Thursday, May 14, 2009


1. Dry out wet/soiled clothes before throwing them into the laundry basket or clothes hamper.

2. Do not use starch on linen that is to be stored for long periods, or don’t store clothes that are unclean.

3. Once in a while, leave closets, cabinets or drawers open to freshen air and to keep interiors dry. You may also use a handy hair dryer to prevent moisture build-up.

4. Brush thoroughly upholstered furniture or rugs that show mildew. If possible, do this outdoors to get more sun and fresh air. Should mildew stains remain stubborn, sponge lightly with thick suds, then wipe clean with damp cloth. A half-and-half solution of alcohol and water may also help, but remember to use this solution sparingly to avoid discoloration, and then dry very well.

5. Wipe moldy leather with half-and-half solution of water and alcohol, then air dry before an electric fan. Once dry, apply a thin coat of paste wax for protection as well as to restore shine.

6. Dust cornstarch or talcum powder between the leaves of damp books, and let it stay until all moisture has been absorbed. In damp weather, keep a small electric bulb open in closed book case, so that the books stay dry.


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