Successful removal of nail polish from jeans a tricky affair
I ACCIDENTALLY touched my jeans with nail polish. How can I remove the marks? – DM, Port Elizabeth. Cleaning jeans with any type of chemical is a non-starter, because it will pull the colour.
My carpet cleaner guru uses pure acetone and mineral turpentine to remove nail polish marks. He starts off by dripping the acetone onto the stain to soften it. Then he drips turps onto the mark, working alternately with a weak mixture made with low foaming detergent, dripping and mopping until the stain has been removed.
While this sounds effective for carpets, treating the jeans is another matter. Try a little turps on an inconspicuous place, to see how it affects the colour. If the result is acceptable, you could try carefully on the nail polish mark, using an ear bud. You might have to decide whether to proceed or leave well alone and live with the mark.
COULD you advise me on how to remove lichen and moss from wooden decking? I have been told that one can use a high pressure hose, but that this could damage the wood. – BR, Kenton-on-Sea I spoke to Basie Botha of Perma-Chem who, interestingly, had recently cleaned his own deck. He assured me a high-pressure hose would not harm the wood.
But there is another step. Add a litre of Jik to a litre of hot water and spread this over the surface. The mixture should inhibit any regrowth of the lichen and moss. Leave on for half-an-hour, wipe off and allow to dry. It would be advisable to seal the deck to prevent any recurrence of the problem. I am sending you Basie’s contact details so you can discuss suitable treatments.
MY HUSBAND suffers from psoriasis and his pillows have become extremely stained, even though the slips are washed each week. I have put separate slips on before the top ones and wash the pillows, but this makes no difference. Any advice would be gratefully received. – DS, Port Elizabeth. My immediate reaction concerned your husband’s skin condition, which could be aggravated by over-use of strong detergents. With this in mind, I spoke to a distributor of Amway products, who felt that their SA8 laundry detergent could be the answer. It comes in both liquid and powder form.
I was interested to hear that one of his clients uses the product specifically because of their children’s skin condition, which is aggravated by strong detergents. The company claims that its products are effective at removing the most stubborn stains yet are “dermatologist tested” and extremely gentle on everyday clothes and modern fabrics.
I am sending you the distributor’s contact details, and suggest you have a chat to him. He can put you in touch with an agent who lives nearby.
I HAVE a crochet top which I have unravelled into balls. I wish to crochet a short cardigan. How do I straighten out the cotton to start the new item? – MP, Port Elizabeth. Unravel the cotton and wind it into loops around the back of a garden plastic chair, for instance. The next step needs care, because you have to steam it – backwards and forwards with a boiling kettle, or perhaps a steam iron. This procedure works for wool, and I see no reason why it shouldn’t work for cotton as well. Home market ý I am looking for an old-style enamel double boiler. Perhaps a reader has one, stuck in the back of a kitchen cupboard and no longer in use. – Jack, (041) 364-2222. ý I am a hoarder of note! Does anyone have a use for keys that are no longer in use, empty perfume bottles and various pens, including Parkers, that need refills? – WCM, 081-039-8989.
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