How Do I Use CLR?
In a well-ventilated area, mix equal amounts of CLR and warm water. Test on a hidden area before applying to the entire surface. Apply directly to the stain with a brush, cloth or sponge. After 2 minutes rinse promptly with cold water. Never leave CLR on an area for longer than two minutes. If the stain does not disappear, repeat this process and add more CLR solution as necessary. Never mix CLR with other household cleaners or bleach. Always read the manufacturer's directions of the item you will be cleaning to make sure that this product is compatible. Consumer discretion is always advised.
How do I use CLR to clean my coffee maker?
Mix one part (ex: 1 cup) CLR to eight parts (ex: 8 cups) water (for 10-12 cup automatic drip coffee makers). Run through coffee maker as if making coffee. Dispose of solution once product has run completely through the maker, then fill entire pot with clear, cold water and run a complete cycle twice. Instructions are for a regular 8-12 cup coffee maker. *Do not use CLR in coffee makers that hold water permanently. *CLR is not recommended for Gevalia, Keurig or Cuisinart coffee makers. *Do not use CLR in espresso machines. Always read your coffee maker’s manufacturer’s directions before using CLR Calcium, Lime and Rust to make sure product is compatible. Certain coffee makers contain permanent carbon/charcoal filters. Consumer discretion is always advised.
How do I use CLR to clean coffee pots, pans or tea kettles?
Pour enough CLR to cover bottom. Swish around in pot or pan. Add one cup of warm water, allow mixture to soak for two minutes and thoroughly rinse with cold, clean water. Using a soft scouring pad while our product is sitting on the stains is recommended. Always check with the manufacturer of your coffee pots, pans and tea kettles first for their recommendations of products that are safe and effective on their materials.
How do I use CLR to clean my dishwasher or washing machine?
Dishwasher: REMOVE dishwashing rinse agent before using CLR. Pour a 1/2 cup of CLR directly into the bottom of an empty dishwasher (no glasses, dishes, or flatware but the racks can stay). Run a normal cycle followed by an extra rinse cycle. Make sure there are no detergents or any other chemicals in the machine while using our product. Washing Machine: Run your empty machine (no clothes) without detergent up to the main wash cycle, which is where the water stops and the cycle is about to agitate. Stop the machine and add one-half cup of CLR directly into the tub of the machine. Finish cycle. Run one additional full cycle (wash and rinse) with water only to rinse machine fully. If your machine is HE (high efficiency) and/or 'Water Saver' we recommend using a 1/4 cup of CLR, instead of the normal 1/2 cup recommended for any other type of washer/dishwasher. For Front Loading Machines: Simply add a 1/2 cup of CLR to the soap dispenser (only 1/4 of a cup for HE machines). After the full cycle has completed, run an additional rinse cycle with just water. Make sure there are no clothes or other chemicals in the machine when using our product.
Can I clean the filter to my humidifier?
Use only on metal filters. Dilute equal parts of CLR and warm water into a plastic container. Dip the filter into the solution for about two minutes. Brush to loosen buildup and rinse with cold, clean water. Allow to dry.
What will CLR do to brass, copper or aluminum?
CLR can not only remove the finish off of brass, aluminum and copper, but can also pit certain grades of brass, copper and aluminum.
What surfaces should I not use CLR on?
Do not use CLR on any natural stone or marble (including cultured marble), terrazzo, colored grout (any other color than white), any painted, coated, sealed or metallic glazed surfaces, plastics, laminates, Formica, Corian, aluminum, galvanized metals, nickel, oil rubbed bronze, brass, copper, steam irons, leaded crystal, refinished tubs or any damaged or cracked surface. CLR may etch older sinks, tubs and tiles. CLR is corrosive. Avoid contact with wood, clothing, wallpaper and carpeting. Some laminated surfaces (counter tops) are coated with a synthetic surface which may be affected by rust removers; clean spills immediately. Always spot test first on an inconspicuous area.
Can I put CLR in a spray bottle?
We do not recommend putting CLR in a spray bottle. CLR is acidic in nature and the solution could "spray back" on your clothes or in your eyes or can get on materials it's not intended to be used on.
How do I use CLR to clean a showerhead?
