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DIY expert Donny Sheridan answers your problems QWE have chlorine stains on the flagstones around our indoor swimming pool. How can we get rid of them? DENISE HELEN WARD, BY EMAIL ABUY a good quality steam cleaner for about PS150 and blast the stains.

If this doesn't work, add Lithofin MN Power-Clean solution. If stains remain use Lithofin MN Builders' Clean. This is acid based so it's no good for limestone, but it will even remove cement stains.

QCAN you recommend the easiest and quickest way to remove nicotine stains from ceilings prior to redecorating? MICK, LEICESTER AWASH it! Use a sponge or mop and sugar soap. Once the nicotine is gone apply water-based emulsion. If stains show through apply a stain blocking primer - Zinsser BIN should work well for nicotine.

| Sugar soap will shift nicotine stains TEN years ago I had a concrete drive laid and had Qterracotta colour integrated into the concrete. About 25% of the area now has a whitish surface. Can I paint it? STANLEY JONES, BY EMAIL ANO, the paint won't last and will leave you with a bigger problem. The white is just salts in the concrete mix which make their way to the surface and should weather away.

QI LIVE in a 70s semi with a metal flue rather than a chimney. When the gas fire is on the flue makes our bedroom wall hot and has cracked it. What should we do? PAT BOND, BY EMAIL AUSE a grab adhesive and stick a sheet of plasterboard over the wall.

Plasterboard has thermal qualities and will spread the heat over the surface so it's not so hot.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2015
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