This fur­ni­ture work is not a good idea

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE -

Dear Read­ers: Look­ing for a project on a cold win­ter’s day? Think­ing of strip­ping or oil­ing your an­tique fur­ni­ture? Think again.

Back in the day, lots of wood fur­ni­ture was painted. Over time, the paint fades and cracks. Don’t strip the piece to “freshen it up” — the faded and cracked paint is de­sir­able and valu­able in the an­tiques mar­ket.

And oil and wood do not mix. Don’t ap­ply oil to wood. Oil can leach into the grain, ox­i­dize and blacken the wood.

The one ex­er­cise ex­perts don’t out­right nix com­pletely is wax­ing. Wax can pro­tect the wood; solid paste waxes are best.

Al­ways check with a con­ser­va­tor be­fore treat­ing any of your an­tique fur­ni­ture.

— Heloise

The prune

Dear Read­ers: Did you know that the prune used to be called the “dried plum” be­cause the word “prune” had a bad con­no­ta­tion? But prunes are power-packed with nu­tri­tion and an­tiox­i­dants, and are ben­e­fi­cial for your diges­tive tract. So what­ever you choose to call it, give the prune a try, for the health of it.

— Heloise

A whole lotta holes

Dear Read­ers: The fol­low­ing let­ters are in re­sponse to a reader’s prob­lem with small tears/holes in her cot­ton/ cot­ton blend T-shirts in front where the zip­per/but­tons are.

— Heloise “We found a so­lu­tion: We bought laven­der and hung it in our clos­ets; no more holes.” — Mardi in Mur­ri­eta, Calif. “Please as­sure your reader that she is not alone in dis­cov­er­ing small holes in the front of her pa­jama tops, T-shirts, etc.

“I keep these ho­ley items in a sep­a­rate part of my closet to wear on days when I’m go­ing to be oc­cu­pied at home. I wash them in a lin­gerie bag to pre­vent the washer’s ac­tion from mak­ing the holes any larger than they al­ready are.” — N.N.C.L.S. in North

Carolina “My shoul­der bag, when worn across my body, might be the cul­prit. I’ve stopped us­ing that purse and haven’t seen any holes.”

— A Reader in Long Beach

Clip clean

Dear Heloise: I keep a small dish of clip clothes­pins on my dresser to mark spills on my clothes be­fore I put them in the ham­per. This re­minds me to pre-treat them be­fore load­ing in the washer.

— Fran S. in San An­to­nio

Two hints

Dear Heloise: I had a hard time cut­ting up win­ter squash. I found that if I poke a few holes in the squash and mi­crowave it for about four min­utes, it’s much eas­ier to cut, and I save money in not buy­ing the al­ready-cut ones.

Also, when mak­ing pan­cakes with a pan­cake mix, add hot wa­ter in­stead of cold for lighter pan­cakes.

— Por­tia S., Oak­land,

Maine

Scrub this

Dear Heloise: Frozen vine­gar ice cubes are good to clean the garbage dis­posal, but they don’t ad­dress the real is­sue. The rub­ber guard has to be scrubbed, as it gets a re­ally yucky coat­ing of de­com­pos­ing food. I use rub­ber gloves and a grease-dis­solv­ing soap un­til it no longer is slick or has black com­ing off.

— Jean H., via email Send a money-sav­ing or time­sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to [email protected] I can’t an­swer your let­ter per­son­ally but will use the best hints re­ceived in my col­umn.

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