Home Repair & Gardening

Try These Tricks to Extend the Lives of the Hardest-Working Items in Your Home

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Fix it: Wash in the machine (on a short cycle) with some old towels, using hot water and bleach.

Keep it longer: Leave the bathroom door or a window open — and/or a ventilation fan turned on — for 20 minutes post-shower.

KNIFE WITH KNICKED BLADE

Fix it: Check stores like Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table to see when a knife expert who can grind down the edge will visit.

Keep it longer: Use a block, a drawer insert, or a blade sheath to protect it.

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SAGGY SEAT CUSHION

Fix it: If the upholstery is still in good shape, remove the foam insert and take it to a Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store to have a replacement cut to fit; a three-square-foot, five-inch-thick cushion will cost about $70.

Keep it longer: Flip cushions every few months to help them wear evenly.

WORN AND WOBBLY WOOD FURNITURE

Fix it: The easiest way to save a wiggly wooden chair leg: Stick in a toothpick where the leg meets the seat, then simply break it off. For scratches, try GHRI-tested Guardsman wood touch-up markers.

Keep it longer: Whether with a toothpick or with nails, support a loose chair leg sooner rather than later; if you keep the piece in use as is, you risk breaking it.

 

 

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