Summer Savior – Remove Efflorescence from Patio

Installerstore – How to Remove Efflorescence

Embarrassed to have backyard parties because of the efflorescence (salt deposits) on your concrete patio pavers or brick landscape walls? No need to cancel your summer party plans, because Aqua Mix Eff Ex is your summer patio savior!

EffEx

Efflorescence (primary) is a cosmetic problem that can occur in natural and built environments. This deposit happens when water moving through a wall or other structure, brings salts to the surface that are not commonly part of the cement stone. The visible white, salt deposits are left behind as the water evaporates. These white deposits are known as “efflorescence. ” Because the salts that are brought out of the cement stone are not ordinarily a part of them, this makes primary efflorescence aesthetic issue only. With this type of primary efflorescence, there is not structural concern. Aqua Mix Eff-Ex is suitable to use with primary efflorescence.

Installerstore-Efflorescence-Wall Efflorescence-Brick-Wall
Primary Efflorescence on basement concrete wall Salt Deposits on outdoor brick wall
Patio-Pavers-Efflorescence Primary Efflorescence often occurs on masonry construction.
Large cracks with the efflorescence
could have structural problems (Secondary Efflorescence).
Patio bricks/pavers with primary efflorescence In the case of Secondary Efflorescence, contact professional.

To rid your masonry surfaces from the pesky and ugly deposits, and to help prevent further efflorescence, use Aqua Mix Eff-Ex. The easy-to-use product removes and inhibits primary efflorescence. This non-acidic, heavy-duty cleaner can be used on interior and exterior approved surfaces (see list below).

Use this great efflorescence remover can be used on:

  • Naural stone (such as marble, granite, slate, travertine, and limestone)
  • Porcelain
  • Quarry
  • Saltillo
  • Terr-cotta
  • Cement pavers
  • Masonry surfaces
  • Other porous tile and grout where a natural look is desired

**Aqua Mix Eff-Ex cannot be used on polished marble, polished limestone, or polished travertine surfaces. 

Recommended Tools needed
Installerstore Efflorescence Remover Installerstore Grouting Sponge Installerstore Big Scrub Brush
Aqua Mix brand Eff-Ex
Efflorescence remover
Extra Large
Sponge
Large and easy-to-use scrub brush
Garden Hose highpressure-use wet-vaccum-use
Optional:
Garden Hose (hooked up to spout)
Optional:
High Pressure Washer
Optional:
Vet Vacuum

Application of Aqua Mix Eff-Ex Efflorescence Remover:
Read entire label before using. Do NOT dilute the product. Pre-wet the surface with water (avoid puddling). Apply solution with mop, sponge applicator, paint roller or brush. Allow to dwell 30-60 minutes (do not allow to dry). Agitate with scrub brush and thoroughly rinse with clean water. For vertical surfaces such as masonry walls, use a garden hose or high-pressure washer may be used to rinse. Mop or wet vacuum up dirty solution. Heavy built-up efflorescence may require additional applications and a longer dwell time. Allow area to dry 24 hours prior to sealing area.

Directions to Inhibit Future Efflorescence:
Apply a thin coat of solution with mop, sponge applicator, paint roller or brush. Scrub into surface with scrub brush or scrub machine. DO NOT RINSE. Wipe dry any product remaining on the surface. Two to three treatments may be required to fully inhibit efflorescence. Allow area to dry 24 hours prior to sealing.

Start planning your next cookout after you use this must have efflorescence remover and inhibitor!

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Installerstore – Bad Dog Photo Contest Winner

Voting has ended… The votes have been counted… And the winner is….

Installerstore Bad Dog Photo Contest

 

Congrats to Sadie’s  owners, who won the great Restoration Prize Pack! Extra ear scratches for Sadie!!

Thank you to all who voted and submitted their photos!

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Bad Dog Photo Finalists – Vote for Your Favorite

Installerstore – Bad Dog Photo Finalists

The submissions have been gathered, and the bad dogs filled with shame (unless they can pull out a win!). The 5 bad dog photo finalists are listed below. Help their owners win the restoration prize pack so they can help fix the damage caused by their “Bad Dog.”

