Monday, July 17, 2017

Sincere Incompetence

In a fit of preciousness, I cut up a worn and shrunken cashmere sweater into the small squares I prefer to use for polishing metal. The squares live in empty tissue boxes alongside disposable vinyl gloves and the pricey German chrome polish I get at motorcycle shops or the lamp boutique in Wallingford.

In the same spirit of high-end maintenance, I ordered a book on conserving domestic artifacts that is recommended by the Roadshow. The vendor was Higher Education Products. Wool, it turns out, is not good for metals, so the cashmere is on its way to the fiber recycling program at the Giant Thrift Chain.


Nothing betters a polishing square cut from a worn t-shirt. House painters like them, too -30-

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