How to Clean Hardwood Floors

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Cleaning hardwood floors is one of the simplest chores in the world. Go over them whenever needed with a soft broom, and every couple of weeks, vacuum them with the soft brush attachment. Should you spill something on the floor, clean it up immediately with a damp mop. Aside from a rotary tiller running at full speed, the most dangerous enemy of a hardwood floor is water or any other kind of liquid that’s allowed to soak into the wood. Natural wood can be protected against this kind of damage by giving it a coat of polyurethane clear finish, but…

How to Clean Exterior Brick

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Only use a power washer as a last resort – if you have a crumbling brick problem, this will make it worse. Simply spraying outdoor brick with a hose now and then rinses away any dirt that gets spattered on the bricks from sprinklers or rain. For removing normal dirt and grime, simply rinse with plain water and scrub with a stiff bristled brush. For stubborn stains, add ½ cup of ammonia to a bucket of water and rinse well. How to Clean Green Moss from Brick If the brick is continually moist, it will almost always start growing a…

How to Clean a Brick Fireplace

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If you’re reading this guide, chances are good that you’re staring at a soot-stained fireplace and asking yourself how the heck you’re going to get it clean. The good news: we’ve got five different ways you can pick from, the bad news: it’s going to take some elbow grease. Using Soap and Abrasives This method involves working a paste made of soap and an abrasive (salt) into the brick, allowing it to dry and adhere to the dirt, and then removing the dry material. Materials: Rubber gloves, a cloth, dish soap, table salt, a stiff-bristled brush, and water Directions: Mix…

How to Clean Grout

Grout keeps ceramic tiles in place; it also keeps liquids, such as bath water that spills over the side of the tub, from penetrating the spaces around those tiles. It does the same for your bathtub, where it abuts the floor and walls, and sink (a.k.a. ‘caulk’). There are other applications for grout, but these are the ones you will be most familiar with in your home. The grout around your tiles, and possibly around your tub and sink, is a mortar-like compound of water, sand, and cement. It dries quickly and becomes rock-hard. It usually comes in white, but…

How to Clean Your Colon

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The adult colon, also called the large intestine, is about 5 feet long. Its job is to absorb water and salts from partially digested food that enters from the small intestine and then send waste out of the body. Sometimes, because of congenital abnormalities or problems that develop with age, it doesn’t do that last part so well. If you have a congenital abnormality, you have already gotten medical advice on voiding your colon, so this article is directed to the people who occasionally get into constipation problems. This is not to say that constipation is a minor problem. It…

How to Clean Walls

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Walls can pick up an amazing amount of dirt for vertical surfaces, so a periodic light cleaning can do a great job of brightening up a room. Sometimes, however, there’s a build up of more than just dust and grime. Whether you want to do a routine cleaning or have sticky fingerprints, crayons marks, or other blemishes to remove, this guide will tell you what you need to know to have the walls sparkling in no time! The follow methods are safe for all wall surfaces. Basic Wall Cleaning You Will Need: Ladder Vacuum cleaner with attachments All purpose cleaner…

How to Remove Scratches from the Interior of a Microwave

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Norma asked: “Hi I just found that my microwave got a regular scratch in the interior back wall, can it be fixed and how?” Scratches on the interior of a microwave oven can usually be repaired if they are not too serious. For light scratches, follow the directions below. However, if you have a major scratch on the interior of the microwave, it is best to consult the manufacturer and/or replace the appliance as deep scratches can cause dangerous arcing. You Will Need: Microwave Interior Touch Up Paint Steps to Repair the Scratch: Start by obtaining the Microwave touch up…

How to Clean Soap Stains From Granite

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When granite gets stained (and it often does), the stain has to be pulled out from the porous surface. With soap stains, it can be nearly impossible. However, there’s hope, as others have found ways to remove these stubborn stains. Here are some methods that have been successful.  Using Neutral pH Cleaning Products  You Will Need:  Washing soda Water Non-alkali all purpose cleaner (ex: Simple Green Stone Cleaner) Soft cloths Soft bristled brush  Steps to Remove the Soap Stains:  Mix water with a small amount of either non-alkali cleaner or washing soda. Non-alkali cleaners are simply neutral cleaners that will…

How to Clean Jewelry

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Jewelry offers all sorts of distinct beauty to our wardrobes. We all have jewelry that has sentimental meaning and/or expresses our personality. Buying a beautiful piece of jewelry can be an investment, one that you’ll want to protect and keep beautiful for years to come. These instructions are for general cleaning and are safe for most types of jewelry. For specific types of jewelry, see the additional jewelry cleaning articles below. You Will Need: Mild dish detergent Small bowl Soft cloth The Cleaning Process: Close the drain of the sink or insert a strainer into the drain. The last thing…

How to Clean Vomit Off Carpet

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Cleaning up vomit is one of the worst cleaning tasks around. When it lands on carpet, you have a double task. Remove the odors and the stains. The key is using the right cleaners to break through the mess and remove it for good. You Will Need: Dust pan Spoon Paper towels or old rags Warm water Bucket Enzyme-based cleaner (ex: Kids ‘n Pets, Nature’s Miracle) Baking soda or corn starch Vacuum  Steps to Clean the Carpet: Start by removing as much of the vomit as possible. Use a dust pan or other scraper to remove as much as possible….