Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Time-out with Shopper Mama - More cleaning tips!

Yo Vogue-uers!  Shopper-mama is back again!

Have you read the tips that I wrote here? And have you tried them?

Well, here are more tips for you and this time, its all about cleaning! Again, thanks to URBAN for the tips!


CIF cream cleaner

CIF is a powerful cleaning product commonly used to remove stubborn dirt and grease. It can also remove ink stains from leather bags and shoes.

How it works – Cream cleaners are thicker than liquid cleaners and hence reduce the risk of water damage.

How to clean – Using a soft towel with a drop of CIF the size of a 10-cent coin, start from the outside of the stain snd rub gently towards the centre.

Switch to a cleaner part of the towel as necessary.

Do not rub hard or you might risk discolouring the item. Thereafter, wipe with a clean towel and leave it to dry.


Vaseline Enriched Petroleum Jelly

This moisturiser can also be used to keep the shine on patent products.

How it works - Vaseline is a mixture of mineral oils, paraffin and microcrystalline waxes that, when blended together, create a smooth, jelly-like mixture. It forms a barrier to prevent natural water loss.

How to clean – Dampen a soft towel with warm water and squeeze a small blob of Vaseline about the size of a 20-cent coin onto it. Gently rub the towel in small circular motion, buffing the product in parts. This ensures that the jelly melts into the leather.

Once this is done, buff the leather gently with a clean, dry towel to maintain the shine of your patent leather goods.


Carbonated water eg. SPRITE

To remove stains from clothes, fizzy drinks are a handy aid.

Keep to only clear carbonated water such as Sprite, 7-Up or soda water to avoid staining your garments, esp the white ones.

How it works – The acidic agents in carbonated water work to dislodge dirt, from ink to food stains.

How to use – Place a dry paper towel under the part where the stain is. Sprinkle a few drops of carbonated water onto the stain and gently blot it with another dry piece of paper towel until it disappears.

Remembers not to rub the stain as this might damage the fabric or aggravate the stain spread. This method is also not advised for delicate or expensive fabrics.

Machine wash your garment to remove all traces of the stain and the fizzy drink.


Non-acetone nail polish remover

Sally Hansen Strengthening Polish Remover

Nail polish removers come with or without acetone, a volatile organic solvent commonly used in chemistry laboratories. They can remove scuff marks on patent leather goods.

How it works – While acetone is an excellent solvent to remove scuff marks, it is very drying and may damage the leather. Opt for non-acetone nail-polish removers instead as they are mixed with water and conditioners such as Vit E.

How to clean – About 5 drops of the solution on a cotton ball should do the trick. Gently rub the cotton ball on the spot for half a minute. Make sure you do not press hard while rubbing or the colour might run.

After a minute, dry the spot with a dry cotton pad and a little baby oil or Vaseline, rubbing it in gently.  This keeps the material from drying out and retains its shine.


Ok that is all for today!  I hope these tips are useful for you and have fun trying them out!


* All pics googled
* Tips taken from URBAN


rasp said...

thx sis for sharing the tips!

Anonymous said...

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