De-Loober User Guide

Safety first

  • Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area. This means opening a window, and using a fan if you're in a poorly ventilated space. The solvent evaporates into the air, so you want to avoid inhaling it as this happens.
  • Wear gloves when working with fluorinated lubricants and solvents. They are not dangerous, but exposure to skin should be kept to a minimum.
  • If you get any solvent or lubricant on your skin, just wash it off as soon as possible.
  • If you get any in your eyes, rinse them with water thoroughly.
  • If you suffer from any irritation or other persistent symptoms after accidental exposure, consult your doctor.
  • Keep all of these materials out of reach of children.
  • If in doubt, consult the SDS document. If you still have questions, get in touch with us at support@loob.no. Don't proceed unless you're comfortable.
  • Store these instructions together with the product.

Further safety information

More in-depth information can be found in the SDS document, which can be found at our SDS page here.

Compatibility

Before getting started, make sure that the materials you are trying to clean are compatible with the de-loober. You can find this information here.

This solvent is suitable for any PFPE-based lubricant, but will not be effective on silicone, polyalphaolefin, lithium grease, or other types of lubricants. In other words, it will not help remove Super Lube, G-Lube, or similar non-fluorinated products.

Cleaning surfaces

  1. Start with a folded cloth, preferably microfibre. Apply some de-loober to a clean part of the cloth - enough that it soaks a spot on one side, but doesn't soak through to the other (folded) side.
  2. Wipe the area to be cleaned with the cloth. The de-loober evaporates quite quickly, at which point the lubricant will be left on the cloth.
  3. Don't clean a used cloth in the washing machine. The grease may transfer to other items, or the machine itself, rather than being washed away.

Cleaning switch housing, stem and rails

  1. Start with a folded microfibre cloth. Apply some de-loober to a clean part of the cloth - enough that it soaks a spot on one side, but doesn't soak through to the other (folded) side. Be prepared to work at a good pace, as the de-loober evaporates quite quickly.
  2. Wipe the part to be cleaned with the cloth. Try to use different areas of the cloth for each part, so as not to spread previously removed grease onto other parts.
  3. Don't clean a used cloth in the washing machine. The grease may transfer to other items, or the machine itself, rather than being washed away. Dispose of dirty cloths with general waste.

Cleaning springs (bag de-loobing)

  1. Start with a very small, transparent plastic zip-lock bag.
  2. Drop your springs into the bag.
  3. Add de-loober. There should be enough that there is a visible pool in the bottom of the bag.
  4. Close the bag, and use your hands to move the springs around by manipulating the bag, to encourage them to dip into the de-loober. Continue for a minute or so.
  5. Optionally, empty the liquid in the bag into a container made from a high-density plastic such as HDPE. This way it can be re-used another time. You can use the original de-loober dropper bottle. The dropper nozzle can be removed by simply pulling it out. Bear in mind that the de-loober becomes less effective as it becomes saturated with lubricant.
  6. If you do not want to save the solvent, empty the bag's contents into a container lined with enough paper towels to fully absorb the liquid.
  7. Remove the clean springs from the container (with gloved hands), and dry them with more clean paper towel if necessary.
  8. Dispose of any paper towels with general waste.

Cleaning stabilizers

  1. You'll need some 'Q-tips', also known as cotton buds. For best results, use a good-quality brand which does not easily shed fibres. Often the synthetic types are best for this, as long as they are absorbant. The silicone re-usable buds aren't suitable for de-loobing.
  2. Remove the dropper nozzle from the de-loober bottle by pulling it out. Loosely replace the white lid on the bottle, to reduce evaporation while you work.
  3. Dip the cotton bud into the de-loober.
  4. Work on one area at a time. Apply de-loober to a problem area using the cotton bud, rubbing the area lightly.
  5. For best results, take a second clean cotton bud and use it to dry the area and remove any residue, before it evaporates.
  6. Replace the dropper nozzle once you're finished. Dispose of the cotton buds with general waste.
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