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Old 07-30-2010, 05:46 PM
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Does sweeping compound really work?

I remember the janitors in elementary school sprinkling green powder on the floor and then sweeping it up. The general consensus of us kids was that they were doing it to look busy. It seemed pointless. In fact, it still does.

Does sweeping compound really help get the floors clean? Or do you just sprinkle it around so you can see where you've already swept?
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:11 PM
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Sweeping compund isn't necessarily to get the floor cleaner. It contains grit to soak up oil and other liquids, and it also can have additives which prevent dust from kicking up while you sweep.
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:19 PM
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I haven't used it for years, but I recall it being very effective, especially for picking up small particulates/dust.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:16 PM
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Sweeping compund isn't necessarily to get the floor cleaner. It contains grit to soak up oil and other liquids, and it also can have additives which prevent dust from kicking up while you sweep.
But it contains oil, so how would it pick up oil?
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:38 PM
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Sweeping compound is not intended for soaking up oil. You might be thinking of products like "oil dry."
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:16 PM
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When I worked on a loading dock, we'd use it to keep dust down when sweeping up debris from broken pallets and stuff. Definitely works.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:22 PM
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I've swept floors and used that green sawdust. It's very effective at keeping the dust down so that the sweeping action actually removes it, not just kicks it up into the air to settle down once you're done.
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:29 AM
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In 1957 it used to be red and since I got paid to push a broom a gazillion miles I can attest it is great on wood or smooth cement surfaces like aircraft hangers. On carpet.... Not so much....
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:47 PM
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I've swept floors and used that green sawdust. It's very effective at keeping the dust down so that the sweeping action actually removes it, not just kicks it up into the air to settle down once you're done.
That's cool to know. I used to sweep floors at a retail establishment at closing time and we didn't use the stuff. The dust just kept leaping out of the way (kinda like the cat hair does on the linoleum at home).

GusNSpot, it comes in red and green. At my school, they used green.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:52 PM
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I once worked in a pottery factory. Clay dust on the floor everywhere. Green sweeping compound was a must, otherwise, the clay dust would billow up and settle on everything.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:59 PM
Hilarity N. Suze Hilarity N. Suze is offline
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I imagine if it didn't work nobody would use it. Although I would use it for the smell alone.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:23 PM
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I once worked in a pottery factory. Clay dust on the floor everywhere. Green sweeping compound was a must, otherwise, the clay dust would billow up and settle on everything.
That must by why they put oil in the compound: to grab the dust.
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