Saddle soap cleans, nourishes ink-stained leather couch
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.