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    Just looking to see what's worked for you guys. There used to be a powder that when sprinkled on the floor and watered down would turn green like antifreeze and then you would scrub the floor. It worked great for the mechanic bays. Anyone know what that was? I'm going back 20 years now too. It came in a pale and was made for shop floor cleaning. I guess it's no good anymore with all the environmental issues so what do you use that's effective at removing grease and oils and just bringing back some of the concrete under the mess?
    "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" Thomas Edison

    Better to have tools you don't need than to need tools you don't have

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  • #2
    I use E-85.
    Andy

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    • #3
      Don't know what its called, suspect more than one "name", but I'd go looking where they sell those kits for painting garage floors...IIRC, part of the kit (and available separately) are a series of washes (some acid) for prepping the floor...should help some...

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      • #4
        I know one memeber you won't be getting an answer from! He hasn't seen his shop floor in years!

        I'll give you a hint. POS bridgeport.
        Location: The Black Forest in Germany

        How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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        • #5
          According to my wife, the best thing for cleaning the workshop floor of oil and swarf are my workboots. They manage to get it all off the workshop floor and bring it into the house and onto the carpet.

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          • #6
            A broom works well, followed by a vacuum.

            If I ever decide to try to clean oil etc, one thing is for sure....

            I WILL NOT BE USING E85 !!!!!!!

            Probably I will use some detergent cleaner, or maybe "purple cleaner".... it won't hurt the concrete, it prevents rust, and it does clean up oil.
            1601

            Keep eye on ball.
            Hashim Khan

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            • #7
              The yellow/green powder concrete cleaner that we used in the auto shop where I worked was called "Hound Dog." It worked great.
              Milton

              "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

              "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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              • #8
                I use sawdust to clean up oil. I have a cheap $99 chinese table saw on the far side of the shop I save all the saw dust from it. I sprinkle saw dust on the floor it soaks up the oil and it seems to suck it right out of the cement floor. If I get oil all over my mill or lathe I sprinkle saw dust on them at the end of the day. Next morning the shop vac sucks off all the saw dust and the oil is gone too. It takes 30 seconds to sprinkle saw dust and about 1 minute to suck it up you can't beat that for quick clean up.

                If I run out of saw dust I cut up a few scrap board to make more. About 3 or 4 coffee cups of saw dust is about all I need to clean my mill or lathe.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Black Forest
                  I know one memeber you won't be getting an answer from! He hasn't seen his shop floor in years!

                  I'll give you a hint. POS bridgeport.
                  Libellous remarks

                  I had a sweep up last week, cleaned the benches down and vacuum'd up round the Bridgeport.

                  Getting a new 16 year old apprentice on Monday, need to start him off right
                  .

                  Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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                  • #10
                    Greasy or oily floors are cleaned by brushing kerosene on the oily areas and then putting floor dry on overnight. Then sweeping the floor the next day.
                    It's only ink and paper

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                    • #11
                      I use the dog

                      he used to be white but now has a glossy gray/black coat

                      nb; cheaper than sawdust
                      John

                      I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure , but I'm not a complete idiot - some bits are still missing

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Metalmelter
                        Just looking to see what's worked for you guys. There used to be a powder that when sprinkled on the floor and watered down would turn green like antifreeze and then you would scrub the floor. It worked great for the mechanic bays. Anyone know what that was?
                        http://www.interstateproducts.com/concrete_cleaners.htm

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Black Forest
                          I know one memeber you won't be getting an answer from! He hasn't seen his shop floor in years!

                          I'll give you a hint. POS bridgeport.
                          You make me laugh
                          "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" Thomas Edison

                          Better to have tools you don't need than to need tools you don't have

                          73's KB3BFR

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DICKEYBIRD
                            The yellow/green powder concrete cleaner that we used in the auto shop where I worked was called "Hound Dog." It worked great.
                            Finally !!!!!! You know how many years I've tried to at least put a name to that stuff? Damn right - it did work very good too!!! All we did was work it in with a stiff bristle floor broom. Then simply hosed it off and used a squeegee after that. Now I need to find if it's around still... Thanks!

                            edit: it still is: http://www.americanplus5.com/product952.html
                            "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" Thomas Edison

                            Better to have tools you don't need than to need tools you don't have

                            73's KB3BFR

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                            • #15
                              Use Oil Dry from any automotive store. Put it on the grease /oil let it set over night and then rub with a brick or piece of 2X4 then pick it up. Kinda dusty but works good.

                              Ross
                              GUNS Don't kill people
                              Drivers using cell phones do.

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