STAINS ARE A PAIN
Hair dryer helps erase steam marks, while S.O.S pad rescues discoloured floor
QMy electric kettle didn’t shut off and the steam caused a white film on the door of my cabinets. I tried wiping it off, adding oil conditioner and scrubbing it lightly. Nothing worked. Maybe it discoloured the urethane. Any suggestions?
AUsing a hair dryer on the hottest setting, move the dryer over the white mark to draw out the moisture. As you heat the area, rub it with a soft cloth. The sooner you tackle this, the better.
QHow can I prevent fitted sheets from coming off the corners of my bed?
AYou can purchase or sew clasp
straps (also called sheet suspenders) that hold corners in place. Or consider purchasing drawstring fitted sheets, not only will the sheets stay in place, but the linens appear less wrinkled — just tighten the drawstring to secure sheets.
QI want to make a fruit platter. How can I tell when a pineapple is ripe?
AGreat question! Tug on one of the pineapple leaves. If the leaf is loose, the pineapple is ripe.
QI was wondering if you might have a solution for cleaning felt pen marker off the wall?
APermanent marker stains often need a little gentle persuasion in combination with an effective ink remover. Try one of the following products and scrub with an abrasive cloth (not an S.O.S pad or steel wool): WD -40, paint thinner, acetone, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, rubbing alcohol or glycerine. If the marker remains, sand with fine sandpaper and touch up the area with paint.
FEEDBACK FROM READER
Re: Easy-Off Stain
I read in your column about the lady who got Easy Off Oven Cleaner on the floor despite having newspapers down. I want to let you know the same thing happened to me and I tried all my cleaning products — and nothing helped. My daughter came to visit and said, “Oh, just use an
S.O.S pad” and she proceeded to clean my floor, and the spots came off perfectly. (Submitted by Helen)
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