Question: Hey Johnnie I was wondering
what product I need to buy to get rid of the water stains in the
toilet bowl. We have soft water and it leaves a ring right at the
top of the water.
Answer: There is a perfect product for
you and its Delete Germ. Delete Germ has been around
for about 25 years and I have yet to see anything that out does it
when it comes to hard water stains. To use it in the toilet, just
lift the lid of the tank and pour about a cup full down the overflow
pipe. Don’t flush. Then the Delete Germ will work its way
through the toilet opening up all the little holes underneath the
rim. Then just let it sit in the toilet bowl and work. Then use your
toilet brush and remove the stains. A lot of my customers will go
on vacation and use that time to clean the toilet. It will not harm
your toilet even if it sits in the bowl for 2 weeks. It just keeps
working down below the water line and removing the lime. You will
have a much better flushing toilet. And the nice part about Delete
Germ is the fragrance; it has a minty smell and not an acidic
smell. You won’t be running out of the bathroom trying to catch
Just to let you
know, Delete Germ can also be used on ceramic tile, and glass shower
doors. Just remember to work quickly, wear gloves and rinse
thoroughly. It removes lime buildup on shower doors and leaves them
as shiny as new glass. If you have a man made marble, use the Bring
It On. It will clean the glass shower door and not harm your
Question: Johnnie I had some concrete
work done on brickwork outside. The contractor was just supposed to
fill in some empty areas in the mortar and instead he over applied
and got the concrete all over the bricks. I have called him back and
he won’t come. And now I am faced with very messy looking brick.
How can I clean the overage that is now on the bricks? Thanks and I
love the column.
Answer: Sakrete Concrete Mortar
Dissolver is the only product I know of besides muriatic acid to
clean off concrete. I never like telling my customers to use
muriatic acid because you have to be so careful. But Sakrete
is the non acid alternative. It is environmentally friendly liquid
alternative to aggressive acid concrete removers. It can be used to
remove cured cement, concrete, mortar, or stucco from most surfaces.
You can use it on tools, pavers, patios, and wooden decks. It can
also be used on siding, glass vehicles and more. Here is how to use
it: Completely saturate area of hardened concrete to be removed with
UNDELUTED Sakrete. Surface will turn white, then darken.
Allow Sakrete to penetrate 10-15 minutes, and keep applying
keeping the surface wet. After about 30 minutes the concrete will
start to soften and release. Rinse with cold water.
Question: Johnnie I have been looking
at mountain homes in western North Carolina. Many are very charming
but the interior are totally knotty pine- ceilings, walls, floors,
etc. It is just too much for me. To get rid of the look on the
walls, is it necessary to sheet rock over the wood or can the walls
just be painted white? Thanks for the advice!
Answer: We bought a house that didn’t
have knotty pine but it had a paneling with the grooves. We wondered
if painting it would be enough or would we need to cover it. This is
what we did. First clean the pine and make sure you are painting
over a clean surface. You can clean it with TSP and rinse with
water. Then you are going to prime the pine with a Ben Moore
primer called Stix. You need to use 2 coats. Then after that
you can just paint with any paint you like. Look at all that Ben
Moore has to offer in color. I have never seen such options…we
have a display at our store in San Antonio and it spans 12 feet. If
you have any other questions…call me at the store.