Mineral Spirit Uses: How to Use Mineral Spirits Around the House
Typically, mineral or white spirits are known for their ability to thin paint. There are many other handy things that mineral spirits can do around the house.
What are Mineral Spirits?
Mineral spirits are made from petroleum. They are not water soluble and because of this, are great solvents and cleaners for degreasing. Mostly, mineral spirits are used in the painting industry as a thinner and mild solvent.
I’ve used it to remove stuck on glues that just won’t come off despite my best efforts.
They are inexpensive to purchase and 1 can goes a long way once you find out just how many uses there are for mineral spirits around the house.
9 Smart and Savvy Mineral Spirit Uses
There are many mineral spirit uses around the house to make your life easier. Some of them may surprise you.
- Thinning Paint
- Cleaning Paint Tools
- Degreasing Parts
- Remove Paint Spills
- Remove Sticky Glues and Residue
- Clean Floors and Scuff Marks
- Clean Wood Furniture
- Clean Tools
- Remove Sap and Gunk from Outdoor Furniture
Mineral spirits have traditionally been used to thin paint for paint sprayers. This continues to be the biggest use for white spirits.
Clean Paint Brushes, Roller and Other Paint Tools
Remove paint and clean those tools with ease by using mineral spirits. You will love how much time this will save you. Rinse them with water once all the paint has been removed.
Also, if you can get that stubborn paint off of your tools, you will save money by not having to buy new tools. Win Win.
Degrease Bike and Car Parts
If you’re parts are small enough, put them in a container filled with mineral spirits and soak them overnight to remove the grease and grime without any effort.
For instant results, soak a rag in mineral spirits and wipe the greasy parts directly. Don’t forget to wipe of any residual white spirits with a clean cloth.
Remove Paint Spills, even if They Have Dried!
With a bit of work, you can most likely remove paint spills even after they have dried.
Remove Price Tag Residue
A quick scrub on the spot where the price tag was will remove the left over glue. After you’ve gotten the residue removed, wipe the spot with a clean, damp cloth to remove the mineral spirits.
Pro Tip: Mineral spirits and plastic, for the most part, do not mix. It will dissolve the plastic leaving you with a disaster.
Clean Scuff Marks from Floors
You have to hate those scuff marks that some shoes and furniture leave on your nice floor!
Get rid of them fast with a quick wipe with a cloth covered in mineral spirits. Be careful if you have pets to remove all residual chemicals from the floor.
Clean Wood Furniture
Each type of furniture and wood finish reacts differently to mineral spirits. Some pieces will shine, others not so much. You could even try mineral spirits on wood floors!
Test it out on a small hidden area to determine if you should wipe down your whole project.
Clean Your Tools
Mineral spirits and their powerful degreasing and cleansing properties means that you can clean your automotive and home improvement tools to almost new condition.
Even dried paint can be dissolved and then washed off.
Remove Sap from Tools and Outdoor Furniture
The sap that gets on my lawnmower, tools and outdoor patio set just drives me nuts. I’ve tried about half a dozen product that SAY that they remove sap only to be super disappointed.
What a waste of time and money.
I decided to give mineral spirits a try and the results were excellent! All of the sap was removed without a trace.
Pro Tip: Always test in a small hidden area to make sure it doesn’t remove the finish.
Mineral Spirits on Skin
If you get mineral spirits on skin you must wash them off with warm soapy water. Otherwise, if it stays on your skin for too long, it will cause irritating rashes and even skin burn!
Limiting Your Exposure when Using Mineral Spirits and the Environment
Try to limit your exposure and make sure to dispose of the unused portion according to local environmental and waste management laws.
Never pour down the drain, toilet or street drain as it can get into the local water table.
Be smart with your DIY by disposing of all waste in a green way!
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I love finding different ways to use things I have around the workshop. Make the most of what you already have.
So many mineral spirit uses, so little time! Instead of spending money on sap remover, scuff mark remover or wood finish products, try using mineral spirits.
You will be pleasantly surprised with the results!
What are mineral spirits used for?
Also called mineral turpentine or white spirit, mineral spirits are used for thinning paint, cleaning, degreasing, removing paint and sticky residues, cleaning floors, wood furniture and tools.
Is mineral spirits a good cleaner?
Yes, mineral spirits removes tons of glues, sap, tar and other sticky residues and grease much better than other cleaners.