Ya, weeelll! I look at MY environment, and try not to contaminate me. Acids and bases, organic chemistry for Vinegar, and salt (the chlirine- ide atoms at work here) and Phosphoric acids work well, ect. one may substitute another that can do the same work more or less. Which one are you confident in at pouring on the weeds next to your driveway? Neutralize? Fine, put acids on limestone drive, and its gone in seconds. Lets not get crazy, but use common sense, chemical cleaning is easier than snadblasting, or wire brushing, or polish with Comet and a buffer. Dont forget that mechanical means of cleaning with a stainless wire wheel, before fluxing, gives good results too.
I am sensative to Oils in the water that go somewhere else, and poisons for roses, and vegtables that kill my bees, and such like. I am glad somone meantioned the environmental cautions, that are some times learned the hard way with rusty Mirometers, and fingerprints on the work. I have a box of surgical gloves from Walgreens, I use for paints and chems. I highly recommend them for some work in the shop. Right now I am working fiberglass, and practice level 3, mask, gloves, and clothes changed, to isolate the infernal dust Created by sanding and working the stuff.
What does a prudent man do? Think!
Big Dave, former Millwright, Electrician, Environmental conditioning, and back yard Fixxit guy. Now retired, persuing boats, trains, and broken relics.
We have enough youth, how about a fountain of Smart. My computer beat me at chess, but not kickboxing
It is not getting caught in the rain, its learning to dance in it. People saying good morning, should have to prove it.