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We need to paint our basement before showing the house for sale. However, the basement currently looks like Shelob's Lair. Help! [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I clean melted shrinky dinks off my toaster oven?

Shrinky Dinks were placed in our toaster oven without being on a tray, and the plastic melted onto the oven's heating element. How do I get the toaster oven clean? [more inside]
posted by werty on Dec 7, 2014 - 12 answers

What comes to mind when I say "cleaning service"?

If you had to choose something that could visually represent a cleaning service for houses and businesses in an unusual, offbeat way, what would it be?
posted by omar.a on Dec 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Solvents on china?

Can you help me get burnt plastic off fine china? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Dec 5, 2014 - 7 answers

What are some great mantras to help keep up momentum while decluttering?

What mantras, mottos, catchphrases, rules of thumb, boot-camp-style commands, etc. have worked best for you to keep up momentum during a major decluttering project? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Dec 4, 2014 - 38 answers

Slimed!

Nylon jacket stained by mysterious paint/solvent. Can it be cleaned? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Dec 2, 2014 - 1 answer

How do I clean this vintage beaded purse?

Looking for advice on how, if possible, I might clean a vintage beaded purse. The beadwork was done on a loom; it's not beaded to the fabric underneath. I'm wondering if there's a safe way to clean the beadwork, and am finding contradictory and possibly specious advice online. [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Nov 25, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I (safely) get candle wax out of my oven?

In the process of melting candle wax out of mason jars last night, my husband and I spilled candle wax all over the inside of our oven. Help us fix this. [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Nov 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Flash, I Love You, But We Only Have Eight Hours to Clean the World!

I'm devoting tomorrow to battling entropy and getting my house back to a mostly-clean state. What's going to give me the biggest bang for my buck in that time period? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Nov 10, 2014 - 32 answers

oh god the stench

I need help cleaning a few things that have cat pee on them. The smell is killing me. Help me! [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Nov 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Living in a pigsty.

Right now my tiny apartment is filled with cat hair, dust, some trash and a general mess. I spend weekends in my room lying on my bed with my laptop because that way I don't have to see how messy everything is or trip while trying to reach something and I dread getting home during the week. I have no idea how I can fix this.
posted by Ratata on Nov 2, 2014 - 32 answers

Honey, we destroyed the floor

Rug left terrible honeycomb residue on our hardwood floor. Help! [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Nov 1, 2014 - 8 answers

One weird trick that the gutter cleaners don't want you to know

I don't mind cleaning my gutters (at least the ones I can reach), but I feel like there has to be a better way. Gutter enthusiasts, share your wisdom! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 24, 2014 - 20 answers

New apartment seems mold-prone

I moved during the summer and have noticed that my new place seems to attract mold at a higher rate than other places I've lived. I'm wondering if these things should be a cause for concern, or if these are just normal things given the specific situations. [more inside]
posted by offrecord on Oct 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Does this smell like pot to you?

A mate used to keep vials of marijuana and possibly other drugs in a backpack that I would like to use. I can't smell anything. Will I be stopped by k9 units? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I get nail polish off of grout?

Nail polish remover could get it off the tile, but the grout stays peskily stained. What should I try next? [more inside]
posted by acm on Oct 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Apartment move-out cleaning question

Moving out of an apartment with no security deposit - how responsible do I need to be about getting it cleaned up for the new tenant? [more inside]
posted by norrington on Sep 22, 2014 - 24 answers

So, I sabotaged my coffeemaker.

Coffee Idiotfilter: In some kind of zombielike haze, apparently I put ground coffee into my water reservoir, and then water, and then brewed my lovely, lovely on-sale Intelligentsia coffee AND DIDN'T NOTICE (which shows you what a coffee connoisseur *I* am). Now I need to clean it out. How? The instructions say to not even use a cloth inside the reservoir. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Sep 16, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I clean a pleather (faux!) jacket?

I have a cheap pleather jacket that I wear all the time - the inner lining is stained and I'm worried about washing it. The jacket says "dry clean only" but when I took it to the dry cleaners they said they'd charge $60+ to clean it because it was "leather" (it's not). How should I clean it? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Sep 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Leather jacket cleaning/oiling?

I bought a nice Burberry leather bomber jacket a few years ago that I wear pretty heavily during the fall/winter months. Breaking it out again for the season and noticed that it's got a bit of accumulated grime on it and the leather has coarsened a bit in spots from exposure to the elements. Can anyone recommend a good way to clean or oil it to get it back into top shape? I'm also open to taking it in somewhere for treatment if that's advisable, but very wary of harsh treatments or chemicals (i.e., certainly no dry cleaning).
posted by decoherence on Sep 12, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I get the gasoline smell out of a car?

