How to Remove Flower Pollen from Wood

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Isabel said, “Lily flower pollen has left stains on my light wood dining table. Please help, I’m so upset. Thanks.” Pollen particles have hook-like burrs that allow them to grab onto bees and butterflies for travel, as well as onto virtually any other surface. Follow the steps below to remove the pollen from your wood table, floor, or chair.¹ Removing the Pollen You Will Need: A vacuum Tape White vinegar Water A cloth Enzyme digester Steps to Remove the Pollen: Hold a vacuum hose over the area to dislodge and remove as much of the pollen as possible.¹ Apply a…

How to Remove Furniture Polish from Wood

Polishing-Wood

Joan said, “How do I get a build up of furniture polish off my laminate floor? A cleaning service recently sprayed furniture cleaner on my kitchen cabinets and its seems most of it landed on the floor. The floor is so slippery, my dog keeps falling when she attempts to walk across the kitchen floor. It’s now covered in rugs to avoid this problem. I’ve washed it twice with the water/vinegar solution, but that doesn’t seem to help. Thanks for any and all advice.” It is always recommended that furniture polish be sprayed onto a cloth, rather than directly onto…

How to Clean Tar Off Skin

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Cas said, “anyone have tips on how to remove TAR from the bottom of your foot?” Whether you stepped in fresh tar on the road or on a glob that washed up onto the beach, the goo likely stuck immediately to your skin. If you try picking it off with your bare hands, you will have tar on your hands as well. Use the steps below to remove the tar from your feet, hands, or any other patch of skin. Removing the Tar You Will Need: Rubber gloves A plastic bag A plastic scraper Margarine Mayonnaise A cleaning rag Olive…

How to Deodorize a Washing Machine

Washer-Odor

Portia said, “My washer does not smell like mildew; it smells like dirt from my boyfriend’s work clothes. And vinegar does not work. What do I do?” Sometimes the things we use to clean need a good cleaning as well. When your washer starts to smell, start by giving it a thorough cleaning using our guide on How to Clean a Washing Machine. If the smell can’t be beat with a cleaning, use the steps below to remove the stink. Removing the Smell You Will Need: White vinegar Bleach Washer deodorizer Steps to Remove the Smell: If you haven’t tried…

How to Remove Tarnish Stains from Fabric

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William said, “I cleaned my tarnished silver per your directions then washed and dried it. Now I have silver tarnish residue on my towel, and it won’t wash out. How do I get silver tarnish residue out of my dish towel?” People often polish items with their shirt or towel, not realizing that the metal tarnish can be transferred to the fabric. Use the steps below to remove the stains. Removing the Stain You Will Need: A cloth White vinegar Hydrogen peroxide Lemon juice A nail brush An old toothbrush Milk Steps to Remove the Stain: Soak a cleaning cloth…

How To Remove Juice Stains from Upholstery

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Sophie said, “I got a juice stain on my best friends NEW couch! How do I fix it without her noticing??? HELLLLPPPPPP?!!!!!” A healthy glass of juice is a great treat to enjoy, until it spills on the couch. Thankfully, you can use this guide to remove any type of juice stain. Follow the steps below until the stain is removed, then you can drink juice more confidently in the future knowing exactly how to handle a spill.¹ Removing the Stain You Will Need: Paper towels Vegetable glycerin Water A cloth An upholstery enzyme cleaner Dish liquid White vinegar Hydrogen…

How to Remove Plumber’s Putty Stains from Granite

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Kelly said, “We have new granite in our new bathroom that we have not yet moved into. We developed a dark rim around the faucet and handles and it is not wet. Our plumber thinks it may be from the putty he used. We removed the putty and the hardware but I’m not sure what to use to get the stain out. I tried flour, water, and dish detergent and got no results after 24 hours of being covered. Any advice would be appreciated. The granite is a light color and was professionally installed by our local dealer and they…

How to Remove Pet Stains from Car Upholstery

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Venette said, “My dog pooped and peed on the cloth seats of my car. What do I do.” Even a well-trained dog can get car sick or overly excited during a car ride and relieve themselves on the seat. Thankfully, removing the stains and odors from these messes is relatively easy. Choose a section below and follow the steps to clean the seats. Removing Urine Stains You Will Need: Paper towels Club soda Pet enzyme cleaner White vinegar Water Baking soda Steps to Clean the Stain: Blot the area with some paper towels to soak up as much liquid as possible.¹…

How to Remove a Traffic Dirt Path from Carpet

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A. Chadwick said, “Some really good tips here, but, please, can anyone help with this one? I have a light-coloured carpet in my bedroom that has got a path which is darker where we walk. Has anyone got a tip on how to move this and restore the carpet back to its original colour?” There are natural paths that people take when walking, which often leaves a dirty trail on carpets over time. There are several ways to clean a high traffic area on carpet, each with their advantages and disadvantages. Choose a method below and follow the steps to…

How to Clean Teak Oil From Flagstone

Flagstone-Patio

Art said, “How do I remove teak oil that spilled onto my flagstone patio?” Flagstone is commonly used for paving patio areas or walkways in a backyard. It is a porous stone, so when something like oil spills onto the surface, it can quickly soak into the stone. Use the information in the steps below to remove the stain. Cleaning the Oil Spill You Will Need: An absorbent material, such as: Cat litter Sawdust Baking soda Corn starch Salt A dustpan Plastic wrap Mineral spirits A scrub brush Newspaper Dish liquid Brake cleaner Steps to Clean the Spill: If the stain…