If you need to smooth some wood, sandpaper is where it's at. But what else can this gritty tool accomplish? All kinds of stuff! Here are four of sandpaper's best kept secret skills:
Sharpening Scissors. Dull scissors aren’t very useful. And nothing is more frustrating than trying to get your snip on unsuccessfully. Avoid that problem and get cutting again in no time with some sandpaper. Place a sheet of 150 or 200 grit sandpaper down on a table. With your scissors, cut the sandpaper into three long stripes. With each snip, the scissors will become sharper.
Defeating Tight Lids. A tightly sealed lid can become more of a workout than a set of dumbbell curls. But a fitness trial may not be what you have in mind when you reach for the pickle jar, so save your arm strength by grabbing a piece of low-grit sandpaper. With the grit-side down, cover the lid with sandpaper. Then twist! The extra grip is the secret – you’ll get way more bang for your twisting-buck!
Preventing Falls. According to the Home Safety Council, falls are the most common home injury, and stairs create a lot of falls! If your basement or garage stairs are somewhat treacherous, attach sandpaper to the edge of each stair tread with contact cement. Old strips from a belt sander work well for this. Tip: Don’t want sandpaper messing with your décor? Focus on your shoes! Rub sandpaper along the bottom of any slippery soles to create some traction.
Erasing Grout Stains. If your grout has reached alert-level griminess, your standard grout-cleaning tactics may need some back-up. Sandpaper to the rescue! The abrasiveness of the sandpaper literally rubs surface stains away. Fold a piece of 200 grit sandpaper in half – make sure the grit side of the paper is facing out – and rub back and forth along the grout line. Note: Be sure to keep the sandpaper pressed against the grout, not the tile.