Tuesday, 08 January 2008 23:00

How To Remove Mold and Mildew In A Bathroom



Mold and mildew in bathrooms can be caused by excessive moisture caused by showers or jacuzzi's. 

Even the the addition of an exhaust fan, mold may still build up on ceilings, tilework and around your shower or tub.  There are many products on the market to clean and remove mold and mildew on tile and walls.  They all work well and usually come in a 32 ounce can with a spray nozzle.  However, before trying these industrial products, there are household items you can use that may save you some money.


  1. Mix a 50/50 solution of bleach and water in a spray bottle
  2. Spray the solution on the tile or wall where the mold is located
  3. Let the solution sit on the surface for 10 or 15 minutes
  4. The mold should be softened and easily removed with a sponge or towel


Remember to open windows or use a fan when applying the bleach and water.  For people with breathing problems, wear a mask or have someone else apply the mixture.


Once you have a clean and dry surface you may want to paint your bathroom with a mildew and mold resistant paint.  Zinsser makes a product called Perma White which has a 5 year mold and mildew guarantee.  Muralo makes a product called Nano Kote that has a 10 year mold and mildew guarantee and a lifetime durability warranty.

Published in Misc Home Improvement
Monday, 21 July 2008 15:30

How To Disinfect and Clean A Cellphone

Did you know that your cell phone may be dirtier than a toilet seat?  Cell phones are in constant contact with your hands, face, pockets, desks, purses, etc.  The heat caused from using a cellphone also makes it easier for bacteria to grow.  Cell phones have tested positive for hepatitis and staph viruses.  Follow the instructions below to disinfect your cell phone and keep yourself healthy.



To clean the outside of the phone, use either a Q-tip or a cotton ball moistened with rubbing alcohol. 


When cleaning the inside of the phone and the keypad you must be careful not to get any liquid cleaner in the speaker holes or holes where the keys are located.


Lysol disinfectant spray or wipes can be used also.  If using a spray, never spray the liquid directly onto the cell phone.  Always spray it onto a wiping rag first so you do not damage the phone.

Published in Misc
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 15:02

How To Clean A Laptop Screen



Have you noticed that your laptop screen has gotten filthier over time?  Does it seem like it is a magnet for dust and dirt?  Some chemicals and cleaners may seem like the will work on your screen but they can actually damage the lcd.  


Never use rubbing alcohol to clean your screen.

Never use newspaper, toilet paper, napkins, wash clothes, etc.  Materials that are not 100% cotton contain materials that will scratch your screen.


How To Clean Your Laptop Screen 



  1. Use a micro fiber cloth of 100% cotton t shirt or towel and see if the marks will come off only using the cloth.
  2. If the marks remain, mix a 1 to 1 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray your micro fiber cloth with the solution instead of spraying it directly on the screen.
  4. Rub the screen with the cloth in order to remove the stain.
It may be helpful to have your computer off while you are working on this incase you accidentally spill the solution in your keys or into the computer somehow.   


Published in Hardware
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 15:22

How To Clean Painted Walls



Over time your walls are bound to get something on them.  Whether it is dirt, grease or nicotine you should be able to clean it off of your wall.  The ease of cleaning will depend on several factors, including; the quality of the paint on the wall, how shiny the paint is, what you got on the wall, how long it has been there and what you use to clean it off.



Household Cleaners For Washing Painted Walls


  • One part liquid dish soap to two parts of warm water works very well as a cleaner and degreaser.  This can be used to wash down walls prior to painting or to wash down kitchen cabinets.

Store Bought Cleaners For Washing Painted Walls

  • TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) is a great wall cleaner.  If you buy the powdered version of TSP you will have to rinse your walls down after cleaning them to remove the phosphate residue.  If you use liquid tsp concentrate, you can simply rinse the walls down and they will be clean and ready for painting.
Published in Walls
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 21:31

How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets



Kitchen cabinets can get very dirty very fast.  Our hands transfer oils, cooking ingredients, grease, dirt and other contaminants to the surface of the cabinets.  While the face of all the cabinet doors and drawers should be cleaned, pay close attention to the area around knobs and drawer pulls as this is where grease buildup is highest. 


How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets


  1. Mix a solution of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) mixed with water.  You can use either the liquid concentrate version of TSP or the powdered version.  Mix according to the directions on the product.
  2. Once mixed, submerge a cellulose sponge in the solution and start wiping down the cabinets.
  3. Make sure to get in the hard to reach areas with smaller sponges or simply by using your fingers to apply the cleaning solution.
  4. Once the cabinets have been washed, rinse them down with water.
Published in Misc
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 18:19

How To Clean A Paintbrush

Sometimes the only way you can tell the difference between an amateur paint job and a professional paint job is by the brush that was used.  Professional painters generally buy top grade brushes for their jobs while homeowners usually purchase mid range brushes.  High quality brushes are used by the pros because they save time, hold more paint, cut in better and provide a smoother finish.  Professional quality brushes also cost the most money.  If you have invested $15 to $20 in a good brush you most certainly want to wash it out after every use to make it last as long as possible.  A good paint brush can last for years if it is properly taken care of.


How To Clean Latex Paint Out of a Brush


Latex paint can be washed out of a paint brush using soap and warm water.  Run your fingers through the bristles of the brush while you hold it under running water.  Make sure to clean the bristles by the metal ferrule.  Keep rinsing the brush until the water dripping from the bristles is clear.  You can also use a brush spinner to get the job done.  Spinners use centrifugal force to expel paint and water from the brush.


How To Clean Oil Based Paint Out of a Brush


Oil paint can be removed from a brush using paint thinner as a cleaner.  Using a plastic container, pour in a few inches of paint thinner into the container.  Push the brush down into the paint thinner so the bristles bend slightly.  Wear a chemical resistant glove so you can agitate the bristles with your fingers.  You may need to add more paint thinner if it becomes too concentrated with paint.  If the oil paint has dried on your brush for longer than normal you may want to soak your brush in paint thinner overnight.  If you do this, make sure to put enough paint thinner in the container so all of the bristles are covered.  You may need to use a brush comb to remove the rest of the oil paint.

Published in Painting