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The WD-40 email

By
Home Stager with Tuscan Home Decor and Design

I am sure everyone has seem the WD-40 email extolling it's virtues.  The list goes way beyond the rusty bolts and squeaky hinges most of us use it for.  I decided to Google it and see what came up.

The original email and the WD-40 company response with a pared down list can be seen here:  http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/wd-40.asp.  The official company site for 2000+ Uses is here:  http://www.wd40.com/files/pdf/wd-40_2042538679.pdf

You may be wondering why I am posting something about WD-40 here.  Have you ever walking into a clients house with scuff marks on the vinyl flooring, etc.  People viewing the home just see a dirty floor with scuff marks which makes them wonder "If the floors look like this, what else needs work?"  Some sellers view home decor as just the furniture, accents, and curtains.  If the home isn't clean, none of that matters to a potential buyer.  There are suggestions for cleaning uses on the list that will make the clients (or your) job easier.  As with any cleaning product, test in an inconspicuous place first.  I do that with products that are specifically made for cleaning anyway because you never know...

Hope you find something useful in this information.

 

Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Wow I wasn't aware it could be used on so many different kinds of surfaces. Thank you for passing along this list, I can't wait to try some out!

Oct 17, 2009 04:30 AM
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

I would have never thought of WD-40, but it makes sense! I could've used this yesterday in my Staging.  The Sellers put a huge gash mark on their wood floor when they tried to SLIDE something across the floor to move it. (yikes!)

Oct 17, 2009 04:37 AM
Mary Freeland
Tuscan Home Decor and Design - Front Royal, VA

I know for a fact it takes off scuff marks and bugs/tar on a vehicle.  It seems like someone is always paving, patching potholes or something around my area so I keep a can in my truck and use it when I go to the carwash.

Oct 17, 2009 04:38 AM
Mary Freeland
Tuscan Home Decor and Design - Front Royal, VA

Connie,
     I have those little slider pads under all my heavy stuff (even the stove and refrigerator.  They are a whole lot cheaper than repairing or replacing your flooring!
     Pick up some wax touch up sticks in Lowe's.  They are in the stain aisle.  I used them to fill in the depressions left when I attached the quarter round after I installed my Pergo. Works great!

Oct 17, 2009 04:45 AM
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Orange County, CA

WD-40 is, indeed, a wonder product. Not only does it remove scuffs, but its also great for removing stickers or tape residue (don' use it on walls painted with flat paint!). We keep a can in our cleaning supplies tool kit.

Oct 17, 2009 05:39 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

#7 has me laughing.  Keeps the flies off of cows.  Will it then keep fleas off of dogs?

It is a staple in my tool box.

Oct 17, 2009 04:20 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

It is the wonder tool box supply!!!  Great post for stagers!!

 

Oct 17, 2009 04:49 PM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I had someone use it on a painted flat wall because they thought it would get out the stain...wrong, it left a big grease mark, worse than the one that was there.

Oct 20, 2009 04:48 PM
Mary Freeland
Tuscan Home Decor and Design - Front Royal, VA

That is why I put the recommended company uses up.  There are some places things won't work on and flat paint is one of those things.  As with all cleaning products, test in a small inconspicuous spot.

Oct 21, 2009 04:57 AM
Kate Paris
First Class Waterfront Properties, LLC - Acquisitions and Divestitures - Orlando, FL
Broker: Residential - Commercial - Hotels

Thanks for the reminder and the links Mary. I keep a can in my staging toolbox. I forgot about WD-40 removing bugs and tar from cars...guess what I'm about to go outside and do....lol

Oct 21, 2009 05:12 AM