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REMOVING BANANA SAP STAINS FROM PLASTIC TABLE - HELP!

 
OldTart
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The gardener left me a whole hand of bananas and I cut the bunches off on an old plastic porch table. Didn't realize how badly it stains and although I wiped it off when I was done, the table is totally smeared brown. Looked all over the internet but can't find any remedy. It may well be useless and a lesson learned but if anybody has any suggestions I'd love to hear them. Thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : July 29, 2012 4:31 pm
STXBob
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I don't know what will work for your specific situation, but these are all the cleaners that I would consider, either by scrubbing or soaking. Watch the bleach if it's not a white table:
- Oxygen bleach (eg: OxiClean)
- Chlorine bleach
- Zud
- WhiteBrite
- WD-40
- Nail polish remover
- SoftScrub

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Posted : July 29, 2012 4:41 pm
BeachcomberStt
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-Borax paste

-Vinegar with water

Hope some of the suggestions work for you!

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Posted : July 29, 2012 5:49 pm
Alana33
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I love Clorox! Just put in a spray bottle and have at it!

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Posted : July 29, 2012 6:41 pm
OldTart
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Thanks for the tips and, yes, regular bleach worked like a charm. Just finished up. I now smell like a very clean toilet bowl but the table is back to normal. 😀 That sap is nasty stuff and I'd hate to see what it would do to porous fabrics. I'll be way more careful in future!

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Topic starter Posted : July 29, 2012 6:47 pm
BeachcomberStt
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Thanks for the tips and, yes, regular bleach worked like a charm. Just finished up. I now smell like a very clean toilet bowl but the table is back to normal. 😀 That sap is nasty stuff and I'd hate to see what it would do to porous fabrics. I'll be way more careful in future!

(tu)

Happy you got it cleaned up 🙂

I prefer clorox in a spray bottle with a little water. It cleans just about anything, just as long it doesn't discolor the item.

STXBob, already suggested clorox, but I was worried about the color of your table. I didn't want to see it discolored.

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Posted : July 29, 2012 7:49 pm
wenchtoo
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Thanks for the tips and, yes, regular bleach worked like a charm. Just finished up. I now smell like a very clean toilet bowl but the table is back to normal. 😀 That sap is nasty stuff and I'd hate to see what it would do to porous fabrics. I'll be way more careful in future!

:@)

we got a good laugh!!

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Posted : July 29, 2012 8:22 pm
DaChief
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Once upon a time, had our young daughter in Grandma's Caddy- with lovely leather seats. Darling Baby smeared permanent and not so permanent marker throughout the back (Grandma was watching her that day).

GOJO waterless hand cleaner did the trick nicely- I would venture to guess that if it worked on that- it would probably work on anything- hope that helps...

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Posted : July 30, 2012 2:23 am
OldTart
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GOJO waterless hand cleaner did the trick nicely- I would venture to guess that if it worked on that- it would probably work on anything- hope that helps...

Interestingly I actually had some GOJO to hand but it didn't even make a dent and neither did anything else I tried until, as you'll see where I posted earlier, regular bleach did the trick - thank goodness!

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Topic starter Posted : July 30, 2012 10:31 am
stxem
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Magic Erasers also work really well for weird stains.

Also, I'm a big fan of "Zep" products from Home Depot. I was soooo happy when home depot opened on STX and they had Zep. Their grout cleaner is unbelievable! Unbelievably poisonous too but I don't really care because it actually works.

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Posted : July 30, 2012 1:39 pm
Alana33
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I am a fan of magic erasers for wall surfaces that doggies lie or rub against and get dirty. Pretty good on grout as well but a bit tedious.
Diluting bleach with water works depending on the type of stains and what the surface is. I use on my deck railings and deck ceilings every few months to clean any mold or mildew that our rainy season weather has has encouraged.
Glad OT was sucessful with removing the stains.

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Posted : July 30, 2012 2:48 pm
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