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Cleaning and Stain Removal for Dummies

The everyday science of cleaning up your act.

This book will help lessen the grind of daily cleaning and accidental spills. Inside you'll find an easy-to-follow section on stain removal and a room-by-room guide to buffing up everything from curtains to carpets to cars. With practical shortcuts designed to reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning, this friendly guide offers fresh ways to keep your home and your possessions looking immaculate.

Discover how to: Clean and care for your clothes. Cut down on specialist cleaning bills Maintain your home inside and out Put together a stain removal kit

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 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. Index.

About the Author

Gill Chilton is a consumer journalist with 20 years experience in writing on practical subjects. She writes for, among others, Family Circle, Woman, and Good Housekeeping magazines, and answers questions on a regular consumer advice page forFamily Circle. Cleaning is forever a hot topic: Readers may love or loathe it, but, as they tell Gill, they can't ignore it. Gill is also the author of Home Basics: The Complete Guide to Running Today's Home published by Reader's Digest and she has appeared on radio and TV demonstating practical household tips.


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

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