Questions tagged [cleaning]

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.

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How to keep the dust down when sawing indoors in the dead of winter?

We are replacing our living room floor and it is so cold outside we are resorting to sawing the end pieces indoors. What tricks have you found for keeping the sawdust under control?
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Removing stickers from the door

My kids put some stickers on the wall. I am thinking of using De-Solve-it to easily take off the stickers. https://www.google.com.au/shopping/product/15260427858274158749?lsf=seller:100794174,store:...
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How to deal with the mess when working with Tuff-R

Recently we bought a piece of Tuff-R -- I guess you would call it a styrofoam insulation board -- and cut it to fit a small window exactly. It is a temporary measure, to get through the winter. The ...
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Clean or replace aerators in Kohler 1261404-VS spray head?

I have a Kohler pull-down kitchen faucet with a Kohler 1261404-VS spray head. Recently the water stopped flowing as strongly through it. We had a similar issue with some bathroom faucets, and ...
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Auto-cleaning room (CIP for the ground?)

In breweries, we used CIP (clean in place) to cleanin and sanitize vessel. Here, I have a room (a production room for beverages) with slope on the ground and a gutter all room long because I have to ...
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Is a tablespoon of vinegar and a cloth adequate to clean tiles with compiled soap, dirt residue?

What is a good product that can effectively clean tiles without damaging them? The type of tiles are floor tiles I think are ceramic based on this and are not shiny. I would like to clean them of ...
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Chemical used to clean washing machines

I have an LG WD1457RD washer-dryer that's been working pretty well for me, except that where I live (southeast Mexico) there's a lot of limestone so the water is very hard and leaves stains on ...
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How to seal porcelain so that the sink will be easier to clean?

I have an old porcelain sink. When the sink is dirty it takes a lot of scrubbing to get it clean. Can I put something on it so that it will be less absorbent? I am considering this procedure: https:...
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How to remove this black stuff at my countertop corner joint

Wondering if anyone has tips on how to properly remove and clean this. I've got scrubbers, soap, but they didn't really work.
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Black mould in silicon around tiles - spraying vinegar or tea tree oil enough or need to scrub?

I have what I believe to be "black mould" in the silicon section behind my kitchen sink; from what I have read lots of moulds / mildews can be black, but the more dangerous one (Stachybotrys chartarum)...
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How do I get rid of this dirt between the tiles of my bathroom shower?

So I've tried to use bleach but this isn't coming clean. I know it's been a while since it's really been cleaned. Here's a pic:
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Cleaning the lint or is it insulation from my gas dryer

I'm wanting to clean the lint out of my clothes dryer, I bought an attachment for the main area and hose but I see what I think must be lint inside the back panel as well, if I remove the panel what ...
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Etching solution vs muriatic acid to prep concrete for epoxy

I'm thinking of ways to remove the concrete cream from my concrete in preparation for epoxy finish. Rather than grinding, I need to use chemicals. Initially was thinking muriatic acid but it's in a ...
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How do I get rid of water streaks on my bathroom wall?

So the walls in my bathroom have streaks all over them. They've been building up over time and is getting worse. The wall over the shower in particular looks pretty bad. Does anyone know how I can get ...
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Streaks after (over?) cleaning windows

I just tried to clean all the windows in my flat. In general, they now look great; should have done it ages ago! However, maybe half of the windows have very faint streak marks on them. The sort of ...
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How do I clean mold off my bathroom ceiling?

So I live in an apartment and there are black spots all over my bathroom ceiling. I assume it's mold. I've kind of avoided dealing with it because it's on the ceiling which makes it harder to clean. ...
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Neutralizing concrete floor after cleaning cream with muriatic acid

I am prepping my concrete floors for epoxy. After removing whatever I can do mechanically with a grinder and cup brush, I was going to soak it in muriatic acid. I did something similar to my exposed ...
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Saving a brush from dried water-based Polyurethane

Today I got distracted while applying some Minwax Pro Spar Urethane (which apparently is water-based) and left the brush sitting on top the can. The distraction lead to a trip to lowes and the ...
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Avoiding dust scattering when you drill

When I drill into concrete, stone or similar materials - a lot of dust gets scattered. I realize this might sound like a newbie/trivial question, but - how can I avoid this? Both dust getting on me, ...
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How do I clean sealant/silicone from a glass mirror?

I did a poor job of applying silicone sealant to the seam between a glass mirror and the splash back below it. I need to clean-up the smears that I got onto the mirror and the splash-back. How do I do ...
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Remove dirty/sweaty hand prints from painted wall

Sometimes while I am working, I inevitably end up touching recently painted walls with my hands. Though I try to keep my hands clean, the combination of the dirt and sweat on my hands leaves a very ...
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Clean up muddy water left after hurricane

After Irma, 2 yrs ago, our floor was covered with a wet sticky mud. I used a massive amount of towels to clean it up. Now I am wondering if a wet dry vac( preferably with a pump ) would make the job ...
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Cleaning oil-based paint from brush efficiently

Each time I need to use oil-based paint, I struggle for the paintbrush cleaning part. Here is how I proceed: I start by trying to squeeze the paint out from the brush, using paper towel, as much as I ...
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What tool to use to clean refrigerator drain?

