Chemical Product Usage Guide
General instructions on how to use each of the products we stock.
One Restore (Acid)
- Hard water stains on glass
- Mineral staining on aluminum trim
- Oxidation staining on brick from aluminum siding
- Caulk bleed on masonry
- Copper stains
- Some rust stains especially around windows (generally, F9 BARC will be way more effective)
- Heavy clay and mud stains on brick
Tips: Always use One Restore at full strength. Never allow it to dry on a surface. Follow the instructions for usage based on surface in the Eacochem Encyclopedia
F9 BARC (Acid)
- Irrigation rust stains
- Battery acid rust stains
- Fertilizer rust stains
- Safe for use on most surfaces, including brick, vinyl, concrete, stucco and stone. Do not use on glass.
Tips: You may need to adjust the dilution ratio of water to product to get results.
Start at low dilution and work your way up. Follow the instructions in the F9 Cookbook or on the bottle.
F9 Efflo (Acid)
- Mineral deposits on stone, brick, concrete, etc.
- Sprinkler stains
- White calcite staining
Tips: You may need to adjust the dilution ratio of water to product to get results. Start at low dilution and work your way up. Follow the instructions in the F9 Cookbook or on the bottle. You will need to neutralize the surface between applications. You can use Cleansol BC or LA’s Awesome to do this, mixed at 4 parts water to 1 part product.
- General clay and mud staining on brick
- Mortar stains on brick, stone, pavers, etc.
- Construction dust
Tips: Follow the instructions for usage based on surface in the Eacochem Encyclopedia
Oxalic Acid (Acid, duh)
- May work on some rust stains, but there are usually better options
- Primarily used to brighten/neutralize wood after cleaning with Sodium Hydroxide/Bleach
Tips: Direct apply 8oz oxalic per gallon of water to cleaned wood to neutralize/brighten. Allow 15 minute dwell time and then rinse off. Repeat process as needed to brighten wood back to natural appearance.
Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach, Alkaline)
- Organic stains such as algae, moss, lichen, mold.
- Siding, decks, roofs, pavers, concrete, stone, awnings, etc.
Tips: Do not mix with acids. It’s smart to do a color test on siding and awnings, as bleach can sometimes react with the colors and create problems. Do not allow bleach to dry on surfaces (with the exception of concrete).
Cleansol BC (Alkaline)
- House washing when you don’t need or can’t use bleach/regular house wash mix
- Oxidized siding to restore the siding after house washing
- Gutter brightening
- General cleaning of vinyl awnings
- Oxidized aluminum siding and panels (Alucabond)
- EIFS with oxidation staining
Tips: Cleansol works on many non-organic stains. Can be used to wash houses when you don’t want to use bleach. Follow the instructions for usage based on surface in the Eacochem Encyclopedia. Do not mix with any acids.
Sodium Hydroxide (f-18, etc. Alkaline)
- Wood decks, concrete
- Removes gray, weathered appearance from wood.
- Can also be used as general degreaser on concrete.
Tips: Do not mix with acids. Always mix product into water, don’t add water to product. Can be combined with bleach to clean green, moldy wood (16oz in four gallons of water plus one gallon of bleach will make a good direct application cleaner.) Wood must be neutralized after cleaning with oxalic acid (see above).
LA’s Awesome (Alkaline)
- Gutter brightening
- Basic degreaser
- Oxidation stains
Tips: Generally available at Home Depot. Works on gutter stripes, but Cleansol BC is a better option. Can be used on a variety of stains. Cheap and handy to have around.
- Graffiti on masonry- Taginator
- Graffiti on smooth surfaces (plastic, etc)- Tagaway
Tips: Follow application instructions on bottle
Apple Wash (soap)
- Add to bleach for house wash mix
- Has pink dye that reacts with bleach, disappears after a few minutes.
Tips: Apple Wash can only be used with bleach. It will stain surfaces unless it reacts with bleach.
Dragon Grip (Soap)
- Mix with bleach for roof cleaning
- Makes the mix thicker so it sticks to the roof longer
Tips: Only use this in roof mix. It’s main purpose is to keep the bleach on the roof surface for longer so it’s more effective.
F9 Double Eagle (Soap, degreaser)
- Oil stains
- Food stains
- Tire marks
- Dumpster pads
- Safe for most surfaces. Don’t use on asphalt.
Tips: Use this for all greasy, oily stains. Works best with hot water. Follow the instructions in the F9 Cookbook or on the bottle. Can be used to neutralize F9 Efflo (mix 8 parts water to one part DE, direct apply, then rinse off.)
Plexmaster House Wax (Soap)
- Ultimate house washes
- Brightens siding and seals it against growth and dirt, keeping it cleaner, longer.
Tips: Simple to apply- downstream at full strength onto surface after house washing. Allow to dwell for a couple of minutes, then rinse off thoroughly. Do NOT allow the product to dry. It only needs to dwell for a minute or two.
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