We recommend using a 50/50 solution (equal parts) of CLR and warm water. If possible, remove the showerhead and submerge it in the solution for no longer than 2 minutes (using an old toothbrush on the face of the showerhead after it has soaked will assist in removing the mineral buildup) then rinse promptly and thoroughly with cold water. Repeat at full strength if necessary, rinsing thoroughly after each application.
How do I clean hard water deposits from my drinking glasses?
We recommend using a 50/50 solution (equal parts of CLR and warm water) into a glass or porcelain bowl. Apply solution to the affected stained areas of the glasses using a damp cloth or sponge. After 2 minutes, rinse thoroughly with cold, clean water. If it seems that CLR helped a bit but the glasses are not completely clear, repeat at full strength if necessary. Due to the natural density and hardness of calcium as a mineral, the calcium can actually etch and embed itself into the material of the glass (usually present by having a cloudy appearance vs. spotty).
I used CLR to clean my glasses and it did not remove the deposits. Do you know why?
If it seems that the CLR did not help at all, the glasses may be etched and there is no remedy to remove the cloudiness. The cloudiness is actually tiny cuts made in the glass by deposits in the water. The only thing that may remove the etching is a jeweler’s polish.
Can CLR be used in a steam iron, steamer or steam machine?
It is not recommended that CLR be used in steam irons. The acids in our products are not compatible with the components of steam irons, steamers or steam machines. We recommend contacting the manufacturer of your particular steam iron, steamer or steam machine for their recommendation for products safe and effective on their materials.
Can I use CLR on my car to remove rust?
We do not recommended using CLR on a car. The acids in our product should not be used on aluminum or any painted/coated surface. You can safely remove rust from car wheels (if rims are made of chrome or stainless steel only, no alloys).
Can I use CLR to clean out my radiator?
CLR should not be used in or on a car radiator. CLR may not be compatible with the materials associated with a radiator and it could have adverse effects if the CLR is not rinsed out completely.
Is CLR safe for ice makers?
We do not recommend using CLR to clean ice makers. The acids in our product are not compatible with the components of ice makers. We always recommend referring to the manufacture's recommendation for safe and effective products to use on their materials.
Will CLR remove oil from my concrete driveway or garage floor?
We do not recommend using our CLR to remove oil. If CLR is mixed with oil, it will darken the concrete, which is very difficult to remove. To remove oil from concrete or blacktop, we do recommend using our product CLR® Grease Magnet.
Is CLR septic safe?
Yes, CLR is septic safe. By the time it reaches the septic system it is neutralized with water.
Can I use CLR in my swimming pool?
We do not recommend using CLR on or in any materials associated with a swimming pool. CLR should never come into contact with chlorine (or any other household chemical). It can create a poisonous gas and is not safe. We recommend consulting with a pool maintenance expert for recommendations for products that would be safe and effective.
Can CLR be used on pool tile?
Unfortunately, we do not recommend using CLR on pool tile. It could remove the finish from the tile. In addition, if CLR comes in contact with chlorine, it could result in toxic fumes. We recommend consulting with a pool maintenance expert for their recommendation for products that are safe and effective.
Can CLR be used on marble or synthetic marble?
We do not recommend using CLR on any natural stones, especially marble (even synthetic). The acids in our product will remove the seal, penetrating the marble and can compromise the natural beauty of marble. Even synthetic marbles are coated and real marble dust is used to give the effect of real marble. If you spill CLR accidentally on these surfaces, make sure to call a marble professional for further instructions.
Can CLR be used on galvanized metal?
We do not recommend using CLR on galvanized metals. When a metal is galvanized, a Zinc coating is put over the metal (usually to protect it from rusting). The acids in CLR will remove the Zinc which could compromise the material.
Can I clean cast iron with CLR?
We do not recommend using CLR on cast iron. The acids in CLR can compromise the metal.
How long is the shelf life of CLR?
We recommend using or disposing of CLR within 3 years. Make sure cap is securely fastened after each use.
Is CLR safe on grass, shrubs, plants, and flowerbeds?
CLR is safe on grass, shrubs, bushes, plants, flowerbeds and all types of flora. We strongly recommend you water the area where the CLR will run down, land, or touch before and after using CLR.
Can I use CLR on my granite countertop?
We do not recommend using CLR on any natural stones, including granite. The chemicals in the CLR can remove the seal and penetrate the stone.
Can I use CLR in/on my water heater?
