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How do I clean a very dirty refrigerator?

I just got a new house and inherited a very moldy and mildewy refrigerator. My first though it to get some cleaning spray with bleach and just go to town, but I'm worried the bleach might damage the ...
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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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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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How often should I run a bleach and water solution through condensate lines?

How often do you need to run a bleach and water solution through the condensate drain lines (of a heat pump) to keep the bacteria away? What are the recommended parts (e.g. 1 part bleach, 10 part ...
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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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How do I clean stains from rice pilaf from my off-white carpet and wall?

I spilled rice pilaf on my carpet and I don't know how to clean the stains it left. I picked up most of it, but as you can see, remnants of it still persist. It has now been sitting for about a day. ...
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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 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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How to clean rust in hard to reach points on a tool?

I have a cheap tool with some rust on it. It's probably cheaper to buy a new one than to clean it. But I wonder if is there any solution where I can drop it and retrieve it clean. Is there anything ...
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Is vinegar really an effective carpet cleaner?

I've been doing some research to find a way to clean cat urine from my carpet, and various sources say diluted vinegar works well. I've used vinegar as a weed killer, but I'm skeptical it will work ...
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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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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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How do I remove Great Stuff foam from my hands?

I should have worn gloves but sadly I didn't. Now I have yellow stuff all over my hands. I got most of the stickiness to go away by using WD-40. Is there anything that will get this off without giving ...
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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 can I treat brick efflorescence?

I have a new brick wall but large areas are becoming covered in white salty deposits; I want these removed - how can I do it? Update Thanks Niall. Just out of interest, can acid do damage to bricks? ...
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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 remove water-based emulsion paint from paving slabs?

On painting the bedrooms in our new house, we've gotten some (mainly) water-based paint on some of the paving slabs on the patio. A little of it may be oil-based gloss we used for skirting boards, but ...
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Can I paint a deck when wet weather is forecasted?

I am planning on painting my mothers deck and I have a limited amount of time. I am planning on painting it on Saturday, but I saw there is forecast for rain. I am wondering if it would be better to ...
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How to remove dry water based urethane varnish from mirror?

I recently varnished an hardwood frame for a mirror with a water based urethane varnish. My painter's tape did protect most of the mirror's edges, but it failed for one or two spots. The varnish found ...
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How do I remove a lead stain from my windows?

I have lead around my windows and after a new lead installation there has been a stain there for over a year. I have tried window cleaner and multi-surface cleaner but no success. I had an 'easy ...
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I cleaned the fridge and it still smells. What part should I clean / replace?

My last tenant was, to put it mildly, a slob. I spent several hours cleaning the fridge pictured below, with a steam cleaner and various cleaning products until it looked nearly new. I then removed ...
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How to quickly add soap to counter soap dispenser?

I've got granite counters with your basic top mounted soap dispenser. It really takes a half hour to get all of the soap into it. Unscrewing it is a HUGE pain and is faster but messy. Any way to ...
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How can I restore my carpet's pile after too much cleaning product was used?

I recently moved into my new place and have found that my carpet on my landing is completely flattened. I was told by a carpet cleaning company that it has been caused by too much cleaning product ...
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Can I put the burner head in the oven during self cleaning?

My renter moved out an left a grimy mess. The filth on the stove top actually backed-up into the nooks and carnies of surface burner head, and seems almost impassible to clean. Since the surface ...
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How do I clean a root cellar under my porch to make it suitable for food storage?

I have a root cellar under my porch. How should I clean loose stones on the floor and get rid of a musty smell so I can use the space as a safe food storage area. Small field mice entered and some of ...
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How can I get new sections of fencing to match the existing fencing?

I have a lot of Fencing. half of the fence has previously been Galvanized, I have also created a few new fence sections. My problem is that when the new fence gets galvanized, it will look too clean ...
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Is it worthwhile to have ductwork cleaned?

Was rearranging some ductwork in my basement, and noticed that the stuff I took down was pretty filthy inside (especially the return air ducts). Is it worthwhile to have ductwork cleaned out? What ...
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How can I remove old paint from wooden door frames?

There is paint in almost all door frames in my home. All of them were done because of clumsy paint job years ago. The paint is normal wall color (water soluble). I really need to get rid of the ...
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How do we properly clean a tumble dryer?

