I had some wonderful questions this week that were unique. I wanted to share them with you in hopes that you can use some of these suggestions. Keep those questions coming!
Question: What do you recommend to clean hard water spots from glass shower doors? Thanks for your help.
Answer: Use Delete Germ. It works quickly and will make the glass look brand new. wear gloves, use a 3M scrubby sponge, and work quickly. Then rinse thoroughly. Now I am assuming you have a ceramic tile shower. If you have an acrylic tub surround, you will need to use Bring It On. It’s a little more elbow grease, but it works and is safe on fiberglass or acrylic tubs. Now, once you are done….protect your clean glass shower door by applying Invisible Shield Glass Coating. It will repel hardware deposits and keep your door clear for up to a year. Apply the coating following the directions. It smells like rubbing alcohol. And then when you clean your shower, apply the Glass and Surface Cleaner and it will reinforce the coating and you won’t be seeing spots for a year. Well at least not on the shower door…ha.
Question: Need help once again! We’re trying to get our house on the market and we have a few places in the kitchen where the wallpaper is coming ‘unstuck,’ so to speak—just tiny, tiny places here and there. My husband said double-stick tape, but it’s too tiny to even try that, I think. Can you recommend something, please?
Answer: This is so easy. Use Sure Grip by Zinsser. It’s an adhesive and will hold your little lifted areas down tight. If your wallpaper is stiff and you worry about applying and then pushing down the wallpaper….wet the wallpaper first with a sponge to soften up the paper and then glue down. Good luck selling the house!
Question: vases with water spots—I don’t have a friend who doesn’t halve this problem…what can we use to get our vases looking clear again?—would be a great question also for your articles.
Answer: Yes it is a great question and the answer is simple. Use Delete Germ just like the reader in the first question. The hard part is reaching down into the vase with a 3M scrubby sponge. If the vase has a narrow neck, then use a bottle brush to scrub with. Then remember rinse with water completely a few times.
I look forward to your article each week and frequently scan them to my computer for future reference. Our problem is rusting paint cans stored in the garage. We used to store them in a wood cabinet in the garage, my wife said that was the problem, so now we store them on the garage floor. We have not stored them on the garage floor long enough to say that makes a difference. She stores some of the interior paints in the house which makes me uncomfortable. I have purchased new cans, painted them with Rust-oleum and transferred the paint. That helps, is quite a chore, and frequently the label is destroyed trying to remove it from the can.
Answer: I have to say I have not ever had a question like this, but I can understand how this can be a problem. For the bottom of the can and the top, spray them with Rust Cure. They will never rust again. For the inside of the can, carefully apply TriFlow so that they don’t rust on the inside of the top of the can. Now once you take care of the rust and seal the can up…..store it upside down. Keeps the paint fresher.
Question: Hi Trudy. Just read your column about Instant Power for smelly disposals. I have a smelly trap in my dishwasher and wondered if it’s an enzyme issue. It retains water which starts to smell if I don’t run the dishwasher every day. Any suggestions?
Answer: Great Question! Couple of things, look under the sink where your plumbing from the dishwasher is....there should be a loop in that hose. The loop keeps the water from going back into the dishwasher and stinking after draining. There is a nice cleaner called Dishwasher Magic...run it through your dishwasher...it will clean out all the jets and leave your dishwasher smelling fresh!