Using blacklight for cleaning

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Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by Caduceus » Mon May 27, 2019 11:23 am

I saw a Youtube video where people used a blacklight to uncover stains in the home and was wondering if anyone uses this to identify dirty areas in the home to clean? Is it effective? I was thinking it could be especially useful in the bathroom and bedroom to identify problem areas to really deep clean properly.

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by JoeRetire » Mon May 27, 2019 11:24 am

Just clean everything properly and you won't need a blacklight.

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by mariezzz » Mon May 27, 2019 12:09 pm

Depends on how OCD you are. Seems excessive to me.

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by cheese_breath » Mon May 27, 2019 12:13 pm

mariezzz wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:09 pm
Depends on how OCD you are. Seems excessive to me.
Unless you're trying to get rid of the evidence. :D
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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by TierArtz » Mon May 27, 2019 12:20 pm

My small collection of LED black lights are typically used to identify scorpions for torching (outside). Inside, one definitely documents that my boys have not yet perfected their aim and the cats sometimes barf hair- and food-free goo upon the carpets. A black light will find these areas for additional spot cleaning, but doing so lies within the realm of fun/interesting, but not necessary.

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by GerryL » Mon May 27, 2019 12:39 pm

I used a black light during a period when I had a cat who had serious "hygiene" issues. Only way to find where on the carpet she had peed. Well, that or get down on all fours and run your nose through the carpet pile.

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by wageoghe » Mon May 27, 2019 12:41 pm

GerryL wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:39 pm
I used a black light during a period when I had a cat who had serious "hygiene" issues. Only way to find where on the carpet she had peed. Well, that or get down on all fours and run your nose through the carpet pile.
We have used a black light for this. The black light works best when the room is very dark. If you have pets, prepare to be grossed out.

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by unclescrooge » Mon May 27, 2019 5:12 pm

GerryL wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:39 pm
I used a black light during a period when I had a cat who had serious "hygiene" issues. Only way to find where on the carpet she had peed. Well, that or get down on all fours and run your nose through the carpet pile.
After identifying the location how would you clean it?

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by rj342 » Mon May 27, 2019 5:16 pm

cheese_breath wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:13 pm
mariezzz wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:09 pm
Depends on how OCD you are. Seems excessive to me.
Unless you're trying to get rid of the evidence. :D
But the bleach itself can be circumstantial evidence. At least thats what those CSI type shows say.

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by rj342 » Mon May 27, 2019 5:17 pm

wageoghe wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:41 pm
GerryL wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:39 pm
I used a black light during a period when I had a cat who had serious "hygiene" issues. Only way to find where on the carpet she had peed. Well, that or get down on all fours and run your nose through the carpet pile.
We have used a black light for this. The black light works best when the room is very dark. If you have pets, prepare to be grossed out.
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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by Quickfoot » Mon May 27, 2019 5:23 pm

Blacklight seems like a solution in search of a problem. There has been a trend over the past 15 years or so for people to try to live in microbe free homes; this isn't healthy. Use quality cleaners and clean on a frequent enough schedule and you should be fine. If you can't see it, feel it or smell it then you are probably fine.

DO use proper disinfects in the kitchen and bathrooms, note that to kill some bacteria you will need to let the cleaning / disinfecting agent stand on the surface for a period of time, if you spray it on and immediately wipe it off you have NOT disinfected the surface. Cleaners have instructions on the label for how long they need to remain on the surface to disinfect.

Disinfect sinks and counters and anything that comes in contact with egg or meat. Be careful about cross contamination, kitchen sponges are notoriously bad.

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by retire2022 » Mon May 27, 2019 5:35 pm

rj342 wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 5:17 pm
wageoghe wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:41 pm
GerryL wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:39 pm
I used a black light during a period when I had a cat who had serious "hygiene" issues. Only way to find where on the carpet she had peed. Well, that or get down on all fours and run your nose through the carpet pile.
We have used a black light for this. The black light works best when the room is very dark. If you have pets, prepare to be grossed out.
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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by GerryL » Mon May 27, 2019 6:28 pm

unclescrooge wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 5:12 pm
GerryL wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 12:39 pm
I used a black light during a period when I had a cat who had serious "hygiene" issues. Only way to find where on the carpet she had peed. Well, that or get down on all fours and run your nose through the carpet pile.
After identifying the location how would you clean it?
I seem to recall that when I bought the black light I also bought a jug of spot cleaner especially formulated for that specific problem.

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Re: Using blacklight for cleaning

Post by toofache32 » Mon May 27, 2019 8:11 pm

Do you get sick frequently? Do you have an immune deficiency?
What makes you think your current home hygiene regimen is inadequate?

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