For questions relating to the removal of dirt, debris and other unwanted foreign material from various surfaces and porous materials, including methods, tools and supplies, and expected results.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

7
votes
8answers
15k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
148 views

How do I prevent my gable vents from clogging with ice?

This is the first time I have seen this happen in my 6+ years of owning my home. It is an older home (45+ years), but has gable vents on both ends (facing east and west). It has always vented well in ...
3
votes
2answers
306 views

How do I clean a stainless steel gas cooktop without harming the surface?

How does one remove the burnt-on grease spots on a stainless steel gas cooktop without harming the stainless? I have used all types of gentle detergents.
0
votes
1answer
43 views

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?
1
vote
2answers
95 views

How do I clean oil stains in yellow marble?

How to clean oil stains from yellow (its natural color) marble?
0
votes
2answers
37 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
39 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

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 ...
5
votes
6answers
11k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
85 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
297 views

What is the best way to remove hair from carpets?

We do have a vacuum cleaner, but unfortunately that does not do a good job. I do not mind purchasing a new one, but I am going to be here only for the next 3 - 6 months and I would rather not buy ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

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. ...
0
votes
5answers
79 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
211 views

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, ...
5
votes
6answers
24k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
83 views

How do I remove the top sash of a medium size new double glazed window?

How do I remove the top sash of my new double glazed window to wash the outside (while remaining inside the house). I was able to lift the bottom and lean it inside the room and thoroughly clean it ...
3
votes
8answers
20k views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
5k views

What is the best way to remove dried egg from a house?

Some troglodytes egg my house anywhere from every 1-6 months, and have been doing so for the last four years. They just did it again tonight, so I have a fresh supply of drying egg to now remove. My ...
7
votes
7answers
5k views

How do I remove an oil stain from my concrete driveway?

Anyone have tips for removing oil stains from a concrete unpaved driveway? The spill was from a leaking car, now fixed, and they are a few months old. There are so many products and spurious reviews ...
6
votes
5answers
4k views

How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?

We just bought a house with lovely bright pink carpeting over hardwood floors, and tore it all up. The foam underneath was multi-colored, and the black spots appear to have melted to the floor. ...
6
votes
7answers
13k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
120 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

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?
2
votes
3answers
80 views

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 ...
6
votes
6answers
12k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
74 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
53 views

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 ...
16
votes
16answers
20k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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? ...
1
vote
4answers
61 views

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?
3
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
98 views

How to clean settled grease from kitchen cabinets?

I like to fry a lot (I am not fat though :)) so there is quite a lot of grease and oil fume buildup on my kitchen cabinets. I tried spraying and wiping, to no avail. Any idea how I can clean settled ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
271 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

How to and how much to clean the HEPA filter?

I'm trying to clean this HEPA filter from my vacuum cleaner by washing* it and even though I've managed to get most of the dirtiness out, there's still some left sticking to the corners between each ...
0
votes
1answer
148 views

Removing Yellow Bleach stain from laminate counter

I had a blue stain on my white laminate vanity. picked up some bleach based bathroom cleaning liquid, for a few things. Thought I would give it a try on the stain on the counter. I left it for a few ...
17
votes
11answers
3k views

What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?

My fiance and I are considering buying a fixer-upper house rather than an apartment when we get married. Obviously things like location, neighbors etc. are important, but; what should we be looking ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
136 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
59 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
79 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
77 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

What is the best way to polish an old brass bed?

I have an old brass bed frame with 15 years of tarnish and I've been trying to use Brasso, but the process is long and tedious. Does anyone know of an easier way to remove tough tarnish from brass?
5
votes
3answers
2k views

How do I get rid of mold from the bottom of a bath mat (where the suction cups are)?

We have a bathmat that we use to line the tub when we bathe our daughter. After the bath, we remove the mat and suction it to the shower wall (which is some sort of frosted glass) I've noticed black ...
1
vote
1answer
235 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
104 views

How to clean sand and brick dust off concrete paver blocks?

I have a floor of concrete paver blocks. There is a brown stain on them due to the presence of sand and bricks powder. I'm afraid of using more Hydrochloric acid because it didn't remove all the stain ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

How should I treat a urine stained subfloor? [duplicate]

After moving into my house, I realized that the carpeting in the dining room had been used as a toilet by the previous owners pets (and potentially the previous owners themselves). Because of this, ...