Month: October 2011

3M Quick Wax Spray Detailer and 3M Microfiber Detail Cloth (Car Care)

Why Wax a Vehicle? Wax will add a protective layer. Contaminants, especially those dirt particles left after rainfall, will ‘bead’ up on the surface and slide away leaving cleaner, brighter paintwork for longer. Furthermore, the washing of the vehicle the next time will be an easier job.                                   Tester’s feedback: It is best to wash and dry off the vehicle before applying 3M’s Quick Wax. Apply approx one or two sprays of Quick Wax per panel. This will leave a misty film/layer. Wipe surface using a soft cloth initially to rid of excess wetness, and then finish by polishing away the wax residue and buffing up the paintwork, ensuring that any marks or excess products are removed using 3M’s Microfiber Detail Cloth. See ‘How to’ video. Note:The demonstration of how best to use the Quick Wax product and the Detail Cloth (the two products featured in this review) begins at approx 3 minutes 37 seconds in. 3M Quick Wax …

The Doktor Power Magic Eraser

This product is a very effective cleaner. The Magic Eraser is available in a large block that can easily be cut down to a smaller size that is easier to grip. Its dense construction results in a cleaner that requires no liquid cleaning agent or detergent to work. Adding water alone activates a ‘special ingredient’ (and this is all the description/information I have been given in that respect) and it is then ready to use. Its effectiveness was presented to me firsthand when crayon marks were accidentally scribbled on walls of a workroom in which I ran a community arts project. A parent returned the following day with a magic eraser and simply rubbed the marks away. Described as a ‘cleaning revolution’, it is said to clean: chrome, plastics, floor; walls, trainers and shoes; fridge/freezers and ovens, and further things like various alloys and items in the garage, bikes etc… yet the evidence that the Magic Eraser can really live up to its name can only be found by putting it to the test around …

Patchwork Cup and Heart Decorations from Clare Gage

I welcome the opportunity to feedback about a unique product that is handmade by Derbyshire based designer/maker, Clare Gage.Visit Website http://www.claregage.com The patchwork cup, like others from this collection, is inspired by textiles and encompasses the natural bend and fold, nip and tuck of woven cloth. Clare transforms these characteristics into individual moulds and cleverly re-creates the features of fabric in porcelain. Each cup is then individually finished with ‘stitches’ which Clare adds by hand. I was somewhat bemused by my sample piece from the cup collection at first. It is a splendidly uneven and quirky over-sized cup that stands approx 4” (10cm) tall and has a drinking circumference of 14” (approx 36cm). Alice in Wonderland’s crazy tea party immediately came to mind as I thought it not to follow the conventions of a straightforward teacup. The cups are chunky, solid, and stable – white in colour are glazed internally but have that matt like texture of porcelain on the outside. This type of material has a tendency to stain, however the cups are totally …

Quackers Collectables

Everyone loves a rubber duck at bath time. A gimmicky twist to the traditional yellow duck is OPAL of London’s Quackers range, where people characteristics can be identified and matched with a particular duck. Therefore, the product is not age specific. Diamante Duck (the Bird with Bling) for example, comes wearing a silver coloured, linked collar. The collar is sparkly and shiny. Whereas Darling Duck is pink with red hearts and wears a feather boa and is described as a ‘Frivolous Flapper’. Both these elaborate styled ducks would enhance the classic bath time experience along with any one from the twelve or so others available. Quackers are designed specifically for the novelty gift market and are categorized as ‘collectables’; be aware however, that each duck comes wearing a collar type accessory, as I have already mentioned, that could be a possible choking hazard, and, therefore, these bathing ducks are not suitable for children under 36 months. Boxes carry warnings that instruct the removal of collars before giving to a small child and before placing in …