Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diy Donny

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diy Donny

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DIY expert Donny Sheridan answers your problems QJUST four months ago, we had an Indian Stone patio laid on a mix of 2ins of sand and cement. Within two weeks, black sooty marks appeared on some of the paving.

When the marks get wet, they are less obvious, but return again as the stone dries out. We have tried using Jeyes Fluid, Sodium Hypochlorite and H G Algae & Mould Remover. All reduce the marks slightly, but then they reappear. Is there anything else you can suggest? H HOOD, BY EMAIL ATHESE marks are lichens (natural organisms). To get rid of them, I suggest you use Lithofin MN Outdoor Cleaner, which will remove stubborn dark deposits, restoring the stone to its natural colour. I must add though that any paving will weather, and it's almost impossible to maintain the original colour.

QI HAVE two chrome-plated bar-stools, and the chrome on the bases has become pitted. We have tried using silvo polish but it has no effect. Is there a spray paint we can get - or do you have any other suggestions? …

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