Renovation & Design

Black streaks from dryer? Your drum might be beat


Black marks on clothes fresh from the dryer could mean new drum rollers are needed. Or it could mean Sidney Crosby has been shooting pucks at the appliance, as he did at this dryer from his family home, now on display at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in Halifax.

QUESTION: I have an old gas dryer. When I dry clothes, they come out with black streaks. I have taken a cloth and wiped the drum after each cycle but it doesn’t help. Can you offer any tips?

— Bev

Answer: It sounds like your drum rollers need replacing. Purchase new drum rollers, disassemble the dryer and replace the rollers. Or consider a new energy-efficient dryer, this will save you money in the long run.


Question: Hope you can help, we have a big tent trailer; we opened it up last spring and found mould on the roof and sides inside of the trailer. We tried everything to get rid of it but nothing worked. Thanks, in advance.

— Reg

Answer: Tilex Mold and Mildew cleaner is a product that sanitizes soft roof tent trailers (test on inconspicuous first). Spray the product and leave for 15 minutes scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse with water.


Question: My black bathroom vanity granite has some pitting. I suspect that it was not sealed properly.

— Maureen

Answer: Some people say black granite (like all other granites) should be sealed while other professionals completely disagree and say if black granite is sealed it can be the cause of staining problems. The argument is that black granite such as "black absolute" is not true granite, but a dense rock and does not absorb much (including sealers).

If you had sealed the surface you would need to call in the professionals to get rid of the sealer by using a right-angle polisher/grinder with a seven-inch-diameter pad-holder, a white nylon pad to fit it and some oxalic acid (it’s a white powder and can be found at any large hardware store).

You would also need a spray bottle with some tap water. You would then sprinkle some oxalic acid over an area to fit under the seven-inch-diameter pad, spray a mist of water, over four square feet, put your polisher on top of the powder, rub it a few times (without pulling the trigger) to form a paste (oxalic acid with the water), then apply a certain amount of pressure, pull the trigger and buff the area you’ve targeted, until it becomes dry and shiny. Repeat until you’ve treated the whole counter. So, in a way, it is great that the counter is unsealed.

For untreated counters, your best bet is to contact a professional or purchase an epoxy stone repair kit available at home hardware stores as well as on-line. Use the product according to the instructions.


Feedback from a Friendly Manitoban

Re: Coconut Oil

Elizabeth wrote of the many uses for coconut oil. Please tell her to ask permission from her customers before she applies coconut oil on their faces in her beauty salon or uses it in any food preparations. I have a niece who is deadly allergic to it and the results could be disastrous.

— Yvonne


Reader shares how to get rid of voles

Voles tend to chew the grass roots where the grass is thick and protected by a large layer of snow. Make a note of where it occurs this year. After snow falls next year, pack the snow down by walking, snowshoeing or skiing on it. Crushing it to the ground discourages voles from burrowing right along the surface because the snow is too dense and hard. That definitely works in our yard.

— Barry


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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