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WD-40 is an essential for any home. It is a multi-purpose household lubricant and has been around for over 50 years. It has no shelf life so the bottle you buy could last you for years.
WD-40 stands for "Water Displacement - 40th Attempt". It was developed in 1953 by Norm Larsen. It was originally designed to repel water and prevent corrosion,] however it was found to have numerous household uses.
*Price and availability*
A 600 ml can costs around £5.00. I think this is a good investment for how long the can will last. A 450 ml will cost about £4.00. They are widely available from supermarkets and garages.
The design of the tin has not changed in many years; however they have changed the size and shape of the nozzles to become more user friendly. The bottle I have is 600ml and comes in a pressurized container. The canister comes with a thin red straw that attaches to the nozzle at the top of the can. This allows you to aim the spray into small areas such as hinges and those harder to reach places without you having to soak the whole area. This little straw gets misplaced easily as there is nowhere on the can to store it. Nevertheless it is not a significant part of the design and you can manage just fine without in. The directions are simple: Use in a well ventilated area and saturate the area you wish to lubricate. You can use the product on a variety of different surfaces such as metal, wood and plastic. It is even safe for painted surfaces.
There are over 2000 uses listed on the WD 40 website. However the main purposes of the lubricant are that you can use it to protect metal surfaces against moisture and other corrosive elements and lubricate all moving parts. For example, a squeaky hinge. It can also be used to penetrate rusted or frozen metal parts for easier removal.
WD-40 displaces moisture and is ideal for use on electrical systems to eliminate moisture-induced short circuits; however you always need to turn the power off before you spray.
WD-40 can also be used to remove sap, tar, adhesives, labels and tape from surfaces without damaging existing paint. It's an effective cleaner for tools, equipment, and vehicles. It can be used to remove splattered bugs from the front of cars. WD-40 will even help remove chewing gum from carpet. Just spray, wait, and wipe with a clean cloth.
Every home needs a tin of this stuff so it is always there for when you need it!
This is a moisture-repellant containing solvent . . . you need to be careful you do not rely on it solely for lubrication . . . in my experience, it is brilliant for freeing seized joints, but additional oil or grease is required to keep the joint free
. . . ♥ ~ Jesi ~ ♥