Make Grout Gleam
When it comes to stained grout, sometimes you need to bring out the big guns. Carefully mask the edges of your tile with painter’s tape to protect them. Then fold a piece of sandpaper in half and slide the bent edge precisely into the crevice that houses the grout to sand out persistent stains. Prevent the problem from returning by sealing the grout before using the area again.
Get a Grip
New shoes have a tendency to slip and slide on smooth surfaces. Scuff up the soles with sandpaper to give your kicks more tread and avoid any embarrassing tumbles. You can also apply sandpaper to slippery stair treads as an extra precaution to reduce slips and falls.
You can still sharpen your chisels even if you don’t have an expensive sharpening stone. Glue or tape sandpaper to the top of a super-flat, smooth surface. Then gently and evenly lay the angled part of the chisel down onto the sandpaper and draw it back toward you in smooth strokes. Start with coarse grit, then slowly move on to finer and finer grit.
Slugs don’t like to traverse abrasive surfaces that irritate the underside of their soft bodies. Put 80-grit sandpaper around the top of your raised garden beds and on the sides of your container pots to keep these slimy creatures away. Make sure to use the waterproof variety, though, or you’ll end up not only with slugs, but also with a soppy, gritty mess to clean up.
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Remove Fuzz from Fabric
If you're engaged in a constant struggle trying to remove pills from your sweaters, upholstery, or blankets, try using sandpaper to take off those annoying fuzzies. A few strokes in a single direction should return your fabrics to like-new status. If you're concerned about ruining the fabric, test in an inconspicuous area first to be safe.
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Speed Up Seeds
Some seeds have a particularly water-resistant exterior that makes it difficult for them to sprout quickly. Speed up the process by rubbing the sides of the seed with medium-grit sandpaper to wear away the hard coating and allow water to penetrate more easily. Avoid making deep scratches, and plant immediately after for best results.
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