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Furniture dents in carpet disappear


Published: Fri, March 17, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


Dear Readers: Furniture dents make your carpet look bad, but fortunately there are several easy ways to make it look good again. Try these:
Fill a spray bottle with water. Spritz it over the indentations. Take a hair dryer, turned on hot, and blow the air over the dampened areas. The heat helps nylon and wool carpets rebound. Fluff up the carpet with your fingers.
Put an ice cube in every dent, letting each melt slowly. Allow the moisture to remain for about 12 hours, or overnight. Then blot up any leftover wet spots. Use a spoon to go over the areas to pull up the carpet fibers.
Steam the dents away with a steam iron. Just hold the iron a few inches above the spot and allow it to steam. The moisture and heat will help the carpet fibers pop back up. Don't let the iron touch the carpet, because you could burn it! Then brush up the fibers.
Dear Heloise: When I travel by airplane, I like to read my newspaper, but I don't want to annoy the people near me with my arms reaching out directly in front of them or in the aisle. So, before boarding, I tear the paper in half -- lengthwise. This way, I only have to hold up one half-page at a time. I also slip a single-packaged hand towelette in my pocket or purse to clean the ink off my hands afterward. This also alleviates the "tired arm" syndrome. Jill Martin, Lindale, Texas
Jill, I've also been doing this recently, and it does make it so much easier to read a newspaper in close quarters. Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read the hint about using a wheeled chair at the table for those who have trouble getting up to the table or pushing away. That's a good idea.
However, it's important to remember to take care when sitting down -- to be sure the chair doesn't roll away -- in order to prevent serious injury. The sitter or someone else should take hold of the chair to be sure it doesn't move. Sue Berryhill, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: Years ago, when our now-grown grandsons would visit, they would often bring their baseball-card collections. Watching them insert new cards into vinyl sheets with individual pockets gave me a great idea.
Through the years, we have received wallet-size pictures of family and friends. Not knowing exactly how to keep them, they were put in a box. So, I purchased some pockets of baseball-card folders and inserted these precious photos. These all fit nicely in a three-ring binder. Darlene Overdorf, Cicero, Ind.
Dear Heloise: An easy way to find both your gloves is by pinning the pair together when putting them away. You then will have no difficulty finding them when you need them. Mrs. Terry Turck, Randolph, N.J.
Send a great hint to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, Fax: (210) HELOISE or E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.
King Features Syndicate


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