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How to Clean Paint/Stain Off Your Hands

The first rule in using paint, stains, pine tar, and glue is to never let it touch your skin by IMG_3188using latex gloves. But let’s be realistic, almost nobody uses gloves when painting or staining, so it is inevitable that these substances are going to get on your hands and skin.

PRO TIP: Be prepared that you are going to get messy!  Prep your hands prior to working with these types of substances by using hand lotion before you start working. This will keep paint and stain from sticking so easily to your hands, and it will make clean up almost effortless.

If you have managed to get paint or stain on your skin, some paint removers on the market are highly toxic, and may not be safe to use directly on your skin.  Be sure to read all labels to see if the product can be safely applied. There are also a few household ingredients (baby oil, cooking oil) that can be used to avoid any harsh chemicals.

The simplest way to clean off oil-based paint and stains from your hands is by using the same cooking oil you may already have now in your kitchen cabinets.  Mixed with a little liquid dish detergent and lathered with water, a gentle rubbing of your hands together will break the paint down and clean it up fast.

PRO TIP: The sooner you can wash your skin before the paint or stain dries, the better! As paint and stains dry, it becomes thicker and harder to remove.

Here is a little more detail to clean up those dirty spots:

  1. Soap and Water
    • The most common solution would be to scrub your hands with soap and water. You should work the soap into your hands, rinsing periodically. Most water and latex based paints will wash away with just simple soap and water.
  2. Mineral Oil, Mineral Spirits, Baby Oil, or Cooking Oil
    • Mineral oil or spirits work the most efficiently with latex, oil and water paints and most stains.IMG_3189
    • After first washing your hands with soap and water, and the mess still is visible, if you pour a small coating of oil over the area with paint or stain, you simply need to lightly rub it to see the cleaning power.
    • It is important to let the oil soak in a little to do its best work. Two to three minutes is the optimum amount of time.
    • Use a wiping cloth (we recommend either using a Precision-Fiber Cloth or a clean painter’s terry towel) to rub the oil in circles to lift the substance off your skin.
    • For tricky, dried areas, dip your Precision-Fiber Cloth or Painter’s Terry Towel directly into the oil and scrub the area with your cloth vigorously in a circular motion.
    • Paint and stain will begin to lift off your skin. If the mess is still visible, apply more oil, and repeat the process.
    • Continue until your skin is clear and all paint and stain is removed.
    • Wash off any excess oil from your hands with soap and water.

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Pureclean™ Launched as the First Cleaning Cloth with the Hygienic Advantage of Enhanced Microfiber

Villa Rica, Georgia. Intex DIY, Inc., the largest supplier of wiping rags and towels to the US retail market, headquartered in Villa Rica, Georgia, announces the launch of a new generation of multi-purpose wiping towels that are the first to combine bulk and softness like cotton terry towels, with the hygienic cleaning efficacy of enhanced microfiber. The new towels are being marketed under the brand name pureclean™ and will be introduced in select markets across the United States in home improvement stores beginning in May 2018.Pureclean

 

Pureclean was created in a joint product development partnership between Intex and Tietex International, a leading stitch-bonded fabric manufacturer located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. According to Robert Dailey III, CEO of Intex, “pureclean is the first wiping product that bridges the gap between traditional cotton terry towels and microfiber towels, both of which are manufactured primarily overseas and imported into this country.” Pureclean is constructed, converted, and packaged 100% in the USA in EPA registered facilities. According to Dailey, “independent laboratory tests indicate pureclean, when used with simple water alone, removes 99.9% of pathogens dead or alive from surfaces, including Norovirus, Listeria, E. Coli, MRSA and Salmonella. Pureclean sets a new standard of cleaning that ordinary terry towels cannot match.”

 

Wade Wallace, President and COO of Tietex, said “the proprietary technology behind pureclean was developed by our team of product engineers and is protected under a number of US patents and other process trade secrets. Pureclean was engineered for durability, unmatched whiteness and superior wiping performance in wet or dry applications of all types and are machine washable for continued re-use. We are excited to have an exclusive relationship with Intex to convert, merchandise, and supply the US retail market with this revolutionary wiping tool.”

 

Dailey added, “designed with unique looped and grooved pile dual surfaces, one for drying and cleaning, and a second for scrubbing and polishing; pureclean towels clean better and they clean safer. They are simply the most versatile wiping cloths ever.”

 

For more information, contact Intex at info@intexsupply.com.

 

 

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Intex DIY, Inc. -proud to donate wiping cloths to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children through PPG.

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This past weekend, PPG sent over 1,000 PPG employees to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children to volunteer to help paint, caulk, and beautify the huge ranch that does so much for those battling cancer and other diseases.

The St. Jude’s Ranch for Children – Texas (SJRC) cares for children and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse and neglect.  They provide a safe-haven and offer help and hope to children in need.

PPG donated the labor and all the coatings needed to help the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.  PPG also hired a crew to prepare many of the buildings on the ranch, so they were ready to be painted before the volunteers arrived. Through multiple partnering vendors, such as Intex DIY, PPG was able to collect a vast array of donations, such as wiping cloths, brushes, and materials, enough to complete the work at hand.

