How to re­move hair­spray splat­ter on walls

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - REENA NERBAS

QUES­TION: I have brown painted walls in my bath­room and can’t find any­thing to re­move the hair­spray splat­ter and dust ac­cu­mu­la­tion spots on the wall. Help, Bobbi-Jo, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: It is al­ways best to start with the eas­i­est so­lu­tion and at­tempt more dras­tic mea­sures if needed. Plan A: In a spray bot­tle, com­bine one-third liq­uid fab­ric soft­ener and two-thirds wa­ter. Spray on the sur­face to be cleaned and wipe. Plan B: Ven­ti­late and wear gloves; wash the wall with am­mo­nia (or Win­dex) and wipe dry with a clean cloth. Plan C: Dampen a piece of fine sand­pa­per with sham­poo and gen­tly scrub the area to re­move all traces of hair­spray. Rinse and re­peat if nec­es­sary. Plan D: D is for des­per­ate; wash the wall with TSP (Trisodium Phos­phate) ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tions on the con­tainer. Paint if needed. QUES­TION: Have you got a so­lu­tion for clean­ing the baked-on grease from old alu­minum cookie sheets or gran­ite roast­ing pans? Alma, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: Whether you are tackling old alu­minum cookie sheets or gran­ite roast­ing pans, S.O.S pads re­ally work well. You’ll need to use some good old­fash­ioned “el­bow grease” and scrub hard. The steel wool can mess up your hands, so be sure to wear rub­ber gloves. I keep wet S.O.S pads in a lit­tle bowl lined with alu­minum foil to pre­vent them from rust. Next time you are at the store, pick up a Sil­pat (worth the in­vest­ment) and/or parch­ment pa­per to line your pans. Both will save you oo­dles of clean-up time and money. QUES­TION: I re­turned to my apart­ment rental from a two-month hol­i­day to find the news­pa­per I used to cover the shelves in my cup­boards is now stuck to the wood. Th­ese are built-in teak cup­boards made by the owner. I need to re­store them to their orig­i­nal state. Help! Pro­pa­gana (Bran­don, MB)

AN­SWER: The pa­per needs to be re­moved by be­ing moist­ened first. Ap­ply a few drops of olive, teak or cook­ing oil to a small sec­tion of the pa­per. Rub that area gen­tly with a clean cloth un­til the pa­per is re­moved. Next, re­peat the same pro­ce­dure to the ad­ja­cent stuck pa­per area. Re­peat un­til all of the pa­per is gone. Do not try to scrape off the pa­per or you will dam­age the wood.

I would like to warn you of the mois­ture lev­els in your cup­boards. Pa­per usu­ally sticks to wood only in damp sit­u­a­tions. Ei­ther you have damp­ness due to seep­age or you stored some­thing liq­uid in your cup­board that spilt. A seep­age is­sue will need to be ad­dressed. In­form the owner of the apart­ment if you dis­cover seep­age in the walls.

Feed­back from Man­i­to­bans who Care: Hi Reena, In your Free Press col­umn on, Sat. Feb. 6, Anne was ask­ing about con­vert­ing her large base torchiere lamp to hold a reg­u­lar-size base light bulb. I also have an old large base torchiere lamp, and I was able to con­vert it by us­ing a sim­ple adapter I pur­chased from Del’s Electrics on Wall Street for only a few dol­lars. You sim­ply screw it into the large-base light socket, and then screw the light bulb into the adapter, which holds a reg­u­lar base bulb. Tri­light bulbs do not work in them in as much as they do not of­fer three lev­els of light, only one. There­fore, use any reg­u­lar light bulb. Now it will take two clicks of the switch to turn the lamp on. Reiss Lighting also car­ries the adapter, and per­haps most other elec­tric sup­ply stores do also. I en­joy read­ing your col­umn for help­ful hints. Re­gards, Linda Hi Reena, You sug­gested that the lady with the torchiere and no bulbs try a re-wiring kit. An­other so­lu­tion is to wind up the chord and plug and se­cure them un­der the pedestal of the lamp. Pur­chase a small dec­o­ra­tive plate to set over the empty bulb sur­round and get a large pil­lar can­dle to set on this. It pro­vides a unique look at a rea­son­able price with lit­tle ef­fort. Eden

Reena’s Note: Use ex­tra cau­tion with can­dles. Never leave a can­dle unat­tended. Hi Reena, The writer of the ques­tion about the torchiere floor lamp in Satur­day’s pa­per may like to know Pol­lock’s Hard­ware at the cor­ner of Main Street and At­lantic Av­enue in north Win­nipeg has the tri­light bulbs. My re­tired hus­band, Peter, works there a cou­ple of days a week and he says they re­cently got a stock in. Cheers, Rowena Dear Reena, I re­cently had to re­place my burnt out bulb. I ob­tained a re­place­ment at Su­per-lite, 1040 Waver­ley St. (ph 9897277) for $7. I hope this helps out Anne if she chooses to go this route. I en­joy your weekly col­umn. Jeff. Hi Reena, I have a very old lamp that I bought at an an­tique sale. It also needed a large base bulb though not a tri­light. My hus­band bought one for me just a few weeks ago at Home De­pot on Re­gent. Though it is not a tri­light, a lamp can still be use­ful without a reg­u­lar large­base bulb. Hope you can pass this onto Anne in Win­nipeg. Do not get rid of the lamp, I love old lamps and if she wants to get rid of it have her con­tact me. Thanks. Glo­ria Dear Reena, Maybe you can let Anne know she can get large base tri­light bulbs at Cana­dian Tire. Judy Fab­u­lous Tips of the Week:

To juice a lemon, slice in half and pierce with fork tines. Squeeze and en­joy. Piec­ing the flesh will pro­vide you with dou­ble the amount of juice. Rekha, Win­nipeg

Clean pi­ano keys. Use an eraser to re­move marks from ivory keys. Dar­cia, Win­nipeg

Keep your punch cold. Use frozen seed­less grapes! Not only will they add fes­tive colour but, un­like ice cubes, they won’t melt and di­lute your punch. Leon (Churchill, MB)

I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing!

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