Spray paint on couch poses dif­fi­cult prob­lem

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - REENA NERB8S

QUES­TION: I have three drops of white spray paint on my mi­crofi­bre sofa and loveseat. I spray-painted a mask and thought if I waved it around, it would dry faster. I didn’t re­al­ize it had some wet paint on it and when I waved it around, a few drops landed! How can I get the spots off? In a panic, I dabbed a small amount of nail-pol­ish re­mover on them, but that didn’t work. I would ap­pre­ci­ate your ex­per­tise! Thanks. Me­lanie, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: Un­for­tu­nately, sol­vents do not work well to re­move paint from mi­crofi­bre fab­rics af­ter the paint has set for more than six hours. One op­tion is to scrub the area with dish soap and wa­ter. Goof Off is your next step; be sure to test it on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first. Scrub­bing the area with paint thin­ner is a risky op­tion be­cause it may dis­colour the fab­ric. How­ever, if you find your­self con­sid­er­ing throw­ing out the fur­ni­ture, then you have noth­ing to lose by choos­ing this op­tion.

QUES­TION: Hope you can help with my prob­lem. My daugh­ter left a glass of wa­ter on the mid­dle of her desk. It is a new lam­i­nated desk, and the glass left a cir­cu­lar bub­ble pat­tern. I would not be able to peel up the sur­face to place glue un­der­neath. I am not quite sure how to at­tempt to fix this. I was think­ing of iron­ing with a cloth un­der­neath the iron, but hope you can give me some ad­vice be­fore I try. Thanks. Holly, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: You took the words right out of my mouth. If I were in your po­si­tion, I would take a white tea towel and press the area with a warm iron. It is my hope that as you pull the mois­ture from un­der the fin­ish, the bub­ble will re­cede back to its orig­i­nal po­si­tion.

QUES­TION: I have used sev­eral of your so­lu­tions in the past and they work great. I have a laun­dry prob­lem. Can you please tell me how to get the smell of diesel fuel out of my hus­band’s work clothes? Some­one told me to use Lestoil, but that smells just as bad! Help! Mary, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: Diesel is a very strong odour and for that you re­quire a pow­er­ful so­lu­tion. Soak the work clothes in two cups of cola and half a cup of bak­ing soda. Add enough hot wa­ter to cover the clothes. Leave for sev­eral hours and wash as usual.

QUES­TION: Do you have any easy tips for sharp­en­ing reg­u­lar ev­ery­day house­hold scis­sors? Mine are dull and I don’t want to pur­chase a new pair. Helda, Land­mark, Man.

AN­SWER: Fold to­gether sev­eral sheets of alu­minum foil and cut through the foil sev­eral times with the scis­sors. The foil acts as a sharp­ener for the blades. Or in the same way, use a new SOS pad or fine sand­pa­per and cut through ei­ther sev­eral times to sharpen the scis­sors. Of course, if you hap­pen to have a knife sharp­ener on hand, you can use it to sharpen scis­sor blades and make those scis­sors as good as new.

QUES­TION: What is the right way to care for a down-filled com­forter? I washed and dried mine in the ma­chine and now it feels lumpy and mat­ted.

AN­SWER: Be­fore tak­ing an­other step, check the care la­bel in­struc­tions to find out if ma­chine wash­ing is rec­om­mended. If you de­cide to laun­der by ma­chine, you will need an over­sized washer so the com­forter has suf­fi­cient room to move; there­fore the av­er­age home ma­chine may not be the an­swer. Wash with warm wa­ter on a low set­ting. In­clude clean wash­able shoes inside both washer and dryer to help the com­forter wash and dry on all sides. The blan­ket should be fully fluffed and dried be­fore it is re­moved.

Ex­tra tip: Since a com­forter takes a very long time to dry, wrap it in dry tow­els to ring out the mois­ture be­fore send­ing it to the dryer.

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