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post #1 of Old 05-03-2009, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! I am new to this site but have been cleaning now for almost 3 years. I love the business and love this site! Anyway, I have two situations that I want to bring up and maybe someone can give me some help.

1. I have a client who has those cheap shower doors with the aluminum frame and they are so filmy and foggy. I have tried so many different products to clean them up to no avail. I have tried Scrubbing Bubbles, Magic Eraser, Greased Lightening, etc.

2. The same client has stainless steel stove top with very crusty baked on, burnt stuff around the outside of the burners and it just won't come off. I tried soaking a rag in vinegar and placing it around the burners, I've tried soft scrub, etc. Nothing so far.

Any suggestions? HELP!
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Hello everyone! I am new to this site but have been cleaning now for almost 3 years. I love the business and love this site! Anyway, I have two situations that I want to bring up and maybe someone can give me some help.

1. I have a client who has those cheap shower doors with the aluminum frame and they are so filmy and foggy. I have tried so many different products to clean them up to no avail. I have tried Scrubbing Bubbles, Magic Eraser, Greased Lightening, etc.

2. The same client has stainless steel stove top with very crusty baked on, burnt stuff around the outside of the burners and it just won't come off. I tried soaking a rag in vinegar and placing it around the burners, I've tried soft scrub, etc. Nothing so far.

Any suggestions? HELP!
I have your answer! It's one product and will tackle both situations with relative ease.

Barkeeper's Friend powder. It's made with oxalic acid (which is rhubarb powder) and is a VERY mild abrasive. You can use it on just about anything. Test a small inconspicuous area if you are ever unsure.

You can get it at Lowe's and some Wal-Mart stores. If you are a member of ICPA (membership is free) you can buy it by the case at a discounted price. http://independent-cleaners-bb.com/ Our very own T. Peterson of this board is the admin there.

I seriously call this stuff my "secret weapon". It's also the BEST for glasstop stoves.

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Thanks!

Thanks so much for the information. I actually saw that stuff at BedBath & Beyond but didn't think much of it. I will certainly give it a try.

Take care. Have a great day.
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post #4 of Old 05-04-2009, 01:49 AM
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I have your answer! It's one product and will tackle both situations with relative ease.

Barkeeper's Friend powder. It's made with oxalic acid (which is rhubarb powder) and is a VERY mild abrasive. You can use it on just about anything. Test a small inconspicuous area if you are ever unsure.

You can get it at Lowe's and some Wal-Mart stores. If you are a member of ICPA (membership is free) you can buy it by the case at a discounted price. http://independent-cleaners-bb.com/ Our very own T. Peterson of this board is the admin there.

I seriously call this stuff my "secret weapon". It's also the BEST for glasstop stoves.
Barkeeper's friend is an awesome product and will hopefully resolve your issues. Make sure you use a non-scratch scrubbie or soft cloth...I use cheapo washcloths from the dollar stores.

If not, those glass shower doors may be etched. If magic erasers don't cut it and the BKF doesn't work, the glass just might never be clear. I have a couple of rural homes that I've given up on the glass shower doors.

Have used SPOT-X also in some homes on the shower doors with great success depending on the buildup.

Bless you regarding the stainless steel cooktop. BKF may work. Best scenario is to take it to the landfill Stainless is the worst...and oriental rugs are the second worst...with fringe?

I did a post construction with all stainless appliances & they had never cooked on the stovetop or eaten in the kitchen and the surfaces were a nightmare.

Try the BKF. Just use a non-scratch applicator.

Good luck to you & let us know what worked, or didn't.

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2. The same client has stainless steel stove top with very crusty baked on, burnt stuff around the outside of the burners and it just won't come off. I tried soaking a rag in vinegar and placing it around the burners, I've tried soft scrub, etc. Nothing so far.

Any suggestions? HELP!
Baking soda maybe? Or maybe soaking around them with a mixture of Cascade dishwasher detergent (that stuff is not eco-friendly but dissolves a bunch of gunk). Also Lestoil from Ace hardware...seriously not eco-friendly but will cut grease & gunk like crazy.

Or if possible using straight edged razor blades to scrape it off...very carefully? I use them regularly to clean stoves but stainless surfaces would probably not be amenable to blades.

Can you remove these surfaces to clean them or not? Stainless is a pain and I wish you luck.

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Thanks for the info! No, I cannot remove the stainless cooking surface unfortunately. I'm not a big fan of stainless and now know why.

It just amazes me how people just don't wipe up after cooking. I mean it doesn't take much time to wipe down the stove top after cooking a meal. I do this everyday and just assumed everyone else did it too. I have another client that does not wipe their stove off either but theirs is easier to clean because they have the typical ceramic stove top. I guess they think because they have a cleaner they don't need to put any effort into keeping their houses clean. But on the other hand it's people like these that keep us in business.

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