How to Remove Dye Stains from Clothing

Melissa asked: How do I remove a leather stain from a white, polyester shirt? A brown leather belt left a rub line on a white polyester shirt. I’ve tried everything to remove it, but it’s still there. Help! Leather is treated with dyes to give it the desired color. When these dyes transfer to clothing they are considered “loose dye” stains. These loose dyes, or dyes that are on the surface of the fibers, can be removed with a few products that are readily available. The most common is bleach, which is often harsh on the fabric as well. Below…

How to Remove Floor Wax from Porcelain Tiles

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Kimberly asked: How do I remove floor wax from glazed porcelain tile floor? I know I’m not supposed to wax glazed ceramic and tile floors. I just tried it in a small area (my kitchen floor), but I guess I should remove it now. I am wondering, what is the right way of doing so? It’s correct that glazed porcelain does not need to be waxed. Removing the wax will likely be more cumbersome than leaving it on there. However, it can be removed and should be. You Will Need: Acidic tile cleaner (ex: TileGuard) Non-metallic scrub brush or pad…

How to Remove Latex Paint from Wood Laminate Flooring

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Carla asked: How do I remove latex paint from wood laminate flooring? Our flooring is a laminate, and we recently had a painter come in and paint the trim. He got a few spots of interior semi-gloss latex paint on the floor. I’m not sure where to start. The directions for everyday cleaning of the floor indicate to use only water and a dust mop. Can you help? Fortunately, latex paint is much easier to remove from most surfaces than oil based paint. There are cleaners that will release the paint’s bond without causing damage to the floor. Here are…

How to Remove Nail Polish from a Painted Wall

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Sandra asked: Is there a way to clean nail polish off a wall without ruining the paint? I have tried 409, bleach, magic erasers and nail polish remover. None of them have worked! Nail polish on a wall is essentially paint on top of paint. It is difficult to remove because you’re trying to remove just one layer of the paint. It can be removed, but will take some time and scrubbing. Surprisingly, nail polish remover is not the answer in this case. It will only make the problem worse by smudging the polish and removing the paint. Here’s what…

How to Wash a Contigo Travel Mug

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Brenda asked: I have a Contigo coffee travel mug. It seals by a vacuum-like press. How do I clean in the tight places of the lid? I use milk in my coffee and it gets yucky. I almost need a brush the size of a cotton swab, but bendable. Cleaning the deep grooves of travel mug lids is a common problem and reason that many travel mugs end up in the trash. Whether it’s milk or sugar for coffee or tea, when these items get trapped, they lead to mold and growth that no one wants close to their beverages….

How to Wash a Plastic Raincoat

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Amy asked: How do I remove mold from plastic raincoats? The raincoats are from Disney and were stored a little wet. They are very thin plastic drapes. Thanks. Raincoats are subjected to all kinds of dirt and moisture from being worn outside in inclement weather. As children splash and play in mud puddles, additional stains and dirt can develop on the surfaces. Regular cleanings are a necessity for keeping raincoats looking and working their best. Here are a few cleaning methods that can be used to keep your raincoat clean and beautiful. Vinegar Cleaning Method You Will Need: Vinegar Sponges…

How to Remove Oil Based Paint from Upholstery

Sharon asked: How can I remove an exterior oil paint from my car seat? My husband and I were painting an out building. Somehow, when he latched the seatbelt in the car, he must have had some on his hand that wasn’t dry. There are two small smpots on the back of the seat. The paint is Valspar exterior oil barn (Red) paint. The seat is fabric. I hope you can help. Thanks! Oil based paints present a special cleaning situation because the paint thinners needed to loosen the paint can have adverse effects on the upholstery. In these cleaning…

How to Remove Haze from Headlights

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Darryl asked: How do I clean the haze off of headlight covers? Exposure to outdoor elements damages the finish on headlight covers over time. This damage produces a haze over the surface of the cover that hinders the amount of light coming through. For safety and best performance, it is important to remove this haze or replace the covers. There are kits available that will make the task easy and effective. You Will Need: Drill Soap Water Soft cloths Towels Headlight restoration kit Steps to Remove the Haze: Before beginning the restoration process, it is important to wash the headlights…

How to Remove Motor Oil from Upholstery

Neda asked: How do I clean motor oil from my car seats? They are fabric. Grease and motor oil are common stains found on car upholstery. They can be stubborn to remove, but with some persistence, will come out completely. You Will Need: Soft cloths Dawn dishwashing soap Water WD 40 (for dried stains) Old toothbrush Steps to Remove the Stain: Oil stains become more difficult to remove the longer they sit. Treat any stains as soon as possible for the best results. Begin by blotting the stain with a soft cloth or paper towel until no more oil transfers…

How to Remove Yellow Bleach Stains from Shoes

Deion asked: How do I get yellow stains off of Air Force One’s? I used bleach on my sister’s Air Force One’s, and they turned yellow. How do I get the stain off? Bleach contains a yellow dye that can be transferred to white surfaces. To remove the new stain, it requires removing the unwanted dye. There are several ways to accomplish this. Follow these guidelines below. You Will Need: Hydrogen Peroxide RIT Dye Remover Soft cloths or sponges Water Cotton balls Steps to Remove the Yellowed Stain:   Moisten a sponge or cotton balls with hydrogen peroxide. Rub the…