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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Bumper guard discoloration

September 21, 2011
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: One of my employees decided to clean the plastic type bumper guards bolted to the wall. The color is beige. She claims she used magic eraser pads to get black marks off from the plastic that surgery carts caused. Now, there are white swirl marks on these railings/guards and we can not restore the beige color and the building owner expects us to replace all the bumper guards. Any idea of how I could restore them? It is a plastic type guard and less than three years old. On a small section; three feet, I tried Murphy''s Oil Soap; at first it looked good; then upon drying the white was back. Any ideas? .

The answer:

It sounds as if the color was not throughout the guard, only on the surface. Unless the manufacturer offers some type of touch-up paint or stain, you will be forced to replace the damaged bumpers to restore the original appearance. In the future... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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