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Old 10-20-2014, 03:21 PM   #1
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A couple of cleaning questions:

-The bottom of the white kitchen sink has discolored a bit over the years. Is there a safe cleanser that can remove the discoloration?

-How to best clean the bench cushions' covers? Dry cleaning? Machine washing?

We're getting the trailer ready for next year while putting it to bed for this winter, advice in these areas will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-20-2014, 03:35 PM   #2
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Tammy recommends VIM for the sink. It contains a mild abrasive.
Recently I've used Mr.Clean Magic Eraser on vinyl etc and it really seems to work like magic.
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Old 10-20-2014, 04:17 PM   #3
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Bar keepers friend seems to work often on this type of material.
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Tammy recommends VIM for the sink. It contains a mild abrasive.
Recently I've used Mr.Clean Magic Eraser on vinyl etc and it really seems to work like magic.
Magic Eraser is abrasive, too. It's good to know that there are a couple of safe abrasive options.
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What's VIM?
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See: Vim | Home care brands | Unilever
That takes you to Canada link, but you can change country.
Or, you could just buy Barkeeper's Friend, which I suspect is much the same.
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Or, you could just buy Barkeeper's Friend, which I suspect is much the same.
Maybe not. Vim (or at least the "cream" product in the Vim series that is most common) is a detergent cleaner with abrasive (in a sort of slurry form); Bar Keeper's Friend is a cleaner with acid (in a powdered form). I wouldn't assume they're interchangeable.
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On their website - Barkeepers friend -
"Use Bar Keepers Friend® to clean bathtubs made of porcelain, ceramic, acrylic or fiberglass." so I would think it would be OK?
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On their website - Barkeepers friend -
"Use Bar Keepers Friend® to clean bathtubs made of porcelain, ceramic, acrylic or fiberglass." so I would think it would be OK?
Sounds good. Not like Vim, not necessarily endorsed by ETI, but another option. Options are good
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Why not bleach on a saturated rag laying in the bottom of the sink for a while? What do I know, mine is stainless steel....
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OK, so Vim for the sink. Anyone ever cleaned their cushion covers? If so, how?
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Haven't. Should.
FYI there is a technique for getting the covers back on the cushions. It involves putting the cushion inside a plastic bag before pulling the cover over ( slides easier ). Then you pull the plastic bag out.
I think the method was described over on FGRV or was on YouTube.
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If you were to take the cushions outside and blast them with a pressure washer, squish out as much water as you can, and set them in a breezy location, you should be able to dry them out before mold sets in. Yeah, that's what I would do. (with your cushions, that is)

I would also think that a using a tough 60 grit sandpaper to remove the stains, followed by a sanding with 120 grit should clean that there sink up just dandy.
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Jim gets all his information over on FGRV.
Surprised he didn't mention soaking them in Diet Coke.
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With a Mentos thrown in.
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