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Hints from Heloise: Don’t give dirt an entryway

DEAR HELOISE: Do you have some hints on how to clean entry doors?

– Paula In Tennessee

DEAR PAULA: Here are some easy ways to clean both. For the wooden door, use a broom to sweep away any excess dirt and cobwebs. Hose it down, and then use a microfiber cloth to wipe dry. If you want, you can use a soft terry towel and car or furniture polish to give it a coat of wax to protect it from the elements.

For the glass and metal doors, clean the glass with full-strength vinegar and dry with newspaper for no streaks. Then wipe the metal portion of the door with a damp rag (water only).

Any metal hardware can be cleaned with a little soap and water.

DEAR HELOISE: We recently had the experience of missing luggage while traveling abroad. Adding to the confusion was our difficulty communicating with the airline representative due to language issues. He asked us to describe the missing luggage and showed us a poster of many different sizes, shapes and colors. Ultimately, we did reunite with our bags six hours later. However, on the way back, we snapped a photograph of our luggage just prior to checking it in. How easy it would have been to identify the luggage had we had this photo to show the baggage crew.

– Linda G., via email

DEAR HELOISE: Each summer when I bring out my fans, I take off the grilles by removing the screws, and wipe the blades with a damp cloth. Then I take the grilles down to the self-service carwash and secure them in the clamps provided for car mats. A quick high-pressure spray cleans all the dirt and grime in those crevices.

– J.M., via email