Renovation & Design

Sunshine causes paint to fade over time

Renee Jones Schneider / TNS

Paint fades over time, leaving discolouration where pictures have been hung.

Question: I love your natural, non-chemical solutions. Is there anything that will remove the dark discolouration on the paint behind pictures hung on the wall? And is there a way to prevent this discolouration from happening? Thanks.


Answer: I contacted my favourite paint store and asked them for advice on this question. They said you are best off to repaint the entire wall.

Most paint fades over time due to sunshine; this is not a stain, it is permanent. In other words, the discoloured area is bleached and only by adding colour will the wall return to a solid hue. To avoid this in the future, you can search out fade-resistant paints or close window coverings during peak daylight hours.

Question: I’m wondering if you have a homemade eyeglass cleaner solution. I need something that is safe for plastic lenses that have been coated with an anti-glare and anti-scratch coating.


Answer: I received the following recipe from an optician. Begin with a small test on your lenses (just to be safe).

Fill a spray bottle three-quarters full of rubbing alcohol, filling the remaining space with water. Add a few drops of dish soap. Shake to mix. Spray lenses and gently wipe with a soft cloth — not paper towels, toilet paper or tissues, as these will scratch your lenses.

Question: We are travelling extensively through the United States and Canada, staying in hotels and motels. Is there a product that will not harm us that we can put in our suitcases and/or bedding that may guard against bedbugs? We travel with a service dog so she must not be harmed as well. Thank you.



Answer: Here are a few tips and effective ways to reduce the risk of bedbugs while travelling:

● Do your homework. It will be worth your time to go online and read hotel reviews. You can also call the hotel to make sure it is not currently battling a bedbug infestation. Don’t assume five-star hotels are free from bedbugs.

● Use luggage racks set away from the walls instead of placing luggage directly on the bed.

● Pack your travel items in sealed plastic bags. When you return home, freeze suspect items for at least two weeks.

● After returning home and washing items, dry them on the highest heat possible.

● If you are really worried about bedbugs, you can cover the hotel bed with a plastic cover. The idea behind this is bedbugs will suffocate and die. This method is extreme, but if you will sleep better at night, it will be worth it.

Good night, and don’t let the bedbugs bite!

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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