I am so excited that in October I will
be going to another hardware show in Indianapolis. I love going to
these shows to see what is new and what I can bring into the store to
make your DIY projects easier. If you have something that you would
like me to look for just shoot me an email or give me a call in San
Antonio at 210-341-1573. I will look when I go to the show and see
if it’s available and bring it in because if you need it sure
enough your neighbor probably needs it too. Some of the best items
we have had at the store and still have are products that our
customers asked about or brought in an empty can asking if we could
get it in. Quick Shine, Leak Alert, Gianni Granite Paint, Thomas
Liquid Stainless Steel are just a few of the products that still
stock our shelves that have been such a help to so many customers.
I tell you what I am looking for, a light switch plate that has LED
lights built into it so that when you turn off the lights at night
and walk into a dark kitchen, you can see the way and where the light
switch is. I saw some online, but he will not sell to retail stores.
He sent me a sample and I absolutely love it and so would you! So
in search I will go!
Now to the email……
Question: I have a white solid surface
top that is stained. My granddaughter got makeup on it and I can’t
remove the stain with what I normally clean with. The company that
cleans my carpets said to use a steel wool on it and a cleaner. But
I am sending you a picture to see what you think.
Answer: What you have is called
cultured marble and I would never use steel wool on it. Cultured
Marble has a gel coating on top which gives it protection and shine.
And if you use an abrasive or too strong a cleaner it will damage the
gel coating and then the marble will stain constantly. The only
product that I would use is
Gel Gloss because it is made for
man-made surfaces. Hopefully the
Gel Gloss and some elbow
grease will do the trick.
Question: I was wondering if you might
have a book that has all the tips your Dad wrote about. I love
reading your articles too and it would be great have all of the
articles and answers in one spot instead of trying to file them in a
folder that I drop all the time.
Answer: Dad’s book is called “The
Best of Johnnie Chuoke
” Vol. 10. It is a current book that we
put together last year. We take all the books and keep what is still
relevant and add any new products and questions. Volume 10 is my
favorite book so far; we put it on a spiral backing so it would be
easier to read from. It makes a great gift for a first time
homeowner, or a new Do It Yourselfer.
Question: We have rent houses and
every time we get a renter out we have to go and clean the grout
around the tub. Most of the time we have to replace it – we use
silicone like everyone says to use but the mildew is just awful. Is
there anything that we can use that would be easier to do, or stay
cleaner longer? It’s just such a mess to get out the caulking.
Answer: Sashco Sealant makes Mildew
and it’s the one to use. Remove all the silicone
by slicing it down the middle and top and bottom with a razor blade.
Then spray with
Contractor’s DeSolvIt. Let it sit for a
while and then use a putty knife to pull up the silicone. You will
be able to pull it up easily. Spray again if you have any residue
left, and then clean with alcohol. Then cut the top of the tube at
an angle to apply the
Mildew Free Seal. If you will put some
liquid soap on your finger it will help you put on a professional