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 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 get old waterproof waterproofing stains - semi transparent off a wooden deck?

I bought a deck cleaner a year ago and it didn't get the old color off. What else can I do?
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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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Replace or clean stained carpet after mold issues?

I moved into a new build just over a year ago, and a few months in mold issues occurred in the nearby closet. The main cause of this was an exterior concrete wall which was still drying, and led to ...
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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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Removing heavy green algae in old metal [closed]

I have a Ninja gadget I kept in the attic by soaking it with water and salt for about 20 years. How can I remove all the heavy green Algae deposit? It is green Algae, right? How does the Algae got ...
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How to get rid of water stain on concrete?

Hi there was a leaked pipe and the leaked water formed a trail on my concrete floor. Now the leak is fixed and I thought the water trail will just disappear when it dries up, but instead, it has moved ...
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Should I mop or sanitize subfloor prior to flooring install?

During the past few months of renovation I tore up a bunch of laminate flooring to address various issues and I am finally circling back to installing the new floating floor. I'm realizing after doing ...
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Cut granite in home…help? [closed]

I unintentionally allowed a contractor to cut granite (24 sq in) in our home without proper ventilation. There was a 30 minute dust plume, followed by dust settling all over the first floor. I have ...
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Mop disintegrates when used on coarse stone floor - any good alternatives?

We have some natural stone tile which is pretty coarse. This is actually a very pretty (IMO) natural texture but it is a little hard to clean. Vacuuming is fine but like most hard surfaces also needs ...
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Tub drain takes time to drain

The house I shifted into recently was built in 2016; I have lived here for six weeks and don't know the place yet. Before moving in, I had the plumber check all the pipes and drains. After shifting, I ...
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Help to identify and remove mold on wooden-furniture

A couple of months ago I found a lot of small yellow solid dots on the shelves of the bookcase in my bedroom. As it was an old piece of furniture, so I took the chance to buy a new one. I carefully ...
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How do I clean thick primer out of a paint brush?

I always clean my paint brushes after using them for painting interior walls. My usual routine is to rinse them under water and clean them out with a combination of a wire brush and a brush comb, but ...
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How to clean a drain in a refrigerator?

We have an old Kenmore fridge/freezer combo. It is slowly leaking water into the bottom of the fridge which is below the freezer. After doing some research we think its likely because of a clogged ...
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How much clearance is necessary for vent cleaning?

I'm having my ducts cleaned tomorrow and I'm preparing for their arrival tonight. Despite all my research I'm unable to find how much room these cleaners typically need, and unfortunately it's too ...
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Remove yellow stains on toilet

I have the following stains on my toilet I tried to remove it with bleaching product but to no avail. I was thinking of white vinegar but not sure if it would work as the surface is wet. Any ideas ...
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Removing burnt plastic residue from gas cooktop cap

Initially, a grimey cooktop: After a round of heavy-duty oven cleaner it looks almost brand new: https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/233881 However... The burnt stain was me getting a ...
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How can I remove smoke odor after a fire?

There was a bad fire (everyone got out of the building in time, thankfully. It could have been so much worse!) in the apartment upstairs from mine. We didn't get any fire damage but there was a lot of ...
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Treatment for wood under a Trex Deck

Just moved into a 5 y/o house with a "maintainence free" Trex deck. Underneath, it's supported by lumber as shown below When it rains the water drips through the deck slats and leaves this ...
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Finding nails and staples all over yard after roof replacement

I just had the roof of my house replaced. The roofers had tarps spread around the house and swept the yard after the work with what looked like a magnet after they finished but I'm finding a lot of ...
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What could be done to clean black staining from red brickwork?

I have recently purchased an old house (built in approximately 1900) in the United Kingdom as a renovation project. The brickwork under the porch has been fairly well protected over the years and is ...
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Thorough removal of uncured silicone sealant

I have used silicone sealant to seal our toilet bowls's socket against the floor tiles. It turned out, the sealant was overaged and didn't cure anymore. So the socket and the bowl is contamined with ...
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Why does my kitten's urine clean my carpet?

