White spot on wooden coffee table not so hot
QI have a dark, real-wood coffee table. A hot plate was placed on it and now there’s a white spot. Can you please tell me what to do? Valerie, Winnipeg ANSWER: The first and easiest solution is to apply mayonnaise or non-gel, non-bleach toothpaste to the wood. Leave for 30 minutes and wipe. If the stain remains, cover the mark with a white cloth. Using the steam setting on your iron, wave the iron overtop of the cloth making sure you do not set the iron on one area. With a little patience, the mark will disappear. QUESTION: I am starting an interior home painting business and need some advice. Normally I tape off areas such as backsplashes and toilet tanks but the paint still splatters. Is there a trick to cover surfaces better? Landon (Brandon) ANSWER: Using a drop cloth is No. 1. And here is a trick that is fast, easy and best of all inexpensive. Purchase a roll of Press ’n Seal paper; it is similar to plastic wrap and found in the kitchen department of most stores. Press ’n Seal paper is used to seal containers to keep food fresh. Before painting, cover surfaces such as backsplashes and striker plates with the paper. It’s amazing! QUESTION: What are some tips for making great pancakes every time? Adam (Rosa, Man.) ANSWERS: The number one rule is, don’t over stir the batter. During cooking, when you see bubbles forming, that’s the sign it’s time to flip (the pancake, not yourself). For a perfectsize pancake, use a quarter cup measure so all pancakes are uniform. Keep your heat low to medium so the pancake cooks slowly and does not burn. Grease the pan well so the pancake is easy to flip and does not stick to the pan. For a rich flavour, add a little vanilla to the batter and substitute milk or water with buttermilk. Extra tidbit: Shake things up at home by pulling out your old, forgotten family recipes for potato, apple, pumpkin, blueberry or chocolate pancakes. Yum! QUESTION: Can you please give me a tip for cleaning the window of my woodstove? The black on the inside of the window might need scraping with a knife because it looks as though it is practically painted onto the window. Blaine, Winnipeg ANSWER: When the stove is cool, crumple up a sheet of wet newspaper. Dip the newspaper into the ashes of the stove. Wipe the window with the newspaper. The caked-on residue quickly disappears. me organized. Submitted by Jody I keep a fabric softener sheet in the pocket of my winter jacket. After removing my toque, I simply run the fabric softener sheet over my hair and static is no longer a problem. Submitted by Kelly Fill holes in your drywall with white toothpaste. It will dry and you can paint right over it. Submitted by Andy Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.