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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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Washing machine: Cleaning the pipe from detergent dispenser to drum

My washing machine is rather smelly. I have cleaned the detergent dispenser drawer cleaned the doors seal cleaned the filter rinsed the washing machine drum did a washing program (without clothes) ...
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Cleaning and staining decks and fences

I have cleaned my deck and was planning on staining it. My problem is the weather is calling for rain everyday for the next 2 weeks. How long will my deck be ok without stain?
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Repair countertop from corrosive element

We just noticed a stain I’m on our bathroom counter. I tried scrubbing it away without any effect. We can’t tell if it’s bleach or some other corrosive element. Any advice on how to go about cleaning ...
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How to remove watermarks from porcelain sinks?

I bought a new (ceramic) soap dispenser a couple of weeks back and now there's a watermark on my porcelain sink where I used to keep it (picture below with increased contrast). First off, I don't ...
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How to keep brick face clean when applying fresh mortar?

In the few times I have replaced bricks in my home, I always feel the end result is a little messy. Specifically, despite my best efforts, the brick face ends up a little "smeared" with mortar. What ...
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Water stained tiles

A few years ago, I purchased a foreclosed home and it seems that on some areas water was leaking from the roof onto the tiles and they have stained. I've tried scrubbing with bleach and other ...
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Converted Oil Furnace to Natural Gas - Fuel Smell Issue

This weekend, we had our fuel oil furnace replaced with a natural gas one. The oil furnace broke near the end of the winter and we were waiting for a deal to kick in on a whole new furnace + A/C unit. ...
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Cleaning “Builder's foam” off where it shouldn't be

I recently had my windows changed. The workers spilled what I only know as "Builder's Foam" on my wall (and floor, but I fixed that). I have worked with this material myself and I know from experience ...
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Is it safe to put drain cleaner down a dishwasher?

I believe, my dishwasher is not draining fully. (See separate discussion of my diagnosis here. For this question let us assume I'm correct.) We've cleaned the filter and followed the relevant ...
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How to Disassemble my microwave door?

We had an incident where boiling milk boiled over and spilt all over the counter and dripped onto the microwave where it seems to have entered a space in my microwave door. I would like to open it. ...
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Is this mold? How to remove?

I'm in the process of renovating my garage. There was a 1 in. gap due to rotting wood where the roof shingles meet the fascia (part where gutter is attached). The discolored wood is near the gap. A ...
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How to remove surface mold on shower walls and ceilings?

I'll be doing a small bathroom remodel on a VERY old house which mainly includes installing bathroom fan and a full paint job as the main tasks. On first walk through, I noticed that the house has ...
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Can “dirty” brick finish be removed?

I was looking at some brick suppliers for a project and I've come across an odd trend. A whole lot of brick suppliers have some kind of finish on the brick that's frankly ugly. The fashion looks like ...
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Remove decking stain marks from kitchen cupboard

My housemate annoyingly left a tub of decking stain in a kitchen cupboard, which has leaked a little and stained the inside of the cupboard. We’re moving out soon and our landlord wants to come and ...
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What is the narrowest hose that I can get to attach to a kitchen/bathroom steam cleaner?

I want to use a steam cleaner to clean small, hard-to-reach crevices in tile/porcelain/similar surfaces. I have seen fairly hefty hoses that can attach to steam cleaners to do similar jobs, but how ...
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Is there a tool shaped like a thin-bladed putty knife but with a rubber blade and spongelike surface?

Sorry if this is a duplicate, thanks in advance! I am trying to clean up under the rim of my toilet near where the jets are, and I can't reach a finger or rigid brush up there. There may be a better ...
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which type vaccum cleaner is used for cleaning window grills?

I generally use it to clean window grills, mosquito nets attached to the windows, cupboards (and items in them) and doors (which have designs - because the dust gets stuck within the carved doors, ...
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Is it okay to use rain to rinse off a deck after applying deck cleaner?

I'm planning to refinish my deck soon. Here are some pictures of the current state of it. I bought this Cabot wood cleaner. The instructions say to: Apply cleaning solution liberally to problem ...
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How do I keep black tile and black grout actually looking black?

I have tried what feels like every cleaner and product out there to "clean" my black tile floors but I cannot for the life of me keep it looking nice and actually black. The tile and especially the ...
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How to fix toilet jets clogged with chlorine tablet chunks

The flush on my toilet is weak. It went from strong to weak overnight. It flushes fine if I dump in extra water. I watched and the flapper does stay open until the reservoir is adequately empty. I ...
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Easy and effective way to clean a very dirty plastic broom

What is the easiest way to clean a plastic broom (I mean such as the one in the photo) that has collected a lot of floor dust etc? Just hitting it against a wall to throw out all left overs is ...
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How can I clean these small, enclosed gutters on a mobile home patio?

My friend owns a mobile home that has a patio over the front porch. There is a thin gutter system running along the length of the house & porch, terminating over the porch area. The gutter system ...
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How to clean large area of marble

I am trying to help someone who has moved into an old house which has marble floor (huge tiles ~4' x4'). The marble is dirty and stained all round (looks like dirt or dirt on oil which has 'baked' ...
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What is the best way to remove rubble (from a demolition) from dirt and grass?

We demo'ed a cinder block neighbor fence and now there are small pieces of debris/rubble from the job in our yards. What tools and techniques should I used to remove the debris? Some are the size of ...
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Can I flush old bleach solution without hurting the environment much?

