EP72: Common Carpet Spills Removed, Paint Brushes Restored, Tannin Stains Blocked!

Today we sit down and talk carpet cleaning with the experts at Fibercare Carpet and Rug Cleaning in Jenison. It’s a fun interview and they fill us in on how to clean wine, blood, urine and all kinds of other common spills out of our carpets! Formulas and cleaning instructions they discuss on air are included below in the notes!

Also, a stiff paint brush has almost no practical use at all! Fortunately, there’s often a way to restore an old brush to “like new” quality!

Finally, painting bare wood (and sometimes even varnished wood) can result in brown or yellow stains bleeding through your finish paint. It’s frustrating and often confusing. But we’ve got the answers here!

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SHOW NOTES

SEGMENTS 1 and 2: CARPET CLEANING

Information on Spot Cleaning

*Always start with blotting the excess liquid & use a rounded spoon to scrape up semi-solids, being careful not to rub the yarns.

Pet Urine, Feces, & Vomit

  • Apply several applications of water
  • Then apply a solution of one-part white vinegar & one-part water
  • Blot excess liquid & dry rapidly
  • If spot remains, apply a detergent solution & blot
  • Reapply the vinegar solution, leaving it on the spot for about 15 minutes
  • Blot excess liquid & dry rapidly

Red Wine & Blood

  • Apply a detergent solution
  • Rinse with several applications of water
  • Apply 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (Just be sure to test in an inconspicuous area to make sure there is no color loss in the carpet).

Solutions

  • Detergent Solution
    • Mix ¼ teaspoon of a clear (non-bleach, non-lanolin, no optical brighteners) dishwashing liquid with 1 cup warm water.
    • Allow the detergent solution to remain on the affected area for 10 to 15     minutes to lift the stain.
    • It may be necessary to rinse with warm     water several times to completely remove residues.

*Never use an automatic dishwasher detergent because many contain bleaching solutions that can destroy the carpet color & damage fibers.

*Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (fluorescent dyes) that dye the fiber.

  • Warm  Water Rinse
    • Warm water should be used in most cases for rinsing.
  • White Vinegar Solution
    • Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 1 cup water.

*NOTE: All dry spills should be scraped up with a blunt object and then vacuumed to lift and remove as much of the remaining substance as possible. Pouring any liquid onto a dry spill can create additional problems.

SEGMENT 3: BRUSH RESTORATION

  • Vinegar
    • Recommended that you heat it up, but don’t boil it!
    • Pour it into a disposable foil baking tray
    • Soak brush
    • May need to leave the brush overnight (as the vinegar becomes less effective as it cools).
    • Rinse well afterward with soap and water!
    • Wrap in a paper towel or the brush sleeve and store!
    • Works for ANY type of bristle
  • Roller and Brush Cleaner
    • Available for purchase at RepcoLite and Port City Paints
    • Pour solvent into a solvent-resistant container
    • Soak brush overnight
    • Rinse well afterward with soap and water
    • Wrap in a paper towel or the brush sleeve and store!
    • Works beautifully for China Bristle brushes (and nylons)
    • NOT for most synthetics!

SEGMENT 4: DEALING WITH TANNIN STAINS

  • When painting or priming bare wood, we ALWAYS recommend a stain blocking primer.
  • Here are some options:
    • White Pigmented Shellac
    • Prime-Lock Plus (from Insl-X)
    • Odorless Alkyd Primer (from Insl-X)
    • Fresh Start All Purpose Alkyd Primer (from Benjamin Moore)
  • When painting over stained and varnished wood, a stain blocking primer is usually not necessary.
  • We recommend:
    • STIX primer (from Insl-X)
  • However, when painting over Oak cabinets — even if they’ve been stained and varnished — we recommend using a stain blocker, just to be safe!
    • White Pigmented Shellac
    • Prime-Lock Plus (from Insl-X)

EP11 – June 17, 2017: Paint That’s Almost Magic!

Looking at a scuffed wall, just days after it has been painted, is frustrating! Benjamin Moore is changing all that with a brand new paint that’s almost magical in resisting what life throws at it. We put it through it’s paces and were amazed!  We’ll tell you what the product is, why it’s unique, and how we tested it.

That and much more on today’s episode:

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Show notes for episode 011:

Painting a pool can be very intimidating. People think that there is a lot of work involved and that it takes a professional to do it. Ken Kleinke from Insl-X joins us in the studio to assure every pool owner (or future pool owner) that painting a pool is almost like painting the interior of your house. It really comes down to prep, and even that isn't too bad! And even better, your local RepcoLite or Port City Paints carries Insl-X Pool Paint at a very competitive price!

About Ken

Ken Kleinke has been in the coatings business for over 40 years! He has been with Insl-X for almost 20 which is why we contacted him to talk about pool paint. He takes the fear out of painting a pool!

Do you know what dad REALLY wants for Father's Day? More time and less work! We teamed up with Bergman Power Equipment to give one lucky winner a lawn equipment package worth over $600!

Larry Bergman  joins us in the studio to announce the contest and talk a little bit about the tools we are giving away. With a new string trimmer, blower and mower, dad will be relaxing in no time!

Almost every dad would love to get a new grill for Father's Day. At least they wouldn't argue if they got one! We asked Rob Cackowski from Heritage Fireplace and Design Center to stop by and help us sort out grill buying. How do we know what to look for? Gas or charcoal? Rob also has some ideas for small, last minute grill gifts from the kids. And if you want to take dad to pick out his own grill, stop in to see Rob. He'll help dad pick the perfect grill!

Are you tired of having scuffed walls from your kids kicking off their shoes as they enter the house? Do you work someplace where the walls look like they haven't been painted in 5 years, even though they were painted the previous week?

