Oxalic acid is safe to use around the home, as long as you take the correct safety precautions.
Rust stains on porous surfaces such as carpets and clothing can be removed by using oxalic products. Applying the chemical to the effected area and blotting the excess will make the carpet look as good as new. Beware – do not use normal household bleach to remove rust stains – it will make it worse!
Oxalic acid can be used to remove blood, ink and urine stains from carpets.
Oxalic acid can also be found in various household cleaning products such as Barkeeper's friend, a popular wood product from the United States.
If you love to restore old furnuiture as a hobby or have some old wooden pieces that need a lift, use oxalic acid to freshen and lighten the wood after it has been stripped back.
The woodworking and joinery trade make extensive use of oxalic acid.
Crystals of oxalic acid rubbed onto wooden beams and floors removes unsightly stains caused by age, exterior exposure or rust easily.
It is not only wood that oxalic acid works wonders on. It can also be used to treat, polish and repair other materials such as stone, marble and stainless steel.
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There can be many problems attached to oak staining especially with green oak. Unstightly stains and marks can spoil good looking beams or floors. Dark Spots and discoloration of the wood can be removed with Oxalic Acid. Oxalic Acid can also be used to freshen wood colour if it has become grayed due to external exposure.
In the refinishing of wood furniture, oxalic acid can be used after stripping to lighten and soft darker stained areas before refinishing. It can also be used as a rust remover and a stain remover in many other applications. In removing iron stains users can scrub the stained area with a solution of oxalic acid in water.
Oxalic Acid is used
– by those working with wood, timber & wooden beams
– in removing tannin stains
– in removing rust in automotive shops and in restoring antiques
– in rust stain removal
– Those pre-treating stainless steel
– in preparing & polishing stones & marble
– in restoring furniture as Oxalic Acid bleach
– by Fishermen lin maintaining wood on boats & quays
– by Beekeepers – a 6% solution of oxalic acid in sugar can protect against the parasitic Varroa mite
– as a purifying intermediate in pharmacy
– as a precipitator in rare earths processing
– Concentrate crystals removes tannins and water stains from timber
– Ideal for oak frames and beams
– Can be put to many uses due to the flexibility of using crystals
REMOVAL OF IRON STAINS
Iron stains can be removed by scrubbing the stained area with an aqueous solution of oxalic acid in water. Dissolve 1kg oxalic acid to 6Lt of warm water. Scrub stained area using a stiff-bristle brush. Thoroughly rinse with water after treatment. When completely dry, lightly sand the surface. Surface must be clean and
completely dry (not just surface dry) before refinishing. Incomplete drying and retained subsurface moisture can cause finish adhesion failure.
Many of Construction Chemicals customers are involved with building renovation and in particular Oak frames, oak windows and beams as well as flooring. Our product range ensures that whenever timber is being used we have the products to bond, fill, preserve, sand, stain and paint. Our Customers will be aware of the problems of oak stains especially with green oak. This can look unsightly and spoil good looking beams or floors. OXALIC ACID CLEANS MOST STAINS FROM TIMBER.
REMOVAL OF BLACK WATER AND TANNIN STAIN
A common form of staining on wood surfaces results from contamination with iron. A portion of the extractives in wood includes a group of chemicals collectively called tannins. The amount of tannins depends on species; oak, redwood, and cedar are rich in tannins. Tannins react with iron to form a blue-black stain on wood. Common causes of iron stain include use of un-galvanized or poorly galvanized fasteners; OXALIC ACID brushed into the stains makes removal easy. Finishing wood with a WATER REPELLANT WITHA PRESERVATIVE AND/OR WOOD POLISH OR OIL greatly minimizes further iron stain and enhances the finish of the wood.. Wood must be clean; free of paint, waxes, oils and dirt. Use wood cleaners to remove any grease oils or grime. Use paint strippers to remove any finish, paint or coating.
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