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    Default How to Clean Any Surface

    Polish brass with a paste made of equal parts salt and vinegar. Or, sprinkle salt onto the surface and rub with a halved lemon.

    Blot fresh spills with a clean cloth or paper towel. Apply a little club soda or cool water and blot again. If the stain remains, add a couple drops of dish soap to a spray bottle filled with water. Shake well, spray the stain, and work the lather into the spot with a toothbrush. Follow with clean water. Blot thoroughly with a clean towel.

    Wipe with vinegar or polish with a sprinkle of baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge.

    Wipe with a paste of three parts salt and one part vinegar.

    Use the brush attachment of your vacuum to remove dust. Rub smudges with a dab of isopropyl alcohol on a cotton ball. Run the adhesive edge of a self-stick note between the rows of the keyboard to remove dust, hair, and crumbs. Turn your key board over and tap on the desk a few times, amazing what will come out.

    Wear Safety Goggles. Open the flue so that stray ashes will rise up into the chimney, rather than out into the room. Use a dustpan and brush to collect the ashes. Use an art gum eraser (available at art supply stores) to remove soot marks from the fireplace surround.

    Dampen a soft cloth with cool black tea and wipe.

    Steep two black tea bags in a quart of boiling water; let solution cool to room temperature, then mop the floor.

    Spray cleaner onto a cloth and wipe. Avoid spraying cleaner directly onto the edges of a mirror; the liquid may seep around the glass and onto the silvering, causing it to loosen and darken.

    Clean spills immediately with a soft, damp cloth. Avoid highly acidic cleaners such as vinegar or lemon juice.

    Remove tarnish by placing silver in a large pot or bowl with two teaspoons of salt, two teaspoons of baking soda, and a piece of aluminum foil. Cover with boiling water and wait three minutes. Rinse silver and dry well.

    Use Stainless Steel Spray, or try a solution of baking soda and water. Rinse well and buff to a shine with a chamois cloth.

    Clean with a paste of baking soda and water. For stubborn grime, mix two parts baking soda with one part laundry borax. Scrub with a wet cloth and rinse well.

    Spot-clean stains with foamy shaving cream. Rub gently. Remove residue with a clean, damp cloth.

    For walls that need more than a good floor-to-ceiling dusting, use a flat sponge wringer mop and two buckets: one filled with a solution of All-Purpose Cleanser and one with clean rinse water. Tape a drop cloth to the floor edge of the wall before you start.
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