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Free Cleaning Article index


     -Fireplace Cleaning Tips & Advice


      - How To Easily Maintain Your Mini Blinds


        -What does Toxic Mold look like?


        - Tips for Cleaning Marble Flooring  



Fireplace Cleaning Tips & Advice

by Karen Duke

How Can I Clean Smoke Stains on Marble? Start by wetting the stained area, to prevent the dirt being drawn into the marble when it is dissolved. Apply the cleaning solution, working it into the stain with a nylon-bristle brush. Rinse the marble well and dry with a soft cloth. Work up from weaker to stronger treatments:

Here are several options to try:

-Household detergent dissolved in warm, distilled water dilute household bleach

-Solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide (100 vol.) to 3 parts water

-Baking soda mixed into a paste, which is slightly abrasive

-Do not use vinegar, lemon juice or other acidic solutions as these may damage the marble.

How Can I Clean Rust From Cast Iron?

Use white vinegar on rust to kill it; simply removing it will not do the job and it will return later. Buff with steel wool or a fine grade wire wheel.

Got Any Home Remedies for Cleaning Bricks?

-Make a paste of 1 oz. soap and 1 oz. table salt mixed with enough water to make a cream. Rub onto the stain, dry at least 10 minutes then rub off with a stiff nylon brush or

-Use Spic & Span (which contains a TSP solution) mixed with water. Apply to stain, clean with stiff nylon brush. Repeat as necessary til stain is improved.

How Do I Clean and Restore Slate Surrounds on My Fireplace?

Wash with Spic & Span (which contains a TSP solution), mixed with water. Clean off solution thoroughly. To make it shine, use furniture polish on completely clean slate to restore it to a glossy black finish. Do not use wax, which is affected by heat.

How Can I Clean Rust From Ceramic Tile?

Try Kerosene

How Can I Clean The Glass Doors on My Wood Stove?

Dip a wet paper towel into the ashes from your stove, rub on the glass. This makes a paste, which then must be wiped off with another clean paper towel. Works best on warm (NOT HOT!) glass. If the glass is hot when you try this, you may break the glass from thermal shock.

Article written by Karen Duke,

About the Author

Karen Duke is a fireplace, chimney and hearth industry expert of over 25 years in both the retail and service sectors. She is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and has numerous hearth industry certifications. She is the founder and webmaster of and she is the co-founder and webmaster of , which is one of the largest online fireplace retailers in the world.




How To Easily Maintain Your Mini Blinds Clean  by Taylor Fox

Many people thought that it is tough to maintain their mini blinds. Actually, cleaning your mini blinds is quite easy and simple.

Unfortunately for us, we live in an environment where air pollution is geting worse every year, and there is a lot of dust in the air. Thankfully though, keeping your mini blinds clean is not as difficult as most people perceive. In fact, regular maintenance requires very little of your time.

If you are already dusting or cleaning your furniture regularly, why not include your blinds? For quick cleaning, you can just use a feather duster to dust the blinds. If you prefer, you can also use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean out the dust on the blinds' slats without taking the blinds down. You can do this once a week and let it become part of the process when you are tidying up your home.

If your mini blinds are too dusty, it is a good idea to take them down completely for a good wash. Before you do so, please remember to dust your blinds first with a duster or with a vacuum cleaner. This will help to remove the excess dust and make washing the blinds easier without too much dust acculumating on the slats. Prepare a tub and fill it up halfway with water and mix in your usual washing detergent. Next, take down your mini blinds and soak it in the tub. Then, use a sponge or a piece of cloth to wipe the slats individually and remember to clean the corners as they tend to accumulate dust. After you are done, you can just hang it out to dry in the open, and reattach it back to the windows when they are completely dry.

As you can see, cleaning your mini blinds is a very easy affair. There's absolutely no need to call in any professional help at all. Just follow the simple instructions above and you'll have clean blinds all year round.

Copyright 2006 Taylor Fox

About the Author

Taylor Fox is the owner of the "Discounted Mini Blinds" site. Find all the tips and advice for your mini blinds at

Discounted Mini Blinds is the sister site of Best Auto Finds - .



What does Toxic Mold look like? 

 by Lena Hilltorp

Molds are simple, microscopic organisms present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Molds, including all mushrooms and yeast, are fungi and are needed to break down dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. The longer that mold grows, the more mold damage to the building.

