What IS that stain?

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...on the floor of the fiberglass shower...is the color of calamine lotion. Has not come up with Scrubbing Bubbles but is looking a little lighter with Magic Eraser. If it doesn't come up completely, and hubs is throwing everything at it, we'll ask the guests what it is.

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 I didn't see what was so great about those Magic Erasers.  It didn't last long at all and it makes a weird squeeking noise when you use them.

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What we found with the ME (and yes, weird 'feel' and sound) is that it got the grout CLEAN with no effort whatsoever, other than wiping it across the floor. Quickly gets suitcase scuffs off the doors with minimal scuffing to the glossy paint (just go easy with it). It's FAST. That's what's great. 6 tile floors, innumerable painted doors and woodwork and the thing is FAST.

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Fabric dye, good luck with that!

I'm sorry! I wonder if you could use Rit dye company's dye remover in some sort of way to try and get it out???

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Hubs asked the guests what it was and they insisted he come into the room to look and see if it was gone after the bleaching. Hubs says it is all gone now, just took a little longer than he thought. I will look tomorrow. They were very upset. We had just been talking at breakfast about accountability by guests...

We heard the shower running for a loooong time, they may have been trying to clean it themselves. We weren't around when they left for the day, wonder if they would have mentioned it had they seen us?

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'That stain' was from an umbrella tossed in the shower so it wouldn't drip on the floor.

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totally off topic - but pertaining to work... 6 rooms all made their beds today.  Couple here all week, never made their bed once, nor reused their towels.  All but one room resusing their towels! (I gave fresh face cloths only)

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You might try acetone on a cloth or paper towel.  I use that to get scuff marks off my fiberglass and mold/mildew off my outdoor vinyl cushions. 

As for Turtlewaxing your tubs, be careful!  Be sure to have good traction strips on the bottom or you're inviting a slip and fall....and....if that happens and they determine you waxed the tub, they will also determine that you caused the fall, and you know where that's going to lead.

I use a polish (Marine Finesse-It II by 3M) on mine rather than wax, applied with a variable speed polisher and a very soft foam pad - wool pads are too abrasive and create too much heat (friction).  Wax comes off with detergents and has to be re-waxed more often.  The polish lasts a year.  And LOTS of traction strips.  Finesse-It is good stuff.  I was able to ressurect 28 year old Imron paint (over fiberglass) with that stuff which saved me from a $65,000 paint job!  Laughing out loud

On that stain, if all else fails, maybe try Whink (little brown bottle in the grocery store where the laundry detergent is) which is a rust stain remover.  I use that a lot on my fiberglass surfaces and it works like magic.

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Gee, thanks! I knew there was some kind of marine finish that I could use but didn't know what it was called! Yes, I was worried about the slip and fall thing and was only going to do the sides (it's a shower/bath all in one) and not the bottom but then that's where the stains are, on the bottom.

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There is a product called "traction wax" that some folks use on their decks.  I've never used it my showers, but it's an idea.  When the surface is waxed with traction wax, it is not slick when it gets wet.  It's made to use on those decks that have a curvature to them, like you'd find on a Sea Ray, Carver, Meridian, etc.  Otherwise, they are like a slip 'n slide with regular wax.  I don't use it as my decks don't slope down toward the bow/anchor (she's a true "blue water" vessel), so I can't say how well it works.  I have friends, however, who swear by it.

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I wonder if that would work on our porch... it was just painted and after it rains it is slippery.

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You can buy silica sand at the hardware store to mix in with paint - we use it when doing our front porch.  Makes the surface rougher.

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I almost had to use that in my garage! The guys who did the concrete work made the surface smooth as glass. Combine with water dripping from the car, oil dripping from the car...you get the idea. Eventually the salt dripping from the car ate thru the surface finish and everything was fine.

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could it be the shampoo that retains the color, so if you are blonde it it blue?

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I've had hair dye stain my fibreglass bathtub. Could have been a red or auburn hair dye. I've tried everything too, to get it off. Also have what looks like a crayon mark on the bottom of the tub that won't come off.

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This looks like it was on a face cloth or other cloth given the pattern on the shower floor. Didn't see any dye containers in the trash and it didn't smell like dye in the room.

We just sprayed bleach on it and will go back when we are done cleaning the other rooms to rinse and see if that helped.

Have you tried Magic Eraser on your 'crayon' mark?

If this is a dye stain we have, I'll try peroxide next.

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Bleach and peroxide won't damage the fibreglass finish?? I've been meaning to turtlewax my tubs but haven't had the time to get it done yet.

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Too late now. We've already hit it with the bleach. I'll let you know what happens.

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Please do. I'll let you be my guinea pig!

I am a little reluctant to use the Magic Eraser because it supposedly contains formaldehyde.

 

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vancouverislander wrote:

Please do. I'll let you be my guinea pig!

I am a little reluctant to use the Magic Eraser because it supposedly contains formaldehyde.

 

MSDS for Magic Eraser.

 

Finish is ok even after Magic Eraser and bleach. Stain is not completely gone, tho. We have to stop at this point and pick up again tomorrow on the cleaning. The guests in that room certainly can't complain about the stain.

We use bleach on our own bathtub all the time.

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thanks for the link...good stuff there.

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vancouverislander wrote:

Please do. I'll let you be my guinea pig!

I am a little reluctant to use the Magic Eraser because it supposedly contains formaldehyde.

 

Does it?  It is the only thing to get suitcase black marks off the walls.

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JunieBJones (JBJ) wrote:

vancouverislander wrote:

Please do. I'll let you be my guinea pig!

I am a little reluctant to use the Magic Eraser because it supposedly contains formaldehyde.

 

Does it?  It is the only thing to get suitcase black marks off the walls.

Which reminds me of another project for next week...

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It can also dull a shiny fiberglass finish. I learned that the hard way. Took off the stain..but the shine as well.Sad

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