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How to remove these unknown spots from window glass? Maybe insect or angle grinder damage?

I recently moved into a new flat and noticed that one of the windows to the balcony has these brown spots on the glass. They are very hard to remove, and when I tried to scrape one of the spots off, ...
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How to remove insecticide overspray from objects

I was spraying Kingtox spray (active ingredients: meperfluthrin, esbiothrin, permethrin, cypermethrin) and mistakenly sprayed on wall clock as well. Question is it harmful later on if somebody touches ...
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How to get this stuff off the bottom of my oven?

I have a new oven (Cafe/GE, if that matters) and like to keep it really clean. So much so that I line the bottom with black teflon sheets, which are removable and very easy to clean. However, I ...
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Toilet scum line - how to get rid of

I've been tasked with cleaning a toilet. I can't get rid of the scum ring. I've tried the usual things, but they didn't do the job. vinegar vinegar and baking soda baking soda "The Works" (...
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Safe Outdoor Algae Remover

I live in an apartment building and our balcony has a lot of green algae (or mould?) on the glass and concrete from being wet. What is a good way to clean this off? I want something that is safe for ...
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Cleaning black mold off a concrete floor - good advice or bunk?

I was about to spray some bleach/water on my concrete floor, then scrub it with a nylon brush. Then I saw this article. Is this person correct that bleach won't actually penetrate far enough to kill ...
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Are there flapper discs designed for cleaning fiberglass/plastic rather than metal?

I was cleaning my bathroom the other day and while I was trying to scrub out various bits of scum and buildup I started wondering if this was something my angle grinder could do for me. My obvious ...
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How can I clean a gas oven's cabinet of rodent debris?

We found mouse droppings in the house and got a pest control company to use poison baits to get rid of it. We have cleared the house of the droppings. However, we found droppings in the gas oven ...
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How to properly clean a bathroom fan?

I recently pulled off the grille and cleaned a filthy bathroom fan. I noticed the fan's pull is not nearly good as it once was. I didn't really have an approach - I didn't remove the fan, for instance,...
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How can I clean a linear shower drain?

The shower cabin in my apartment has a drain manufactured by Geberit: there's a wide, but very tiny alcove (covered by a decorative plate on the photo) hosting a floor-even vertical collector pipe. As ...
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Bathroom smells of paint after a steamy shower, and paint is now peeling. Worried about health. Looking to fix. (Apartment)

Context: It's been 31 days from this post since I moved into this apartment. I've noticed that if I take a steamy shower, then close the door on the bathroom after I get out, then the bathroom will ...
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What should I do with a freezer that has been infested with small flies and larvae?

My condo has been vacant for a couple of years, and I don't get over there very much to check on things. The electricity was turned off, and I figured I would leave it off, since it wasn't really ...
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Can I clean stucco smears off aluminum with muriatic acid?

I have an aluminum wall cap for a range hood fan that has some stucco smears on it from doing masonry work in the vicinity. I tried mechanically scraping but it doesn't go. I was wondering if I used ...
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Can I clean up after a mouse using 70% alchohol instead of bleach solution? [duplicate]

A mouse got in my cabinet. I got rid of the poop. The CDC website recommends that I clean the affected surfaces with bleach solution or with an EPA-registered disinfectant, and links to a partial list ...
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How should I clean surfaces where a mouse may have walked or touched, but not pooped?

A mouse got into my cabinet. There are a few poops in there; I cleaned those up and cleaned the affected area with bleach solution. I'm going to improve my food storage situation, catch the mice, and ...
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How should I clean fabric that a mouse has been in?

A mouse recently got into one of my cabinets. There was a cloth in one of those cabinets, and the mouse may have touched it or pooped on it. How should I clean this cloth? Is the washing machine ...
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How can I remove the mold/odor from my roommates desk cabinet where onions started rotting in a plastic bag?

My university roommate left some onions in a plastic bag in his desks cabinet while he left for winter break. After figuring out where the smell was coming from, I found that the onions had begun to ...
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How to remove hard white residue from dishwasher parts

A Miele dishwasher came with my house and it is still going strong but I have been unsuccessful with cleaning some extremely caked on white hard water/soap residue on the inside and filter parts in ...
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How do I clean and lubricate the mortise lock on my front door

The latch bolt in the mortise lock on my front door hangs, presumably because of built up grime. At any rate it gets stuck before exiting the faceplate fully (see picture below), resulting in it not ...
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Tough fungus on wall, ready to paint or not?

I have a house with fungus on the walls as the roof was leaking and the house was empty for a while and not ventilated. I am fixing the roof. However, I'm cleaning the fungus / mold from the walls but ...
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How can I remove the efflorescence from Basalt

We have basalt tiles on our outside steps. These were laid on the concrete. Over the years the white deposit, (I am assuming efflorescence from the concrete underneath) is increasing. I finally ...
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How to clean dirt embedded in epoxy sealed cement floor

Three days ago I applied a 2 part epoxy sealer over a self leveling cement floor in my laundry room. It was still a bit tacky when I walked and moved some stuff back into it. Now there are some dirt ...
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How to clean/maintain shellacked hardwood floors?

I'm fairly sure* I have shellacked hardwood floors. It has been surprisingly hard to figure out how to best clean/maintain them. For cleaning, the main suggestions I've seen are "use a solvent-...
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Ant problem with Drip Coffee Machine

This is a problem that most probably occurs in tropical countries like where I live, but I basically have the following issue. I have Breville Grind Control coffee maker and while it is very techy and ...
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Whirlpool tub never cleaned for a decade [duplicate]

I purchased a condo with an Aker whirlpool tub and it was badly neglected. There is so much mold and mildew buildup. I ran through several cycles with hot water and vinegar and I'm sure the pipes are ...
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Yellowing of Melamine Window Sill From Amazon Echo

I just found out today that a plastic flower pot has turned my Melamine window sill yellow. There is another window sill where an Amazon Alexa turned it yellow too! Is there anything I can do to get ...
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Does using driveway pressure wash cleaner on my garage chip flooring damage it?

