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Stain rag disposal for higher production facilities

3/28/24       
Matt Member

For those of you who are using a lot of stain (solvent/oil base) and producing a lot of spent rags, how are you disposing of them such that the risk of fire is eliminated?

3/28/24       #2: Stain rag disposal for higher produ ...
RichC

I hang them on what could be called a clothesline. If the rags are completely surrounded by air, the curing heat can easily dissipate and there is no danger.

3/29/24       #3: Stain rag disposal for higher produ ...
Mitch Suber

Website: http://www.subercustomshutters.com

Similar to Rich, during the day we try to air dry. If the volume causes this to be problematic, we keep a 5 gal bucket of water convenient to the staining area and toss them in the water. Being sure to push them down with a stick. At the end of the day, we make sure to set the bucket outside away from the building. Then we eventually dump the still wet rags into the dumpster. We have fire cans that we use with just a few rags, but after several close calls I'm not taking any chances.

3/29/24       #4: Stain rag disposal for higher produ ...
herb johnson

not trying to be pia, but if you soak solvent based stain rags in water, and yes a safe idea, the water becomes hazardous waste,,,have a good holiday but i am not sure a inspector would pick up that it had solvent based rags soaking in it......but certainly limits a fire possibility.......

goodluck

herb j

3/29/24       #5: Stain rag disposal for higher produ ...
Mitch Suber Member

Your probably right. Inspectors are almost non existent around here. As far as it making water a hazardous waste, it seems to me itís no different than the rags being exposed to rain and puddles at the landfill.

3/30/24       #6: Stain rag disposal for higher produ ...
Chris

Contact Safety kleen or whoever picks up your waste solvents

3/31/24       #7: Stain rag disposal for higher produ ...
The MW Studio  Member

Website: themillworkstudio.com

One approach is to allow the used rags to air dry thoroughly in a well-ventilated area. This process reduces the likelihood of spontaneous combustion by removing excess solvent and oil from the rags.

Alternatively, you can submerge the used rags in water immediately after use. This prevents them from drying out and oxidizing, which significantly reduces the risk of ignition. Once submerged, it's important to dispose of them in a sealed metal container to prevent any potential fire hazards.

Speaking of containers, using a sealed metal container designed for oily waste disposal is highly recommended. These containers are specifically designed to resist fire and contain any potential ignition sources, providing an added layer of safety.

It's also essential to be mindful of heat sources when storing the container of used rags. Keeping them away from heat sources or direct sunlight helps prevent the oxidation process from accelerating, further reducing the risk of combustion.


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