The Many Uses of Ammonia

Pure AmmoniaAmmonia is a cheap cleaning agent that has many uses. This includes industries such as commercial cleaning, commercial kitchens, farming and other industrial facilities. Its pungent smell makes us not use it, but the smell dissipates in a short amount of time. Ammonia has gotten a bad rap, because it often does a better job than most cleaners, even when it’s diluted with water. Worldwide Janitor provides a complete line of ammonia products at wholesale prices, including Pure Ammonia and Odorless Ammonia.

Although ammonia is used and available in the commercial and retail industries, certain precautions should be taken. Never mix or store ammonia with bleach or any other chemical, as it will create toxic fumes. Do not breathe in the vapors of ammonia and always wear protective clothing when using it – especially gloves. PPE is recommended for Pure Ammonia. Always store ammonia in an area that requires key access. If you cannot store it in a locked area, label the bottle as toxic so no one else uses it, such as employees at your client site. To ensure the safety of your clients and their employees, keep the product off site. Because Pure Ammonia is considered a hazardous material, shipping will require additional fees.

Ammonia eventually dissipates, so use it in a ventilated area and keep doors open while you’re using it. An industrial fan can be used to speed up the dissipation process. Use caution tape or cones so no one goes into the area or potentially touches the ammonia or mixes it with other products while you’re using it.


To clean and sanitize toilets, sinks and bathroom stall walls, any of Worldwide Janitor’s ammonia products, such as Pure Ammonia or Odorless Ammonia can be applied with a microfiber cloth on sinks and stall walls. It can be poured directly into the toilet bowel and scrubbed with a brush, then flushed. The bathroom facilities can be rinsed with a cloth and warm water after using the ammonia, but it will dissipate within a few hours.


To tackle soiled floors, use Pure Ammonia and a small amount of water with a mop or auto-scrubber. For aggressive stains on the floor, spray a small amount of the Pure Ammonia directly on the stain before mopping the entire floor. This method can also assist in between stripping and waxing floors because it assists in removing build up from floors that have become dingy. Mop floors that have become dingy with 1 cup of ammonia and 1 cup of hot water. Use a floor scrubbing machine to remove the build up and soil from the floors. Mop the floor with clean, hot water to clean the floor. Allow it to dry. Repeat mopping the floor with clean, hot water if necessary.

Stripping and waxing floors, using products such as Supermova Floor Stripper and Replicator Floor Finish Restorer will be much easier if the floors are maintained using Ammonia.


To use ammonia on soiled spots on carpets, test a hidden area of the carpet first to see how well the carpet stands up to the ammonia. Spray the spot with the ½ ammonia and ½ water mixture. Allow the mixture to set for a few minutes, then blot the spot dry with a towel. Heavy-duty carpets often used in offices and other high-traffic facilities will probably withstand the ammonia, but still test a hidden area of the carpet before using the ammonia for spots on carpets.

This method also assists while preparing the carpet for a cleaning using steam or extraction, because it will remove any left over ammonia and assist in the cleaning process. In many cases, after carpets dry, the spots reappear. Pretreating the spot with ammonia assists in permanently removing spots on carpets.


Ammonia diluted with water makes for an excellent window cleaner. Mix 1 cup of any of Worldwide Janitor’s ammonia products and 3 cups of water. If you’re cleaning many windows, you can double or triple the ratios. Use a microfiber or lint-free soft cloth and wipe the windows with the solution. Use a squeegee, dry, lint-free cloth or paper towels to remove the solution. The windows will be clean with a streak-free shine. If you’re not sure whether or not a window is glass or plexiglass – err on the side of caution. Do not use ammoniated window cleaners on plxiglass or non-glass windows because they can dull them over time.

Garbage Bins and Trash Containers

To clean and sanitize garbage bins and trash containers, take them outside or to large janitor sinks where a hose is available. Pour a small amount of Pure Ammonia in each bin and container. Do not use this method on metal containers. Add water to each container to dilute the Pure Ammonia. Allow it to soak for a few minutes. Rinse the bins and containers thoroughly with a hose and allow them to dry.

For trash containers kept outside, mix ½ Pure Ammonia and ½ water in a spray bottle. Spray the sides and top of the trash containers to repell inspects and outside animals.

When using Pure Ammonia, it’s best to use when the area is cleared. Try to use this product when no one is around, preferably when everyone else leaves the building or area. This will assist in avoiding any potential hazards or others coming in contact with the Pure Ammonia. The Odorless Ammonia can be used anytime, because it has a fresh, lemon scent that allows you to clean without the pungent smell of ammonia.

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