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What chemical to use to clean the mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tsh1773, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    I have a Scag Tiger Cub and it shows dirt and grime terribly. What is the best chemical used to take that stuff off. I use a 2400 lb pressure washer and still have to scrub like crazy to clean the mower. My front rims look black instead of orange and a brush will not get into the smaller hard to reach places. What chemical or chemicals do you or mower shops use to remove the stuff and where can I get some. Thanks.

    RKISTNER1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Zep Degreaser @ Home Depot. Works Great!
  3. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    I would advise against using a pressure washer of any size. Pressure washers tend to get water into areas that it shouldn't be. In fact, I only use water from the hose a couple times a season, blower and whisk broom gets used daily.

    Ask for a cleaner, I use a product called Purple Muscle, it's a degreaser and does a pretty good job. Spray on and wipe off.

  4. mastercare

    mastercare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    Simple Green is by far the best that I've used. It's a great cleaner and not quite as harsh as some of the engine degtreasers. If you're using a power washer, no scrubbing needed. Get the machine wet, spray it on and let it soak for a couple minutes. Power washer will take everything right off.

    Sometimes you can even find a knock-off of Simple green at the dollar store that works just as well.
  5. LawnMower

    LawnMower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I'm from the same opinion. Rain water is fine but ones you start using water from a hose at pressure then you may run into problems. I used to run my mower over a puddle and fire up the blades to clean the under side of the deck. I ruined a spindle doing that because it forced water into places the grease was supposed to be.
  6. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Thanks for all of the information.
  7. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    greased lightning works great for removing grass stains
  8. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,836

    ZEP! Only way to go. I keep a gallon in a our pump sprayer - mist it on the mower, deck, wheels, let sit a bit, light brushing the bigger areas, rinse & only rinse - power washer can be a hazzard - pretty looking. Every two weeks all mowers get done. I have more people tell me I am in the money - I ask why - new mowers again?? =))
  9. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    castrol super clean (walmart ) or purple power (auto zone ) works great!!!!!

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