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Remove cured Danish oil from tiles

My worktops are treated with Danish oil, and I appear to have got some on the tiled splashbacks and not noticed until it's cured (it's not very obvious except in daylight, I oiled by artifical light). ...
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Cleaning indoor concrete floor without damaging it

I just finished helping a colleague clean out his (large) garage at his new house. He's gradually converting it to a indoor gym for himself and his kids (ie: indoor swing set, toys, etc, with a small ...
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Matt black vinyl fabric for upholstery, cleaning/sealing?

I have been doing some upholstery using a cloth-backed vinyl with a matt-black finish. It looks great... until the oils from your hands or hair touch it. Is there a way to clean this type of fabric ...
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Cleaning large amounts of cat urine from an occupied house?

In a fit of altruism, I adopted five stray cats over a period of time. They came with some problems, which I expected, but two in particular have started something new: Urinating everywhere. It's ...
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How to clean inside wrought iron handrail on saircase

I have a wrought iron handrail in my home that has black gunk on it about 1/32" thick in the groves. It comes off easily if I scratch it with my fingernail. The junk is not really noticeable, since ...
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Is marijuana smoke removal similar to tobacco smoke cleanup?

I live in Oregon, USA, and the state has recently legalized marijuana. I have a tenant who smokes daily. I've visited a few times and the home always smells of pot. I know how tobacco smoke can ...
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Dishwasher drip tray (de)calcification?

Recently, my dishwasher (Whirlpool ADG 9999M, about 10--15yo) stopped working with some standard error. After getting the manuals, I decided to inspect the drip tray: it was full of water. I ...
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Table top damage

I just got a new coffee table. My boyfriend sat a tube of Icy Hot down on the table and it leaked! Now there is this goo on the table. I gently tried to clean it off, but the finish comes off with ...
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What type of cleaner should I use to remove a puke stain from concrete?

My cat puked on the basement floor in a couple places, but I can't seem to clean the stain. So far I've tried simply mopping with Pine-SolĀ®, which didn't work. Then I tried scrubbing/mopping with ...
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What should I do about mold in the corner of a bedroom?

I have what I think is a cold corner in a bedroom. Before we moved in, there was wall paper up for a number of years (as per the house selling photos and when we moved in, house was for sale for 2 ...
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How should I clean remnants of a melted dish from the heating element of a dishwasher?

The lid from a coffee cup spent a cycle melding with the circular heating element at the bottom of my dishwasher. While it wasn't too hard to pull it off, there is still some plastic and rubber ...
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Is white vinegar as effective against black mold as rice or apple vinegar?

Does anyone know if you can use white vinegar to irradiate black mold from inside window panes? I see they mention rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar; is there a difference on how those react with ...
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Cleanup after carpet spill

I just spilled 14 ounces of this stuff (an energy drink containing fructose and small amounts of fruit and vegetable juices) on my (probably nylon but I'm not sure) carpet. I immediately covered ...
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What else can I use to clean glass windows?

I have a job scheduled that involves getting a house ready to sell. The customer wants it cleaned and polished as she is putting it on the market. It's a 3 story 1950's era house that has a lot of ...
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How to clean brush after polyurethane?

I used a brush to apply polyurethane on some trim work. I tried cleaning it thoroughly with paint thinner after but still got poor results--the brush bristles would stick together and the brush was ...
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How to remove some unknown sticky dirt from a window?

This happens on my car, but it could happen in any home window. Therefore, I post here. My car has some unknown sticky dirt on the window. I have no clue what it is. I can remove some of the dirt by ...
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Can I run a pressure washer without detergent in the tank?

I've read through two manuals on two different pressure washers and neither of them actually say flat out that you must not run the pressure washer with the detergent tank being empty. They both say ...
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remove stain from granite tile

I have a bathroom tiled with granite tile floor and walls. the granite is sealed with xypex (seems to be still well sealed) and is a salt and pepper quartzite granite. (see pic) one of the tiles ...
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How safe are flammables as indoor cleaners?

I just cleaned some range hood duct with Seafoam. I was wondering how long after initial application things like it or rubbing alcohol remain active on the surface to present a fire hazard. How do you ...
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Why do many construction projects leave so many nails behind?

I just had a significant amount of work done on my house and the contractors left lots of nails scattered around my yard. I have a two-part question: Is this typical? If it's typical, why is it ...
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What is the best way to clean internal wood that has black marks/patches on it?

What is the best way to clean internal wood that has black marks/patches on it? I have tried scrubbing it with hot water and sugar soap, it has made some difference but not a lot. Is there ...
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Is there a way to make toilet porcelain dirt and stain resistant?

I'm sure this problem is present all around the world as toilet brushes are ubiquitous in every toilet I've ever been to. But this is the 21st century, there must be a better solution! Is there a ...
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removing deposits from the toilet bowl

I've had tenants that I guess used the toilet but never flushed. Anyways, I'm unable to remove the yellow/brown deposits from the bowl, they seem to be really hard rock-like formations - I've ended up ...
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Best way to take wood glue off of tools?

I try to clean my tools after working with wood glue but i always miss a spot here or there. My square is covered with wood glue because i didn't clean it fast enough. Whats the best way to take the ...
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How can I remove odor of spilled sewage under the sink?