I have a nice refrigerator I like, but it has one problem. Like all modern refrigerators it has a "automatic defrosting" and a drain tube which carries the condensate away to... somewhere. I think it ...
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Pine sap removal from my patio pavers

The white spots are caused by pine sap is there a way I can remove all of them in one shot instead of on my hands and knees
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How do I remove 20 year old sun damaged tuck tape from PVC siding?

This question is similar, but deals with intact tape: Removing Tuck Tape from an unfinished window frame In my case, it has been out in the sun for some time on PVC siding window trim. One side was ...
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How can I clean my screened porch?

First time home-owner in south east Ohio. My home has a North facing porch with wooden floors, and screened windows. The screens face into a very wooded area, and there is a walk-out to a patio ...
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How to apply drain cleaner to A/C drain

A while back I asked a question in a thread (The top A/C drain in my attic is leaking. Why?), and I wanted to know how to apply drain cleaner to the bottom drain on my A/C system. Could someone answer ...
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Do I need to use paint or just cleaning agent for marks on kitchen wall?

I have some marks on the kitchen wall from a tall trash can. Do I need to paint over them? If so, do I need to degloss/sand the wall first? I have tried a damp towel and failed. Can they be cleaned ...
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Furnace's contacts getting dirty

The two copper wires inside our furnace, that are supposed to ignite the gas, get too dirty to do the job about twice a year... We then have to go there -- always at inopportune times -- remove two ...
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How to clean pigment stains from vinyl siding?

Our seven-year-old drew on our house with sidewalk chalk. The chalk residue itself washed off readily with soap and water, but the more vibrant colors like purple and red left behind actual colored ...
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What is this dark stain on my flooring and can I fix it?

I have either engineered hardwood or laminated flooring. This was where my dog's water bowl had been Is this mold?
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How can I make a room feel bigger than it is?

I've cleaned to make space for organizing the spot and adding shelves and I have still not felt the space is bigger than it is.
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Removing sand-blasting residue from window glass

I had some surface paint removed from my patio floor and some of the sand ended up on the surface of the window near by. It almost looks like it stuck to the glass. Is there any nice way to remove ...
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how to clean mold off drydocked cinderblock

Drydocked cinderblock has a significant amount of black and purple mold on it. Will the etchant be sufficient if I want to put a second coat of drylock on? Bleach it first? Pictures Is channel in ...
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How to clean a new tile floor with single component grout without causing damage to the grout

I installed porcelain floor tile with this single component grout. I did the initial cleanup of excess grout with a damp sponge. House cleaners will be coming one week after I installed the grout. How ...
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Central Vacuuming: Is it worth it, and how does it compare to normal vacuuming?

I am in the process of buying a brand new home in the US through a builder. The home will be approximately 3,000 sq ft and I was given the option of buying a central vacuuming system for the house. ...
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How to clean cement smear from concrete?

During a walkway pour some concrete residue smeared on the existing landing pad and entrance (both old concrete) causing a dirty appearance. Is there a way of cleaning a smear of concrete from old ...
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Can I use vodka to clean my wine cellar?

I want to use vodka to clean my wine cellar, does it leave lingering odors behind and affect the taste and aroma of my wines.
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Should I clean (how?) old drywall before applying mud?

I have screwed a new piece of drywall. Now I need to try to apply mud and finally paint. Should I clean, wash the old painted drywall first? If yes, how? It does not stand out in this picture but the ...
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Can I paint the top of a glass top stove?

Our previous stove had white speckles over the top. This helped hide the streaks of casually done wipe ups. Our present stove is a classic illustration that 'black attracts light coloured dirt' I ...
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Apartment dust mystery

In the main room of the older apartment I live in, dust is accumulating very quickly. There is no carpet (only hardwood floor), no curtain, no air vent, no pet, no bedding, no clothes. Previous ...
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Latex paint smudged onto fake river stone fireplace and mortar

We hired a painter and I’m regretting our choice because he has slopped paint everywhere. I believe I can get it off most of the surfaces but I’m particularly concerned about our fireplace. It is made ...
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White mold (?) in wooden bench's crevices: how to test and clean

I have a wooden bench that by design has crevices and recently I have noticed white mold-like things in these crevices: How do I tell if this is mold or not? In any case, how I properly care for ...
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Can I use vodka instead of isopropyl alcohol?

I have to remove some hot glue and apparently the trick is isopropyl alcohol. Of course, I don't have isopropyl alcohol in my house but I do have lots of vodka (don't judge). Can vodka generally be ...
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Toilet repeatedly clogs - is putting toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet's tank causing the problem?

Our apartment's toilet repeatedly clogs. My roommate puts toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet's tank, so that when we flush, the cleaning liquid runs through the toilet. I'm starting to wonder if the ...
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What is the black stain on my exterior brick, and how can I remove it?

The brick wall above my apartment is blackened, what is it and is it possible to clean it?
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Cleaning porcelain steel

I have a whirlpool gas cooktop that is black and porcelain steel. I can absolutely never clean it entirely. The black color masks the spots when it’s wet and they show back again when it’s dry. It ...
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How to remove a bathroom fan vent grille for cleaning

I have a bathroom fan vent that doesn't completely come off, it stays attached but pops down (see attached images). Should I clean these things using a ladder, or should I remove them and wash them ...
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What are the differences among “TSP” cleaners?

A quick search turns up the following categories: Actual TSP (trisodium phosphate) TSP-PF (phosphate free) - what's the significance? TSP "substitute" - still not clear what this actually means "...