Hardware Tip: Cleaning Grease Stains on Concrete Behold the amazing cat-litter-and-cola trick and, Carpet Stain Remover

By / Hardware Tips / Wednesday, 23 December 2015 05:00

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ISLAND TRUE VALUE TACKLE & HARDWARE
801 N. Lake Park Blvd.   Carolina Beach, NC  28428 Phone: (910) 458-3049  
Fax: (910) 458-0988
www.islandtacklehardware.com

Clean Grease Stains:
Do your driveway and garage floor look like an ad for grease?
If so, it’s time for one of the True Value formulas for cleaning greasy stuff. First, grab some cat litter and spread it around on the grease.
Then grind it in real good, walking and twisting around on it. Sweep it up, and open a cola beverage.
Spread the drink around on the floor. Wet the grease stains thoroughly. Work it in with a stiff broom, but don’t let it dry.
Once the cola quits fizzing, rinse it with water, then whiten up the remaining gray stain with a solution of 1
cup of liquid chlorine bleach and 1 cup of powdered laundry detergent in 1 gallon of very hot water.
Carpet Stain Remover:
New carpeting looks warm and inviting for a week or so, then kids, company, dogs, TV dinners and things like red wine take their toll. New carpet certainly can brighten a home. It looks warm and inviting for a week or two, then kids, company, dogs, TV dinners and things like red wine take their toll. Soon your new carpet looks like a military drop zone.
Don’t fret, here are a few carpet-cleaning tips. For chewing gum, put ice cubes in a plastic bag and freeze the gum in the carpet.
When it’s hard, scrape it with a butter knife. For greasy stuff like lipstick, blot up the excess, then use dry-cleaning fluid. For pet stains, blot any excess with paper towels, and then use a mixture of laundry detergent, ammonia and white vinegar. For shoe polish and ink stains, dab with paint thinner.
For fruit juice and soft drink spills, mix 1 teaspoon of both laundry detergent and white vinegar in 1 quart of warm water, and sponge well. For burns, trim off fibers, and, if needed, glue in some extras from the edges.
Vacation: To help avoid being burglarized take the following pre-vacation steps:
1. Call the post office to stop mail and suspend newspaper delivery.
2. Get a few timers to turn several lights, the TV or radio on and off during the day and night.
3. If you have a second car, park it in the driveway
4. If you’ll be gone long, ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in your garbage cans
 5. Ask a friend or neighbor to house sit by dropping by regularly and checking up on things and picking up junk mail and flyers that can accumulate. (Remember to describe this house sitter to your neighbors, so burglars can’t claim to be house sitting and house sitters don’t get arrested.)
6. If you have a baby monitor, leave the monitor with a neighbor and the base unit turned on at your home. If the security or smoke alarms go off, or if your neighbors hear something they shouldn’t, they can immediately call 911.
Additional Tip: Icemakers:
So you want a nice, cool drink but the icemaker’s on the blink.
Here’s how to trouble shoot an icemaker that isn’t making cubes. Before you start seeing dollar signs for repairs check the obvious.
• Is the wire arm in the up position? If so move it down to turn the icemaker back on and it’s “problem solved.”
• If the problem is small cubes check for a clogged water-supply line.
• If freezer temperatures are set too high it causes problems too and icemakers don’t cycle properly. Set 8 degrees or lower for crisp, clean cubes.
If these simple quick fixes don’t do it, it may be time for replacement.
Icemakers typically only last 6 to 10 years and oftentimes, buying a new one is as cost effective as a repair.
If you do go shopping for a replacement, be sure to take along the make and model number of your refrigerator.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.

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