I just got back from Indianapolis at
the Do It Best Show and I have to tell you it was a great show. Some
of the things readers asked me about just were not there…at least
not yet, but some things that you didn’t ask about were and as soon
as they start coming in you will be the first to know. I have to
tell you about one thing though….now remember we do not have it in
yet, its light bulbs. There will be a new design on LED light bulbs
and it is great. The price will drop which will make it very
affordable. The new bulb will be a daylight color with a brightness
of 750 lumens and will sell for about $6.50 a bulb. LED bulbs right
now sell for around $16.00 so you can see there is a real savings.
There is nothing that changes faster than the light bulb industry.
But now I want to talk to you about mildew in the bath on grout. If
you are one of those diligent cleaners and you towel dry your shower
out after every use, but if you don’t do that (me) you develop mold
and mildew on grout. If you have white grout between your ceramic
using Zep Mold and Mildew Stain Remover is the
best cleaner for the money. Zep products are commercial strength
products sold at retail stores so that you get a strong cleaner that
is not watered down, and they are always very reasonably priced.
Mold and Mildew Stain Remover
comes in a quart and you simple
spray it on and let it work. Now, if you have severe stains that
leave a dark shadow on the grout even after cleaning you can always
brighten up that grout with a
Grout Aid Pen that comes in two
sizes and 3 colors ranging from white to almond to buff. Telling you
about how much difference a grout aid pen can make on your grout does
not really adequately explain it. Do you remember how your grout
looked when it was new? That’s what a
Grout Aid Pen can do
for your grout.
Grout Aid Pens retail for under $7.00, has a
reversible tip, and no fumes. Don’t stress over dirty looking
grout, just use the
Now to the email…..
Question: I just installed new wood
flooring and to protect it I put felt adhesive pads on the feet of
all my furniture. Well the pads have not stayed on the furniture and
now I have the stickiness of the pads on my new wood floor. How do I
safely take off the sticky and what can I put on the legs of the
Answer: Use the Tub of Towels
(yellow tub) to safely remove the adhesive left by the felt pads, and
then rinse with water. My favorite floor protectors are made by
Magic Sliders. They were the original Teflon sliders that
made moving your furniture so easy. They make a slider that you just
easily tap on and some that are self gripping in case you can’t put
a nail into the leg. I really like to put them on my big pieces of
furniture because then I can move my furniture around without
damaging my wood floors.
Question: Trudy, good job continuing
your Dad’s article! I have a piece of concrete that broke off the
walkway and I want to put it back in place. What product would work
to adhere it back into place so that the walkway is safe?
Answer: Let’s try something simple
first and if it doesn’t work we will go to plan B. Sascho Sealants
makes a product called
Lexel that will stick to anything and
its waterproof instantly. Since you have the piece just use the
Lexel to glue the concrete back into place and then secure it
using a pipe clamp so that it cures straight and level. If you need
to cover up any crack on the top of the concrete, use the Slab. Slab
is made to seal concrete cracks so that no moisture can get into the
crack and cause damage.