Dear Heloise:

At work, I am always getting unwanted faxes. Is there a place to call or write that will take our fax number off those companies' lists?

Lynda, Beaumont, Tex.

You aren't alone! Our office gets dozens a week, and it's maddening. After doing some research, we have come to the conclusion that there is no national number for stopping unwanted faxes. Laws differ from state to state, as well as country to country.

Many of the junk faxes have an 800 number listed on the bottom that you can call and supposedly have your fax number removed from the database. We have been doing this at our office and have found that we are not receiving as many junk faxes as before. Although occasionally we call a number, and they say we are already on the no-fax list, so why are we still getting faxes?

Dear Heloise:

I recently discovered that those knit gardening gloves that have the molded palms provide a great grip for opening jars in the kitchen. Now I keep a right-handed one in the drawer with the potholders.

John Taylor

Pasadena, Calif.

I use these gloves to "brush" our golden retriever, J.D. (short for John Doe). And he gets a massage at the same time.

Dear Heloise:

What is a good way to clean laminate wood flooring? Should I just spot-clean or do the entire floor at once? I do use an electric broom and one of those new floor dusters, but I don't know what is best for "wet" cleaning.

Debbie Lingl

Auburn, Wash.

First and foremost, you must follow the directions given by the manufacturer for dusting and cleaning. (If you don't know the manufacturer, check the telephone directory for a flooring specialist in your area.) There are commercial products available for specific floor types, so check the cleaning aisle where you shop. Be sure to check the manufacturer's Web site or care manual before you try any new product on your flooring -- you sure wouldn't want to take a chance of causing damage.

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