Dear Heloise: We moved into a home with marble floors. When we moved in, the floors looked stunning. However, over time, they have begun to lose their luster.
What is the best way to clean and keep the floor in its polished, high-shine state?
– Martha J., Bastrop, Tex.
Dear Martha: To keep real marble floors in the best shape, you need to sweep or vacuum the floor often — even daily, if there is a lot of traffic. Daily dirt and grime left on the flooring gets ground in and can scratch it. A quick once-over every day will prevent a lot of problems.
For a more thorough cleaning, there are a lot of very good commercial products. With time, marble may fade. To bring the shine back to marble, you will need to buy specialty cleaners and follow the directions to the letter.
Dear Heloise: Many years ago, my mother and I started dating household items on the bottom and labeling where they came from. It’s nice to be reminded how old it is, what vacation spot it came from or what relative passed it on.
However, not everything is labeled, and it leaves one to wonder about its origin. Some of the old quilts are labeled. My mother went one step further, drawing pictures of heirlooms and stating where they came from.
– Judy in San Antonio
Dear Heloise: I mark any food with a date before putting it in the freezer. When it is time to defrost my upright freezer, I remove all the frozen food and place it on the floor, piled tightly together to keep the cold in.
After cleaning out the freezer, it is easy to see which things are older than the others, and those items can be placed back accordingly.
– Kathie in Erie, Pa.
Dear Heloise: My husband and I use envelopes from incoming mail for writing lists, notes or messages. We keep a stack of them handy next to the computer and the telephone. Later we recycle the envelope with the newspapers.
– Jim and Pat, via e-mail
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