Most kinds of mold are harmless and human bodies can tolerate molds and mycotoxins in small quantities. In larger quantities, they can be a health hazard. A few species can cause serious and even irreparable harm in humans. One of the most dangerous kinds of toxic mold is a black mold known as Stachybotrys chartarum. Stachybotrys chartarum is not uncommon and certainly not rare. Stachybotrys may produce compounds that have toxic properties known as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are produced depending on what the mold is growing on, conditions such as temperature, pH and humidity. Mycotoxins can appear in both living and dead mold spores.

Mold testing can be used to identify and quantify fungi and extent of exposure so that necessary action can be implemented. To find out if you have a Black Mold problem, you must test. You may either purchase a Do-it-Yourself Toxic Mold test kit online, go to your favorite retail store, or if you think you need a more in-depth on-site inspection contact a professional mold inspector.

Stachybotrys Chartarum occurs more frequently in animals than in humans. However, if spores are released into the air, humans certainly can come into contact with them and develop symptoms that include flu-like symptoms, respiratory problems, headaches, cognitive problems, and skin irritation.

Since common building materials are capable of sustaining mold growth and mold spores are ubiquitous, mold growth in an indoor environment is typically related to an indoor water or moisture problem. If water enters the inside of a wall through siding degradation, leaks above, or water leaks in plumbing inside the wall, mold will grow very well in the wet indoor wall cavities. A Certified Mold Inspector can detect mold growing inside a wall through his or her fiber optics inspection device.

Many people do not take a little visible mold growth very seriously. However, this can be an indication of a much larger mold growth in less visible places. Mold can take on a variety of appearances, such as black, grey-brown, grey-green, white & orange spots, or even pink or purple splotches.

Copyright 2006 Lena Hilltorp

About the Author

Lena Hilltorp is a freelance publisher based in Sweden. She publishes articles and reports and provides toxic mold resources on




Tips for Cleaning Marble Flooring

   by Vincent Platania

Marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from the metamorphism of limestone. Metamorphism can be defined as the solid state recrystallisation of pre-existing rocksdue to changes in heat and/or pressure and/or introduction of fluids. This metamorphic process causes a complete recrystallization of the original rock into an interlocking mosaic of calcite and/or dolomite crystals.

What does this mean to the marble floor owner? Marble is one of the softest stone flooring products on todays market, however it is one of the most popular choices due to its natural beauty. Marble is highly pourous. So it is very easily etched by acids such as orange juice, tomatoe juice, and vinegar.

Taking Care of it Right Away

The first step in maintaining and cleaning your marble floors is "wipe it up immediately". This is so important with marble floors as salt dissolves and pits marble and acids will etch marble. Any liguids or solids which contain salt or acids are your marble flooring's worst enemy. So if you spill it, wipe it up immediately with warm water, followed by drying the surface with a soft cloth. To further protect your marble flooring, it is recommended that you use small carpet rugs at any entrance and around sinks as these rugs will also assist in trapping soil, dirt, water or any ice-melting salts brought into your home.

Maintaining the Beauty

To maintain the beauty of your marble floors, weekly maintenance should include cleaning with a damp mop and then drying the surface with a soft cloth or chamois. Drying the surface will bring back its natural shine. It will also avoid any water stains. This is very common on marble floors. Always dry your marble floors with a soft cloth. Use a neutral, non-abrasive cleaner to ensure all spots or stains are removed once per month. Never use vinagar to clean marble flooring as it will destroy the finish.

It is very important to dry your marble floors after each cleaning with a soft or chamois cloth. To further enhance the beauty of your marble floors you will want to polish or wax them. Using a wax designed for no wax floors is recommended. There are alos products which are safe for marble flooring, designed to mop and shine in one step, saving the home owner valuable time.

To Seal or Not to Seal?

Unlike most stone flooring, professional's do not recommend sealing a marble floor. This will take away from it's natural finish. The sealer can become dulled and scratch and will have to be professionally stipped. It is also recommended that for any set in stains, chips, or pits, to have a professional to handle these problems. Your marble floors are one of the softest stone floors available. Your marble flooring also probably came with a huge price tag. The weekly care and maintenance is most important step in maintaining the natural beauty of your marble floor. The beauty of marble being the reason for your purchase in the first place can be easily maintained.


About the Author

Author Vincent Platania represents the Fuller Brush Company.Fuller Brush has been in business since 1906, and offers safe, environmentally friendly products for keeping your home and your body clean. Visit

































































































































































































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