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How to Remove Dog Urine Odor From a Tile Floor

No matter how old, young or well-trained your dog is, there will occasionally be urine accidents. Dog urine on tile floor is relatively easy to clean up. Remove the urine and clean the tile as soon as possible, as this will prevent the urine from soaking into any porous tile materials. While there a

Techniques for Cleaning a Room

Clutter multiplies rapidly, so what started out as a pile of magazines on your coffee table can grow to overtake the room, dampening your spirits and making your home look messy. Even neatniks can struggle to keep up with dust and dirt. Cleaning techniques help organize your approach to the chaos. T

About Refinishing

For the hobby enthusiast, or for the craftsman in all of us, refinishing wood leaves one with a feeling of satisfaction. There are a few things about refinishing that everyone should know before attempting a refinishing project. In addition, having the correct tools to do the job will save some frus

The Best Way to Clean Glass & Plastic From Smoke

Smoke from a fire or from cigarettes can cover your glass and plastic items with a thin layer of residue. Usually the residue has a gray or yellow tint to it. It can make your items look old and grimy. However, you can restore your items to their once-pristine appearance by removing the residue. Rem

Care for Pebble Rock Around a Pool

Favored for their natural appearance, pebble rock patios transform ordinary pool areas into luxurious outdoor features. Pebble rock tiles are available polished, glazed and in plentiful colors to depict any style. Like all natural stone surfaces, pebble rock patios inevitably accumulate dirt, algae

How to Test Your Home for Deadly Mold

Mold is a type of fungus that tends to grow in humid, warm places throughout the home. While some types of mold are merely aesthetic annoyances, others can be quite dangerous. These mold types can cause breathing problems, allergies and in extreme cases, even death. Removing all of the mold from the

How to Remove Red Wine Stains on Dry Clean Only

So you've spilled red wine on something you just had dry cleaned. Before you go to the expense of having it cleaned again, consider treating it at home. Many dry-clean-only fabrics can be cleaned at home with a few precautions. Cottons, linen, polyester and nylon usually fare well with home remedies

How to Stencil With Paper Doilies

Stenciling with paper doilies adds a permanent beauty to any paintable surface. It is a wonderfully inexpensive technique that will add a bit of whimsy to painted furniture. These instructions are done using a table, but use the technique to add a painted paper doily to chairs, dressers, cupboard do

Carpet Cleaning and Children

If you have infants or young children at home, you want to be sure your carpets are clean. However, you also need to protect your children from the harsh chemicals present in many carpet cleaners.

How to Strip Terrazzo Floors

Terrazzo floors consist of a combination of Portland cement and small chips of marble. The mixture is often colored and poured onto the floor until it dries to a rock hard surface. A heavy coat of polished wax typically protects the terrazzo. Over time, the wax dulls and develops an unattractive app

Advice on Home Cleaning & Organization

The National Soap and Detergent Association, newly renamed the American Cleaning Institute, estimates that clearing clutter from a typical American home would get rid of almost half the housework there.

The Best Household Products for Cleaning

With so many commercial cleaning products available in the market, cleaning has become much more easier nowadays. However, these cleaners contain chemicals that can be harmful to human and pet health, the environment and your budget too. Fortunately, many natural home cleaning products that may alre

How to Test the Percentage of Lead in Paint

Lead paint is a major concern for homeowners. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, high levels of lead in your home can lead to joint pain, high blood pressure and other illnesses in both adults and children. If you are concerned about the paint in your home, you can have samples tested

How to Clean Cobwebs From Stucco

Usually just a nuisance, cobweb removal can become a real chore when you are dealing with stucco ceilings or walls. All the ridges in a stucco wall or ceiling provide more area for cobwebs to adhere to and the texture eliminates your ability to clean easily with a sponge or rag. Depending upon the a

How to Lower Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are composed of horizontal, slatted blinds, usually made out of metal, wood, bamboo or plastic. When tilted down or up, these slats block light from the room. When positioned parallel to one another, they let filtered sunlight in. The blind can be lifted all the way to the top of the

How to Refinish Aluminum Oxide Flooring

Aluminum oxide floors are traditional hardwood floors with a coating or sealant of aluminum oxide on top. Before stripping the floors with regular wood paint or stain stripper, learn about the differences between the types of flooring. Stripping and refinishing the floors, as you would regular hardw

Renter's Rights Regarding Mold

Most landlords want to provide safe, livable areas for their tenants. However, when it comes to mold and mildew, the prospect of expensive repairs and inspections can lead to reluctance--particularly if the landlord believes it is the tenant's fault. Knowing your rights regarding mold will help ensu

How to Clean a Home Floor Machine

Floor cleaning machines for the home can be the difference between grungy carpets and carpets that look like new. They can also save you a significant amount of money because it can be expensive to call the professionals. For people with kids and pets, they can keep your home from looking and smelli

How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Alcohol

Durable, beautiful hardwood floors need not be a chore to clean. When cleaned properly, thoroughly and often, they'll provide you with decades of enjoyment and service. Since water can eventually dry wood and rob it of its natural luster, you don't want to apply much water or leave it on your hardwo