Odor Killing Primer
I want to tell you about a product that stopped me dead in my tracks at the last Do It Best Show. And if you have odors in your cabinets, walls or subfloors, this will interest you too. Zinsser makes several excellent primers, and now they have created an odor-killing primer. Odor Killing Primer will kill existing odor from pets, urine, tobacco and fire. Let’s say you are like me and buy a home previously owned by a smoker, and you have primed, painted, scraped the acoustic ceilings, but there is a slight lingering smoke smell in the house. Frustrating! I would put an Air Sponge in the return air, and of course, it would go away, but I wanted to find out where the smoke smell was originating. I finally figured out that the smoke was in the wooden kitchen and bath cabinets. So, Odor Killing primer is exactly what I want to use! When you paint it on it will be white but in 45 minutes when it’s dry it will be clear. Odor Killing Primer will permanently seal in odors and is water based, so you have an easy cleanup.
I have a customer that bought a home and just in one room the subfloors reeked of pet urine, and he had tried everything…twice. Still, the odor lingered, and he does not want to carpet until the odor is completely gone…he used Odor Killing Primer. If you have an odor that seems to have permanently settled into your home, use the Odor Killing Primer by Zinsser.
Now to the email……
Question: I have a bath countertop that is all one piece including the sink. I have a stain at the bottom of the sink that looks brown. What product should I use to clean the sink?
Answer: That is a man-made marble top, and you need to be careful how you clean the top. Man- made marble has a gel coating which can be permanently damaged if you use too harsh a cleaner. Use Gel Gloss; it’s the only product to use on man- made marble tops.
Question: We have some steps on our front porch that are covered with the ceramic tile that is on the porch. The porch does not get wet, but the steps do, and when they do, they get slippery. Do you know of a product that I could apply to the steps, so that I would not worry about someone falling?
Answer: Yes, there is a tread called Handi Tread that will stop the slip. They are virtually invisible and so easy to install. They are a soft texture and are mop-friendly for ease of cleaning. They can be customized to fit to size and have an adhesive that holds well. When you remove the tread, any residue will be easy to remove. You can use it on tile or wood. Any place where you would need a little traction, you can install a Handi Tread. Handi Treads come in two sizes, 12 inch and 24 inch. They are made in the USA.
Question: I have cracks on the inside of the house. I will have them fixed, and then they show up again and so I am starting to get worried about my foundation. What will cause these cracks to open up after I have them fixed?
Answer: Rest easy, it is not your foundation. In Texas, builders construct a foundation that will flex with different extremes of weather that sometimes show up as a hairline crack inside the house. Instead of taping and floating the small cracks that show up on the walls, use a product called Dap Alex Flex. This used to be a two-step process, but now it’s one. It won’t shrink or crack. It’s sandable, and it’s paintable. You can use it indoors or outdoors.
Question: Scum builds up where my AC unit drips outside on the concrete. What can clean it up?
Answer: Use Thirty-Seconds Outdoor Cleaner. Apply and let it work, then rinse it off. It will work on concrete, wood, and plastic, and will remove mildew and green scum, and you don’t have to scrub. It won’t harm your plants because you flood it with water.