Get sterling advice about silverware
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
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COLD SHOULDERS: Place your mohair jersey in the freezer, in a plastic bag, to prevent fluff shedding