Friday, 22 March 2013

Work Safe Alert: Paint Stripping Using Methylene Chloride

Alert: Paint stripping using methylene chloride in a dip tank for stripping paint from furniture is hazardous and in severe cases has caused worker fatalities . Methylene chloride is a volatile solvent used to strip paint from timber. Inhalation of methylene chloride vapor can cause dizziness, impaired coordination and central nervous system depression which can lead to unconsciousness and death.

Investigations conducted by Work Safe Victoria indicate that methylene chloride vapor levels that are immediately dangerous to life build up within stripping tanks. The work practice of leaning over or into a stripping tank to handle and scrub items is likely to expose workers to these dangerously high vapor levels. As a result, workers risk being overcome by vapors and falling forward into the tank.

Methylene chloride also has other health effects. The vapor can cause headache and irritation to the respiratory tract and eyes. Splashes to the skin and eyes can be painful, while prolonged skin exposure can lead to dry skin and dermatitis. It is also assigned as a category 3 carcinogen (i.e. a substance suspected of having cancer producing potential) by the National Occupational Health & Safety Commission (NOHSC). For full article follow link

The employer has a duty to eliminate or reduce as far as practicable risks to employees using methylene chloride. Risks can be reduced by:

Using a less hazardous product or different method of stripping paint
Don't use methylene chloride if you don't have to. Use a less hazardous product or less hazardous technique if possible. For example, using water-based products or a brush-on paste rather than liquid methylene chloride may be practicable in some instances and can reduce the risk from exposure to vapors.

If your looking for alternatives to methylene chloride EcoSolve Americas has the safe certified solutions you need. Our line of safe and effective paint removal products provide fume free water based formulas that can accommodate all types of application requirements.
  • Dip Tank
  • Brush Application
  • Pump Spray 
  • Spray Gun
  • Gel Strippers
  • Liquid Solutions 
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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Painting Exterior Wood Siding

When it's time to spruce up your home or make a dramatic change such as painting the entire wood frame of the house you'll want to prepare yourself for a big job. Proper planning and preparation are essential to help you get through the entire process with ease. In this article the steps are broken down into manageable tasks to ensure you are prepared to take on a big paint job.

 Step 1 —Select Your Color Palette
 Step 2 —Choose a Paint Finish
 Step 3 —Planning 
 Step 4 —Repair
 Step 5 —Protect 
 Step 6 —Remove Old Paint and Prep Walls 
 Step 7 —Clear Away Debris 
 Step 8 —Clean and Dry Surfaces 
 Step 9 —Prime the Walls 
 Step 10 —Paint the Shutters, Trim and Doorway 
 Step 11 —Cut In 
 Step 12 —Paint the Walls 
 Step 13 —Clean and Be Green

To get the details for each step and many other helpful pointers on everything from factoring in the weather, safely using ladders, to different types of priming and using paint sprayers follow the link 

Note: If your home was built before 1978 be sure to test for lead paint as this will greatly change the way you can safely remove damaged paint when preparing the surface.

If you have an older home or simply wish to minimize the dust and loose paint chips created from dry scraping and sanding EcoSolve Americas has certified safe solutions for paint removal. Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is a water based gel stripper that has been EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical stripping. Home Strip works wet and is fume free so you can easily remove paint safely. Subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog for more info on how to remove lead paint safely and visit the EcoSolve website for more info on Home Strip and other safe paint removal solutions from EcoSolve   

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Follow EcoSolve on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest! The best way to share your photos with us! We share photos of our DIY projects have great tips to help you with yours and always want to see what others are working on. With over 130 pins we have tapped into what you want to see! Get on board with us at Pinterest and see the power of the pin!

