Most people are wary of chemicals like sulfonic acid purely because of what the name implies—sulfur and acid, which are two notoriously hazardous substances. Sulfonic acid, however, may be closer to you than you think, used to better improve your home. In particular, sulfonic is used within coatings for floors. As an experienced toluene sulfonic acid manufacturer, allow us to teach you how sulfonic acid helps protect hardwood flooring and the role it plays.
Catalysts for Curing
The primary function and the most important way sulfonic acid helps protect hardwood flooring is by providing a catalyst that allows hardwood floor coatings to cure. Curing refers to when the solvents in the coating’s mixture evaporate, allowing the coating to dry and set into the hardwood floors. A good example is paint. The process of paint drying and hardening is the process of curing, and it’s the same process that sulfonic acid triggers for floor coatings.
Once the sulfonic acid has allowed the coating to dry, you’ll find that your hardwood floors not only have a pleasant shine, but that they are far more durable. Furniture scraping against the floors and the general wear and tear of constantly being tread upon often leaves your floors scratched, damaged, and dulled. By providing such an effective curing agent, sulfonic acid ensures the hardwood coating keeps your floors protected from physical damage.
Another benefit you’ll find is that the coating necessitates less thorough cleaning. Typically, you don’t want to clean your floors with water and soap too often or you’ll eventually dull your floors and degrade the coating. The coating, however, provides protection from stains and makes it harder for dirt, debris, and more to cling to the floor by getting into the wood’s pores. In turn, it takes less effort for you to clean up, and thus you don’t have to worry about wearing down your floors. You’ll typically only need to sweep and lightly mop to get the hardwood in tip-top shape.