How to Polish Vinyl


Raymond said, “I washed my white vinyl fence with dish soap and a sponge. I used a scrub pad, which I thought was non-abrasive, in areas where there were bird dripping stains. I noticed there were tiny scratches and the shine was dulled. Is there anything I could do to bring the shine back?” Whenever an abrasive material is used to clean vinyl, it will likely leave a dull mark. Polish the area to restore the shine using the information in the steps below. Polishing the Vinyl You Will Need: White vinegar Water Baby oil A soft cloth Vinyl conditioner…

How to Clean Urine Stains from Concrete


Sandy said, “I pulled up 25 year old carpet & padding. To my dismay there are pet stains on the concrete. How can I get rid of them?” While fresh urine stains are easier to remove than old ones, they can all be removed from concrete if you have the right type of cleaner. Follow the steps below to remove the stains, as well as any trace of odor that may remain. Removing the Stains You Will Need: Water A towel Oxygenated Pet Enzyme Stain Remover Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner A bucket A mop Fans Steps to Remove the…

How to Clean Vinyl Furniture


Darlene said, “ Anybody know how to clean old vinyl furniture? Help needed please.” Vinyl furniture may be durable, but it still needs to be cleaned. Use the information in the steps below to give your vinyl a regular cleaning or to remove tough stains. Cleaning the Vinyl You Will Need: Baking soda A cloth Water White vinegar Murphy Oil Soap Dish liquid Steps to Clean the Vinyl: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cleaning cloth or a sponge designated for cleaning only. Rub the cloth over the surface of the furniture, adding more baking soda or water as needed….

How to Clean Vomit Off Wood


Vivienne said, “My cat was sick on my wooden sideboard. I cleaned it, but it has left a stain like it has taken the colour out of it. Would you know how I can get it back to normal please?” Pets often go somewhere secluded when they’re feeling sick, which on the one hand is a sanitary trait, but on the other hand can lead to stains. Whether the vomit you find is fresh or old, the tips below can help you to remove it with ease, along with any potential stain or odor. Follow the steps below until the…

How to Remove Tar from Tile


Janet said, “Any tips on removing bitumen?” No matter how careful you are, asphalt can accidentally get tracked somewhere that you don’t want it to be. Use the information below to remove the roadway residue from your tile floor. Removing the Tar You Will Need: Petroleum jelly A sandwich bag Ice A wood spatula A cloth WD-40 White vinegar Glycerin or linseed oil Mineral spirits Scouring powder Steps to Remove the Tar: If the spot is old or dry, wipe petroleum jelly onto it and let it soak up the jelly for about half an hour to soften it before…

How to Clean a Toaster Oven


Sara said, “How…do you clean a toaster oven?!!” A toaster oven is a handy appliance to have in the kitchen, but a confusing item to clean. Due to the electrical parts, it cannot be washed in the sink or dishwasher. Instead, use the tips below to keep it clean, prevent fires or damage, and keep your food tasting fresh. Cleaning the Toaster Oven You Will Need: A cloth Dishwashing liquid Baking soda Nylon scrubber Ammonia White vinegar Window cleaner Steps to Clean the Toaster Oven: Turn off and unplug the toaster oven. Let it cool completely before beginning to clean…

How to Clean a Slow Cooker


Beanie said, “How does one attempt to clean a crock pot ….” Just as each kitchen appliance has specific ways it should be used, each also has a specific way it should be cleaned. Use the steps below to properly clean your slow cooker. Cleaning the Cooker You Will Need: Water Dish liquid Murphy Oil Soap A cloth Steel wool Sandpaper Steps to Clean the Cooker: Fill the cooker with water, squirt in some dish soap, and stir the soap to help it dissolve. Cook the soapy water for about half an hour, then empty it and wash the inner…

How to Deodorize Clothes


Mindy said, “I have a couple of polyester blouses that have developed a strong dirty odor. It doesn’t smell like B.O. or mildew, just dirty. This one blouse in particular, the smell was so bad I’ve run it through the wash 3 times now (without wearing it) and it just seems to get worse. I’ve had this blouse for a couple of years and it only recently started smelling. I always wash in cold water, use fragrance & dye free Arm & Hammer detergent (due to hubby’s skin allergy), and dry on the perm press temp. Help!” Clothes can start…

How to Remove Beet Stains from Carpet


Grover said, “How do you get a beet stain out of the carpet?” Beets are well-known for their ability to stain everything from countertops to human skin. Thankfully, removing a beet stain from carpet is not as difficult to do as it often is for other items. Use the information in the steps below to remove the stain. Removing the Stain You Will Need: A paper towel White bread Soda water A cloth Dish liquid Non-gel shaving cream An old toothbrush Ammonia Steps to Remove the Stain: Blot up as much of the stain as possible with a paper towel…

How to Clean Corduroy Shoes


Anna said, “How do I clean cream Corduroy shoes?” Cleaning shoes can be confusing, and even more so when they’re made of a material like corduroy. However, they can be cleaned. Follow the steps below. Regular Cleaning You Will Need: A soft brush A dry towel A vacuum hose Steps to Clean the Shoes: Wash your hands. Run a clean hand over the shoe in each direction to determine which direction the nap is facing. The direction that goes with the nap will be the one that feels softer.¹ Brush the outside of the shoes in the direction of the…