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    Default How to Clean Metal Stall Parts

    My little farm has beautiful professionally installed stalls, but they are looking less attractive thanks to all the fly poop that has accumulated before we bought the place. I thought the winter would be the ideal time to clean and polish them.

    Any recommendations on what I can use to clean, that won't cause rust? I believe they are steel, not sure if it is stainless.



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    fly poop is nasty!!! I find that REALLY hot water cleans it fairly easily - kinda like baked on stuff on your stove.

    speaking of stove cleaner, maybe that would work to get the fly poo off.



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    hmmm that's a good idea! Will warm water damage the metal at all?



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    highly doubtful it would damage it...most barns at some point get pressure washed, and it might leave water spots, but if you're worried about that, just wipe it down with a dry rag as you go.



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    Water it is!

    Thanks for the advice.



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    We use pump up weed sprayers with hot water and some “Green Soap”. Spray and let it soak and scrub with those green scrub pads. You can get pretty big ones at Home Depot. We have a second sprayer, they’re fairly cheap, with clean hot water to rinse. Fantastic 409 works really well also or Mr. Clean.
    Plan on remodeling ours in the near future and will go with black powder coat this time. Hides everything better until it gets really bad. If it gets scraped up easily fixed with “touch up black paint makers”



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    Hijack!
    I got onto this thread because my powder-coated stalls are having "issues" after 3 years of my haydunker sopping the feed opening as he happily sloshes his dinner.
    I planned to scrape and repaint with Rustoleum this Summer.
    Is there another product that might last longer?

    OP:
    for cleaning I got one of those microfiber dusters at the $1 store and it's working pretty good at wiping off the bird crap and dusting between the bars in general.
    Otherwise I just use a wet towel followed with a dry one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    Hijack!
    I got onto this thread because my powder-coated stalls are having "issues" after 3 years of my haydunker sopping the feed opening as he happily sloshes his dinner.
    I planned to scrape and repaint with Rustoleum this Summer.
    Is there another product that might last longer?

    OP:
    for cleaning I got one of those microfiber dusters at the $1 store and it's working pretty good at wiping off the bird crap and dusting between the bars in general.
    Otherwise I just use a wet towel followed with a dry one.
    I wouldn't' use rustoleum, it is (in my experience) famous for chipping off after a few months or a year, and i wouldn't want it to get in the horse's feed. maybe check at a local farm supply store, they usually have heavy-duty stuff for use around animals - maybe a tractor paint would last longer and not flake off?



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