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I HAVE heard that plac­ing an an­gora (mo­hair) jersey in a freezer pre­vents it from shed­ding its fluff. Is this cor­rect? My jersey is 70% an­gora and 30% ny­lon. – MM, Port El­iz­a­beth. Yes, but you must put the jersey in a plas­tic bag first. Ideally, fold it neatly be­fore seal­ing in a Zi­ploc bag and place in the freezer overnight. The cold tem­per­a­ture ap­par­ently makes it eas­ier to shake out the short fi­bres, ac­cord­ing to an item I found on the in­ter­net. This method works best with a gar­ment like yours, where an­other fi­bre is mixed with the mo­hair in the man­u­fac­tur­ing.

It is ad­vised that when you take the jersey out of the plas­tic bag you give it a re­ally good shake so that any loose hairs fall out be­fore you wear the jersey. You will need to freeze it reg­u­larly un­til the shed­ding stops. MY DO­MES­TIC helper de­cided to pol­ish my an­tique sil­ver tea set and used a Zim pad. This has re­sulted in the shine be­ing dulled and although I have tried a soft cloth and Silvo, it hasn’t re­gained its shine. What can I do? – GL, Port El­iz­a­beth. Sil­ver plate and ster­ling sil­ver re­quire dif­fer­ent clean­ing pro­ce­dures and although you de­scribe your sil­ver as “an­tique”, it could be ei­ther of these. There­fore, your first step is to es­tab­lish which it is.

SA's old­est es­tab­lished jewellers dat­ing from 1862, the ven­er­a­ble Fis­cher's, have ex­pert staff that would be able to help you. I spoke to Matthew who sur­prised me by say­ing that sil­ver plate should be cleaned and rubbed up only with a soft cloth, whereas ster­ling sil­ver can take pol­ishes. Abra­sive pol­ishes will even­tu­ally wear down the coat­ing of plated sil­ver.

Sh­effield Plate pre-dates elec­tro­plat­ing and should not be re-plated. Gen­uine pieces are much sought af­ter. A reader once men­tioned that gen­uine old Sh­effield plate was never ac­tu­ally marked “Sh­effield Plated”, so con­sult­ing an ex­pert is es­sen­tial.

The best plan is to take a piece of your tea set to Fis­cher's.

They can iden­tify it, and ad­vise you on the ap­pro­pri­ate method of restor­ing the shine and care in fu­ture.

MY GRAND­SON has been given a sec­ond-hand blazer (brown in colour) and un­for­tu­nately Bostik was used to se­cure a school scroll. The blazer has been washed in the wash­ing ma­chine. How can we re­move this mark? – SS, Port El­iz­a­beth. The usual method for this kind of mark is to use pure ace­tone – from the phar­macy, not nail pol­ish re­mover. There are two prob­lems, how­ever. One is that the blazer has been through the wash­ing ma­chine, which could have set the mark, and will cer­tainly make it more dif­fi­cult to re­move.The other is that ace­tone could dam­age syn­thetic fab­ric and also af­fect the colour. It will ac­tu­ally dis­solve ac­etate fi­bre.

So the first thing to do, is test it on the in­side of a pocket or some other in­con­spic­u­ous place, to en­sure that there is no dam­age to the fab­ric or colour.

All be­ing well, sponge the mark with ace­tone. Where the mark is re­cent, the glue turns rub­bery, and you can peel it off. Un­for­tu­nately, it may not be ef­fec­tive at this late stage.

If the clean­ing fails, there is some­thing else you can try – dis­guis­ing the mark with a suit­able shade of brown felt pen. I've done this most suc­cess­fully to hide marks on black material. Home mar­ket

I need a re­place­ment lid for a very old rec­tan­gu­lar Corn­ing Ware dish. It mea­sures 180mm x 145mm. I would be happy to pay. – Lynette, 078-320-8322.

Is there some­one who could re-cover a bean bag or seed bag that is a bit worn? – Manog­ari, (041) 583-1860.

COLD SHOUL­DERS: Place your mo­hair jersey in the freezer, in a plas­tic bag, to pre­vent fluff shed­ding

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