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DeepKlenz miles ahead of other tile cleaners

February 18, 2019

Almost every product on our shelves starts with a story, and DeepKlenz by Stonetech is no different. We have carried Stonetech products for many years. They make one of the only oil-stain removers for granite that’s easy to use. Stonetech sent me a sample of DeepKlenz one day, and I looked at it, gave it a “hmmm,” and then put it on the shelf.

It wasn’t until an employee tired of looking at the dirty tile under his desk asked if he could use it. I have to tell you I was not confident that anything would clean that tile. It has to be circa 1960, and I wasn’t sure what color the tile originally was. After an hour my employee showed me the results. My mouth dropped open; the tile was clean and brighter than any of the other tile around his desk. His clean tile floor became the excitement in our store for the day. By the end of the day, the DeepKlenz bottle was empty, and I had everyone convinced that this cleaner was miles ahead of other tile cleaners.

DeepKlenz is a professional-strength, water-based formula that easily removes deep and stubborn stains in grout and natural stone. You can use it on tile and grout as well as marble, granite, quartz, limestone, porcelain and ceramic. If you are going to clean grout, do yourself a favor and get a wallpaper brush to clean up to three feet at a time, instead of only inches with a toothbrush.

Now to the email …

Question: I usually save your articles and this time I saved it in a real safe place that I can’t find. I have two areas on my wooden floor where the finish is scratched up. I read an article last year where you recommended a product that could be applied and feathered out on the wood floor. Please let me know what that product is so I can refresh these areas. Thanks so much!

Answer: The product to use is Finish Fixer. It’s a putty stick that is soft enough to go into any abrasion but stays put when you buff it out. Rub it into the scratches like the way your grandchild colors, and then take a soft rag and polish it up. If the floor is faded as well as scratched, you can touch it up with Restor A Finish. Restor A Finish comes in seven colors and is very forgiving as far blending in. Apply thin, thin coats of the Restor A Finish and let dry between coats. If you want to add a finish to the floor, I would recommend Quick Shine Floor Finish. Your floor will look amazing!

Question: I find your column most helpful. I have a stone bird bath that has become dingy and discolored. How do I clean it? It sits on my patio and was a pretty natural stone or concrete bird bath when I first got it. I appreciate your help!

Answer: The best outdoor cleaner is called 30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner. Start with a dry birdbath and then spray on 30 Seconds Cleaner, let it work for a bit, and then rinse with water. You won’t need to scrub or brush. It will not harm your grass.

Question: I know you had this question before, but I didn’t save your article. Hopefully someone else needs to hear this answer besides me. I have a kitchen sink that is a stone composite (I think) and it’s badly stained. I looked on your website and don’t know if I should use a Granite Gold product or StoneTech. I’ve used abrasive products on it, so may have already damaged it too much. What do you recommend?

Answer: I remember the first time I visited with a granite company and asked about cleaning the composite sinks that they install. They looked at each other and just kind of shrugged. I’m serious! My daughter has a composite sink, and she is a bit of a slave to it. But I would try cleaning it with Bring It On. It cleans hard water stains and grime on acrylic surfaces. Just buff it dry. If you are having company and want it to look good...put a little oil on a rag and wipe it down.

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 happyhandy man2@yahoo.com. Mail can be sent to Johnnie Chuoke’s Home and Hardware, 2361 NW Military, San Antonio, TX 78231.