Another hint from Heloise

This time, it’s helped me find my next career: I am going to become a professional snow-globe restorer. I’m sure the demand must be great:

Dear Heloise: Is there anything that can remedy the WATER IN A SNOW GLOBE when it becomes very clouded and discolored? I’m a Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance reader, and I look forward to your answer. — Louise O., Staten Island, N.Y.

Don’t you just love snow globes? Such a simple thing that makes us smile! First, does it have a plug? If so, you can carefully empty the water and refill with distilled water using a turkey baster. Older globes were made using water, but today almost all are manufactured with a synthetic liquid — glycol (i.e., antifreeze). If yours is a new one, leave it to a professional to take care of the globe.

If your snow globe does NOT have a plug but is sealed, you may need to send it to a skilled restorer to clean.

To store your snow globes, keep them in a temperature-controlled area, away from sunlight. Too much heat and the water will evaporate. Direct sunlight also can cause the colors to fade. — Heloise