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Rena Nerbas

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Dear Reena,

We have a cigarette burn on our almondcoloured sheet linoleum. It is rather deep. I have tried to shave it clean and I have also tried bleaching the area with toothpaste. Any ideas? Celine

Dear Celine,

If you have already tried to insert shavings of linoleum into the space and cover the area with clear nail polish yet have not been successful then you need to find another piece of linoleum from the same dye lot. If you do not have a spare piece, cut a little piece from behind the fridge or from the closet. To remove a little piece from another area, score it with a knife and then heat it with a hair dryer and lift it up carefully using a putty knife.

Lay the patch over the area to be repaired making sure that the pattern lines up. Place masking tape across to make sure the scrap piece does not move. Use a sharp razor blade knife and cut along the pattern on the patch through the damaged piece right through to the subfloor.

Remove the masking tape, the patch piece and the burnt area using a hair dryer and putty knife. Scrape the subfloor underlay clean and apply a thin coat of adhesive and allow that to dry for 30 minutes. Next apply the adhesive to the back of the patch and the subfloor. Position the patch into place and push it down firmly. Lay a piece of parchment or wax paper on the patch and pile it with books; leave overnight. In the morning apply a seam weld (from a hardware store) along the pattern joint to hide the repair.

I know that this sounds like a lot of work but if you buy a really good adhesive glue and seam weld, the project won t take long and you will be happy with the results. Dear Reena,

Some liquefied oily candle wax was spilled on my velvet couch. I scraped off as much as I could and used a thick paper towel and iron to remove the rest, but a raised white spot remains where the spill was. Any suggestions? Barb

Dear Barb,

Because the stain feels stiff it sounds to me like wax is still remaining on the area. The first step is to try ironing the spot again until the wax is completely absorbed. After that, gently rub the area with cornmeal. If the white spot remains noticeable, then you are likely dealing with a grease stain. Apply citric acid or washing soda mixed with a small amount of water and spread it onto the area. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing (test on a small, inconspicuous area first). If the stain remains, please contact me and I will telephone the company to figure out our next move.

Dear Reena,

Every time I buy a container of honey, it becomes hard and sugared. Is it still usable? Tina

Dear Tina,

Honey is an expensive product and well worth the money in terms of taste and health. Making sure that the honey jar does not contain metal, place the jar inside a pot of hot water. The honey will return to its liquefied state. The consistency and flavour may be altered a little but it works.

I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming! Check out my website: www.house holdsolutions.org.

Reena Nerbas is a highly popular professional speaker and the author of three national bestsellers, Household Solutions 1 with Substitutions, Household Solutions 2 with Kitchen Secrets and Household Solutions 3 with Green Alternatives. Corporate workshops available by calling: 204-320-2757.

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