White spot on wooden cof­fee ta­ble not so hot

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

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.

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