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Whether your cleaning challenge is in the kitchen or garage, our cleaning experts are here to help you.  Below are some of the tips they’ve passed on to the readers of our newsletter.  Browse through them.  If you have a question that’s not answered here or elsewhere on the site, our experts would be happy to help.

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How to fix a clogged dishwasher

Tami from Lansing, Michigan was beside herself when a repairman told her that she would have to replace her relatively new dishwasher. “Hello CLR!!! I'm a believer! My dishwasher quit working. I called a repairman. He said that it was clogged with dishwasher detergent and was hopeless. He told me to just buy a new one. He said that I might be able to use vinegar to dissolve the buildup but it would be a long shot. I wasn't ready to just give up on my relatively new machine. So..... I went to the store and looked around at the cleaners available. I purchased CLR® Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover and poured it into my dishwasher. I then ran a cycle. To my delight and great surprise, my dishwasher was magically fixed for less than $6.00!!! THANK YOU CLR!!!”

Tami, CLR is just the product you need to keep your dishwasher running at its best. To clean your dishwasher, remove the dishwashing rinse agent and pour a 1/2 cup of CLR Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover directly into the bottom of your empty dishwasher. You can leave the racks in the dishwasher, but remove any glasses, dishes or flatware. Run a normal cycle followed by an extra rinse cycle. Make sure there are no detergents or any other chemicals in the dishwasher while using CLR. To see our video on cleaning your dishwasher or for other cleaning tips check out our videos!

Cleaning an old ornate mirror

We were contacted online by Lisa from Texas about a mirror she inherited from her grandmother that was difficult to clean. “I inherited a very ornate antique Chinese/Japanese mirror which was a wedding present to my grandmother from her sister. It's extremely hard to clean as the frame is made from silver and has many hard to reach places. I have found Tarn-X® Tarnish Remover to be the best at reaching those places and makes the job a lot easier. My only problem is that the mirror is extremely heavy and I need help getting it down from the wall. As I live alone, I have to wait until I have visitors or family here, but luckily your product seems to maintain the polished finish longer than products I've used before and so this is a win, win for me ☺.”

Lisa, cleaning tarnish off of ornate silver pieces that are difficult to move can be a very difficult challenge. To get your mirror frame clean, I would suggest a two-step process. Use a toothpick with warm, soapy water to loosen any dried material that is embedded in the design of the mirror frame. Wash the entire piece, rinse thoroughly with cold water and wipe the mirror frame dry with a soft cloth.

Once you’ve completed this process, while wearing household rubber gloves, dip a cotton ball or soft cloth in Tarn-X and apply to the affected areas of the mirror frame. Rinse immediately with cold water and hand dry with a soft cloth. Never leave Tarn-X on any material longer than two minutes and always spot test in a small, inconspicuous area prior to cleaning the entire piece. When you pick a place to clean the mirror frame, make sure to avoid stainless steel and the mirrored/reflective surface of the mirror since getting any Tarn-X on those surfaces may damage the finish. Since you want to maintain the shine on your mirror frame as long as possible, we recommend using a silver polish to help shine and protect your mirror frame from tarnish as long as possible.

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