Dear Heloise: I'm hoping you might have some advice for me on how to get stains up from my off-white vinyl flooring in my bathroom. It's yellowed where I keep the bathmat and rug in front of my sink.
I was told that vinyl could be marked by rubber-backed rugs when we got new vinyl flooring in the kitchen at our old house. Is there any way I can remove the stain? -- Sherri Focht, Etters, Pa.
Your letter is one of hundreds that come in yearly with the same problem! We've done research with major flooring companies, and the story is the same for yellow stains on vinyl flooring: It's because of a chemical reaction between the rubber backing and vinyl. Unfortunately, as far as we can tell, the stain is permanent. Keeping a rug over it might be the only way to hide it.
Anyone with vinyl flooring, please remember to stay away from rubber-backed throw rugs. Don't take a chance of them staining the floor. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Before our vacation last year, I bought three padded mailing envelopes at the postage store. We weighed the envelopes with a roll of film inside, added the correct postage and addressed the envelopes to the local film-development center.
While on our trip to Alaska, after completing each roll of film I just mailed it in the pre-stamped envelope.
When I got back home, all my film had been developed and printed. No waiting to see if the pictures turned out OK -- all of them were good. By using this method, there also was no worry about airport security ruining my film. -- Marian Jameson, Harrisonburg, Va.
Dear Heloise: I keep a small notebook with all our family's prescriptions listed alphabetically so when it's time for refills, I don't have to run all over gathering bottles and tubes -- I just go through the notebook. Along with the name of the medicine and the prescription number, I also keep track of the number of refills. -- Janet Hogan, Huntsville, Ala.
Dear Heloise: When washing a paintbrush after painting with latex paint, it is difficult to clean the part of the bristles closest to the handle.
Simply turn the brush upside down and rinse under the tap for a few seconds using lukewarm water. It works wonders. -- Paul Picher, Naples, Fla.
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