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My porcelain sink (and tub) have a problem

We have very hard water and it has a tendancy to stain stuff pretty quickly. The area of the sink and the tub just below the faucets are an endless battle. The only thing that has ever been able to get those stains out has been bleach, but now the bleach has only made things worse because they stain even MORE quickly. It really looks terrible. Help me fix my sink and tub so that we don't look like Grubby McSlobbersons. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jan 31, 2014 - 10 answers

 

Low-VOC cabinet refinishing for dummies.

A question about how to refinish my cabinets, in a kitten-friendly (low VOC) way? Apologies in advance, as I'm new to furniture / wood stuff and think I'm missing something obvious. Kitten pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Cashmere, Silk and Beetroot

[Stainremovalfilter] Spilled some delicious beet juice on my aqua blue sweater. It's silk and cashmere. [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on Dec 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Leather + shampoo =?

Shampoo spilled in my suitcase. My leather boots and leather pumps were stained. I tried absorbing the shampoo but the stains are still there. Home remedies? Take to dry cleaner? Cobbler? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Nov 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Stain to Match Ikea Table

We just bought an ikea dining room table with the brown laminate, and we'd like to stain the plain wood ikea chairs we got to match. While we realize it will be difficult to replicate exactly, what stain or combination thereof can we use to get close to this color? The table looks a bit darker than what the product photos show, here's what it looks like in real life.
posted by Mach5 on Oct 26, 2013 - 6 answers

What's causing these mysterious round stains on my clothing?

An unexplained ring stain has appeared on 4 of my shirts. I'm very afraid it will ruin more. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by graytona on Oct 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Peroxide for Urine Stain on Hardwood Floors?

I am renting a house with nice, very old wooden floors, and I just discovered a 20" square dog-urine stain under a box I had on the floor. For some reason, it never smelled until I moved the box, so it may have been there for a long time. It has clearly soaked the wood. I'm extremely embarrassed. What are my options? I've read an earlier askme post where the conclusions are basically that replacing the floorboards is the only option. But it might have only been there for a day - is there anything I can try first, in case I can clean it up myself before it turns into a huge expense? I've done a bit of searching and found some testimonials about covering with hydrogen peroxide soaked rags. Is that worth a try?
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Water stain on unfinished/raw leather...what to do?

I have this bag. Like an idiot I spilled sparkling water on the inside, where it appears to be raw untreated leather (the outside is pretty smooth leather). Now there are water stains on the inside. [more inside]
posted by long haired child on Aug 14, 2013 - 4 answers

What is this splotch?

I'm panicking a bit, because I really want to wear a certain shirt tomorrow. I don't have too much time to do internet searching so I'm taking a shortcut by posting here. I have a very nice 100% cotton wrinkle resistant shirt. It's got a nice sheen to it. I don't wear it very often. It is an Easter egg blue color. I just noticed that there are lighter blue splotches on it. I have no idea where the splotches came from. It almost looks like spilled milk. I can't tell if the shirt was in contact with bleach, or if it's something else that doesn't want to budge. I've tried a bit of Folex but that didn't work. Are there any "tests" to help identify what the splotch is? Any advice on how to clean something like this?
posted by icanbreathe on Jul 29, 2013 - 12 answers

dog, diarrhea, beige carpeting, not a great morning

My dog had diarrhea sometime overnight on our (new!!!!) beige carpeting (I've found advice for white). I am about to go to WalMart and Petco to buy whatever I need. What do I need? I want to clean it today so it doesn't set permanently. I'm willing to throw any amount of money at it. I also have a bissell little green proheat deep reach. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me understand Darth Vader Cat

My kitty, Shoggoth, just had to have six teeth extracted due to FORLs, including one of these fangs. I'm curious about whether any Mefites who know about vet stuff can explain some of the mechanics of this to me. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Can this suede jacket be saved?

I have a tan suede blazer which has been hanging in a closet for some time. I took it out the other day and it now has large areas of orange discolouration all over it. It's both front and back so I'm guessing it isn't from contact with coloured clothing or it wouldn't be on both sides. Is there anything I can do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on May 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Leather Jacket Staining White Shirts

I've had a black leather jacket for four or five years, and the jacket itself is probably twenty years old. I never had it stain anything until I began wearing white button-up shirts to work, but now I have a bunch of shirts with dirty collars that don't wash out. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Apr 8, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror?

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Feb 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Oh drat! I spilled vinegar on my polished concrete floor!

I broke a very large bottle of apple cider vinegar on my floor -- my polished concrete floor. I managed to clean up the spill quite quickly, but it ate away at the surface. You can see the horrid results here. (You may also see some of my tears on the floor.) [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Feb 6, 2013 - 15 answers

How to remove an oil stain from a canvas bag

I just noticed the stain recently but it feels set-in. It's roughly 3 inches around. What's the best way to go about removing the stain?
posted by mizrachi on Feb 1, 2013 - 10 answers

At least the box was empty at the time

I have a nice wooden jewelry box. Everyone loves it. In particular, my cat loved it, and marked it as his own. How do I clean the pee out, or is it doomed? I've tried wood cleaners, but honestly I am not terribly good at this, and it's been longer than it should have been.
posted by jeather on Dec 11, 2012 - 4 answers

My bag is turning black!?

Help me clean my jean-stained leather bag in Japan (and help me prevent this from happening again)! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Dec 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Out out damn spot

How to get blood out of a sweater (silk/cotton/cashmere blend)? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Nov 29, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I remove some stains from unsealed slate tiles?

