Cop­ing with a ma­jor crayon catas­tro­phe

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

Q— I washed a load of laun­dry yes­ter­day and put it in the dryer. When the laun­dry came out of the dryer, you guessed it; my six-yearold had left a four-pack of crayons from a restau­rant in the pocket of his jeans. There is now crayon on ev­ery­thing: jeans, yoga pants, sweat­shirts, T-shirts and a win­ter coat. I have cleaned up the dryer us­ing WD-40 and dish soap, but I am not hav­ing much luck with the cloth­ing. In need of your ad­vice, Car­rie, Win­nipeg AN­SWER — Do you think you’ll laugh about this some­day? Since this is wax, treat it just like you would can­dle wax. Place the stained side down on a pad of pa­per tow­els: spray with WD-40. Let stand five min­utes. Turn the fab­ric over and spray the other side. Work liq­uid de­ter­gent onto stains. Wash in hot wa­ter with laun­dry de­ter­gent and ei­ther colour-safe bleach, bo­rax, Oxy Clean, wash­ing soda or vine­gar. Warn­ing: Never spray WD-40 di­rectly inside the dryer drum. QUES­TION — We re­cently bought a new table­cloth while we were in south­ern France. I put a ta­ble pro­tec­tor un­der the table­cloth, one of those that are plas­tic on one side and soft ma­te­rial on the other. The two sides are sewn to­gether in di­a­mond shapes, sim­i­lar to cloth place­mats. We had to put an ex­tra leaf in the ta­ble, which meant we had to re­move the ta­ble pro­tec­tor, and to my hor­ror, some parts of it stuck to the ta­ble as I was gen­tly pulling it off. I had the plas­tic side to­wards the top and the soft side on the ta­ble. I now have a ta­ble I hope is not ru­ined. Can you give me some ad­vice as to how I can re­move the cloth that is stuck to the ta­ble? I used wa­ter first, which al­lowed me to re­move some of it. I also used Murphy’s Oil Soap plus Liq­uid Gold, nei­ther of which helped. Was I wrong in plac­ing the ta­ble pro­tec­tor with the plas­tic side fac­ing up? Some­one told me WD-40 is the an­swer, but I want to hear from you first. Thank you. Dar­lene, Win­nipeg AN­SWER — Be care­ful! Although WD-40 will do the trick, the var­nish will most likely need reap­pli­ca­tion. WD-40 has a great rep­u­ta­tion for strip­ping paint and var­nish, be­cause it is a sol­vent. I would pre­fer if you be­gin by cov­er­ing the area with a tea towel and us­ing a warm iron or a hot hair dryer to heat the stuck-on ta­ble pro­tec­tor. Or use a prod­uct called Goo Gone, peanut but­ter or may­on­naise are also great op­tions and won’t strip the wood. Then use a plas­tic putty knife to gen­tly scrape the plas­tic. When lay­ing down a ta­ble pro­tec­tor, the felt side be­longs on the bot­tom, the vinyl on the top. QUES­TION — How can I get Silly Putty out of my blue jeans? Lori (Glad­stone) AN­SWER — Spray the area with WD-40 (or rub­bing al­co­hol) and wipe the putty away. Next, ap­ply dish soap and wa­ter onto the cloth­ing. Blot and wash as usual. Feed­back from read­ers who care: Dear Reena, I just want to tell your read­ers that although WD-40 does have many uses for things around the house, bike chains are not one of them. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, WD-40 will strip away the ex­ist­ing lubri­cant that you need for the driv­e­train. To lu­bri­cate bike chains, please buy proper wa­ter­proof bikechain lubri­cant. Pass it on, Mar­cus (bike store owner) Dear Reena, As a Christ­mas gift I re­ceived a brand-new set of glass­ware. Ridicu­lously fas­tened stick­ers were ce­mented onto each piece. I sprayed WD-40 onto ev­ery sticker and they all peeled off as easy as pie! Thanks, Mor­gan. WD-40 tip of the week: Snow can build up on your satel­lite dish and mess up your re­cep­tion. Spray a coat­ing of WD-40 on the dish, and the snow eas­ily slides off. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Missed a col­umn? Can’t re­mem­ber a so­lu­tion? Need a cor­po­rate pre­sen­ter on the topic: Har­ness the Power of Words? Check out my web­site

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