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home solutions to try to bring back the colour without going through the expense of having the floors totally refinished? I remember the Aerowax paste and the buffer machine we used in the old days that did a good job of bringing back a shine, but I think I need to add back some colour, especially if we sand off the water stains. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Shelley (Winnipeg)
ANSWER: When it comes to hardwood floors, it is a good idea to purchase products recommended by the manufacturer, such as: Torley’s, Columbia or Cedar Squeaky for regular cleaning or commercial hardwoodrestoring products. If your hardwood floors contain surface scratches or fading, a coat of polyurethane may be exactly what it needs to restore the original lustre and beauty of the wood. On the other hand, if your floors contain deep scratches and stains where the finish has worn off, you can purchase Aerowax as it is still available on-line, or reconsider refinishing. If you would rather make your own polish: Combine four cups of white vinegar and one tbsp. of cooking oil in a spray bottle. Spray a small area and buff it with a soft cloth. Colour restoration is a good reason to refinish the floor because the options described will not rejuvenate the colour. QUESTION: I enjoy your columns and hope you can help me. How do you remove hairspray from bathroom counters and toilet tops? I have tried hot water but don’t think it is hot enough. Carole (Winnipeg) ANSWER: Here are a few options: Wipe the areas with rubbing alcohol. Be sure to test rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous area so you are certain it will not remove any paint. Your next step is to clean the counter and toilet with shampoo diluted in warm water. Another wonderful option, apply shaving cream to the affected areas. Leave for five minutes and scrub with an abrasive pad.
When looking for ways to treat a hardwood floor, choose the products and techniques recommended by the manufacturer.