Where we live, we are surrounded by orchards. So much so that it is pretty much a right of passage for the teenagers in our town to work either in the orchards themselves or sorting the bad fruit from the good fruit on conveyor belts. I spent a couple of summers sorting cherries. Because of all the orchards, it is pretty easy to find old wooden crates. I have 8 of them and I am getting ready to put them all to good use as storage in my upstairs. These wooden crates combine my love of crates, with youthful memories of working for the fruit growers. The problem with them is that they sometimes come with labels on them that are in pretty bad shape. But with a few simple tips, they are easily removed!
The first thing you need to do is put a wet dish cloth on tip of the label. Let it soak for about 30 minutes.
Using a plastic (not metal!) putty knife, gently scrape the label off.
Next you will need to clean the crate really well. I have details instruction in my post about sanitizing reclaimed wood, but basically you scrub it with hot soapy water, and then steam it.
The steamer that I use is the HomeRight Steam Mop Plus. I adore it! I’m convinced it can clean anything. I’ve cleaned things like mattresses, rugs & carpet, ovens, toilets, tile grout, windows, etc. And it can steam the wrinkles out of clothes, curtains, tablecloths, and pillows. It is one of my favorite tools I own and I since I am a brand ambassador, I get to give one away!
*Must be 18 years or older and a resident of the USA at the time of the contest. Giveaway will run from July 24, 2015 until August 1, 2015. The winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be shipped by HomeRight.
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