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Easier ways to clean dust from stucco

Q. I am gardener/handyman for a group of senior citizens. A large number of their houses are covered with stucco. Due to our damp, windy climate, dust gathers on the walls so that each spring they need a good scrubbing. Is there a product that can be scrubbed on with a brush and then rinsed with a hose? Also, what mixture will clean salt spray off window glass? R. Johnston Victoria, British Columbia

A. Stucco being a calcareous compound related to concrete and thus limestone, it should be cleaned in the same manner as concrete.

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Sure Klean Limestone Restorer, or equal, used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, should prove beneficial even to the removal of algae. This product is a strong, blended-acid cleaning compound, so handle it with care. Be sure to follow the labeled directions to a ''T.''

After cleaning the stucco next time, apply a clear stucco sealer which will provide ready washability with a garden hose. A local paint store can supply this product.

* Remove saltwater spray from windows with a non-alkaline window-washing compound containing some alcohol and detergents modified with a small amount of Sure Klean Limestone Restorer. The modification should be at the ratio of one teaspoon to each quart of the non-alkaline washing compound.

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