Jelmar DOES NOT RECOMMEND the use of CLR in or on any water heaters (tank or tankless); however there is a website that does. Again, JELMAR DOES NOT RECOMMEND THE USE OF CLR IN A WATER HEATER. The chemical make-up of CLR is not compatible with the materials or components of a water heater and cannot be thoroughly flushed through the water heater after 2 minutes. We recommend using what the manufacturer of the water heater deems safe and effective.
Can I clean my vinyl siding with CLR?
Yes. You can use CLR on vinyl siding as long as it is diluted and is thoroughly rinsed off of the surface in under two minutes. Studies have shown that the top coating of the siding will be affected if full strength CLR is left on the surface for five minutes or longer.
Can I clean my fiberglass boat, tub, or shower stall?
Yes, CLR is found to be safe on fiberglass. Always spot test first in an inconspicuous area. Begin with a mixture of CLR and water and progress to full strength if needed.
Can CLR be used on clothes or fabric?
No, CLR should never be used on clothing. Please find an appropriate stain remover or laundry detergent. If CLR is spilled on fabric, you must rinse immediately. It may break down the fibers in clothing and/or fabric.
Can CLR be used on paver stones?
Depending on the material of the paver (concrete is safe), it can safely be used. Always spot test in an inconspicuous area first. Make sure the pavers are not colored, stamped, sealed or coated.
Can CLR be used to clean stains from rugs?
CLR should not be used to clean rugs or carpeting. CLR can break down the fibers in rugs and carpeting and pull the color out.
Can I use CLR Calcium, Lime and Rust to clean my pet bowls?
Yes, CLR is great for cleaning pet bowls from food, grime and water deposits! Dilute equal parts warm water and CLR to clean ceramic, stainless steel or plastic bowls. Leave on for 2 minutes using a sponge or scouring pad to assist in removal of stains, then rinse thoroughly with cold water. While our product is non-toxic we recommend washing the bowls prior to putting food or water back in them.
Can I use CLR on concrete?
While CLR is generally safe and effective in removing calcium, lime and/or rust from concrete, ALWAYS spot test in an inconspicuous area first. Apply a small amount of CLR to the spot test area using a damp cloth or sponge, let sit for no longer than 2 minutes, then rinse promptly and thoroughly with clear cold water. Let dry completely (usually overnight). If there are no adverse reactions between CLR and the concrete (change in color or texture), it would be safe to use on the other affected areas of the concrete. Do not use CLR on colored/tinted concrete, concrete poured less than 1 year ago, concrete that is stamped, sealed or coated. Note: Concrete is naturally made of calcium and runs the risk of pulling the pigment out of concrete when using a calcium remover on something naturally made of calcium (such as CLR).
Is there a difference between CLR in the gray bottle and CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner in the yellow spray bottle?
Although they both come from the fine CLR family, they are formulated differently and solve different cleaning problems. See each product label for recommended uses along with the helpful information provided throughout our web site.
How do I use CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner?
Always use CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner in a well-ventilated area while wearing household rubber gloves and test a hidden area of the surface before beginning to clean. When cleaning, apply the solution to a clean damp cloth, sponge, brush or directly to the surface to be cleaned, allow the foam time to work and then rinse with clean, cold water. Never leave the solution on a surface for more than two or three minutes. If the stain persists, repeat the process. Do not use CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner with other cleaners or bleach. Never reuse the bottle when it is empty.
Can I use CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner on my faucets?
The CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner can be used on faucets made of chrome or stainless steel and should not be used on any other finishes including, but not limited to bronze, oil rubbed bronze, nickel, brushed nickel, brass or copper.
Can CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner be used on colored grout?
No. It is only safe to use on white grout. If used on colored grout it will lighten the grout color over time or discolor.
Can CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner be used on marble or synthetic marble?
No. The active ingredients in CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner will have a reaction with the marble.
Can I use CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner in the washing machine or dishwasher to get rid of rust and lime deposits?
No, CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner should not be used in the washing machine or dishwasher. The detergents in the product may foam excessively when agitated. Use CLR in the gray bottle for these applications. The CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner does not contain the ingredient necessary to remove rust, only our CLR in the gray container does.
Can I mix CLR & CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner?
No. The two products have different ingredients and, as is true with any cleaner, should never be mixed with another cleaner.
Can I clean my vinyl siding with CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner?
