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How to Remove Stains From Limestone

Limestone is a beautiful stone often used in counter top and flooring applications. While we often think of stone as being hard, it is also a porous material. This means that spills have the potential to cause stain problems because the limestone may absorb the spilled substance. If you have a limes

How to Remove Non-Chlorine Mold

Mold is unsightly, unsanitary and can often be hazardous to your health. Most mold can be removed using a chlorinated bleach product, but due to chlorine bleach's toxicity, it is dangerous to keep within reach of children. Due to this, some housekeepers prefer to resolve the issue using more natural

How to Refinish a Bookcase

Bookcases may not get as much wear and tear as kitchen cabinets but eventually, like kitchen cabinets, they will need refinishing to restore them to their former glory. Refinishing a bookcase is straightforward but can be a little finicky. If possible, take the bookcase into a work area or garage;

How to Get a Balsamic Vinegar Stain Out of a White Dress Shirt

Although balsamic vinegar complements many kinds of food, it can leave dark, syrupy tannin stains on white dress shirts. Balsamic vinegar stains quickly permeate shirt fabrics, becoming more embedded over time. Since it visually mars white dress shirts, remove the syrupy stain before it sets and bec

How to Remove Grass Stains From Twill Pants

Grass stains are stubborn because the chlorophyll in the grass blades bonds itself to fabric. However, grass stains are not necessarily impossible to remove. You will have the best luck with removing the grass stain from your twill pants if the stain is fresh and has not been previously laundered or

How to Remove Candle Wax From a Stone Hearthstone

Candles add a beautiful, ambient decoration to the fireplace mantel and hearth. But if the candle wax spills or splatters, it can leave bits of hardened candle wax on the hearthstone. Candle wax must be removed or the oil in the wax acts like a dirt magnet and attracts other stain-making particles t

Homemade Mosquito Repellent for Dogs

Mosquitoes are a bother to humans, especially during summer months and in wet or humid climates. For humans, usually mosquitoes are dealt with by using citronella candles and bug spray. However, mosquitoes can be a nuisance for your dog as well. Treatments used on humans are not recommended. Instea

How to Clean Stainless Silverware With Bleach

Stainless steel silverware can be difficult to clean. Because its surface is so smooth and shiny, fingerprints and other smudges stand out. These small blemishes can easily be wiped away with a soft, lint-free cloth. Bleach is an effective stainless silverware cleaner, but it should only be used whe

The Best Way to Clean and Shine Kitchen Cabinets

Cleaning and shining your kitchen cabinets effectively depends on what type of dirt or grease you are attacking, how stable the finish is on your wood or other material, and your choice of cleaner. If your finish is old and worn off in areas, choose refinishing. It is impossible to clean and shine

How to Clean Metal Furnace Filters

Metal furnace filters are washable and reusable. It's a more environmentally-friendly system. You should remove and clean the filter at least every three months, according to the American Lung Association. "2,001 Amazing Cleaning Secrets" calls this the homeowner's No. 1 maintenance job. It's not al

How to Rid a Home of Dog Odor

Nasty odors caused by your dog can make your home an unpleasant place to be. While getting rid of the family dog is usually not a consideration, getting rid of his odors can be. And combating those odors can be difficult, but not impossible. Treating the fabrics and flooring with the right cleaning

Homemade Steam Cleaner Solution

There are many brands of detergents and other chemical-based cleaners specifically marketed for use with steam cleaners. Although they do a good job, most are expensive to use, especially on a regular basis. There are, however, many good alternatives that you can use or make yourself that will do an

How do I Use & Care for a Tagine?

A tagine is a large, heavy pot typically made of cast iron, coated with enamel and topped with a cone-shaped lid. Its origins are in North African cooking. The tagine's design traps steam inside the pot to gently cook mixtures of grains, vegetables, and poultry or meat as the steam dissipates.

How to Remove Crayon From Fabric

If you have a child who enjoys coloring, you may also have small clothes, or large tablecloths, with crayon stains on them. These waxy, bright stains can seem impossible to remove completely. Not true! Even melted crayon can be successfully removed from fabric.

How to Clean a General Electric Profile Stainless Steel Flattop Stove

The General Electric Profile oven includes a glass stove cooktop for placing cookware on the glass elements, which evenly cooks your food and changes color while cooking to indicate it is in use. Cleaning the stove cooktop requires the use of the special cleaner Cerama Bryte, a cooktop cream solutio

How to Identify Cut Glass Bowl Patterns

The dazzling patterns on cut glass bowls are created with a series of grinding wheels made of stone or edged with diamond chips. The craftsman starts with a plain bowl, called a blank, that is either pressed or blown to create its shape. This blank glass has a high lead content, making it more stabl

Safe Products to Clean Tile Roofs

Tile roofs require ongoing maintenance to prevent excess dirt accumulation, discoloration and damage. Tile roofs are especially susceptible to mildew and algae, but if you clean your tiles using an effective and safe solution, you can remove all impurities and prevent permanent deterioration from oc

How to Remove Rust From a Tablesaw

Your tablesaw sees not only sawdust, wood and other building materials, but also rust. Even if you keep your tablesaw clean and oiled, the metal is still susceptible to rust and tarnish. If left on the saw, rust will compound, and eventually your saw will transfer the rust onto your building materia

Tomato Stain Removal From a Cotton Polyester Blend

Tomato is a tannin stain, according to the Ohio State University stain removal guide. The most common tannin stains are tea and coffee, but fruit juice, soft drinks and beer are in the same class of stains. Tannin stains set with bar soap, soap flakes or even soap in detergent. Make certain that you