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There are many types of cleaning that need be done around the house. There are also many methods, tips, and tricks on how to clean. These question and answers about types and ways of cleaning.
I've heard collectors say that more firearms are ruined by cleaning than by abuse, so don't get too agressive. If it really needs to be cleaned internally, I'd send it to my gunsmith - he only charges $35 and doesn't have any parts left over when he finishes. But if you'd rather do it yourself, I'm …
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Cleaning a Motorcycle CarburetorMotorcycle carbs can be simple for a single cylinder engine or complicated for a 4 cylinder in-line, GS850, 1000, 1100. I'm not as familiar with the V Suzuki. You could have 1 carb feeding both cylinders or 2 carbs that have to be syncronized to operate both carbs tog…
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W-d 40 On A Rag, It Works On My Leather Jackets. Test In A Non-Visible Spot First In Case Of Color Change. WD-40 Didn't Work For Me, Nor Did Leather Cleaner.   Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Is Sold At Grocery Stores. It Is A Amazing Product. : Magic Eraser Did Not Work Very Well In My Case. …
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Use a wet/dry vac then pull out the carpeting and let it air dry.
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Yes, you can clean the PCV valve. Take off the PCV valve and get a spray can of carb cleaner. Just spray into the valve and just enough to clean out any gunk that might be in there. You should hear it rattle when you shake the valve.
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Are you sure the dirt is on the inside? I detail headlights at used car dealerships and sell a product called Crystalenz to clean gauge panel plastic. Crystalenz is made for cleaning headlight lenses but it works really well on gauges.
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I detail headlights at used car dealerships and I have restored many Dodge Intrepids and other Chryslers. The dirt and yellow haze is on the outside and to clean it, I use a product called CrystaLenz. This product works really well and you DO NOT have to remove the lens or use any special tools. Th…
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Most new cars have headlight "modules" that are not supposed to be taken apart. Are you sure they are dirty on the inside? I detail headlights at used car lots and most of the time the dirt is on the Outside. I use the CrystaLenz Headlight Restoration Kit to clean them it works really well. Check ou…
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When it comes to moss or mold on a roof, the culprit is actually a blue-green algae which is most commonly found in warmer, humid climates. Although it does not damage the roofing the black stains it leaves do not look good. One solution if there are only a few shingles involved, would be to repla…
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OK, that is stamped concrete. things you don't want to use are a pressure washer. It will blow the release color off the concrete and destroy the area you are trying to save. first you will want to remove any sealer on the the affected area, you can do this with xylene (you can get it right at home …
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Using Muriatic Acid on a Concrete Floor First, depending on exactly what sealer was used, it may not even take it off successfully. Perhaps a test is in order for you. Using muratic acid is not rocket science. Every mason uses it nearly daily, and it's more pure form is used in your pool. T…
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First of all, don't think about treating a whole house of mold as a diy project - mold can be too dangerous to your health, and it would be best to call a mold remediation specialist to treat the mold and remove it. This is true even if the mold is not completely widespread, but even affecting just …
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The solution is actually not what you would think. Ammonia can damage tile floors and warm water and vinegar isn't going to get rid of the waxy residue although it is good for normal everyday cleaning.     try cleaning with ammonia read the label first   Mop the floor with warm w…
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Cleaning Paint from Concrete Here is advice: Strong paint thinner will after a few applications finally clear it If you can afford it (and the price is coming down), a pressure washer will work wonders on paint. Once you own one you'll find all kinds of uses for it. The pressure washer is grea…
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Consider this: For a 44x22' pool the in-floor system costs $7,000+. For that price you can use a rover type vacume, and have the pool professionally cleaned weekly for 20+ years. I still can't find a good review of how clean the in-floor systems actually keep the pool. Rover type systems have fairly…
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Coffee Grounds Down Garbage Disposals From what I've read, yes, and no. I hate getting rid of the grounds from my french press, so I've done a bit of online research. If you have a septic tank, the answer is no. Solids of any kind contribute to the build up of sludge in the tank, which means having…
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If you put a whole jar of Tang in a rusty dishwasher and run a full cycle the dishwasher comes out bright as new! Perhaps make a paste of Tang and water and scrub-brush it onto the rust stains.   Rust Stains are easy to STOP before they START. Homeowners, all over the Country, who pump their …
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Hi Larry I am assuming you are talking about a garburator. You don't really need a list. Things like potato, carrot peelings, small pieces off your dinner plate (not bones) coffee grounds, tea bags are all things your garbage disposal will take. This old stand-by is right on ... "When it doubt, th…
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Muriatic (hydrochloric) acid is great, and will clean anything that it won't dissolve. But it's VERY DANGEROUS. Even when diluted, it can burn the skin and eyes, and the vapors will choke you. For general cleaning, try Purple Power. It's a lot safer, but still strong enough to take paint offif ou l…
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The Symmons Temptrol valve has several parts none of which are really cleanable. If your valve is clogged with debris you may take them out turn on the water and flush debris out but parts are generally replaced. The parts involved would be the spindle and the diverter/volume control.
