Hi, I'm new to the site and I think it's a good idea and have hopes that it will prove useful when enough threads get built up. I run a high-end handyman business here in El Dorado County, California (Gold Country).
I am always running into cleaning issues and have, in the past, just had to ask around and spend a lot of time on the phone with product manufacturers. Now, I have a new and hopefully quicker and more reliable source to turn to when I need help.
Here's a cleaning tip of my own learned in the days when I worked in a technical publications department:
What to use to easily get price tag labels off of commodities you purchase. I know folks try paint thinner, alcohol and even gasoline. Well, pick up a quart of "Bestine" Rubber Cement Cleaner (manufactured by the Union Rubber Company http://unionrubber.com
). It once was used a lot for preparing camera-ready publishing copy but the computer age has pretty much done away with rubber cement. Anyway, the chemical name for this stuff is Heptane. You can usually get it through Graphic Arts stores.
If the label is soakable, that is, does not have a plastic coating that prevents the paper from getting wet, all you have to do is put a little of this thinner on a kleenex or piece of toilet paper and then apply to the label and most labels will lift right off. If any adhesive remains, just rubbing a few times with the kleenex will remove all trace of it. One nice thing about this thinner is that I have never found anything that it damages. As far as I know, it can be used on plastics, wood, anything and is excellent at removing all the goo. If upon the first attempt a little trace ring is left, just let it dry (a few seconds) and reapply the thinner using a clean kleenex. I try to keep a can in my truck. The only down sides to using this stuff is that it is flammable and it will remove all of the oils from the tips of your finders but I've never seen that as a problem. If you have a dry skin condition already, it may be a problem for you and you might want to wear gloves. It is not carcinogenic. Here's the MSDS: http://best-testproducts.com/msds_bestine.pdf