My plumber did a really poor job when he replaced a pipe under my kitchen sink because he spilled the remaining sewage in the pipe all over the place. As a result it smells really bad under the sink ...
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How do I remove wet latex paint from carpet?

I have just stepped into latex paint and walked onto the carpet by accident. I haven't done anything yet it just happened. How do I remove the paint from my carpet?
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What type of material is this shower base?

I have a shower in my apartment with a pretty dirty base. I'd love to give it a real good cleaning, I haven't tried much yet, but I think the best strategy would be to determine the material of the ...
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Remove dried adhesive remover from grout

Need some recommendations for how to remove white residue from the grout between ceramic tiles. The white residue is from adhesive remover. Adhesive remover was applied to the tile and grout to ...
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How should I remove baking soda from my carpet?

I had an issue with wet carpet in my room. I dried it using clothes and towels as much as I could but after that I put baking soda on it. Google seemed to suggest it was a good idea. I thought you ...
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What is this weird splotchy dust growing under my table?

I store a little swivel desk stool underneath my ping-pong table in the basement and I noticed one day that the cloth on the chair looked like it had round water stains. I then folded the table sides ...
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How can I tell if soda blasting was really done?

We're restoring a fire-damaged house and hired a subcontractor to do smoke remediation, after we'd stripped the house down to the studs. The contractor was supposed to soda-blast all surfaces, clean, ...
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How can I clean grease from a carpet?

Accidentally put a greasy material on my carpet. I tried to give it a dry clean, but no luck. What else could I do to remove that greasy stain?
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smoke smell from the chimney/fireplace?

With woodstove removed and not being reinstalled, how do we get rid of the burned wood smell in the fireplace/chimney?
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How do I clean up white dust and spots “blooming” on rubber?

I have a number of designer rubber hooks (Ikea) of varying colors hanging from the wall. The black and red hooks have white spots (not pictured) all over them. I have read that this whiteness ...
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How to clean pine wood floor (kitchen)?

I bought an older apartment with wooden floor, so I have no idea what kind of wood is it, what protection was used for it and what actually is that dirt. I was trying to clean it with soap water. ...
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How can I route an in wall dryer vent through double top plate?

I am looking to move the washer/dryer into the 1st floor walk in closet. Part of the process is putting in a dryer vent. I have seen some in wall vents for dyers and considering that as an option. ...
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How to handle dirt caked in excavator bucket

I'm digging a basement with an excavator. It's been some rain, and so the dirt is caking in the bucket. I clean it when I have to, but it's a pain. Any tips for dealing with it?
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How can I remove Algae from my hot water system?

I live in Christchurch, NZ in a cold drafty house with crap plumbing. Some time ago there was a storm which blew the lid off our header tank (which just sits on the roof) but I didn't notice it had ...
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Cleaning up very old oak and other hardwood roof beams

I am building a stone barn and have just acquired an assortment of very old oak and other hardwood beams (with nails, dirt, the lot) to be used to construct the barn roof. A lot of this wood is filthy ...
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Remove white stain from countertop

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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Shock treating a home, or rooms with ozone

I have an older home, complete with a damp basement and some musty smells around the house. We're in the process of renovating but that will probably take a while for us to get around to ripping out ...
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Stains on paneling

I have runs on my tongue and groove paneling. They were caused by an extremely high humidity level combined with the stain on the wood itself. The runs have been dry approx. 2 months. Any ideas about ...
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update/refresh kitchen cabinets

I have builders grade cabinets. They are smooth fronts (sort of modern) they are dark brown and not varnished or stained. I think sort of melamine front....definitely a man made product...so I can't ...
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In layman's terms how much pressure is 4000 psi?

4000 psi sounds like a lot. That's what some pressure washers can go up to. Just how much pressure is that? What are some real world examples that would help explain that kind of pressure?
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Cleaning Up Matted Down Foliage In Tight Space

This is my bulkhead area after the winter. I didn't really get a chance to get in there and clean out all the leaves before the snow came in, so I'm stuck with all the compressed dead leaves and ...
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Strange odor in home

We have an unusual odor in our house. It doesn't smell like garbage, or anything rotten, just a sharp pungent smell as soon as you enter the house. It almost smells like stained wood that has got wet. ...
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How can I undo damage done to a newly tiled floor?

I feel I was (ill-)advised to clean my new beige, mat ceramic tiled floors using this recipe: 3 parts heated vinegar to 1 part water, brush solution in very vigourously with stiff floor-brush then ...
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Removing a mold stain (not mold) from carpet

** Everything I tried searching was about how to remove mold. Just to be clear, I need to remove the mold stain not the mold itself. This is actually for a car, but carpet is carpet right? I believe ...
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How do I clean stains from suction cups on a shower wall (enamel)?

There are two shower stalls I've used in the recent past at different locations, and I put different suction cup based hooks, holders, dispensers etc in each them. What I believe are enamel shower ...
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How can I clean my fiberglass tub that was cleaned with abrasives to make it white and shiny

I used an abrasive cleaner on my new fiberglass tub. How can I remove the stains and dullness.