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Low water pressue is caused by debris in the line, depending on the type of pipe, ie. galvanized produces buildup which restricts flow. Foul smell is caused by food particles in your disposal. This can be easily corrected by pouring bleach down your drain, also check to make sure trap is not dry.Ans…
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Doesn't hurt a thing.
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you can try a garden hose down the vent on the roof use it like a drain snake with the water on
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Bleach has no effect on a wax ring.Ans 2 - Bleach will not affect wax rings, but if you're on septic it WILL kill the bacteria . So only use it if on city sewer.
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You are burning the inside tissues and membranes of your nose. This is not a healthy thing, be sure to ventilate your work area to alleviate this condition somewhat. Dilute the bleach with water if possible. Wear a thin mask as well.
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nope. the judge TELLS you what you can do. so you go to the 4 hour so THAT one gets wiped off. the other ticket is a whole other issue.
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White wine! pour white wine on and blot!!! x Mix one teaspoon of a neutral detergent (a mild detergent containing no alkalies or bleaches) with a cup of luke-warm water. Blot. Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water. Blot. Repeat step one. Sponge with clean water…
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Regular cleaning can be done with detergent and water, and rinsed; or commercial household cleaners or bathroom cleaners used according to label directions. Do not use scouring powders or other abrasives which can scratch the finish. Special cleaning may be needed for ceramic tile in bathrooms if t…
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Fiberglass bathtubsHard water mineral deposits: Occasionally remove with products specifically designed to remove such deposits that state on label they are safe for fiberglass; these are usually mild acids such as "Lime-Away" which contains some phosphoric acid but is safe for consumer use; rubber …
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The cloudy film is most likely caused by hard water. If you don't normally use a Finish-type rinse aid in your dishwasher, this may be the time to start. For dishes that are already cloudy, try acetone (fingernail polish remover) and then wash in mild detergent. Or, use a paste of toothpaste to sc…
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I'm a material researcher and I've reviewed this extensive answer. There are many inaccuracies and bad advice here, along with extremely effective and absolutely clear recommendations that should work very well. Nail polish is, for practical intents and purposes, a form of nitrocellulose lacquer. N…
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Wiki s contributors suggest these methods: Lift the carpet, put a roasting pan under the spill. Then slowly pour boiling water on the wax spill. The wax will melt down though the carpet into the roasting pan. Then do the same for the carpet pad, if it needs it . By the way only the boiling water an…
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Virtually all sleeping bags are machine washable and dryable, but check the care label for the manufacturer's recommendations. If washable, use a warm water wash and a gentle cycle. When machine drying down, place a clean pair of tennis shoes in the dryer with the bag. The shoes help to fluff up the…
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I use rubbing alcohol. It makes everything shine. It's also great on windows and mirrors. Wash with sudsy water. Rinse and wipe dry to bring up luster. Do not use abrasive household cleaners on these surfaces because they may scratch. If there is sticky or gummy soil to remove, try rubbing with ba…
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Utensils with copper interiors should never be used for acidic foods, with pH of 6.0 or below, since toxic compounds can form if food is cooked, or stored, or served from such containers. Even if copper pans are lined with tin, they should not be used for acidic foods such as fruits, fruit juices, s…
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Because your bathtub surface can be scratched, try a chemical, rather than a physical (ie.scraping, scouring) solution first to remove the decals. Before you get started, it's a good idea to test the cleaning/removal material in an inconspicuous part of the surface the label is stuck on the be sur…
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Regular cleaning can prevent buildup of staining material. Repair leaking, dripping faucets to stop staining. Lime or hard-water mineral buildup is dissolved by an acid. Vinegar or lemon juice may be rubbed over the stain, to dissolve. Do not leave on stain too long, as acids will eventually damage…
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According to the Home Maintenance And Repair Database at the Michigan State University website: Use suds on a soft brush to rub any spots lightly. Then dip the shade up and down. When the water gets dirty, change to clean sudsy water. Wash the shade a second time. to rinse the shade, dip it up and…
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All microwave-safe cookware can be washed in the dishwasher, but follow manufacturer's label or guide instructions on where to place it--top rack only, or either rack. Or wash by hand in regular mild dishwashing liquid. Never use heavy duty mesh cleaners. If food remains after washing, use a plastic…
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We used to keep a block of paraffin wax wrapped in cheescloth. Once in awhile, we would run the hot iron over the wax and wipe off the residue. This resulted in a slick, clean iron. To remove melted plastic and fabrics, heat at low setting just until material softens, and scrape off with a smooth …
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First thing to try is industrial acetone that you buy at any hardware store. Put it on a soft rag to scrub a bit. It may take several tries, but should work. Just be careful not to get the acetone on any of the stained wood. Secondly, Bar Keepers Friend in a soft paste. On polished marble don't sc…
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You can use the dishwasher for cleaning earthenware dishes but you should not use bad chemicals or powder. For handmade pottery you need to check with the maker but modern commercial dinnerware, which has a glaze applied over the decorations, can be washed in the dishwasher.
