A few months ago a reader contacted me
and wanted me to look for a new stainless steel cleaner that didn’t
have a strong odor. Dad’s favorite stainless steel cleaner is
Sheila Shine and it’s excellent. But it does have a propellant
smell. Howards makes a Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner that is
fragranced with essential oils. I’ve been testing it out at my
house and it does just as good a job cleaning and it’s not as
offensive to the nose. It is a lemongrass-lime streak free formula
that produces a beautiful shine. It is non toxic and safe for food
handling environments. And it’s made in the USA. We will be
putting it on the website. Remember anything I write about we carry
at the store and can ship directly to you. Just go to the website
call the San Antonio store, 210-341-1573.
Question: In one of Johnnie’s
articles he mentions something about a triangle item that you can
place around the house to get rid of gnats (those flying bugs) - is
that still available?
Answer: It sure is. The Terro Fruit Fly Trap is a non-toxic ready to use trap for those little gnats and fruit flies. It is designed to lure adult fruit flies
using the special liquid food. Flies go in but they can’t get out
so they can’t continue breeding. Place it behind or under kitchen
counters, sinks, dishwashers, near fruits and vegetables. It looks
like a little apple and will last for 30 days, retails for under $10
Question: How do you get the white
marks from hard water or lime deposits off of our natural rocks
around the pool?
Answer: Muratic Acid used to be the
only thing that was recommended for removing lime and hard water
stains outside. But
Delete Germ is so much easier and safer
to use, does not require anything but gloves for protection and
removes water deposits quickly. Apply the
Delete Germ full
strength using a 3M scrubby sponge or a stiff brush removing the
stain and then rinse with clear water.
Delete Germ will not
interfere with your pool chemicals. After cleaning, apply a sealer
if you would like. It will enhance the stone and make the color in
the flagstone really pop
. H & C makes a sealer that is
water based and is resistant to pool chemicals and cleaners.
C Concrete Sealer
is not affected by UV rays will protect the
stone. Apply a skid additive to the second coat for safety. You
can also use it on concrete block, stone and brick. Great Question!
Question: We have a chaise lounge in
our back yard that is covered to keep it clean. A large squirrel
climbed under the cover and died on the cushion. Do you have any
idea on how to clean the cushion and remove the smell?
Answer: Wash off as much as you can
and then use
Herby’s Fame to clean off any remaining stains.
As far as odor, use the
Bio Zapp. Really spray down the
cushion. You might have to spray several times over the next few
days because the smell is not just on the surface but down into the
foam in the cushion. If the foam inside the cushion can be removed-
them remove it and spray it separately.
Question: My question relates to
cleaning ceramic floors. Our dog is 10 and been having accidents
inside the house at night. Now my floor has a greasy shine to it.
It’s slippery in the area when we walk. I’ve tried using house
hold cleaners, steam cleaners and pet no marking cleaners but its
yucky and I would like to find some product that can help clean my
floors to get rid of this. There is no smell, just oily grime left
on the surface after I mop.
Answer: There may not be a smell to
you, but I promise your sweet puppy smells it and continues to go
back and mark those areas. Clean the tile with
. After you clean rinse the tile
completely with clear water. After the floor is clean then go back
and saturate the tile and grout with
Bio Zapp. It will
completely neutralize any odor that is there.