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Troubleshooting Tips for a Kenmore Infrared Grill

Troubleshooting Tips for a Kenmore Infrared Grill

Kenmore infrared grills offer typical grilling capabilities with liquid propane gas but reach higher temperatures than standard grills through the use of infrared heat. Infrared grills can also cook food more evenly and more quickly than standard grilling techniques. Troubleshooting and caring for t......[Read More]
How to Clean French Windows

How to Clean French Windows

French windows or doors add an elegant touch to any home. They consist of multiple panes from top to bottom usually installed in pairs that open from the middle. Keep French windows clean with a homemade solution of vinegar and hot water. This non-toxic solution will cut through tough buildup leavin......[Read More]
How to Polish Composite Countertops

How to Polish Composite Countertops

If you're for a "green" countertop that's good for the environment, composite countertops are the way to go. Made from recycled materials, composite countertops are beautiful, durable and earth-friendly. Polishing your composite countertop is easy and won't take too much longer than any other counte......[Read More]
How to Attach a Swiffer Duster Pad

How to Attach a Swiffer Duster Pad

If you have ever used a Swiffer Duster, you know how fantastic they are for quick and efficient dusting. If you have not used a Swiffer Duster, you need to run out right now and buy one. These dusters are fantastic for quick and easy dusting of both easily accessible areas and more obscure hard to......[Read More]
How to Remove Glued Labels

How to Remove Glued Labels

Labels are stuck to everything you buy from plates to glasses to large pots. If you are successful in removing the label, often the glue is left behind. Residual glue and labels are unsightly. With just a few common household products, you can rid your belongings of glued-on labels and sticky residu......[Read More]
How to Remove Sweat Stains from a Leather Sofa

How to Remove Sweat Stains from a Leather Sofa

A downside of leather is that the material is more difficult to clean than standard fabric furnishings. When stains like sweat tarnish a piece of leather furniture, special measures must be taken to remove the stains.......[Read More]
How to Clean Deep Scratches With Toothpaste

How to Clean Deep Scratches With Toothpaste

You can use toothpaste to remove scratches from a number of surfaces. These surfaces include scratched CDs, DVDs, mobile phones and computer screens. The next time one of your favorite discs or appliances incur a scratch, don't fret. You'll be able to get rid of even the deepest scratches with a lit......[Read More]
How to Upholster a Straight Back Chair

How to Upholster a Straight Back Chair

Upholstery can turn a boring straight back chair into a unique piece of furniture. The technique can add character to a room and allows for plenty of customization. Purchasing a brand new chair can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, but giving new life to an old chair found at a thrift store or ......[Read More]
How to Make Shirts White Again

How to Make Shirts White Again

White T-shirts seem to always collect the most grim, dirt and stains. And they always seem to be the hardest to get clean. It's as if white T-shirts are made from an entirely different material than colored T-shirts. But that is furthest from the truth. White T-shirts do demand another level of TLC ......[Read More]
How to Get a Stale Smell Out of a Refrigerator That Is Off

How to Get a Stale Smell Out of a Refrigerator That Is Off

Refrigerators that sit unused can easily acquire stale, musty odors. You don't have to spend a lot of money on expensive cleaning products to remedy this problem. You can rid a refrigerator of its unpleasant aroma by using inexpensive, common products that contain no harsh chemicals like many store ......[Read More]
The Best Gas Stove Tops

The Best Gas Stove Tops

A gas stove top is the top portion of a gas range. It traditionally provides four burners, or heating elements, for cooking with pots and pans. However, manufacturers also produce separate gas stove tops, or cook tops, which you can install independently of ovens. The best gas stove tops, in additio......[Read More]
What Can I Line My Bureau Drawers With?

What Can I Line My Bureau Drawers With?

Lining your bureau drawers will provide barriers between the bottoms of the drawers and the items inside. The barriers allow you to keep new drawers protected or use old drawers without worrying about them damaging what you store in them. Homeowners have been using a variety of materials to line dra......[Read More]
How Can One Clean a Velvet Sofa?

How Can One Clean a Velvet Sofa?

Ideally, your velvet sofa would be dry cleaned by a professional, but if that is not possible, another option exists. It involves the use of a soft brush, handheld vacuum or other vacuum with upholstery attachment, water-free dry-cleaner fluid and a clean rag. Staying on top of cleanups to your velv......[Read More]
How to Clean an Unglazed Floor Tile

How to Clean an Unglazed Floor Tile

Ceramic floor tiles can come glazed or unglazed. Glazed tiles have a glossy finish with an outer shell that makes them easy to clean. Unglazed tiles are porous and have a matte finish without an outer shell, which means they will need regular care to keep them clean. You can clean an unglazed floor ......[Read More]
How to Counteract Dish Soap in the Dishwasher

How to Counteract Dish Soap in the Dishwasher

You fill the soap dispenser of the dishwasher with soap and absent-mindedly turn the dishwasher on. Moments later, you realize in horror that you accidently filled the soap dispenser with dishwashing soap instead of automatic dishwasher detergent. The result of this mistake is bubbles leaking out of......[Read More]
How to Remove Acid Stains From Cement

How to Remove Acid Stains From Cement

Acids often stain your cement floor. This is because homeowners often store acidic cleaners such as muriatic acid or vinegar in their cement-floored garages. Remove acid stains on cement with an alkaline-based cleaning solution such as ammonia. Clean acid stains as soon as possible, as they can etch......[Read More]
Carpet Cleaning Questions

Carpet Cleaning Questions

Carpet is available in a variety of colors, designs and materials. The fibers of the carpet--which give the carpet its soft, plush feel--can trap and hold dirt, dust and stains. Most carpets require a thorough cleaning a few times a year to keep them looking their best.Should I Hire a.........[Read More]
Deck Maintenance for Water Based Vs. Oil Base Stain

Deck Maintenance for Water Based Vs. Oil Base Stain

There are two specific types of sealers or stains for outdoor decks. Both of them come with advantages and disadvantages and the decision as to which one is better is left up to the homeowner.......[Read More]
How to Remove Gum From a Dryer Drum

How to Remove Gum From a Dryer Drum

Old gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe is bad enough, but gum stuck in your clothes dryer is much worse. The sticky gum heats up in the dryer and attaches to the dryer drum. The gum needs to be softened to detach from the dryer drum. With the proper tools and procedures, you can remove the gum wit......[Read More]
How to Remove Wax From Cement

How to Remove Wax From Cement

Drops of errant wax prove difficult to clean from any surface, but removing wax from cement in particular can be difficult due to the material's porous, bumpy texture. The hot liquid settles into the various bumps and divots and then hardens in place. Fortunately, the cement's hardness and rigidity ......[Read More]