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Questions For Reena

Hi Reena, I have some kind of frosted glass in my pantry door. The one side is plain glass but on the inside it is frosted. I can’t seem to get normal, everyday, kid spills off of the inside of the door (chocolate milk for instance). Any suggestions? — Thanks, Cindy Hi Cindy, I’ll tell […] Read more

More Questions For Reena

Dear Reena, How can I remove hockey glove odours? — Marie Believe me Marie, I deal with this challenge on a weekly basis. When it comes to storing hockey equipment the first step is to make a hockey tree using old hockey sticks and nails. Whenever your hockey player returns home from a game or […] Read more

Caring For Patio Furniture – for Jul. 23, 2010

Before purchasing patio furniture check warranties, care instructions and necessary maintenance of materials. Be sure the furniture you choose is durable and that parts will be available when you need them. Teak will last a lifetime. The hardwood teak tree is native to Southeast Asia and Africa and grows to be 100 feet tall. The […] Read more

Ask Reena – for Mar. 1, 2010

With such a wide variety of hardwoods available, what works for one floor will not necessarily work for another. Q. Have you found a way to remove orange pop stains on carpet? Whenever people visit they ask me where the orange stain came from. It is very visible and I would like to get rid […] Read more

Do Away With Mildew

Put newspaper under car mats in snowy weather to absorb moisture. Remove mildew on wood patio furniture by combining 1 c. ammonia, 1/2 c. vinegar, 1/4 c. baking soda and 1 gallon water. Wipe onto furniture and rinse. Clean mildew around the tub area by placing cotton balls soaked with bleach in each corner. Clean […] Read more

More Tips For The Kitchen

For best flavour and nutritive value, always cook sweet potatoes whole in their skins. It takes 35 to 55 minutes in boiling water and about 35 to 60 minutes in a hot oven (425F). Tip: Give your mashed potatoes a yummy twist by adding duck fat to the pot before mashing. Keep bread fresh longer […] Read more

Tips For Maintaining The House Exterior

1 When caring for a brick exterior keep it clean. Mould can permanently change the surface colour of brick over time. Use a stiff (not wire) brush. Apply TSP (trisodium phosphate) according to the directions on the box. 2 If efflorescence (white salt residue) is present, scrub it with a brush. Do not use liquid […] Read more

coffee table

Choosing a coffee table for your home

Nothing is quite as stylish, classy or sophisticated as a beautiful, ornate coffee table. Whatever your style, here’s some tips.

1. Be cautious when purchasing furniture. Solid wood may mean particleboard and medium density fibre-board (MDF). These will not last under heavy use so always ask specifically what kind of wood was used. Solid oak, cherry or ash are great choices. 2. To finish an unfinished coffee table, the toughest seal is a polyurethane varnish. […] Read more