It’s the week before Easter. You
might be getting ready for the family coming over to search for eggs,
and enjoy a celebration that is like no other. With all the nasty
weather we have had lately; a lot of your questions have been about
cleaning outside. If you want to clean the roof of the black
streaks, there is nothing faster and cheaper than
was the only product that we had for the longest time. It’s also
good for cleaning siding to get ready to paint. The formula for
cleaning is 1 pint
JoMax, to 3 pints Clorox in a 2 gallon pump
up sprayer and filled with water. Spray the roof, let it work, and
then rinse with clear water. Don’t worry about the landscaping
because you flood with water.
JoMax cost $9.99 for a quart
which makes 5 gallons that will cover 1000 sq feet. Now there is
another product called
Spray and Forget that will do
the same thing.
Spray and Forget costs $45 for a container
that covers 600 sq feet.
Spray and Forget does take up to 6
weeks for roof stains to clear, and dark green stains longer. You do
not have to rinse
Spray and Forget. You also need to water
down all foliage before you start using the
Spray and Forget.
So if you are the patient type, that product is for you. If black
streaks are not the problem, but leaks are, then
Through the Roof
will take care of that. Through the Roof is a clear sealant
that will seal up a leak and last for 10 years.
Through the Roof
comes in a caulking formula for areas near the fireplace and around
any vent pipes. It also is in a brushable quart that costs $19 and a
gallon for $45. Now I don’t expect you to get on the roof that is
a job for someone you hire out. Because the top of the roof is a
long, long way from the ground.
My family all wishes you a blessed
Easter. May the wonderful promise of a new beginning stay with you
Now to the email….
Question: It was so nice to open the
paper and see you and your Dad’s picture back on the column. My
question is how to clean the mildew off a patio umbrella. The
umbrella is brown, so I don’t want to use bleach. Your suggestion
would be much appreciated.
Answer: That is one of my favorite
pictures of me and Dad. Clean the umbrella with a product called
Second Out/Door Cleaner. It comes in a RTU quart that costs
$9, and a concentrated gallon that makes 2 gallons that sells for
$14. Spray the umbrella, let it start working and then rinse with
clear water. Any other areas that need cleaning like the patio or
driveway will be cleaned with
30 Second Out/Door Cleaner.
It’s one of those products that are easy to use and require no
scrubbing. If the mildew is a problem with the umbrella then you
might want to treat the umbrella with
Zep Clear Shell. It’s
a clear product that will keep mildew away for up to 18 months.
Question: Trudy, I talked with your
Dad once about a product for rust. Now I forget what he said. I
have big rust stains on the patio from the legs of the patio
furniture. I don’t want to use bleach because it will leave big
white spots on the patio. And in one bathtub I have a rusty stain
from where the water has been dripping. How do I remove that?
Thanks for your help.
Answer: To clean off the rust stains
on the patio use the
Goof Off Rust Stain Remover. Just spray
it on and then rinse it off. If you haven’t taken care of the
rust on the patio furniture use the
Rust Cure. Just spray on
the rusty areas, wipe off the oily residue in a hour and then when it
is cured it will turn gun metal grey and will never rust in that area
again. For the rusty spot on your tub, if the tub is porcelain then
you can use the
Delete Germ. If it is acrylic, use the Bring
. Great Question.