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Gas Cylinder Storage Guidelines

When it comes to storing cylinders containing combustible chemicals, there's no such thing as being too safe. If you're not careful, you run the risk of damaging your home or workplace as well as harming family, friends and coworkers. Following the appropriate guidelines when storing gas cylinders c

How to Make Door Hardware Look New

Door hardware, no matter what kind of metal it is made of, can look tarnished and grungy over time. Dust, pollutants in the air and, in the case of doorknobs, grime from hands build up and deteriorate the metal finish. Buying new hardware is, of course, one option; however, you can save yourself som

How to Treat a Dry Erase Board

A dry erase board (also called a white board) provides the functionality of a chalkboard with much less mess. Many people use dry erase boards, whether at home, school, or work. Dry erase boards are designed to work well for a long time. If you use a dry erase board, then you know that failure to t

How to Get Musty Smell Out of Chest of Drawers

Whether you purchased an old dresser from a flea market, have inherited a set of drawers from someone else or have stored your own dresser in a damp area such as the basement or garage, you are often left with an unpleasant musty smell. If you do not remove this smell, and instead use the chest of d

How to Remove Rust From the Rim of a Washing Machine

Rust forms on the rims of washing machines when the protective paint on the washing machine wears off. Water from washing cycles or moisture in the air often causes the rust. Removing it takes a little skill and some scrubbing power. If you know how to remove rust from other appliances, this project

How to Freeze Rose Petals at Home

Freeze-dried rose petals will stay attractive indefinitely. Rather than shriveling and turning brown, frozen rose petals retain most of their color and shape. Some petals may lighten or darken during the process, becoming slightly discolored, but they will retain a fresh look.

How do I Make Top Panel for Mini Blinds?

Mini blind top panels are necessary parts of the system. The top panels cover up the head rail, creating a cleaner and more presentable blind system. A top panel can be created by removing a slat from the bottom of the mini blinds, and mounting it to the top. This can be achieved with a mounting

How to Use Cyanoacrylate Glue

Cyanoacrylates are a family of strong, fast-setting adhesives originally formulated at Kodak Laboratories during World War II. The substance proved unacceptable for its intended use, military gun sights, but its extremely adhesive nature led to its later development as a glue. Krazy Glue and Super

How to Clean Your Steam Boiler

Your steam boiler serves an important purpose in heating your home on cold days and nights. Maintaining your steam boiler and keeping it clean is essential in keeping its performance up to par.

The Right Way to Sanitize a Home Jetted Tub

A jetted tub in the home can provide a luxurious experience that incorporates massaging jet streams into your bathing experience. To keep the tub clean, you must both clean and sanitize the jets. If you don't, bacteria and residue will build up in the jets and end up rinsing back through your bath w

How to Create Hybrid Plants

Cross pollinating plants is the method used to create hybrid plants. It's intriguing to look at two flowering plants--with one having nice, big flowers and the other much smaller flowers but with beautiful color--and wonder what kind of plants could be created by combining the two. What about a pepp

Can You Use Glass Cleaner on a TV?

Most people like to keep a clean house, but not everyone knows the best way to clean a television screen. In the past, with most tube screen TVs, glass cleaner was a perfectly acceptable cleaning agent. However, even late model tube screens like cathode ray tubes often have an anti-glare/anti-static

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Upholstery

Sipping a cup of coffee while you read the morning paper in your favorite comfy chair is a great way to start the morning--unless of course you get distracted, the phone rings or someone bumps your arm and the coffee spills on the upholstery. Removing coffee stains requires quick action. Don't wait

How to Get Smoke Stains Off a Shower

Smoke permeates surfaces when present in high amounts and this results in a very unpleasant odor while also staining a surface brown or black. Shower tile is usually resistant to staining, but it is susceptible to heavy smoke such as from a house fire or from extensive cigarette exposure. Getting sm

How to Use the Kirby Ultimate G Upholstery Shampoo Attachment

The Kirby Ultimate G vacuum is an upright vacuum cleaner that features a HEPA filter, a power drive for increased speed and movement, height adjustment and a shampoo attachment feature. Using the shampoo attachment feature for the Kirby Ultimate G vacuum is a somewhat complex process that turns the

How to Clean Old Red Bricks

Old red brick, like the kind you might find when restoring an old home, cannot be cleaned in the same way as modern brick. Muriatic acid is used to effectively clean brick in newer houses. But the same acid will permanently discolor old red brick which is much more absorbent. If you are unsure of th

How to Clean Water Spots Off Galvanized Metal

The galvanization of metal is a process in which a piece of metal is coated with a protective layer of zinc. This coating helps to prevent corrosion. Occasionally, galvanized metal will collect water spots. This usually is the result of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium in the water, leaving b

Removing Stains From Stainless Steel Dishwashers

A stainless steel dishwasher is only stainless on the outside of the appliance. The inside of the dishwasher is just as prone to stains and buildup as any other dishwasher. Clean your dishwasher every couple of months to keep it operating smoothly. Removing stains from your stainless steel dishwashe

How to Get Gum Out of Comforters

When chewing gum ends up anywhere other than in your mouth or the garbage can, it makes a mess. Gum stuck on your comforter is best caught before it gets transferred to your sheets or clothing. While removing gum is not a pleasant task, certain techniques and supplies make it a bit less disgusting.

Is Vinegar/Water a Good Solution for Cleaning Windows?

A good homemade window cleaner must remove dirt and grime without leaving behind a streaky finish. Vinegar water provides the necessary cleaning power to these solutions when it's mixed and used correctly. Unlike commercial products, you aren't introducing harmful chemicals into your cleaning routin