Numerous reports locally of the passing of Bernice Madigan. She was the oldest women in Massachusetts at 115 years and 163 days old. She was a truly lovely person and will be missed by all. If you would like to read a nice local article and see past pictures of events in her life, click here.
This week we were among the lucky few that received a Christmas letter from Bennie Madigan. At 115 years old she is not only the eldest in our home state of Massachusetts, but also number 5 in the world and number 4 in the US. Her new motto is ” I intend to live forever. So far so good.” Merry Christmas Aunt Bennie and Merry Christmas to all our readers too.
In a lot of machinist tools we came across a L. S. Starrett Co. No 160 set of Tool Makers Steel Clamps. These 2″ clamps are usually found in pairs and were used for layout work or holding work securely in drilling and other such operations. This tool has a smooth case hardened finish, so Simichrome made quick work of cleaning it up. All we used was a little dab of Simichrome right from the tube, about the size of a pencil eraser, and spread it evenly on all surfaces with our fingers. A good trick is to protect your hands with nitrile gloves. That way they stay not only clean, but spread the polish very effectively with no waste. Simichrome is a bit pricey, but it works very well and a little goes a long , long way. On the knurled surfaces of the screw handle and treads, we used a horse hair detail brush to get the polish worked into the crevices. Once applied, just wipe it down with a soft microfiber cloth such to get results like you see in the picture below. If you would like to buy some Simichrome polish for your self, click here to buy it from our recommended Simichrome polish distributor.
Do you have a California Faucet? Depending on the finish different polishes are recommended by the manufacturer to maintain your faucet’s finish and not void any warranty. To maintain all finishes, California Faucet tells you to wipe your faucet after every use with a soft cloth such as a microfiber cloth, to prevent water spotting and mineral build up. Clean & wax regularly with their recommended “Faucet Brite” polish as it contains not only a gentle cleaner but also leaves a soft wax finish. Faucet Brite is a hard to find item that can be purchased on line by clicking here. For their living finishes, California Faucet suggests you use Renaissance Wax instead. In general they say when cleaning your faucets to stay away from abrasive and agressive chemicals such as soft scrub, ammoniated products such as as window or tile cleaners, bleach or abrasive cleaning pads.
As with any finish on a kitchen or bath fixture, don’t let water sit on them for a prolonged period of time, nor collect around the base of the faucet.
If you have not cared for your nickel finishes on a regular basis, California Faucets recommends using a stronger cleaning agent such as Flitz or Semi-Chrome.
To review California Faucets cleaning recommendations for its powder coat, nickel, 24K gold, PVD & living finishes, click here to go to their website.