I recently purchased a used coffee table with unsealed slate tiles. There are a few small dark stains on the tiles, perhaps from beer or soda. I tried scrubbing a stain with dishwashing soap and a sponge, but it didn't work. Are there any simple solutions or products that I can use?
posted by jordanian2 on Oct 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Is Scotchgard worth it, and if not, how do I keep white sofa clean?

White cotton-upholstered couch -- help me keep it clean. Pros and cons of using Scotchgard or similar product? Health risks for people and pets? Other methods? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jul 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Is this 2 year old stain fixable?

What are the chances that a 2 year old cake frosting stain will come off my dry-clean-only dress? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Jun 20, 2012 - 4 answers

My little berry harvesters are ruining their shorts

How do you you get set mulberry stains out of clothes? I've tried pre-treating with Shout, Dawn, and just plain soaking (separate attempts).
posted by katyh on Jun 10, 2012 - 13 answers

laundry stain removal

Laundry stain removal. Can't get a stain out. What works? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife on May 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Can I put solid deck stain right over semitransparent?

New semi-transparent stain on deck is ugly. Can I put solid stain right over it? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on May 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Red, White, and BLEARGH!

I bought this old Escada sweater at a thrift store for a few bucks. It had a few small brown stains that I figured I could live with, but after I got it home I realized that it had a HUGE yellowish armpit stain on one side. What (if anything) can be done? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Apr 1, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I get rid of a weeks old compacted half-and-half stain?

How do I remove this crusty, smelly half and half stain from my carpet? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Feb 28, 2012 - 6 answers

How to remove urine from carpet to pass black-light inspection?

Need advice for getting urine (and other?) out of carpet for blacklight inspection by landlord!! [more inside]
posted by starfyr on Jan 25, 2012 - 17 answers

I'm sweating this one out

I have mutant sweat that seemingly alters the color of every shirt I own: whites turn sweat-stain-beige and most colors get bleached. Can I do anything to prevent or treat it, or am I stuck wearing the three colors that aren't affected? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jan 4, 2012 - 20 answers

How to remove deep iodine stain in carpet?

How do I clean thick, dried povidone iodine (Betadine) out of a carpet? Is it possible without spreading the stain everywhere? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Dec 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Paint it white

We painted over stained woodwork, but the stain is showing through. Where do we go from here? [more inside]
posted by mjcon on Nov 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Teak stain prevention?

How do I prevent stains on my newly purchased teak desk? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Nov 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Can I get out set in grease stains?

Hope me, laundry wizards! Is there any way to get out grease stains on a shirt after it's been dried? [more inside]
posted by calistasm on Oct 23, 2011 - 24 answers

Wax on...WAX OFF

How to clean carbamide peroxide out of work clothes (one non-iron shirt, poly blend pants)? Soak & hope for best or dry cleaner STAT? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Oct 18, 2011 - 6 answers

What are these white marks around the top of my shirt?

I have some odd white marks on a lot of my hanged t-shirts, not sure why. (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by lankford on Sep 22, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I get stuck on adhesive like stain off my laminate dresser?

We left a t-shirt with a decal on it on top of a white laminate dresser for a few weeks and I guess from the heat of the room, bits of the decal have sort of melted into the laminate. Can I get this off? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Aug 31, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me remove a red wine stain!

Help me figure out how to remove a red wine stain from a brand new silk chiffon (dry clean only) dress. [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Aug 12, 2011 - 10 answers

I may have just lost my deposit

Is there anything I can do about this relatively small stain on my hardwood floors? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 10, 2011 - 7 answers

UV LED Blacklight flashlight recommendations?

What is the best handheld LED UV blacklight/flashlight/torch for pet stain detection? [more inside]
posted by SeƱor Pantalones on Jul 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Oust 4 month pee stain?

How/would you be able, to get four month old (human) pee stain out of a mattress?
posted by trogdole on Jan 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking at this sweater with distain

Handknit Irish sweaters with coffee/unknown stains. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Jan 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Fix moldy/stained wood counter top?

Did I just ruin my kitchen wood block counter top thanks to moisture/mold/poor use of cleaning products? [more inside]
posted by gwint on Dec 6, 2010 - 12 answers

How to get stain out of light gray slacks

Help me get a stain out of a good pair of slacks. [more inside]
posted by Yunani on Nov 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Ticket stub stained my shirt!

I left half of a ticket stub, much like this one, in the shirt pocket of my seersucker button up and put it in the wash, then dried it without noticing. It left an orange stain about the size of a half dollar coin, what can I do to try and make sure it will come out next time I wash it?
posted by hempgranola on Oct 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me save this dress I plan to ruin!

I bought a pretty white satin dress for halloween. Part of my costume is that I have to put fake blood all over it, since I'm going as Carrie. However, I'm starting to get really sad that I am going to ruin this dress, as I like the idea of wearing it for other things too. Is there any recipe for fake blood I can use that will wash out easily. Or is there any way I can rescue the dress afterwards? I was planning on making my fake blood with corn syrup and red/green food coloring.
posted by long haired child on Oct 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Stain the shirt to match the stain.

I accidentally splashed cooking oil on a solid-color 100% cotton shirt. The splash left a slightly darker discoloration that won't wash out. If I soak my shirt in cooking oil and then wash it will it assume the slightly darker color and appear evenly colored again?
posted by vapidave on Oct 3, 2010 - 26 answers

Melted plastic stain removal

How to remove melted plastic from a dress? [more inside]
posted by pearl228 on Sep 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Uh oh, lipstick stain...

How do I remove a lipstick stain? [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Sep 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Ford Prefect would be ashamed

Please solve my weird towel problems! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jul 30, 2010 - 54 answers

How should I clean a peed on mattress?

What is the best way to clean a mattress after bedwetting? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jul 7, 2010 - 10 answers

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