There are 2 ways to vote! Comment with your favorite Bad Dog on this blog, or visit our Facebook page and “like” the photo of your favorite dog! Here is a link directly to the Bad Dog photo album on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152911207124676.1073741825.419908699675&type=3

Hurry! Polls close Thursday 6/12 and the winner will be announced Friday 6/13!

Bad Dog Entries 
Bad Dog Photo Contest Gus Bad Dog Photo Contest Jack

Russell-Done
 Installerstore Bad Dog Photo Contest
Bad Dog Nita
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Installerstore.com on Pinterest

Installerstore.com on Pinterest

Installerstore Pinterest

Be sure to check Installerstore out on Pinterest where you’ll find great decorating ideas, life changing ways to use every day items, stain specific removal instructions, and much more!

Followers of our boards will even get access to secret boards that contain exclusive discount codes and promotions before the general public!

Visit our Pinterest page at: www.pinterest.com/installerstore/

Happy Pinning!

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Oversized Floor Register – Shoemaker 1560 Large Floor Vent

Oversized Floor Register – Shoemaker 1560 Series Large Floor Vent

Need a large-sized floor register and can’t seem to find one anywhere? Well look no further, we have a HEAVY GAUGE strong, durable Shoemaker 1560 series large floor vent. This custom size floor register is available in 195 different sizes: from the small to the enormous (30″ x 60″). Each large floor vent has opposed blade damper to control air volume. There are no bulky damper controls on top of the faceplate, Shoemaker 1560 gym grade registers have a recessed screwdriver operated control.

Oversized Floor Register - Large Floor Vent

What is nice about these large floor vents is versatility; they can be used for ceiling and wall application as well as floor application. The faceplate on this oversized floor register comes with mounting holes, enabling you to use them on oversized wall or ceiling registers.  Blades on the faceplate run parallel to longest dimension given.
Shoemaker1560-SubmittalThe Shoemaker 1560 series large floor vents are Gym Grade, giving them extra support with a welded core. This heavy gauge large floor vent is perfect for areas of high traffic in residential settings, hospitals, schools, and other commercial locations. You can choose from 2 different finishes: Soft White and Diftwood Tan.

Oversized Floor Registers - Decorative Color

Due to the 180 different sizes in this oversized floor register, it can take approximately 4-6 weeks for this Shoemaker 1560 series vent to ship. Each register is special order/non-returnable, so please make sure you are measuring correctly (tip: make sure to measure the actual opening/hole in the floor – see earlier blog on this topic).

Available Large Floor Vents*
*sizes listed by actual hole/opening
4 x 4 8 x 4 12 x 4 16 x 4 20 x 4 24 x 4
4 x 8 8 x 8 12 x 8 16 x 8 20 x 8 24 x 8
4 x 10 8 x 10 12 x 10 16 x 10 20 x 10 24 x 10
4 x 12 8 x 12 12 x 12 16 x 12 20 x 12 24 x 12
4 x 14 8 x 14 12 x 14 16 x 14 20 x 14 24 x 14
4 x 16 8 x 16 12 x 16 16 x 16 20 x 16 24 x 16
4 x 18 8 x 18 12 x 18 16 x 18 20 x 18 24 x 18
4 x 20 8 x 20 12 x 20 16 x 20 20 x 20 24 x 20
4 x 22 8 x 22 12 x 22 16 x 22 20 x 22 24 x 22
4 x 24 8 x 24 12 x 24 16 x 24 20 x 24 24 x 24
4 x 30 8 x 30 12 x 30 16 x 30 20 x 30 24 x 30
4 x 36 8 x 36 12 x 36 16 x 36 20 x 36 24 x 36
4 x 40 8 x 40 12 x 40 16 x 40 20 x 40 24 x 40
4 x 48 8 x 48 12 x 48 16 x 48 20 x 48 24 x 48
4 x 60 8 x 60 12 x 60 16 x 60 20 x 60 24 x 60
6 x 4 10 x 4 14 x 4 18 x 4 22 x 4 30 x 4
6 x 8 10 x 8 14 x 8 18 x 8 22 x 8 30 x 8
6 x 10 10 x 10 14 x 10 18 x 10 22 x 10 30 x 10
6 x 12 10 x 12 14 x 12 18 x 12 22 x 12 30 x 12
6 x 14 10 x 14 14 x 14 18 x 14 22 x 14 30 x 14
6 x 16 10 x 16 14 x 16 18 x 16 22 x 16 30 x 16
6 x 18 10 x 18 14 x 18 18 x 18 22 x 18 30 x 18
6 x 20 10 x 20 14 x 20 18 x 20 22 x 20 30 x 20
6 x 22 10 x 22 14 x 22 18 x 22 22 x 22 30 x 22
6 x 24 10 x 24 14 x 24 18 x 24 22 x 24 30 x 24
6 x 30 10 x 30 14 x 30 18 x 30 22 x 30 30 x 30
6 x 36 10 x 36 14 x 36 18 x 36 22 x 36 30 x 36
6 x 40 10 x 40 14 x 40 18 x 40 22 x 40 30 x 40
6 x 48 10 x 48 14 x 48 18 x 48 22 x 48 30 x 48
6 x 60 10 x 60 14 x 60 18 x 60 22 x 60 30 x 60

