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Rust buildup can be difficult to repair over time

Rust buildup can be difficult to repair over time

Some of the most common mishaps that happen in our homes go unfixed due to lack of time and a perceived cost of the repair. We live with the damage which is never too far out of sight or out of mind. So this content tip will, as always, save you time and money.

Ladies and gentlemen, one of our biggest problems comes from the garage or around the outside of your home with our precious metal items, tools, lawn furniture, railings, planters, tools and so much more. Rust.... the single most destructive force to our homes metal contents. The degradation left unattended will spread, eventually compromising the integrity. So why live with the discoloration and possible repurchasing of the item.

By using a soft cloth, Q tip or a medium bristle brush (depending on the item being cleaned) the answer for the rust removal is "Kerosene", in some cases diesel . A small amount of the liquid in a well ventilated space is recommended, this will soften the rust and then remove it. After the process it is imperative you remove any access liquid from the surface being cleaned. Rinse the area with a solution of vinegar and baking soda (6 to 1 ratio), clean the area then apply some type of oil and sealer. My preference is the other handyman's secret weapon WD40.   

A very closely graded secret from the restoration community is how to remove dust and dirt from your fine oil or water color paintings. This process even works with some mild sot from a fire. Of all the content tips you have read this one will leave you a little puzzled, but soon you will realize the validity behind it. By using day old bread with the crust removed, fold the bread length  wise and simply dab the bread over the art work (with just a little pressure, being careful not to stretch your piece). The fibers from the bread will attract the contamination, transferring it onto the bread. Any residual bread crumbs left behind by the process can be swept up using a very soft bristle paint brush.

That dent on your wooden coffee table, end table or night stand bothering you because there is nothing you can do about it. Your going to need a thick damp cloth (not to damp) and your iron. Place the cloth on the table then using the tip of the iron set on its coolest setting, onto the dent. A little heat placed specifically on the dent will cause the wood to swell and the dent may vanish.