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Cities Wiping Out Graffiti

     The term “graffiti” comes from the Greek word “graphein,” which means “to write.” Today's graffiti according to the National Council to Prevent Delinquency, is 80% “tagger” graffiti.  Another 5% are “pieces” and nationally, gang graffiti makes up about 10%. You’ve probably seen graffiti somewhere in your community.  It’s the words colors and shapes drawn or scratched on buildings, overpasses, train cars, signs and other surfaces.  It’s done without permission and against the law. While the cost of graffiti vandalism in the U.S. varies from city to city many municipal governments, communities and property owners report that the cost is rising each year. Graffiti is a drain on your tax dollars and diminishes residents’ sense of safety and security in a community. Neighborhoods with graffiti see a decrease in property value and a loss of business growth and tourism. The presence of graffiti sends a signal that nobody cares, which can result in other forms of crime and street delinquency in the neighborhood.
      Immediate removal of graffiti—within 24 to 48 hours—is the key to successful prevention.
There are several ways to remove graffiti. The basic methods are the paint-out, which is to simply paint over the graffiti and removal with the use of solvents, chemicals and water and sand blasting.   
      There are lots of things that you can do. Organize a paint-out or paintbrush mural to cover a wall plagued with graffiti. Adopt a wall at your school or in your neighborhood and make sure it stays free of graffiti. Carry out school and neighborhood activities to educate citizens about graffiti and its negative effects. Of foremost importance, always report graffiti to the proper authorities. For full article follow link
     Although there are lots of options to remove graffiti a lot of the cleaners and methods used are hazardous. Many graffiti cleaners are full of harsh solvents and chemicals and sand blasting requires specific safety equipment and training. Not everything can be painted over so one company sought to change the playing field and make a safe graffiti remover that everyone can use and is safe on most surfaces. EcoSolve Americas has a revolutionary water based technology that removes all types of graffiti paints without harsh solvents and chemicals. Graffiti Go is a proven effective fume free graffiti remover formula used by Neighborhood Watch programs to keep communities clean. Now communities can get together and get hands on with spring clean up. Graffiti Go is easy to use and is safer than toxic solvents or harsh sand blasting on surfaces. For more info on Graffiti Go and where to buy please visit EcoSolve has Tough Not Toxic certified safe options for paint removal.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Get Better Connected With EcoSolve on Twitter!

Get better connected with EcoSolve Americas by following us on twitter and see what you've been missing! With 300+ tweets we've got the goods on everything to do with paint. From how to properly prep for DIY projects, to hazard warnings on harmful products, to safe work practices that keep you and your family safe. Don't miss out follow us now and get the low down on paint. No matter weather your painting, stripping, refinishing, staining, sealing, cleaning, redecorating, refurbishing, renovating, building, demolishing, updating or just researching better ways to do these and other similar tasks EcoSolve can help. Follow the link to follow EcoSolve on twitter and get what you've been missing here    

Friday, 15 March 2013

Could Lead Poisoning Really be a Cause of Violent Crime

It's ridiculous – until you see the evidence. Studies between cities, states and nations show that the rise and fall in crime follows, with a roughly 20-year lag, the rise and fall in the exposure of infants to trace quantities of lead. Lead was withdrawn first from paint and then from petrol at different times in different places (beginning in the 1970s in the US in the case of petrol, and the 1990s in many parts of Europe), yet despite these different times and different circumstances, the pattern is the same: violent crime peaks around 20 years after lead pollution peaks. The crime rates in big and small cities in the US, once wildly different, have now converged, also some 20 years after the phase-out. Is it really so surprising that a highly potent nerve toxin causes behavioral change? The devastating and permanent impacts of even very low levels of lead on IQ have been known for many decades. Lead poisoning in infancy, even at very low levels, impairs the development of the brain that regulate behavior and mood. Lead poisoning is associated with attention deficit disorder, impulsiveness, aggression and, according to one paper, psychopathy. Lead is so toxic that it is unsafe at any level. For full article and links to scientific supporting papers please follow the link The most unsettling fact in all of this is the fact that millions of homes in North America still contain high levels of lead hidden under layers of paint first applied in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. That paint for the first time is starting to degrade creating a new peak in lead exposure. Government agencies can not keep up with the reports of lead poisoning in children and the need for affordable certified safe paint removal services for contaminated homes. The noticeable increase in the demand for DIY paint removal to save money is becoming a popular trend. Whether the work is being done safely is up to the home owner so its more important than ever to have resources available to consumers for safe DIY work practices. EcoSolve Americas Blog has valuable information and links to demo videos explaining safe work procedures for removing lead based paint. EcoSolve has provided safe paint removal products that work wet eliminating hazardous dry scraping and sanding of lead paint since 2002. And now Home Strip products are EcoLogo Certified safe alternatives to chemical paint stripping. When it comes to lead we always recommend hiring a professional to help remove contaminated paint. But I you have to do the work your self using safe work practices and products can keep you and your family safe from lead poisoning. For more info on our certified Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover and other EcoSolve products please visit       

Friday, 8 March 2013

A Closer Look: What Makes Building Materials Green?

