many hard surface waters, or by ion exchange softening, in which calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged for sodium ions as the water passes through a bed of ion-exchange resin. The only way to know how hard your local water is, is to have it tested or read up on it in the latest water departments federal reports. Most are easy to find or copies supplied when requested as long as you live or own a business in their jurisdiction.

Costs to create a balance

You as the pressure washing professional must gather information and then weigh the options available to find the most cost effective way to combat hard water and it effects on your equipment and bottom line.

Here are some numbers we have gathered from speaking with owners of pressure washing equipment businesses that also handle pressure washing repair.

The pressure washer part most effected: the hot water coil, second is the pump itself.

The time and cost of de-scaling a coil; time 4 hours, cost average $260.

Cost of replacing a coil $800 - $1,800 depending on size and brand of machine.

Infrequency of run time is a larger factor in regards to scale build up compared to the length of run time. In other words you can't just say you should clean your coils after every 100 hours of run time. A machine that was run 100 hours in 5 hour long sessions all in one month will have much less scale build up than a machine that ran 100 hours used in only 1-2 hour sessions that covered a 6 month long time period. It seems one point is the frequency of heating and cooling, along with the length of time that water circulates through the machine, that can play a role in build up. For instance here is a photo of the inside of a home owners pump that was used only twice but three months apart and when the owner pulled it out again 6 months later was having trouble with stuck valves.

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You can work from the front of the problem and buy soaps with added softeners, buy additional softeners to add to your chemical mix or water tanks, attach filters or electromagnet systems as water comes into your machines or on the back side just periodically use coil cleaners or pay to flush the scale from out of your machine to deal with hard water. Any way you go, costs will occur. It is just up to you to evaluate your options and find the most cost effective solution. Because the only other recourse is to ignore the facts about hard water and pay for it over and over again in mechanical repairs and replacement costs.

Soap Warehouse has just added a new product to our line called Dyn-O-Coil. This is a additive to use in your mix water or any soap product that will prevent or even remove scale deposits over time. This product is in addition to our So-Soft water softener and our Non-Acid Coil Cleaner that we introduced earlier this year. Call to order 1-800-762-7911 or view pricing on line in our catalog.


Tags: coil cleaner, hard water, water softener, non acid coil cleaner, Soap Warehouse, So Soft, Dyn-O-Coil

Great American Trucking Show 2011

Posted by Linda Chambers on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 @ 12:44 PM

GATS as is it more affectionately known, has come and gone for another year. This past week in Dallas TX, truckers and trucking enthusiasts came to see what was new in the industry, look at cool decked out trucks, and listen to country music singer and song writer Jamey Johnson perform.

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GATS East is one of the three top trucking shows held every year in the US. And although Soap Warehouse was not an exhibitor this time, we have been in the past and we continued our 4 year run participating in Big Rig Network's Sweepstakes, with drawings held daily at their booth.

Soap Warehouse gave one lucky winner per day a 5 gallon tight drum of concentrated truck wash. Winners could chose between five different washes: Brown Derby, Big Rig Brite, Blue Lightning, White Lightning or Truck-N-Tuff.

This years winners for the first time were both from TX; Roger Horton of Grandury and Jack Currie of Kennard.


We congratulate them on being our winners and look forward to them using one of our great truck wash chemicals to clean their rigs.

Our next event to exhibit will be in October in Nashville at the Power Washers of North America Convention. But our next Truck Show will not be until next Spring we we will once again be back at the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. We will look forward to seeing you there.

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Tags: White Lightning, Truck-N-Tuff, GATS, Great American Trucking Show, Big Rig Network, truck wash chemicals, truck washes, Big Rig Brite, Blue Lightning, Soap Warehouse, Brown Derby, PWNA, Great American Truck Show, Mid America Trucking Show

National Cleaning Expo East in Tampa, Florida

Posted by Linda Chambers on Mon, Aug 01, 2011 @ 09:48 AM

Just wanted to let everyone know what a great time we had down in Tampa at the end of July. Normally you do not find large industry events going on during the summer months because it is the "Busy Time" for most pressure washing buisnesses. But some times it is great to take a few days off during the rat race of the season to step back, take a breather, and enjoy meeting and learning with fellow pressure washers.

