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How do I clean teak oil off of a paint brush?

I painted my outdoor wood table with teal oil last summer. I'd like to do it again using the same brush, but now the brush is stiff and gummed up. Last time I used it I washed it off with warm water, ...
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What should I use to wash the walls in my kitchen prior to repainting them?

I am repainting the walls in my kitchen. I am sure grease has accumulated. The instructions say to "wash the walls", but do not say what with. Should I use vinegar, Clorox, Tide, ...?
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Sanding vs power washing vs chemical cleaning wooden deck for restoration

There seems to be various methods for cleaning and preparing a wooden deck for restoration. Some how-to's that I have read strongly advise against power washing. Some sources suggest a combination ...
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How do I clean vinyl siding without a pressure washer?

My vinyl siding is turning green from mildew and I have to clean it up this weekend. I let a friend borrow my pressure washer at the beginning of the summer, and he's out of the country for awhile. ...
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How can I access the lint duct assembly of a Maytag Centennial dryer?

We have a Maytag Centennial dryer (Model # MGDC700VW0) that has had its lint filter neglected too many times in-between runs. When the lint filter is over-full, pulling it out actually lets lint ...
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Why do my clothes smell when I dry them outside on line but they are fine when tumble dried?

When I tumble dry my clothes they smell fine. When I line (outside) dry them they smell quite bad, a musty stale smell. In both instances they have been taken out of washing machine quite quickly ...
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How do I clean the drain line on my ice machine?

I have an under counter ice machine from Kitchen Aid. U was going to clean it, but it took overnight for the water to drain. I used a small brush to try to unclog the drain and some yellow gunk came ...
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What is an alternative to a vacuum cleaner for cleaning carpets?

There are reasons we are not interested in a vacuum cleaner at the moment. I'm sure the same applies for other people. Is there an alternative that can get rid of dirt as well as pick up bigger ...
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How can I refresh the finish on my kitchen cabinets?

I am getting ready to put my house on the market and I would like to clean \ "restore" my kitchen cabinets. They are an oak cabinet that aren't painted, they are stained. I don't know exactly what ...
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How can I get the 2-part epoxy smell out of concrete?

Six months ago or more, my friend used a 2-part epoxy (no longer have the packaging, but it's a double-syringe with clear liquids, purchased at Home Hardware) on something, and some of it (one or both ...
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How do I clean up linseed oil?

One of the many things I loathe about our kitchen cabinets is that although they're stained to a mahogany tone dark brown, the undersides of the uppers (which are visible from our kitchen table) are ...
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How do I get leftover tape stickiness off of plastic surfaces?

Okay...there's kind of a long story behind it, but I have left-over stickiness on the front of my alarm clock because it was bright, and I didn't notice a switch on it. It's from scotch tape that's ...
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Do gas fireplaces need chimney cleaning?

Is it necessary to have the chimney cleaned by chimney sweeping service if I use a gas imitation fireplace log (no wood) exclusively? If so, what is the reason? What is the root cause for chimneys ...
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How can I get rid of the smell of spilled milk from my carpet?

I recently had a pierced milk carton spill around 2 pints of milk into the rear footwell of my car. I have tried various things to get rid of the smell (pet urine remover, Dettol). It works for a ...
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How can I clean exterior pebble dashing?

The exterior walls of my house mainly consist of pebble dashing. I plan to clean the walls as currently there is a small amount of red dye appearing (I think this is coming from the brickwork ...
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How should I clean my slate and stucco outdoor patio area?

I have a patio with a slate floor, with (what used to be) a bright white grout of some sort, surrounded by stucco half-walls that are topped with additional slate. The stucco has a rough surface. ...
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How can I clean tile debris from the bottom of my pool?

After changing tiles, I have lots of tile/thinset debris on the bottom of the concrete pool. Robot cleaner does not pick it up, since they are too heavy for it. I did try to manually vacuum it by ...
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Robotic vacuum for pet owner

I'm trying to select a robotic vacuum that will cleanup my apartment on daily basis (3 cats is a lot :) ). Which one should I try? I was thinking about iRobot but with no mapping mechanism they seem ...
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How do I remove stuck-on stains from laminate flooring?

I recently bought a fixer-upper house that has light-colored laminate plank flooring. It would be really nice, if I could get it clean. It has stuck-on stains, like someone left melted ice cream on ...
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How do I remove an unknown stain from my carpet?

I just moved into a place and underneath my bed there's a weird spill. I'm Not sure what it is: it's dark red and thick and dry. Is there any way to clean it or if not cover it up so it doesn't spread ...
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What is the proper personal protective equipment and procedures for removing mouse nesting that may contain Hantavirus?

Me and my uncle are working on cleaning stuff (various auto parts and tools built up over the last 60 or so years) out a garage on my parents' property prior to demolishing it. There are multiple ...
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How can I clean silicone mastic stains from a bath-tub and tiles?

I was redoing the silicone dilation around the bath-tub, using the silicone mastic from a tube. Unfortunately, I stained the tub and a tile with silicone. You cannot see it really, but they got quite ...
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Why do the rotating brushes on my Hoover vacuum only work when it's in the upright position?

I have the blue Hoover pet cyclonic vacuum. It worked fine for a few months, but now when I push the foot lever to lower the handle when I vacuum, the brushes stop spinning on any carpet level ...
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How can I clean oil stains from vitreous floor tiles?

My vitreous floor tile gets dirty very quickly. It retains the stains of oil, or any other wet material. I have even seen water leaving temporary wet stains while cleaning them. Is this normal ...
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How can I remove paint stains from a bathtub?

