Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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When you need to take a break from painting, you can put your brush in a plastic bag, and it will still be OK to use later. Bags that your newspapers come in on rainy days are perfect for a paint roller. Use a twist tie to keep out the the air, and you can even store them like this for a day or so. Take a dry cleaner's bag, and put the roller and the whole tray in it while you take your break.

-- King Features Syndicate

nitty gritty

Tile is one of the toughest surfaces in the home to clean, but less than clean tile is not tough to spot. Experts at Merry Maids offer these tips for blasting grime for good:

-- Loosen up: Before cleaning bathroom tile, run a hot shower for five minutes to steam loose the dirt.

-- Brighter bathroom: If bathroom walls are dull, wash tiles with a solution of vinegar and water and then polish with a soft towel.

-- Grout grunge: To keep white grout joints on tile countertops clean longer, wash with a solution of 1 to 2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach in 1 quart of water. Dry and then apply an acrylic sealer or three coats of lemon oil. Let dry one hour between coats. Never use bleach on colored grout.

-- Mildew miracle: Remove mildew and make tiles sparkle by sponging them off with a solution of ammonia and water.

-- From staff

dad's day

Looking back, a lot of us realize that good old Dad was a lot smarter than we gave him credit for. Lifestyle is planning a Father's Day feature to celebrate Dad's words of wisdom, whether they were about women, family, car care, making a living, mowing the lawn or whatever. Send us the best advice you ever got from your father, in 25 words or less. Be sure to include your name and phone number, and your father's name. Send it to: Advice from Dad, c/o Lifestyle, The Florida Times-Union, P.O. Box 1949, Jacksonville, FL 32231, or by e-mail to Deadline is June 9.

-- From staff

online find

Diane Loesch-Jones fell hard for antique textiles while once living in London. When she came home and settled in Boston, she started selling old English linens and laces to antiques dealers. …

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