The ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of using Delete Germ

August 20, 2018

I clean my shower ceramic tile and the glass doors with Delete Germ. I also use it to keep my toilet running smoothly and lime deposits out of the bowl. It is a great hard water remover and a disinfectant which is great for bathrooms. One Sunday morning after cleaning my shower I rinsed out the sponge in the bath, and then returned it to the kitchen to let it air dry, thinking all the Delete Germ was out of the sponge.

As it dried it dripped down my stainless steel sink. The next day I had etch marks down the sides of my sink. Since I knew I was replacing the sink with the upcoming remodel I did not beat myself up. But it did happen to a reader in Houston on her new sink. This is what I did that took out the etch marks on my sink.

There is a polish called Gel-Gloss, and it will polish, protect and shine artificial, non-porous surfaces. Use it on whirlpool tubs, cultured marble countertops and sinks, vanities and showers. It’s the only thing that you can safely use on gel coatings. (That’s a whole article in itself.) It’s a combination of powerful polishing agents that polish up to a beautiful shine while protecting the surface. I like the fact that it resists water spotting. So it was the first thing I grabbed to polish the sink and possibly remove the etched mark.

But I have to tell you, I wasn’t sure it would. I put a dime-sized amount on a Scotch Brite non-scratch scour pad and starting cleaning the mark gently, going in the direction of the stainless steel. I worked on the marks for about a week, polishing them whenever I would go past the sink. And after the week, I couldn’t see the marks anymore.

Be careful with stainless steel. Not all sinks are “made equal,” and it’s best to use a cleaner made specifically for stainless steel. But if you accidentally spill something in the sink, rinse like crazy and cross your fingers. Use a polish safe for stainless and be patient when cleaning. Hope this helps!

Now to the email …

Question: Hello Trudy. A year and half ago we had our hardwood floors sanded and sealed with tung oil. They look beautiful but there are still places where it is sticky. We tried citrus solvent and it helped but did not remove all the stickiness. Should we keep trying the citrus solvent or is there another way?

Answer: I think some of the problem is the citrus cleaner that you are using. Tung oil cures to a hard shine within about two hours, and since your project is still tacky, it’s never going to cure. You will need to get 220 grit sandpaper and lightly sand the floor where it is tacky, sanding in the direction of the grain. Wipe down with a soft cloth and see if that doesn’t take care of the problem. If after lightly sanding it is still tacky, sand and wipe again. This can happen with paint also. I painted some bookshelves once and tried to hurry the project. A week later the shelves were still sticky, and Dad told me I had tried to short cut it, and now I was going to have to sand and start over on the few shelves. I learned my lesson. Hope this helps....I’m going to put it in the article and the next book. Great Question!

Question: Does anyone make a sleeve for the skinny bolt that holds the seat on a commode? It seems that the hole in the porcelain commode where the seat bolt goes is always a lot larger than the bolt and thus the seat moves around, even off the commode. Regards.

Answer: No, but they do make StaTite Seat Fastening System which tightens from the bottom of the toilet. When you tighten it, the nut will sheer off. It will not move after that. It’s made by Bemis and runs about $7...let me know if you can’t find it. Now they do make a toilet seat called Top Sta Tite and it tightens from the top of the toilet seat. It’s a whole seat, bolt system.

If you cannot find the products mentioned here locally, you can find them at www.happyhandyman.com . Click on Shop Johnnie’s Favorites, or call the store at 210-341-1573. Email Trudy Chuoke Lesage at happyhandyman2@yahoo.com. Mail can be sent to Johnnie Chuoke’s Home and Hardware, 2361 NW Military, San Antonio, TX 78231.

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