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Garbage disposers clean themselves if used properly. Do not put lye or other chemical drain pipe cleaners into the disposer. Periodically, and always after disposing of fibrous food wastes, purge the drainline by filling the sink with two or three inches of cold water. Turn on the food waste dispos…
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Inside house: 1. wash affected wall, floor, etc. areas with water containing either chlorine bleach or vinegar (acetic acid) or 2. Use a commercial odor-removing compound such as: "Skunk-off" aerosol; get through Vet Clinic, or catalog of dog supplies through dog kennel or pet shop."Nil-Odor" made…
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Thoroughly clean the inside of the freezer, using baking soda and water. Put an open box of baking soda or a container of coffee in there to absorb the odors. If you have to store the appliance, put blocks in the door to keep it open a few inches so it can be ventilated.
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Fill a small glass bowl with 1/2 cup full strength ammonia, place in oven and close. Let stand overnight, then wipe loosened dirt with paper towels or newspapers. If then necessary, rub surfaces with a suitable abrasive, such as fine steel wool or soap-filled steel wool pad, wiping off "suds" with p…
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Cleaning a microwave My favorite way is to use a Mr. Clean magic eraser. Just wet it and wipe nothing but water needed. Fill a small casserole or microwaveable bowl with a mixture of water and lemon juice (approx 2 cups water and 2 tbsp lemon juice, but it's flexible). Put it in the microwave uncov…
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Latex paint from tileI just finished painting my own bathroom. Just use a putty knife on a slight tilt and carefully push on the paint spots (don't rush this job), then wipe clean. As for the latex paint on the grout, be sure you have waited a couple of weeks, wet it down, and then use "Scotch Brite…
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Latex is water-based paint, so take a very thin rag, put it over the edge of a putty knife and scrape very carefully. It should come off quite easily. Don't rush this job! Take your time and the latex should come off like butter.If the paint has a tenacious bond, use some denatured alcohol to slowly…
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The process takes minimal effort, on your part, and gives amazing results for the time and effort spent. Do not try this on non-porcelain tubs. Plastic tends to be difficult to remove the paper towels from, and the bleach will begin to eat through the plastic very quickly. Step 1: Simply layer th…
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What do we mean by stain remover? I think it means those little containers of stuff to target specific stains, but the person who wrote the answer below was talking about detergent/soap, which is something very different. Enzymes Enzymes are protein catalysts, i.e. proteins designed to make chemic…
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Try the Magic Eraser. That usually gets rid of a lot of hard to remove marks.
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A steam cleaner (make sure it gets hot enough to sanitize) will kill off the mold and whatever else is there, then you just use a cleaner like Oxyclean spray to get out the stain.
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My kids left a sap trail on my hardwood through out the house so I used Non stick cooking spray. Spray on sap and clean off with a rag or paper towel. Be sure to clean your floors with whatever you usually use to get the oil residue off. Worked like a charm!Try an ice cube to freeze it and then scra…
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Good luck. I did that several years ago and never could get it off. I ended up painting the concrete. You could try muriatic acid, though, that's the only thing I did not try, just because I'd never heard of it.   Paint stripper.
