5-Gallon Zep-Brand Cleaner,
Floor Stripper Sold at Home Depot Recalled, Containers
Crack and Leak Corrosive Liquids
August 17, 2006
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission has announced a voluntary recall of
5-gallon sizes of "Zep Industrial Purple
Cleaner & Degreaser" and "Zep Heavy
Duty Floor Stripper". Consumers should stop
using these products immediately unless otherwise
instructed. The 5-gallon plastic pails containing
the cleaning products can unexpectedly crack and
leak from the base, posing a risk to consumers
due to the corrosive nature of these products.
Acuity Specialty Products Group
Inc. has received three reports of leaking pails.
No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Industrial Purple Cleaner & Degreaser”
is a clear, purple liquid. “Zep Heavy Duty
Floor Stripper” is a clear, colorless, water-thin
liquid. Both products were sold in 5-gallon, white
pails with large blue labels and blue lids. Each
pail carries a batch code written on the side
of the pail. Only the following batch codes are
included in the recall:
Industrial Purple Cleaner &
Degreaser (HD0856), Batch Codes: 1607501, 1607601,
1608001, 1608101, 1608201, 1608601, 1608701, 1609001,
1609101, 1609401, 1609601, 1610101, and 1610301.
Heavy Duty Floor Stripper (HD1071), Batch Codes:
1607401, 1607601, 1608101, 1608201, 1608301, 1608801,
1609001, 1609701, 1610001, and 1610201.
The products were sold at the Home Depot from
March 2006 through April 2006.
Consumers should stop using the
recalled products and contact Acuity Specialty
Products Group Inc. for information on how to
receive a free replacement pail. Consumers with
a leaky pail should place it inside another 5-gallon
pail or large plastic bag, and then pour the remainder
of the contents into a new container and label
the product. Use gloves and eye protection when
handling. Clean any spilled material by absorbing
it onto a solid absorbent and sweep up and discard
it into a solid waste container. Rinse the affected
area with clean water until no residue remains.
For additional information, contact
Acuity Specialty Products Group Inc. at (888)
591-5053 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through