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Sugar Soap is used to clean surfaces contaminated with oils, grease and nicotine and is routinely used in the decorative preparation process to wash down surfaces and in the removal of old wallpaper.  It is highly effective cleaning agent and cost effective and ideal for large heavily contaminated areas.  

There are many branded Sugar Soap products and each brand ingredient composition varies in strength so Sugar Soap should always be used with caution as it can be a skin irritant and arguably environmentally damaging.

The solution is alkaline and compromises mainly of sodium carbonate, an abrasive agent and organic agent.   It is available in both liquid and powered forms and can me diluted with water to reach the required strength.  Sugar Soap can be applied by cloth, sponge, brush and spray, all contaminated sugar soap should be wiped from the surface, and the surface allowed to fully dry before continuing with the decorative process.

I would always recommend wearing protective gloves and ideally eye protectors when using Sugar Soap.   Please refer to the manufactures Safely Data Sheet before use.

Sugar Soap gets its name from its similarity to table sugar granules when in its crystallised form.

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