This was held at the MainSail Suites and Conference Center, a stones throw away from the Tampa International Airport and just a bridge away from the beaches of St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The main days were Friday and Saturday, but for some things started on Thursday for intense learning with a Roof Cleaning Certification Class. More Certification classes continued thru the weekend for Wood Restoration, Seal n Lock paver sealer, Waste Water Control, UMACC's Safety Certifcation with a second Roof Cleaning Certification to finish things off.

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In the Main Ball room, there was a General Admission program that included speakers with topics that covered direct mail marketing, illegal discrimination, DOT hazmat regulations, roof cleaning safety as well as a few motivational speakers. On Saturday morning there were multiple hands on product and equipment demonstrations that were put on by the many exhibitors that had tables and booths set up in the front entrance halls. During the two days there were also other pay to learn classes that covered things like Graffiti Removal, Commercial Kitchen Cleaning, Pressure Washing Basics, Equipment Maintenance and Fleetwashilng.

But it was not all work, Friday night the NCE had a dunking booth to kick off raising money for their chosen charity of the event, Hillsborough County's "Make-A-Wish" Foundation. During the weekend they raised just over $4,000 for this charity. Most attendees went out Friday night to the Causeway to "Whiskey Joe's" restaurant and bar for food and fun, and some stayed on after the end of the event on Saturday to take in a day over at the local beaches.

Soap Warehouse is proud to be able to help sponsor, exhibit and attend events such as this throughout the year. Our next show will be the PWNA (Power Washers of North America) Convention in October held in Nashville, TN. Hope to see you there.


Tags: Tampa FL, certifiation classes, National Cleaning Expo, Soap Warehouse, PWNA, conventions

5 reasons to Buy Early this season

Posted by Linda Chambers on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 @ 10:26 AM

I am sure there are more than 5 but these are the top ones contractors need to consider in making the decision to buy early and buy as much as they can now before the main cleaning season gets started rather then to wait or to purchase in smaller volumes during this year.

1. Buying in volume saves.

2. Buying before fuel costs rise that will increase all costs.

3. Keeps your costs stable for your customers.

4. Buying concentrated product vs. RTU saves on storage.

5. Buying in kits vs. single 5 gallon tight drums.

When you know you will use 5-6 kits of product during the year buying all or most of it early will save you money. Most freight companies charge the same for 0-300 lbs of product to be shipped so for most of you that would be at least 3 kits to make 3-6 55 drums of concentrated product or 6 - 5 gallon tight drums. Plus the next 300 lbs can be a fraction of the cost of the first 300. For instance 2 kits bought three times last year to IN cost one of our customers $2,220.44. If he buys at least 3 kits at todays shipping cost it will be $1,042.89 and even if shipping does not go up he will save at least one complete shipping charge of between $135-$140 this year. And if he could purchase all 6 now product and freight would only be $1,961.08 saving him over $259.36 from last year. He would be able to hold his prices stable to his customers and since our products are concentrated, he only needs to mix them as he needs them saving storage space he would have used if the product were all RTU (ready to use).

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You can save even more if you normally buy single 5 gallon tight drums of product to go ahead and buy kits instead and place one large order. One customer in MI bought from us 5 times last year a total of 5 - 5 gallons of Mighty Max, 6 - 5 gallons of Brown Derby, and a few other single 5 gallons of things like Aluma Brite and Concrete Cleaner. His total expense last year, with most orders shipping UPS Ground, was $1,484.62. Now if this year he bought one kit of Might Max for $280 that would make him 11 - 5 gallons (enough for two years, or less if he increases his business), 1 Brown Derby super concentrate for $150 which will also make 11 - 5 gallons, plus the 2 Aluma Brite for $130 and Concrete Cleaner for $50 that order would weigh 290 lbs plus the pallet keeping it just under 300 lbs for a total shipping cost via R&L just once of only $163.58, for a grand total of $773.58 for at least a years worth of product saving himself $711.04, plus having twice as much of two products.

If you would like us to evaluate what you purchased last year and make a recomendation of what you could buy now to save yourself money in the long run call us at 1-800-762-7911.

