Problem: Our house was built in 1955 and still has the original fixtures in the bathroom.
We had problems removing water from the toilet and sink.
What can be used on these old ceramic fixtures to clean them without causing any damage? R. R.
Costa MesaAnswer: "The old fixtures are hard to clean," said Rich Haagsma of orange faucets and fixtures.
"As time goes by, when these heavy lime deposits there, the only effective way is sulfuric acid.
With the aging of porcelain, it will be etched in years of cleaning and lose its smooth surface.
Deposits are collected and accumulated in these etching.
Acid and aqueous solution can dissolve these minerals and then clean the surface to let it dry.
"After that, put simple automotive wax on the porcelain, which will help seal the porcelain again.
You have to re-apply each time you clean the surface, but the wax will help prevent the sediment from re-attaching.
However, in an old toilet, the water deposits blocked the holes under the edge, which is difficult to remove.
At this point, you may need to replace the entire fixture when the toilet flush is slow.
"Q: Our kitchen cabinets were painted by previous owners and there is still a problem with the smell of paint.
We opened the door to let the air in the cupboard flow, but the smell inside came back as soon as we replaced them. What can we do? J. P.
OrangeA: "So far the paint should be dry and have no smell, which makes your problem unusual.
"I will try to use a primer/capping agent in it, like Kilz," said Jim Craig of Cypress Decratrend paint.
"After that, you can use latex paint or oil --
Based on enamel, it gives off a smell when it is dry and cured.
However, it sounds like the problem you are having may not be related to the paint.
There may be something in the wood that causes the smell, and the sealing device should handle the smell.
"Q: We have brown slate in our dining room and kitchen, and when we first moved into the house, the previous owner left a jar of soft brown paste that enhanced the color, and left a slight gloss on it.
There are no labels on the cans and we can't find anything like that.
Is there anything else useful? J. D.
Corona na del MarA: "tile wax can give you shine on most stone floors," said Tony Beber of the Anaheim center tile and installation company.
"On natural stone, you can also use a product called a natural seal to clean and protect.
It's easy to apply: you wipe it clean and wipe it off, you just need to try it first in an inconspicuous place on the floor to see if it can provide the result you want.
"Q: Our bathroom was remodeled last year and as a result some plaster on the wall was replaced.
After that, we installed an expensive brass towel rack and soap dish.
Recently, however, we noticed that the arms on the edge of the towel Rod and plate turned black and orange and had white powder.
The wallpaper is clean and dry, and there is no discoloration on the wall.
What could be the cause of this? M. H.
Newport Beach: "The only thing that can make brass Black is acid," said Phil Rice of Anaheim family kitchen and bathroom supplies.
"The plaster is a bit acidic inside, and there may be problems with the moisture entering the wall from the roof or the leaking pipe, which is worsening the plaster and installing it on the fixture.
Also, check your cleaning products to make sure they do not contain acid.
If the bathroom is affected by a large amount of steam from the bath or shower, the condensate may gather on brass and cause some rust and damage.