Performing a Proper pH Test

A pH test is an easy, low-cost procedure Goodson recommends you perform on at least a weekly basis for every one of your cleaning machines. This simple test will show you if you need to add more cleaner to your solution to increase the pH number or add more water to decrease the pH number.

Performing a pH Test is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Take a sample of the solution you are testing.
  2. Dip the pH Test Strip into the solution
  3. Compare the pH Test Strip to the pH scale included with the kit to determine the pH level.

pH Test, before pH Test During pH Test Comparing the color to the scale

Now that you know where your pH stands, you can adjust the solution accordingly. Remember to retest as you adjust your detergent or coolant concentration to ensure you haven’t over-adjusted. Remember, Goodson recommends a pH of 12 for cleaning solutions and between 7.0 and 8.5 for coolants. For more information, check out these tech articles:

  1. How Water Affects Coolants and Cleaners
  2. Why pH Matters

Of course, if you have any additional questions, contact the Goodson Tech Service Department, 1-800-533-8010.

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