Read the warnings and directions on the Oakite product, to make sure that it is safe to use on the surface or object that needs cleaning. There are over 45 different Oakite products, so it's very important to make sure you are using the right cleaner for the job.
Examine your Oakite cleaning product for the correct application method. Depending on the product and what it is used for, application methods for Oakite products range from -- soaking, spraying, brushing, steaming, applying by hand, or with a machine.
Mix the formula together. Different Oakite cleaning products -- such as alkaline rust strippers -- require pre-mixing or diluting with water before use. The package instructions will indicate how much, if any, water is needed.
Fill the applicator with the formula. The applicator depends on the method required for the different Oakite cleaning products.
If the product uses the immersion method -- such as Oakite 131 -- fill a steel or stainless steel pan with the product and let your items soak.
Likewise, if the product uses the spraying method, fill your pressure sprayer with the mixture.
Many of the products work well with multiple application methods and in that case, you can choose which application method works best for you.
Apply the formula. Again, all the Oakite cleaning products are different, and they might require additional steps in the cleaning process -- so pay attention to the directions on the product packaging. For example, Oakite products that are used to clean metal might require you to heat the solution.