Yes. You can use CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner on vinyl siding as long as it is diluted and is thoroughly rinsed off of the surface in under two minutes. Studies have shown that the top coating of the siding will be affected if full strength CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner is left on the surface for five minutes or longer.
Can I use CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner on my one-piece shower enclosure?
Only if the shower enclosure does not have a synthetic coating on it. Be sure to test a small, hidden area before cleaning the entire shower and wipe dry to check for any adverse effects.
Is CLR Bath & Kitchen safe on acrylic?
Yes, CLR Bath & Kitchen is perfectly safe for acrylic. Follow the directions on the bottle and be sure to rinse after 2-3 minutes.
What other surfaces should I not use CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner on when cleaning?
Do not use on stone, mirrors, plastic laminates, wood, fabrics, painted surfaces or wall coverings.
Can I use CLR Bath & Kitchen to clean my pet bowls?
Yes, CLR is great for cleaning pet bowls from food grime and water deposits! Spray CLR Bath & Kitchen to affected area of ceramic, stainless steel or plastic bowl. Leave on for 2 minutes using a sponge or scouring pad to assist in removal of stains, then rinse thoroughly with cold water. While our product is non-toxic we recommend washing the bowls prior to putting food or water back in them.
Can I use CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner on granite?
Our CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner can safely be used on granite to remove hard water deposits and stains. Granite is the ONLY natural stone that our CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner can be used on.
Can I clean my glass shower doors with CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner?
Yes. Our CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner is safe and effective on the glass only (avoid any contact with the frame, trim or track of the door, as these are usually made of aluminum) part of a shower door. The best way to apply it to the glass is to spray some CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner into a damp cloth or sponge and apply it to the affected stained areas of the glass. After 2 minutes, take a clean sponge/cloth and clear cold water to remove the solution. Do not spray the doors as you will get the product on materials it's not intended to be used on.
How long can I leave CLR Grease Magnet on a stain before rinsing?
Grease Magnet should only be left on a surface 1-5 minutes then rinsed off with cool clean water. If the stain persists, repeat the process.
How do I use CLR Grease Magnet?
To use Grease Magnet, sweep the area clean of heavy dirt and dust. For stains such as tar or heavy grease, scrape off as much as possible with a putty knife before cleaning. While wearing household rubber gloves, test a small, hidden area of the surface first before cleaning the main area. Pour or brush full strength to an area no larger than 12" x 12". Depending on size and difficulty of the stain, let the solution soak for one to five minutes. Clean the area with a clean brush or broom until the stain is loosened. Rinse at once with cool, clean water. Repeat the process if necessary. Do not use CLR Grease Magnet with any other cleaners, bleaches or acids. If cleaning near grass or shrubs, rinse the grass and shrubs before and after cleaning.
What will happen if I leave CLR Grease Magnet on too long?
If Grease Magnet is left on too long and begins to dry, it can be very difficult to remove.
What can I use CLR Grease Magnet on?
Grease Magnet can be used on concrete, terrazzo, granite, asphalt, stone floors and barbeque grills to remove oil, grease and tar. You can also use CLR Grease Magnet for factory and garage floors, pool decks, sidewalks, ovens, motors, machinery and driveways. Surfaces with high oil/ wax content can be adversely affected.
Can I use CLR Metal Clear on marble?
No. It may scratch the surface of the marble.
Will CLR Metal Clear work to remove hard water stains from my kitchen sink?
No. CLR Metal Clear does not contain any ingredients effective in removing hard water stains. It simply cleans surface dirt and shines stainless steel, chrome, porcelain and aluminum.
Can I use CLR Metal Clear to remove spots on clothing or fabrics?
No. We do not recommend using CLR Metal Clear on clothing or fabrics.
Can I use CLR Metal Clear to polish my automobile hubcaps?
Yes. CLR Metal Clear does a great job of cleaning chrome, stainless steel and aluminum hubcaps and wheels.
How long can I leave CLR Metal Clear on a surface?
We recommend 2-3 minutes. After rubbing CLR Metal Clear over the area you are cleaning, rinse thoroughly with clear cold water. You may repeat the process if necessary.
How do I clean with CLR Metal Clear?
