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Whitewash Directions

Whitewash Directions

Once upon a time whitewash was applied to picket fences, barn interiors and exteriors and to other structures around a home and farm. Commonly featuring slaked lime, chalk and water as a basis for the mixture, whitewash is commonly applied by either a brush or spray method. Whitewash can be applied ......[Read More]
Sanitizing the Sullivan HumidAire

Sanitizing the Sullivan HumidAire

When there is not enough moisture in your home's air, you and your family can develop respiratory and skin problems. Humidifiers are a small appliance that puts moisture back into your home's air. Many people use humidifiers in the winter months--since heaters typically suck moisture out of the air-......[Read More]
How to Get Dried Thinset Off the Top of Tiles Before Grouting

How to Get Dried Thinset Off the Top of Tiles Before Grouting

After setting tiles, thinset mortar must quickly be removed or it dries into a hard, stubborn substance. Dried thinset is tough to get off of the tops of tiles, because it is so thin and the tile surface is often delicate. Most tilers attempt to remove the thinset as they work or the next day at the......[Read More]
How to Remove Mold & Mildew From Wood Beams

How to Remove Mold & Mildew From Wood Beams

Mold and mildew are some of the main threats to wood beams. Mold and mildew break down the fibers in the structure, causing the beams to become weak and eventually collapse as they rot. Cleaning the mold off as soon as you discover it is the best way to prevent future problems. This may take a bit o......[Read More]
How to Clean a Plastic Bottle Brush

How to Clean a Plastic Bottle Brush

Plastic bottle brushes are used to clean water, sport or baby bottles. After awhile, you will need to clean the brush. Bacteria and germs can linger on the brush, which may transfer to the bottles. Clean your plastic bottle brush every couple of days to maintain cleanliness and remove bacteria.......[Read More]
How a Galileo Barometer Works

How a Galileo Barometer Works

In addition to being useful tools to predict near-term weather, Galileo barometers can be used as decorations for the living rooms of the scientific-minded. They provide a visual representation of atmospheric pressure based on the water level in an open tube.......[Read More]
DIY All Natural Mild Laundry Detergent

DIY All Natural Mild Laundry Detergent

Laundry soap is expensive, and store-bought detergents often contain harsh ingredients. You can’t just stop doing laundry, though. Instead, try making your own all-natural mild laundry soap. It’s inexpensive to make and you will know exactly what products you are using to wash your cloth......[Read More]
How to Maintenance Vertical Blinds

How to Maintenance Vertical Blinds

Blinds block out the sun to protect your furniture, carpet and wallpaper from becoming sun-bleached. Vertical blinds, as opposed to horizontal blinds, can help make your ceilings look higher and your space bigger. Maintaining vertical blinds means dusting them regularly and cleaning them every few m......[Read More]
The Best Way to Clean Polyurethane Hardwood Floors

The Best Way to Clean Polyurethane Hardwood Floors

Cleaning floors may be an arduous task for any homemaker, but if you have freshly treated wood floors, get ready to roll your sleeves up as there are some special steps that need to be taken for cleaning this specially treated wood. However, once your work is done, you'll be able to enjoy beautifull......[Read More]
How to Corrode Paint

How to Corrode Paint

Paint is designed to protect metal by sealing out moisture. The corrosion of paint is the actual corrosion of the metal underneath. Rust destroys and weakens metal by removing layers of strong metallic bond and replacing that metal with a weaker oxide compound. The end result is the failure of the m......[Read More]
How to Clean with Lemon

How to Clean with Lemon

The best way to clean; lemon juice! Clean lemon has not only the acid to break through scum and remove residue, it also has antibacterial properties. Some studies in Africa have shown that using lemon juice for feminine hygiene can even reduce the spread of AIDS, for women who are not allowed prop......[Read More]
What Is the Best Way to Seal in Window Panes?

What Is the Best Way to Seal in Window Panes?

If your windows seem to let in cold or hot air even when they are closed, they may need to be sealed. Properly sealed window panes can greatly reduce your energy cost as well as keep the temperature in your home stable. While there is no "best" way to seal your windows, the easiest way to ......[Read More]
How to Use a Marshalltown 14739 Rebar Bender

How to Use a Marshalltown 14739 Rebar Bender

Rebar re-enforces concrete. When adding rebar to your concrete, you need to bend the rebar at some point. For example, you have to bend the rebar to go around the corners in your footings. You can use a tool specifically designed to bend rebar, such as the Marshalltown 14739 rebar bender. This tool ......[Read More]
How to Get Green From Copper Off Your Hand

How to Get Green From Copper Off Your Hand

Copper jewelry, or jewelry that is made of an alloy that is rich in copper, can begin to turn green over time, when it is exposed to water and oxygen. If you don't clean it from the jewelry quickly, it can actually begin to break down the metal and corrode the item. If you were wearing a copper ring......[Read More]
How to Stain a Basement Ceiling

How to Stain a Basement Ceiling

Give your room a makeover by covering your ceiling with a fresh coat of stain. A dark color of stain, such as an espresso or chocolate brown, gives your room a contemporary and modern finish. Lighter color stain, such as a gloss for pine or a lighter brown color, gives your room a traditional polish......[Read More]
How to Clean a Suede Blazer With Hairspray

How to Clean a Suede Blazer With Hairspray

Taking your suede blazer to a professional every time it needs cleaning can become an expensive habit. It's less expensive and a real time saver if you just clean it yourself. Suede can be aired out between wearing times to make it smell fresh again. You also can use a fabric refresher to remove hea......[Read More]
How To Remove Fire Soot And Smoke From Clothes

How To Remove Fire Soot And Smoke From Clothes

How to remove fireplace soot and smoke from clothes.......[Read More]
How to Remove Rust Stains From Clothing or Laundry

How to Remove Rust Stains From Clothing or Laundry

Rust stains on clothing can be caused by coming into contact with a rusted object, but they can also originate in your washing machine, either from hard water, faulty or rusted plumbing or even a rusted piece of metal that has been accidentally washed with your laundry. Rust stains are often unsight......[Read More]
How to Clean Rusty Canning Jars

How to Clean Rusty Canning Jars

Rusty canning jars are a common occurrence; as metal rings get old they rust, leaving rust stains on the glass jars. When this happens the metal rings must be discarded; however, the glass jars can be saved. Rusty metal rings pose a danger to canned products as they are warped and likely will not sc......[Read More]
Move Out Cleaning Instructions

Move Out Cleaning Instructions

When moving out of a rental property or even leaving a home that has been sold to new owners, it is not only courteous but often necessary to clean the place before leaving. Many rental properties require that the home be cleaned thoroughly to retain a deposit that was paid when the individual first......[Read More]