Let a jew­eller clean your pre­cious heir­loom

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

QUES­TION: I read your col­umn reg­u­larly and find it very help­ful. I have found an old sil­ver locket that be­longed to my mother and it is very tar­nished. What is the best way to clean it? I would like to wear it on my wed­ding day as some­thing old. I would ap­pre­ci­ate an an­swer as soon as pos­si­ble as the wed­ding is at the end of the month. Thank you very much. Lynne, Winnipeg

AN­SWER: I typ­i­cally clean sil­ver with the use of a bak­ing sheet, wash­ing soda, wa­ter and alu­minum foil. How­ever, see­ing as this piece is very spe­cial to you and a fam­ily heir­loom, you may want to con­sider tak­ing it to a jew­eller to have it pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned. They of­ten clean jew­elry for free or for a rea­son­able price.

QUES­TION: En­joy your col­umns very much. My prob­lem: A ceil­ing pipe leaked in our base­ment bath­room, re­sult­ing in wa­ter run­ning down a wall-pa­pered wall. The pipe was fixed but there are light brown­ish wa­ter stains on the wall. Any sug­ges­tion as to how to re­move them? I don’t know if the pa­per is wash­able or not be­cause it was there when we bought the house. Thanks in ad­vance. Anna, Winnipeg

AN­SWER: Not know­ing whether or not the pa­per is wash­able hin­ders you from spray­ing the dis­coloured area with liq­uid. Ei­ther leave as is or scrub with a damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. If you are com­fort­able adding liq­uid to the area then spray with 50/50 bleach and wa­ter or hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide and wa­ter, or WD-40. What­ever so­lu­tion, al­ways test first. Worst-case sce­nario: cover the area with a light coat of touch-up paint or re­place the wall­pa­per.

QUES­TION: I pur­chased a pair of Calvin Klein black stretch light­weight denim jeans. They have a strange smell; I would say it is a chem­i­cal smell. I have washed them about six times and have tried any­thing I can think of to re­move the smell with no suc­cess. I would have re­turned them ex­cept for the fact I bought them at an out­let store in Palm Springs. I hope you can help be­cause they fit so nice and I would like to be able to wear them. Pam, Winnipeg

AN­SWER: Your best bet is to soak the jeans in white vine­gar and wa­ter for a few hours. Wash and wear. The smell is, like you said, caused by chem­i­cals and will even­tu­ally dis­si­pate. You can still call Calvin Klein’s head of­fice re­gard­less of where the jeans were orig­i­nally pur­chased and ask for ad­vice, since the jeans do carry the brand la­bel.

QUES­TION: I so much en­joy read­ing your col­umn in our weekly news­pa­per and al­ways get­ting so many help­ful ideas. On my kitchen chairs, the wood arms get sticky when rest­ing on them. Would you have a so­lu­tion to this sticky prob­lem? Many thanks. Roger, Winnipeg

AN­SWER: Clean the wood with a bucket of soapy dish soap wa­ter, rinse with clean wa­ter and wipe with a soft cloth. Next dry arms with a rag. Give the arms a light coat­ing of ei­ther baby oil or olive oil. Re­move the ex­cess. If the arms are still sticky, sand and re­fin­ish the wood. Fab­u­lous Tip of the Week! Be­fore pour­ing brownie bat­ter into a bak­ing sheet, line the sheet with parch­ment pa­per. Make sure the pa­per hangs over both sides of the pan. Pour the bat­ter over the pa­per and bake. Af­ter the brown­ies are baked, lift the pa­per out of the pan and cool. This makes cut-

ting eas­ier and saves your pans. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips. Keep them com­ing. Missed a col­umn? Can’t re­mem­ber a so­lu­tion? Need a speaker for an up­com­ing event? Check out my brand new videos/blog/web­site:

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