Kit covers outdated tile

Rust-Oleum's new Tile Transformations kit lets you update the look of outdated bathroom and kitchen tile.

The kit contains an epoxy coating that creates a stone look. The process involves three steps -- preparing the surface, applying a texturized bond coat and then applying a stone-like finish.

The finish is durable enough for use in areas with prolonged water exposure, such as showers, tubs, kitchen backsplashes and ceramic tile countertops.

Each kit covers 50 square feet and contains most of the necessary supplies.

The product is available at Home Depot. Suggested retail price is $119.99.

Dealing with window mold

Q I have two windows that had a black substance on them. I treated them with a water/bleach mixture, then sanded, re-stained and re-varnished. A year later both windows have more mold on them. How do I find a reputable company to test and clean this for me?

A First of all, not all black mold is highly toxic, and it's unlikely the mold around your windows is. Unless someone in your household is sensitive to mold, professional remediation might not be required.

Second, I urge you to investigate why mold is growing on those windows in the first place. Most likely the windows aren't sealed properly, causing condensation to form on the glass in winter. Water from the condensation can promote growth of mold on the wood.

If you have storm windows, their weep holes may be clogged and can't let moisture drain away.

It's also possible your house isn't ventilated well enough or the humidity is too high. But if either of those were the case, you'd probably have problems with all of your windows, not just two of them.

Before you call in a mold expert, I urge you to have an energy audit done on the house to pinpoint air leaks and other energy-wasting issues. Many utilities offer low-cost energy audits.

If you still want to pursue mold removal, you can find professionals in the Yellow Pages under "mold remediation" or "mold testing & consulting." Jeffrey May, a noted mold-investigation specialist from Cambridge, Mass., recommends looking for a remediator who's certified by ACGIH Professional Learning Center in Cincinnati; the Indoor Air Quality Association in Rockville, Md.; MidAtlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center in Cherry Hill, N.J.; or Restoration Consultants in Sacramento, Calif.