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Test Results: Best Cleaners For Menu Covers

What is the best cleaning solution to use on menu covers?

To find out, KNG conducted tests using many of the common solutions.

How We Tested

  1. Duration of exposure: 7 days
  2. Observed changes to plastic & binding
  3. Measured strength of thread after exposure

What We Tested

  • Hot Water
  • First Street Sanitizer
  • Totally Awesome Pure Ammonia
  • Clorox Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Zep Citrus
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Luseaux Super QT
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Green Works

Results Of Tests

Quaternary Cleaners: Recommended
Quat is probably the best solution for cleaning menu cover. They do have a minimal affect on the menu by weakening the thread, but those are offset by the positives of sanitation and minimal water spotting.

Bleach Cleaners: Not Recommended
These cleaners appear to create the most damage to the integrity of the thread. They also caused significant streaking on the plastic.

Peroxide Cleaners: Not Recommended
Although not obvious, Peroxide is a risky cleaner because of damage to thread. Samples looked like they were not affected but pull testing revealed strength was compromised down to 1/3 of pre-soaking strength.

Vinegar: Not Recommended
It had a visible affect on the samples. Binding was graphically affected with large bumps and twisting evident. Structurally, the menu still had is strength. However, most people would want to dispose of a menu this rough.

Citrus Cleaners: Not Recommended
Visually the menus were unusable because of residue left on plastic that must be scraped off. Sample strength of menu exposed to citrus cleaners took more force to pull apart. This was a probably because plastic was becoming more brittle and a little harder.