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Old Fashioned Ways to Clean Windows

Your great grandmother probably didn't have access to fancy commercial window cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths. She had to clean windows with simple solutions and old- fashioned elbow grease. To keep your windows clean, you need a solution that will remove dirt, pollen, smoke and the occasio

How to Clean Moldy Leathers

Mold can be a problem in any damp, humid or otherwise moist environment. When it gets on leather goods, such as a leather jacket, saddle or leather shoes, the mold can eat away at the leather leaving behind damage or ruined leather that is not usable.

Home Remedy to Kill Yard Parvo

Disinfecting outdoor areas can help prevent your dog from contracting canine parvo, a highly contagious virus that kills 80 percent of infected puppies that do not receive veterinary treatment. Even after treatment, dogs can still spread parvo through feces for some time. The resilient virus can thr

How to Grind Quarry Tile Floors

Quarry tile is a type of tile often used in commercial or outdoor building projects. It is made from a combination of hardened clays and shales and typically comes in earthy tones with a matte finish. Grinding is a method used to cut all sorts of tiles -- not just quarry tiles -- into needed shapes,

How to Make Your Own Whitewash Stain

Whitewash stain is a painting material that has been used for centuries. It is made from a simple mixture of hydrated lime, granulated salt, alum and water. The dry materials are stirred and dissolved fully into a watery mixture, and is then painted onto a surface with a paintbrush. When dry, it lea

How to Repaint Banisters

Staircase banisters are a challenge to paint because of their uneven surfaces and shape. This can often lead to streaks, drips and unevenly painted surfaces when you attempt to repaint them. However, you don't need the help of a professional to have evenly painted banisters. With a bit of care and a

How to Get Rid of a Fire Smoke Smell in the Walls

Smells from a fire usually enter the house in one of three ways; fireplaces, outside fires that enter the home through open windows and doors, or a house fire. Smoke caused by house fires and fireplaces are more difficult to remove than a smoke smell from outside sources. The internal temperature wi

How to Remove Stains From Microfiber Furniture

Microfiber is a compilation of woven and non woven fibers, usually polyester. This combination of different fibers is often used to make everything from clothes to upholstery, even janitorial products. A stain on microfiber furniture can detract from the aesthetic and cause a general eyesore that ca

How do I Clean Burnt Oil from Stainless Steel Pan Sides?

It is not unusual to drip oil down a pan's sides when frying foods. Because the pan is very hot, the oil immediately burns onto the pan, leaving dark brown or black marks that can be difficult to remove. You don't have to give up on the pan--you can bring it back its shiny appearance if you use the

How to Get Free Money from the Government to Repair Your House

Learning how to get free money from the government to repair your house isn't easy, but it can be done. If you need expensive home repairs that aren't in your budget, the process is well worth your time. The money you receive from the government is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

How Can I Get Haze Off My Bathroom Mirror?

When we think of bathroom cleaning, thoughts of toilet scrubbing and tile scouring spring to mind. Your mirror, while it may not take the most immediate precedence in your bathroom-cleaning routine, is important to clean. If you do an incomplete job, you'll be left with a streaked, cloudy-looking mi

The Best Way to Paint MDF

Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product gaining popularity as a construction material. MDF manufacturers grind wood into fibers and combine them with wax and resin to form panels. It is a stable product and is a good option when building anything where expansion or contraction

How to Clean Vinyl Records With Johnson's Baby Wash

Johnson's Baby Wash is a mild detergent for bathing infants. The soapy liquid can also be used sparingly to clean old vinyl records, removing years of dust and dirt from the grooves. Used in tandem with microfiber cloths, a small amount of baby wash can loosen and lift grime off records' surfaces so

How to Remove Cat Urine From Furniture

They say "dog is man's best friend"; but for many people, that saying rings true for cats. Cats are cute, fuzzy, independent creatures that can be both adorable and nerve-wracking. There may come a time when your cat--particularly as it ages, if it is sick, or if it is dissatisfied with its living c

How to Clean Chrome Door Pillars

Chrome is often a perfect accent to bring out the details in anything from cars to door pillars. If you have chrome pillars in your home you must take good care of them; otherwise they can easily rust. Once the chrome rusts, it loses the shine and sparkle chrome typically offers. You can clean your

How to Remove Urine Stains From Materials

The bacteria and ammonia found in urine causes stains and odors to form in the fibers of the material. While accidents are bound to happen, the stains and odors they leave on material do not need to be as readily accepted. Commercial products exist to remove urine stains from materials but you can s

How to Clean a Gaggia Espresso Machine

The Italian company Gaggia has been making coffee makers for more than 50 years. The company offers consumers a fully automated espresso machine which operates by the simple touch of a button. Protect your investment in a state-of-the-art espresso machine by performing regular cleaning per the manuf

How to Remove Glue Using Common Household Items

While glue can be a useful adhesive in a variety of everyday applications, it can also prove difficult to remove if it spills. By its very nature, it is meant to hold. However, it is possible to remove glue using common household items.

How to Remove Duct Tape Residue From a Cotton T-Shirt Using WD-40

While duct tape has many uses, it can leave an irritating residue on clothing upon removal. Washing the item won't do much, so the residue will need to be tended to before clothes goes into the washing machine. WD-40 seems to have more uses than it can possibly list. One of the many known and proven