Cleaning & Laundry : Home & Garden

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How to Clean a Northstar Dryer Vent

How to Clean a Northstar Dryer Vent

All dryer manufacturers recommend cleaning the vents at least once a year, more often if possible. If the vent accumulates too much lint and dirt, the airflow will be affected, potentially causing your dryer to overheat and start a fire, although rare. Cleaning your dryer vents also helps you save m......[Read More]
The Best Ways to Remove Flaking Paint From Window Surrounds

The Best Ways to Remove Flaking Paint From Window Surrounds

Multiple layers of flaking paintold paint image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.comWindows are one of the most prominent features of your house. The surrounding wood of the windows frames the opening and defines the character of your home. Flaking paint on the surround is unsightly and.........[Read More]
How to Clean Mini Blinds & Verticals

How to Clean Mini Blinds & Verticals

Mini and vertical blinds are a magnet as dust collectors. Dirt and grit attach to the blinds and cling to their surfaces, requiring more than normal dusting to remove the grime completely. As the back side of mini blinds become overlooked, stains may develop and sit for weeks at a time, allowing the......[Read More]
Removing Stuck-on Nonslip Tape From Wood

Removing Stuck-on Nonslip Tape From Wood

Nonslip tape strips make wood staircases and walkways safer since you are less likely to slip, but they leave behind an ugly residue once they begin to peel and crack or otherwise outlive their usefulness. Nonslip tape uses a pressure-sensitive adhesive. The adhesive is completely removable without ......[Read More]
How to Clean Industrial Floors

How to Clean Industrial Floors

Industrial floors attract all sorts of dirt, grime, grease and oil, and those are all hard to tackle. Now, unless you have an industrial-powered cleaner that has brushes, bristles, can be ridden and literally cost a fortune, you may think there is nothing to do about this problem. However, there is ......[Read More]
How to Clean Silver Plated Candlesticks

How to Clean Silver Plated Candlesticks

Silver plated candlesticks are a centerpiece for many dining tables and other areas of the home. They provide a subtle, traditional display. Just like any other silver object, the candlesticks become tarnished and soiled on occasion. You must use a mild cleaning solution that gets all of the buildup......[Read More]
How to Get Mayonnaise Out of Carpet

How to Get Mayonnaise Out of Carpet

The proper removal of mayonnaise from carpet allows the area to be cleaned without damaging the carpet. Mayonnaise is a combination of oil and eggs, and each of these substances alone can create tough stains in carpet. When combined, the two may equal double trouble when it comes to cleanup. However......[Read More]
Steam Cleaner Products for Pet Stains

Steam Cleaner Products for Pet Stains

Removing pet stains and odors from carpet requires special formulas designed to attack and break down the components found in urine and feces. Several of these formulas are available for use in both full-size and compact carpet-cleaning machines. Most formulas contain patented odor.........[Read More]
How to Clean a Waterpik Shower Head

How to Clean a Waterpik Shower Head

Waterpik carries a high quality line of shower heads, from basic units to luxury massaging shower heads. The shower head needs to be cleaned on occasion, as moisture around the shower head leads to the development of mildew and mold growth. This not only breeds harmful bacteria, but can also clog yo......[Read More]
How to Get Stickers Off Your Wall Without Leaving Stains

How to Get Stickers Off Your Wall Without Leaving Stains

Peeling stickers from walls can be difficult or damage painted surfaces. Instead, use a mild household cleaner that dissolves the sticker adhesive without leaving residue. Avoid greasy products and other types of all-purpose household cleaners that can leave stains.......[Read More]
How to Clean a Drainpipe

How to Clean a Drainpipe

Cleaning out a drainpipe regularly can prevent clogs and odors. The frequency you should clean your drainpipes depends on how often you use the drain. Clean drains you use multiple times a day once a month. For drains used sporadically, cleaning every two or three months is fine. Baking soda and vin......[Read More]
How to Use Windex for Carpet Stains

How to Use Windex for Carpet Stains

If you're looking for new uses for old products, you've probably heard tales of Windex carpet cleaning miracles. Give Windex a try if you've got a tough stain, like pet urine or blood. It's a modern version of an old wives' tale: a way to stretch cleaning dollars and get stains out of rugs without r......[Read More]
How to Care for & Clean Flagstones

How to Care for & Clean Flagstones

Flagstone is a type of sandstone that is known for its beauty and durability. It comes in a range of colors including red, beige, tan and yellow. Flagstone is typically used indoors and outdoors for walkways, patios and walls, but it can be very versatile. Flagstone is very porous and will quickly a......[Read More]
How to Remove Red Jello Stains From the Carpet

How to Remove Red Jello Stains From the Carpet

Red Jello, while tasty, can leave a hideous stain on carpeting. The Jello melts quickly, allowing the red dye to penetrate and stain carpeting within a matter of minutes. The dye is not easily removed with most carpet stain-removal products, so the most effective alternative is to simply grab a few ......[Read More]
How to Remove Vinyl Adhesive Before Laying Ceramic

How to Remove Vinyl Adhesive Before Laying Ceramic

If you have decided to install ceramic tile floors, the first step is to remove the current floor. Unfortunately, if the previous floor was vinyl you will quickly realize that this involves a vinyl floor adhesive. After you pull up the vinyl, much of the adhesive will remain stuck to the subfloor. Y......[Read More]
How to Change the Color of Cultured Stone

How to Change the Color of Cultured Stone

Cobblestone sidewalks, fieldstone walls and stacked slate hearths. Natural stone is still revered today as a building material because of the traditional and rustic qualities it possesses. When natural stone is not economical or compatible for a project, many homeowners choose cultured stone. Cultur......[Read More]
All-Natural Cleansing Products

All-Natural Cleansing Products

Natural cleansers for home and body are increasingly popular.Valueline/Valueline/Getty ImagesConsumers desire all-natural products for cleansing more and more. Consciousness about the potential danger of chemicals induces many to move to more natural products. Deborah Mitchell, writing.........[Read More]
Homemade Rug Cleaners

Homemade Rug Cleaners

Rugs are soft, fabricated flooring options designed to last many years. Since the rugs are fabric, they quickly collect dirt and residue from feet, shoes, pets, spills and other elements present in the home. A wide variety of rug cleaning products are available, including odor neutralizers and scent......[Read More]
How to Remove the Gummy Labels Off Bottles

How to Remove the Gummy Labels Off Bottles

Bottle labels allow consumers to identify the contents of the bottle. Over time a label may deteriorate, causing it to become gummy and difficult to remove. This can make the bottle unattractive and the surface of the label sticky. However, you can save the bottle by removing the label. To remove an......[Read More]
How to Clean Porcelain Kitchen Equipment

How to Clean Porcelain Kitchen Equipment

Porcelain can be found throughout your house, from your bathtub and toilet to the sink in your kitchen. Because the porcelain equipment is used often, it will likely become dirty and covered in stains. Ordinary soap will not remove the dirt, and if you are cleaning your porcelain kitchen equipment, ......[Read More]