I live in the Midwest. Sometimes I clean things with a bleach solution (probably about 12:1 to 24:1 water:bleach), and end up with a bucket of solution. Now I have about 1/2 gallon of water+bleach+...
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Remove expansion foam residue

After closing a gap in my kitchen using expansion foam I got residue left on my cupboard. I have tried rinsing it off with water and mineral turpentine but no luck! I'm hesitant scraping it off with ...
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Do I need a pro-grade carpet cleaner?

I have a 3000+ sq-feet two-story house and over the time the carpets upstairs and in the basement reach a point that cleaning is required. I looked around and eyed on these two products: A pro-grade ...
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How to clean hair and junk off an auger?

Afterusing an auger/snake to clean out the pipes from a shower, the tip is usually disgusting, with a large clot of hair inextricably entangled into the tip. Is there a trick to clean this thing? I ...
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How can I remove smeared latex paint from a wood floor?

I recently had some painting done, and the people who were responsible did not use anything to protect the floor from paint dripping. It also looks like they walked all over the paint, smearing it on ...
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Can you use chlorine bleach and baking powder in a dishwasher for mold / grime?

I used a bit in the wash, but my dishwasher wound up sudsing. Did I just use too much? There was some baking powder in there as well.
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How can I resurface concrete sidewalks for easier cleaning?

Have been power-washing our associations walkways for 13 years and they are getting rougher and black algae is getting harder to get them clean. What can we do to resurface the walkways that down ...
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How do I clean the drain in my bathroom?

I used to be able to clean my drain by picking out the hair and fat from it but it has become worse and worse. Can I use hot water + draino (the chemical) + plunger to clean it up?
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How to clean fireplace grout?

Please see the attached photos. I'm not sure what is even in the grout but it appears stained green-brown with mildew maybe? I used an electric power drill grout brush attachment (see picture) with ...
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Excessive spa bath foam when cleaning

We've recently renovated this bathroom, and since our Spa Bath hasn't been used in quite some time we decided to give it a clean out. We used this liquid cleaner and followed the instructions ...
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How can I clean my dryer vent?

I called a handyman for cleaning my dryer vent under my house slab. It is a glass pipe vent. He cleaned it up using water from the laundry room hose. Is this an okay way to clean up the lint? I also ...
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Disposal of hydrochloric acid

I used hydrochloric acid and water to remove concrete from my tools (in a plastic bucket) but did not know how dangerous it was and how complicated the disposal process can be--first time using it ...
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How do I clean this grey stain from my bathtub?

Below is an image of my bathtub, which has this grey stain. I just moved in and it was already there so I don't know what caused it. Is this possible to clean? If it is possible, what do I use? (I ...
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Cleaning up heatmarks

So, I accidentally left the electric stove on for... a night. Luckily, no fire, but there's a significant heatmark on the wooden cabinet next to it. I was not able to scrub it off, and it rather seems ...
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How to remove polyurethane from painted wall

I forgot to tape around a shelf that I covered with polyurethane and some got on my painted wall. I'm not sure what kind of paint it is but it will buff off with a wet cloth if you rub it too much, ...
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Recovery from a trashing: exterminator first or disaster recovery cleaners first?

So, as part of the project that is my (inherited) house in southwestern Missouri, the house finally has been dejunked from the human-inflicted disaster that happened to it. (Worse tenants than us were ...
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What could cause staining in a toilet bowl?

I have one toilet that works fine, but the bottom of the bowl looks like those you see in gasoline station restrooms. I can scrub it with a toilet brush and a dose of bleach and most of it clears up, ...
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How can I clean decomposing grass goo off my concrete driveway?

I set a bag of grass clippings on my driveway, and then forgot about them on garbage day. When I remembered to put them out this week, the bag left behind a black goo on the driveway. I tried ...
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Cleaning microfiber armchairs

I'm cleaning a microfiber armchair and looking for ideas on how to do so effectively. Pic is attached. There is no fabric care tag on the piece so I am thinking that water is out and I should be ...
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Completely remove nicotine stains and odors from walls?

We're in the process of buying an apartment that was previously occupied by a heavy smoker for 20+ years. This isn't the unit, but the damage is about as bad. I've scoured the internet for examples ...
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Cleaning crumbs off the carpet of without vacuum [closed]

The place where I sit is full of crumbs of things I eat. The cleaner was kicked out due to some theft, So now no cleaners. I don't have any vacuum (cannot afford one) that I can ask to clean the ...
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DIY Cleaning Solution for Quartz

I have a water/castile soap/lemon essential oil mix I use for cleaning. We've recently moved and have quartz countertops at our new place. I'm having trouble finding information on what is/isn't safe ...
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how do I remove copper stain coming from plumbing?

I have that blue stain in my bathtub The stain comes from my plumbing, which probably contains copper that rusted and creates that stain. I tried to remove it with bleacher but to no avail. Do you ...
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How to use essential oils in DIY cleaning solutions for laminate floors to mask the scent of vinegar?

I recently created a very effective and non-toxic cleaning solution for my home using 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water, and a few drops of rubbing alcohol. It's incredibly effective on laminate floors, ...
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Should I bleach my deck or just power wash it?

I am planning to power wash my deck and stain it afterwards. But I am confused with most of you saying Bleach it, one says NO WAY! My deck was built in 1987 as pressure treated lumber 2" thick vs. ...
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How do I make an non-toxic, low cost DIY cleaning solution for laminate floors?

My kitchen's laminate floors quickly become dirty from food and dog bowl spills. Instead of spending a fortune on potentially toxic cleaning solutions, I'd like to make my own cleaning solution that ...