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    1. Member Spike00513's Avatar
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      08-25-2019 05:09 PM #1
      shop/garage

      how do you clean it?

      Am asking because I'm having difficulty and would like to know if there's a better way.
      Besides sweeping tools of various types (regular broom, mini hand broom, etc.), as well as mops of various types

      I've been taught to use rags and WD-40, under the claim that "it's a solvent" and thus naturally good at dissolving and cleaning up dirty stuff like smeared oil.
      For example, if you've got a dirty surface, other cleaners might do nothing. But WD-40 might make quick work of it.

      Is that how everyone else does it too?
      However, the problem with WD-40 is the product itself also leaves a thin clear film of oil on where you use it. Especially bad if someone else doesn't know it's been "treated" with WD-40 and accidentally leans on it.

      I haven't figured out what to clean that residual coating with, or if there's a better way than all of this in general. So far I just try to use window cleaner such as Windex or something, as a second go-around after the WD-40.
      But as you can imagine, going once with WD-40 and then over that with Windex; cleaning becomes a huge PITA, and long drawn-out ordeal.

      I used to put my tools on an NSF steel food prep cart table (with a matching size oil drip pan on top) if they were dirty, to use that to clean with WD-40.
      Another good thing about the WD-40 part; it probably doesn't smell toxic and bad like brake cleaner.
      But again; it takes a while and leaves an oily film.

      Some say cars (and the places they reside) aren't meant to be clean. But when it is, other people are definitely impressed by it.


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    3. 08-25-2019 05:32 PM #2
      Mild citrus based degreased, diluted with water appropriately. Windex as necessary

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      08-25-2019 06:07 PM #3
      Just a garage not a shop, but in general, shop vacs and Simple Green. Simple Green is sustainable and works darn well. Can mop with it, spray bottle it, or dab it on a cloth. I recommend the one gallon concentrate which lasts a while.
      https://simplegreen.com/products/all-purpose-cleaner/

      If I've accidentally made a liquid mess I'll use a bit of kitty litter to soak it up, fortunately that doesn't happen to often. Splitting a transmission case or something.

      WD-40 is great when you've got some water or something squeaking up a mechanism, but IMO it's used for far more things than it's really best for. Particularly cases where people think it's a lubricant (e.g., bike chains).
      Last edited by ghost03; 08-25-2019 at 06:09 PM.

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      08-25-2019 07:12 PM #4
      Sweep/shopvac workbench
      Sweep/shopvac floor
      Move car on dollys
      Sweep/shopvac where car was.
      Mop under car
      Move car back
      Mop everything else.

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      08-25-2019 07:42 PM #5
      Citriclean and water, it'll cut through anything.
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      08-25-2019 08:55 PM #6
      One of our new sponsors is a biodegradable cleaning product that works wonders on pretty much every surface. I dilute it with water and mop, or clean small-parts with it. I've been really impressed with the stuff.
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      08-25-2019 09:05 PM #7
      My shop just has a concrete floor.

      So hard bristle broom. "Kitty litter" for large spills.
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      08-26-2019 06:52 AM #8
      I generally sweep out the corners and edges and then use a leaf blower to do the rest. As far as cleaning solvent Simple Green (as was suggested) works amazingly well on just about everything.

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      08-26-2019 07:09 AM #9
      I'm pretty simple with a concrete floor and cars that don't leak. Just use a leaf blower to blow out the dirt and debris every once in a while.
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      08-26-2019 08:02 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by ghost03 View Post
      WD-40 is great when you've got some water or something squeaking up a mechanism, but IMO it's used for far more things than it's really best for. Particularly cases where people think it's a lubricant (e.g., bike chains).

      When did WD-40 become such a magnet for internet scientists? I think people hate on it because its cheap, ubiquitous and doesn't come in an orange can. WD-40 is MOST ASSUREDLY a lubricant. Is it a good lubricant? maybe not. Definitely a lubricant though.

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      08-26-2019 09:02 AM #11
      Where are you putting this wd40? I can see machine tables and stuff, but from an industrial welding/machine shop to a garage wood shop to a hot rod garage, I've only ever gone with vacuum/blow/sweep large empty surfaces, wipe down anything else with a dry cloth. Rough wood work surfaces might get a sanding every year or so.

      Tool chest tops get sprayway glass cleaner in one guys shop. Mine don't seem to need it (mostly wood work at the moment). Guys at the big shop just wiped with a dry rag and covered for the nights.

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      08-26-2019 09:52 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by capkurt6 View Post
      When did WD-40 become such a magnet for internet scientists? I think people hate on it because its cheap, ubiquitous and doesn't come in an orange can. WD-40 is MOST ASSUREDLY a lubricant. Is it a good lubricant? maybe not. Definitely a lubricant though.
      I suppose I meant primary function, which is of course water displacement not lubricant. Lubing a bike chain or other mechanisms that sees a lot of movement with WD40 is a bit like taking Advil to cure a broken leg--it'll help but the issue will come back. But yes, the residual oil that OP is struggling to clean up will provide a bit of lubrication, which could be adequate in some cases.

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      08-26-2019 10:06 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      One of our new sponsors is a biodegradable cleaning product that works wonders on pretty much every surface. I dilute it with water and mop, or clean small-parts with it. I've been really impressed with the stuff.
      Looking for the link embedded in this spam post.


      No seriously... what's the brand?
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      08-26-2019 10:26 AM #14
      Team leaf blower.
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      08-26-2019 10:50 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by capkurt6 View Post
      When did WD-40 become such a magnet for internet scientists? I think people hate on it because its cheap, ubiquitous and doesn't come in an orange can. WD-40 is MOST ASSUREDLY a lubricant. Is it a good lubricant? maybe not. Definitely a lubricant though.
      Good at everything,
      The best at nothing.

      Its still damn good though.
      And it smells like candy
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      08-26-2019 11:01 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Disgruntled Ziemniak View Post
      Good at everything,
      The best at nothing.

      Its still damn good though.
      And it smells like candy
      You eat some weird candy.

      I use Kroil for things that matter.

      Ballistol for firearms.

      For dirt I use a leaf blower or a shop vac.
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      08-26-2019 11:10 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Surf Green View Post
      Looking for the link embedded in this spam post.


      No seriously... what's the brand?
      I didn't want to spam this thread with their product and their website is garbage, but since you asked.

      https://www.buygtech.com/default.asp
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      08-26-2019 12:08 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      Team leaf blower.
      My first thought too.

      I also use a broom in corners, and kitty litter for spills.

      I don't use WD-40 for tool cleanup as much as I use it to clean my hands. It smells awesome and knocks hard to get grease right off my hands.

      For tools, I just tend to wipe them down with a dry rag. I'm okay with the oily residue as it will ensure they don't rust. But if they're really dirty I'll use some soapy water and soak them a large peanut butter container and let them soak for a few days.

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      08-26-2019 12:32 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      My shop just has a concrete floor.

      So hard bristle broom. "Kitty litter" for large spills.
      pretty much this, and then park car over oil stains to hide it
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