Fix glue stain with more glue

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Q: I have a sit­u­a­tion that has me stumped. My son built mod­els in his bed­room, us­ing wood­work­ing glue for some of them. When he moved out (even­tu­ally!) we found a glue spill which dried into the car­pet. Most of my re­search sug­gests that when glue has dried, re­moval is not pos­si­ble. I would ap­pre­ci­ate any sug­ges­tions you may have. — Mike

A: Let me share a lit­tle story with you: I asked all of my ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers to bring me their stained cloth­ing, be­cause I like the chal­lenge of tackling stains in my spare time. All of the stains were re­moved with the ex­cep­tion of one. My sis­ter-in-law gave me a shirt with Go­rilla Glue on the front. I tried for weeks to re­move the mess and al­though ad­mit­tedly the spot is now smaller, it is still there.

The moral of the story: Dried glue on fi­bre is some­times im­pos­si­ble to re­move. You are best off cut­ting away some car­pet fi­bres (from an in­con­spic­u­ous area) and glu­ing them on top to hide the dam­aged area. The good news is that when you use wood­work­ing glue to tack the new fi­bres in place, you know it will hold.

Some peo­ple rec­om­mend re­mov­ing glue with sol­vents, this has a low suc­cess rate on old glue and can be very danger­ous be­cause sol­vent fumes near a pi­lot light can start a fire. You can use boil­ing wa­ter or boil­ing vine­gar to re­move some glues but this will not work for all glues.

Q: What is the best way to store chocolate? I am a kinder­garten teacher and re­ceived too much chocolate candy from my stu­dents. What should I do with the left­overs? — Elsa

A: Un­for­tu­nately, this let­ter is dif­fi­cult for me com­pre­hend, be­cause in my world the words “too much” and “leftover” don’t be­long in the same sen­tence as chocolate. I would of course store the chocolate in my stom­ach be­cause I would eat it.

For peo­ple who don’t share my love for the best food ever cre­ated: store chocolate in a cool, dry place in its orig­i­nal wrap­ping or wrapped in foil. Avoid stor­ing chocolate in the re­frig­er­a­tor. Milk and white cho­co­lates will keep this way for about a year. The darker va­ri­eties will keep for sev­eral years.

If over time the chocolate de­vel­ops white or grey “clouds” or “blooms” on its sur­face, the co­coa but­ter has sep­a­rated. The chocolate is still fine to use, es­pe­cially if you plan on melt­ing it.

You can also freeze chocolate by wrap­ping it and plac­ing the chocolate in the re­frig­er­a­tor for one day prior to freez­ing. If you no­tice it start­ing to con­dense, open the bag and place a pa­per towel on the chocolate to ab­sorb the mois­ture. Leave the chocolate there for an hour, re­move the towel and re­wrap. Place the chocolate in the freezer. To thaw, place the frozen block of chocolate in the re­frig­er­a­tor for one day to pre­vent the for­ma­tion of con­den­sa­tion on the sur­face, which in turn will lead to su­gar bloom.

Q: How can I re­move tar from cloth­ing? I some­how got what I think is tar on my grooms­man wed­ding pants for our April 2010 wed­ding! They are a mi­cro polyester ma­te­rial. We tried a Tide re­moval stick, which smeared it. We also tried an­other in­dus­trial cleaner that didn’t work ei­ther. Then we ma­chine washed, but didn’t dry the pants. No luck. Do you have any sug­ges­tions? — Todd

A: Pro­vid­ing the stain was not set by the heat of the wa­ter, this lit­tle trick should get those pants wed­ding ready. Spray the area with PAM cook­ing spray. Wipe off all tar. Next - and this is very im­por­tant - soak the area with Dawn dish soap and wa­ter. Leave for a few hours and make sure tar is gone. Wash the pants as usual. Re­peat if stain re­mains. Happy Wed­ding!

Q: I re­ally en­joy hear­ing you speak on ra­dio and in per­son. I bought a hot wa­ter bot­tle but I can’t use it be­cause the la­tex smells too strong. How can I get rid of the smell? — Lorene

A: Be­gin by bring­ing the bot­tle out­side - freez­ing tem­per­a­ture does won­ders for killing odours. Also, in or­der to re­lieve your­self of this an­noy­ing scent, sprin­kle bak­ing soda and wa­ter into the hot wa­ter bot­tle. Let sit for a few hours and rinse with vine­gar, vodka or tooth­paste and wa­ter. If the smell re­mains you will likely be stuck with the stink un­til it wears off over time. Chewy Cookie Se­crets Avoid us­ing too much flour in your recipe. Do not over-mix the dough. Bake cook­ies the min­i­mum amount of time, even though the cen­tre may look slightly un­der baked.

Store soft cook­ies in an air­tight con­tainer with an ap­ple or a piece of bread.

Do not store soft chewy cook­ies with crisp type cook­ies.

Reena Nerbas is a highly pop­u­lar pro­fes­sional speaker and the au­thor of three na­tional best­sellers, “House­hold So­lu­tions 1 with Sub­sti­tu­tions”, “House­hold So­lu­tions 2 with Kitchen Se­crets” and “House­hold So­lu­tions 3 with Green Al­ter­na­tives.

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