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    Posted: 12/April/2016 at 11:08
This is not a wind up!

Yesterday evening I somehow knocked a jar of molasses onto the balcony floor. It was nearly full. It broke.

There is now the most sticky mess possible, several inches in diameter. I managed to scoop up about half of if before it spread too much. I covered the rest with some detergent powder to try to soak it up, but that has just made a different coloured sticky mess.

Advice gratefully received on how best to shift it without making an even worse situation.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/April/2016 at 14:28
I would think your best bet would be as hot as water as you can stand and keep rubbing and soaking up the mess.I think detergent would be a waste of time as only heat will dissolve the sugar. Patience required.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/April/2016 at 15:09
probably quicker and easier to retile the balcony.Confused
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/April/2016 at 15:28
One Googled site suggests:-

Cleaning Molasses from Solid Surfaces

  • When cleaning a molasses spill from any type of surface, first scrape as much of the syrup as you can into a disposable container using a spatula or butter knife. Clean the sticky molasses that remains from solid surfaces with 2 cups of hot water mixed with 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. The heat from the water will soften the molasses, making it easier for the soap to remove. Use a scrub brush on molasses spills that have become hard and gummy.


This could become a whole new thread Smile

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/April/2016 at 15:32
Wonder whether WD40 would help. It has a multitude of uses Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/April/2016 at 16:08
Originally posted by Big Col Big Col wrote:


One Googled site suggests:-<h2 =" line2 mg-1">Cleaning Molasses from Solid Surfaces</h2><ul ="unstyled">
  • When cleaning a molasses spill from any type of surface, first scrape as much of the syrup as you can into a disposable container using a spatula or butter knife. Clean the sticky molasses that remains from solid surfaces with 2 cups of hot water mixed with 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. The heat from the water will soften the molasses, making it easier for the soap to remove. Use a scrub brush on molasses spills that have become hard and gummy.


  • This could become a whole new thread Smile



    Perhaps admin could make it a "Sticky"...

    (Sorry Tom, sounds like a nightmare mate)   
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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/April/2016 at 16:17
    Or wait for the ants to clear it up
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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/April/2016 at 16:32
    Well that was fun. The surface is brick by the way. The washing powder had soaked up quite a bit overnight, so I was able to shovel that up as it were. I found an old pointing trowel in the communal cupboard and scraped away most of the rest.

    Then, without seeing the answer above, a bucket of hot water with some washing up liquid therein, on me hands and knees scrubbing away ( I will bet a lot of you would have liked to have seen that!) and after a while it was gone. Wash down with clean water, sweep out the door.

    Then of course having scrubbed like %$%$/%ry at few square feet,that was then several shades lighter than the rest, so I had to continue.

    Anyway, done now.

    Don't seem to get ants much around here. I think the spiders eat them.

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    Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/April/2016 at 16:33
    Sit in the big puddle. wait until you are stuck fast. Phone the fire brigade. They will turn up, release you and clear the hazardous waste. Simples
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