I spilled some gasoline in a rental car. How can I clean it and get rid of the smell before I return it in a few days? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Sep 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Voluminous grease dump on clothing: what to do?

Carrying a serving dish full of pot roast and all the delicious associated juices. Slipped out of my hands, exploded on floor. Crockery shards, meat and grease everywhere. My pants - polyester wool blend, dry clean only - what to do until/in prep for dry cleaner? Anything? Soak? Blot? My shoes - brown leather tasseled loafers. Great splotches of grease. Ruined? This just sucks.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Anyone have experience with Eco-friendly upholstery cleaning?

I had someone come out to clean my light-colored sofa, which gets pretty dirty because I have a dog. The guy used eco-friendly cleaning products and, $100 later, my sofa seems to me no cleaner than before he came. I'm wondering if this is because eco-friendly products just don't cut it and I need to go with the old-school, harsher chemicals, or whether my sofa is just too dirty to be cleaned. I'm thinking the former, but I'd hate to shell out another $100 bucks and still be left with a dirty sofa. I wonder if anyone has firsthand experience with this.
posted by swheatie on Aug 31, 2014 - 4 answers

Bathrooms are gross. Cleaning shouldn't be worse.

How do you clean your grody tiled bathroom floors -- without causing more mess to clean up now or later? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Aug 21, 2014 - 30 answers

Hotel Housekeeping Issue

I stay at the same large corporate hotel that is part of a large national chain every week. Every other week or so, I find hair(s) in my stack of clean towels (in different rooms, on different floors). These hairs do not match my hair length and color. Is it worth it to complain to housekeeping? I question if my complaint will make a difference since the hotel is so large. What is the best way to raise this so that my issue is heard and acted upon?
posted by seesom on Aug 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Teach me how to keep my floor clean, like I am a small child.

Us: old farmhouse, wood floors, golden retriever, crawling baby. There is dog hair everywhere and the baby gets into it and I feel like I'm going about this all wrong. What do you do with your floors, and pets? The floors aren't very fancy, if that helps. Not as bad as the last AskMe about wood floors, but no high polish and lots of cracks that could really be tighter. I'd just like to keep everything clean and tidy so that baby can roam and my feet are happy. I grew up with carpet so this is totally foreign.
posted by checkitnice on Aug 18, 2014 - 25 answers

Can I use alcohol-based wipes on my new glasses?

I have these glasses wipes that I *love* (Flents Wipe 'n Clear). I used them to clean my old glasses with anti-glare coating all the time and never suffered any ill effects. Is it safe to use them on my new glasses? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jul 31, 2014 - 7 answers

What substance is coming off my tomatoes?

Hello, We had some "off the vine" tomatoes we bought at the store and I was cleaning them with water and wiped them with a paper towel and noticed a yellowish stain on the paper towel. I wiped very well, then rinsed and finally the new paper towel I used was clean. What do you think this is? Is it tomato tar?
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 30, 2014 - 11 answers

[request] bathroom and rug cleaning solutions

Hi. Can someone suggest ways to clean our home rug and bathroom. the rug itself has been in use for over 20 years and has now grayed with dirt and compressed down. The picture shows a side by side of when the rug was new (a bed was under this area so it was untouched). [more inside]
posted by philllip on Jul 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Best way to clean old wood floor.

My new place has an old hard wood floor that is in serious disrepair. Patched by metal signs, covered in particle board in parts. What is the best way to clean them? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 18, 2014 - 6 answers

New rental has phantom odors

We just moved into a new rental - it's early 1900s with polished hardwood floors. When we moved in there was a bit of a musty odor, but we assumed that this was just "empty house smell". The odor has largely dissipated, except for the bedroom and the adjacent hallway where the smell is getting stronger and now smells a little bit like animal pee (though it could be just general mustiness too). But we cannot locate the exact source of the smell. How do we find the location of the smell and eradicate it!? More details after the fold... [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Jul 10, 2014 - 9 answers

What's the best way to clean a MacBook Pro's screen? (and case too)

It seems I've tried a bunch of different products to clean the screen of my MacBook Pro and I've not found anything that doesn't leave a streaky mess. Any products/tips/tricks you've found to get a streak free screen? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on Jul 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Cleaning for the uninclined?

At the grand old age of 26, I am moving into my first place, away from home (living by myself). I need tips for keeping my place clean. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Jul 10, 2014 - 25 answers

How often do you replace kitchen sponges?

How often do you replace kitchen sponges? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Jul 6, 2014 - 43 answers

Laptop maintenance and cleaning in Toronto?

I'm looking for a good, trustworthy place to have my laptop disassembled and have its fan cleaned. [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jul 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Not burning the house down

So I was going to cook some chicken in the oven this morning, and I opened the oven door just to make sure everything looked all right before preheating. [more inside]
posted by EggplantPizza on Jul 1, 2014 - 5 answers

How should I clean these sandals a dog peed on?

