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CLEAN SPIRIT - THE SAFER ALTERNATIVE TO WHITE SPIRIT

Clean Spirit from Bartoline, is a water based, highly effective alternative to White Spirit, that is safer to use and to the environment. The formulation contains all biodegradable ingredients. A high-tech mix of low VOC components, Clean Spirit is non-toxic, virtually odourless and is non-flammable. Clean Spirit can be used to clean all water based and most oil based paints from brushes, rollers and paint pads. Contains a conditioning agent, leaving brushes soft and supple. May also be used to clean paint spills from surfaces such as worktops, laminate flooring, most textiles, glass, etc.

Below, are the most commonly asked questions regarding this new and innovative product

What is Clean Spirit?

Clean Spirit is a highly effective water based, high-tech mixture of components, developed by Bartoline Limited to be an alternative to traditional White Spirit. It has many advantages over standard solvents as it is not hydrocarbon based.

What can I use Clean Spirit for?

Clean Spirit can be used to clean both water and most oil based paints from brushes, rollers and paint pads. It also contains a special conditioning agent that leaves painting tools soft, supple and just like new. It is also excellent to clean paint spills from surfaces such as worktops, laminate flooring, most textiles, glass, etc., as well as for removing paint spills from carpets.

Will Clean Spirit work on all oil based paints?

Clean Spirit will work on all known oil based paints but on certain occasions the cleaning process may have to be repeated a number of times to fully clean the implement. If on the first attempt the solution does not change colour then White Spirit should be used. In these circumstances a single follow up application of Clean Spirit will condition the implement for future use.

Will Clean Spirit work on enamel model paints?

Yes, Clean Spirit works better than white spirit and is much safer and more pleasing to use.

Is Clean Spirit safer to use than standard White Spirit?

Yes. Traditional solvent cleaning products such as White Spirit are generally flammable. Clean Spirit is a non-flammable product with no storage restrictions. The majority of solvent based cleaners on sale are classified as hazardous and in most cases can cause serious internal and external damage to humans. The reduced amount of toxins in Clean Spirit benefit everyone, including those with allergies and chemical sensitivities.

Is Clean Spirit safer for the environment than White Spirit?

Yes. This is one of the key factors of Clean Spirit. The main environmental impact of the majority of cleaning solvents such as White Spirit is the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) into the atmosphere, which contributes to lower level atmospheric pollution. The VOC content of White Spirit is generally around 800g per litre. Clean Spirit has LOW VOC properties and is therefore less damaging to the environment than traditional White Spirit. In addition to this, the majority of users pour used White Spirit down a domestic sink which causes problems in the environment because of the poor biodegradability of such products. All the ingredients of Clean Spirit are readily biodegradable and therefore less damaging to the environment.

Is Clean Spirit safe to use around animals?

Yes. Clean Spirit is no more harmful than washing up liquid.

Do I need to wear gloves when using Clean Spirit?

This depends on the duration and frequency of skin contact. For one off short duration contact, the use of gloves is not required. If however you use the product for long periods or frequently (more than once a day) then the use of gloves is recommended. Persons with sensitive skin should always use gloves when using this type of product.

How do I use Clean Spirit?

Highlighted below are some examples which we expect Clean Spirit to be used for:

Cleaning Brushes, Paint Pads and Rollers:

Remove as much paint as possible before cleaning. Pour a quantity of Clean Spirit into a generous sized container, dip the implement into the solution and work well in. Remove from the container and using a cloth rub in the solution. Repeat the above if necessary always using fresh Clean Spirit. Rinse in clean water and dry.

Cleaning spills from Hard Surfaces:

Absorb as much of the paint as possible with a cloth or paper towel. Pour a generous quantity of Clean Spirit onto a cloth or paper towel and wipe the surface until all paint has been removed. Rinse with clean water and dry.

Cleaning spills from Textiles:

Test a small patch for colour fastness. Pour a quantity of Clean Spirit directly onto the affected area and rub vigorously until paint has been removed. Rinse or wash with clean water.

Cleaning spills from Carpets:

Always treat the stain immediately. Blot up the paint with a clean towel. Pour Clean Spirit on a white cloth and blot the stain. Repeat this until no paint is transferred to the cloth. If possible, only use a blotting motion, otherwise rub in one direction to preserve the carpet pile. To rinse, apply cool water and blot to remove excess water.

Can I thin oil based paint with Clean Spirit?

This is not recommended. Although Clean Spirit will thin oil based paint it can affect the drying time. White Spirit should always be used for thinning oil based paints.

How do I dispose of used Clean Spirit?

All the ingredients within Clean Spirit are readily biodegradable and therefore are no more dangerous to the environment than washing up liquid. For household use the used Clean Spirit can be flushed down the sink. This is not a recommended practice for industrial use and the instructions contained within the Safety Data Sheet for waste disposal should be followed.

On the label is says “pour a quantity of Clean Spirit into a generous sized container”. What is meant by a generous sized container?

A container sufficiently large enough to allow the painting implement to be worked in the solution. Because of Clean Spirit’s non aggressive properties you can use plastic, metal or glass, unlike most solvent cleaners such as White Spirit, the plastic will not be affected by the product.

Do I have to clean my paint brushes immediately after use?

In line with most paint manufacturers to obtain the best results we recommend that painting tools are cleaned immediately after use. If however on large jobs you are intending to use the brush with the same paint the following day provided you remove the excess paint and wrap the brush in cling film Clean Spirit will effectively clean the brush following the next days use.

Being water based, will Clean Spirit Freeze?

Clean Spirit will freeze as it is predominantly water based, however this occurs at a lower temperature than water. There should be no problem providing containers are stored inside an outbuilding, garden shed, garage, motor vehicle, etc. However, in times of extreme cold, there is a likelihood of this happening. When this occurs, the product readily thaws with no detrimental effects to either performance or looks.

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