Clean mould and mildew with bak­ing soda and vine­gar

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

QUES­TION: I am won­der­ing if you might have a home rem­edy for re­mov­ing mildew and mould in a shower stall. Also, do you have any tricks for dis­cour­ag­ing snakes from en­ter­ing your house? Thank-you so much. Dar­quise, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: Here is a so­lu­tion to re­move mould and mildew in a shower stall: Make a paste by com­bin­ing; bak­ing soda to­gether with vine­gar. Ap­ply the paste and scrub. Next into a spray bot­tle; com­bine one part tea tree oil to four parts wa­ter and spray the mildew, scrub gen­tly. If the mildew re­mains, con­sider ac­quir­ing a spe­cial tool to re­move the caulk (avail­able at hard­ware stores). Af­ter the caulk is gone, clean the area once again. Dry and re-caulk. Wipe the area once a week with the bak­ing soda and vine­gar paste to avoid hav­ing to deal with mould growth around your shower. Also dry­ing your shower is another easy tip for de­ter­ring mildew growth be­cause mildew and mold needs mois­ture to grow. When it comes to snakes, No. 1 is to find out what kind of snakes you are deal­ing with and whether they are poi­sonous or not. Most snakes are harm­less and ac­tu­ally a ben­e­fit to the en­vi­ron­ment; but poi­sonous snakes re­quire ex­pert han­dling. Here are some pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures that you can take to make it more dif­fi­cult for snakes to en­ter your home. Seal all cracks or crevices. Seal crawl space cracks. Clean up any clut­ter around the yard, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for them to hide. Cut grass of­ten; snakes love to hide in grass and short grass is Once grout loses its abil­ity to re­sist mois­ture, it can de­te­ri­o­rate and al­low mois­ture to pen­e­trate be­hind the tiles and may lead to wa­ter leaks, wa­ter dam­ages and even fail­ure of the wall and floor­ing ma­te­ri­als and tiles can break or loosen lead­ing to ex­pen­sive re­pairs. Pur­chase a good qual­ity sealer and fol­low safety in­struc­tions care­fully. Pen­e­trat­ing seal­ers are quickly and easily ab­sorbed through the skin, many have of­fen­sive odours and chem­i­cal off-gassing that can be haz­ardous to your health. Be care­ful and cau­tious. Use the cor­rect gloves and if re­quired a res­pi­ra­tor. Or hire a pro­fes­sional. Through my ex­pe­ri­ence, in depth online re­view and other tile set­ter ad­vice, I have found the Seal­ers Choice Gold, rapid cur­ing, low VOC sold at Rona to be a su­pe­rior prod­uct. And again, be sure to ap­ply of­ten, ev­ery two years or even more in high traf­fic ar­eas. Mapei’s Flex Colour CQ pre­mixed acrylic grout is self-seal­ing, low odour and easy to ap­ply. Other man­u­fac­tures of­fer ure­thane based grouts with sim­i­lar prop­er­ties that are slightly more dif­fi­cult to work with. There is hope, Dar­ren Matyas, pres­i­dent, Sov­er­eign Tile. 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. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Need a pre­sen­ter on the topic: Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing or The Power of

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