I had a customer call me last week on
a problem with cabinets. It is a vacation home for them that someone
else cleans when they are gone for months at a time. Well this time
the cabinets were cleaned with such a strong cleaner that the finish
actually was compromised and remained sticky even after several
months. She was at a loss whether to try and sand off the finish
because it is so sticky or just replace the cabinet fronts. I
suggested that instead of sanding the cabinets she use a product that
has been around for quite a while and is easy to use called Soy Gel.
Soy Gel Paint and Urethane Stripper is a safe and effective
stripper that is natural and biodegradable made from USA grown soy
beans. Yes, I said soy beans and “no”, I have not a clue how soy
beans remove a finish and leave it ready to stain, paint and varnish,
but it does and has for over 20 years. I suggested that the customer
remove all the cabinet doors so she can work on a horizontal surface
(mark each cabinet on the back to know where they belong) and brush
on a thick layer of Soy Gel and then – go to the movie or out to
eat. You just give Soy Gel a few hours to start working the magic.
After a few hours test the surface of the cabinet by pushing back the
Soy Gel to see if it has had enough time to remove the varnish, if it
still needs more time just put on a little Soy Gel in that area and
give it another hour. Then use a plastic putty knife and remove the
Soy Gel, wipe down the surface with a damp sponge which will
stop the action of the stripper. And that’s it! If you are
working on more than one piece, you can stretch the
Soy Gel by
taking off the stripper from one piece put it in a can and stir it up
and apply it to the next piece.
Soy Gel will remove multiple
layers of paint at one time and since there is virtually no odor you
can use the Soy Gel in the comfort of your own home. I did, and let
me tell you it is the easiest job you will do.
Soy Gel comes
in a qt and a gallon.
Clean your wood
cabinets with Fine Wood Cleaner
Now to the email……
Question: I know that you say to put a
pleated filter in the return air vent to keep dust out of the house
and the condenser, but I have 3 return air vents; do I put a filter
in each one?
Answer: Yes you do and you will be so
glad you did. You will see a visible difference in the dust and
allergens in the house and your AC will thank you by running more
efficiently. Use a Merv 6-8 rated filter which should be priced
around 5.99 and last around 90 days. Some hardware stores give you
10% off when you buy a carton of 12.
Question: I know that you have written
about Delete Germ to clean the toilet and keep the stains out of the
bowl. I use it and really like that it seems that my toilet is
flushing better. But I am on a water system that leaves horrible
stains in the tank and those stains transfer to the bowl. So I was
thinking if I could get rid of the ones in the tank, wouldn’t that
help? Can I use those tablets that you just drop into the tank?
Answer: Oh you are going to love this
product, it’s called
Hurri Clean. It’s the only safe
cleaner that you can put into the tank and will really clean. It’s
chlorine free so it will not harm any of the gaskets or rubber parts
in the tank. You don’t have to scrub; you just open the package
and pour it into the tank. Let it sit for 6 hours and then flush.
It will remove hard water deposits and is safe for your septic
Hurri Clean is made with real fruit acids and washing
sodas but is phosphate free. You use 1 pouch per month. It’s like
fizzies for your toilet.