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Handbook, 1909
			


                       A. M. E. Church.                         159

Helpful Household Secrets---Knowledge of Which will be of Daily
     Use-Tested Ways of Doing Things and Suggestions for
                   Cleaning Various Materials.
 A carpet may be brightened by wiping with a clean cloth wrung
out of ammonia and water, 2 tablespoons ammonia to 4 quarts of tepid
water. Rinse the cloth frequently in this water.
  In cleaning rugs lay them face down on the grass and beat; then
turn face upward and brush. Hang on the line to dry. Don't shake
a rug from one end, for this loosens the threads at the upper ends,
causing raveling of the border.
 The less water used on straw matting the better. Alkalies and
soap are apt to discolor it and should not be used.  Soiled spots
should be scrubbed with hot water without soap. A thin paste
of fuller's earth and cold water spread thickly over a place where
grease or oil has been spilled will remove the stain. Lay a paper
over it and let it remain 2 or 3 days before brushing up.
                         Care of Marble.
  Marble is easily dissolved by acids; even the mildest acid will re-
move the high polish. If an acid is spilled on the marble mantel or
table, or even if a lemon is allowed to lie there a few minutes, an al-
kali such as ammonia, soda or borax should be applied at once. This
will neutralize the acid. If the acid has remained long enough to
roughen the surface, rub with pumice-stone and water. Apply a
generous amount of pumice-stone wet with water and rub with a
large flat stone. It will take time and muscle, but it will restore the
polish.
  Should the marble become stained, remember that acid must be
avoided as a removing agent. One of the alkalies mentioned above
may be used with safety. Recent oil or grease spots can sometimes
be removed by the application of fuller's earth or French chalk.
Make a strong, hot solution of sal-soda and enough fuller's earth to
make a thin paste. Let this remain on the spot for 24 hours.
  Marble should be kept clean by washing with a soft cloth and soap
and water.
                      Windows, Copper, Etc.
  Windows may be washed with clear water, or water in which is a
little ammonia, soda, or soap. Plenty of clean, soft cloths and some
soft paper to polish with after the dirt has been removed, together
with plenty of elbow grease, will insure clean windows.
  Copper and brass are easily cleaned by means of acids. Re-
member, however, that tarnish will quickly follow unless every trace




			
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Handbook, 1909


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