Chances are good you have a spray can of light penetrating oil inside a cabinet or on a workbench in your garage. Millions of people use light penetrating oils for a number of lubricating jobs around their homes. However, you may not realize that these products are exceptional at cleaning a variety of stains and other gunky messes. Below are some cleaning applications where you will want to use a light penetrating oil to make quick work of messes:
Remove scuffs on floors and walls
One ideal application for cleaning with a light penetrating oil is the removal of scuff marks on walls and floors. These scuff marks, which are often caused by rubber or hard plastics, can be difficult to remove completely using a brush or conventional soap. However, you can simply spray a small amount of a light penetrating oil on a dry sponge and wipe the scuffs away with minimal effort. However, before using any type of oil on a painted surface, test the product in an area that is out-of-sight to be sure it won't remove paint.
Clean away stains on porcelain fixtures
Another great cleaning application for light penetrating oil is to use it to get rid of persistent stains on porcelain plumbing fixtures. Many of these stains are caused by rusting or water deposits containing a substantial amount of iron. Regardless of the specific cause, light penetrating oils can strip away these deposits. To use an oil for cleaning stained porcelain fixtures, dry the fixture as much as possible to create a dry surface for the oil, then spray a generous amount directly on the stain. Allow the oil to saturate the stain for several minutes, then scrub it using a firm, plastic-bristled brush. Repeat the process as needed if the stain doesn't break down and disappear immediately.
Eliminate glue and other adhesive materials
Sticky residues from tape, glue, or adhesive backings on decals can be a challenge to remove with water or by scraping. However, these glues are usually no match for the power of light penetrating oils. To remove sticky materials, soak a thin rag or other cloth with the penetrating oil, then place the saturated material on top of the adhesive. Allow it to soak for ten or more minutes, then remove the oil-soaked cloth. Finally, use a plastic putty knife or the edge of an old credit card to scrape away the residue. If any glue remains, then spray a light coat of the oil directly on top of the adhesive and wipe away the glue and oil with a dry cloth or paper towel.
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