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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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