Beau­ti­ful bam­boo floors easy to main­tain

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - REENA NER­BAS

QUES­TION: We have new bam­boo floors in our home. What should we use on the floor to clean it? Dif­fer­ent peo­ple with lots of dif­fer­ent ideas have ad­vised us, but no one has the right so­lu­tion. Thank you in ad­vance.

Gor­don, Bir­tle

Not only are bam­boo floors beau­ti­ful, they are also easy to main­tain. Pro­fes­sional clean­ing prod­ucts such as Bona Hard­wood Floor Clean­ing Kits may be used for main­te­nance and daily clean­ing. Many peo­ple use mi­crofi­bre mops. Make sure to only slightly dampen the mop (too much wa­ter will dam­age the floor over time). Vac­uum and mop the floor reg­u­larly. Wood-floor cleans­ing agents should be di­luted in wa­ter be­fore use. To en­sure that your bam­boo floor re­tains its nat­u­ral shine and tex­ture for life, an ad­di­tional coat­ing of ure­thane can be ap­plied ev­ery 2 years for com­mer­cial-use floor­ing, and ev­ery 8 years for res­i­den­tial use. Never wax your bam­boo floor. The ure­thane-based fin­ish is de­signed to pro­tect your floor for years. Wipe up any spills im­me­di­ately. Pro­tect your floor from ev­ery­day use by in­stalling felt or plas­tic pro­tec­tors un­der feet of fur­ni­ture. Caster-wheeled chairs should have wide cast­ers. Be­ware of high heels; this can dam­age even the tough­est floor­ing ma­te­rial. QUES­TION: I pur­chased some rub­ber mats for my new car and I can’t get rid of the rub­ber smell. I’ve scrubbed them, frozen them, poured boil­ing hot wa­ter on them and they still smell. Can you help? Thank you.

Jasper, Win­nipeg

Great ef­fort on your part but the prob­lem is not on the ex­te­rior of the rub­ber: What you smell are the chem­i­cals used in mak­ing the rub­ber. You can leave them out­side for a few days, wash them with vine­gar, tea tree and wa­ter or sprin­kle them with cof­fee grounds or wash them in the bath­tub with laun­dry de­ter­gent. How­ever, even if the smell leaves for a while it will likely re­turn. If the odour is driv­ing you up the wall it may be in your best in­ter­est to ex­change the mats for a dif­fer­ent brand. QUES­TION: How can I get diesel fuel odour out of up­hol­stered boat cush­ions that have foam in­side of the ma­te­rial?

Mar­jorie, Win­nipeg

Be­gin by clean­ing the cush­ions with dish soap and wa­ter. Blot the en­tire cush­ion and lay on the grass to air dry. When the cush­ions are dry pur­chase heavy-duty garbage bags and put one of the cush­ions in­side the bag with a few dryer sheets or cot­ton balls soaked with vanilla. Use your vac­uum noz­zle to suck out all of the air in the bag. Close the bag and leave for a day or two. Re­move cush­ion and re­peat steps with the next cush­ion. QUES­TION: I heard you on the ra­dio and you were in­cred­i­ble! I have a stain ques­tion. I’m a body-care man­u­fac­turer. One day I was mak­ing lip balm and ac­ci­den­tally poured some of the hot liq­uid (oil and beeswax) on my cot­ton pants. I’ve treated them with two dif­fer­ent nat­u­ral stain re­movers (from the health-food store) and washed them nu­mer­ous times (and ac­ci­den­tally put them through the dryer once) to no avail. In fact, there are more spots on the pants now then when I started.

Aimee, Vita

What of­ten hap­pens when items with oil spills are be­ing washed is that the oil will float in the wa­ter and dis­perse all over the fab­ric. Since the fab­ric has gone through the dryer, this stain will be dif­fi­cult to re­move. Your best bet is go­ing to be soak­ing the pants in wa­ter and wash­ing soda (found in the laun­dry sec­tion of most gro­cery stores). Soak or boil the pants for 10 min­utes and then wash; be sure to check the stain be­fore putting the pants in the dryer. If the stain is stub­born, you can use RIT dye re­mover; this does carry a strong odour but it is won­der­ful at re­mov­ing stains on clothes. You can then redye the pants or leave them as is depend­ing on the colour that they be­come af­ter you have used the dye re­mover (be sure to ven­ti­late). Fab­u­lous Tips of the Week from Man­i­to­bans:

1) Yes­ter­day, my daugh­ter got gum in her hair, and I was dread­ing the “peanut but­ter” treat­ment! Rather than use ice or cut her hair, I took the sec­tion of hair that was full of gum and put a paper towel be­hind it, then sprayed it thor­oughly with Pam cook­ing spray, let it sit for a cou­ple of min­utes, and was able to comb all of the gum out. A quick hair sham­poo and prob­lem solved! The paper towel was used to help catch the spray from soak­ing into the rest of her hair. Take care.


2) Was in­ter­ested in your col­umn about us­ing leftover rice. Some­times I make rice pud­ding: Place rice in bowl, add 1-2 cups of low-fat cool whip, rinse half to one cup raisins and add about 2-3 tea­spoons of cin­na­mon. Mix well and cool in fridge un­til needed. It is de­li­cious. This would be for us­ing about two cups of rice. Love your books and al­ways read your col­umn.

3) When bar­be­cu­ing ham­burg­ers this sum­mer, don’t press down on the meat

Gail when the burg­ers are on the grill. That will just press out mois­ture and you’ll end up with dry burg­ers.

I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing!

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