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 do I clean sealant/silicon 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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Is an alcohol-based spray cleaner ok for cleaning an aluminum AC evaporator coil?

Simple alcohols such as ethanol can, apparently, corrode aluminum. However, this corrosion reaction seems to be very slow at room temperature and below. Is an ethanol based, non-foaming spray cleaner, ...
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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 "...
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Washing greasy/contaminated construction textiles [closed]

I'm collecting greasy/contaminated construction textiles (shirts, rags etc) in a dedicated bucket and not with general laundry. Is there a recommended general (meaning it works with most types of ...
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How to remove wasp paper from soffit vents and siding

Paper wasps built a huge nest under the second-story eave shown below (photo taken looking straight up). I killed and scraped off the nest, but there is still paper-like residue clinging to the vinyl ...
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What is this brown sticky stuff on my soffits?

I recently had my roof replaced and some brown patches started appearing under some of the new plywood. It appears to be dry to the touch, although there are some beads of similarly colored goo on the ...
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Cleaning oily wood

I have an old table that I tried to clean up with Howard's restor-a-finish (walnut, because that's what I had) followed by some feed-and-wax a few months ago. I realized later that something brown is ...
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“nuclear option” for mold growth on ceramics and other tiles?

I have to clean a long-neglected area that has mold growing on tiled walls and floor. Soap and a good brush is called for, but I'd like to "fortify my assault" with household chemicals. Is there any ...
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How to safely clean/remove recent mouse urine stain in carpet

I recently dealt with a singular mouse that got into an open door (when roommate/landlord was bringing in groceries) and, in the midst of hunting down the mouse, it urinated on the carpet, leaving a ...
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AC internal unit blow fan - cleaning mold

My internal unit has mold building up on the blower (see schematic below). I'm not sure if it's mold or if it's dust, but I'm pretty sure it needs to be cleaned. The only easy way to reach it is ...
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Portable Air Filter Possibly Creating Black Dirt Everywhere

UPDATED: Hopefully this is a good place to put this. I figured someone might have an issue similar from project prep or HVAC issues. I have a Honeywell AirGenius 5 portable tower air filter. It has a ...
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Clean or Replace subfloor

I removed old stick on tile from my bathroom and this is what my subfloor looks like. All that white is the adhesive. From what I can tell so far there is no mold or rot. Is it work it to remove this ...
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Using sodium polyacrylate to clean flooded homes

In the aftermath of Kerala, India, floods, videos are circulating advising people to buy cheap Sodium Polyacrylate and apply it to the layer of mud or standing water deposited. How good/bad is this ...
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Goop under carpet padding

We're pulling up carpet in a new-to-us house. There's a beautiful hardwood floor underneath that is in great shape except that there's some red/brown sticky goop spots left behind by the carpet ...
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Getting rid of mold in areas you cannot reach

I used a home mold test kit (leftover from my previous question) to see if I had mold in my basement (where I sleep). Turns out a little bit of mold is growing in the petri dish. The mold looks to be ...
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How long can I leave a recently cleaned deck without stain?

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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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 ...