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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.

JANA CHYTILOVA / POST­MEDIA NET­WORK INC.

When look­ing for ways to treat a hard­wood floor, choose the prod­ucts and tech­niques rec­om­mended by the man­u­fac­turer.

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