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Try putting dryer sheets in the drawers. Also, fragranced soap bars, or drawer liners work effectively as well. To eliminate the odor rather than just cover it up, use something like AFM Safecoat. It is a water-based sealant. It will not stain the wood, just cover it with an invisible coating. I w…
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Go to Home Depot, Lowe's or even Walmart and buy Goo-gone and it will remove the paint from your countertop
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First, brush off the loose ashes. Spray the brick with water. Then, mix a mild cleaner with water and use that to clean off the soot.
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I'm a painting contractor and have had problems with employees getting overspray on window vinyl. What has worked for us is acetone or a product called goof off. But first try it in a spot not so obvious.Good Luck, Steve
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To clean fiberglass showers and tubs, heat white vinegar until hot and pour into a spray bottle. Spray on shower and bathtub. Let set around 10-15 minutes and clean using a scrubbing sponge, adding more hot vinegar during the process as needed. Rinse thoroughly.
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After using a scrubbing pad with dish soap to remove the egg, you can try using table salt and lemon juice. Scrub with the lemon juice and allow the mix to sit for a few minutes. Alternatively, spray with diluted white vinegar. After a few minutes, thoroughly wipe off.
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Many janitorial stores carry products designed to remove red stains from carpets/upholstery .The process is to apply the product directly to the stain, let sit for one minute, brush lightly to agitate, then blot with a clean white towel , then place a heating iron over the towel. It may need two or …
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Fill the drawers with Cedar Chips.   Try stuffing the drawers with wadded up newspaper, or with packets of activated charcoal. These can absorb the odors.Another thing to try is to set the drawers outside in the sunlight for an afternoon or two. You may want to cover the exterior wood with br…
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No! Under no condition should a wood floor be steamed mopped! Wood is extremely prone to bubbling, swelling, and warping with exposure to water over time. There are products that state they are safe to use on "sealed" wood. The flaw in that statement is the idea that your entire floor is sealed. I…
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Make sure that the room is well-ventilated until the stain is completely dry. It may take a day or so, depending on the humidity in your area.
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Go to your craft store where you can buy the fabric paint and see if there is a solution you can buy to take off the fabric paint.Also please go on:www.google.comType in: How do you get fabric paint off fabric?Use lava soap adn scrubb uunder running water it should come out with some elbow grease.
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I don't know if it will help, but I use "Bar-Keepers Friend" in my home. I have found that it works great on all my household surfaces. You can find it at walmart by the bathroom cleaners.(It is similar to "Comet") Simply wet area, but not too much, just enough to form a paste. Scrub lightly and let…
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I've scrubbed mine by using a paste of dishwasher detergent (Cascade, etc.), letting it set for 15-20 minutes then hose it off...it's worth a shot!   A dilouted sollution of bleach and water always does the trick for me.
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Kiddie Pools should be emptied and refilled for each use. There are two reasons: (1) It is not filtered or treated with chemicals, so it is very unsanitary (you know kids are peeing in there) (2) If you leave it filled it is a drowning hazard not only for your kids, but neighborhood kids as well.
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I used a magic erase scrubbie pad to take the mold off the top inside of our vinyl liner for our inground pool. It came off very easily. It also work great taking off the water line on the stairs.
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by a chemical called stain out or by using a pumice stone.
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I was told to just super chlorinate the water. You may have to repeat with the super chlorination, but over time, stains should fade away.
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Mineral spirits should evaporate rather quickly. Scoop out any residue manually.
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what i found out was if your vacuum doesn't have suction you need to make sure you have all the air out of the hose that is attached to you vacuum.
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Rust in your water is caused by iron in your water supply. You can get a water softner and use the softened water to fill your pool, or you can fill your pool with the rusty water and use a scale and metal out chemical that you could purchase at any local pool dealer. If you choose to purchase the s…
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%DETAILS% Answer with a vinyl vacuum cleaner. Answer I get in the pool and make a whirlpool. Most of the light and heavy debris gets caught in the whirlpool. Then spend about 20 minutes with the skimmer and it's clean. It works best for me.
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My experience is that the stains will go away by themselves, through the effects of the chlorination of the water. Does not matter if the pool is a salt pool or fresh water pool. If the pool has a plaster finish, brushing the stains with a wire pool brush will speed up the process.
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Depending on the type of scale on the cell, vinegar can work, but generally it is not very effective. Much easier and guaranteed to work is diluted muriatic acid (approx 3 water, 1 acid). Better still, you can upgrade to brand new fully self-cleaning unit, 5-year warranty, for 50% of Suggested Retai…
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You need to vacuum the mud to waste. ie: vacuum not through your filter as you normally would, but using a separate pump and discharging vacuumed mud/water to waste (somewhere other than back into the pool).
