Removing those rust stains inside stainless steel urns
Can you please advise me on how to remove brown stains, like rust, on the inside of my stainless steel Anvil urn? – PH, Port Elizabeth.
The marks can be rubbedwith a cloth wrung out in white spirit vinegar. If that doesn’t work there are two stainless steel cleaners you can try.
One is called Citrus, obtainable from Braemer Paints in Sidwell. It is said to be effective against rust and is described as ecologically friendly. It has “a lovely smell” and is kind to your hands – no gloves needed.
Dynachem Stainless Steel Cleaner, obtainable from Dynachem in North End or Storm Engineering in Linton Grange, requires gloves while you work.
It should be applied from the 500ml can with a very fine Scotch Brite pad, and works on polished stainless steel. Rinse out well after the cleaning.
My cotton slacks, beige in colour, have been slightly scorched near the ankle area during ironing. Is there a way of reducing or eliminating this mark? – RT, Uitenhage. If the fibre hasn’t been damaged, there is a chance that you will be able to remove the mark. Dampen the area in a solution of one part glycerine and two parts water, and rub gently into the fibre with your fingers. Then soak in a solution of 50g borax and 500ml warm water. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse well.
An alternative method is to make a paste of borax and glycerine, using sufficient quantities as needed, and spread this over the scorched area. Leave for a few hours and then wash in warm, soapy water. I am looking for a “leather craftsman” to repair my bellows. They are made of wood which is covered with leather and a thin brass plate. The two wooden sides have leather inserts for the expansion and contraction. The size is approx 24cm x 60cm. – JS, Port Elizabeth.
My go-to people for leather problems are Leather Systems. I spoke to Andrew, who has helped readers in the past, and he was confident that the bellows could be repaired. I am sending you his contact details. Some time ago you mentioned Sebo dry powder carpet cleaner, which was claimed to take out almost any stain. My dog messed on my carpet some time ago and I regret not tackling the stain earlier. Where could I obtain this carpet cleaning product? – LP, Port Elizabeth.
Sebo is a Germany company that markets cleaning products in SA through headquarters in Roodepoort. Among the products I found on their website is Sebo Duo-P dry carpet cleaning powder. I phoned their helpline and found that there is an outlet in Port Elizabeth – Barry Kapelus Carpeting in Newton Park.
In my files there is a reference to Oxy Solution, sold through pet shops and described as a pet stain and odour “destroyer”.
Is it correct that insecticide sprays work well as a stain remover? What about side effects? – KL, Port Elizabeth.
These aerosol sprays are indeed quite effective as stain removers, and shouldn’t cause a problem if used sparingly. But there is no real need to use them. The active ingredient in the spray is a solvent. It is thus more sensible to use something like mineral turpentine, which is the main stain remover used by my professional carpet cleaning friend, Andre.
Reader “MB” came up with an interesting alternative. Since many aerosols use similar combinations, she suggested the less hazardous air fresheners in which the perfume component is designed to evaporate and should not leave a surface residue.