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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 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 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 do I remove dried latex paint from carpet?

I dropped a brush while painting my office. We have brand new carpet and of course, I dropped the paint brush in a spot where there was no drop cloth >:( I thought since it's latex based paint I ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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How can I remove skunk smell from house?

I apologize in advance if this is off-topic but I'm in need of some help and not sure who to ask. Our dog got blasted by a skunk and went inside the house. We've got the dog under control but the ...
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How to remove bird droppings from woven patio furniture?

We have a set of patio furniture with a steel frame, but a loosely woven cloth seating surface. Since we live in a very wooded area, a chair was recently dive-bombed. I have a bucket and scrub-brush - ...
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Can I use an automatic pool cleaner designed for an above ground pool, in an inground pool? [closed]

I found a new Dirt Devil Pool Boy automatic pool cleaner for an above ground pool. However, I have an in ground pool, and I'm wondering what the difference is? Does it have to do with traction ...
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How do I clean gutters?

I am trying to clean the gutters of my house. Is there any special ladder that I need to use to do that? Do I also need some other tools? Any reference link or pictures will be highly appreciated. I ...
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How to clean a toilet pan properly?

What is the best way to clean my dirty toilet pan without damaging the enamel or something else?
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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 good are steam cleaners compared to vacuum cleaners? [closed]

Are steam cleaners better then the vacuum cleaners for cleaning carpets and kitchen? Does steam cleaners can also do vacuum cleaning?
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How can I clean and paint my basement floor?

The basement in my house I just purchased has remnants of paint on one half of the basement that is separated by a wall. The remaining paint is stuck down really well and I would like to paint over ...
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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, ...
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What is the best way to clean a brick paver patio?

Looking for ideas on how to best clean a brick paver patio. Background: I had a brick paver patio installed three years ago. The following year I had it sealed (not sure what product was used) with ...
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How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
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How should I clean and repaint a painted wooden deck?

My deck appears to have been painted with just a single layer of paint, which is now peeling off. I like the look of the paint (when it's in better condition, of course), and am uninterested in ...
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Kärcher RC 3000 alternative? [closed]

i am currently searching for an alternative to Kärcher RC 3000 robotic vacuum cleaner. The SIEMENS Sensor Cruiser has same build except the color. For me is important that the robot can clean the ...
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How can I repair damaged wood lacquer?

I've ruined a wooden, varnished table by putting a hot mug of tea down on it. In case that’s relevant, the cup was also slightly wet (only water). Now at the place where the mug stood is a ...
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Toilet bowl rim: Unblock mineral deposits inside holes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do my toilets flush slowly and often incompletely? Yep - got an old toilet, and the mineral scale inside (INSIDE inside) the rim is slowing the flush speed. I ...
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How long can I leave a paint brush and roller sleeve submerged in water without damaging them?

I'm painting my fence (with water based paint) and have more to do tomorrow. How long can I leave the paint brush in water until it's likely to be damaged? I think it's a synthetic bristled one. ...
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How can I remove graffiti from painted walls?

How do I remove graffiti (spray paint and permanent marker) from a wall previously painted with oil-base paint (or perhaps nitro paint - not sure) without damaging the original paint? I've seen a ...
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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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Is cleaning out the main sewer line a regular scheduled maintenance item?

I just had to have my main sewer line snaked, and the technician said it should be done once every 2 years. Is this really the case, or was he just trying to insure he has job security?
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How can I remove tiny dust particles from the air?

As a basic prep step before I painted, I sanded some of my walls. Later, I cleaned the area and swept up any visible dust particles. Now however, a member of my family is having difficulty breathing ...
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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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Should I be concerned with the accumulation of road cinder in my garage?

Albuquerque, like many municipalities during snow storms has its roadways scraped and covered in a sand cinder mixture. This winter has gotten off to an early start and the road crews have been out in ...
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How can I clean out the pressure switch port at the inducer housing on a Lennox G40UH furnace?

I have a Lennox G40UH(x) furnace, but the gas does not ignite, because water may have entered the system while raining, or the the pressure switch port at the inducer housing has just to be cleaned. ...
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How do I stop my vacuum belt from making a noise and smelling when using it?

Last week I had my Hover WindTunnel Max Multi-Cyclonic (Model # UH70601) vacuuming carpet on the bar floor setting. It started making a thwapping noise and smells like burned rubber when vacuuming ...
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How can I remove old tea stain from carpet/rug?

I once accidentally spilled some tea on my carpet, and since I was in hurry I couldn't clean the carpet at all. The stain is now dried up, and my landlord is asking me to replace the whole carpet. How ...
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How do I safely place an extension ladder on an uneven surface?

I'm a new first-time homebuyer who needs to clean out my gutters. They are jammed with fall leaves. My home inspector told me to get a ladder and a leaf blower to do the job. The only problem is ...
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is there such a thing as a pipe brush?

I've used Drano/Liquid Plumbr Foam to clean the bathroom sink drain, but that never cleans enough. There's always scum left over. I think I can clean it better if I follow up the Drano with a brush. ...
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How can I remove lichen and/or mold from plastic siding?

We have some kind of lichen or mold on the plastic siding on one side of the house. What's the best way to clean it off?
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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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Is zeolite effective for controlling room odor?

http://www.refreshinglyfree.com/Online-Catalog/Zeolite-Odor-and-Moisture-Control-Products says so, but I'm not entirely convinced.
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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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Can activated carbon eliminate odors in a bedroom?

http://www.ehow.com/how_5656042_use-activated-charcoal-odor-neutralizers.html says that it can eliminate odors, but it only recommends it for small spaces.
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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 ...