Facts You Need to Know About High Foam Surfactants

A foaming product creates foam as a blowing agent or a surfactant. A surfactant reduces the tension from a surface of a liquid by joining with the bubbles. You will find bath and shower products for example high foam surfactants. Also, detergents belong in the same category, mostly liquid ones. 

Surfactants are a useful thing that will help you get a cleaner surface. This has two parts, one head, and a tail. The tail is hydrophobic, which fears the water, and the head is hydrophilic which loves the same. The tail is surrounded by soil and the head is by water. Surfactants are molecules that decrease the surface rigidness of water and help it spread evenly. Normally surfactants make water more useful so that you can get better cleaning. It also helps to loosen up and penetrate so the soil gets trapped and gives a good cleaning. It doesn’t move the grime and dirt from place to place. Let’s look at the other facts about high foam surfactants.

The working technique of surfactants

If you have noticed water drops on the kitchen counter or the shower door, then you have noticed surface tension works. Plain water does not have ethoxylated surfactants in it, so water molecules act as they are supposed to. They try to stick together. The surface tension of water allows it to cling to the other molecules, and reject other non-water things. When you add high foam surfactants to water, it weakens the bond and the tension among the molecules and lets the water relax a bit and cover a larger area.

Surfactant molecules are made of two sections. The head is a water-loving one, and the tail wants to avoid water, so it’s hydrophobic. If you think about the water drops on your kitchen counter, and just because there is no surfactant, the droplets will cling to each other in tight congestion, and won’t move. If you add a surfactant in that drop, it would start to spread, as the tail will try to get away from the water and near the countertop. The tension on the surface will break, and the head will spread the drop more so the countertop will get wet.

The super cleaning power of surfactants

As the water-fearing tail wants to cling to the surface, it forces itself under the layers of grime and soil. Then it lifts and loosens it from the countertop or the bathroom sink. This is known as the roll-up and it saves you more time than scrubbing the sink. As the cleaning product rolls up the dirt and grime, the hydrophobic tail of the surfactant attaches to the particles that are not water-based. The soil gets trapped in the cleaning product by the force of the surfactant. This way the soil or dirt does not get to stay over the countertop. Then, once the surface is clean you can simply wipe it and let it dry.


Most commercial cleaning products contain surfactants. The combination of roll-up and wetting makes cleaning easier and more effective. So, if you are using your dishwasher to clean the plates, or wiping the mirror in the bathroom, you won’t have to put much pressure, as the power of industrial surfactants will make your job easier.

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