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How to Clean a Zodiaq Countertop

Zodiaq quartz countertops are manufactured by DuPont. Quartz countertops are nonporous surfaces that never require sealing. The surface is highly resistant to stains, scratching and heat. Quartz is a low-maintenance countertop that requires little care and upkeep. The countertops should be cleaned a...More...

How to Remove Adhesive From the Ceiling

If you have adhesive on your ceiling, it is most likely due to wallpaper paste left after the wallpaper was removed. Although not as common now, in the past, when people wallpapered the walls, they commonly used a white wallpaper to cover the ceiling. This provided a consistent texture on all of the...More...

How to Use Oxalic Acid to Remove Wood Stain

Wood floors and furnishings are available in a wide variety of hues, from natural pine to dark mahogany or Brazilian cherry. When refinishing furniture, homeowners may also choose to lighten or darken the piece's color. Before attempting to bleach the stain, though, remove all finishes with a solven...More...

Specifications of Levolor Mini Blinds

Levolor, headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, started in 1914, and it is now part of the Newell-Rubbermaid Co. It produces different types of blinds, shades and draperies, including aluminum, or mini, blinds. A mini blind is a type of long blind with individual slats, and these blinds are hu...More...

The Best Way to Paint Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding comes factory-painted in a range of colors, and the factory paint can last for decades. However, if your home is 30 years old or older, chances are the aluminum siding is fading and may even be down to bare metal. It can be painted, and the best way to paint depends largely on its cu...More...

Safe Cleaners for Kids

Lemon juice is a simple and effective natural household cleaner.lemon image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.comMany regular household cleaners contain potentially dangerous chemicals that can harm children and babies. If you want to create the safest and healthiest possible environment......More...

How to Use Dryer Sheets to Get Rid of Bees

Springt and summer are the favorite seasons of bees. Flowers emerge as buds and open into blooms to reveal sweet nectar for the bees' diet. Bees can be pests when family and friends are outside enjoying the nice weather at a barbeque or party. Sugary drinks like soda, sweet tea, lemonade and beer at...More...

How to Clean Electronics

Electronics, such as television components and computers, can attract a lot of dust, fingerprints and debris over time. If you do not keep your electronics free of foreign objects, they could get inside the unit and cause damage to the interior mechanisms. When you clean components, it is best to av...More...

How to Clean Out My Bedroom Walk-In Closet

Cleaning and organizing a bedroom walk-in closet may seem like an insurmountable challenge. Clothes barely clinging to hangers, sweatshirts bulging over the shelf and pants left unfolded in a heap all beg for your attention at once. Concentrating on tackling one issue at a time and following a prede...More...

Does Rubbing Alcohol Hurt Plants?

Rubbing alcohol is a common household product that's used in cleaning, but should it be applied to garden plants? Alcohol may be used to treat stains on clothing, rub out tarnish in metal, even sterilize an open wound on human skin; it's pretty strong. When used in moderation, rubbing alcohol actual...More...

How to Treat Basement Mold After Water Intrusion

Mold thrives in areas that have undergone water intrusion. When mold grows in a basement, it is imperative to treat it aggressively for two reasons. First, it can cause damage to the walls and floors, as well as damage other items in the basement such as furniture and appliances. Second, mold can be...More...

How to Dry Clean a Dress With Beads

Dry cleaning kits offer an alternative to professional cleaners that can be cost and time effective. However, these kits aren't always the best option. For example, you cannot clean antique, vintage, damaged or heavily soiled dresses at home. These items are best left to the professionals as heavy-d...More...

How to Clean a Vinyl Roof

Common on cars such as convertibles, vinyl roofs will last for years with the proper cleaning and care. Unfortunately, tree sap, bird droppings, excess heat, the sun, and improper care can take their toll on the vinyl roof, leaving it grimy, stained and faded. The longer tar, sap, and bird droppings...More...

How to Remove the Flaking Coating From My Eyeglasses

A scratch in the lens of your eyeglasses, which can be frustrating and expensive to fix, can impair your eyesight. To help minimize this occurrence, many eyeglass manufacturers will cover their lenses in a protective coating that helps make them more scratch-resistant. It is not uncommon for this co...More...

How to Refinish Stove Grates

Stove grates get put through a lot of during the life of an oven. While the grates themselves are durable and can last several years the finish will very likely begin to chip and fall off. If this should happen you could easily refinish your stove grates yourself to give your stove a facelift. The o...More...

How to Get Honey Stains From a Carpet

Bees use the nectar from flowers to create a sweet and sticky golden substance called honey. Honey is used to sweeten tea, dip chicken nuggets in, and various other edible uses. Pure honey also has many health benefits, including anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Honey can be quite messy and...More...

How to Remove the Smell of Mothballs From Leather Clothing

Leather is an attractive and durable fabric that is used to manufacture many items, including clothing. Although there are many benefits to this wonderful organic material, draw backs include the challenges of cleaning and eliminating odors. Moisture can damage the appearance of leather and, therefo...More...

What Can You Use for a Bad Smell in the House?

No one wants his home to have a bad smell. Even a clean house seems dirty with an offensive odor in the air. Take steps to identify where the smell is coming from, and make any needed corrections. Bad odors often come from hidden sources of contamination, such as mold and mildew, pet accidents or pl...More...

Siding Solutions

Siding covers your home and serves two functions; it protects your home from precipitation and other weather, and it decorates it. No matter how meticulous you are, your siding will get covered in dirt, bird droppings and other debris. Use one of several cleaning solutions to work that specific stai...More...

How to Make My Own Cleaning Products With Lavender Essential Oil

Replacing commercial cleaners with your own cleaning products made from lavender essential oil is an environmentally friendly and economical choice. Derived from the lavender plant, essential oils are all natural and safe to use in your home and around your family. When you make your own cleaners, y...More...