My black laminate kitchen worktops have suddenly become discoloured with
whitish/greyish marks, shortly after my son used Mr Muscle oven cleaner
on a couple of George Forman grills. The evidence of what caused the
marks is only circumstantial at the moment but does the team think that
the oven cleaner is likely to be the culprit?
If so, is there a cure (other than replacing the work tops ;-) )
Probably caustic soda crystals, which are small enough to penetrate the
surface texture of the worktop. Same thing happens with a lot of
domestic cleaning products where the abrasive is so fine that you can't
get rid of it from dark coloured materials.
You could try wetting the surface with deionised water (Halfords battery
top-up) and laying lengths of toilet tissue across it. Allowed to dry
naturally, they might just suck the salts out.
Wiping with vinegar will convert the residue to sodium acetate but I
don't know whether that would be any easier to dislodge.
Almost all the house is 8x1 inch Kauri - the weatherboards, floors,
doors, and panelled walls.
Here's the hallway:
There were 25 layers of paint, wallpaper, newspaper and scrim on the
walls. I still need to finish cleaning the old varnish off the walls,
with steel wool I suppose, then oil it with something that doesn't
make it too dark.
On Thu, 15 Oct 2009 03:03:39 -0700, Matty F wrote:
I remember visiting one somewhere up north that folk were saying was well
over 2000 years old. Trunk on that one was something like 40' wide,
like yours... impressive stuff.
Think all living Kauris are protected these days, aren't they?
Probably. There would be millions of trees left though.
People are getting old kauri out of swamps and making tables etc out
of it. I have hundreds of metres of 160 year old Kauri, 100x50mm,
100x75, 150x50, 150x100, 150x150, and a thicknesser that I have not
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