To Remove Stains In Tables

Wash the surface with stale beer or vinegar; the stains may then be removed by rubbing them with a rag dipped in spirits of salts. To re-polish, proceed as you would do with new work. If the work be not stained, wash the surface with clean spirits of turpentine, and repolish it with furniture oil.

To Clean Paint, smear it over with whiting mixed to the consistency of common paste in warm water. Rub the surface to be cleaned briskly, and wash off with pure, cold water. Grease spots will in this way be almost instantly removed, as well as other filth, and the paint will retain its brilliancy and beauty unimpaired.

Removal Of Dry Putty

The difficulty of removing hard putty from a window-sash can be obviated with great readiness by simply applying a piece of heated metal, such as a soldering-iron or other similar implement. When heated (but not red hot), the iron is to be passed slowly over the putty, thereby rendering the latter so soft that it can be cut or scraped off without difficulty.

To Clean Straw Matting

Wash as seldom as possible, but when it is necessary to do so use salt and water. Salt prevents the matting from turning yellow. Dry as fast as you wash, and wash but a little at a time.

To Remove Mold From Fabrics

Rub them over with butter, and then apply potash moistened in a little water, and rub the spot until all traces of it disappear; then wash in plenty of Water to take out the potash ; or the moldy spot may be wetted with yellow sulphide of ammonia, by which it will be immediately blackened. After a couple of minutes wash it off, and remove the black stain with cold, weak chlorohydric acid; then wash well with warmish water.

Cleansing Picture Frames

Black walnut frames will become dull and rusty-looking. They may be renewed by first brushing thoroughly with a stiff brush to remove dust, and then applying pure linseed oil with a proper brush ; in the absence of a brush, a piece of new bleached muslin will answer the purpose.

To Clean Mirrors, Looking-Glasses, Etc. - Take a soft sponge, wash it well in clean water, and squeeze it as dry as possible; dip it into some spirits of wine and rub over the glass ; then have some powder-blue tied up in a rag, dust it over your glass, and rub it lightly and quickly with a soft cloth ; afterward finish with a silk handkerchief.

To Take Stains Out Of Marble

Mix unslaked lime in finest powder with the strongest soap-lye, pretty thick, and instantly with a painter's brush lay it on the whole of the marble. In two months' time wash it off perfectly clean ; then have ready a fine thick lather of soft soap, boiled in soft water; dip a brush in it and scour the marble. This will, with very good rubbing, give a beautiful polish.

To Take Iron Stains Out of Marble. An equal quantity of fresh spirits of vitriol and lemon-juice being mixed in a bottle, shake it well ; wet the spots, and in a few minutes rub with soft linen till they disappear.

Marble can be nicely cleaned in the following manner: Pulverize a little bluestone, and mix with four ounces of whiting; add to these four ounces of soft soap and one ounce of soda, dissolved in a very little water. Boil this preparation over a slow fire fifteen minutes, stirring all the time. Lay it on the marble while hot with a clean brush. Let it remain half an hour; then wash off in clean suds, wipe dry, and polish by quick rubbing. If marble is smoked or soiled, either by bituminous coal or too free use of kindling wood, Spanish whiting with a piece of washing soda, rubbed together and wet with only enough water to moisten and make them into a paste, will remove the grease and smoke. Dip a piece of flannel in this preparation and rub the spots while the paste is quite moist. Leave the paste on for hours, and, if need be, remove it and renew with fresh paste. When the spots disappear, wash the place with clean hot soapsuds, wipe dry, and polish with chamois skin.

To Take Bruises Out of Furniture. Wet the part with warm water; double a piece of brown paper five or six times, soak it and lay it on the place; apply on that a hot flat-iron till the moisture is evaporated. if the bruise be not gone, repeat the process. 446

After two or three applications the dent or bruise will be raised level with the surface.

Lamp-Chimneys can be prevented from cracking, when exposed to the burning flame, by first placing them in a vessel of cold water and bringing this to a boil over the fire, then removing the vessel and allowing it to cool before taking out the cylinder.

To Remove Glass Stoppers

When the stopper of a glass decanter is too tight, a cloth wet with hot water and applied to the neck will cause the glass to expand, and the stopper may be removed. In a phial the warmth of the finger may be sufficient.