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Dust on folds in clothing

by Julie Finch-Scally

I’ve finally joined the thousands of people who purchase clothing on line. A couple of weeks ago I sent off for a dress, which duly arrived a week later. Only one thing wrong, when I came to remove the dress from the cellophane bag there were folding creases down and across the dress.

The creases I knew I could iron out, but obviously the packet had been sitting on a shelf for a long period of time as dust had collected on the outside of the creases. As it was a dark material the dust was more than noticeable. It made each crease look like a faded line down the outfit.

I worked out it would be easier to remove the dust from the creases while the dress was sitting on the ironing board. I put up the board and placed the dress on the board with the ironing section itself sitting inside the dress. This meant I could easily turn the dress around as I worked on the front then the back. Thankfully the material was cotton.

How did I remove the dust? As I steam ironed the dress I placed a clean tea towel over the item and pressed out the creases. This didn’t remove the dust, but it made the dust warm and damp; easy to rub over with my hand and fingers. I followed the line downwards and the dust rubbed off quite easily.

I do have one of those dust removal brushes with special fibres that you can rub against the fabric and lifts any hairs, but as it was dust and not loose hairs, I felt the brush wasn’t quite suitable.

Each time I removed the dust with my fingers I could feel the warmth and dampness in the material. This loosened the dust fibres and made them easy to lift and rub off. By the time I had gone around the whole dress the material was clean and minus any creases.

Purchasing clothing on the internet does have its problems, especially if the item has been sitting on a shelf for a long period and flattened by the item above it. But steam ironing the item protected with a clean cotton tea towel and removing and dust by rubbing the lines away will always work. I can recommend this process because I used it and it was successful.

BTW the dress looked fantastic.



Mouthguards and dentures

by Julie Finch-Scally

I have been in many bathrooms and seen a tumbler filled with water housing a set of dentures or a mouth guard. Although they might be clean somehow these spare teeth and protectors look dirty. I am sure denture cleansing tablets are used but are they really the best method of cleaning these apparatus that are used in the mouth?

Many people who suffer from sleep apnea now wear mouth guards to bed. Most contact sports have the players wearing teeth guards to protect their teeth during the game. Mouth guards and dentures are similar. They stay in the mouth for several hours catching the generated saliva. Once removed, they need to be thoroughly cleaned prior to being reused.

As I have said there are special cleansing tablets on the market that can be placed in a glass of water with the mouth guards or dentures and kill any bacteria that might have stuck to the plastic or porcelain. I would guess that most people when using these tablets rinse off the product and just leave the mouth guard or dentures in the glass until the next time required.

Further investigation of mouth guards and dentures can show that indents in the specially formed frames can house tiny specks of dirt or mould. Of course these specks are small and many people might not be able to see them. But if the mouth guard is translucent the specks can be seen through the plastic. I have found somehow the denture cleanser doesn’t seem to remove all these small specks.

A toothbrush rubbed into and around the indentation can help but sometimes even the bristles don’t seem to be able to get into the crevices and lift out the contamination. I have tried the small teeth cleaning brushes that are used similar to tooth picks. The pointed end scratched into the small crevice seems to get closer and under the problem and lift the small specks of dirt out of their newly found home.

So what I am saying is; yes the denture cleanser tablets are great, but a regular scrub with a tooth brush and some non-whitening toothpaste is necessary and a careful investigation is required to see no little black specks are caught in small crevices. Remember the mouth guards and dentures are placed in your mouth. As your saliva flows over and around the guard or teeth you swallow any bacteria sitting on these items.

The next time you use your mouth guard or dentures, make sure they are scrubbed and cleaned and well rinsed. Oh, also rinse them under running water before putting them back in your mouth.

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