Before beginning, always test CLR Metal Clear on a hidden area of the surface you are cleaning. Use in a well ventilated area. To use CLR Metal Clear, wearing rubber gloves, dip a damp cloth or sponge into the solution, rub briskly over the area you are cleaning, let it soak for two to three minutes and then rinse with cold water. If the surface is not thoroughly clean, try another application. For a brighter shine, wipe the surface with a clean, soft cloth.
How do I use CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner?
When using CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner always wear household rubber gloves and test on a hidden area of the surface before beginning to clean. When cleaning, apply the solution to a clean damp cloth, sponge, brush or directly to the surface to be cleaned, allow the cleaner time to work and then rinse with clean, cold water from your hose. For woven surfaces, cushions and fabric, use a soft-bristled brush while for smooth surfaces use a soft-bristled brush or a clean damp cloth. After cleaning, if the stain persists, repeat the process. Do not use CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner with other cleaners or bleach. Never reuse the bottle when it is empty.
What can I use CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner on?
It can be used on resin, plastic, rattan, wicker, wood, wrought iron, vinyl, PVC and canvas.
Can CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner be used on colored resin?
Yes. Resin is a type of plastic and CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner is safe on white and colored resin including resin furniture and resin sporting or play equipment.
Will CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner harm my flowers and grass?
No. Be sure to fully rinse the furniture and the grass with cold, clear water after cleaning.
How does CLR Power Plumber work?
CLR Power Plumber is a compressed gas. When the formula in the can is released and comes in contact with water in your drain, it expands rapidly, creating a standing wave. It uses the water in your pipe as a battering ram pushing the blockage through and cleaning the walls of your pipes.
What can CLR Power Plumber be used on?
CLR Power Plumber can be used to unclog blocked sinks and tubs, slow-moving drains, double sinks, toilets, shower drains, floor drains and garbage disposals.
How many applications are in a can?
There are up to 15 applications in one 4.5 oz. can of CLR Power Plumber. Do not hold down can for more than 1 second. If you push down longer then less will be available for use.
What kind of clog will CLR Power Plumber work on?
CLR Power Plumber will work on any clog, including hair, grease, food particles and soap build-up.
How far down will CLR Power Plumber work on a clog?
50’ down a 1.5” diameter pipe, 40’ down a 2” diameter pipe, 35’ down a 3.5” diameter pipe, 25’ down a 4” diameter pipe, 18’ down a 5” diameter pipe
Will CLR Power Plumber harm my pipes?
Even with the capability of cleaning a blockage up to 50 feet away, you can be assured that any sound plastic or metal pipe will not be subject to danger.
Does CLR Power Plumber work on slow moving drains?
Yes! CLR Power Plumber works great on this annoying problem. Simply follow the directions for a blocked drain (as stated on the box or can) ensuring that you fully submerge the green cap in water. Then give CLR Power Plumber a slightly longer application. Your drain will run freely once again.
How often can I use CLR Power Plumber?
We suggest using CLR Power Plumber monthly to keep your pipes free flowing and to prevent obstructions.
What about the safety of my family and the environment?
Our CLR Calcium, Lime and Rust Remover is non-toxic, water soluble and biodegradable. The chemicals in the product are derived from vegetables, however we recommend all safety precautions be followed, per the back label of the bottle.
Where can I find CLR Power Plumber?
Visit our "Store Locator" section of the website for a complete list of participating retailers.
How do I use CLR Power Plumber?
CLR Power Plumber can be used on a number of different drains. The directions for each type of drain follows. Remember never use CLR Power Plumber in any drains where an acid or lye product is present and never mix Power Plumber with a chemical drain cleaner.
Blocked Sinks and Tubs 1. Fill sink with enough water to submerge cap. 2. Block overflow with damp rag or sponge and hold firmly. 3. Place cap over drain opening and press firmly for one second. Repeat if necessary.
Slow-Moving Drains 1. Place stopper in drain. 2. Fill sink or tub with 6-7” of water, remove stopper. 3. Block overflow with damp rag or sponge and hold firmly. 4. Place cap over drain opening and press firmly for one second. Repeat if necessary. Double Sinks 1. Place stopper in second sink and hold. 2. Follow the same directions as a blocked sink.
Shower Drains 1. Place the universal adapter head over drain, ensuring the can’s cap is fully submerged in water. If the water level is not sufficient to cover the green cap, pour water into the cap. 2. Press firmly on handle for one second. Repeat if necessary.
