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Cleaning and Stain Removal for Dummies



Cleaning and Stain Removal for Dummies

Gill Chilton

ISBN: 978-0-764-57037-7 October 2004 352 Pages

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Whether you’re a devout neatnik or a free spirit who likes to draw designs in dust, Cleaning & Stain Removal For Dummies is for you. It helps you make quick work of dirty work with all kinds of practical tips and techniques, plus trade secrets used by the pros. You’ll learn how to use the proper equipment and tackle specific cleaning challenges, including
  • Floors, walls, and ceilings
  • The kitchen and bathrooms
  • Furniture and furnishings
  • Appliances and equipment
  • Windows
  • Bicycles and cars
  • Clothes and laundry
  • Decks, driveways, and patios

There are whole sections on removing stains and tackling 101 common problems that you’ll use as a reference when faced with life’s inevitable spills and mishaps. Author Gill Chilton, a columnist who writes home tips for Family Circle, doesn’t just give tips to make cleaning easier, but provides tips to make life easier, including:

  • A room-by-room guide to what needs to be done, and how often
  • Daily and weekly lists so you can stay on top of things
  • Quick fixes before unexpected guests arrive
  • How to get the most results in the least time

A perfect gift for young people going off to school or setting up a house for the first time, for adults suddenly forced to take responsibility for a modicum of cleanliness, or for experienced housekeepers who want to learn short-cuts and money-savers, this is the book that helps people get off to a clean start!


Part I: Getting Your Hands Dirty: Cleaning Basics.

Chapter 1: Recognising the Value of Cleaning Well.

Chapter 2: Equipping Yourself.

Chapter 3: Talking Timing and Techniques.

Part II: Cleaning Your Home Top to Bottom.

Chapter 4: Cleaning Ceilings, Walls, Radiators, and Window Treatments.

Chapter 5: Standing Up to Floors.

Chapter 6: Scouring Everything and the Kitchen Sink.

Chapter 7: Bringing Brilliance to the Bathroom.

Chapter 8: Polishing Furniture and Furnishings.

Part III: Keeping Up Appearances Outside.

Chapter 9: Washing Up Outside.

Chapter 10: Making Windows Sparkle.

Chapter 11: Sweeping Up the Garden Path: Decks, Driveways, and Patios.

Chapter 12: Devoting Time to Your Vehicles.

Part IV: Cleaning Special Items and in Special Situations.

Chapter 13: Tuning In to Electrical Equipment.

Chapter 14: Shining Sports and Hobby Equipment.

Chapter 15: Treasuring Personal Valuables.

Chapter 16: Facing Family Cleaning Challenges.

Chapter 17: Cleaning for Special Occasions.

Part V: Removing Stains.

Chapter 18: Caring for Your Clothes.

Chapter 19: Understanding Basic Stain Types.

Chapter 20: Treating Everyday Stains.

Chapter 21: Tackling Scratches, Scuffs, and Rips.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Fast Fixes for Unexpected Guests.

Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Facing a Landlord Inspection.

Chapter 24: Being Clean in Other People’s Homes.

Chapter 25: Extraordinary Uses for Ten Ordinary Items.

Appendix: Stain Removal Guide.


??an easy-to-follow, room-by-room guide?practical shortcuts?? (Hartlepool Mail, 24th August 04)