What is the best way to treat spots & stains with our spot & stain remover products?

If the spot is still wet, blot up as much as possible by repeatedly pressing a clean cloth onto the stained area. If on a carpet, place the clean cloth on the spot and step on it to remove as much liquid as possible. This is important – everything you remove before spraying the product is just less you’ll need to deal with. Then spray spot and agitate with cloth or brush, working from the outer edges of the spot inward to avoiding spreading it out. Follow up by blotting as much of the broken up staining material as possible.

If the spot is dried out, rewet by spraying an appropriate spotter onto it allowing a minute or so of time to rewet. Blot, spray, agitate and final blot the area as outlined in the above example. Avoid over-wetting the spot with spotter product as this can cause issues with re-soiling later.

What is the difference between the various spotters and stain removers that are in the Continental Research line?

They are each built in a different way to target certain types of soils as follows:

  • Can Do – water based formula for both fabric and hard surfaces. Recommended for food soils, light oils, etc. Can also be diluted and used for “bonnet” shampoo with a floor machine.
  • Dr. Spot – water based all purpose spotter – good choice to start with if you don’t know what the stain is.
  • Fiber Swipe – wipes format general purpose spotter product. Low residue for minimal resoiling.
  • Lift Off – water based but with greater solvent content than most. Good for oily, greasy soils.
  • OX-E2-Power Spot & Stain – contains hydrogen peroxide to help remove and ‘de-colorize’ highly colored stains such as juices, wine, ketchup. Also with natural citrus solvent for grease breakdown during removal.

What is the fastest way to remove scale, hard water residues, rust, etc. from urinal and toilets?

Fastest way there is to go with strong acids, like ABC. If a customer had Super Ox on hand they could do that as well. If the residues are not excessive (like maybe in a shower) use of a lesser powdered acid solution (like Scale Away) would be in order. The downsides to use of strong acid solutions is that they do give off fumes (especially in humid conditions) which are very annoying and potentially dangerous. Obviously they are also dangerous to get on your skin and eyes. But they are the fastest way to go. NOTE: Always wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when working with strong acids and read the label and SDS before use.

How does Mighty Boy Stain Sucker work?

Mighty Boy Stain Sucker is formulated with surfactants which lower the surface tension of the product. It also has a whiting agent in it to allow it to dry to a powder. When applied to a porous surface like stained concrete, the lower surface tension allows it to penetrate into the pores of the concrete and loosen up the stain. This is drawn up to the surface by “wicking” action during the drying of the product remaining on the surface. When completely dry the wicking stops and the product residue is swept off or flushed away along with the stain material which was pulled out of the pores of the concrete.

What is the best way to use Power Powder?

It depends on the cleaning task. A very common use for Power Powder is to remove grease spots from concrete floors. For this task, I recommend getting the soiled area wet with water, then sprinkling Power Powder on the wetted area. This creates a “zone of localized concentration” which helps by keeping the power of the product focused where it is needed. After some dwell time on the floor, some agitation will help break up and penetrate the soils (a deck brush works well). Follow with a thorough rinse with water.

For other uses such as cleaning with a pressure sprayer, dilute Power Powder with water as directed on the label and use the resulting solution for the cleaning task.

What is the difference between a one-step disinfectant/cleaner and a sanitizer?

There are several important distinctions between one-step disinfectant/cleaners and sanitizers which include:

  • One-step disinfectant/cleaners are tolerant to organic soil (typically blood or body fluid) present on a surface.
  • One-step disinfectant/cleaners typically operate at a much higher level of active ingredient in the product or solution and therefore have the capability to kill microorganisms that sanitizers will not kill. EX.: Simply Easy operates at no more than 200 parts per million (ppm) vs. 4CQ at 847 ppm and Multi-Guard at 2100 ppm of active ingredient.
  • As the name implies, one-step disinfectant/cleaners have cleaning agents in their formulations; sanitizers typically do not. This allows disinfectant/cleaners to not only kill germs but to remove them via cleaning action during use.
  • Because sanitizers do not have cleaning ingredients and operate at lower ppm levels than disinfectants, they are very well suited for sanitizing surfaces and utensils used in foodservice. They will not leave excessive residues which might not be food-safe even though they are effective at killing 99.99% of the germs commonly encountered in foodservice.

What is the difference between Absorbit, Super Sorb and For Drying Out Loud?

While they are all sorbents for absorption and removal of liquid spills, they differ in that For Drying Out Loud is designed to dry up water-based spills like vomit, blood, pet messes, latex paint and potable liquids. Absorbit is also designed for aqueous (water-based) spills and comes in a smaller size container for easy handling. On the other hand, Super Sorb is designed to absorb and solidify hydrocarbon spills like diesel oil, gasoline, hydraulic fluids, brake fluid, etc.


What is the best decal remover that is safe for paint?

Most solvent based product can damage paint IF they are left in contact with it for too long. The trick is to limit the contact time. Using Rid-O-Grease (liquid or aerosol) is a great way to go, because it contains an emulsifier to help it mix with water to rinse off after use. When mixed with water , the solvent power is rapidly curtailed which is very handy as outlined below.

One technique to remove decals would be to use Rid-O-Grease to apply along the upper edge of the decal, while pulling it off as the solvent releases the adhesive holding it down. In the other hand, you would have a rag with plain water on it. Periodically wipe the area that is being contacted by the solvent to dilute and remove it which will slow down any bad effects on the paint. Continue down until decal is removed and then rinse the entire area with water. Some additional application of Rid-O-Grease may be necessary to remove adhesive residues.

What are the differences in the carpet products Lift Off, Dr. Spot and Ox-E-2?

Lift Off is an aerosol format which makes it easy to use and allows good control of how much product is applied. This in turn prevents over-wetting of the carpet which can deteriorate the carpet backing and cause “browning”. It is formulated with a blend of polar solvents and emulsifiers to specifically target oily stains.

Dr. Spot is a liquid product that is a more general purpose product to remove a wide variety of spots and staining. Given the liquid nature of the product it has capacity to “re-wet” dried stains to remove them even after they have dried.

Ox-E-2 is a spotter fortified with hydrogen peroxide which acts as a “color safe bleach” to take the color out of stain residues, particularly from food products and other proteinaceous soils.