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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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Cleaning silver trays and tea sets

Vicky from Pueblo, Colorado had a formal dinner and needed to clean some of her seldom used serving pieces. “I was celebrating a big anniversary last year and our entire extended family came in for it, first time in years. I cleaned my silver trays and tea sets with Tarn-X® Tarnish Remover and received many compliments on how great they looked. Thank you Tarn-X!”

Cleaning the tarnish off of ornate silver pieces that are only used at special occasions can be a real challenge. I usually 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 piece. Wash the entire piece, rinse thoroughly with cold water and wipe the piece 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 piece. 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. Make sure to avoid getting any Tarn-X on stainless steel since it may damage the finish. We also recommend using a Silver Polish to help shine and protect your silver pieces from tarnishing as fast in the future.

Getting rid of horrible water stains in your toilet

One problem we constantly hear involves water stains in toilets. Ann from Newtown, Connecticut contacted us after she used CLR® Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover in her toilet. “I wanted to let you know we tried CLR on our horrible rust/hard water stains in the toilet. We have hard water and for years have been plagued with icky looking rings. With scrubbing, our toilets are now white and no other product has been able to do that. Thanks.”

As Ann discovered, CLR is a great way to clean away calcium and lime deposits as well as scale and rust from your toilet. Our product works best if applied directly to the affected stains undiluted. For stains, at or below the water line, we recommend removing the water from the bowl. Apply the CLR directly to the stains using a damp cloth, sponge or pouring a small amount in the bottom, brush using either a pumice stone or stiff scrub brush for two minutes, then flush the toilet.  Repeat this process if necessary. For stains above the water line, you do not have to remove the water and can apply the CLR to the stains, scrub then flush the toilet after two minutes. If you would like to see how to clean your toilet, check out our video.

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