Arren Williams is the name, and I'm a stylist, editor and trend reporter. You'll catch my work regularly popping up in print in the likes of the National Post, House & Home and elsewhere. I'm also a guest expert on Citytv's CityLine, and you can occasionally find me on HGTV as well as on ABC 7 News in Chicago.

To keep things fun I've tapped a couple of friends - Julia Black and Jenn Hannotte - to contribute their views on design too. Enjoy!


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Ask Arren > Borax and vinegar?

Hi Arren. On Cityline you mentioned using Borax and vinegar to remove knife marks on plates. I purchased Borax (not cheap!) and tried using the combination on my plates ... I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed, and it didn't do anything. Do you have any suggestions or tips? Does it only work on certain types of dishes? Thanks.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Hi Donna, The Borax and vinegar combo worked best for me when it was mixed into a goopy paste. Then, using paper towels and a lot of elbow grease the knife marks were removed. If that doesn't work for you you can try a product called Bar Keeper's Friend, which is a bit pricier than Borax, and found at specialty kitchen supply stores. Another option - which is a bit more drastic - can be to use extra fine steel wool dampened and rubbed on the surface. I'd try this option as a final solution and only on dishes that weren't considered a family heirloom!

Good luck! Oh, and Borax just happens to be a great laundry detergent booster too, btw.

May 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterArren

Thanks Arren.

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna