How to Fix Bleached Carpet

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Bleach stains or faded, discolored spots on your carpet cannot be fixed by cleaning. Usually, the only way to fix an unsightly bleach stain or other discoloration is to replace that portion of the carpet. This is not as intimidating or costly as it sounds and can be accomplished with a little patience and concentration. What you will need A carpet cutting tool Matching swatch of carpet* Self-Adhesive Carpet Seam Tape (available at most home improvement stores). Wide-tooth comb *If you don’t have any carpet remnants left from your carpet installation, you may be able to remove a large enough…

How to Clean Make-Up from Carpet

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Different types of make-up will respond to different type of cleaning solutions, and successful removal is dependent on knowing which solution works best for the type of stain you have. What you will need Cleaning Solution: (safe for all carpet types, but be sure to test it first in an inconspicuous place for colorfastness) Lipstick: Rubbing (Isoprophyl) Alcohol, or paint remover and then dry cleaning fluid (this is safe for wool) Mascara and Eye-liner: ¼ quarter teaspoon of Dawn or Joy dishwashing soap mixed with 1 cup of warm water Liquid Foundation: 3 % hydrogen peroxide solution or non-flammable dry-cleaning…

How to Clean Blood from Carpet

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Blood stains can be especially difficult to remove because the hemoglobin in the blood acts as a binder when it contacts oxygen and binds with the material in the carpet. You may want to try a test application on a small, hidden spot to be sure it does not damage the color or fibers of your carpet. Blood Stain Removal It is easiest to remove blood when it is still wet. Dried blood stains are notoriously harder to remove. Also be sure throughout the process to blot the stain, not rub it, as this will only push the stain further…

How to Clean Baby Food from Carpet

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Baby food can be one of the most difficult stains to remove from carpets. This is because baby food creates a protein based stain, which actually has more staying power than oil-based stains. The stain should be cleaned as soon as possible. The longer a baby food stain is allowed to remain, the harder it will be to remove. Easy Baby Food Removal NOTE: This method should work on all types of jarred baby food, including carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, peas, pears, apples, meat, and so on. It is not the color of the stain that makes a difference—it is…

Getting Your Spouse to Clean Up After HIMself

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I’m sure some perfect Suburban princess will take a glance at this and say, “Just ask him nicely.” But, c’mon, you know you’ve tried it and it didn’t work. That’s why we’re here. Your man doesn’t listen. Chances are he was wishing you came with a mute button by your second date. Screw being nice, if you want the man in your life to clean up after himself, you need to play hardball. Here’s how. Disclaimer: This guide is satirical. Understand the Enemy The first thing you have to know to get your man to clean up after himself, is…

How to Remove Lime Scale

Lime scale is a chalky white mineral deposit (alkaline) which is a result of hard water. It often occurs on faucets and in tubs and appliances, such as kettles and coffeemakers and can leave silver and chrome with a gray dullness. White vinegar contains acetic acid and is a great place to start for cleaning these pesky stains. Over time, these mineral build-ups can damage sinks, toilets, and tubs and make soap scum harder to remove. What You’ll Need White vinegar Rag or paper towel Rubberband or hair clip Baking soda Water softener Cream of tartar Denture cleaning tablet (optional)…

How To Remove Scuff Marks From Flooring

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Any hard flooring in your home is susceptible to scuff marks. Scuff marks are the black streaks usually left by items that have a hard rubber bottom, such as heels, hard-soled shoes, ladders, furniture, toys, and so on. The following tricks should help you defeat those unsightly scuff marks with less effort than you probably imagined. Rubber vs. Rubber Erasers For smaller scuff marks, try using a regular pencil eraser. Rub the spot firmly until the scuff mark disappears. Be sure to sweep up any remaining eraser shaving as they can cause their own stains if left unattended. Some companies…

How to Clean Food and Water Bowls

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A dirty pet dish can attract bacteria, bugs and mold. It’s not likely your dog, cat, hamster, or guinea pig for that matter, will quit eating if you don’t clean his dishes, but it’s better for his health and for your peace of mind that you do so. Gravity-Fed Food and Water Dishes If you use a gravity-fed food or water dish for your pet, you should be able to detach the dish from the bottle or canister and follow the directions below. You may also want to empty and clean the storage container every two weeks or so. You…

How to Wash a Skunked Dog

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Dogs are curious creatures by nature. They like to chase squirrels and cats and foxes and birds… and skunks. In order to get rid of skunk odor, and to avoid transferring it to yourself in the process, you will need the following: One skunky dog One quart hydrogen peroxide One-fourth cup baking soda One tablespoon of liquid dish soap, such as Dawn (make sure to use hand dish soap, not the kind you put in the dishwasher) A bottle of the dog shampoo you typically use Old clothing and gloves (for you to wear) As soon as you realize your…

How to Clean a Stovetop

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It’s almost impossible to make a meal without a bit of sauce or grease splashing onto the range. Fortunately, this is a relatively quick and easy cleaning job. Remove Any Crumbs Use your hand or a paper towel to get any loose crumbs or debris off of the (cool) stovetop before you begin cleaning. Sweep them into your hand or a dustpan to avoid having them land underfoot. Be sure that all knobs are switched securely to the off position before you proceed any further. Disassemble This doesn’t mean you have to head to the toolbox and grab a screwdriver….