Building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials each year or 40 percent of total global use. Using green building materials and products promotes conservation of dwindling nonrenewable resources internationally. In addition, integrating green building materials into building projects can help reduce the environmental impacts associated with the extraction, transport, processing, fabrication, installation, reuse, recycling, and disposal of these building industry source materials. So what criteria must be met to make a product or material green? Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources. Green materials are environmentally responsible because impacts are considered over the life of the product. Depending upon project-specific goals, an assessment of green materials may involve an evaluation of one or more of the criteria listed below.
  • Resource efficiency
  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Affordability
For details on the listed criteria and the three basic steps of product selection please follow link for full article

If you don't have time to do extensive research on building products choosing green certified products can ensure your product has been researched and tested to be environmentally responsible. There are a number of green certifications building products can receive one globally recognized certification is by EcoLogo part of the UL Global Network. They provide third party certification of environmentally-preferable products. Follow this link to view EcoLogo Certified EcoSolve products and more

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover

For easy removal of oil based paints without harsh solvents, caustics, or fumes try Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover by EcoSolve Americas. Home Strip is a water based gel stripper that can be safely used indoors with minimal ventilation and no extensive protective equipment required. Paint removal has never been this safe Home Strip and other EcoSolve products are EcoLogo Certified as safe and effective alternatives to chemical paint stripping we have done the work so you don't have to! Our high performance water based technology is truly superior to other 'eco' strippers and is made with sustainable water soluble ingredients. Watch this test demo to see Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover strip exterior oil based paint from wood in just 20 minutes! For more info on Home Strip and other Eco-Preferable products from EcoSolve please visit

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

10 Cancer-Causers to Remove From Your Home

Given poor government regulation, many of the cleaning products available on the market contain “everyday” carcinogens such as formaldehyde, nitrobenzene, methylene chloride, and napthelene, as well as reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors. Not to mention other ingredients that cause liver, kidney and brain damage, allergies and asthma. There is literally a host of products, other than those used for basic cleaning, that often contain carcinogenics as well. From air fresheners and art supplies, to flea control for pets, dry cleaning, paints, and even 'microwavable' plastic can pose serious health risks to humans. For full article and links on details for the top ten cancer causers you should remove from your home follow this link One company striving to provide safe green certified products for consumers is EcoSolve Americas. Their brand of Tough Not Toxic products effectively replace some of the most toxic paint remover products on the market. Chemical paint strippers containing harsh solvents like methylene chloride are carcinogenic for people and extremely toxic for the environment with poor regulations for industrial and consumer use. That's why EcoSolve has taken the steps to provide safe alternatives that are produced responsibly from sustainable water soluble ingredients. To learn more about EcoSolve and their products visit

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Home Improvement Projects for the New Year

Motivated by the sense of a fresh start for tackling those home improvement projects that never got done the year before, many DIYers have a wish list of to-dos primarily inspired by the latest trends in design and remodeling. Your to-do list can be done with a little know how and a lot of planning. Follow this link for some pointers on some of the most common DIY projects being tackled this year. Everything from garage organization systems, to updating lighting, and renovations in the kitchen and bath. For great DIY tips on everything to do with paint, stains, and refinishing projects subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog. We have information coming out of our ears on ways to save money, work safe, and work smart on all kinds of DIY home projects. Get the info you need to get the job done right!

Monday, 4 March 2013

Dealing with Industrial Toxic Chemicals Before the Damage is Done

Many people in building and industrial industry still unknowingly work with products that can potentially damage their health. Very often this is simply due to employers ignorance on hazardous chemicals and consequently their failure to look for safer alternatives. Dichloromethane also known as methylene chloride is a particularly dangerous solvent. Apart from being proven to cause damage to the blood, the nervous system, the liver, the eyes and the skin, if used long-term, methylene chloride can cause cancer. In 2002, a 34-year-old man died through methylene chloride inhalation and several others had to be treated in hospital. Similar deaths have occurred since then in fact over 50 deaths have been documented since the 1980s involving methylene chloride. This is no doubt a deadly chemical, which is most effective in its use as a paint stripper. Other uses of this hazardous solvent include its contribution to cleaning agents and degreasers in a variety of industries, a fumigant for strawberries and grains, extracting substances from foodstuffs, weld spatter control products, and more. The potential for claims against employers that allow their employees to use products containing methylene chloride and similarly dangerous chemicals is extremely high. There is no known insurance company that will provide liability insurance against the use or sale of any product that has ‘methylene chloride’ or ‘carcinogenic’ on the label. Conscientious employers should not need to worry about the threat of litigation. As long as they take necessary precautions or eliminate the use of methylene chloride, they will achieve a healthier and more productive workforce. For full article follow link See how this company benefited from eliminating the use of methylene chloride from their automotive sector including huge yearly savings by switching to an Eco-friendly alternative There are simply too many safer alternatives available that effectively replace methylene chloride for industrial and building purposes to warrant the continued use of this carcinogenic solvent. Companies like EcoSolve Americas and Eco Solutions have worked tirelessly to develop some of the best paint removal alternatives available today. Industrial grade performance without the negative effects of  hazardous chemicals like methylene chloride. Visit these sites per your location for any where in North America visit EcoSolve Americas Inc for international locations visit Eco Solutions UK replace methylene chloride with tough not toxic alternatives!