TO REMOVE WATER STAIN ON CEILING, REPAIR ROOF, THEN USE WOOD BLEACH Deseret News

TO REMOVE WATER STAIN ON CEILING, REPAIR ROOF, THEN USE WOOD BLEACH Deseret News

TO REMOVE WATER STAIN ON CEILING, REPAIR ROOF, THEN USE WOOD BLEACH

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Q: How do I get the black water stains off our tongue and groove wood ceilings after roof leaks. — Jenny C. Pittsburg, Calif.

A: Well, needless to say, the first step is to repair the roof leak and permit the wood ceiling to dry completely. Then a trip to your paint supply company for some wood bleach is in order. This product is generally applied in two parts. The first solution is applied directly to the stained area and left to stand for about five minutes; then, while the surface is still wet, the second solution is applied. Use a nylon brush or rubber sponge to apply the wood bleach. Separate applicators should be used for each solution. After both solutions have been removed and the area has been permitted to dry, lightly sand it to remove any residue that may remain. Most importantly remember to follow the manufacturer»s specifications and always wear rubber gloves and proper eye protection.

Q: How do I get the black water stains off our tongue and groove wood ceilings after roof leaks. — Jenny C. Pittsburg, Calif.

A: Well, needless to say, the first step is to repair the roof leak and permit the wood ceiling to dry completely. Then a trip to your paint supply company for some wood bleach is in order. This product is generally applied in two parts. The first solution is applied directly to the stained area and left to stand for about five minutes; then, while the surface is still wet, the second solution is applied. Use a nylon brush or rubber sponge to apply the wood bleach. Separate applicators should be used for each solution. After both solutions have been removed and the area has been permitted to dry, lightly sand it to remove any residue that may remain. Most importantly remember to follow the manufacturer»s specifications and always wear rubber gloves and proper eye protection.Q: Can you recommend a treatment to remove grease marks from washable kitchen wallpaper? It is probably a long-standing stain. We recently bought a 6-year-old home. Before I strip the paper, I want to know if it can be effectively cleaned. An ammonia-based cleaner was not effective. — Phyllis M. Richmond, Va.

A: You’re in luck, Phyllis. Fortunately, we own a copy of the book «Clean Your House & Everything in It» by Eugenia Chapman & Jill C. Major. In it these very inventive ladies offer a couple of solutions (no pun intended) to this exact problem.

TO REMOVE WATER STAIN ON CEILING, REPAIR ROOF, THEN USE WOOD BLEACH Deseret News

For washable paper the authors suggest making a paste out of cornstarch and cleaning solvent. Ener-gine will do fine. Rub it on the wallpaper and let it stand for two days. At the end of the second day, brush it off. (Caution: If, after brushing it off, you see the occupant in the next room you may want to consider using a milder solvent.) Fresh grease will always leave a ring or a stain, but a lot of it can be removed this way.

The second method is to put an ink blotter over the spot and press it with a warm iron several times. Be careful not to scorch the wallpaper. Then, with cornstarch, make a paste out of Fuller’s Earth and Cleaning solvent, which can be purchased at most hardware stores. Rub the paste on the grease, let it dry thoroughly and wipe it off.

And, if both these methods should fail, think if it this way: You’re not losing wallpaper — you’re on your way to a new color scheme.

Address questions to Carey Brothers, c/o Real Estate Desk, San Francisco Examiner, 110 Fifth St. San Francisco, CA 94013.


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