The last two weeks have been a blur because we had back-to-back hardware shows. The first show was the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. That show is always good, but this year it was exceptional! I can’t tell you how excited I am about the new products that will be coming in. In fact, one product has already hit the shelves, and I want to tell you all about it!

Howard’s makes so many wonderful products, and Clean-A-Finish is one of them. But I had never even looked at stocking it, until I talked with the representatives at the show. Clean-A-Finish is a blend of natural soaps that effectively cleans ALL surfaces. It easily removes dirt and wax build-up on furniture, antiques, cabinets, upholstery, carpet and more. Whoa….did you say it will clean wood and fabric and upholstery? It made by think of that movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding where the father uses Windex on everything, including his arthritic elbow. I just found it hard to believe. But at the booth, I was able to try it out, and sure enough, it does remove stains on fabric. But what an amazing job it does on dirty wood furniture. You can even use it on unfinished wood (think butcher block), painted surfaces, vinyl, and plastic.

It’s so easy to use. Shake well and spray Clean-A-Finish on a soft cloth. ( I had to pump it about 20 times before it started spraying) Use an old t-shirt something that is lint free. Rub with a circular motion to loosen up dirt and grime. Wipe clean with a soft cloth and then wipe dry. Use it on wooden chairs that need cleaning on the arms to remove oil. Clean off a desk that gets constant handprints. I used it on a rubber Fitbit band that I wear every day and was in shock ….my “clean” Fitbit really was green and bright. It’s really versatile. It’s made of bio-degradable soaps and contains no ammonia or bleach. It has a light soap fragrance. You should be able to find it at your local hardware store right next to the other great Howard Products.

Use coupon code CF0529-5 to receive a 20% discount on your purchase of Clean-A-Finish!

New week I want to tell you about a brand new Howard product….I should have up a picture on the website that shows before and after….have a blessed week.

Now to the email

Question: I left a cast iron pan in my porcelain sink for just a short time and got a light rust stain. I've tried all the household remedies and have lightened it some but I'd like to get the rest of the stain out is possible without damaging the finish. Can you help? Appreciate any suggestions you may have. And I totally enjoy and use many of your tips.
Answer: There is a product by Whink that removes rust. It works great on white porcelain. So you can use it on sinks and toilets. If you have Delete Germ, you can use that also. Apply just a little on the stain and give it a scrub. Whink will also remove rust from color-safe fabrics.

Question: I read your home improvement column all the time, and appreciate the advice you give, saving many of your columns for future use. But now I am in need of your advice on how to clean and seal if necessary, patio tables with stone tops. They are pieces that came with a 7 piece cast aluminum patio set we purchased several years ago. I believe the tops are stone. The instructions say to clean w/ a soft sponge, mild detergent and clean water, not using abrasive materials, cleansers or bleach products. My tables have been on the patio for at least 5 years and I have never sealed the tabletops with a marble sealer, so, my bad!
Answer: There is a product made by Moldex called Mold & Mildew Stain Remover, and it is non-bleach. It will remove mold, mildew, and algae stains. Spray it on the surface, allow it to work for five minutes, and then rinse. If you surface is deeply stained, you will have to scrub it with a plastic bristle brush. After you scrub, rinse with clear water. Let dry. Repeat if the there is a shadow of a stain left. If you want to seal it, use Rain Guard.