Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I sprayed Great Stuff on some carpet.

Ever heard of Great Stuff?  It's this foam that comes in a spray can.  It's used for insulation.  If you ever had the fortune to get some on your hands or clothes.  This is nasty stuff.  It doesn't want to come out.  Soap, rubbing alcohol, finger nail polish remover, nothing seems to touch it.  Why would I want to spray this stuff on carpet? Well, I want to be a better carpet cleaner.  I want to get out the spots that the other guy couldn't remove.  I was inspired by this thread:

http://www.truckmountforums.com/threads/great-stuff-removal.35087/

A new carpet cleaner asks a simple question:

OK everyone, I am still a rookie and was talking to a friend of mine today about my services. He asked me if there is any way to remove Great Stuff (expanding spray foam insulation) out of carpet. I know this stuff is a pain just to get off of my hands, so I would imagine it is nearly impossible to remove from carpet, but I figured I would ask the experts on here to get your feed back. Thanks in advance!

Some of the response talked about treating it like Styrofoam.   Thinking if something will dissolve Styrofoam, it will dissolve Great Stuff.  It's a reasonable guess, but the problem is Great Stuff isn't Styrofoam.  It a polyurethane foam.  It resists solvents that would break down Styrofoam. 

Now to tell you the truth, I have run into this before.  I have successfully removed Great Stuff from carpet.  However, I may have been lucky.  The carpet may have been dirty and the spray foam didn't form a solid bond with the carpet.  The spots were also walked on a number of times and this may have broken down the foam.  I need to do some more experiments to see if I can really get this stuff out or if I just got lucky.

How am I going to proceed?  I've already sprayed the carpet on several spots.  I've also started researching chemicals that breakdown polyurethane.  I've spoken with a chemist about this.  Let's see what I can come up with.

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