Cleaning & Restoration

How To Clean Really Dirty Grout Lines In Your Kitchen Or Bathroom

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    One of our friends asks about cleaning some really stained tile grout in their kitchen. It seems that over the years the grout has just got darker and darker. Its not a small area it is most of the kitchen that has the problem so it is most likely due to dirt buildup and not mold.

    If the problem is in one general location such as near a sink or outside door or in the case …

    How To Kill And Remove Mold Found During A Bathroom Remodeling Project

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      A friend is remodeling their bathroom and found some mold that they need to kill and remove. Unlike most mold that people are worried about this mold is white but that does not mean it isn’t dangerous. So, what precautions should they take and how do they go about removing it?

      Mold will occur anywhere there is warmth, food and moisture. Because mold spores are constantly on everything including our bodies we have to take precautions …

      How To Restore an Outside Plastic Bench that is Powdery and Oxidized

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        Today I decided I had a little extra time so I started looking for something to do to improve the front yard. Near my front door I have an Outside Bench that is made of heavy plastic. It is still in decent shape since it doesn’t see much use other than to be a place for the mailman to drop a package or once in a while I will go out and enjoy the …

        How To Remove White Blush Marks From Furniture Finishes

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          A friend of ours says that they used their living room table to do some ironing and after they were done they found the finish on the table was white. They ask how do they repair this and will it be easy?

          This is a common problem with real wood or veneer wood tables with a lacquer finish. This can also happen with a polyurethane finish that is degraded. The problem that is seen is …

          How To Refinish Old Beat Up Floors in a Victorian Home

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            A friend asks a question about some wood floors he discovered under his carpeting. The home is pretty old and as you will see the floors are distressed but no large cracks or heavy gashes.

            He says I have never done any flooring work so I have a couple questions.What should I fill the cracks in with? Should I just leave them and let them fill with polyurethane? What kind of sander is best? I’ve …

            How To Remove Mold and Re-grout a Tile Shower Stall

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              In this How To we will be covering the maintenance of a tile shower stall that has become very moldy.

              A person asks what the best method to cure and them prevent black mold from growing in their shower stall. They also ask about grout sealers and specifically hydrophobic liquids that are now being used to protect painted surfaces.
              How to cure Mold problems in Tile Shower Stalls
              A properly designed and maintained shower should not become …

              How To Clean Your Windows Real Well on The Cheap

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                One of the last jobs we usually get to in the house is cleaning the windows but the chore doesn’t mean that you have to buy special or expensive cleaners to get it done right.

                If you have read some of our previous posts we have described how to formulate some of the household products that you use every day at pennies on the dollar. Now sometimes there is good reason to buy store brand …

                How To Remove And Prevent Water Spots On Your Windows

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                  If you have ever washed your windows only to see spots reappear the next time it rains it can be pretty disappointing. You take that full day once or twice a year to go over every window, clean the glass and tracks and make sure that water is draining from the relief holes and within everything looks like new. Unfortunately it doesn’t last.

                  One trick that I learned when working on cars was that you …

                  How To Survive Spring Pollen In Your Home

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                    Spring Days bring warmth and flowers but they also bring a lot of pollen. If you are sensitive to pollen then you may dread the springtime but unless you are willing to move to the desert you won’t find much relief at least until mid summer.

                    Unfortunately we can’t lock ourselves in a computer assembly clean room all of the time so we have to find ways to cope with the problem of pollen.

                    The first …

                    How To Make your own Laundry Detergent and Save Hundreds of Dollars

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                      Saving money is on everyone’s mind lately and there are a lot of things we can do without too much effort to keep money in our pockets. In some of our how tos we will look at learning how to can your own food, cook a great pizza so you don’t have to order out and buy in bulk to save money on other items.

                      Today we are going to look at making liquid …