Foaming bathroom cleaner: even coverage on vertical surface?


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Old 10-22-21, 10:24 AM
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Foaming bathroom cleaner: even coverage on vertical surface?

I'm going to try and fix up the aged marble (it is marble, I checked) surround to my bathtub. First step: remove an impressive coating of built-up soap scum and limescale. I've got a bottle of ZEP:


What's good about it:
it's inexpensive.
the spray head does produce foam.
the foam does cling to surfaces. A bit.
after clinging, soaking, it is effective in removing the buildup.
Great.

Problem:


Even though I have tried several times to spread the foam evenly over the area on which I'm working, gravity always does its thing and the foam starts to run down the wall (vertical, duh) in streaks, so when I wipe it off, I'm left with a look that would be great on a horror movie set, but looks like hell.

What I need is a way of evening the 'cling' of the foam.

Any ideas?

I suppose i could sit there and every two munutes or so, get the sponge and re-distribute the foam, but i can't help thinking there must be people who do this often and have found a smart way to do it.

Thanks,

 
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Old 10-22-21, 10:31 AM
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That is an acid based cleaner. I wouldn't use it on marble but as you have I would get it off the stone as soon as possible. Ideas... don't use the spray bottle. Pour the cleaner into a bowl and brush it onto the entire surface.
 
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Personally, I find the stuff in the spray can does a better job and clings pretty good and at least longer. Problem, it's hard to find right now and also a bit pricey right now.
Other thing to try is Bon Ami. Sprinkle on a sponge and start wiping. Might end up being quicker and easier.
ETA, test the Bon Ami first, but it's pretty gentle for the most part.
 
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Pilot Dane: thanks v. much. What would you use to clean off the ZEP acid-based stuff?

ShadeLadie: spray can stuff? Thanks....
 
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Old 10-24-21, 11:52 PM
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From Dane:
Pour the cleaner into a bowl and brush it onto the entire surface.
I agree. Don't allow it to run much or dry. Put it on and remove quickly.
 
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Old 10-25-21, 07:04 AM
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Spray can stuff:



 
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Old 10-25-21, 07:14 AM
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Shadeladie: Aha. Thanks.

PJMax: Useful technique tips. I'd likely have 'given it more time to work' which is what I did last time, with adverse results. Thanks for setting me straight.
 
 

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