WD-40 is a handy product to have in your sweeper truck. There is very little this wonder product can’t do!
WD-40 was invented in 1953 by 3 individuals working for Rocket Chemical Company setting out to create a rust prevention/degreaser solvent for the aerospace industry. The product was perfected on the 40th attempt and the WD stands for “water displacement”. So even though the name isn’t rocket science, the product certainly was. First used to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion.
There are lots of ways WD-40 can be used on the job and here are some you might not have thought of.
1) Splinter Free Wooden Handles
Are your tools getting a little older? Rub some WD-40 onto the wooden handles. It will protect the handle from chipping and splintering.
2) Clean a License Plate
While you clean your sweeper the license plate is often the most ignored part. But rust can leave it looking dull and old. Spray it with some WD-40 and wipe it with a rag. This will make it look like new.
3) Winterproof Shoes
During the winter months, coat your shoes or boots with some WD-40 to prevent water from getting in.
4) Remove Salt Stains
WD 40 will also remove salt stains during those winter cleanups. Spray your shoes with WD-40 and wipe with a clean rag to get rid of the stains.
5) Prevent Snow Buildup
Starting an early sweeping job and don’t want snow to build up on your sweeper windows overnight? Spray a little bit of WD-40 on your truck windows before it snows to prevent it from sticking.
6) Remove Dog Poo
If you are struggling to get dog poo off your shoes. Spray some WD-40 on the bottom of your shoes and rinse them with water. Without any effort, you would be able to get your shoes squeaky clean.
7) Remove Tar and Stubborn Scuff Marks
Remove tar and scuff marks from hard surfaced. Spray some WD-40 on the surface to make cleaning a breeze.
8) Prevent Wasp Nests
During spring, spray some WD-40 where wasps usually build their nests. This will stop them from building a nest there when the weather gets warmer.
9) Remove Gum or Greasy Finger Prints From Driver’s Seat
Just put a little WD-40 onto the fabric and rub with a clean cloth. If you are trying to remove chewing gum from clothes, then you can rub the WD-40 in-between a piece of clean fabric and the gummed-up fabric.
10) Remove Sweeper Decals
Last but not least. Trying to remove some of those old worn decals on your sweeper and replace them with new? Start by spraying some WD-40 on them. This will loosen the adhesive and help peel the decal without leaving any trace.
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