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Did I ruin my bathroom faucet during descaling?

I wanted to descale my bathroom faucet (for taking showers), so I put some vinegar on a tissue and put it on the faucet. I left it for 7-8 hours and when I wake up my faucet looks like this: It ...
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How can I remove calcium deposits from a drain?

My shower drain has 4 plastic "teeth" that stick out into the center of the drain. From this I have found some stalactite calcium columns hanging down to the U bend. I tried to pull one of them up ...
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How can I remove a potent smell from leather?

We just bought two used leather chairs. They are in great condition, but they have a very distinct (rather unpleasant) smell to them.... Is there any safe way to remove this smell without damaging ...
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How can I clean water stains off my shower stall?

It is all glass (transparent) but has become translucent because of salt stains (slightly hard water). What is the best way to clean without using harsh chemicals? My toddler is allergic to harsh ...
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What should I place at the bottom of my couch to prevent miscellaneous items from going under it?

I know this is a silly question, but I was wondering if there was a simple solution to preventing items from sliding under our couch. We have a hardwood floor with a slightly raised couch on it. ...
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How do I clean marks from masking tape glue on my windows?

During the Hurricane Sandy, we placed tape on our windows in case the glass would break. The problem is, after removing the tape, it left a disgusting glue mark that it became impossible to remove. It ...
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Precaution before getting a whiteboard: carpet stains?

I'm considering getting a nice large whiteboard for my living room. The problem is: I've got a light-coloured carpet in the room and I'm afraid if the whiteboard marker ink leaves stains on the ...
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Proper methods for cleaning window sill

See photo. I'm not even sure I'm using the right terminology, because I don't know the name of this type of window. It's very hard to get these areas clean from the inside. Is it truly necessary to ...
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How can I clean very old wax from vinyl baseboards?

I have tried some of the homemade solutions recommended on the internet but nothing has helped remove old wax from the vinyl baseboards. I've tried baking soda/vinegar/dish soap combos. I don't want ...
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How can I clean the condenser coils on my Maytag freezer

The freezer part of the refrigerator in my kitchen is warm and I've come to realize the coils are quite dusty. But Maytag (and, I guess, Whirlpool) freezers don't have flat coils that I can easily ...
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How do I remove mildew from walls and ceilings?

My bathroom has some mildew on the walls and ceilings, and I desperately want to get rid of it. How can I remove it?
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How to white spray paint bath window for privacy?

What are tips to paint on privacy for bathroom windows? White spray paint sounds easy, but would make it harder to clean the window, would it not? Pros: Privacy with natural light. Window shades ...
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How do I clean a cheap blow torch?

I have one of those cheap Mapp gas + nozzle torches I'm using for sweat sodering and the tip clogged up today. How do I go about cleaning it?
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How can I unstick my ash dump door?

I recently had my fireplace inspected and started using it again. I went to clean the ash out and noted I had an ash dump door. This door appears to be stuck. I expect to be able to open it from the ...
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Should I be concerned about respiratory hazard from leftover/lurking silica sand from abrasive blasting (sandblasting)?

I know the media itself is a respiratory hazard while blasting (I'm told the silica sand itself breaks apart from the blasting and becomes dust-like). The area will be ventilated. However, I worry ...
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Good way to clean Stainless Steel Railing

I have a stainless steel fence in my garden. Its near the sea and constantly looks dirty and old. I think the steel is a Stainless 316 as opposed to 304. What cost effective cleaner could I use or ...
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What I do about mouse droppings in basement ceiling where I can't reach?

I had a mouse infestation a while ago - they were coming in from dryer and exhaust vents too close to the ground. I trapped the mice and fixed the vent/exhaust situation to prevent more from ...
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Are there any side effects of using sodium hydroxide as a mold-cleaner in the shower?

I've tried using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) to clean mold (mould) in the shower before on a patch test area, and it worked really well. This simply involves using drain cleaner (with gloves, open window ...
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How can I get the fireplace smoke smell out of my house?

I recently got a new apartment with a wood burning fireplace. One of the first nights I had a fire and was sure to open the damper. After the fire was over, I went to bed but left the damper open. ...
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Cleaning the stone of a hot-stone grill with a detergent

The user manual of my current hot-stone grill (Severin brand) reads that the stone may be cleaned under running water only and that no detergent shall be used. However, this way it can't be trully ...
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What is the least labor intensive way to clean these brass door knobs?

I have 14 of these to clean and am hoping there is some quick way to clean 30 years of accumulated kitchen muck off them. Brasso occurred to me. But I'm wondering if there is some solution I can ...
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How can I remove the residue that is building up in PEX tubing?

I have a pex plumbing system that has been slowly clogging / losing pressure. Our sulphur treatment system injects peroxide into the pressure tank then flows upstairs to the filter system. The ...
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How to get rid of mold on drywall

This bedroom was converted from a garage attached to the house. There's some black mold where the bed used to be. What's the best way to get rid of it?
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How long should I wait before using my electric oven after using WD-40 on the element mounting screws?

I had some rusted mounting screws that were holding the heating element in my electric oven. I sprayed them with WD-40 and got the element replacement put in. I have wiped the area down. How long ...
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How can I remove stinky radiator water from a rug?

While I was away I had a radiator leak in my apartment, to the point water was leaking into the apartment downstairs. My rug absorbed most of it, and absolutely stinks. What would be the best way to ...
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What is the fastest way to remove adhesive from ceramic tile?

