How to Remove Burn Marks from Upholstery


Christina said, “I have a light burn mark on my canvas sofa…do you have any tips I could try? Thank you.” If the burn mark on your upholstery is similar to a scuff or scorch mark, you may be able to clean it away. Select a method below to remove the stain, and if needed, keep trying different methods until the stain is removed. If the burn has created a hole in the fabric, use The Patch Method. The Glycerin Method¹ This is a great method to start with as it can help to loosen the burn stain for other…

How to Remove Clay Stains from Marble


Judy said, “My parents’ headstone has staining about a foot of the way up from the bottom. The staining is from the natural clay soil in that area. I think it will take something really powerful to get it to come out. I have no idea what to use. Can you please help? Thank you so much! Judy” The key to removing stains from marble is to use a poultice. Since the stone is porous, the stains can sink into it and require a poultice to pull them out. Follow the steps below to remove the stains with a poultice….

How to Clean Paint off Leather


Patricia said, “How to get lacquer off a leather chair?” Leather can be a difficult surface to know how to clean, especially when there is something tricky on it like paint. Select a method from the list below to remove the paint, and continue trying other methods if needed until the paint is gone. Removing the Paint You Will Need: Water A cloth Baby oil or cooking oil Leather cleaner Nail polish remover A cotton swab Leather conditioner Rubbing alcohol Steps to Remove the Paint: Try gently rubbing off the paint with a damp cloth. Some types of paint are…

How to Clean a Vinyl Lampshade


Wendy said, “Looking for some cleaning advice please. I have two black lady (green ballerina and mermaid) lamps with the original vinyl shades and the years have made the shades quite dirty; they are pleated vinyl in black and green. How can I bring them back to life? What could I clean them with; white vinegar perhaps or mild detergent? They are so lovely, but the dirty shades need work. Thanks.” Vinyl or plastic lampshades are one of the easiest types of lampshades to keep clean since they can’t absorb dust like fabric shades or be damaged by water like…

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…