Hardware Tip of the Week: Shower Door Show Biz and Bonus Tips For Cleaning Grease and Carpets

By / Hardware Tips / Wednesday, 05 April 2017 04:00

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ISLAND TRUE VALUE TACKLE & HARDWARE
801 N. Lake Park Blvd.   Carolina Beach, NC  28428 Phone: (910) 458-3049  
Fax: (910) 458-0988
www.islandtacklehardware.com

There’s something you can do if you have shower doors with grunge and grime and a soapy film that you rather not anyone see.
Here’s a few cleaning tricks to help clear things up.
• First scrub down the glass with lemon oil polish and a scouring pad (it may take some effort to cut through the goo).
• Another good rub-a-dub scrub is sodium carbonate sold in pure form by swimming pool dealers to increase the pH.
• For particularly stubborn mineral stains that may have built up over a long period, tackle one small section at a time by suspending a vinegar-soaked rag from mall suction cups (with clips or hooks) so it hangs up against the film covered glass.
Once it softens the mineral deposits can be removed easily.
Then scrub and re-position the rags to another area.
• Finally, when you’re all through, keep things clean by using a squeegee to remove excess water from both doors and walls after each shower to make your bath a worthy showplace once again.
Bonus Tips:
Clean Grease Stains:
Do your driveway and garage floor look like an ad for grease?
If so, it’s time for one of the True Value formulas for cleaning greasy stuff. First, grab some cat litter and spread it around on the grease.
Then grind it in real good, walking and twisting around on it. Sweep it up, and open a cola beverage. Spread the drink around on the floor. Wet the grease stains thoroughly. Work it in with a stiff broom, but don’t let it dry.
Once the cola quits fizzing, rinse it with water, then whiten up the remaining gray stain with a solution of 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach and 1 cup of powdered laundry detergent in 1 gallon of very hot water.
Carpet Stain Remover:
New carpeting looks warm and inviting for a week or so, then kids, company, dogs, TV dinners and things like red wine take their toll. New carpet certainly can brighten a home.
It looks warm and inviting for a week or two, then kids, company, dogs, TV dinners and things like red wine take their toll. Soon your new carpet looks like a military drop zone.
Don’t fret, here are a few carpet-cleaning tips.
For chewing gum, put ice cubes in a plastic bag and freeze the gum in the carpet. When it’s hard, scrape it with a butter knife.
For greasy stuff like lipstick, blot up the excess, then use dry-cleaning fluid. For pet stains, blot any excess with paper towels, and then use a mixture of laundry detergent, ammonia and white vinegar. For shoe polish and ink stains, dab with paint thinner.
For fruit juice and soft drink spills, mix 1 teaspoon of both laundry detergent and white vinegar in 1 quart of warm water, and sponge well. For burns, trim off fibers, and, if needed, glue in some extras from the edges.
Rust Stains: Let's say you're sitting around relaxing on your patio and just as you're about to squeeze some lemon into a nice cool drink you notice some annoying rust stains on the concrete caused by your aging metal outdoor furniture and being the perfectionist you are it bothers you, but what to do? Set down your drink and go in search of cleaning solutions and a wire brush?
No need, relax, the answer is at hand literally. Of course we mean the lemon you are holding in your hand.
First finish squeezing it into your drink, then simply reach down and rub what's left on the rust stains then wipe with a soft towel or cloth and presto mundo they'll disappear long before your summer guests arrive or your ice cubes melt.
Ceramic Tile: Ever since the “Roaring Twenties” ceramic tile floors have been the cat’s pajamas.
But if you’ve already got a vinyl floor that’s looking kind of worn and shoddy how are you going to say “twenty-three skidoo”? Tear it up? Throw it out? Start from scratch? You don’t have to.
Here’s why -- and what to do. Even if your floor is worn, as long as it isn’t loose and coming up, you can put new ceramic tile directly on top easily.
First, use a belt sander to score the vinyl surface.
Then apply two coats of bonding agent to help the adhesive hold better. Next carefully lay out chalk lines. Start laying tile from the center working outward toward the ends.
Keep it simple; use pre-mixed mortar, working on small areas at a time.
Let it dry a full day before you grout, then use diluted white vinegar on a damp cloth to remove the haze and make it shine. You won’t believe the difference. Your little bungalow soon will be looking like the Hearst castle -- and you’ll be putting on the Ritz.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.

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