How to Clean Nail Polish Off Suede

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JoAnne said, “I have a red nail polish spot on my taupe color suede material couch. What do I use to get this out? Thank you. Appreciate any help with this.” Real suede is not like fabric, and should not be treated the same as fabric. Suede has its own set of care instructions to keep it looking great. Use the steps below to remove a nail polish spill from your suede. Removing the Nail Polish You Will Need: A cloth An emery board Sandpaper Dry oats Baking soda Suede cleaner Nail polish remover Rubbing alcohol A suede brush A…

How to Remove Hairspray Buildup from a Counter

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Danielle said, “how to get hairsoray build up off bathroom doos and counter tops ?” Unfortunately, using hairspray will almost always result in some over-spray, which when used repeatedly it in the same place, could lead to build up. Select one of the cleaning methods below to remove the hairspray, and continue trying other methods if needed until the spray is removed. Removing the Hairspray You Will Need: Rubbing alcohol White vinegar Baby shampoo Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Glass cleaner A dryer sheet Steps to Remove the Hairspray: Pour some rubbing alcohol on a cloth and wipe the area with…

How to Clean a Window Air Conditioning Unit

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Kevin said, “Does anyone know how to clean a window ac unit?” Keeping your room AC unit clean helps it to work more efficiently. Follow the steps below to give your air conditioner a thorough cleaning.¹ Cleaning the Window Unit You Will Need: A screwdriver Dish liquid Water A vacuum A fin comb A cloth A bristle brush Wire Steps to Clean the Window Unit: Unplug the AC unit.¹ Remove the front panel either by unscrewing it or popping it off, depending on how your unit is built.¹ Take out the filter. If it is replaceable or very dirty, consider…

How to Remove an Oil Stain from a Sisal Mat

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Mary said, “Any suggestions on removing oil stain from a seisal mat?” Sisal mats can stain easily, but since oil stains soak into the fibers rather than staying as a surface stain, they can be particularly troublesome. Follow the steps below to clean the oil from the natural fibers.¹ Removing the Stain You Will Need: Paper towels Baking soda or cornstarch A vacuum Water Dishwashing liquid A cloth A soft-bristled brush A fan or hair dryer Steps to Remove the Stain: Blot the stain with paper towels until you have soaked up as much oil as possible.¹ Cover the stain…

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

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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

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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…