How to remove mildew from leather goods
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.
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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