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How to Install a New Cable Drain Machine

Cabled drain cleaners are the ideal tool to clean out slow or clogged drains. The cable is directed down the drain line to penetrate, loosen and remove the material causing the clog. Operated correctly, these cable drain tools will free up the drain in no time at all. As these machines are used, and...More...

How to Make Wood Polish and Wax

If you have polished furniture, you will need to treat and maintain it with wax and polish to remove dirt and grease, protect the wood and bring it to a shine. You can make wood polish and wax for your wood furniture from a few simple, inexpensive supplies, and with equal or better results than many...More...

How to Remove Deck Sealer From Siding

Siding looks best when it is clean and well maintained, but accidental stains can mar it. If you have a deck, you can accidentally get deck sealer on the siding of your home. Deck sealers are a necessary part of maintaining a deck, so it's important to know how to remove the deck sealer from your si...More...

Safe Products for Cleaning a Cement Tile Roof

Cement tile roofs can have the appearance of terracotta or ceramic tile roofs, but they are cheaper and last longer. The concrete is also available in a wide range of colors, shapes and textures. Many manufacturers recommend hiring a professional to clean your concrete tile roof. But you......More...

How to Remove a Dead Rodent

If you discover a dead rodent in your home or nearby, you likely want it gone. Whether a rat, squirrel, possum or mouse, dead rodents emit foul odors if not removed quickly. Proper handling of dead rodents is important for your safety. Even though the rodent is dead, it can still transmit disease. R...More...

How to Restore Copper Rain Gutters

The copper trim and rain gutters around the edge of your home are decorative and add a sparkle to the home’s exterior. Copper can tarnish and turn black over time, diminishing its beauty. You don’t have to live with blackened copper adorning your home and you don’t have to hire som...More...

How to Fold Napkins Into Swans

When you host an important dinner party, it's vital to set the correct theme. By learning a few easy techniques, you can create restaurant-worthy elegance at your dinner table. A simple way to do this is to start with your napkins. If you use a touch of creativity, your cloth napkins can be more tha...More...

How to Kill Mildew on Non-Washable Fabric

Mildew successfully develops and thrives on any porous or organic surface subjected to prolonged humidity or moisture. Although most textiles and clothing can be tossed in the washing machine to kill and remove mildew, this approach doesn't work on nonwashable fabrics. Nonwashable fabrics used in up...More...

How to Get Puffy Paint Out of a Carpet

When puffy paint comes in contact with carpet, it quickly adheres to the fibers and leaves a troublesome stain. When dealing with puffy paint, remove it as soon as possible. The longer the craft paint sits on the carpet, the more likely a permanent stain develops. If possible, wipe fresh puffy paint...More...

How to Get Cactus Out of Your Skin

The cactus is a constant threat to hikers and campers in desert climates. These plants have adapted their leaves into thin spines, both to fend off predators and to reduce water loss. Cactus spines can be quite painful if you are unlucky enough to brush up against them, but they are also fairly easy...More...

How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of a Bedspread

Bedspreads are an inevitable destination for fingernail polish stains when teenagers use their bed as a vanity table. Don’t panic or resort to exotic methods to remove the nail polish. Address the stain as soon as it is discovered by using products readily available around the house. It is not...More...

How to Remove Grease From a Wool Rug

There are so many beautiful rugs of different fabrics that can be used to accent the décor of a room. Many people choose decorative wool rugs for the focal point of their rooms. Unfortunately, a grease stain on a wool rug can make it look ugly and old. While grease stains can be the toughest st...More...

How to Clean Wool Upholstery

Wool upholstery is not commonly found in a home, as it can be uncomfortable to skin. However, many offices have wool upholstery on chairs and/or couches. Wool upholstery can shrink, distort or lose color when cleaned, so dry cleaning works best. If you decide to clean wool upholstery yourself, you ...More...

Stain Removal Tips for Antique Tablecloths

Antique linens, napkins and tablecloths provide an interesting touch in decorating. Frequently, however, the items have stains that require removal prior to use. In many cases, the staining occurred while the item was stored, as the product of an insect or from mildew. The most common scenario is t...More...

How to Clean or Refinish an Old Porcelain Bath Tub

It's kind of a no-win situation with a porcelain bathtub. Although you want it to be as clean as possible, the more you clean it, the more it will lose its luster because of the chemicals in the cleansing agents. When you add in natural wear and tear, the tub eventually will have an old and dirty ap...More...

Best Way to Remove Dishwasher Soap Build-Up

Over time dishwasher build-up occurs from a build-up of food, minerals and dishwasher detergent. This build-up will not only cause dishes to not be thoroughly cleaned, but can also etch and ruin dishes until there is no option but to replace them. With the proper cleaning and prevention methods, you...More...

Hints for Cleaning Walls

Clean walls mean a healthier home.Woman cleaning the house. image by maron from Fotolia.comKeeping your walls clean is not just good for the looks of your home, it is also healthy. However, cleaning your walls can itself be an unhealthy practice unless you stay away from bleaches and......More...

Cheap Ways to Get Rust Stains Out of a Toilet

Rust stains in your toilet can be caused by heavy metal content in your water or by long periods of stagnation. If you begin to notice reddish or brownish stains in your toilet bowl, it is important to act as quickly as possible to get rid of the rust stains before they ruin your toilet. If you are ...More...