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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.

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How do you remove nail polish stains from your carpet?

Dab a little bit of nail polish remover on the carpet and let it sit. After a while spray some kids and pets spray on the spot then dab some more nail polish remover. Let it sit again and go back and scrub with a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover.

How do you get rid of bacon smell in a room?

-Spray air freshener

-Open all the windows

I live in Florida and have my air conditioner on all the time. Whenever that happens (I'm guilty of burning bacon a lot, lol), I take my air conditioner's filter and spray Febreze on it, then put it back into the air conditioner and let the air run. The fresh, clean, and pretty smells get through the whole house, getting rid of the burned bacon smell as it travels through the house. Doing it this way helps spread the nice smell all over instead of having to go from room to room spraying the smell away. Not to mention it lasts awhile too :)

How do you clean syrup off hard wood flooring?

A large bottle of pure sugar cane syrup broke on the kitchen floor. I am not sure exactly the type of flooring, but it is a ruddy red color like brick but smoother tiling. I don't think it's terribly delicate.

My first mistake was mopping with soap. That seems to have spread the disastrous mess to new levels. I have also hand scrubbed with a degreaser and mopped again with water. It is still incredibly sticky, like to the point where if you walk on it with flip flops you will not make it very far.

Sticky or oily substances are difficult to clean up. You've already done, it but wipe up the worst of the mess with a dry paper towel. Then, I suggest a two-bucket method. Wipe the floor with a rag moistened with water from the first bucket, wipe the floor, rinse it out in the second bucket. Do a portion of the floor, empty both buckets, start again. There is just no easy way to get the last of it up and this may require repeated efforts. If you have a floor cleaner, use tepid water rather than hot.

How do you get pine sap off your hands?

Often soap and water is not enough to get pine sap off your hands. Try rubbing your hands with oil or butter first, to loosen the sap. Then follow with warm water and dish soap. Rubbing alcohol also works but be sure to moisturize your hands after, it can be very drying.

How do you get rid of gasoline smell that spilled on concrete floor?

Concrete is porous! It Will go away by its self!

I work in the oil industry, and getting rid of smells, stains etc.. is a routine for me. The product I use to clean, remove smells from oil based products, gasoline, is called "Citrol" you can do a Google search to find a supplier.

I purchase it from a local vendor called Howard Supply Co., they are located in many states, so perhaps one near you.

It comes in a aerosol, so it's easy to use, and store. If the job is bigger, it also comes in 5 gal. cans, which I use to clean tankers. I believe it is Bio safe as well, if that is a concern. Leaves a pleasant odor when finished.

I use this in the bed of my truck to remove oil stains, odors along with a brush to work it into the pores of the liner.

Where can one buy Natchez Solution furniture polish?

They have a website and also they advertise in magazines, one being Real Simple, which is where I ordered 3 bottles over 7 months ago. I paid via PayPal, but never received the product. I have called and been promised delivery. Nothing. I have emailed and had a promise of delivery. Nothing. I have emailed again, but had no response whatsoever. I do not recommend ordering this solution.

Me too! I have emailed and called with only one response and no product. My account was debited as well - what is our recourse for the money or the product?

I am distressed to read of your negative experience. We use and sell Natchez Solution in our Asian antique furniture store, and really love the product. We deal with the Natchez Solution manufacturer and have always found them reputable. There are several different companies that resell this product over the internet.

You can buy it directly from the company website (see Related Links).

How do you clean hardened cheese off dish brush?

Simple :)

Just either pour boiled water onto the hardened cheese, or put it in a bowl/basin of boiled water. It will come off quickly. (This could melt the brush though).

Alternatively, just put the brush into the dishwasher with the rest of the dishes and it will be cleaned by the end of the cycle.

Where can you buy Murphy's oil soap?

Most stores carry Murphys oil soap. You can try Walmart, Target, etc.

If there is rust in your water supply how would you clean it to fill a small rectangular plastic pool?

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 scale and metal out I would recommend taking a sample of your water so that they can test to find out the level of iron in your water. They then could instruct you on how much of the product you should use to clear your water up.

