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RE: Soap Scum/Film On Glass Shower Doors (Follow-Up #107)

posted by: Carol3245 on 11.22.2013 at 07:12 am in Cleaning Tips Forum

I absolutely swear by CAR POLISH. I use the "Kitten" brand - its a cut and polish in 1. Use a damp cloth and swirl it on, then go over it with a kitchen scouring pad. Then wait about 10 minutes and wipe it off. If the shower/bath is quite bad you may have to do it twice.
My shower is 2 walls glass and 2 walls dark blue tiles. I also use it on the tiles but it does get stuck in the grout and you will need to use a small nail brush to get it out. My shower comes up crystal clear. Try it just once and you will never use anything else. Make sure you use a CUT and POLISH. Polish on its own doesn't work. :)

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clipped on: 11.24.2013 at 09:44 am    last updated on: 11.24.2013 at 09:45 am

RE: Rugosa Roses in Florida? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: malcolm_manners on 01.09.2011 at 08:45 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

Rugosas can be grown well in Florida. But you have to do it right. First, they don't do well on their own roots in hot climates, so it's important to graft them, and for Florida, 'Fortuniana' is the best rootstock for that.

Secondly, realize that unlike other roses, you MUST not spray them with anything, ever. They're mostly pretty disease resistant, so that's ok, but chili thrips can be a problem. We do use some soil-applied imidaclopryd for them.

Third, unless you don't mind once-flowering roses, be sure you get only those known to repeat-flower continuously. Those listed as "repeating" in a northern climate, but not strongly so, will be once-flowering here.

In Lakeland, we've had good success with these:
R. rugosa rubra
R. rugosa alba
Mary Manners
Sarah Van Fleet
Hansa
F.J. Grootendorst
Grootendorst Supreme
White Grootendorst
Pink Grootendorst

I have not been happy with the repeat of Fru Dagmar Hastrup nor of Therese Bugnet.

Basye's Purple is a beautiful thing when it flowers, but it doesn't repeat well and is never a beautiful shrub. Nevertheless, I keep it for those amazing flowers.

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clipped on: 11.18.2013 at 03:52 pm    last updated on: 11.18.2013 at 03:58 pm

RE: hardwood floors - what to you use to clean them? (Follow-Up #40)

posted by: karenARJ on 10.16.2013 at 10:33 am in Kitchens Forum

I gave up vacuuming a long time ago. I sweep all my hardwood and tile floors first with a really good German horsehair broom to get up all the dust, bits and pieces, and pick that up with a dustpan and horsehair brush. Afterward to clean I use a well wrung out cloth and a scrubber mop. Mixed with water diluted Suds is a very effective cleaning paste that can be used for any kind of cleaning and stains removal; it's natural and biodegradable too.
My wood floor is sealed and it's OK to use a little bit of water to clean, but not too much. I heard somewhere that if the floors are oiled you need to re-oil the wood at least once or twice a year.

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clipped on: 10.16.2013 at 10:40 am    last updated on: 10.16.2013 at 10:40 am