There were a couple of chocolates not removed from the pockets of my trousers when I threw it into the washing machine for a spin. After the wash, I threw the trousers (among other clothes) into the ...
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How can I clean powder of dry paint on carpet?

I removed old paint from the wall with a steamer. Now I have a lot of this old paint in the form of powder or very small pieces all over my carpet. It's OK because I plan to replace this carpet soon, ...
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Cleaning a dryer vent with a sharp elbow

Curious if there is a good solution for cleaning a dryer vent that has two sharp elbows in it, one next to the other. There is a 90 degree bend as soon as the vent enters the wall and another 90 ...
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Why does my dishwasher detergent get stuck?

My dishwasher isn't working like it's supposed to. Everything seems to be working fine, but then after the machine stops, I open the door and see that my glasses and plates are suspiciously grimy. ...
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How can I clean behind the electric grill element in my electric oven?

I can clean the whole of the inside of my oven but how can I clean the roof of my oven behind the electric grill element (which won't move)?
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How can I clean compacted critter nest from my gas fireplace flue louvers?

When the flue is open you can't see anything, but I could feel it on the louver (with gloves on!). The cap has been off for several years, and I had chimney monsters nesting this past spring, and ...
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Should tile floors be cleaned with vinegar only? Is the advice against using other solutions a myth?

After we had ceramic tile installed at our house, the company said we should just clean with vinegar and water mixture. However, I haven't been able to find anywhere online that says that using ...
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How do I remove concrete that has splattered on my brick pavers?

We installed a brick patio, and splatter from wet-cutting the bricks ended up on the installed bricks. How do I clean it?
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How can I figure out why my Roomba stopped vacuuming? [closed]

I have a Roomba 500 series, which would do its little dance going through every room in my house. When it's done, however, the dustbin is always left empty! (and the floor is still dirty) I noted ...
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How do you properly clean hardwood floors?

I've been cleaning my hardwood floors with all sorts of cleaners for the past 2 years and this has created a thin whitish film covering the floor that I can't wash away. I've tried scrubbing with a ...
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How long to wait before cleaning new tuckpointed brick mortar with muriatic acid?

I am about to retuckpoint my exposed brick wall with a custom mortar mix (1x hydraulic lime, 2.5x sand). Once I am done, I plan to clean the residue and other dirt from the bricks using muriatic ...
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How can I clean hydrogen peroxide stains?

I had a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and White vinegar in a cup. It fell on the floor and now there are stains (1 ft * 1 ft). How do I clean the stains?
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How do I disinfect a shopvac after possible contamination with hantavirus and other rodent diseases?

A family member accidentaly vacuumed up some mouse droppings, and I was wondering what I should do with the vacuum to prevent the spreading of Hanta virus and similar nasties. It's a shop vacuum with ...
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How can I remove excess commercial flooring tile adhesive?

I just covered the floor of my small indoor storage room with Armstrong commercial flooring tiles. I used the proper adhesive for the application that I got in the same department at the big box ...
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Should I remove dryer support roller residue and how?

I have a front-loading electric Whirlpool dryer (LER4634PQ0) that's got a sagging drum, making it noisy and causing it to soil clothes. I first noticed it via brown marks on my clothes caused by a ...
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How to remove two-component adhesive from a stainless steel surface?

My dad used a two-component adhesive when trying to glue a door stopper to our stainless steel radiator. However he read the manual wrong and now there is dried out glue on the radiator and the door ...
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How to clean a 100 year old piano

I have recently inherited a 100 year old piano that has not had any love in a long time. I have tried to clean it with vinegar and water but it persists in being VERY sticky. I don't want to harm it ...
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How to get rid of these white spots or fungus?

I am not sure actually what these are but if I don't stay in my room for few days or weeks these seems to grow everywhere these wires, clothes not on paper or wall though.. what are these why they ...
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How do I clean dripped paint from a wood floor?

I've painted the skirting boards in this room and the paint has dripped on to a pretty fresh stained and varnished floor. How can I get these paint marks off the floor without damaging the new stain ...
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How do I clean bleach marks off bluestone pavers?

I have bluestone tiles in an under cover outside area. I sprayed a household cleaner on sections of the pavers and used a high pressure washer to clean them. However upon drying they now have white ...
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How do I clean stainless steel?

We have just finished building a house and we have some small stains on a stainless steel door handle. I was wondering what was the best way to remove them? Unfortunately I'm not sure what's caused ...
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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, ...