How do you remove mold streaks from the shady side of asphalt roof shingles?

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 replace the discolored ones with new shingles to match. This means that you would either have to have some extra shingles lying around or that you could find them at a local supplier. However, if you shingles are pretty old, this may not be possible.

Your options then would be to try to find the closest match available or take shingles from another area of the home that where the shingles are less visible and use the old shingles in the spots that you want to replace the bad ones and then install the new shingles that don't match as well in the spots where you took the old shingles from. Please see my earlier response to the topic "Shingles" for more on this procedure.

Of course, this problem is going to show up more on lighter shingles, so replacing them might be your best option. However there is a method of cleaning that might just do the trick.

One of the suggestions out there that has been used for years is to get a garden sprayer and mix a 50/50 solution of water and bleach and spray wash the roof to get rid of the algae. Keep in mind that a garden sprayer is not a pressure washer. Do not use a pressure washer because you can blow the surface of the shingles right off the roof and thus damage the shingles.

Due to the very delicate bond between the composition shingle and its protective layer of marble chip granules, the use of a pressure washer is NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL. If one insists on the use of a pressure washer, the spray tip nozzle MUST BE KEPT far enough away from the shingles so that the pressure does not exceed that of an ordinary garden hose.

Once even a small percentage of the granules are gone from the shingles, the effect of direct sunlight will accelerate the degradation of the underlying shingle and destruction of the shingle will occur long before the normal life expectancy of the shingle

A better solution would be to use one of the deck cleaners out there that are safe for the environment. Products containing oxygen bleach clean well and will not harm the plants. Anytime you can use an product that is good for the environment, the better off you are.

Input from a roof cleaning professional:

There are a few schools of thought on how to properly clean a roof. Based upon my research, years in business and tried and true method, nothing is more effective than using sodium hypochlorite, more commonly known as bleach. With this chemical (applied at approximately a 6% solution with other surfactants) you do not have to rinse the roof at all. This mitigates all danger of damage from the use of pressure. Any pressure is too much. The difference will be instantaneous. After the first good rain, dead lichen and any remaining haze will be washed away leaving your roof looking nearly new.

Here is a common sense thought to add. Hire a professional. I am all for DIY and saving money but sodium hypochlorite will burn your skin and it can wreak havoc on lungs. It will also kill plant life and surrounding vegetation on contact. Professionals will use protective gear (respirators, safety harnesses, roof protectors on ladders, special climbing shoes, etc) as well as protect your landscaping from damage.

Can you use dawn to clean leather car seats?

yes and when dried, use hand lotion to restore the finish

How do you take the static off of a couch?

the simplest way to remove static from your couch or any other place is by simply taking a few of your fabric softener sheets that you may use for laundry and just rub them all over the couch. Not only will it remove the static it'll make it smell good too!

How do you clean an urine from a inflatable mattress?

To clean urine from an inflatable mattress blot up as much as possible. You can then clean the area with soapy water. If the mattress has an odor you can use a product such as Urine Gone to clean it again.

What are the 4 steps to hand washing dishes?

1. Scrape off loose food and rinse off dishes.

2. Fill the sink with very warm water and a squirt of soap. Use sponge or dishcloth to wash

3. Put silverware in front area of sink; all handles on one end.

4. Wash non-greasy dishes first: cups and glasses

5. Wash plates, bowls, serving dishes

6. Wash silverware and then pans

You can rinse dishes as you go or at the end of the process. If you have someone drying the dishes as you go, rinsing them as you wash is the way to go.

If you are washing dishes one by one,

1. Wet dishes

2. Put soap on dishes

3. Wash with sponge

4. Wet dishes again to get soap off

Can you wash polo shoes in washing machine?

Yes but you have to do the followings to do;

1) Form-dry with some sponges inside. Do not dry in a tumbler.

2) Remove the yellowish rings with our 'neBrown' spray

3) Re-glue on loose rubber lines.

What nail polish goes best with tanned skin?

Contributors have said:

The best nail polish for tanned skin would be any light color, for example a light aqua color or a pale purple because it brings out your tan.

