There are very few names that bring as much recollection to mind as much as Goo Gone. How often have you found yourself in a sticky situation where it has come in and saved the day despite the odds? I know for me, I have a had a few situations that Goo Gone has come in handy for, and you likely do too! We have teamed up with Goo Gone to provide you with the latest information about their new products. This post is sponsored, but opinions are all out own. Let's hop into Goo Gone – Good as Gone and talk a bit about a few of my favorite products.
If I've said it once, I've said it a dozen times. Tools aren’t just the actual power tools and hand tools we know and love. To me, a tool is anything that helps execute a project in the shop. When I think of these types of tools, a few things come to mind. Products like glues, zip ties, or shop towels make things a whole lot easier when an occasion calls for it. Another product in this category? Goo Gone.
Goo Gone Pro-Power Spray Gel
This is one cleaner that holds the top spot in my mind as something I truly consider an indispensable tool. I'll start with a quick personal story of the beauty in this little orange gel, and how it saved the day for me. About two years ago, we put our former house on the market as we were looking to purchase a home on land. When we were staging the home, we moved a bed in our then guest room just to reveal a really gnarly problem. An entire 15oz can of wax had spilled, think sticky honey consistency intended to pull the very hair from your body out by its roots, had spilled on the carpet. I was pretty stressed because the home needed photos to be taken the following day and we were told by every pro we contacted that it was a lost cause. I was at the point of having to replace the carpet, so I figured I had nothing to lose, and sprayed some original Goo Gone on it. With some elbow grease and a trip to the store to grab a larger bottle of the Pro-Power Gel, we had carpet back, and not a single person ever noticed.
I got lucky with this save for sure, but what’s amazing is just how many other sticky situations this product has gotten me out of. From stickers my kids place on furniture to spilled glue on tile there are so many times Goo Gone has come in to save the day. The best part? I’ve never damaged the surface in the process. All in all, it's a huge bonus to have a bottle of this product on hand to avoid the costly mistakes that seem to come along with living life.
Goo Gone Latex Paint Clean Up Spray
One of the biggest obstacles in painting rooms in your home is protecting the surfaces you don’t want paint on. I'll admit the prep steps to painting are tedious to me. They are completely necessary but once I get started on a project I tend to rush the prep step. I always miss some small seam and end up with paint where I don’t quite want it to be. This drives my husband crazy. He’s the type to take every single step necessary, and I’m the bull in a china shop ready to get to the end result, thankfully, opposites attract right? The other misnomer I commit when I paint is the clean-up. I tend to be so over the project that I just want to put it away and rush through the important steps of cleaning brushes.
You’ll see on the brushes there is a variety of paints, latex wall paint, craft paint, and acrylic art paint. A few tips I have for this cleaner, for cleaning brushes it works better when bristles are dry. If you’re using it right after you finish painting just don’t use water to rinse first. For wet brushes, wipe away the excess paint on a paper towel or rag, and spray the cleaner on, let sit and wash as normal. For dried paint, spray on the dry brushes, allow it to soak for a few minutes and use a stiff bristled brush to break the paint up. A quick rinse and you’re good to go!
Also, full disclosure, I am a mom. My kids tend to take after their mom in their neatness. While they love art, it ends in a mess every time. Washable paint is great, but my kids want their paint to last too. Super cute, right? Sure, until they manage to shift every preventative measure I take out of the way, and acrylic paint is everywhere.
This table is in our craft room, yes, we have a dedicated room that is used for messy projects. There is a number of paints, glitter glue, scotch tape, and craft glue residue all over it. I sprayed it down with the Latex Paint Clean Up Spray and allowed it to set in for a few minutes. Once it had set, you can see the color changes slightly, this is actually the kid's school glue lifting up, whoops! Even though this dries clear, there was quite a bit to remove. Two tips here are to use another stiff bristled brush to scrub the cleaner a bit once its set, and then use a plastic card scraper to quickly wipe away the paint and excess cleaner. Easy enough!
Goo Gone All Purpose Cleaner
There are times you need more than a damp rag and a prayer to clean off grease and from tools and surfaces in the shop. Sure you have soap and water, but for me, that's an issue for a few reasons. First things first, I am on a septic system, so the last thing I want to do is add more chemicals and sludge to the system. Secondly, I am not a fan of cleaning things like tools in the kitchen sink. While some things can't be helped, like the paint we talked about earlier, I try and prevent things like this so close to where I prep food. The convenience of having a cleaner you can simply spray and wipe makes for a pretty convenient cleaning experience when you want quick results with minimal effort.
One thing that can be tedious to clean is small hand tools and things like screwdrivers and sockets. This cleaner is invaluable for keeping your tools from slipping through your hands from grease and oil. You can see these tools have paint splatters but more important, grease and grime that can get in the way of a job. Its potential to clean tools quickly and efficiently stands out to me.
It's great at basic maintenance cleaning as well, such as wiping the dirt off the John Deere mower after use. We have very sandy soil, so in areas where the grass isn’t as dense, a lot of dust and grime kicks up and ends up all over the mower. Now this is a new mower, and keeping things clean is important, but I don’t always want to mess with a hose and soap to do so. This makes jobs like this quick an easy A quick spray and a wipe of a cloth and that mower was showroom ready.
Another way I used this cleaner is on small engine parts. When I was working on the old John Deere Mower, the small parts were hard to clean and even on some of the larger pieces it was really tough to use harsh chemicals for an extended period of time to get the job done. These are a few bolts that were just caked in engine grease. When using hand tools on small parts like these, things can quickly go wrong. I think one of my earliest memories was of my Dad working on a car while trying to find that small bolt that slipped through his fingers.
Goo Gone – Good As Gone Conclusion
There is a common saying, life gets messy. While this may be true of life in general, the shop is a place that it is especially true. When you’re in the middle of an important job, the last thing you want is to try several methods of cleaning. You want to be able to reach for a product and be able to trust that you’ll get it right the first time. When you consider the time and investment it takes to complete a lot of jobs, the small investment in the right products can save you a ton of time and effort in the long run.
One of the other great things about Goo Gone in general is their availability. While products vary by vendor, you can find a fair amount of Goo Gone products in your local Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards. As well some online retailers like Amazon have a significant lineup of Goo Gone products, with their full line on GooGone.com.
When we talked to Goo Gone about featuring some of their products on our site, they were thrilled to hear we were such big fans here at Tools In Action. They wanted to pass a bit of savings on to our readers too! If you use the code GooInAction2018 you will receive 10% off and free shipping on all orders over $35.00 on GooGone.com. We thank Goo Gone for supporting our site and sponsoring this post!