Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Paint Stripper: Toxic Product Watch List

A guy was using a common paint stripper to remove a bathtub coating in a small bathroom in an apartment building. A window was partially open for ventilation. The solution he was using contained 85% to 90% methylene chloride. He was found unconscious two hours after the project began. His cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation with acute methylene chloride toxicity. This happens in North America more than you think and the EPA is now working towards making stricker regulations in response to the overwhelming evidence of health risks posed by the use of paint strippers. Its top 2 chemicals of concern are methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).

Methylene chloride can cause a range of adverse health effects or death in workers and consumers, including harm to the central nervous system, liver and kidney toxicity, and cancer. NMP exposure risks during paint or coating removal, include neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, and reproductive toxicity. Risks particularly to pregnant women – from exposure are of extreme concern as NMP can pass through the placenta and harm the baby.

Here is just some of the common paint stripping products that contain these chemicals. It's recommended you avoid using these stripping products when ever possible and look for safe alternatives we have provided a link for safer options below.

Circa 1850 Paint & Varnish Remover - methylene chloride

 Citristrip Stripping Gel - NMP

 Dads Easy Spray Paint & Varnish Remover - methylene chloride

 DS Super Remover -  methylene chloride

 Dynamic Surf Pro The Paint and Varnish Buster - methylene chloride

        Goof Off Graffiti Remover - NMP


 Heirloom Furniture Stripper - methylene chloride

        Jasco Paint & Epoxy Remover - methylene chloride

  Klean Strip Natural Strip X-Stripper - methylene chloride

 Minwax Paint & Varnish Remover -  methylene chloride


 Multi Strip Professional Paint Stripper - NMP


 Peel Away 7 - NMP

 Ready Strip Plus Paint & Varnish Remover - NMP

 Super Strip - methylene chloride

  Zinsser Stripfast Furniture Refinisher - methylene chloride

  Zip-Strip Premium Paint and Finish Remover - methylene chloride

These brands and many other stripping products currently available contain hazardous chemicals that are toxic and not safe for consumer use without extensive protective equipment and forced ventilation. They need a lot more than opening a window to protect yourself from a lethal exposure.

The EPA recommends using water based or vegetable based strippers as a safe alternative. The most effective water based strippers and removers on the market today is the brand EZ Strip.

Visit the EZ Strip website today for product details and purchase info @ EZstrip.ca 


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Renovation Clean Up

Congratulations on your newly completed home renovation or home improvement project. Now all that's left is the clean up! For some projects all you need is a good vacuum and some soap & water to clean up. For other projects you may need something a lot stronger but that doesn't mean you need to put yourself at risk to complete your tough clean up task. For anyone who has ever done a big paint, refinish, or stain project you may notice the clean up part to not be as easy as you would like. And most of the removers for your clean up turn out to be quite toxic and dangerous to use especially inside your home!

So what do you do? Use the safer options from EZ Strip, the only strippers and removers designed for safe and easy use by everyone! No skin burns or toxic fumes, no environmental worries, and no additional products needed to finish. Unlike other strippers that require an additional neutralizer to complete, EZ Strip products neutralize with just water. Instead of having to specially dispose of your stripping waste at the local dump you can put it in your regular household garbage. Instead of having to throw away your rags and application tools from your clean up now you can just rinse them with water and re-use. Rags can go in the regular wash you can even use EZ Strip to remove paint from your clothing! All EZ Strip products are 100% water soluble and biodegradable so you don't have to worry about it going down the drain!      

Want to know if EZ Strip will work for you? Visit the website @ EZstrip.ca and see what EZ Strip can do for you!

Here are some before and after pics of EZ Strip's clean up power in action.

Before Raw Wood Stairs
-paint splatter
-glue drips
-grease residue
-dirt & grime

After Treated with EZ Strip

EZ Strip can tackle a lot of tough clean up jobs after your home renovation or home improvement project use the EZ Strip All Purpose Remover for spot treatments and EZ Strip Paint & Varnish Stripper for treating larger surface areas. Because life has never been this EZ!