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  • Cleaning window blinds

    Someone asked me how to clean window blinds, and rather than venturing a wild guess, I asked our viewers to let us know how they clean their window blinds, when they do it themselves.The majority of our viewers clean their blinds in the bathtub, standing them up on end.Most of the rest do it ou...
  • Keeping your hands clean while working

    When you are looking for working hand cleaners, remember that each has a specific use. Some are better at grease, others at paint. Pick up a surgical brush as well to clean easily into and under the fingernails.Using special protective creams before going to work can avoid all the problem of cl...
  • Cleaning floors -- avoiding problems

    When cleaning floors remember sheet vinyl is the only floor covering that is actually impervious to liquids, and even there don't get too much water around the edges where it could go under and cause problems.All floor tiles, even highly glazed ceramic tiles are not waterproof, and the grout b...
  • Removing carpet burns

    Sometimes minor carpet burns can be scraped out with a sharp knife by picking at it and raising the fibers at the same time.If you have to cut out a piece of the carpet, follow any patterns so that the cut line will hide the joint. If you have to cut into a uniform carpet, try to follow any "gra...
  • Removing masking tape marks on siding

    One of our viewers had left masking tape on the aluminum siding around a window far too long and it didn't want to come off without scraping, like you can see in the photo. Any oil, even vegetable oil, will serve to soften the old glue and allow removal, but the most efficient remover we fou...
  • Cleaning Acoustical Tile Ceilings

    Acoustical tile ceilings tend to get dirty, and are very difficult to clean. Some people just paint them, but that plugs up the acoustical holes. In this TV segment we walked through the cleaning of a very dirty ceiling in a community centre with a company called Enviro Clean from Cornwall, Ont...
  • Green slime on a BC deck

    Gerry, one of the Home Improvement Guys on CFUN radio in Vancouver joined me in working on a solution for Ramona's slimy green BC deck which you can see in the photo.Here is the Home Improvement Guys' BC mix for removing outdoor slime:FALL CLEANING FORMULA (also known as Spring Cleaning Formula...
  • Removing Stains on Concrete

    Oil stains are almost impossible to get out of concrete. Substances that tend to sit on the top surface of the concrete are much easier to get off. We did some testing with various stain and graffiti removal products. Nothing worked perfectly.Since this show I have been looking for somethin...
  • Common Questions: Getting Aluminum Dusting off of Brick

    This is actually a mechanical problem, not a staining problem. Microscopic particles of white pigment have flowed down the wall with the rain and lodged into the pores of the brick. Acid will not change their colour nor dislodge them. They have to be removed mechanically. Brushes tend to not ...
  • Removing mould from the siding.

    Robert from Riverview, N.B. writes:The problem relates to what appears to be mould or mildew on one exterior end of my house, showing up in what appears to be small black spots peeking through the white paint. I have been told that improper ventilation can contribute to such a situation if, i...