We're always looking for new ways to clean the grime from thrift store finds and restore their former glory . I have a planter addiction and have a few in my collection with stubborn hard water deposits in them. Nothing would get them out: soaking for hours, magic eraser (a favorite), goo gone, conventional scrubbing, until I tried my roommate's Brillo steel wool soap pads out of desperation.
Before: You can see this planter isn't fit to sell, I was about to get desperate and mark it on deep clearance, donate it, or fill it with a succulent to try to sell it (Which would have been a waste, potted planters never sell for me anymore.)
After: The Planter is like new again, yay! Took a couple of scrubbing and rinsing sessions but happened rather quickly. I used the method on two more planters which I was promptly able to sell for $50.00 instead of $2.00 on clearance!
Favorite Thrift Store Cleaners Review:1) Goo Gone for very stubborn sticker and other sticky residue.
2) Magic Eraser (or similar knock-offs) for brightening dull finds, sticker residue, pen/marker marks, practically anything! Can quickly make old things look like new again! Just spot check first because it can "erase" paint.
No damage befell the planters, I never would have thought to use the Brillo steel wool soap pads before since they're rarely in my apartment but it makes perfect sense. I'm sure it'll work for the most stubborn stuck-on grime, but I'd spot-check to ensure it doesn't damage the surface first. (This would be perfect for teapots too which often have hard water deposits.)
What are your favorite methods for cleaning up thrifted finds? Any spot cleaning tips for clothing? I'm always looking for more. For thrifted finds and myself, I'm clumsy...