Wipe away mi­nor etch­ing on glass

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

Ques­tion: We have a prob­lem and are hope­ful your ex­per­tise can of­fer a so­lu­tion. We cleaned the plate glass that sur­rounds our deck with Spray 9 dur­ing a time of di­rect sun­light and now we are left with a white/ foggy stain that doesn’t want to come off. Cheers. Kim­berly (Win­nipeg)

An­swer: It sounds as though the glass may be etched, in which case you might need to re­place the glass. How­ever, here are a few tried and tested so­lu­tions for re­mov­ing mi­nor etch­ing on glass: Spray the glass with a 50/50 mix of am­mo­nia and wa­ter. Leave for 10 min­utes and then wipe (the glass will look clear at first but may fog af­ter dry­ing). Lime Away is a commercial prod­uct that has proven suc­cess­ful and so is Krazy Kloth (avail­able on­line). As a last re­sort, wipe the glass with petroleum jelly, leave for 10 min­utes and then wash the glass with a 50/50 mix of vine­gar and wa­ter.

Ques­tion: This past win­ter we were away for three months and we left our ve­hi­cle in a park­ing lot. When we ar­rived home in April, we found that some red squir­rels had made their home un­der the hood, chew­ing out in­su­la­tion, wires, etc. (to the ex­tent of $500 dam­age). Af­ter hav­ing the ve­hi­cle re­paired we no­ticed the odd squir­rel scur­ry­ing un­der the hood again. My hus­band pur­chased a ro­dent re­pel­lant spray from Cana­dian Tire and sprayed un­der the hood. Now when we turn on the air con­di­tioner, the smell is un­be­liev­able. We tried spray­ing Fe­breeze un­der the hood to no avail. Hope you can help, the smell is just sick­en­ing. Thanks. Love your col­umn. Donna (Win­nipeg)

An­swer: The best news is that the smell will even­tu­ally dis­ap­pear, un­less an an­i­mal has died some­where in the car. In the mean­time, you have a few op­tions. You can take the car to a de­tailer who will put it through a pu­ri­fy­ing ma­chine, or you may want to con­sider rent­ing an ozone ma­chine. This lit­tle ma­chine is not rec­om­mended for reg­u­lar use but it is great for en­closed ar­eas af­fected by smoke or flood dam­age or ex­treme smells. The ma­chine lets out a mol­e­cule called O3 (which of course is oxy­gen with an ex­tra mol­e­cule at­tached). The third mol­e­cule escapes into the air and ab­sorbs odours. These ma­chines can be rented at tool rental re­tail­ers as well as some hard­ware stores. Wash the car in­te­rior with sham­poo and wa­ter and leave win­dows open as much as pos­si­ble. Liven up wa­ter on a hot day

Fill an eight-cup juice pitcher with sparkling wa­ter, lemon wedges, half a cup of su­gar and one whole nut­meg. En­joy!

Wash and cut a cu­cum­ber, add it to a pitcher of wa­ter. Re­frig­er­ate overnight. Re­move cu­cum­ber slices and add a sprig of mint be­fore serv­ing.

In­stead of gulp­ing down an en­tire glass of juice, freeze juice in ice cube trays. Drop one flavoured ice cube into each glass of wa­ter.

Add fresh or frozen fruit such as lemons, berries (straw­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries and black berries), or­ange slices, mango, mel­ons, peach or kiwi. Af­ter you drink the wa­ter, re­freeze the fruit and make a smoothie, later on dur­ing the day (now that’s be­ing fru­gal), I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Missed a col­umn? Can’t re­mem­ber a so­lu­tion? Need a speaker for an up­com­ing event? Check out my web­site, Reena.ca.

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