We are in the studio with RepcoLite's very own Dave Helmholdt who just finished training all of the store employees on an amazing new product from Benjamin Moore. Ultra Spec Scuff-X is an amazing scuff-resistant, waterborne paint that is leaving even the harshest critics speechless!

 

EP10 – June 10, 2017: Find that Perfect Color and More!

Finding the perfect color for your next project doesn’t have to be complicated! You don’t have to stand in front of the color display for hours looking at 1000’s of colors. There’s a simple process we’re going to tell you about that will help you cut the time you spend looking in half!

That and much more on today’s episode:

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EP09 – June 3, 2017: Year of the Tick and More!

It’s that time of year again! The time when we want to spend all available time outdoors, enjoying everything Michigan has to offer. There are water adventures, camping, sunsets, hiking, and ticks. Yes, ticks! It is going to be another prevalent year for natures little vampires! But don’t think your best conceived summer plan is in peril just yet. David Popp from Rose Pest Solutions is going to help all of us deal with these creepy pests.

That and much more on today’s episode:

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Show notes for episode 009:

Nothing is worse than spending a beautiful summer day exploring nature, only to get home and find that one of nature's hitchhikers has attached itself to your skin. Then comes the battle to decide which method is best for removing a tick. There are many wives tales o tick removal, but there is only one good way.

David Popp from Rose Pest Solutions joins us in the studio to discuss how ticks attach, how to avoid getting them and what to do if you happen to be the unfortunate person one latches onto.

We hear it time and time again at all of our RepcoLite locations: "I have paneling from the 60s and I'm sick of it. Can I paint that?"

The answer is, YES! It's actually quite simple to do. You just have to be aware of some important ideas that will make your project go a whole lot more smoothly. And we'll also tell you the best way to apply the paint to avoid funny lines.

When people think of preparing a garage floor for a coating, they think chemicals are the answer. When people think of refinishing wood floors, they think of runaway sanders or back creaking labor. When they think of decks that have too many layers of stain, they think it's time to build new. But wait! There's an easier solution!

The OnFloor machine will take care of all those surfaces without the hassle. It will grind concrete in garages, basements and shops. It will take paint, polyurethane and mastic off wood floors and then sand them. It will send old stain off a deck and have it looking like new in now time. And the best part is, it can be controlled with just two fingers! We'll give you all the details and where to rent one in this segment!

Dan has had the argument with his dad over lawn sprinkling for years! How often should you sprinkle your lawn? What time of day is best? How long should you do it for?

The great debate will finally be settled with the help of Aaron Katerberg from Grapids Irrigation. He will answer those questions as well as questions about drainage, for those of us who have the opposite problem - too much water!

EP08 – May 27, 2017: An Epic Historic Restoration

Sometimes we look at our homes and don’t know where to begin. The kitchen is a little outdated. Maybe the bathroom needs work. Sometimes we see all that and we find ourselves not sure how to get started. The project just seems too big. Well, if that sounds familiar, Patty Meyer, Director of the Felt Estate near Saugatuck has some inspiring advice for you!

That and much more on today’s episode:

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Show notes for episode 008:

In 1925, Dorr Felt began construction of what the Felt Mansion for his wife, Agnes. The summer home would be large enough to accommodate his married daughters and their families. Completed in 1928, the 12,000+ square foot mansion consists of 25 rooms, including a third-floor ballroom. Unfortunately, Agnes died in August of 1928, six weeks after the family moved in, and Dorr died a year and a half later in 1930.

From there, the home has changed owners multiple times throughout the years. It's been a seminary, a home for cloistered nuns, and even a prison.

After years of neglect, volunteers from Laketown Township and surrounding communities are restoring the mansion and grounds. It's an incredible community project and a remarkable story!

Today, Patty Meyer, Director of the Felt Estate, sits down with us for two segments to talk about the project, what she's learned, and to give all of us the inspiration to dream and to dare to accomplish what seems almost impossible!

Patricia Hoezee Meyer – Director of the Felt Estate

Pat is a former educator who graduated from GVSU and the School of Education in 1990 with a major in English & History, and a minor in Political Science. Her interest in art, history and architecture led to her passion for the restoration of the Felt Estate.

For the last 13 years, Pat has restored the Felt Estate, and as director of the Estate, planned and implemented hundreds of events. Pat and the restoration project she oversees have won numerous awards at the local, state, and national level. Pat speaks around the State at Historic Preservation Seminars, emphasizing the importance of place in our lives, in our communities, in our history, and in our learning. Pat is continuing her education at GVSU, through the Johnson Center, working toward a Master’s Degree in Non-profit Administration.

 

There are tons of common paint mistakes we all make in an effort to save time. Today we talk about four that we see all the time!

  • Making My Paint Cover In One Coat Whether It Wants to Or Not!
  • Not Washing the Surfaces I'm Going to Paint Adequately!
  • Not Priming After I Strip Wallpaper
  • Painting Out of My Full Gallon Container
Check out or blog post for more info!

How to Properly Load a Paint Brush!

Our dryer and washer can potentially be very destructive if regular maintenance is not performed. Dryer lint is extremely flammable and washer hoses need to be replaced every five years. Fortunately, with just a little maintenance, you can keep your home safe and protected!

Flammable Vent Hoses

We mentioned in the segment that commonly used plastic or vinyl vent tubing is extremely flammable (as is the lint trapped inside!) Here's a video that demonstrates why you want to remove these cheap hoses from your home and replace them with flexible metal tubing.

FloodStop

This item is very interesting to me. It's designed to be installed very simply, taking only 10 minutes. But when it's installed, it will detect leaks, sound an alarm, and best of all, automatically turn off your water supply valves to prevent flooding! I haven't tried it, but I'm certainly going to dig into it! You can get more info right here!