Who-knew hacks to make your go-to accessories last longer

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - GH REPORT -

Q ‘The rope wedges on my new san­dals are get­ting dirty. Any clean­ing tips?’

AYou can use a foam­ing car­pet-spot re­mover to brighten braided wedges with­out dam­age. First, vac­uum the trim to re­move loose dirt. Then lightly spray on the foam – we like Plush Supreme Car­pet Spot & Stain Re­mover (R49,99) – wait five min­utes and blot with an ab­sorbent cloth. Re­peat for stub­born grime, gen­tly work­ing in the foam with a baby tooth­brush.

Q ‘What’s the best way to spiff up a can­vas tote?’

AVacuum the bag in­side and out to re­move crumbs and em­bed­ded dirt. Squirt some dish­wash­ing liq­uid in wa­ter and, with a clean cloth, ap­ply the sudsy mix­ture to clean the bag. Use a soft brush to scrub stains and soiled ar­eas like the han­dles and base. Wipe down with a damp cloth; air-dry. A pro­tec­tant spray like MasterGuard Fab­ric Pro­tec­tion (R189) will keep dirt and stains away.

Q ‘Ugh! Can I get creases out of my favourite straw hat?’

AStuff your hat with tis­sue pa­per or place it over a bowl to keep it sta­ble. With a gar­ment steamer or an iron, gen­tly steam the folded straw to soften it. (Don’t let it get too wet.) Use your hands to smooth it out or cover it with a towel and gen­tly press with a warm iron. Or use a hairdryer on a warm set­ting to straighten and re­shape the straw or dry it af­ter steam­ing.

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