The Vine: July 15, 2011
I'm hoping you and/or the Nation can help me out here. Last year I lost a ton of weight, met a great man and so a few weeks ago for the first time in my adult life, I bought some gorgeous spring and summer clothes. I'm talking about cute and fun designer dresses, some of which are one-of-a-kind.
Now I need help in choosing the right garment steamer that will do the job, but be gentle on these clothes. I've done some preliminary research and they seem to come in a variety of sizes and qualities, from the very cheap/breaks after a few uses/didn't work in the first place, to the effective, but disgustingly expensive.
No one I know uses this type of product, so appeals to friends and family have been fruitless.
I'm looking for something portable that I can take with me when I go on holiday this summer (first one in 4 years — yay!) and I'm looking to spend $100, maximum. Also, I live in Canada and am not averse to online shopping, but will need a supplier that sells and ships up here.
Any help you could provide would be so appreciated.
Girly for the first time in my life
Hi, Sars –
Got an Ask the Readers for you. Thanks to a recent job promotion, I just upgraded apartments. My new place has these really nice wood floors. Unfortunately, it wasn't 20 minutes after I'd gotten the final box unpacked that one of my cats projectile kicked her litter a good 8 feet out of the box, covering as many square feet as she possibly could.
I vacuumed up as much as I could, and then tried to wet-Swiffer up the remaining dust. Bringing the dust in contact with moisture was a bad idea, however, as this turned it into a massive cloudy gray stain. I have tried everything I can think of to get it off — even things that I know aren't safe for the finish. Warm water with a little bit of vinegar, Magic Eraser, 409: all any of these seem to do is spread the cloud further.
Does anyone know how to sever the powerful and unholy bond between clay litter dust and wood flooring?
Just to be clear: I am not asking for alternative litter recommendations. Every time I've brought this problem up with friends, they have insisted (demanded, really) that I go out and buy organic litter. I have tried every single one out there, from World's Best to Swheat Scoop, and none of them have been effective enough at odor control in a small space with two cats.
(Sorry. Couldn't help myself.)
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