Cleaning planes isn’t hazardous for my health, is it?

Cleaning planes isn’t hazardous for my health, is it?

Posted by Isaac Wilke on May 24th 2023

Imagine you are wiping the greasy mixture off the belly of your airplane. You use microfiber rags because they are machine washable and reusable to a point. Of course you use your favorite cleaner (Release) to associate with and remove the built up soot mixture. After it’s all said and done and your airplane is clean and shiny once again, there lies a hazard. That hazard, is lead.

Even modern day general aviation aircraft still use 100LL (low lead) to fuel their journeys. It wasn’t at the front of my mind when cleaning but it’s not just cleaning, there’s more. When you machine wash your microfiber cloths in either a public or your homes washer that lead comes free from the microfiber rag and ends up on your family’s clothes. The lead then has the ability to work it’s way into your body through absorption on your skin.

What can I do?

Cleaning the soot and oil mixture on the belly or side of your airplane can be tricky but not with the cleaning power of Release. Wear disposable gloves when working with soiled surfaces that contain lead or other harmful attributes and use Release Wipes.

Release wipes are super convenient individually packaged wipes that contain the strongest concentration of Release. They are are very saturated and don’t dry out quickly. Release is dye free, fragrance free, and is safe to clean on all surfaces because of it’s associative technology. They contains no alcohol or ammonia and cleans any organic soil, like exhaust soot and oil, with ease.

See what Mehrdad from Aviana Aircraft Detailing has to say about his experience with soot, oil and lead mixture here.