How to re­move mildew from leather goods

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

QUES­TION — Can you please give me a clue as to how I can re­move white mildew from a 45-year-old leather wal­let? The mildew is on the softer leather on the out­side, I don’t know how long it has been there. Ray (Mitchell, MB)

AN­SWER — To re­move mildew from leather goods, wipe with a cloth moist­ened with one cup de­na­tured or rub­bing al­co­hol mixed with one cup wa­ter (test on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first). Air dry. If mildew re­mains, wipe with a damp cloth us­ing suds only from a mild soap or de­ter­gent, sad­dle soap, or a soap con­tain­ing a ger­mi­cide or fungi­cide. Air dry and pol­ish wal­let with wax dress­ing.

QUES­TION — What is the best way to re­move graf­fiti on older un­painted stucco? I do not know what type of spray paint was used. Paint­ing the stucco is not a good op­tion. I have tried a vine­gar so­lu­tion and graf­fiti re­mover noth­ing has worked. Thank You, Del, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER — Re­moval is dif­fi­cult, since these sur­faces are por­ous, and the “pores” tend to catch and hold dirt. The sad news is that next to paint­ing over the dam­age, ap­ply­ing paint re­mover and pres­sure wash­ing is your best bet for re­mov­ing graf­fiti. The risk is that the wall may be dam­aged in the process. Pres­sure wash­ing is a fairly re­li­able so­lu­tion how­ever, if it is not ef­fec­tive, it may be nec­es­sary to hire a con­trac­tor to re­move the graf­fiti by way of soda blast­ing.

All the best!

QUES­TION — I hope you can help me. My daugh­ter re­cently moved out and left miles of Scotch Tape on her bed­room walls. Some spots have pieces of tape and oth­ers have sticky residue. Sev­eral people rec­om­mended Goo Gone, which did not work, and I have tried WD-40, which is not work­ing. I want to redo this room but can’t do any­thing un­til all this tape is gone. Please help, Jane (Fal­con Lake, MB)

AN­SWER — The trick is to heat the tape with a blow dryer on medium. Scrape off all residues with a plas­tic putty knife. The heat will soften the ad­he­sive as you gen­tly pull it off the wall. This tech­nique will work on al­most any kind of tape or la­bel and re­move it from wall­pa­per, paint, wood fin­ishes or even fur­ni­ture. Goo Gone, WD-40, vine­gar or lighter fluid are other op­tions; the trick is to give the prod­ucts a chance to work. Leave on for 30 mins. be­fore gen­tly scrap­ing. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Missed a col­umn? Can’t re­mem­ber a so­lu­tion? Need a Cor­po­rate Pre­sen­ter on the topic: Har­ness the Power of Words? Check out my web­site

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