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Removing Cigarette Odor From Your Home

Removing Cigarette Odor From Your Home

It’s easy to identify a smoker’s home. The smell of tar and nicotine hits one’s nostrils as soon as one enters the door. It’s not easily covered up with air fresheners, either. If someone smokes in his or her home on a regular basis, it would be hard to hide this habit from any visitors. Even if one smokes outside the home, the smell still gets on clothes and in the hair. For a non-smoker the odor can be overwhelming. The best way, of course, is to not smoke. If this isn’t something you’re willing to consider, perhaps you might try one of these other options.

– First and foremost, open as many windows as possible to let in the fresh air. If possible, leave windows open all day. If it’s possible to keep the windows open on a daily basis, try to do so.

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Cleaning Worktops

Cleaning Worktops

Worktops get a lot of hard wear, so have to be made of durable materials. The most popular choices are laminates, which have the advantage of being cheap and very hard-wearing, closely followed by wood. At the luxury end of the market are composites, which are made from acrylic resin and stone, and solid stone, such as granite and slate. Tiled worktops are now decidedly out of fashion, while popular modern choices are stainless steel and glass.

Cleaning composite worktops. Wipe up spills as they occur. Fruit juices and oils can stain. Use washing-up liquid and a damp cloth. Rinse and wipe dry to prevent water marks. If stains do appear, use a little abrasive cleaning powder. Sprinkle on the surface, leave for a few minutes before cleaning with a soft cloth, using a circular motion. To prevent damage, do not put a hot pan directly on the surface; use a pan stand or trivet.

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Cleaning Plastic Handrails

Cleaning Plastic Handrails

Plastic resins make durable handrails and outdoor furnishings. The materials typically have a protective coating that makes cleaning a breeze. Don’t use alkaline cleaners, such as trisodium phosphate, or abrasive cleansing powders on plastic handrails. These cleaners can scratch the finish, which will attract dirt and make cleaning more difficult in the future. Instead, use mild household cleaners to remove dirt, grime and water spots.

You need bucket, liquid dish detergent, microfiber cloth, chlorine bleach, vinegar, spray bottle, butter knife and toothbrush. Fill a bucket with warm water and add three to four squirts of liquid dish detergent. Dip a microfiber cloth in the bucket and wring it out. Wash the handrail thoroughly with the cloth, scrubbing to remove scuffs and stains. Rinse the cloth in clean water and wring it out. Wipe the handrail to remove any soap residue.

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Cleaning And Polishing Wood Tips

Cleaning And Polishing Wood Tips

While dusting and cleaning wood with sprays and oils can help woods look rich, it doesn’t change the actual condition of the wood or provide protection to the wood’s finish. Wax polishing, on the other hand, can bring old, tired finishes to life and safeguard wood from future damage at the same time.

Wax polish is a semi-liquid made from a mixture of materials, including beeswax and carnuba. Waxes and wax-polishes can be applied on woods that have been finished with shellacs, varnishes or oils. Some waxes also contain ingredients like silicone, which makes wood appear glossy and slick to the eye.

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Scorched Pans Cleaning Tips

Scorched Pans Cleaning Tips

How often does it happen to get the pan burnt? Yes, it might be an accident, but cleaning the pan afterwards is a must, if you want to use it again. Whether you fell asleep while boiling water for tea, lit the wrong burner, or just really, really burned a sauce, a scorched pan not only looks bad and smells awful, but becomes virtually useless. Many people, thinking the pan is ruined, simply throw it away. This is not necessary – with some simple household ingredients, you can clean a scorched pot or pan in no time, and be cooking with it the next day. Do not attempt to scrub the pot or pan if it has scorched, as you will most likely only make matters worse and ruin your scouring pad. There are a few different ways, though, to clean a scorched pan. The most popular is to use baking soda. First, make sure the pan has cooled before you begin attempting to clean it. Cold water on a scorching hot pan can be even more damaging, if not dangerous. Once the pan is cool, fill it with water just past the line of where it was damaged.

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How To Clean A Silk Tie?

How To Clean A Silk Tie?

If you’ve ever owned a silk tie, you know that they are difficult to tie and even more difficult to clean. Proper care is important in ensuring that these beautiful works of art not only look presentable but provide many years of enjoyment.The truth is, silk ties really aren’t meant to be cleaned as they are extremely delicate and can fall apart if you just look at them wrong. Even a little rough treatment in simple handling can turn a silk tie into trash. Having said that, if you absolutely must clean your silk tie, then here are few tips to make the cleaning process as easy as possible and still have a tie left after you’re done.

If your silk tie should get a stain, remove it immediately. Waiting any length of time will make removal of the stain virtually impossible. One thing you don’t want to do is expose your silk tie to water. Water and silk is like turning on the gas in your home and then lighting a match.

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Caring And Cleaning Tips For Kitchen Cutlery

Caring And Cleaning Tips For Kitchen Cutlery

Owning a set of kitchen knives, regardless of their type, requires certain use and maintenance in order to keep them sharp and working correctly. Whether you invested in quality kitchen knives or own a set of discount knives, you will want to keep them sharp and handling well.

The first rule of use for your kitchen knife is to be sure that your blade lands on a soft surface, such as wood or plastic, instead of a hard surface like ceramic or metal. Striking your kitchen cutlery against hard surfaces will rapidly dull the blade and hinder the performance of your kitchen knife, even if you are using high quality ceramic or stainless steel cutlery.

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Table Linens: Caring And Cleaning

Table Linens: Caring And Cleaning

Formal, starched napery has gone the way of formal dining, but many people still like to use a tablecloth, especially when there are guests, ot it is a special occasion, such as Christmas. For normal family meals, if you adhere to this quaint tradition, many people use plastic cloths, especially on the kitchen table.

Tablecloths. When calculating which size of tablecloth to buy, allow on overhang of up to 30 cm all round. Buy larger than you need, rather than smaller, to allow for shrinkage. Laundering table linen can make a lot more work, so be kind to yourself. For everyday use, look for easy-care cloths; the best choices are non-iron linen or cotton/synthetic blends.

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How To Fix Scratches In Your Home Windows

How To Fix Scratches In Your Home Windows

Repairing scratched glass can be as simple as applying toothpaste and a little elbow grease. The question is whether you should repair or replace. Not only can repairs create a rainbow effect on glass, scratches weaken a window, leaving it vulnerable to shattering with just a little pressure in the right place.

As frustrating as it is, if you can catch a window scratch with your fingernail, it’s likely too deep to repair without consequences. Buffing kits may leave concave bubbles that splinter the light as it shines through the glass. Depending on where the window is, this might not be a problem for you. Smack dab in the center of your front bay window usually requires a replacement.

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Basic Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Tips

Basic Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Tips

Find the best natural ways to clean your home.

1. Try not to use propellant-powered aerosol spray products. They usually release their ingredients in the form of easily inhaled microscopic droplets that stay suspended in your airspace for hours after you use them. It’s always best to use manual powered spray products, or even better those you can apply with a fabric based cloth.

2. Use only cleaning products made from safe natural and not-toxic ingredients to prevent exposure to the dangerous synthetic chemicals that traditional cleaners often contain.

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