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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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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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How can I clean my fiberglass tub that was cleaned with abrasives to make it white and shiny

I used an abrasive cleaner on my new fiberglass tub. How can I remove the stains and dullness.
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Is a tablespoon of vinegar and a cloth adequate to clean tiles with compiled soap, dirt residue?

What is a good product that can effectively clean tiles without damaging them? The type of tiles are floor tiles I think are ceramic based on this and are not shiny. I would like to clean them of ...
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How to seal porcelain so that the sink will be easier to clean?

I have an old porcelain sink. When the sink is dirty it takes a lot of scrubbing to get it clean. Can I put something on it so that it will be less absorbent? I am considering this procedure: https:...
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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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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 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 clean up linseed oil stains after spill on stone patio?

A contractor spilled linseed oil on my stone patio, staining a large area. I tried cleaning the stone with simple dish soap & water, and it had absolutely no effect. I fear that the oil has been ...
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How do i get a wet bicarbonate of soda stain out of my carpet?

I had a stain on my carpet, the professional came round tried to remove it and later it turned pink, he told me to add bicarbonate of soda watered down 1/5, the pink faded but not completely he said ...
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safe to use a water extractor on a hardwood floor?

We were painting a room with a spray and had some drop cloth issues. As a result, there is a thin layer of paint on part of the floor. Part of it is wiping up with a warm, wet rag fairly easily, but ...
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How do I get cleaning solution into a macerator (pumping station)?

I would like to know exactly how to put the vinegar in the macerator. Do i put it down the toilet bowl after turning off or unplugging the power or is there another way to get the vinegar into the ...
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Is it safe to use a blower to clean debris off a shingle roof?

I would like to routinely (once a month) clean the debris (leaves, sticks, pollen, etc.) that collects on my shingle roof because of the shallow pitch: Rather than use a soft broom to brush the ...
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Matt black vinyl fabric for upholstery, cleaning/sealing?

I have been doing some upholstery using a cloth-backed vinyl with a matt-black finish. It looks great... until the oils from your hands or hair touch it. Is there a way to clean this type of fabric ...
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remove stain from granite tile

I have a bathroom tiled with granite tile floor and walls. the granite is sealed with xypex (seems to be still well sealed) and is a salt and pepper quartzite granite. (see pic) one of the tiles has ...
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How can I remove Algae from my hot water system?

I live in Christchurch, NZ in a cold drafty house with crap plumbing. Some time ago there was a storm which blew the lid off our header tank (which just sits on the roof) but I didn't notice it had ...
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Strange odor in home

We have an unusual odor in our house. It doesn't smell like garbage, or anything rotten, just a sharp pungent smell as soon as you enter the house. It almost smells like stained wood that has got wet. ...
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How can I undo damage done to a newly tiled floor?

I feel I was (ill-)advised to clean my new beige, mat ceramic tiled floors using this recipe: 3 parts heated vinegar to 1 part water, brush solution in very vigourously with stiff floor-brush then ...
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Cleaning an IGLOO Freestanding Ice Maker water box

An IGLOO Freestanding Ice Maker (Model # ICE102C-SILVER) has water box which the instruction state should be cleaned. The inside of the box is not accessible in either the empty nor the fill ...
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How do i clean porous natural stone tile?

I recently moved into an apartment with porous natural stone tiles on the floor in the bathroom. After doing some re-grouting on the walls, I used a diluted solution of grout haze remover to clean ...
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Should I remove dryer support roller residue and how?

I have a front-loading electric Whirlpool dryer (LER4634PQ0) that's got a sagging drum, making it noisy and causing it to soil clothes. I first noticed it via brown marks on my clothes caused by a ...
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Sanding vs power washing vs chemical cleaning wooden deck for restoration

There seems to be various methods for cleaning and preparing a wooden deck for restoration. Some how-to's that I have read strongly advise against power washing. Some sources suggest a combination ...
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How do you clean a petrol smell off rubber?

Not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but I suspect the readers here will probably know. I have a short length of rubber coated pipe used to provide some ventilation for a small ...
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Cleaning the lint or is it insulation from my gas dryer

I'm wanting to clean the lint out of my clothes dryer, I bought an attachment for the main area and hose but I see what I think must be lint inside the back panel as well, if I remove the panel what ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to get rid of Indian spice smell in house?

There is a house with strong Indian spice smell throughout. What could be the safest and most effective ways to get rid of such smell?
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Removing hard water residue from Quartz

I have very hard water and a dish rack. Unbeknownst to me, under the dish rack, a few large hard water (calcium?) yellowish, rough feeling spots have formed. How should one go about removing these ...
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How do I remove mold from a vacuum cleaner?

I returned home a couple of weeks ago, only to find my Dyson V6 Slim Cordless Vacuum has been filled up with mold. It looks like the mold has reached back in towards the engine area: I'm wondering ...
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What are these thing in my fridge and how to get ride of them?

I found these bugs and i dont know how to get ride of them or what they are. First time it was near the eggs, cleaned everything. But 3 weekd after i found them again. Dont know what to do. If this ...
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How to clean these white stains from my grout?

I've tried a lot of products, non seems to work, these are the pictures of what I see: http://imgur.com/a/AUZNx The normal color is grey, however some white stains appeared in some of them, they ...
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Smell coming from clean bathrooms in apartment, possibly drains?

I am renting an apartment in the Midwest United States and I have noticed that during a change in the seasons that a rotten smell seems to be coming from the two bathrooms in my 2nd story apartment. ...
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When is acetone not effective when cleaning up residual caulking?

I have read in several places, including here, that using acetone as part of a caulking clean step is useful/effective. I have scrapped off most of the caulk on my bath tub and am trying to clean the ...
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What is the best way to clean internal wood that has black marks/patches on it?

What is the best way to clean internal wood that has black marks/patches on it? I have tried scrubbing it with hot water and sugar soap, it has made some difference but not a lot. Is there ...
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How can I clean the condenser coils on my Maytag freezer

The freezer part of the refrigerator in my kitchen is warm and I've come to realize the coils are quite dusty. But Maytag (and, I guess, Whirlpool) freezers don't have flat coils that I can easily ...
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What is the fastest way to remove adhesive from ceramic tile?

What is the fastest way to remove adhesive from the ceramic tile? I have no patience for removing the adhesive by using an utility knife.
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I cleaned the fridge and it still smells. What part should I clean / replace?

My last tenant was, to put it mildly, a slob. I spent several hours cleaning the fridge pictured below, with a steam cleaner and various cleaning products until it looked nearly new. I then removed ...
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How can I clean behind the electric grill element in my electric oven?

I can clean the whole of the inside of my oven but how can I clean the roof of my oven behind the electric grill element (which won't move)?
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How can I clean hydrogen peroxide stains?

I had a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and White vinegar in a cup. It fell on the floor and now there are stains (1 ft * 1 ft). How do I clean the stains?
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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 to remove carpet tape from flooring?

I used Scotch Carpet Tape for Vinyl, Ceramic, and Hardwood. I've since removed the rugs, but the tape is stuck to the floor now. How can I remove it?