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Quick Fix for Stained Pavers

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    LESLIE: David in Florida has a cleaning question. What can we help you with?

    DAVID: Oh, yeah, thank you very much. Your program is very valuable.

    LESLIE: Thank you.

    DAVID: I have stains that occurred recently, I guess, when I parked my car after using the air conditioning because I’m down here in Florida. And I noticed some spots and stains on the pavers that I have. I tried to clean it with bleach; I tried to clean it with some home cleaning fluid but it’s still – several spots have bleached out the reddish from the main driveway so it looks kind of ugly in a few spots. I checked the car. The car’s fine but I guess I must have just done it too many times and …

    TOM: You overdid it?

    DAVID: … it’s annoying.

    TOM: Yeah, well you’re not going to get that color back, so you know what the nice thing about pavers, David? They’re the same color on both sides. (Leslie chuckles) Take the paver out and flip it upside down and put it back in again.

    DAVID: I thought of that but they said they’re interlocking, so someone said if you turn them over – which sounded like a clever idea – they said it’s really not possible because there’s like a different shape. But maybe you’re right. I don’t know.

    TOM: No, I don’t think so.

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) I don’t know about that.

    DAVID: Oh, OK.

    TOM: No, I don’t think so. I mean, yeah, there are different patterns to them and they lock in different ways but, you know, hopefully you’ll be able to get the right combination if you turn enough of them over.

    DAVID: Now, how …

    TOM: If worse comes to worse maybe you’d be one paver short and you could always go pick another one up.

    DAVID: Right. And that tool, it seems like a tool – is there a special tool to get in between these pavers at a very tight …

    TOM: No, you’re just going to have to get creative. You know, I mean if it was me I’d probably be trying to like sort of surgically reach down there with some thin-bladed tool like a putty knife or a thin screwdriver or something like that and try to lift the brick out. You know, they’re just held in there by their weight. They’re not mortared in place. So once you get the first one out it’ll be easy.

    DAVID: Well, thank you, thank you. Sounds great.

    LESLIE: You’re so welcome, David.

    TOM: (overlapping voices) Alright, good luck. 

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