Garbage Disposals 1. Fill sink with enough water to submerge cap. 2. Place the universal adapter head over disposal. 3. For double sinks, place stopper in second sink. 4. Press firmly on handle for one second. Repeat if necessary.
How do I use CLR Septic System Treatment?
Use in septic systems up to 1,500 gallons. Shake before use. Using the measuring window on the side of the bottle, pour 1/3 of the bottle directly into any toilet or drain line monthly. CLR Septic System Treatment is safe on pipes and porcelain and works on fats, oils, grease and other stubborn organic matter.
What is a septic system?
A septic system is a self-contained underground wastewater treatment system. The septic system is composed of a septic tank and a leach/absorption area.
What is a septic system’s purpose in the household?
The purpose of the tank is to treat household waste. The tank treats the waste by the water falling to the bottom, the solids that are lighter float to the top and the heavier waste/sludge goes to the bottom. The sludge/solids that fall to the bottom must be treated with a septic system treatment to convert these materials into liquids which then will flow to the drain field.
Where can I find CLR Septic System Treatment?
Visit our "Retail Locator" section of the website for a complete list of participating retailers.
Can I use CLR Septic System Treatment in my RV or motor home?
Yes, CLR Septic System Treatment can be used in an RV or motor home. Call our 800# (800-323-5497) to find out the appropriate amount for your vehicle.
How do I use Tarn-X?
Prior to using Tarn-X, use soap and hot water to remove any dirt or grime. Rinse with cold water and wipe dry before using Tarn-X. While wearing household rubber gloves, dip a cotton ball or soft cloth in Tarn-X and wipe on tarnished areas. For larger items, apply full strength Tarn-X to about 1/3 of article at a time, then rinse thoroughly. For heavily tarnished pieces, repeat the above process until all tarnish is dissolved. Tarn-X only removes tarnish. Always apply a silver polish after using Tarn-X Tarnish Remover for optimum shine, luster and help protect your silver from tarnishing quickly. After using Tarn-X, rinse immediately with cold water and hand dry with a soft cloth. Never leave Tarn-X on anything longer than two minutes and always test Tarn-X on a small area before cleaning the entire piece. Clean spills immediately. Some laminated surfaces (counter tops) are coated with a synthetic material which may be affected by Tarn-X. Keep Tarn-X away from stainless steel.
Can I soak an item in Tarn-X?
We recommend using a cotton ball or soft cloth for the best application. However, dipping smaller items (such as sterling silver jewelry) may be easier. It is important to rinse with cold water IMMEDIATELY and do not let Tarn-X dry. Never keep Tarn-X on an item longer than a maximum of two minutes.
What types of metals can I clean with Tarn-X?
Tarn-X will clean sterling silver, silver plate, platinum, copper, gold and even diamonds. Do not use Tarn-X on poorly plated silver, silver that has scratched or marred surfaces or any item that is not in good condition. Do not mix gold and silver items together when cleaning with Tarn-X.
How important is it to rinse an item after using Tarn-X?
Rinsing with cold water IMMEDIATELY after use is one of the most important steps. If Tarn-X is not completely rinsed off, it may darken or discolor your silver. When cleaning multiple items, always thoroughly rinse and towel dry each piece before continuing to the next item.
Why did my silver darken or discolor after using Tarn-X?
Silver may turn golden or dark gray in color if Tarn-X is left on too long and/or is allowed to dry on the silver. To remove the discoloration, fill a small bowl with 1/2 warm water, 1/2 Tarn-X and two drops of dish soap (Palmolive, Joy, etc.). With a soft clean cloth, wash the item with the mixture and rinse with cold clean water immediately. Dry the item off with a soft clean cloth. As a final step, apply a silver polish, to protect the item. This should restore your piece to its original condition. For large items, make sure you clean about 1/3 of the item at a time.
What can I do if I left Tarn-X on too long?
If Tarn-X is left on too long and is allowed to dry, it may discolor. Silver may turn golden, cloudy or dark gray in color if Tarn-X is left on too long and/or is allowed to dry on the silver. To remove the discoloration, fill a small bowl with 1/2 warm water, 1/2 Tarn-X and two drops of dish soap (Palmolive, Joy, etc.). With a soft clean cloth, wash the item with the mixture and rinse with cold clean water immediately. Dry the item off with a soft clean cloth. As a final step, apply a silver polish, to protect the item. This should restore your piece to its original condition. For large items, make sure you clean about 1/3 of the item at a time.
