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Bubble Machines
« on: Feb 23, 2010, 11:59 pm »
In my current show, we are using a bubble machine (DJ grade) to create an effect going into a heaven sequence.  The floor has been getting a little slick over time in the area that the bubbles are mainly landing.  We have had some success with laying fresh sawdust over the area and sweeping it up.  We have also made some progress with a strong concentration of ammonia in water (which was used to great success cleaning large quantities of glycerin based blood in a previous production).  Does anyone have any other suggestions of techniques they have used to to clean up slick surfaces?

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Re: Bubble Machines
« Reply #1 on: Feb 24, 2010, 09:15 pm »
You can try white wine vinegar. It's acidic so it cleans well, the smell will go away once dry and you can get a gallon of it for about two bucks. It's also a safer and more agreeable solution than ammonia or other cleaner which might damage the floor.

As a last resort you could always try Coke. If it picks up hydraulic fluid off a stage floor I can imagine it would work with bubble solution.

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Re: Bubble Machines
« Reply #2 on: Feb 24, 2010, 10:46 pm »
First suggestion would be to upgrade to a professional quality machine and fluid.  Something from a company like Le Maitre should do the trick.  Check out this Super Bubble Fluid.  Second suggestion would be to treat the stage with a product like Slip NoMor.
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Re: Bubble Machines
« Reply #3 on: Feb 24, 2010, 11:38 pm »
Seconding Slip NoMor. Used it when I was working with a lot of stage blood that had to be cleaned at intermission- it was very helpful.
I personally would like to bring a tortoise onto the stage, turn it into a racehorse, then into a hat, a song, a dragon and a fountain of water. One can dare anything in the theatre and it is the place where one dares the least. -Ionesco

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