On Tuesday, my cousin's dog let forth a deluge of pee on my feet. It was LOTS of pee. I was wearing my favorite leather sandals (very similar to these). While I cleaned off my feet, my cousin cleaned my sandals with a wet towel (no soap). I had to wear them the rest of the day, before I traveled home on Wednesday. I feel kind of icky at the prospect of wearing them again. How should I clean them?
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 26, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me clean my cuddly friend, please!

I have a huge plush turtle I like to cuddle when I sleep. I think I should probably clean that turtle once in a while, but how do you wash a stuffed animal? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jun 26, 2014 - 20 answers

OK to use alcohol wipes on IEM eartips?

Is it fine to clean my silicone eartips with alcohol-based wipes? I've been doing it for a few years, and even the same tips for quite a while, without noticing any problem. Yet some scant audiophile advice on the Net says don't use alcohol. I'm wondering "Why not?" But I'm concerned if I am doing damage... Sometimes I do soak them in soapy water, but it's so time-saving to wipe them down with these pads from the first-aid aisle; plus, they -- and my ears -- stay pretty clean anyway. (I have standard silicone tips that came with Brainwavz and other brands of in-ear monitors.) Thank you.
posted by noelpratt2nd on Jun 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Still need help

In my last question I laid out a basic primer to understanding the clusterfuck that is my life right now and you were very helpful. I took some of your advice and hired a cleaning lady to clean my kitchen. But I realize now that the kind of help I need for getting the rest of the house in order is kind of extreme and I need help thinking it through and making a plan. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jun 20, 2014 - 20 answers

How to clean house like the professionals.

Between bad timing and desperation I hired a professional housekeeper to clean before family arrived for the holidays last year. She left the place looking better than when I first moved in. How can I do this on my own? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Jun 15, 2014 - 30 answers

BDSM (Baby-Directed Scrubbing and Mopping)

My precious little moppet is turning my house into a pigsty, and I'm getting very frustrated with playing maid. Can I contain the mess a little? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jun 15, 2014 - 25 answers

Cat hair EVERYWHERE

We have two very healthy, VERY active longhair cats. We (two adults and an 5-month-old) live with them in a 700 square foot apartment. There is cat fur EVERYWHERE. You can neither walk through the air nor sit on any surface without getting covered. We've tried all the obvious fur-mitigation measures; help us figure out how best to keep our apartment clean. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Are stove top drip pans universal sized?

Short and sweet question - See title. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jun 1, 2014 - 8 answers

What do I do about this raccoon smell?

Today, the property manager and animal control removed a raccoon from a wall in the house I'm renting. I have questions about the smell, and the health of the rightful human and cat occupants of the house. [more inside]
posted by ddbeck on May 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Max-force cleaning plan and the products to achieve it

After a tumultuous nearly two years of apartment living following my separation, my kids and I are finally moving into a townhouse. (Yay!) It's a rental, but one I hope we can stay in for quite a while - it seems pretty fantastic! I have a week between when I get the keys and when I have movers scheduled, so I'd like to take the opportunity to get the place cleaner than it's ever been. Hoping to come up with a really solid cleaning plan, and a list of all the products I need to get it done. Suggestions and tips are more than welcome! [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on May 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Cleaning tole paint

I have a tole painted wooden bowl that has been on a shelf for possibly decades. It is now tinged yellow. I tried wiping with a damp cloth and a bit of baking soda but that didn't make a difference. I don't want to try anything to harsh and risk damaging the painting. What's the best way to restore this? And then how to maintain it in the future?
posted by platypus of the universe on May 25, 2014 - 1 answer

Woman Without Hat!

I have this suede Australian outback hat that I bought at a garage sale a few weeks ago, for $6. I didn't examine it closely at the time, but it reeks of mold and must, leather small, and saddlesoap from a stab at self cleaning. Can I dry clean it? Here's pictures of the hat in question: My Poor Hat, two pics of it. It's a Walkabout brand Australian hat, size small. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on May 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Impasse

Having a part practical/part relationship with my husband that boils down to the fact that I love him but I don't love his stuff, and I want to live with him but I don't want to live with his stuff. I'm asking because it's been 5 years and nothing has changed and I literally don't know what to do to solve the problem of constantly living in clutter and filth. [more inside]
posted by bleep on May 17, 2014 - 45 answers

How do I look after my bike?

I recently bought a new hybrid bike which I will be using regularly for leisure rides. What do I need to know about basic maintenance (cleaning, lube, degreasing etc) to keep it in best shape. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on May 15, 2014 - 11 answers

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