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Protect Your Patio Furniture

Winter Wind, rain and cold weather will damage even the most durable furniture over time. The best way to care for outdoor furniture during the cold months is to store pieces in the basement, garage or shed. If that's not an option there are a variety of outdoor furniture covers available for tables, umbrella and stacking chairs.
Finishing our Wood Flooring

Question from Steve in Millarville, Alberta -----Dear Shell,I have put reclaimed flooring (120+ year old black spruce & white pine from Nova Scotia) down through out my home. One...
How Can I Remove Depressions in Carpet?

Q: After I moved a large armoire in my living room I was left with depressions in the carpet. It has been a few days and these furniture marks don't seem to be going away.
Get Depressions Out Of Carpet

Moving furniture on carpet? Find those annoying depressions left in the carpet by the weight of the furniture. This is how you can lift those depressions...
Give New Life To Much-Loved Antiques

Q: I have a beautiful antique table that is a cherished family heirloom. Unfortunately, someone set a glass on the top and it left a white stain. I am hoping you have a remedy to restore this lovely table.
Concerns With A Humidifier

I believe your suggestion not to shut off the main valve is inaccurate, not well researched, and could create a false sense of security for some. Any problem that might be caused by the absence of a humidifier, (In listening to your program for years I have heard far more talk about dehumidification rather than humidification), which is why you would leave the main on, would be far less than the damage that might be caused by a power failure in inclement weather which could conceivably cause som
Cleaning Those White Stains From Your Coffee Table

The last time you watered your plant on the coffee table did the water leak through and leave a white stain? I'll explain how to get rid of the stain.
Scuffed Up Linoleum Floor

Our kitchen linoleum was installed approx. 11 years ago. At the time, we installed a subfloor and used a leveling compound before glueing the lino down. Due to heavy traffic the floor appears scuffed. No amount of scrubbing and elbow grease along with cleaners has been able to take the scuffing off. Is there any way I can strip the old finish off and redo the floor myself? We have a large kitchen area and replacing the old lino is not an option at this time. Help?
Eliminated Cigarette / Secondhand Smoke From Your Home

Secondhand smoke is a combination of the smoke emitted from a burning cigarette, cigar, or pipe, and the smoke exhaled by the smoker. Also known as environmental tobacco smoke, it can be easily recognized...
Hardwood floors vs. carpet for dust control

Question from: ClaytonNanaimo, BCDear Shell,My mother and I have been having a disagreement. She says that hardwood floors put less dust into the household environment than...
Cleaning Black Streaks Off Gutters

Q: We have vinyl gutters that are only about two years old. They have vertical black streaks that just won't come off no matter what cleaner we try. We have cleaned the regular dirt off but these streaks just won't disappear. Can you advise us as to what will remove them?
Interior Painting Tips - A quick and easy way to spruce up your home before the holiday season

If budget is a concern when you are considering various home improvement projects, then a good paint job can be a great investment in your home. It is fast, inexpensive and not very invasive.
Sunbury Cedar Mill Tour

Here is a video from Shell Busey's Home Check TV Show where Shell visited the Sunbury Cedar Mill.
Bri-wax For Furniture Marks

Q: I have a large round pedestal oak table that we use as our dinner table. I had a large quilt over it as my tablecloth. Over Easter my son placed a large cookie rack full of cooled cookies on the tablecloth. He and I had assumed (wrongly) that the cookies had cooled completely. It wasn't until a few days later when I removed the quilt tablecloth that I noticed a large (the size of the cookie sheet) white spot on the surface of the table. What, if anything, can be done by myself to bring back t
Remove Glue From Wood Surface

I have a Palliser armoire that has masking tape around it. A friend used the tape to keep the door closed during moving and then it was in storage for a few years.
Shell Busey Blog - Repair Stipple Ceiling

You can patch the stipple areas that were damaged by purchasing a can of stipple touch-up paint or spray at your local paint stores. I do recommend you practice on a scrap material to make sure it is the texture you want.
Refinish Wood Floors

I have just had my floors refinished by a company. Unfortunately I went by price. The results are less than adequate. The floors are not smooth and it almost seems as though the floors are completely covered in Varathane. It has been 5 days since they applied the last coat. Would it be a good idea for me to go ahead to give the floors a quick sanding by hand with like 100 grit paper to get the bumps down and apply another coat of varathane? Would this achieve more of a coating that I am looking
Electronic Air Cleaners

Even in the cleanest homes, air is filled with billions of undesirable particles. Most of these particles are so tiny that they are invisible to the eye. Outdoor air entering the home carries...
Protect your floors by keeping carpets clean

Flooring is a major investment in your home, so you need to make sure that you maintain it properly. Cleaning your carpets on regular basis can help prolong the life of your carpet. Carpets act as a "filter" in your home, so you can imagine that if you do not keep your carpets clean it can create an unhealthy environment in your home.
Keeping the pesky pests outside

We take great lengths to keep possible intruders out of our homes. However, what about the smaller intruders? There’s likely an abundance of openings around your home that make access for these pests easy to enter.