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Reader Question: How Can I Remove Stains on Our Bathroom Door?

Get rid of dirty marks on your bathroom door and treat a peeling wooden floor for a beautiful home

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Q: I hope you can give us tips on how to remove the stains on our bathroom door. My husband told me that the stains were actually due to the wet, dirty rag that was used to wipe it before we moved to our house. I have been applying just about anything to remove them, but to no avail. 

Also, our wooden floor is starting to peel off. I am planning to buy a carpet just to cover it but my husband told me that it's not a good idea since we have a baby and the carpet will just accumulate dust. What do you think?—Koren Angelada

A: Since you've exhausted all the possible methods to remove your bathroom door's stains, I suggest you refinish it. Refinishing will also solve the problem with your floor!

Your husband is right—carpeting is not advisable for homes with babies. A carpet could become a breeding ground for house mites and will trap unwanted dirt and dust. To restore the beauty of your wooden floor, it should be sanded and refinished with a coat of polyurethane.

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Make sure the floor is properly cleaned and prepared before applying any coating to it so you can prevent peeling or flaking in the future. I know that it takes money and hard work, but refinishing will raise the value of your home and help you regain your peace of mind.  

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Read the original article ("Ask It") in the March 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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