Cleaning & Laundry : Home & Garden
While most people love bringing home a new couch from the furniture store, a fresh leather couch can look out of place with the rest of your old living room set. To make the couch look more lived in, you can age your brand new leather couch. Giving it this distressed look makes the piece of furnitur
Lightweight, durable plastic hardware is used to fasten products for a variety of industries. Plastic hardware can be snapped, hooked or screwed together to connect two or more surfaces. Plastic fasteners that are mishandled or kept in extreme conditions often crack and fail to stay together. Metal
Primer is a coat of special paint that is applied to a wall prior to painting. The purpose is to provide a cover for a previous coat of paint that has a dark shade that will bleed through. There is also the problem of magic marker on a wall which primer can cover. Kilz brand primer covers as any oth
All types of wood kitchen cabinets, including a red oak finish, get dirty from grime, fingerprints and general use. But it doesn’t take much to keep them clean. You won’t need to buy any special cleaning products, as mild soap and water will do the trick. If the red oaks begins to wear w
Vinegar and water can be mixed in a spray bottle for natural cleaning.Spray image by Dominator from Fotolia.comNatural non-toxic cleaning products that you make at home have many benefits over their chemical counterparts. They are better for your health and for the environment and, in...
The Sunbeam 4268 and 4267 are two professional level irons used on clothing. If you're in the market for a new iron and are having a hard time deciding between the two models, comparing the two can help narrow down your decision. Comparing involves taking a look at the specifications and features in
Soot is slightly oily and clings to most surfaces it lands on. Removing soot requires using a product that can loosen it and break it down. Vinegar is such a product and is safe for most surfaces.
Linoleum flooring is actually made of vinyl and comes in large rolls that are typically 12 feet wide. Installing a linoleum floor simply requires that you apply adhesive and unroll the flooring before pressing it down. If the installation location is wider than 12 feet, you must attach two sections
Antique brass has a deep, dark color that's known as a patina. The mixture of zinc and copper used to create zinc, becomes tarnished as it reacts with oxygen in the air. The best way to clean antique brass handles is with simple items from around the house.
Chelated iron is used to treat iron chlorosis -- aka iron deficiency -- in shrubs and trees. Iron deficiency causes the leaves to turn yellow. A nitrogen deficiency will also result in yellow leaves. Distinguish between an iron and a nitrogen deficiency by identifying which leaves have turned yellow
Sink drains get stuck or clogged occasionally, which keeps water from draining. The bathroom sink is often stuck due to all the things that are allowed to go down the drain such as moisturizing soap, oils, lotions and hair. To get the sink unstuck, there are a few things that you can try, depending
Intumescent sealant, which is manufactured by several companies under personalized brand names, consists of an acrylic latex formula which is designed to seal through-hole fittings around cables, pipes, wire looms, ductwork and other conduits. Intumescent seal provides leak-proof barriers around win
Stainless steel is a popular element in pots and pans. The best way to keep them clean is to wipe them out while they are still hot, just after cooking. However, if vegetable oil in the pan has burned or has been left in the pan for too long, it may be difficult to clean out. Scrubbing it thoroughly
Good-quality pruning shears aren't cheap, which is one reason to keep them clean and in good shape. An even more compelling reason is that your pruning shears could quickly spread plant disease throughout your entire garden if they aren't properly maintained. Sterilizing your pruning shears isn't a
Plants need different amounts of water depending on the climate and location. For example, plants growing in flower pots need generally need to be watered more often than those that are growing in the ground. If the plant is growing in a hot, dry climate, it usually needs more water. Of course, wate
Overflowing liquids and splattered food left on the cooktop will burn into the glass or ceramic surface when the cooktop is in subsequent use. Burned-on food left uncleaned is damaging to the cooktop's surface and shortens the life of the appliance, but it can be cleaned with a scraper. A razor scra
Removing deep stains from flooring isn't hard--but you may need a lot of time.
Moisture in the air causes rust stains to develop on delicate metal objects. Old water pipes can deposit rusty water onto clothing in washing machines, producing reddish stains on fabrics. If not promptly and thoroughly removed, rust can permanently damage the appearance and composition of delicate
Mold is a common problem in many households. Mold thrives in humid, damp locations that are void of sunlight. Many homeowners go to great lengths to kill and remove mold from inside of their home. Unfortunately, many do not look beyond the inside of their home. A roof can become an ideal breeding gr
Polyurethane adds a rich and glossy top coat to furniture, cabinets and hardwood floors. The product goes on like a stain and dries clear. Polyurethane acts as a protective barrier, keeping normal wear and tear from breaking down the color of the wood stain. However, even this protective coating can