I needed to clean my garage floor and the only thing I had was Zep pressure washer cleaner for driveways and concrete. I then realized it wasn’t meant for certain types of surfaces. Did I damage my ...
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How safe is a roof just over the front door?

I see a lot of leaves and branches in my roof valleys (4 of them) and want to go on the roof to clean that up. Example of roof valley with built-up detritus (the bottom part I just cleaned up): I do ...
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What is this green stuff on the fountain?

If it matters, I'm west-coast USA. I have this water fountain: I'd like to clean it to remove this green stuff on it, but I don't know what it is. I'd also like to remove the white around where the ...
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Exterior lead paint headache

My recently purchased circa 1900 Victorian house sheds paint flakes when it rains. To try to remedy this I had it repainted, and although the painting crew put in a decent effort into cleaning up ...
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Can’t identify shower seal replacement part

I have a corner shower with glass on three sides in a house I recently purchased. I need to replace the pictured rubber pieces that sit in the track next to the glass (not on the door sides- see image ...
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Can rain cause the dirt on the roof?

It's a terrace shed that has roof made of tin-can steel. There are no trees or buildings higher than this. I wonder how rain has brought this much dirt onto the top of my roof. Should I clean this or ...
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How should I effectively clean the exterior of dirty plastic drum

The drum in the picture got dirty during the house construction probably , some concrete might have got stained or the drum has been in the outside so due to sun or rain this could have happened. But ...
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Cleaning hot ash out of a woodstove without creating soot plumes

We got a woodstove insert last year and it worked great. The only problem was that every time I go to clean out the ashes, it creates small plumes of black soot that dusted all of our shelves and ...
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How can I clean my black glass cooktop surface?

I missed a step when I got my new Cafe range; the manual says... BEFORE USING THE APPLIANCE... Use ceramic cooktop cleaner and a non-scratch cleaning pad to clean the cooktop. Wait until the cooktop ...
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I need help figuring out a cleanable backsplash for this oven alcove

I am doing upgrades to the kitchen in a home that I rent out. I would like to make this area easier for my future tenant to keep clean. I have already removed the shelf and brackets. I am familiar ...
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Does anyone have a guide to clearing out an untouched basement? [closed]

I'm helping get a home situation resorted and calling a plumber to help look at someone's basement. But it's filthy down there. Not the worst I've ever seen by a long shot but clearly no ventilation, ...
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Weird odor in my living room and kitchen [closed]

Ok y’all turning to you for some help. I’ve just moved into a new place and there is a horrible horrible smell in the living room and the kitchen. It’s been days and it’s not going away... So far I’ve ...
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How do I remove dry lube with teflon from wood cabinets before painting?

I've been painting some wood cabinets from our kitchen for a ridiculously long time now. Without getting into it, they've been a bear. My husband got some "b'laster dry lube with teflon" on ...
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How to get oil out of untreated maple plywood?

I got a nice sheet of maple plywood from the home center to finish a bench project for my home. I hadn't stained/sealed it yet. My kids somehow snuck into the basement with dirty hands, and wiped it ...
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How do I clean streaks on this external sliding door?

I have an external sliding door where one section (the sliding part) has a number of large top-to-bottom streaks on both the frame and glass. They appear to start at the top where the opening was ...
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How to remove moisture absorber (Damprid) spill on drive way?

I spilled Damprid (calcium chloride) on a concrete driveway and it's making a stain due to the chemical staying on concrete and absorbing moisture. I sprayed water on the affected area and wiped away ...
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New apartment: this weird matte bathroom flooring stains constantly. What do I do? Should I cover it up or wipe it down with something specific? [closed]

enter image description here Dark matte bathroom flooring (not sure if it is tile or what).
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How do I wash stone stamped siding?

I'm not sure what the actual name for this type of siding is, please let me know! It seems way too soft to pressure wash, and I've tried using a garden sprayer with 50% bleach on an area just to test ...
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How do I remove this spilled paint from my driveway?

A paint pot fell out of the car when I opened the door and cracked open on the driveway. I mopped up as much as I could with kitchen towel. I poured over white spirit and scrubbed with an old tea ...
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My room is always covered with tiny fibers but I can't figure out the source

My room is always covered with these tiny fibers, no matter how often I vacuum it. I even bought an air purifier with a HEPA filter that runs 24x7 but it's not helping at all. These pictures were ...
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Is this dirt or the natural finish of my composite deck?

Update: Added two photos of the bottom of the deck I washed my composite wood deck with: 1 gallon of water 1 cup vinegar 1/4 cup baking soda Soft bristle brush I thought it would remove what looks ...
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How to add new drain auger (snake) attachments?

Problem: Clogged outside 3 inch drain pipe. No trees in the yard but it feels like there might be mulch and packed dirt in the drain (the yard previously had a lot of mulch and house is built 2021). I ...
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How to clean and maintain composite sinks?

Our kitchen was fitted less than one month ago. Everything runs very smoothly and is still very shiny, but our composite sink is staining very quickly. I have read that they should be very simple to ...
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How can I clean up old over-paint on window frames?

I have many windows with paint on the frames like they didn't mask them when painting the drywall. They are metal window frames with I believe just a factory finish in a dark brown or black. How can I ...
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