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Cleaning Stains From Floors

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    LESLIE: Well, you can listen to The Money Pit on the internet, just like Scott in California does. And what can we do for you today?

    SCOTT: I have a refrigerator that was way too full (chuckling) and a jar of pickles fell out of the refrigerator …

    TOM: Just jumped right out of that refrigerator door.

    SCOTT: … and left a big spot on the floor and we can’t get it up.

    TOM: Hmm.

    LESLIE: And what kind of floor is it, Scott?

    SCOTT: It’s a travertine floor.

    TOM: Oh, a travertine floor. Have you tried TSP; trisodium phosphate?

    SCOTT: No, I haven’t.

    TOM: You might want to try that. That’s pretty powerful stuff for lifting stains out. We often recommend that for something like an oil stain or something of that nature. I would try it in a very small area. I would make a paste of it. TSP is available in most paint stores and you make a paste of it and apply it to some of the edge of the stain; let it sit for awhile; and then scrub it off. And see if that does the trick. We’ve been very successful with TSP in removing difficult stains from porous material.

    SCOTT: OK. Awesome. I will give that a try.

    TOM: And once you get off, then you’re going to have to reseal that floor though, OK? Just be mindful of that; otherwise, it’ll start picking up a lot of dirt.

    SCOTT: I’ve got you. OK, super. I appreciate it. Thank you.

    TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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