Is Tarn-X safe to use on stainless steel?
Tarn-X should never be used on or near stainless steel, as it may stain or discolor it. This includes stainless steel flatware and sinks.
Can I use Tarn-X on my knives?
Only if your knives are silver or silver plated. Use caution! Your knives may appear to be "silver", but have stainless steel blades with silver-plated handles. If Tarn-X is used on the stainless steel blade, it will discolor it. Look on the blade of your knife for silver or stainless steel stamp or contact the manufacturer. If in doubt, test in a small, hidden area. See the following question for possibly correcting this problem.
How do I remove Tarn-X discoloration from stainless steel?
While we don’t have a solution for this, to attempt to remove the stain, immediately clean the discolored area with baking soda, applied with cold water and a soft rag. Additionally, other customers who’ve accidentally had our Tarn-X Tarnish Remover come into contact with stainless steel have told us that liquid household kitchen cleansers (such as Cerama-Bryte® or Bar Keepers Friend®) have remedied this.
What is 'artificially oxidized silver' and how can I identify it?
Artificially oxidized silver is silver that has gone through a chemical treatment to alter its look and luster. It gives silver a smoky, almost blackened look. Do NOT use Tarn-X on artificially oxidized silver, as it will remove the artificial oxidation treatment from the silver.
Is Tarn-X safe to use on brass?
We do not recommend using Tarn-X on brass. The active ingredients in Tarn-X are not compatible with the components of brass (copper and zinc). We recommend using only those products specifically formulated to be safe on brass.
Why did my copper darken or discolor after using Tarn-X?
The Tarn-X was probably left on too long and/or allowed to dry. To remove the discoloration, use a copper cream or polish and follow the directions to restore the shine.
Why does Tarn-X have a mild "chemical odor"?
The odor is the active ingredients in Tarn-X coming into contact with tarnish. This indicates that the tarnish, which is sulfur, is actually being removed with Tarn-X.
Does Tarn-X harm clothing?
Yes. When working with Tarn-X products avoid contact with your clothing. Tarn-X can stain or discolor fabrics/clothing.
How do you dispose of Tarn-X Tarnish Remover?
Never dispose of Tarn-X in your sink, toilet or storm sewer. Contact your local or state government environmental control agency for disposal guidance.
How do I use Tarn-X Silver Polish?
Wear household rubber gloves if you have a history of sensitive skin and always test a small area of the piece before beginning to clean. To polish your silver, shake the container of Silver Polish and then use a clean, damp cloth or sponge to apply the solution. Allow the Tarn-X Silver Polish to dry for at least a minute then buff to a high luster with a soft, dry cloth. Rinse the piece thoroughly with cold, clean water and then dry it with a soft cloth. Do not mix Tarn-X Silver Polish with other polishes.
Can I use Tarn-X Silver Polish on copper, brass or lacquered metals?
Tarn-X Silver Polish should only be used on sterling silver and silver plate.
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How do I use CLR Mold & Mildew on a front load washing machine?
For best results in front loading washing machine, product should be applied once per week, soon after using machine. Surfaces need to be allowed to dry after application. If mold is left on surface, like rubber gaskets or grout, for even a week, mold can embed into surface, in which case product will no longer work effectively.
What is the CLR Stainless Steel Cleaner compromised of?
The CLR Stainless Steel cleaner is a water based formulation. This means that you will NOT get any oily residue after using this product. When cleaning any of your stainless steel surfaces, spray the entire surface and wipe, using a clean, soft cloth, following the grain of the stainless steel.
How do you dispose of CLR or a solution of CLR and warm water after I’m finished using it?
We recommend pouring small amounts down a sink drain followed by cold water or flushing small amounts down a toilet at one time.
What about the safety of my family and the environment?
CLR Power Plumber is safe to have around your family because it is non-toxic. It contains no harsh chemicals, acids or lye. It is non-polluting and will not contaminate ground water. Even the can is recyclable!
Can Tarn-X be used on copper roofs or awnings?
While our Tarn-X Tarnish Remover is safe to use on copper, we do not recommend it be used on outdoor copper, such as roofs or awnings, as it can affect the natural patina of the copper due to the variance in grades of copper used outdoors, as well as the weather elements like humidity, temperature and moisture.