Delete Germ / Sakrete Concrete Mortar Dissolver

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 your breath!

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 cultured marble.

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.