Surfactants, degreasers, defoamer


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


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


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???


I feel smart to know something Mary knew lol


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


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


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

Happy to help


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!


My you’re being quite contrary.


Caco works :wink:


touche sir…touche


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!


I just binged that. Maybe a new show to watch


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.


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!


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


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:


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