What is the fastest way to remove adhesive from the ceramic tile? I have no patience for removing the adhesive by using an utility knife.
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How do i clean porous natural stone tile?

I recently moved into an apartment with porous natural stone tiles on the floor in the bathroom. After doing some re-grouting on the walls, I used a diluted solution of grout haze remover to clean ...
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What could be causing the copper green smells in my house when the furnace turns on?

We just re-did the rotting siding on my t1-11 sided fireplace. We replaced siding and covered it with hardi-plank. The problem is, when my furnace turns on, air is pulled from the fire place and the ...
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How can I safely get rid of the odor caused by EasyOff oven cleaner?

I recently cleaned my oven with something called EasyOff Fume Free. It worked great at getting the crud off my oven, but now, for the life of me, I can't get rid of the smell. The "fume free" part of ...
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How can I clean this metal box?

I have this metal box, I believe stainless steel. As seen in the following photos, this box has many grooves and details. These small grooves are filled with grime, dirt, gum, candle wax, smoke, some ...
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How can we prepare a nicotine stained room for painting without dangerous chemicals?

We need something that will completely cover up nicotine stains. The previous owner smoked in the house for probably 30-40 years before we bought it. The walls in the living room are severely stained. ...
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What types of surfaces can I use ammonia or isopropyl alcohol for cleaning?

Consider just NH3 and C3H8O (isopropyl alcohol) for their cleaning ability, in liquid form, on common hard surfaces (glass, aluminum, stainless steel, finished wood, PETE, etc). The action is just ...
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How do I remove the gluey residue left by gaffer tape on glass

Rather stupidly I taped up round the edge of some windows (eight windows both inside and out) before painting the woodwork (I'm not accurate enough to do it without taping) using gaffer tape rather ...
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How to remove markings from laundry sink

The laundry sink plug was blocked at one stage and did not drain properly. After the plug was unblocked there were markings which were left on the sides of the sink - see the image below: These ...
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How can I clean an office chair?

I recently bought a new office chair. It smells strongly of whatever chemicals it was treated with in the factory it was made in. I tend to get allergic reactions to unwashed clothes, and I believe ...
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Is it safe to use apple cider vinegar / baking soda to remove mold on (soft) plastic?

Will the (soft) plastic be eroded or produce bad chemical due to the low / high pH?
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Cleanest way to empty shop vac?

I've been cutting a lot of MDF and using my shop vac on the dust collection port of my table saw. I've never been a fan of emptying my shop vac but this definitely makes it worse. You can't place ...
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How do I source, remove, and prevent green mold on my aluminum windows?

I live north of the equator in a humid climate. The 2 north-facing windows pictured below only get direct light (lots of it) in the evening. We get a lot of rain. There is green mold growing from ...
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What is the easiest method to clean a bathroom floor that doesn't have a drain?

I recently moved to a new apartment and the bathroom does not have a floor drain. In my previous apartments, I used to pour/spray water on the bathroom floor while scrubbing with a brush and ...
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Cleaning a very dusty garage

My garage is mainly used for storage and, over many years, has become full of dust, cob webs, etc. I would like to use an area for exercise, but am concerned about the amount of dust in the garage ...
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How to get rid of spilled coffee scent?

Thought I managed to clean the coffee spill effectively; however, few days later the scent is still there. At this stage, what is a suitable way to removed coffee scent off a rugged floor?
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How can I prevent grease buildup on a dishwasher door?

I have noticed significant grease buildup on the bottom of my Whirlpool dishwasher's door. The dishwasher was purchased brand new in the early 2000s. I have heard that someone has already tried ...
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How to fix the chemical damage on my wood cupboard?

The cupboard had lots of oil, but I used "strong oven cleaner" to clean it. Now it has become black. I guess the surface has been damaged. How can I fix it?
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Can I use my wet-vac to shampoo my carpets?

I have an old Rainbow brand dry/wet vacuum that my mom got at a yard sale, similar to this model. My family grew up with this kind of vacuum at home, and it was useful not only for typical carpet ...
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Getting melted Tupperware and Play-Doh out of an oven

A child has managed to melt a Tupperware container full of Play-Doh to the bottom of an oven. How might I clean such a mess and get the oven back into operation? Though desirable, replacing the oven ...
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Dust reduction and removal?

I have a room with west facing windows (I dont think the direction bears any importance to this question), but for some reason this room seems to accumulate dust on surfaces a lot faster than other ...
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Removing Sand from blacktop

Recently my son's friends played a prank on our house. Specifically they dumped bags of sand on our basketball court in the backyard so that they could pretend to have a beach party. I am not sure how ...
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How do I fix sagging sofa back and seat cushions on a leather couch?

Around 18 months ago, I purchased a VRETA sofa bed - Mjuk black from IKEA for $1000. I have used this couch quite a bit either for watching TV, playing on my laptop or reading a book. As a result, ...
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What's the best way to remove Sharpie ink from a varnished bar top?

I need to remove some Sharpie ink that has somehow got into a varnished bar top. I've tried scrubbing at it with various cleaning products but nothing seems to work. What should I try next?
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How can I reduce the amount of dirt in my attic without affecting its ventilation?

Our house is a 1930's suburban build on the outskirts of London, UK. It has its original roof complete with massive gaps between the roof tiles and no felt. While this does provide great roof ...