Found 59 results for the keyword ‘Stains’

  • Will the blue stuff in ice melters stain my interlocking paving?

    Blue dye is put into some de-icers to let you know where you have applied it. Will it stain the paving bricks? The answer is -- maybe.As long as the dye stays on the surface, the sunlight will quickly break it down and it will lose its blue colour. If you have quality paving stones (which are d...
  • How do I get oil off my driveway?

    There are many products on the market designed to remove oil stains from driveways. Some of them actually work. The primary problem with them is that they basically dissolve the oil, much of it soaking even deeper into the concrete. That means you have to soak it up and attempt to not worsen ...
  • Painting & Staining without lap marks outdoors.

    One of the cardinal rules of painting or staining in order to avoid lap marks is to apply material wet-on-wet. On an interior wall that is done by rolling small enough sections that allow you to overlap the edge with the next section before the first one manages to dry. Painting wet-on-wet does...
  • Black stain coming through oil finish on cedar chair

    An e-mail from Jan in Verona Ontario:Last year I made a white cedar adirondack chair. I finished it with Varathane Natural Oil finish for interior and exterior wood. Parts of it are fine other parts are black after sitting outside one summer. I'm in the process of making another one. What can ...
  • Removing stains from laminate counter tops.

    One viewer caught our cameras in the renovation store and asked how to remove stains from laminate counter tops.The reality is that it is very difficult to stain laminate counter tops although high temperatures can easily scorch it. We tried for a week and couldn't get any colour from coffee to b...
  • Cleaning stains off of Stainless Steel

    It almost sounds like an oxymoron to talk about removing stains from stainless steel, but the reality is that there are many grades of stainless steel and they are not all resistant to all stains. In fact, anything stuck to stainless steel for a long period of time will probably leave a mark...
  • Exteriour wood filler that won't shrink

    Our TV camera found Lawrence in a store: "When you are using MDF boards, what is the best wood filler to use?" Medium Density Fiberboard or MDF is that very dense compressed sawdust that is formed into panels and all kinds of molding. When filling nicks and dents in this material, it is importan...
  • Mysterious dark permenant stains on carpets.

    When air flows through the edges of carpets, the carpet acts as a filter and collects whatever is in the air. Hence we often find dirt streaks around heating outlets where some of the air sneaks under the grill and through the rug. Often, streaks are found near baseboards where household air flo...
  • Aging and preserving copper

    Copper, left to the elements, even indoors, will eventually tarnish. It will turn a bit black, perhaps streaked and then although it may take as long as 15 years, it eventually turns that beautiful green that we see on church roofs. If you are trying to keep a copper mailbox or decoration in go...
  • Repairing Marble surfaces

      Cleaning stone People often create hazed patches on polished marble surfaces simply by using the wrong cleaner. Anything like vinegar or most glass cleaners will actually etch the surface of marble, requiring re-grinding of the surface. This is not just some substance sitting on the marble th...