How to Remove an Oil Stain from Slate

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Donna said, “My dog got into our garbage and left grease stains from pasta sauces on our new slate floor. We used Dawn dishwasher soap and scrubbed it but stains remain. What cleaners can we purchase to get them out? Thank you.” Although slate is a durable stone, it is porous enough for oil to seep into it. Thankfully, removing the oil is fairly easy. Follow the steps below. Removing the Stain You Will Need: An absorbent material, such as: – Kitty litter – Sawdust¹ – Cornstarch² – Baking soda³ – Salt⁴ A vacuum Mineral spirits A stiff-bristle brush Newspaper Dish liquid Brake…

How to Remove Grass or Plant Stains from Leather

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Rozfa said, “Hi, I think my yellow leather heels got some vine stains, can you please help me :(” Leather shoes are thought to be hardy, but like almost any surface, they can get stains. The reason that plants can so easily leave bright green stains is due to the chlorophyll in them that acts like a dye. Thankfully, there are some easy, though unusual, ways to remove them from, even from leather. Follow the steps below. Removing the Stains You Will Need: Molasses Dish liquid White vinegar Water A cloth Isopropyl alcohol Cotton swabs Leather cleaner Steps to Remove the Stains: Spread…

How to Remove Melted Plastic from a Stove

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Demelza said, “A plastic bag has melted onto the side of our solid fuel stove. How do I get it off?” Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if a stove surface is still hot. When it comes to plastic though, that’s something you want to keep far away from your stove whether it’s hot or not, just to get in the habit of keeping it away. Whether your stove is stainless steel or enamel, the steps below can help you to remove the melted plastic on it. Removing the Plastic You Will Need: A dull knife WD-40 A razor blade Dish liquid Water A…

How to Remove Black Olive Stains from Carpet

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Nicola said, “I have stains on my cream coloured carpet from an olive tree outside the bedroom. Olive tree has lots of black olives that have fallen down and the juice from the black olives has stuck to my shoe and now have dark shoe prints on my cream rug. Please help.” Any time you have a fruit-bearing tree near an entry or over a walkway, you have to be careful not to track the fruits into your home. Thankfully, these stains are organic, and fairly easy to remove if you have the right cleaning solution. Use the information in…

How to Remove Permanent Marker from Suede

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Katherina said, “Hi I would like to know how to clean permanent marker from my Suede lounge suite.” Although permanent marker is intended to be permanent, it can usually be removed. Suede is one surface that the marker is particularly easy to remove it from. Follow the steps below to remove the marker stain. Removing the Stain You Will Need: A cotton swab Rubbing alcohol A paper towel A nail file A suede brush A towel Steps to Remove the Stain: Dip a cotton swab in some rubbing alcohol. Dab the cotton swab on a paper towel to remove the excess moisture, then rub the…

How to Remove Mold from Cardboard

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Michelle said, “The lady I am a caregiver for has a laundry bin that’s made out of cardboard and fabric around the cardboard. The bottom became moldy. How do I clean it, and is the cardboard keep growing mold if cleaned or not? Is the bin worth cleaning to save?” There are two crucial parts to removing mold from a surface: eliminating the moisture that is allowing the mold to grow, and removing the mold spores, which are basically the ‘seeds’ of mold. Since cardboard is such a plentiful material, it may be easier to simply replace it rather than…

How to Remove Vomit Stains from Paving Stones

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Mandy said, “Could you please advise me how to remove dog vomit stains from alfresco paving, we have scrubbed and jet washed but this hasn’t removed it Thanks.” While it seems like it would be better to have a dog vomit outdoors rather than inside the house, vomit can stain virtually any surface, including stone. Thankfully, the steps below can help you to remove the vomit stains from your indoor or outdoor paving. However, remember to always test a cleaning solution on a small hidden area of a surface first to look for any adverse reaction. Removing the Stains You Will Need:…

How to Clean Sticky Vinyl Residue Off Wood

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Teresa said, “I put a plastic protector on my wood desk under my lap top to protect it. When I removed it there is a sticky residue on the desk. How do I clean it or remove it without damage to the wood?” Over time, vinyl will ooze a sticky substance that needs to be cleaned away. Wood can be a difficult surface to clean as there are many chemicals that can damage the finish. Always test a cleaning solution on a small hidden area first to look for any adverse reaction. Removing the Residue You Will Need: Cleaning gloves A cloth…

How to Clean Grass Stains Off Siding

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Jean said, “How to Remove grass stain from aluminium siding?” Grass stains are primarily caused by the green chlorophyll in grass that acts like a dye. Thankfully, these organic stains can be removed if you have the right cleaner. Follow the steps below to clean the green off your siding. Removing the Stains You Will Need: Enzyme digester Isopropyl alcohol A cloth White vinegar Steps to Remove the Stains: Get an enzyme digester from the pet aisle at your local supermarket that is safe for hard surfaces, such as Nature’s Miracle Hard Floor Cleaner. Follow the instructions on the label of your selected…

How to Clean a Bamboo Floor

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Ann said, “How do you clean engineered bamboo flooring?” Bamboo flooring is very sensitive; it can easily be dented or scratched, and it should not come in contact with any moisture. This is one type of flooring that requires a no-shoes policy in the house. If your bamboo floor does need cleaning, follow the steps below.¹ Cleaning the Floor You Will Need: A dusting broom Dish liquid Water A cloth White vinegar Steps to Clean the Floor: Dry mop the floor to remove any dust using a flat, cotton, dry mop or dusting broom as needed.² If there are any dried…