Terminology Tuesday (Tricks of the Trade) – Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)

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(Note: I think it’s important to know the terminology and words used when learning any new business including mobile home investing. I came up with ‘Terminology Tuesday’ as a way to go over the terminology used in the mobile home business. It’s important to know the terminology when talking to people in the business so you’re all on the same page).

**** Tricks of the Trade is a new series I have started that will be included with “Terminology Tuesday” posts. The goal of this series is to share with you the “tricks of the trade” I have learned in the mobile home business.

For many who have been following my “Terminology Tuesday” posts, you’ll know I’ve tried a variety of cleaning products when getting homes ready on the market. In the past, I’ve used bleach, vinegar, baking soda, and of course my favorite — “Purple Power.”

However, as I continue on my journey through mobile home investing fixing up more and more homes I find myself always learning something new and trying out new products. The latest one I’ve been using for my fix-ups has been Trisodium Phosphate (TSP). And, let me tell you — it works wonders.

The difference is that TSP is a very strong soap. So it’s not as irritating and/or has a strong smell like bleach or vinegar. What I like about it is that it really does the job well. And, you can use it on a variety of surfaces.

Here are some examples:

Front Door (before)

Front Door (after using TSP)

Refrigerator (before)

(Note: Yuck!)

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Refrigerator (after using TSP)

Bathroom Wall (before)

(Note: This wall was extremely dirty and the paint was chipping off. I actually had to clean with TSP, scrape out all the excess paint using the “5-in-1 Painter’s Tool,”, clean again, and then paint over. Definitely a lot of work!)

Bathroom Wall (after)

So, there you have it — the power of TSP! It definitely works wonders being my main product of choice when fixing up and cleaning homes.

I hope this “Terminology Tuesday” post has been helpful and has given you some useful information – it definitely has for me.

Happy investing!

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