Surfactants, degreasers, defoamer


#1

Not sure if anybody else uses a defoamer, but when I do my inside kitchen jobs or I’m scrubbing the floors using a heavy duty degreaser sometimes there’s a foam that builds up and slows my whole process down. I was thinking about using a defoamer, but I’ve never used a defoamer while trying to degrease and my understanding is a defoamer is basically an oil… I just don’t want to end up chasing my tail all night. Degreasing a floor and then using a defoamer to neutralize the foam and putting a different type of oil on the ground, or is the defoamer such minuscule amounts of oil that it wouldn’t matter.
On a side note could you add defoamer to a tank that had a surfactant/soap in it will the surfactant/soap still work even though it doesn’t foam up
I need Mary’s help :grin: @CaCO3Girl


#2

I use a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol if my tanks foam over


#3

Wow, lots of questions, let me see if i can answer them all.

  1. DO NOT use a defoamer to kill the foam in a kitchen. Go get some IPA (isopropyl alcohol/rubbing alcohol) get a spray trigger and spray it onto the foam…kills it immediately and doesn’t leave a residue.

  2. Defoamers are silicones, not oils really, and they can stay around and cause a mess

  3. yes, you could add a defoamer to a tank, but silicones FLOAT…it’s very difficult to get a defoamer to go into solution. It usually just sits on top of the water doing a whole lot of nothing.

  4. Yes the surfactant will still work. That whole thing about the more bubbles the better it works…total myth.

What else???


#4

I feel smart to know something Mary knew lol


#5

I put alchohol in my roof mix…seems to work well. A lot of stick but not all the foam coming out of the tank


#6

I literally feel smarter just talking to you @CaCO3Girl… Thank you


#7

You guys do realize my name isn’t actually Mary right? :rofl::rofl::rofl:

Happy to help


#8

Lol yes I realize that your name isn’t actually Mary…I just happen to be around when if I remember correctly @Innocentbystander gave ya the nickname…Would ya rather just @CaCO3Girl😁… I’ll call you anything you want you’ve helped me immensely already!


#9

My you’re being quite contrary.


#10

Caco works :wink:


#11

touche sir…touche


#12

CaCO3Girl’s real name is Abigail “Abby” Sciuto and she is a forensic scientist for the Naval Criminal Investigation Service. Despite her gothic stylings and hard outward appearance she has a really big heart. As Tony Denoso, a friend and colleague, i know her quite well. Thanks Abs!


#13

I just binged that. Maybe a new show to watch


#14

One of my all time favorites. You kind of remind me of the no nonsense jethro character the way you dispense correct (rough around the edges) advice lol.


#15

Dang who has time to watch TV… I really need to quit my day job and just focus on my pressure washing so I can be a man of leisure and do things like play with my kids and watch TV…lol​:rofl::rofl:
Between my day job and my pressure washing company I’ll work 20 something hours today…killing me but worth it in the end!


#16

I’ve seen every episode since the beginning. It’s probably one of the best shows ever. You’ll like it


#17

Hehehehe, not the first time I’ve been compared to Abby! I can’t watch that show though. I tried once, and a test I KNOW takes 4 hours was done in like 2 minutes…grrrrr…I dislike it when tv gets science wrong. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


#18

Ahhhh, that’s the Jersey in me…I never have caught onto this southern beat around the bush in a polite way thing :wink: