Limescale and Rust on Man Made Material
I should probably pay all the readers from the Houston area for your ideas. Checks in the mail for all of you!! Ok, well you know that’s not true, but I want to tell you about a product that is a wonderful answer for hard-water and RUST stains on acrylic tubs and sinks.
Flash back to 1980, don’t tell me you can’t. You can’t tell me what you had for lunch, but you probably can tell me all about the 80’s. It was the era of acrylic and fiberglass whirlpool tubs. Everyone wanted a jetted tub. The problem was how to clean them because the finish is as delicate a finish as you can get. They have a gel coating on them, and if you use a cleaner that is too harsh, well you lose that coating. And once it is gone, you can never get it clean. And that was the question that I received this last week. In fact, it came with a picture….just in case I didn’t get how serious the problem was.
A reader had a ceramic tile surround, but an acrylic whirlpool tub. There had been a leak from the tub spout, and it dripped down the front of the ceramic tile and then down to the drain. Now to clean the ceramic tile is no problem, just use Delete Germ. But Delete Germ can NOT touch the surface of the tub. It will eat through the finish. But Invisible Shield Limescale & Stain Remover is perfectly safe. Did I know this? Not even. I didn’t pay much attention to this product because I use Invisible Shield for keeping glass shower doors clean and sparkling. To clean hard water off glass I recommend Delete Germ, because it cleans so quickly. And then I recommend Invisible Shield Protective Glass and Surface Coating. But Invisible Shield is a wonderful product for cleaning, especially on man-made and synthetic products.
To clean a light stain, just spray the surface and wipe. For a heavy stain, spray and use a scratch-free sponge to clean. Now on the back of the Invisible Shield product, they say you can spray and leave for 30 minutes. I am not going to suggest that. I just think that if the stain is heavy, just lightly clean, several times.
I requested Clean-X Invisible Shield windshield wipes from our representative. They are great...protect your windshield with just a quick wipe. But that’s not what they sent me! They sent Sani-Shield samples. It’s their new 1-step surface wipe--easy cleaning for touch points like tables, desktops, shipping carts, phones. You can even use it on your hands. It’s perfect! I guess they knew better what I needed than I did, HA! So, if you order this week, I will include a sample with your order. If it’s something that you like, we will include it on the website and store.
If you want to reach me, call the store @ 210-341-1573. Your question just might be the interest for the next article.
Now to the email…..
Question: I have an antique bed that I am going to refinish. It was painted white over a beautiful mahogany wood. I found an old can of Formby’s paint and poly remover in the garage and got started stripping. It worked like a dream! Lo and behold, this product was taken off the market. What product recommendations do you have for stripping paint from wood without hurting the wood? I would be so grateful for your assistance.
Answer: Oh, that’s easy. Use Soy Gel. It’s made by Blue Bear and it removes paint safely. One year I refinished a dining room table. I just put a plastic drop cloth down on the floor and applied Soy Gel. Work in one direction. Put a thick layer on with a throw-away brush. Then you can cover it with a plastic drop cloth. And then leave it alone. Now let me tell you, you have to be patient. This is not a 2-minute process….if there is any of those left. You leave it alone for several hours. Then go lift the plastic and rub your finger across the surface. If you see wood, you are done. Wipe off and then clean. Remember the table I talked about, my sweet husband was watching football in the next room when I striped it. Never complained about any smell…..but those Dallas Cowboys….they stunk up the room!