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Meeco products spruce up your fireplace

November 19, 2018 GMT

I finally fired up my gas log fireplace the other night when we had freezing temperatures in San Antonio. And if you are doing the same thing - well this article is for you. Meeco makes products especially for cleaning and restoring your fireplace whether it is a real wood fireplace, a gas-log fireplace or a wood-burning stove.

My gas logs worked fine. They just looked old and dirty so I used Meeco Gas Log Cleaner. Turn off the gas to your logs, spray Meeco Masonry and Gas Log Cleaner directly on to hot gas logs at the site of the soot buildup. It will remove dirt and grease from the logs and can also be used on all kinds of masonry surfaces.

If you have a wood stove or a fireplace insert with glass doors use Meeco Glass Cleaner that safely removes smoke, soot, dirt and baked-on creosote and tar deposits from the glass. On your cool glass door spray Meeco Glass Cleaner and then wipe clean with a paper towel. If you have heavy buildup you should spray on and let soak for a few minutes, spray again and scrub with a non-abrasive pad. Do not let cleaner dry on glass!

In a wood-burning fireplace soot and creosote can build up in the walls of the flue. Creo Shot is a plastic tube that you toss into a brisk fire and let burn for at least 5 minutes and is completely safe because your hands never touch the product.

If you have some missing mortar or a brick has come loose from your fireplace use the Furnace Cement to replace your mortar. It comes in a caulking tube or a quart tub. Clean the area first and dampen with a sponge and then apply the mortar and let dry for 24 hours before starting another fire.

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Question: Trudy, I have a stain on a carpet that is a mystery to me. I used a couple of things but the stain keeps coming back after a while. Why is that? It looks as if it might be some kind of oil stain but I am not sure, do you have any idea of how I can get it clean?

Answer: The reason that the stain keeps coming back is that the oil and dirt is still at the bottom of the carpet backing and even though you clean the top of the carpet, when someone steps on that spot it brings the stain right back up to the top. Use Tech to clean with, it’s the best carpet spot remover that is on the market. Saturate the stain and use a plastic putty knife to scrape across the stain all the way down to the carpet backing. (This will pull what is down deep in the carpet to the top) And remember to pull toward the center of the stain so the stain doesn’t spread. Then blot with a white towel, turning to keep a clean surface to blot with. After cleaning the carpet, let it dry. If there is still a shadow left - repeat the cleaning process.

Question: I have Saltillo tile flooring that I really like, however it looks dull and is not as deep in color as it used to be. What should I clean it with and is there something that I can mop on that will make it shiny again?

Answer: Clean the floors with No Bucket Floor Cleaner, and then rinse with clear water. After the floors have dried then use Quick Shine Floor Finish. It will provide a beautiful shine with just one coat of Quick Shine. You can use Quick Shine on laminate, tile, wood, any sealed floor that you want to shine. The more coats that you apply the deeper the shine will be and will bring out the beautiful color in Saltillo tile. Let dry between coats about 20 minutes. Quick Shine has a floor care kit that comes with a Quick Shine Floor Mop and a bottle of Quick Shine. You never have to strip off Quick Shine because it’s a polymer finish not a wax so when it’s not as shiny as it was, you just apply another coat. Simple!

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.