How to Remove Smoke Residue from Upholstery

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Elaine said, “Here’s a challenge for you: An oil lamp went berserk and set off our smoke alarm. An oily film as left all over the house. I used a small amount of biodegradable soap and white vinegar in hot water to clean up the hard surfaces, but my microfiber sofa and recliners are the problem. What would you use to remove the oil film from fabric surfaces?” A little known fact about soot is that is contains oil. This greasy residue can be even more difficult to remove when it’s on upholstery because it can soak into the fabric…

How to Remove Poop Stains from Upholstery

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EFW said, “I can’t find a tag on my couch. It is stained from animals people sitting in it, but an animal also pooped on it. Any suggestions for the general stains and also to disinfect the pooped on areas when there is no tag?!? Thanks!” Feces can get onto a couch from a leaky diaper, an accident while sick, or even from a pet. When it’s from a pet, there is the extra problem of needing to get rid of odors that we can’t smell but they can in order to prevent them from soiling the area again. Regardless…

How to Remove Rust Stains from Upholstery

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Rich Z said, “I have stored upholstered dining room chairs in the basement. After a small incident with a leak from the water heater, I have mold & rust (orangey) stains on the creme cored fabric. The fabric is a poly blend. How can I make these stains disappear & the chair look normal again?” Rust can get onto virtually any surface that comes in contact with corroding steel or iron and it will usually leave a red-brown stain. For upholstery, these stains can be particularly difficult to remove because the fabric cannot be put in the wash. Follow the steps…

How to Clean a Rubber Phone Case

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Michelle said, “Also, are there any ideas on how to clean the rubberized part of your phone? My HTC desire 826 has been getting really dirty along the sides and I would really want to know how to clean it. Thanks in advance.” Phone cases not only help to protect a phone from damage, but they also take the brunt of the dirt and oil deposits from our hands. Regular cleaning of a phone case can help to keep the build-up to a minimum. Follow the steps below to remove the dirt and grime. Cleaning the Case You Will Need: Dish liquid Water…

How to Remove Candle Wax Stains from a Bathtub

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Cat said, “Have had candles sitting around my fiberglass tub and they all transferred onto the white ledge. These are not drippings…. just stains from the base of the candles. Any ideas?” Bathtubs and candles are often thought of as together creating a relaxing atmosphere, that is until you realize that your candles left stains on the tub ledge. Some candles contain dyes, which make them so vibrantly colored, but also allow them to stain surfaces so easily. Thankfully, these stains can usually be removed. Use the steps below to remove the stain, then use the ideas in the Additional…

How to Remove Paint from Interior Brick

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Laurie said, “I have an interior brick foyer. When the walls and ceiling were primed, paint got on a quarter of the bricks. Any idea how to clean this and maybe polish them? Using a pressure washer indoors is not an option.” Some people like having painted brick while others prefer the more natural look. Thankfully, brick is a hard surface that can go from one to the other and back again if desired, though it would be easier to simply apply a new coat of paint over the first if just changing the paint color is your goal. However,…

How to Remove a Water Stain from Velvet

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Chris said, “How do I remove a water stain from a velvet chair?” There are a number of reasons why water can damage some fabrics. Velvet is prone to water damage in general unfortunately, and using hard water can cause even more problems. If the stain is white from hard water, follow the guide How to Clean Velvet to remove the mineral deposits. For all other water stains, use the steps below to remove them. Removing the Stain You Will Need: Distilled water A cloth A hair dryer A fan A steam cleaner A tea kettle An iron Steps to Remove the Stain: Brush…

How to Remove a Blue Windex Stain from a Mattress

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Joann said, “How to remove a windex stair from my mattress?” Many household cleaners contain some type of dye. When these cleaners spill, the area may be clean, but it also may be dyed. Choose a method from the steps below to remove the Windex stain from your mattress, and continue trying methods if needed until the stain is gone. Keep in mind that any cleaning solution should always be tested on a small, hidden area first. As the methods in this article are intended for removing dye stains, they also could remove or damage the dye on the mattress…

How to Clean Jewelry that is Both Silver and Gold

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Carol said, “How do I clean a necklace that is gold and silver?” Gold and silver are the two most popular jewelry metals, so it’s no surprise that some pieces are made of both. Although they each have some cleaning methods that work well for them separately, they also can be cleaned together when needed. Follow the steps below to clean your silver and gold piece. Cleaning the Jewelry You Will Need: A cloth A sink Mild detergent A bowl White vinegar Tomato juice Milk Baking soda Steps to Clean the Jewelry: For a general cleaning, gently wipe the jewelry with a soft cloth…

How to Remove Urine Stains from a Vinyl Fence

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Beth said, “I have a vinyl fence that has set in dog urine on it. Did not know it was there because it’s on the side I don’t see. I have read bleach is not good for vinyl. Thank you for your assistance.” Dogs tend to mark their territory on any vertical surface; usually that’s a tree, but sometimes it can also be a fence. Thankfully, there are several methods that may work to remove the stain. Follow the steps below to restore your fence to a clean state. Removing the Stain You Will Need: White vinegar Dish liquid A bucket Water…