cancidas
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Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:26 am

so i finally got to deice. here at LGA our first event of the season occured sunday night. i sprayed about 12 planes, and froze into a posicle when my driver told me that i'm stuck because he doens't do buckets. so fine and dandy, i finished the night and left for home around 0200 after all the trucks were topped off for the morning crew and all logs were completed. i got back to work at around 0500 for the start of the morning shift and first had to run around getting all the trucks running. we only had 6 planes to spray in the morning, just our overnighters. that got done quickly and i spent the rest of the day freezing on the ramp.

now, my question is how on earth do i clean my jumpsuit and rain gear from the layer of glycol i have on them? is it safe to just thrown them in my home washing machine?
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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:55 am

Propylene Glycol
Used in cosmetics, and food products for sweetness and texture.
Available in food, technical and industrial grades.
Not much of an environmental issue except in large amounts.

I would just wash the clothes with overspray by themselves.

Prepared foods, boxed cake mixes and of course brownies are common uses of propylene glycol along with other added ingredients Big thumbs up

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cancidas
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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:58 am

so no problems then... good, because i ingested a bunch of it as i was station 2 downwind of another truck. all thier spray went in my face.
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Okie
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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 3:10 am

Just be careful around the intakes for the APU.
If you listen to the manufacturers of APU's the only ones that have ever failed were from glycol injestion. (cough, cough)

Don't be surprised by the dog being real friendly when you get home and smell like pancake/waffle syrup.

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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 3:29 am

And when the dog or cat does get really friendly don't let them lick the stuff off your clothes. (Unless, of course, you're trying to be rid of them)
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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 4:52 am

CAUTION:
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TimT
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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:33 pm

Okie-- RIGHT ON!

I NEVER wash my work clothes with anything else, and if they're really nasty from fuel, skydrol, blue juice, whatever, I take them to the laundromat.
 
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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 1:09 pm

Propylene glicol is water soluble and doesn´t cause any problems in the washing machine. It is also enviromentaly friendly (and tastes like sugar water).

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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:49 pm

During an ice storm at TOL last Jan, I was stuck in the bucket for about 3 and 1/2 hours. Keep in mind, we just have one truck, one plane, and no de-ice station. Anywho, I kept spraying and getting soaked with glycol. I got into a comfortable position leaning back against the back of the bucket and my feet angled up so I didn't have to "stand" that entire time. By the time I was done, I was literally frozen in place with my winter coat frozen against the back of the bucket and a 3 inch layer of ice at the bottom of the bucket...couldn't move my feet. I sprayed my feet with glycol and someone sprayed my coat with glycol.

After I became unstuck, already soaked in glycol, my co-workers just hosed me down with warm water and most of the glycol ran off. I just hung my stuff up and let it dry for the next day...and it didn't smell or feel of glycol...it just smelled sweet.

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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Wed Dec 22, 2004 4:24 pm

I found that after taking a deiceing shower nothing feels better than a long hot shower. Now for your clothes , the cleaners is the best option but if your a cheap bastard like myself , a can of coke poured into the machine with all your oily fuel smelling hydraulic stained clothes with detergent works good
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RE: Glycol Cleanup Question

Thu Dec 23, 2004 8:51 am

Some ten or fifteen years back some Austrian wineries were caught adding glycol to their wine in order to improve the smell and taste. I don't think that anybody suffered - except the wine farmers after it was discovered.

PS: "Smell" may not be exactly the right word when talking about wine. I know a French word which is more widely used. But when treated with glycol, then I think the word "smell" is more appropriate.

PPS: Some lubricating stuffs, which are approved for food processing machinery, are not too different from ordinary glycol. It is much better than ordinary lubricating oil or grease. But most important, since it mixes so well with water, then it doesn't show off in your jam.
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