Sad­dle soap cleans, nour­ishes ink-stained leather couch

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My 14-month-old grand­child drew some lines with a ball­point pen on my off-white leather lounge suite. How can I re­move them? – ND, East Lon­don.

First, try sad­dle soap, which comes in lit­tle tubs avail­able at sad­dlery shops and leather goods sup­pli­ers. Ap­ply with a soft cloth. The beauty of sad­dle soap is that it also nour­ishes the leather, and you don’t have to wash it off.

An al­ter­na­tive is methy­lated spir­its, but here you must test first in an in­con­spic­u­ous place to en­sure that the colour of the leather is not af­fected. If all seems well, you can go ahead, us­ing a soft cloth, dab­bing and mop­ping with a clean cloth as you go.

Some time back Roy Har­ri­son, who worked in the leather in­dus­try for many years, told me that gar­ment leather is usu­ally fin­ished with a fine pro­tec­tive film. It’s pos­si­ble that a good-qual­ity leather suite would have the same pro­tec­tion.

I nor­mally buy my glacé fruit from a prom­i­nent store, but un­for­tu­nately they no longer stock it. I re­mem­ber many years ago, you had an ar­ti­cle giv­ing a recipe for glace fruit. At the mo­ment, I only need the glacé pineap­ple. – SS, Port Elizabeth.

The recipe you men­tion was for crys­tallised wa­ter­melon and green figs, but I found one on the in­ter­net for “can­died pineap­ple”. It in­cludes corn syrup, but you can use golden syrup as a sub­sti­tute. In­gre­di­ents

1 medium-sized ripe pineap­ple 1 cup wa­ter 2 cups su­gar

1/3 cup light corn syrup Method

Peel pineap­ple and slice into bite-sized chunks. In a heavy saucepan bring su­gar, wa­ter and syrup to the boil.

Add pineap­ple chunks. Cook over low heat un­til fruit be­comes trans­par­ent. Drain pineap­ple on rack and al­low to dry. Store in air­tight con­tainer.

I have fi­nally tried the Stain Buster you men­tioned to clean stained toi­let bowls, and must say I am im­pressed. It cleared the rust-type streak from one toi­let with one ap­pli­ca­tion. It is ap­plied with a cloth – no el­bow grease needed – and left on for 15 min­utes. You then brush off and flush the toi­let. The sec­ond toi­let, which had a much darker stain, needed two ap­pli­ca­tions, which were suc­cess­ful. – AW, PE

Thanks for the feed­back. It’s good to know that the treat­ment was ef­fec­tive.

With re­gard to neigh­bour­ing cats and dogs jump­ing over the wall and mess­ing in the gar­den, the reader should try spray­ing the ar­eas with a so­lu­tion of Jeyes Fluid and wa­ter. The an­i­mals don’t like the smell and won’t be tempted to re­turn. The smell of old fae­ces, on the other hand, en­tices them back. – RG, PE

Thanks for the ad­vice. I would sug­gest di­lut­ing in the pro­por­tion 25ml Jeyes Fluid to 5l wa­ter, which is safe for the treat­ment of fun­gal in­fec­tions in lawns.

The kids love con­densed milk as an oc­ca­sional treat. The prob­lem is that it’s so ex­pen- sive. I won­dered if I could make some­thing sim­i­lar my­self? – GT, Jef­freys Bay.

I found a let­ter in my files from “JO” of Klip­plaat, dated March 2 1986 in which she gave the recipe for home­made con­densed milk. All you need is one cup of su­gar and three cups of milk. Add the su­gar to the milk in a heavy-based pot.

Stir­ring con­tin­u­ously over low heat, dis­solve the su­gar. Sim­mer gen­tly for about two hours un­til the colour dark­ens and the mix­ture thick­ens slightly.

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