Renovation & Design

Quality paint is worth the extra cost

Question: I am ready to take on a big painting project. I have been putting it off for years. Do you think high-quality paint is worth paying extra, or is it a marketing ploy?

Answer: Admitting that I am a cheap person is not easy, but let’s face it, if there are ways to cut corners, I will find them. Paint is the exception, good quality paint costs more at the check-out, but will save you money and frustration. It is worth buying good quality paint, it covers better, doesn’t run down the walls, and leaves a nice even finish. Invest in a good quality roller, brushes and paint; you won’t regret it.

Question: I have a comforter from the ’80s that has never been used or washed. My little pup threw up on it this morning. It’s polyester, not feathers. Can I wash it in the washer and dry it in the dryer, or what do you suggest? Thanks, Diane

Answer: If no care label exists, you should be fine washing it in cold or warm water and hanging the comforter to dry. Polyester is my favourite textile, as it is difficult to damage.

Question: Do you have to wash a rubber-backed bathmat by hand or is it ok to put one into a washing machine? Asking for my mother-in-law and the tag is gone off of it, but I’m sure it’s either polyester or microfibre and has a non-slip backing. Thanks, Jen

Answer: I would wash the mat in the machine on cold or warm water. Hang the mat to dry. I have ruined more than one mat by putting it into the dryer. Sometimes the backing sticks together and rips when pulled apart. My advice, hang it up.

Question: My mother-in-law and I are having a debate. She tells me to wash my coffee maker, and I say, it doesn’t need washing because the hot water washes it. Thoughts? Cassey

Answer: A point to mother! Every appliance needs maintenance, and a coffee maker is no exception. Fill the water vessel with white vinegar; let it sit for 30 minutes. Next, run the vinegar through the brewing cycle. Cycle fresh water through the machine. Your coffee maker… is now clean.

Little problems — big ideas

An easy tip for putting a pillow into a pillowcase first put the pillow into a garbage bag. Put the bag (with the pillow) into the pillowcase, with the open side going in first; pull out the bag. — Stephen

An unwelcome visitor set his coffee cup down on my new coffee table. I was horrified when I saw a watermark, so I smeared a little canola oil onto the area. The stain is gone, so I guess he will be invited back. — Helen

Containers that are stained due to tomato sauce can be easily cleaned. Rub a dampened cloth with baking soda and water. Scrub and rinse. — Helen

Modernize your house by spray painting, picture frames and mirror frames with a new colour. You won’t recognize them because they will look brand-new. — Helen

Be friendly to people you meet, so that we won’t need to change our license plates. — Reena

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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