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Remove white spots from luxury vinyl plank flooring

I just moved into an apartment where the floor needs some additional cleaning. The following are two pictures I took (click to enlarge): The floor is vinyl wood (Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring). I tried ...
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How can I remove super glue from a table saw deck?

Apparently some super glue has spilled on the table of my table saw. Quite a large amount. The table appears to be a hard plastic, its a Dewalt 8" saw. Is there anyway to get this off without ...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

I have a small wooden shed in my back yard that needs to be torn down, and for the most part, I can handle it fine. However, I have one concern about the cleanup afterwards: how can I make sure the ...
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How to clean rust from a bathtub?

I recently asked this question about our bath, and someone requested I make this cleaning query a separate follow-up. We need to repair the enamel in the hole below, and to do this we need to clean ...
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Deck suggestions for easier cleaning/Leaf removal

I'm building a new deck to replace my current one, and I wanted to avoid a huge annoyance I have with my current deck. My current deck is split level (assume in the image below, the right half is 6-8&...
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How to drain a toilet bowl?

I want to clean a stained porcelain toilet bowl. It feels like a small crusty coral reef right at the bottom in the water, visible to anyone looking down. I suspect its like calcium/lime but this is ...
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How to clean (and maintain) oxidation off powder coated steel

I just bought a used powder-coated steel rack that has some signs of wear and oxidation. I was wondering how best to clean/restore it, without damaging the coating. Is using water/vinegar potentially ...
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Mixing valve mineral buildup cleaning

Is there a chemical way, preferably by soaking, to remove mineral buildup from mixing valve parts, which would make it unnecessary to do tedious brushing? Also, do you think it is possible that ...
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How do you remove stains from granite?

I've been searching for this answer for probably 5 years. And have yet to get a legitimate answer from anyone. Is there a method of removing any kind of stain from a granite or granite tile? I've read ...
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Cleaning Acetone residue on sink stopper

I left some acetone in a sink for around 90 minutes and it turned white. From scraping at stopper I found that it appears to be a residue or at least surface level damage. What is the best way to ...
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DIY - Vent Duct Cleaning of small condo with no ductwork - Power of Shop-Vac, tools, tips needed?

I own a small condo, 870 sq ft, built in the 70's that does not have any metal ductwork or any ductwork at all. (I looked in the air conditioning vents & all I see are the studs and drywall.) ...
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Do enzymatic urine cleaners work on old urine in carpeting and carpet padding?

Related to my previous question regarding urine in carpeting and carpet padding, I would like to learn if enzymatic cleaners work for urine that has been present in carpeting or carpet padding for 10 ...
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Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine?

Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine that is present in carpeting and carpet padding? Specifically, human urine that has been present in carpeting and carpet padding for years.
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Are these specks in my ceramic tile its design or stubborn dirt?

I've recently moved into a rental property and the tile floor (ceramic I believe) in the corridor doesn't look very clean. I've tried mopping and scrubbing it with various combinations of vinegar,hot ...
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How to get white paint stains out of black silgranit sink

The other day a painter came to paint a wall white and he washed his tools and buckets in my black kitchen sink that's made out of silgranit. I don't know the composition of the material but it's got ...
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How do you clean Redgard off your brush and roller?

I just finished applying Redgard on two walls I need to clean up the roller and the brush ...how do I do that ? Acetone based solution ? Any other dissolvent?
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How do I use the "Foam" Attachment on a "cheap" pressure washer?

I picked up a low cost, battery powered pressure washer from aliexpress - it has a pipe meant to be put into a bucket (for washing cars), and blasts water either in a highish pressure stream, or in a ...
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How to clean gas stove top

Can someone tell me if there is any way I can clean up these spots on gas stove top around burners ? It is from cooking. We have tried vinegar, baking soda, dish wash , no luck.
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Musty/smelly cabinets

I just bought an older house that had really bad DIYers. As a result, the inside of the kitchen cabinets were never finished and absorbed all kinds of smells. The worst is the musty smells. I ...
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Removing perfume smell from the inside of a hutch - glass, cherry, and some softer wood in the drawers

I purchased a used hutch with glass doors, cherry wood (I believe, and according to the person I bought it from), and some kind of softer wood for the inside of the drawers. Only after I bought it did ...
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Accidentally banged car lightly against house wall. How to remove car paint and other marks?

Kind of a beginner driver here. This morning as I was backing up out the garage I accidentally got off track and banged the back of the car lightly against a wall. No structural damage, it only got ...
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How to remove EZ Sand that is sticking to pavers?

We hired an inexperienced guy to do the pavers and he poured EZ Sand in pavers joints but didn’t do a good job of cleaning the residue that is on pavers surface. How to fix this? Google says, do a ...
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How should I clean marks on black walls?

I have a wall that's painted a matte black color in multiple coats of high quality paint. It's a scuff magnet, and picks up dirt when people touch it. On lighter colored walls I use soft clean ...
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Cleaning metal after stripping paint

I have stripped the paint off my mailbox, which is probably some kind of steel, using KleanStrip. However, as you can see, there is still residue. What should I use to clean it? I am hesitant to use ...
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Aluminium utensils.cleaning colours carbon stains

I saw videos in youtube to clean Aluminium utensils with be boiled vinegar solution (boiled white vinegar+ detergent+salt+ lemon+ baking soda) or caustic soda solution or toilet cleaners harpic I ...
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How to clean a motor that has paint in it

The paint sprayer we are using got paint in the motor that blows the air out to spray the paint. Is it possible to clean the motor with paint thinner or motor cleaner? Or will paint thinner or motor ...
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Time efficient clean up of large areas and small but important areas

I have: a large area/wall with tiles (bathroom) and a smaller area with tiles on top and around the kitchen/food counter. The grout etc is fine, I was wondering what is an efficient way for general ...
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How can I remove heavy soap scum on a glass shower door?

