Log in

No account? Create an account
entries friends calendar profile My Website Previous Previous Next Next
Mark Atwood
Shopping for Magical Cleaning Chemicals
So last night I did some research on how to get rid of all this spattered candle wax that was all over my microwave, counter-top, and stove-top (see recent entry regarding an exploding mug of boiling wax). It looked like the stuff to use are the "Goof Off" products: Goof Off, Goof Off II, and Goo Gone. So after work, I headed to Seattle.

One the way, I stopped at Kirkland PCC, to refill my bottles of Almond Doctor Bronner's. The man may have been a raving loon, but his soap stands on it's own. Then to Seattle to work my way down Aurora Ave. First at Seattle Super Supplements. 24HourFitness marks up their protein shake powder too much for me to be willing to buy it from them. Then to Lowe's and then to The Home Depot, where I bought assorted chemicals and tools.

Instead of going straight back home, I swung thru CapHill, to see if the Crypt had the new polyethylene Supras (they didn't). While I was there, the Seattle PD had closed off a couple of blocks of Broadway. Apparently, someone spilled a whole bunch of some white powered all over the street, and they shut it down while a HazMat team cleaned it up. Annoying, but understandable why they would be jumpy.

Then back home, to face the fallout of my candle penny-pinching with putty knife and chemicals in hand. It was amazing. Not only did all the wax pull right up and wipe right off, all the other assorted accumulated cooking grease grime did as well. I ended up doing the entire counter-top on one side of the sink, and taking the stove-top apart. Watching the burned in stains on the drip pans just float away in the sink brought a measure of joy to my heart.

(It also stripped all the skin oil off my hands, which feels kind of weird. About every 10 minutes or so I would go into the bathroom to rinse and lather my hands with some good glycerin soap (a gift from JudyG from a few years ago). Next time, maybe I should remember to buy gloves.)

But now I have a nice shiny clean counter, stove, microwave, and refrigerator front.
8 comments or Leave a comment
simonb From: simonb Date: March 21st, 2003 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Every house needs at least one box of latex gloves for doing jobs like this; in our case we've got around 10 boxes of 100 gloves to hand as we tend to use a lot of them.... this the joy of having cats (with litter tray - there are some nasty things you can catch from litter trays), doing lots of DIY, bike repair, etc. Its also thanks to my skin being quite annoying at times; I'll often wear a pair of gloves when peeling things like grapefruits as my skin will reach to the acidity in the grapefruit juice if I'm not careful.
jatg From: jatg Date: March 21st, 2003 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
So, what magic combination of Goof off got stains off your pans?
Inquiring minds want to know.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 21st, 2003 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Goof Off II straight onto the wax, let sit 5 minutes, then scrap with the putty knife. Which was pretty easy, since all the hardened wax had turned into goo, then wipe the rest away with paper towels. Then spray everything down with Goo Gone (I got the version that comes in a spray bottle), let sit again, then wipe with towels. This took a couple of passes, since by this point I was into my stovetop, in the level underneith the drip-pans, and the grease film was a bit tough. Put the drip pans in a oven pan, sprayed them with Goo Gone, and let them sit for half an hour, then dropped them in a sink of hot water, and lightly scrubbed them with a scrubbysponge. (This was the point where it was fun to watch most of the burned in carbon just magically lift out and float away.)

I wiped everything mostly dry with a white shoptowel, then made a pass over everything with a dilute dishsoap solution, sponge rub, wipe dry, then sponge over hot water, and rub dry with a towel. (This rinse phase was due to the fact that these are food surfaces.)
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 21st, 2003 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Duh, why didn't I think of that? I've got a baggy full of nitrile gloves in the toy drawer.

Latex gloves would have been pointless. According to it's label, it quickly eats through latex, latex adhesive (a.k.a. carpet adhesive), and rubber.
From: missdimple Date: March 21st, 2003 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Is the stuff safe for food-facilitating products?
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 21st, 2003 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
It's some weird propanol and ester mix, with a surfactent cocktail. Which means that a thin layer of it is easily stripped off with a gentle solution of dishsink soap. So that's exactly what I did.
elfs From: elfs Date: March 21st, 2003 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
So, which of the magical "Goo" products did you use, anyway?

By the way, I've since learned that the reason Toys in Babeland doesn't carry Supras is that they don't make a variety without non-oxynol-9. So if you have any friends who are reactive to nonoxynol-9, or if you're using them for anal play, consider the Durex Avanti blues instead.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 21st, 2003 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Crud. I was looking for the Supra with the hope that they were non-lubed. Non-9 was originally a institutional/hospital grade dish detergent additive. I'm wishing for a polyeth product that is completely plain and unlubed (and thus taste-free).
8 comments or Leave a comment