Things to know about lestoil

Cecil Whig - - & & -

Have you ever found some­thing and won­dered, “Where has been all my life?” That was my re­ac­tion to a sim­ple, heavy-duty clean­ing prod­uct: Lestoil.

Num­ber 1: Lestoil is a heavy-duty, multi-pur­pose cleaner that can be used at full strength on stains, es­pe­cially re­ally dif­fi­cult stains — the kinds of stains you just give up on, such as ink, toner, grease, oil, scuff marks, blood, lip­stick, nail pol­ish, grass, cof­fee, crayon, marker and even the sticky residue from stick­ers and la­bels.

Num­ber 2: Lestoil has been around since 1933.

Num­ber 3: Lestoil has re­moved ev­ery old stain I ever gave up on, as well as ev­ery new stain I’ve ac­quired since it came into my life — on cloth­ing, car­pet, con­crete and all kinds of pa­tio fur­ni­ture, in­clud­ing molded plas­tic.

Num­ber 4: Lestoil con­tains sodium tal­late, among other things, which is a type of soap. This means that once its job is done, it must be washed off or oth­er­wise re­moved to make sure the item be­ing treated doesn’t re­tain a residue that will at­tract a new stain.

Num­ber 5: Lestoil has a strong odor. It smells like an in­dus­trial fac­tory that is be­ing cleaned with pine oil. That’s be­cause it does con­tain pine es­sen­tial oil, a pow­er­ful, nat­u­ral cleaner and de­greaser. But so far the odor hasn’t re­mained long term after I’ve used it.

Num­ber 6: Lestoil is highly con­cen­trated. A lit­tle goes a long way. You want to use it at full strength for laun­dry stains, but in a small amount — just enough to cover the stain. Then, scrub gen­tly with an old tooth­brush. Wait for 10 to 15 min­utes, and then laun­der the item as usual. For large jobs like clean­ing tile or linoleum floors, di­lute about 1 cup of Lestoil in a bucket of hot wa­ter.

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