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Rubbing Alcohol for Washing Windows

Get your mirrors and windows pristine and streak-free by using a solvent that evaporates cleanly along with a smooth, lint-free applicator. Most likely, you have both of these essential components in the medicine cabinet and recycling bin in your house.

Interior Window Cleaning

Crumple a sheet of paper into a ball, moisten it with 70 percent rubbing alcohol. Rub the moist paper across the glass to clean it. Use enough alcohol to moisten the center of this paper ball without soaking it. Repeat as required, decreasing the amount of alcohol as the stains on the window disappear. Alcohol is a powerful solvent and newsprint is smooth yet absorbent. Don’t worry, the ink won’t come off on the glass. Be sure you use pages from the paper itself, not the shiny inserts that come with it.

Outside Window Cleaning

Outside windows collect dirt and dust, so add a prewash measure. Mix 1 part 70 percent rubbing alcohol to 3 parts water in a bucket. Implement this solution generously using a sponge, washing the frames in addition to the windows. Rinse with clear water, and use a squeegee to dry the window glass. Then return over the window using rubbing alcohol on paper to remove stains and streaks. If you’ve got a huge expanse of glass, denim rags cut from old blue jeans are just as effective as newspapers and will last longer.

Safety Tips

Ventilate the room when cleaning with rubbing alcohol. Stay away from open flame, and wear rubber gloves if you’ve got sensitive skin.

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The way to Get Nicotine Stains Off Wood Paneling

Whether you smoke, then live with a smoker or reside in a home formerly inhabited by a smoker, you may be faced with the task of removing allergens stains from wood paneling. If you plan to paint nicotine-stained paneling, you’ll want to remove the stains prior to applying primer, because they may show through the paint. Gentle acidic cleansers help remove smoke stains and come back wood paneling to its former shade.

Apply a few drops of dishwashing liquid to a damp sponge and scrub the paneling. Rinse the sponge as you move and wring it out well to avoid saturating the paneling using water.

Rinse the walls using clean water by dampening and wringing out the sponge. Scrub thoroughly to remove all the soap.

Dry the walls immediately after rinsing by wiping them down with a soft rag.

Open the windows or turn on a fan to ventilate the room. Wear a set of rubber gloves.

Pour undiluted white vinegar, lemon juice or wax on a soft rag or sponge.

Wipe the walls again, starting at the bottom and working upward in small sections to stop drips.

Rinse the walls using plain water.

Dry the walls using a soft rag. Duplicate the vinegar or ammonia cleansing if necessary before the nicotine stains are gone.

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How to Restore Shine to Linoleum Flooring

Even if you wash regularly, linoleum flooring lose their glow over time. Sometimes the dull look is a result of stubborn dirt that hasn’t been removed by regular cleaning, but frequently, the dull look is because of a buildup and discoloration of floor wax. To restore the glow to your linoleum floors, you have to first remove the layer of wax built up on the flooring, then clean and wax the floors for a perfect finish.

Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove all loose dirt and dust.

Mix 1 cup of ammonia and 1/2 gallon of warm water in a gallon-size bucket.

Apply the cleaning solution to the floor using a sponge or mop. Allow the solution to sit for 5 minutes to loosen the old wax.

Scrub the linoleum using a nylon brush or scouring pad to remove the wax in the linoleum.

Rinse the flooring well with clean, cool water and dry the floor with a towel. Make sure that you remove all loose wax in the floor. Sweep or vacuum the floor, if necessary, to eliminate any loose wax particles.

Apply wax suitable for use on linoleum flooring to the floor. Adhere to the wax manufacturer’s directions for precise application. Don’t walk on the floor before the wax is totally dry.

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