Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
I love plumbers pipe. Â Its industrial look mixes so when with farmhouse decor. Â It is easy to use and super versatile. Â The two things that stress me out the most though when I am considering it for a project are:
I can’t do anything about the price, but I was bound and determined to figure out how to clean it faster. Â I google and searched – not much on the internet except for ways to clean CLOGGED plumbers pipe (totally not was I was going for) . I recently had a client hire me for a large build FULL of plumbers pipe – I needed to figure out this cleaning thing fast.
I guess I should have thought a little harder about it – but thankfully my wonderful friends at The Home Depot introduced me to ACETONE! Â Yippee!! Â Super similar to what our little girlies use to clean their fingernail polish off with. Â Smelly – totally. Â Effective – completely!
As always I have a 60 second DIY Tutorial to fast track you through the process.
Continue reading for lots of good details and tricks!
This is why plumbers pipe gives me heartburn – because EVERY SINGLE piece has a sticker on it that is wrapped in packing tape. Â They must be super worried the price is going to fall off so they take extra precautions (he he he). Â Additionally, it is rubbed with a light coating of oil – making it extremely dirty. Â If you are ever doing a plumbers pipe build for yourself or someone else, always take into consideration the time it takes to clean the pipes.
This is after handling them for only a few minutes!
Are you ready to clean this stuff?! Â Here we go –
Peel off as much of the sticker and tape as you can. Â Use your kitchen knife to help lift off the tape.
Pour Acetone onto you cotton swabs. Â CAUTION: You should only use Acetone in a well ventilated area. Â It is super smelly!
Rub the sticky residue over and over – the Acetone will cut through it pretty quick. Â It will also start taking off all the grease.
Use the dull side of the knife to help scrub off any more sticky residue from the tape.
Do a final clean with a fresh Acetone Cotton Swab to make sure your pipe is sparkling.
All Done! Â So easy! Â Let us know what you choose to build with your clean pipe – we would love to hear from you!
PS – Ironically, after all my work and practice trying to figure this out, I found a Youtube video tutorial by one of my favorite teachers of DIY projects (in particular Plumbers Pipe projects) – Ben Uyeda. Â He is amazing and has such a great tutorial here, including resources for sealing your plumbers pipe that I was not aware and now and so grateful. If you haven’t checked out his blog you are missing out. Â Follow along with him here.