HAPPY HANDYMAN: E-Cloth the answer for chemical-free cleaning

Published 12:27 pm, Monday, April 10, 2017

I am doing a small kitchen remodel at my house. Even though the trades have been meticulous in draping off the areas, dust is everywhere; if it has a horizontal edge … it’s covered in dust.

Cleaning with a chemical right now is just not the right thing; I am using E-Cloth products. E-Cloth is a line of microfiber cloths that are designed to clean with just water. The fibers of the E-Cloth are 1,000 times finer than cotton and with just a barely damp cloth you can remove 99 percent of bacteria that is on a surface.

I am thrilled that it is removing bacteria, but the bottom line is it is like a magnet to the dusty surfaces. Once I clean, I simply rinse out the E-Cloth under the hot water at the sink and then let it air dry. You can put them in the washer, and they are good for 300 washes. They make cloths for stainless steel and glass that will leave no smudges or finger prints. And they make cloths for tough cleaning jobs like your stove, dishes, and bathroom. All of them cleaning without any chemicals and leaving the surface bacteria free.

How does it work? I am not a scientist, but E-Cloth has more fibers per square inch than most microfiber cloth and those fibers pick up the dirt and bacteria and hold it on the fiber until you rinse it off.

Think of it like the sticky little fingers of your grandchildren and how they can grasp everything.

The cloth does not absorb the dirt like a paper towel, so you are not just moving dirt around transferring it to another surface; you are grabbing it and rinsing it away.

If you are chemically sensitive, E-Cloth is the answer.

Now to the email …

Question: I have a rust problem, and I hope you can help me. I have an older Coleman gasoline lantern, and the tank has accumulated a fair amount of rust inside. Do you have any suggestions for products that will remove or kill the rust in the lantern fuel tank? Is there a product that will seal the tank and prevent future rust?

Answer: Rust Cure is that product! Spray Rust Cure in the dry tank, spraying all over the inside of the tank. Then just let it cure for five days. Rust Cure will not only kill the rust but protect from any further rust. Wherever you spray Rust Cure, it will never rust again.

Question: I have a bird feeder mounted on the side of our cedar fence. It is constantly being invaded by the local squirrel population. I have seen you write about Messina Squirrel Stopper and I was wondering if this will work in this situation.

Answer: Yes it will. Just spray a fine mist over the feeder and seed. Do not overspray. Spray any areas where you see the squirrels causing damage.

Question: My husband and I bought our forever home. As military members, we have lived in many houses, but we are at odds over a question of sealing our granite counter tops. My husband says no, I say yes so can you point us in the right direction?

Answer: Seal the granite. Granite Gold makes a simple to use sealer that you just spray on and then buff dry. The more that you seal the granite, the better off you will be. Sealing the granite will maintain protection from staining, etching and soil buildup. Do a test by pouring a 3- inch circle of water in several areas on your granite for 30 minutes. If it leaves a dark spot, the water has penetrated the stone, and it’s time to seal. Girls win!!!

Question: I have a composite deck that has mildew that has built up in the grain look of the composite material. I have tried all kinds of cleaners, but nothing seems to get down into that grain. What do you suggest that I try on my deck?

Answer: I would use the 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner. Just spray the deck, let it work for 5 minutes and then rinse it off. No scrubbing required, just use your garden hose and rinse it off. It will not damage your landscaping.

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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