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So about 3 weeks ago someone in my Facebook feed was bragging and joking about cleaning her bathroom and said she was just going to mix a bunch of cleaners together and start scrubbing. I don't know her but commented that this was a dangerous idea. A day later she posted the coctail smelled supper bad but it cleaned up great. Again I commented this was not funny and dangerous.
Now 3 weeks goes by and she post she has not been feeling well and went to doctor. Her lungs are burnt and has fluid in her lungs, this could now be a life long helth problem.
But don't listen to me I
am just a stupid carpet cleaner.
 

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I go through this a lot with my guys, some of them think they're home chemists and start mixing stuff up when they really ought to just leave it alone.

Most notoriously, thanks to the interwebz, if you mix plain old household white vinegar (acetic acid) with drug-store hydrogen peroxide, you can get a nice little disinfectant at about 2-3% dilution that's generally safe enough for any homeowner to use... but if you take professional or industrial grade versions of the two and mix them (9-20% or higher), the peracetic acid released becomes a lethal cloud of lung-destroying gas that will kill you by the time you realize you've screwed up.

If the chemist who designed it doesn't specifically tell you it's okay to add such-n-such to the chemical, here's a tip - DON'T. Sure, you might get a faster clean out of it... but what's it doing to you and your lungs/skin/brain/customer's kids in the process? It's not worth the tradeoff.
 

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So about 3 weeks ago someone in my Facebook feed was bragging and joking about cleaning her bathroom and said she was just going to mix a bunch of cleaners together and start scrubbing. I don't know her but commented that this was a dangerous idea. A day later she posted the coctail smelled supper bad but it cleaned up great. Again I commented this was not funny and dangerous.
Now 3 weeks goes by and she post she has not been feeling well and went to doctor. Her lungs are burnt and has fluid in her lungs, this could now be a life long helth problem.
But don't listen to me I
am just a stupid carpet cleaner.
You can't stop stupidity. I had a customer a number of years back who mixed bleach with a powerful degreaser called Mean Green. He wound up in the ER pretty quick! Nearly killed him and ruined his carpet on top of that, and I mean ALL their carpet in their home. They called me to try and "fix the problem", but it really was beyond fixing. I also remember back years ago when I did floor stripping and waxing that a guy mixed ammonia with floor stripper for some extra kick. Well, it kicked him right into the ER! Fortunately for him we worked at a medical building with a 24 hour ER service cause he might have killed his fool self.
 
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I go through this a lot with my guys, some of them think they're home chemists and start mixing stuff up when they really ought to just leave it alone.

Most notoriously, thanks to the interwebz, if you mix plain old household white vinegar (acetic acid) with drug-store hydrogen peroxide, you can get a nice little disinfectant at about 2-3% dilution that's generally safe enough for any homeowner to use... but if you take professional or industrial grade versions of the two and mix them (9-20% or higher), the peracetic acid released becomes a lethal cloud of lung-destroying gas that will kill you by the time you realize you've screwed up.

If the chemist who designed it doesn't specifically tell you it's okay to add such-n-such to the chemical, here's a tip - DON'T. Sure, you might get a faster clean out of it... but what's it doing to you and your lungs/skin/brain/customer's kids in the process? It's not worth the tradeoff.

Couldn't have said it better myself.
 

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You can't stop stupidity. I had a customer a number of years back who mixed bleach with a powerful degreaser called Mean Green. He wound up in the ER pretty quick! Nearly killed him and ruined his carpet on top of that, and I mean ALL their carpet in their home. They called me to try and "fix the problem", but it really was beyond fixing. I also remember back years ago when I did floor stripping and waxing that a guy mixed ammonia with floor stripper for some extra kick. Well, it kicked him right into the ER! Fortunately for him we worked at a medical building with a 24 hour ER service cause he might have killed his fool self.
Incredible.
 

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I go through this a lot with my guys, some of them think they're home chemists and start mixing stuff up when they really ought to just leave it alone.

Most notoriously, thanks to the interwebz, if you mix plain old household white vinegar (acetic acid) with drug-store hydrogen peroxide, you can get a nice little disinfectant at about 2-3% dilution that's generally safe enough for any homeowner to use... but if you take professional or industrial grade versions of the two and mix them (9-20% or higher), the peracetic acid released becomes a lethal cloud of lung-destroying gas that will kill you by the time you realize you've screwed up.

If the chemist who designed it doesn't specifically tell you it's okay to add such-n-such to the chemical, here's a tip - DON'T. Sure, you might get a faster clean out of it... but what's it doing to you and your lungs/skin/brain/customer's kids in the process? It's not worth the tradeoff.
Let us not forget that the second mixing option works great a dealing with problematic cats
 

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So about 3 weeks ago someone in my Facebook feed was bragging and joking about cleaning her bathroom and said she was just going to mix a bunch of cleaners together and start scrubbing. I don't know her but commented that this was a dangerous idea. A day later she posted the coctail smelled supper bad but it cleaned up great. Again I commented this was not funny and dangerous.
Now 3 weeks goes by and she post she has not been feeling well and went to doctor. Her lungs are burnt and has fluid in her lungs, this could now be a life long helth problem.
But don't listen to me I
am just a stupid carpet cleaner.
Unreal...SMDH
 

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someone was telling me the other day they use stripper with a little ammonia for tile and grout cleaning
 

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someone was telling me the other day they use stripper with a little ammonia for tile and grout cleaning
I don't think they make ammonia stripper anymore if they do I have not seen it,,, stuff was strong though....

as the finishes changed so did the stripper,,, Now I use ncl barebones on bad bad bad grout that needs it but I can say wasn't me that said that !!!
 
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someone was telling me the other day they use stripper with a little ammonia for tile and grout cleaning
The guy I mentioned must have put a lot in and it was industrial strength. I don't remember him ever coming back to work. I took over the floor strip and wax some time after that and did it for several years. I only used the provided wax stripper according to directions and it cut that wax like it was nothing. Never a problem with it.