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My guess it is mold coming from beneath the grout. You can try a scrub brush and bleach. But if it comes back I would guess the grout needs to be scraped out. This site has professional tile guys that have helped me in other areas: http://www.johnbridge.com
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System 32 is just the dump for the redundant files the ad clicker virus creates everytime computer restarts/starts up. The more times mcaffee cleans and deletes these files the more the virus recreates itself. These files are not viruses though they have the same antigen as the adclicker. the virus …
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Pour white vinegar in your washer & wash the cover as extra heavy. For the mattress, rub a generous amount of baking soda and salt (as salt is an abrasive) roughly into the dampened area. Add a small amount of vinegar ***REMEMBER THIS WILL FOAM A LOT*** and scrub more. This will take a lot of …
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Active Ingredients Ethyl Alcohol by Volume 70% Ingredients Denatonium Benzoate , Methyl Isobutyl Ketone , Water The ingredients will be listed on the bottle. There are two standard kinds of rubbing alcohol: (1) one made with isopropryl alcohol, which has a certain toxicity but is more pleasant o…
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Ordinarily stain molecules are removed in one (or a combination) of these 3 ways: 1. Dissolved and carried away in a water/detergent mixture. 2. Cut into smaller fragments by the stain remover and then carried away. 3. Strongly bonded stain molecules may require a non-aqueous (non water based) stron…
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Fact: Carnauba wax and Turpentine, some companies also add a polyformer to help fill scratches. Carnauba wax comes from a tree, which is then processed. Not all companies use solvents like Turpentine either. One company is Zymol, they use all natural ingredients. The question here is actually two …
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Answer If you are trying to remove soap scum, use Comet bathroom spray. Let it sit for a few minutes and scrub with a Scotchbrite pad, then rinse. Comet bathroom spray has citric acid, which will break down the soap scum. It does work.
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1. Download and run firefox to protect your computer from future spyware attacks and pop ups which are coming in through internet explorer (Trojan downloaders, win32 ).Browser attacks aren't easy to spot because they piggyback on legitimate traffic that doesn't exhibit many obvious warning signs . …
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Answer Take a warm iron and some paper toweling and put the toweling down, hold the iron over it briefly and keep doing this until the wax gets warm and bleeds into the toweling. Be careful the iron is not too hot! Then take a light grid piece of sandpaper and lightly go back and forth on the red st…
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Answer A mini clean is just what it says. They just take out a mini steam shampooer and clean one or two spots instead of the whole sofa. I had a chair professionally cleaned in my house and it was nearly $100. Sounds like you had an accident, and if this is the case it depends on management as to w…
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Answer Put your iron on WARM! Then get paper toweling. Place the terry towel on your ironing board, put the paper toweling over it and press with the iron for 6 - 7 seconds. It will melt the wax (you may have to do this several times until all wax is melted.) If the wax is red or any other color …
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An easy way is to use a paint scraper. Any sharp edged object should be useful.It is important that you do this regularly...soot can actually catch fire if left to build up, and can therefore be very dangerous.
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Buy Simple Solution Cat Spray & Urine Stain & Odor Remover from a pet store (like PetCo or PetSmart). Spray the stained area on the futon with it, wetting it throughly, and wait one day. Do it again. By the end of the 2nd day, the odor should be gone, and the stain should be, too. Another …
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Answer put ice on the wax. it will harden and crack off. when I wax someones brows with hard wax it can sometimes get into the hair. I always use baby oil on my finger and work it into the waxy area and the wax just slips away. Melting the wax off the hair will work to an extent but it does not …
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One method would be to use pet waste cleaner.
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Answer One time I used a sheet of paper and an iron. Lay the sheet of paper over it and take a hot iron and put over the paper. It will melt the plastic and it will stick to the paper. Answer I am not sure about melted plastic, but I've removed dried wax from fabric by placing a brown paper b…
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the way i clean my pool to remove calcium deposits stained by algae is with a sponge and (baking powder 1 cup mixed with1/3 cup of vinegar)
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Getting latex paint out of clothes Ammonia will get latex paint out of anything. It actually dissolves it so soaking would be in order if it has been dried on for some time. Scrub it ever so often to help the ammonia along.Do it in a well ventilated area as the ammonia gives off fumes. Be aware of w…
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Answer Alot think about what your parents pay then triple it
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