Polyurethane foam is a popular product with builders, especially those who install plastic windows. This means of household chemicals, packaged in an aerosol can and ideally filling the cavity. He has excellent adhesive qualities, so the question of how to launder assembly foam from hands is topical among workers.
How to wash the mounting foam?
At the heart of the mounting foam are polyurethane foam - gas-filled plastics. When working with her, anyone who forgot to wear gloves, felt for himself how great her adhesive and adhesive qualities were. And as practice shows, everyone knows the safety rules, but often they do not use them. So, foam on your hands - what to do first?
After the foam hits the open surface of the hands, it is necessary to immediately wash it off with a special solution or an acetone-containing liquid. You can also moisten a piece of cloth with a solvent and wipe the contaminated skin area, then wash your hands with soap and water without sparing it.
However, it also happens that neither acetone nor washing for the foam was at hand at that moment. In this case, you can borrow from women to remove from the hands of fresh foam nail polish remover. In addition, it is possible to use any other available solvents for varnishes and paints, including gasoline. Hand washing after their use should be mandatory.
If there is nothing from the solvent liquids, then it is necessary to wait for the foam to dry, after which it is quite easily removed by mechanical action. Warning: fresh, just got foam on the skin of the hands or other parts of the body in any case can not be cleaned with a cloth. This can only exacerbate the situation - smeared with a thin film and frozen foam will require long cleaning procedures.
How to wash the frozen foam? In this case, the mechanical impact by scraping will help. For this purpose you should use:
- own nails;
- fine-grained sandpaper;
- brush with coarse bristles;
- pieces of abrasive wheel;
- blades or a razor, but they require care and caution to avoid cuts.
To improve performance and facilitate the process of cleaning the foam from hands, hot water and heated vegetable oil can be used as an aid. If you hold your hands in these fluids for about half an hour, you can soften the epithelium and, when scraping, it will be easier to separate it along with the foam, thus arranging an artificial skin renewal process. By the way, if you do nothing, over time, the foam will get away with the hands with the dead skin layer, but this option is suitable for those who are not worried about their appearance.
The use of a medicinal product with a great ability to penetrate through the skin membranes - Dimexid is widely spread among the people. It acts on the foam as a solvent. However, the individuality of the body's reaction to medications has not been canceled by anyone, and the smell from him is very strong.
We clean the doors and windows from foam
In addition to protecting their hands, as, indeed, the whole body from foam, you should also take care of the protection of surfaces. If the contact could not be avoided, then knowing how to clean the mounting foam from the doors, floor, and window frames will not be superfluous.
First of all, it is necessary to determine the importance of the coating and the material of manufacture, for example, doors. If the preservation of the coating is irrelevant and the material allows, then you can cut off most of it with a knife or blade, and then scrape off the remaining foam with a scraper and brush.
When the coating matters, a solvent or special flushing fluid is needed. First, try to remove the foam on the unobtrusive area. The solvent can adversely affect both the foam and the paint, varnish, the surface itself. You can also use the drug already known to us from the first-aid kit - Dimexide.
What to do if foam gets on clothes?
Before finding out how to launder assembly foam from clothes, it should be noted that if you first think about possible problems and put things on before work, which are not a pity, then the relevance of the issue will tend to zero. If the clothes are soiled, and it is a pity to throw them out, you must perform the following actions:
- Remove the bulk of the foam by cutting it off with a knife.
- Using available solvent, check its effect on the fabric. The purpose of this is to prevent material damage on the spot of foam stains.
- In case of negative effect on the fabric, treat the stain with a solvent or a special liquid, without resorting to rubbing, and remove the foam.
- After cleaning, clothes should be washed - so you can minimize the effect of solvent on the fabric structure.
Summing up, we should once again pay attention to preventive methods. It is better to foresee the influence of something, than to puzzle over how to correct its consequences. Hand, eye and hair protection are necessary personal safety measures. And the use of comfortable work clothes will allow you to save on buying a new one instead of a spoiled one in case of unsuccessful cleaning.
Protection of working surfaces and places of possible foam penetration with film, paper, construction tape will help to avoid an unnecessary headache. Knowledge of the same methods of cleaning and flushing assembly foam will allow in advance to worry about acquiring the necessary and effective tools, the use of which may be needed at any time. I wish you success!