Cleaning Instructions:When you are cleaning gear at the hall, there are 2 ways:
tank. This could be an empty 55 gallon plastic drum. Make
sure there is a lid so the product doesn't evaporate. If
for example you use a 55 gallon drum, put in 3 gallons of
CITROSQUEEZE®, then fill it 4/5 with water. Put the
shells in the solution and let them soak for up to 20 minutes
(depending on what type of soils are on the gear). If there
are persistent stains on the gear use a soft bristle brush
on the stain. You could also brush the stain before putting
it in the solution. When you have finished the soak, squeeze
the gear over the soak tank, then proceed to put the gear
into the washer. When putting the gear in the washer, do
not add any more CITROSQUEEZE® to the wash, as there
is enough in the gear to give a proper clean. Also rinse
the gear well. Because you have squeezed the gear into the
soak tank, it does not mean you have dispose of it. The
contents may be used many times before disposal. Once the
contents of the soak tank have become expended, dispose
as per city's environmental regulations.
The other way to clean the gear is just using the washing
machine. If there are persistent stains on the gear, again,
use a soft bristle brush and get the stain off. If you have
a top loading machine use approximately 20 ounces per gear.
If you are using a washer/extractor, front loading machine
the CITROSQUEEZE® can be metered in as per operators
manual. These machines can be programmed to soak the gear.
The temperature for the wash should not be more than 140°F.
When washing cycle is over, rinse well. When all cycles
are over, dry as per manufacturers instructions.
When washing the liners, I would suggest you wash them
separately with another detergent. The reason for this is
not because Citrosqueeze won't clean them, it's because
the liners soak up so much of the CITROSQUEEZE®, but
if you want your gear to smell nice and fresh, use the CITROSQUEEZE®.
CITROSQUEEZE® can also be used in the maintenance shop
to clean hoses, firemen's boots, tools, helmets, clean oil
spills in the fire hall. When cleaning plastic, such as
face masks or B.A. equipment, test these materials first.
The product is approved to clean Kevlar, so can also be
used to clean body armor.
Citrosqueeze Turnout Gear Cleaner for hand washing:
Prepare soak tank with Citrosqueeze dilute 1:5 with water.
Turnout gear may be left in tank for as long as necessary
to degrease the gear. When brought out of tanks, scrub lightly
any persistent stains, squeeze out gear and thoroughly rinse,
then hang to dry. If washer is available, (presoak according
to previous instructions) put gear into washer (add no Citrosqueeze)
and use wash and rinse cycle. Recommended rate of Citrosqueeze
added to washer if not presoaked is 20 oz. Citrosqueeze
per hundred weight of turnout gear at 120°F. Once all
cycles are completed, hang to dry or as per manufacturers
Citrosqueeze Turnout Gear Cleaner may be used to clean
oil spills on Tarmac areas or hall floors. It may be used
to clean hoses and other equipment soiled from fires. It
may also be used to clean carpets at a dilution rate of
1:10. The product can be practically used for cleaning in
all areas of a fire hall.
Some key points about Citrosqueeze:
- Will rejuvenate leather such as belts, suspenders, gloves
and knee patches where other cleaners may not.
- May affect some plastics and synthetics, pre-testing
is recommended beforehand.
- Approved by Dupont and Southern Mills for NOMEX Kevlar/PBI