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For more information about St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, PPG, or Intex, please click here:

SJRC  https://www.sjrctexas.org/

PPG http://www.ppg.com

Intex  http://www.intexsupply.com

 

 

 

 

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Faux Finishing (Ragging)

raggingFaux finish painting is a type of finishing technique that involves creating a layered texture effect by imitating the look of other types of surfaces.  One of the more popular ways to create a faux finish is ragging. Ragging will add an old leather-like weathered look simply by using the unique blotting or rolling of your rags across your wall or canvass.

Here are some steps to follow:

Expert Tip: Try this technique on a sample board first to experiment with the texture designs before starting your project.

  1. To achieve soft, textured effects on your walls, you will need to start with lint free rags such as Precision-Fiber Cloths or a smooth white wiper such as in the Roll O’Rags, a paint tray, a paint brush or roller, painters tape, latex glaze, and if you choose, Floetrol.faux130
  2. Apply a base coat of solid color paint (remember that the first color applied will show the least). Make sure it is a full coat, as this will prevent flashing and dark spots when glaze is applied.
  3. Be sure the base coat is thoroughly dry before beginning the ragging process.
  4. Mix 3 volumes of latex paint to 1 volume of Floetrol (optional) and 1 volume of latex glaze.  Floetrol will improve the performance of the paint and will reduce the appearance of hard edge strokes.
  5. Pour your paint mixture into a paint tray. This mixture should be thick like syrup.
  6. Next, wet your Precision-Fiber Cloth or Roll O’ Rags wiper. It should not be wringing wet, just damp. Then, dip it into the paint mixture. Work the mixture into the rag, and squeeze the excess off.
  7. You can either open the rag and then crumple it loosely in your hand, or you can roll the wiper depending on your desired effect.
  8. Begin in the upper corner of the area you are painting, and press the rag gently on wall, or you can roll it down the wall if you chose to roll your wiper. Repeat until you cover approximately one square yard. The irregular imprints are what gives the finish the unique look you desire. Leave as much base coat paint exposed as you desire, but try to be consistent. If you like your design, move on to the next section of your wall or canvass.ragrolling2  Keep in mind while you continue to use the ragging technique,  that the first blots and rolls (after dipping into the paint) will have the most paint and will appear heaviest in pattern.  As the paint leaves the rags and becomes lighter, go back and fill in any spots in your pattern. The pattern should look irregular up close, but from a far, it should appear like an even pattern.
  9. Vary the pattern by re-crumpling the rag. You may also try to roll the rag in different ways for varying effects.
  10. Remember to rinse out your Precision-Fiber Cloth or Roll O’Rags wiper every so often so that you do not have any paint build up.
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How to Remove Carpet Stains

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Don’t Panic! Below are the general rules to stain removal, but see the chart below for more detailed removal of coffee, soda, wax, paint, and other dirt from carpet.

1. It is important to remove the stain as fast as you can. The older the spot,
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2. Determine the nature and age of the stain as different stains require different methods of removal.
3. Select the proper spot removal product as some chemical companies make specific cleaners to remove specific stains.
4. Test the stain with the cleaner in a small hidden area.
5. Remove any excess or crusty material.
6. Apply remover and blot (never rub) with a terry towel. You can find cleaning grade terry towels at your local retail or home improvement store. If you don’t have a terry towel, you can also use Precision-Fiber Cloths.  It is best to keep some on hand in case of emergencies, such as stains.
8ct-PFC[1]7. Always work from the outside of the stain to the center to avoid spreading.
8. Allow ample time for the stain remover to work according to instructions.
9. Flush with warm water, and remove excess by blotting with your terry towel or Precision-Fiber Cloth.
* Stains caused by protein base products need extra attention.
 ~First rinse with cold water. Then a solution of enzyme detergent and hot water should be used with your terry towel or Precision-Fiber Cloth to blot the stain.

 

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Intex Named Vendor of the Year by Sherwin-Williams

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Orlando, Florida. Intex DIY, Inc. was named by Sherwin-Williams as 2017 Vendor of the Year on January 29th at the 2018 Sherwin-Williams National Meeting in Orlando.

The award is presented annually to Sherwin-Williams vendors who have met several performance criteria in a given year. In announcing the award, Tracey Gairing, Vice President of Marketing and Purchasing for Sherwin-Williams, noted that the selection of Intex was based upon several factors including; accomplishing double-digit sales growth, quality of products relative to value, a continuous stream of new products, promotional support above and beyond normal programs, and exceptional service and support of the Sherwin-Williams field organization and distribution centers.

In accepting the award during the vendor luncheon at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Mitch Bollag, owner of Intex, congratulated the entire Intex team and thanked

YOY4 Sherwin-Williams for the prestigious recognition. “Everyone at Intex values our strategic relationship with Sherwin-Williams developed over many years and nurtured through the co-operative partnership between our two companies. We are honored and appreciative of this award and look forward to our continued growth together,” said Bollag.

In announcing the award, Gairing commented, “on behalf of everyone at Sherwin-Williams, I would like to thank you for the support and efforts in 2017. Congratulations for a job well done this past year!”
Intex, headquartered in Villa Rica, Georgia, is the largest supplier of paint rags and wiping cloths to the home improvement, hardware and paint retailer markets in North America.
For more information, contact Intex at info@intexsupply.com or refer to the company website at http://www.intexsupply.com.