Using bleach or diesel to clean equipment

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawnworks, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
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    Anybody do this? I used some bleach today, and I have never ever seen anything that cleans like this. Even the leading edge of the deck looks like new after 200 hours of no cleaning. Simple Green can't touch it. I just wonder if it will break down the paint. One of my guys swears diesel will clean it good also... but I don't trust diesel on expensive equipment.
     
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    best thing I ever used is Easy Off oven cleaner.
     
  3. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
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    ask him if he'll put his paycheck where his mouth is and try it.
     
  4. Mic_bug

    Mic_bug LawnSite Member
    from N.B. MI
    Posts: 201

    WD40 does the same as bleach just not as cheap.
     
  5. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Careful Easy Off and bleach are a lot more toxic than most pesticides and not regulated at all. Breathing that stuff in will scorch your lungs and wear gloves especially with oven cleaner. Be safe live long:waving:
     
  6. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
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    Easy Off and bleach are both alkaline, that is like lye, infact the origional Easy Off did contain lye. Lye + an oil forms soap, so after that reaction the stain will wash off easily. They are also corrosive so be sure to rinse well and probably best to apply a thin oil to protect scratches, bare metal from rust.
    Jeff
     
  7. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    Never heard of that, explain your procedure for using Easy Off on your mowers. Easy Off has a cleaner called Bam that is a very strong and they boast it will clean anything but make sure your skin is protected.
     
  8. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
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    This may sound strange, but Pledge furniture polish on any painted surface that gets dirt buildup helps a ton! I used to use it on my motorcycle fairing and the bugs washed right off.
     
  9. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Spray it on let it sit for a min. or two and rinse it off. Any left over dirt, grease, stains get a second application.

    Just be careful not to leave it on to long as it will the eat paint! For repainting, after power washing equipment I will use Easy Off on the entire machine as a final degreaser. After rinsing its ready for paint.
     
  10. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
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    You people have way too much time on your hands.:)
     

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