I have a glass door with very heavy soap scum. I used a product that is for cleaning the bathroom and tiles, but didn't help that much. Either the scum is too much or the product is not good enough. I ...
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How do I clean and maintain my natural stone shower?

I recently bought a home that has a ton of natural stone tile in the master bathroom. One of the first things I did was clean and seal all of it using Miracle Sealants 511 Impregnator Sealer. This ...
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How to clean a garbage disposal with a flywheel

I'm getting drain flies, so I know the thing to do is clean the area, but most of the cleaners recommended are foaming types that activate as soon as they mix on the flywheel rather than going down ...
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Which chemicals/detergents are suitable for cleaning my painted, outside faccade/stucco without damaging it?

I have a question about cleaning the painted outside facade/stucco of my house (I'm not asking for a specific product-recommendation). Which commonly available detergents/chemicals are suitable for ...
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Find Maytag Upright Freezer Coils

How do I access the freezer coils? Do I need to remove the door? Photo is of the front of the freezer.
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Are gutter guards worth the investment? [closed]

I'm trying to make a decision on whether or not I should install gutter guards on my house. We do have some tall trees in our backyard about 30ft from the house, so our gutters need cleaning at least ...
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Tiny Fibres/Dust Everywhere

I dust/clean/vacuum once a week which does make a difference to overall cleanliness/tidyness. However, even after cleaning, that very same day, there seems to be a new layer of dust/tiny fibres ...
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Should I clean moss and algae from my 9 year old asphalt shingle roof?

Does cleaning algae and moss off an asphalt shingle roof prolong its life? I have this on parts that are always in shadow. It's an asphalt shingle roof 9 years old rated 40 years. Generally in good ...
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How can I make textured tiles pick up less dirt

After having them installed, I realized that the textured tiles that I chose pick up dirt off of shoes extremely easily. The dirt can be cleaned off with water and a little effort, but in order for ...
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Unidentifiable worms appear on apartment floor

I found some worms on my apartment floor. I can’t find anything rotten around the apartment, but I don’t know how they got there. Are those maggots? video link
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Cleaning and lubing vintage door hardware

Which cleaner/lubricant should I use to restore this vintage door hardware? It is likely 100 years old. E.g. regular machine oil or gun cleaner/oil? Lock: Hinge:
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How to remove white substance from spray painted MDF?

There is a substance that has been left on some cabinets (which are spray painted MDF). The substance is white, and could be paint, or some kind of filler, caulk or putty. What's the safest way to get ...
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How to clean wood stain drippings from rough spackle wall

I just finished painting an outdoor wooden fence with Tambout Varnit. Despite my best efforts, there were some drippings onto the wall underneath, which seems to be covered with some sort of very hard ...
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Cleaning roughcast/pebbledash wall

My outside wall has a stain on it that I can't seem to remove. It's a roughcast wall and the stain was caused by the boiler overflow outlet. I have managed to lighten the stain slightly with different ...
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White spirit vs. meths vs. IPA for cleaning/preparing surfaces

White spirit (aka mineral spirits or mineral turps in the US), methylated spirits (aka denatured alcohol in the US), and isopropyl alcohol are each used for preparing surfaces, or removing oily ...
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How to clean shop vac of oily residue?

There was a heating oil leak in my basement, which I soaked up with spill absorber. It worked like a charm, but then I made the mistake of trying to clean up the mess with the shop vac. The oil-soaked ...
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Is it safe to use dishes that have had turpentine on them?

A rag that had turpentine on it was rinsed off in my kitchen sink that had dishes in it. If I wash the dishes with soap and water will they be safe to use? Should I just throw out the dishes? I don’t ...
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Very interesting issue - Hot water not coming out

Two days ago, my plumber had capped existing hot and cold waters lines in one of the shower and tub area as part of the remodel process. Since then I did not get hot water anywhere in the house. I ...
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How do I clean indoor stairs where eggs were broken?

Several raw eggs (and other assorted garbage) spilled on my townhouse indoor staircase. After carefully cleaning the surfaces, a day later there is still a smell of raw egg (not yet rotten egg smell, ...
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How to Break Apart an Unbreakable Humidifier to Clean It

My humidifier of less than 1 year of use no longer works and Google says to clean mineral deposits. How do I break it apart to clean it and get it working again? When I google this, it doesn't show my ...
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Water Droplets Forming Inside AC with Irregular Air Flow

We've been using a Hitachi Split Inverter Type Air Conditioner for over a year now, and we recently had it service cleaned about three months ago (the recommended schedule is every eight months). ...
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Accidentally splashed surgical alcohol on a plaster wall

So I was using surgical alcohol in my bathroom when I splashed some of it on the wall. Now I have a pale blue alcohol stain on it. The wall is a plaster wall covered with white paint. Any ideas on how ...
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How can I remove craft acrylic paint that has been mixed with silicone oil from multiple surfaces?

I was making a layered cup of various acrylic paint mixed with floetral and silicone oil to do a acrylic pour/ flip cup painting. The cup slipped out of my hand and hit the edge of the bathtub, ...
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