Cleaning Stubborn Surface Stains
How to rub ’em out of everything from wood to china
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Tough stains? Rise to the occasion with these reliable cleaning methods.
1. Clean a cutting board by sprinkling salt over the surface and then rubbing with half a lemon. The lemon disinfects the surface, and the salt acts as an abrasive.
2. To clean tough stains on ceramic tile, scrape off debris with a putty knife.
3. Scrub grout stains with a nylon scrubbing pad and liquid dishwashing soap. Apply grout sealer twice a year thereafter as a preventive measure.
4. Clean enamel and porcelain stains with baking soda. If that doesn’t work, rub gently with turpentine in a well-ventilated room. Rinse with a solution of liquid dishwashing soap and hot water.
5. For any type of china, rub with baking soda to remove stains.
6. Use caution when cleaning laminate. Never use a product designed to remove lime or mineral deposits, because it contains an acid that can ruin your surface.
7. Clean your toaster surface by spraying on an all-purpose cleaner and very gently scraping with a safety razor. It won’t ruin the finish if it stays wet. Dry with a paper towel.
8. Remove stains from marble with a mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) to four parts water. Rub the stain with this, cover with plastic wrap and wipe off. Repeat if necessary.