Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lestoil or More Toil, that is the question....

The unmistakable odor of LESTOIL hit my nose this morning... it was coming from under the kitchen sink!  I thought perhaps I had been sloppy when I used the Lestoil to clean the kitchen floor last time, so I poked around trying to find the source, and sure enough it did leak, but not the way I suspected!  It turns out the bottom of the bottle had cracked, and leaked a whole puddle of LESTOIL under the bottle and it's surrounding bottles - into a mess that I cannot describe in words, so here's the picture:
I thought I could just wipe it up and put everything back under the sink.... but that didn't work out so well, since the LESTOIL had dissolved the paint - it just doesn't seem to have a bottom anymore - the wood is so saturated that it continues to leach out of the wood under where the paint was....
very penetrating stuff!

 So, instead of playing in the snow (with a shovel, of course) this morning I am coping with this mess:

So, if any of my deadlines are missed this week, you know why.  I looks as though we may have to replace the kitchen cabinet (and hopefully NOT the floor UNDER the cabinet!) to completely purge the odor, since I don't think I'll ever be able to completely suck all that LESTOIL out of the base of this cabinet.

If you have a suggestion for how to get LESTOIL out of the wood, please - by all means!

Because I'd love to get back to the studio and do more sewing, or painting, or even tidying up my fabric stash!


  1. I have contacted the company via their website - hoping for a reply in LESS than the 48 hours they promise!

  2. Yikes! Well, if the cabinets need replaced hopefully Clorox will cover that cost as well.


  3. I had a bottle that did that too! Fortunately, I found the small leak early -- you can tell that to the company - we can't be the only ones that happened to. I'm sorry for your bigger mess though!

  4. Clorox is sending a 'claim kit' and told me to return the bottle along with pics of the damage and a quote for the repairs.... I suggested that they put this stuff in GLASS BOTTLES in future like they used to and my impression is that they may consider going back to that - go to their website and encourage them! They know there is a problem with the plastic bottles. If I buy LESTOIL again, I'll transfer it immediately to a glass jar.

  5. I saw your post on Pat's blog and thought I would come by to see what you were working on. Poor quilting fun with that cupboard mess. We had a leaky in the plumbing under our sink that created a mess and the cupboard base was forever warped after it dried out. Between the snow and this, I bet you are ready for a vacation.
    I read your post about your dog Sam. Our dog, Skeeter died in April of 2004. That's five years ago and I still get teary-eyed just thinking about it. He had become my sidekick and only this weekend, we were recalling his retinue of tricks. I understand how you feel about Sam.