I was cleaning my paint brush, bucket and roller in my bathtub. Afterwards I noticed that I stained a couple spots of the bathtub. The stains are a light blue (the paint was a dark blue). I am not ...
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Spray bottle w/ vinegar solution…eventually makes spray bottle not work…why?

I bought two spray bottles intending on using it for cleaning solutions. I filled one with a 50/50 vinegar/water solution for household cleaning. After a few weeks of use, the pumping action on the ...
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What type of cleaner should be used to remove “hand sludge” from a varnished wood railing?

You know what I'm talking about, right? That dark grey sludge that builds up on hand rails over the years? I inherited a case of sludgy hand-rails when I bought my first house and I'd like to clean ...
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How do you wash brushes? [duplicate]

I know this sounds like a dumb question, but I am interested in any brush washing tips that help prolong the lifetime of my brushes. Water-based paints are easy, but with paints that require thinners ...
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How can I remove an energy gel stain from my carpet?

I appear to have a small solid 'clump' on my carpet. I'm guessing that it is from an energy gel, which is basically corn syrup mixed with water. Usually I'm pretty good on carpet stains (hey, I'm ...
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What is the best way to wash away a bleach cleanser in the shower?

When I spray a bleach spray into my shower to destroy mildew growing on my shower tiles, I always have a hard time trying to rinse the cleanser solution off. My shower doesn't have a hose - the nozzle ...
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what is the easiest way too clean adhesive residue from glass?

Stickers have left residue on some windows and old glass jars. I have typically used acetone to clean the residue but is there a better / easier way?
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How do I remove cat spray smell from the exterior of the house?

My in-laws have a cat problem. The neighborhood cat is spraying the outside of their house and evidently it really stinks. How can they get rid of the smell?
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How do I properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?

What is the minimum amount of dust that can be left on a wall before it adversely affects primer application? If it has to be completely free of dust, how do you get it all? Taking a damp rag over ...
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How can I remove hair dye stains from a porcelain sink?

Anyone have any suggestions about how to do this? I've tried Comet, bleach and windex, all applied with plenty of elbow grease, but the stains aren't budging. Any other ideas?
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How can I get my shower tiles really clean?

My shower tiles in my apartment are kind of nasty, and I've tried spraying them with Clorox Bleach Foamer and also Tilex:Mold & Mildew and then scrubbing with a magic eraser thing. I can try ...
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How can I remove a moisture mark from a wooden table?

I have a white mark on my wooden dining table that was caused by a potted plant sitting there for too long without a saucer. Attempts to clean it off have been futile because it seems not to be a ...
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What are the red streaks in my toilet occasionally?

What are the red streaks in my toilet occasionally? It seems to come from where the water flows when flushing and go around the bowl. Sometimes settling in the bottom where the little bit of water ...
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Should I have my old ceiling vacuumed before installing insulation?

My house (built about 1890) has no insulation in the roof and so I plan to put in insulating batts. There is a lot of old dust and a few possum droppings up there, and I have heard that the dust can ...
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Is there an alternative and less toxic way to clean an oven than using oven spray?

I have drippings that have caked on to the botton surface of my oven. Now, every time we use the oven, they start to smoke and set off the smoke detector. What are some natural ways to clean the ...
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How can I get windshield wiper fluid stains out of my garage floor?

My car's windshield wiper fluid reservoir had a leak and quite a bit of it soaked into my garage floor (which is a light concrete). It happened over night, so it soaked quite a bit. Now the floor is ...
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How do I clean a sink overflow drain?

I want to clean inside the hole of the bathroom sink that is used to control overflow. I can stick my finger in there, and rub off a small circle's worth of stuff, but I'd like to clean it more than ...
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How can I remove styrofoam bits from my equipment?

Is there a way to remove Styrofoam bits from my equipment efficiently?
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What are some easy non-expensive ways to clean a toilet?

In particular, the exterior of a toilet. My parents tell me to wipe the outside and surrounding floor of the toilet with a diaper several times (and then to wash the diaper with water in the sink ...
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How do you remove hard water drop stains from (shower) glass?

I wanted to apply Rain-X to the inside of glass walls in the shower to minimize upkeep and prevent further water stains. But if possible, I would like to get the glass really clean first. The previous ...
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Should I use sugar soap or denatured alcohol to clean nicotine from painted walls?

I'd like to clean nicotine off of painted walls, but I'm not sure if I should use sugar soap, or denatured alcohol (methylated spirits). Which would do a better job all-around, specifically for ...
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How do I clean ballpoint pen marks from an LED TV screen? [closed]

My kid was playing with a pen and she drew a few lines on the TV screen. I tried to remove it with water just after it happened, but it didn't work. Now the lines have been on the TV for a few ...
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How to clean feet of wooden chairs to replace felt pads-

I am using and caring for a set of wooden chairs (hand-carved backs) belonging to a family member.I need to add new felt pads to the feet of most of these, as some have had old ones fall off (the ...
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How to remove/clean black mold?

What is the best way to remove black mold from wood? Specifically, the mold on my back porch is black mold. Is the best option to use something like Kilz over it?
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How do I get rid of this mould?

Can anyone tell me how I can get rid of this black mould? It has appeared in the corner of our window ledge, as well as all around the bathroom ceiling. There is no texture to it, it seems very flat ...
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How can I remove a coffee stain from carpet?

Recently a cup of coffee was spilled on the carpeting of our home. We tried to get the stain out with a chemical solvent to no avail, and called in the experts. Unfortunately due to our preprocessing, ...