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Tenant's Rights on Carpets

When it comes to replacing carpet in a rental unit, there are certain circumstances in which a landlord is obligated to pay for the replacement costs. At other times, the tenant must pay to replace the carpet. Local laws vary, but some general rules apply in almost any jurisdiction.

How to Iron a Graduation Gown

As a graduate prepares for her big commencement day, many details will fill the schedule. Do not overlook one seemingly small detail by forgetting that your graduation gown may have unsightly wrinkles. Because of the packaging, when you remove your graduation gown from the plastic, it likely has fol

How to Remove Algae Stains From a Concrete Pool

Algae stains on a concrete pool can be a disgusting mess. Algae grow in pools when certain conditions are present. For example, winds contribute to the production of algae. When the spores fall into the pool, the sunlight and temperature allows the algae to grow. The amount of chlorine that you add

How to Identify Aphids on Hibiscus

The hibiscus is a beautiful flowering plant that gives any garden a taste of the tropics. Popular among gardeners, it easily transitions from its summer home on the patio to the indoor garden in the winter. However, the hibiscus is susceptible to several pests, primarily aphids. It is important to i

Preventing Mold on Hard Wood Mulch

Using mulch around trees, shrubs and in your garden keeps in moisture by preventing rapid evaporation. Hardwood mulch benefits the soil by adding nutrients as it decays and keeps the soil at a constant temperature year round. Mold, however, forms from the lack of oxygen combined with too much moistu

Homemade Tarragon Vinegar

Tarragon vinegar is used for a variety of purposes. Commonly used in cooking and a common ingredient in salad dressings, it is also used in herbal remedies and is believed by some to have medicinal properties. Tarragon vinegar is available in supermarkets, gourmet markets and specialty food websites

How to Remove Spray Paint From Trees

Airless spray rigs offer speed and convenience that simple rollers and paintbrushes do not. Thanks to these modern machines, most exterior paint jobs can be accomplished in half the time they used to take. However, anyone who has ever used an airless sprayer knows that it is virtually impossible to

How Do Dryer Sheets Reduce Static Cling?

The ProblemMany chemicals go into doing laundry. Detergent is an anionic agent with surfactants to lift dirt out of clothing. A softener is a cationic agent with an inorganic hydrophobic chain to relax the clothes and provide a pleasant scent. Softeners can be added only during the rinse...

How to Clean Oriental Screens

Cleaning oriental screens (shoji screens) is a fairly straightforward process, as long as you use the appropriate cleaning agents for the different media that comprise the screen. Since most oriental screens are made partially of lacquered wood and partially of heavy-duty paper, there will be two p

How to Use a CST/Berger 58-TAP Trivet

Interior construction work requires precision tools for aligning walls, corners and floors. Many construction professionals use self-leveling lasers, such as the CST/Berger MP5, for ensuring a plumb drywall and framing project. The laser requires certain accessories for proper setup and accurate pos

How to Get a Smell out of an Old Wooden Trunk

An old wooden trunk that's been stored in an attic or basement for many years may reveal family treasures, or at least memories. It may also contain odor-causing mildew and mold. The first step in removing any odor from an old trunk is to go through the contents, discarding any ruined items and rest

How to Clean Mold from a Cement Birdbath

A cement birdbath attracts wild birds to come drink or bathe in your yard. Many people enjoy relaxing and watching birds. Wild birds carry a lot of dirt and germs with them and, over time, these can build up in the birdbath. Coupled with the moisture from the water, it's common for mold to grow in a

How to Remove Motor Oil Smells

Motor oil has many applications today aside from its use in cars. It can be used as a lubricant for other vehicles, and it can also be used in recipes as a lubricating agent for things like gears, guns and hinges. The smell of motor oil is extremely pungent and can absorb into clothes, cars and home

How to Get Red Clay Out of White Baseball Pants

There are many products available to help eliminate red clay stains from white baseball pants, with options that include OxyClean or even a paste made with baking soda and water. But the product that has received the most rave reviews as well as being more cost effective is a simple bar soap called

How to Clean an AC Unit With Bleach

Cleaning your air conditioner on a regular basis can be good for both you and your air conditioner. An AC unit with built up mold can be hazardous to your health. When bleach is used as a cleaning product, it can be extremely effective on your AC unit. Bleach works well because it uses the process o

How to Clean Mold Off Travertine

Travertine is a natural stone, frequently used for counter tops, flooring and shower tile. Because it's a type of limestone, travertine is very porous and susceptible to stains in everyday use. Travertine should always be sealed when used in the home, but even so, it can still attract mold in its cr

Effects of Surface Finish on the Resistance of Metals

The surface of a finished metal piece is the product of a process that not only makes metal pieces attractive, but also gives it an attractive look. Metal finishing is not a singular process. There are several ways that the surface finish is accomplished, from abrasion to heat and even chemical fini

How to Get Mildew Stains Out of Canvas

Canvas fabric is durable and has a number of outdoor uses. However, using canvas outdoors means it is more likely to develop mold and mildew problems than most indoor fabrics. There are several manufactured products that effectively clean mildew out of canvas, but safety precautions are necessary wh

How to Remove Polyurethane From Glass

Polyurethane is a type of varnish that protects wood from water, stains and scratches. Always cover surfaces in your home when you are using polyurethane to prevent it from dripping on glass surfaces. Luckily, glass surfaces are non-porous and you can remove polyurethane because it doesn't stain or