Tags: Buy early, Soap Warehouse

Time again for the Mid America Trucking Show

Posted by Linda Chambers on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 @ 09:56 AM

It is almost time for the largest trucking show in the US to be held again in Louisville, KY. This year it will run for three days March 31st to April 2nd at the Kentucky Expo Center.  Mid America Trucking Show web site.

There is scheduled to be over 1000 exhibitors of which Soap Warehouse will be one. We plan on introducing and demonstrating our newest line of products, graffiti cleaners to the trucking industry.

'Blast Off' will be demonstrated once an hour for almost the entire length of the show. This easy to use product is perfect for the individual O/O trucker to have in his rig to clean any painted graffiti tags that might pop up on his trailer while out on the road. Blast Off information video

'Shadow Away' is more for exterior building cleaning of graffiti from off of brick and other porous surfaces that graffiti makers may have tagged or to use when some other cleaner was unable to remove a tag leaving a shadow behind.

Soap Warehouse in Booth 62124 in the West Wing will also be having daily drawings for 'Big Rig Brite' truck wash and will once again have a prize wheel in the booth with prizes of smaller product samples, trucker gifts and our famous 'Brown Derby' hats that so many attendees wanted last year.

For information about all our great products at Soap Warehouse or to pre register for our booth drawings, Registration.

See you at the show.


Tags: Shadow Away, Big Rig Brite, Soap Warehouse, Blast Off, Mid America Trucking Show

How to figure out chemical dilutions for pressure washing.

Posted by Linda Chambers on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 @ 04:26 PM

I must try and help out customers with this almost everyday so I thought I would make a post out of it and possibly a white paper to send out so I would not have to repeat my self as much and for easier reference.

Plus I can easy get confused or tongue tied so it is a good idea to have it all written down some place.

First you will need to know how you are going to apply the chemical mix. Figuring ratios for a pump up sprayer is easy, but the most common piece of equipment for this need is the pressure washer. So you first must know what dilution ratio or fixed mixing ratio your machine puts out. This can be easy for some, but many customers call me all the time saying they have no idea how much chemical their machine takes in and how diluted it is sprayed out.

The first place to look is in your machines owner’s manual. It should give you info like its flow rate or the gallons per minute the machine can generate plus its fixed mixing ratio. This can vary by machine and some larger models may even have a dial that allows the operator to change the mixing ratio. Another place to look if you no longer have your manual or if you bought your equipment second hand and never had one is on the internet by putting you make and model number into the search engine. You can also sometimes go to a local dealer that may have manuals in stock or that can order one for you.

A harder way to figure it out is to use a do it your self method. Take a measured 1 gallon (128 fluid ounces) and place it in your machines chemical mix tank or insert your down stream hose into the gallon container. Turn you machine on and run it dispensing all the water coming out of the wand into a much larger container, such as a 5 gallon bucket. Take care to have the machine set at a low PSI so all the water makes it into the container, a closed 5 gallon tight drum is good for this. Once you have drained the gallon of water out of your chemical mixing tank or with your down stream hose measure the amount of water you ended up with and then divide the amount by 128 (ounces in one gallon) to find out your machines ratio. If you ended up with say 900 ounces you would get the results of 7.03125 which I would consider being a 1:7 ratio. I would run this experiment at least 2-3 times comparing the results and taking the average for best results. Some of our customers have even been known to add food coloring to the original gallon to help them gauge when they have used all of it up.

So lets us say your machine has a permanent setting of 1:7 and you need to take your concentrated chemical and get it up to a 1:25 application ratio. So you need to figure out how much water to add to your chemical, that once it is placed in the chemical mixing tank or suction hose dropped in the container you are down streaming from, your machine will produce the needed 1:25 ratio.

This means we have to use the algebra we never thought we would ever need once we learned it and then for got back in school and create a mathematical equation to do our work for us.

First we will put the dilution we need to end up with on the left side of the equation (see below)

Next we have the detergent, ‘d’ and water to think about. Say we want to make a 5 gallon container, ‘p’ of chemical product mix. And (p-d) is the amount of water we need in the container and 7p is the additional amount of water that the machine will be adding while dispensing the contents of the container. So we set p=5 gallons and we solve for d and find that d=1.538 gallons of detergent.

 1  = ____d_____

25     (p – d) + 7p

Now I am not going to sit here and teach you how to step by step figure an algebra equation that many would not be able to remember just like back in high school. But I am going to give you the link to a web site that has a dilution calculator right there for you.