The NARS Orgasm nail polish is amazing with tanned skin. You can buy it from Fresh Fragrances & Cosmetics.

It sounds tacky but try a white nail polish with tanned skin. White really shows off the tan and, if it is painted nicely, it looks glamorous. Also a navy blue can look amazing with tanned skin. Try Barry M's Navy.

Anything would look great. Someone who is very tan could use a dark color. It always looks great.

Sinful Colors in Aqua, Silver, metallic colors, bright colors, if you are over the pastel phase!

SHORT/MEDIUM NAILS:

  • Light pink (Maybelline ColorShow- Born With It)
  • Slate Grey (Forever 21- Gray)
  • Hot coral- pink (Essie- Camera)
  • Beige/ Gold (Essie- Buy me a Cameo)

LONG-ISH NAILS:

  • Gold (Essie- Good as Gold)
  • Navy Blue (Orly- In the Navy)
  • Off- White (Orly- Au Champagne)

VERY LONG NAILS:

  • Nude (Butter London- Bumster)
  • Bubblegum Pink (Orly- Cotton Candy)
  • Dark Red/Oxblood (Butter London- Chancer)

Quite simply, pinks do the trick. Like medium pink.

How do you get nail glue off furniture?

Like candle wax. Perhaps this will work. Place a brown paper bag over glue, wax or similar. With a hot iron place on bag and iron. The paper bag will absorb the wax, glue etc and lift of fabric , carpet and similar. You may also use a pinch of kerosene oil for removing such stains from the woods. They are actually hydrophobic in nature and help in the removal of such paints from the wood. They also won't affect your wood shine either.

How do you remove limescale from granite worktops?

Try quickleen-s. It remove all granite stains including water and limescale. Try an online search.

Does fiberglass rust?

Rust is a term reserved fro the oxidation of metals. Glass cannot "rust"/"burn": it an oxide already. However, fibreglass is made out of glass and plastic, the former can crack and the latter may loose its plasticiser (i.e. old plastics items go brittle), so old fibreglass is brittle and powdery.

What will clean a bath tub that is old and refuses to come clean?

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 the tub with a roll of paper towel. Laying it out along the bottom and the sides would be the best idea, with a little overlap to ensure complete coverage. Then slowly pour the bleach straight from the bottle, on to the bottom layer of the paper towel. When you notice the bleach climbing the walls of the paper towel covered tub, pause to see where it ends, and make sure there is a vent or window open. Step out for a brief moment while it continues to climb, this will minimize your exposure to the bleach's caustic effects. Once you determine if more is needed continue to pour the bleach on to the dry areas until every part of the tub is saturated with the towel and bleach combination.

Step 2:

Once you have covered the entire tub, close the bathroom door, and occupy your self in another part of the home. Wait at least an hour to let the bleach strip the porcelain of the stains; however, do not let it go longer than 3 hours, as at that time you will find the paint being stripped as well. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and pull the paper towel from the tub. As you do, the clean shiny tub will be revealed. Continue to pull the paper towel and dispose of it properly, until the tub is empty again. Get your cup and rinse the tub on all sides, thoroughly and wipe down with the cloth, to remove the remainder of the bleach.

When the process is complete, the dingy, ring around the tub, stains, and dirt will be lifted to reveal a beautiful tub.

Some users have suggested using Borax 12 or Bon Ami.

If the tub is very old, it may be made of cast iron and the cracked surface will be the cause of the stains. You cannot improve the look without re-enameling the tub.

How do you get wax out of microwave?

I heard that u can use alot of wax. first sature it then let it sit for awhile and then wipe away.. :)

A good way of removing wax from any surface is to place an ice cube on the wax, leave for a couple of minutes and you should be able to lift it off.

How do remove human urine from clothes?

If you are in the US, that detergent in the pink box that is made specially for baby clothes still works best , because who wets their clothes more than babies ?

Pre-rinse the clothing in the washing machine. Then, wash in hot water and soap. For "real" diapers, mix soap in a bucket with water, and, after rinsing the diaper in the toilet, place it in the bucket until you have a full load.