Here is a link directly to these large floor vents: http://www.floorregisters-n-vents.com/Shoemaker-1560-Series-Custom-Metal-Registers.html

Order these oversized floor registers today!

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National Pet Month – Bad Dog Contest

Installerstore.com – Bad Dog Contest

National Pet Month - Bad Dog Photo Contest

 

In celebration of National Pet Month (May), Installerstore.com is having a VERY special contest! “Bad Dog” photo contest!

Everyone loves their dog, even when they completely destroy your couch or put big scratches in hardwood floors (see dogshaming.com for proof!). To lighten the severity of the destructive situations, Installerstore is giving you an opportunity to win!

Installerstore Bad Dog Photo Contest

Just email a photo of your beloved pooch and the destruction/chaos they have caused. Your K-9 will be added to the list of “Bad Dogs”. At the end of the month, we’ll let our staff and general public vote on their favorite. The winner will receive an AWESOME restoration Gift Set filled with goodies to restore the destruction caused by your pooch (and for future incidents too!).

Installerstore Prize Pack
(1) Sentinel 525 Furniture Restorer Polish (1) Tibet Almond Stick for Wood Scratch Repair
(1) Trade Secret Scratch Remover for Furniture Pro Intro Kit (1) Wood Stain Touch Up Marker by Homax
(2) FastCap Softwax Laminate and Wood Filler (1) Tech Skunk-X Odor Remover 32oz Spray

All you have to do to enter is email a photo of your dog and the destruction they caused (can be separate photos) to katie@installerstore.com or upload them directly to our Facebook Page.

Bad Dog Entries 
Bad Dog Photo Contest Gus Bad Dog Photo Contest Jack

Russell-Done
 Installerstore Bad Dog Photo Contest

But Hurry! All entries must be received by the end of day May 31! Voting begins June 2.
More information on the contest can be found on our site here:  www.installerstore.com/National-Pet-Month-Bad-Dog-Contest.html
Contest open to US residents only.

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Super Sponge Featured in April 2014 Real Simple

Grouting Super Sponge for Cleaning – Featured in Real Simple March 2014

Extra Large Cleaning Sponge - Real Simple April 2014

A grouting super sponge was featured in the April 2014 Real Simple magazine as part of the “Cleaning Dream Team” power player. This extra-large sponge with high water capacity makes a must-have for grout installation, but can also be used as great cleaning tool for large areas that need to be cleaned. Use them on countertops, bathrooms and floors. The inexpensive price and the ability to reuse for many cleanings make this an economical and essential cleaning tool!

Real-Simple-Grout-Cleaning-Sponge-Special(read the article above or click the image to see a larger size)

This professional grade grouting sponge is extra-large, which makes this sponge a must have for cleaning vast areas such as kitchen countertops, flooring, and even your car! The overall size of this extra-large cleaning sponge is 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 2″, and with our economical price and standard shipping, you’ll want to stock up!

Grout Cleaning Sponge Real Simple 2014 Installerstore

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