What I suggest is that you go to this site, bookmark it, make the calculations for all the products you regularly use knowing your own machines ratio and our products dilution rates or the ones you use with our products. I would then round the results and make a dilution chart to keep as a mixing guide.

Here are just some examples from what a few customers I know have and the products they use as some examples.

Customer #1 uses Brown Derby with cold water that we suggest mixing at 1:50. His machine is set from the factory at a 1:20 ratio and he mixes his premix in 5 gallon pails that sit on his truck.

His equation would look like this

 1 = ______d_______

50     (5 – d) + 20*5         

But in the calculator it looks like this




Final Mixing Ratio:


Pressure Washer Mixing Ratio:




Desired Volume of Pre-mix:  gal

Pre-mix Concentration:





fl. oz



fl. oz


Giving this customer the directions to take 2 gallons (rounded down) of our Brown Derby with 3 gallons (rounded up) of  water to make his pre mixed 5 gallon pails to down stream with his machine to get a very close 1:50 ratio of cleaner to water.

Next let’s take one more case:

Customer #2 uses Mighty Max as a house wash at a 1:20 ratio and his machine is set at a 1:7 ratio. He on the other hand only wants his 5 gallon pails filled with 3 gallons of mix so they are easier to carry to move around the houses. His results would be this:




Final Mixing Ratio:


Pressure Washer Mixing Ratio:




Desired Volume of Pre-mix:  gal

Pre-mix Concentration:





fl. oz





Or if rounded, 1 ¼ gallon of Mighty Max to 1 ¾ gallons of water, making a slightly greater than 1:20 mixture.

Once you know your normal values you can adjust the mixtures as needed for other considerations like water temperature, air temperature, or amount of product you have left available to do a job. How to estimate soap use for your whole season will be kept for a later post. Use this winter time off now to make these charts and you will be better prepared for spring.

Tags: chemical dilution ratios, how to calculate dilution ratios, Soap Warehouse

The Great American Truck Show

Posted by Linda Chambers on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 @ 12:34 PM

I can not believe we have only three weeks until August 20th and the Great American Truck Show in Dallas, TX. It will be running from Thursday August 20th at noon until Saturday August 22nd at 6 p.m.

We have been working very hard to make Soap Warehouse's first major trade show a success and we want all our customers and friends to share that success and be a part of it.

Please let us know if you would like a free pair of tickets to attend the show. Normally $10 a ticket for entry you can be our guest for free. Just call or email us and we will be happy to send you some. There will be free tractor parking, and many activities like a Free Concert by Tracy Lawrence. Please use this link to visit the GATS home page for all the info.

Myself along with the owner of Soap Warehouse and other staff will be on hand to meet you at our Booth #14049 to discuss our great line of truck washes and aluminum brighteners that will be the focus of this show. We would love to meet any of our current customers in person or any possible future customer that would like to introduce yourself to us. When you come by to see us make sure you let us know who you are, because all of our current customers that stop by will receive a special item just for coming by to say hello. We would love to hear stories of how our products have or are working for you and your business too. We will also have other booth only items to give-a-way to any attendee that stops to talk and discuss our products with them. We will have show only pricing specials as well as coupons for future purchases with us.

You may fill out a prize entry form before you even get to the show to have the first opportunity possible to win one of our daily booth prizes. You will find the link on the front of our website fill it out and fax it to 770-939-5501 to be entered.

We will be giving away every day of the show a Fox Fury Command 20 Headlamp and two 5 gallon containers of Big Rig Brite Truck Wash. The Fox Fury Headlamp has a retail value of $90 and the truck wash will be delivered to the winners location a value starting at $70 or more including the shipping.

These as well as our in booth give-a-ways are just some of the reasons to come meet us and enjoy yourself at the show.

The office in Georgia will still be open to serve our customers during the show, taking orders and shipping out product but please be understanding if the phone does not get answered as fast as usual or if someone has to call you back since we are leaving the front office just a little short staffed that week while the rest of us are in Texas.

Again we hope to see you at the show and please call us for tickets and fax your entry in for our prize drawings.

Tags: Soap Warehouse, Trade Show, Great American Truck Show

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