I have an old house with very old wall to wall carpets. The carpt by the front door is just awful, and I have been trying to clean it for a while, with poor results. Recently, however, my kitten, who ...
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How often should ducts / furnaces be cleaned?

Asking for a house with a dog located in Canada but any general answers would be welcomed.
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My spray bottle nozzle seems busted, what should I look for?

I have a mostly-plastic spray bottle that I use to spray water. I used to be able to set it to spray in a wide cone or a narrow stream, but now it only wants to spray in a narrow stream. Any ideas of ...
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Safe & chemical free way to clean AC coils?

My ac system last had regular maintenance/inspection 9 months ago. Normally I have it done every 6 months but due to coronavirus the company I have a warranty with isn't honoring their warranty. And ...
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How to remove 3M Scotch Super 77 from finished hardwood surface

I decided to upholster my wooden dining chairs. These chairs were 100% hardwood and finished in glossy polyurethane (i.e. had no padding) I just finished working on one chair and realized that I had ...
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How to properly clean a rough concrete floor?

I have an old house with an uneven concrete floor that occasionally needs to be cleaned. The basement floods during a hard rain due to some landscaping issues that I'm working on. I've cleaned it with ...
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Help cleaning Geberit turncontrol drain

I'm trying to clean the drain on the bathtub, but I'm not sure how to detach it, mainly I'm not quite sure what is the model. It looks a lot like Geberit 151.550, but it's a little bit different. I ...
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How to remove stubborn adhesive residue from my windows?

This sounds ridiculous but I was Googling forever to no avail. We have been scrubbing like mad for four years with all purpose cleaner. I’m not sure what kind of product to use to clean or clean off ...
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Possibly Asbestos Contaminated Washer! What do I do?

So a while back, while my mom and I were moving out of our last place, I may have stowed a bunch of stuff from the attic away in plastic trash bags, as the attic was apparently insulated with asbestos,...
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clothes sanitizer vs clothes detergent [closed]

Recently I came across a product called a clothes sanitizer. Is this just marketing or is there a difference between clothes detergents vs clothes sanitizers? Are clothes sanitizers more effective at ...
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Do I need to prep/clean a new redwood fence before I apply sealer?

I just finished installing a redwood privacy fence two days ago. I want to seal it as soon as possible before it starts to weather. I am going to use this product from Home Depot but it recommends ...
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Why is part of my wall shiny after cleaning it?

I have recently moved to a new house and there have been a lot of deliveries for appliances and furniture. In the process there were some stains on the wall, nothing major as the paint was intact. I ...
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How to clean a burnt wall socket?

I had a dishwasher plugged into the wall. The dishwasher plug has always been a little iffy but we have never had a problem with it before. It shorted while the dishwasher was running and I caught it ...
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How to remove dark spots from wood kitchen countertop

I found some dark spots in the wood of the kitchen countertop this morning. I don't know what would have caused them to appear, and I don't know what the material, type of wood, the countertop is ...
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Washing machine conditioner drawer no longer receives water; how to fix?

Our washing machine (an AEG model some years old now) appears to be working fine, except that for a few weeks now it has no longer been putting any water through the conditioner drawer at the start of ...
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How to remove tape residue?

I have duct tape, masking tape and brown tape residue on walls, vinyl and skirting board. Will water and a microfiber cloth be sufficient to remove them or what will I need to do. I prefer avoiding ...
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How to uninstall this tricky P trap?

I have trouble replacing this kind of P trap as shown in the Figure below. Different from a normal P trap (e.g., here https://i.stack.imgur.com/W7MWn.jpg ), threre is no such "wrench stuff". I ...
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How to properly seal the drain in the refrigerator? And how to clean the condenser coil?

Had a water leak from the fridge (GE GSL25JGDBLS, it's a self-defrosting side-by-side). It worked perfectly for 8 years. Here's what i found inside and in the back: Pretty sure the culprit was that ...
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What Household Items can be used to Clean Motherboards [closed]

I have a motherboard that require deep cleaning (its not just the dust we are talking about). I have seen over the youtube that people are using WD-40 and brake fluid to washaway the contaminants from ...

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