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post #21 of Old 03-18-2008, 09:30 PM
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I mentioned the zep cleaner (above) since it is readily available to just about anyone who may read this post. Personally we use Hillyards Green degreaser and I do have to say that the smell is alot less potent
We are currently researching more environmentally friendly products to use. We will definitely look into this one since you recommend it. Thanks!

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post #22 of Old 05-10-2008, 07:24 PM
 
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I also use a degreaser...I spray it on and let it sit while I do other things...then it wipes away with a Magic Eraser. No scrubbing involved.
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I know the Zep Purple degreaser is harsh to smell but the Clorox Clean Up kills me. I do use it occasionally on mildew but that is about it. It makes my eyes water and burn like crazy. I also get a headache from it. Don't know why the other stuff doesn't bother me. I know we should all be wearing masks but I just feel like I can not breath with those on. .
Kendra, be very careful about your choice of the lesser evil. What you described sounds like a bleach sensitivity. That is often caused by repeated exposure and is indicative of damage to your lungs. Intense physical reaction to bleach exposure is your bodies warning system telling you to get away from it or cause further damage. While the smell of bleach was always a bit nasty to me, now someone using it in the next room or left in a toilet bowl will trigger a reaction. Unfortunately the damage is done. I just have to be extra diligent to not cause more problems.

It may be better to have the perception of temporarily not being able to breath while wearing a respirator versus having COPD or some other debillitating lung disease that will affect the rest of your life.

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Kendra, be very careful about your choice of the lesser evil. What you described sounds like a bleach sensitivity. That is often caused by repeated exposure and is indicative of damage to your lungs. Intense physical reaction to bleach exposure is your bodies warning system telling you to get away from it or cause further damage. While the smell of bleach was always a bit nasty to me, now someone using it in the next room or left in a toilet bowl will trigger a reaction. Unfortunately the damage is done. I just have to be extra diligent to not cause more problems.

It may be better to have the perception of temporarily not being able to breath while wearing a respirator versus having COPD or some other debillitating lung disease that will affect the rest of your life.
I stay away from it now. I used to use lots of bleach to clean my own home before I opened my business. I am sure that is what caused the problem. I used to clean like a nutcase everyday. I am sure that is where the problem came from.

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I use Awesome and a magic eraser
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Hello, was just wondering what brand of magic erasers you buy? Mr Clean sells for $6.00 At Home Depot for 4 magic erasers. That just seems to be expensive. Have you found them any cheaper and where?

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I buy mine at dollar general they are $1.50 for 2
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Magic Erasers are Magic! On tough soap scum I use easy off Bam or Kaboom and a magic eraser. To keep it tame I use Simple Green and Magic Eraser and no problems, as I don't like using harsh chemicals, most of the time they are not neede for interior residential, and they are dangerous to breathe. For light use, I cut the erasers in half, and as long as they are still intact, (they will erase themselves!) you can throw them in the washer, and they are fine.
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Hello All,

When it comes to thick soap scum I take a straight edge razor blade and scrape it off. You just need to be careful not to leave any scratches but it does work great for me.
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I'm out of my league here as I don't do any type of interios cleanup but I have a question. I thought soap scum was a buildup of mineral deposite. It was my understanding that mineral deposits are best dissolved by acidic pH products. What exactly is soap scum and have any of you tried using an acid on it?

Exactly right - CLR would have removed this problem almost instantly for her
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I just tried Barkeeper's Friend and it worked great. Walls were smooth and shiny again(fiberglass). You can also use this on glass.
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I have found in addition to degreasers/acid ect my best friend is a black and decker rechargable scrubber not the new wand type, but the older model hand held. Start w/ coarser pad moving down to finer pad and rinse often. The scubbers can often be found on e-bay ect. I have several and we love them. I've been in this biz along time and my shoulders seem to really feel the tougher jobs now,so this item really helps reduce joint wear!!
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