Cleaning and Stain Removal for Dummies

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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 ...

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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!

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Editorial Reviews

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780764570292
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/10/2004
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 638,631
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents


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.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    Probably better if you're from the UK

    I was very excited when I first saw this, because I've been looking for an easy to understand guide to cleaning, and the Dummies books usually deliver humorous and simple directions. Unfortunately, I must remain on the market for my book of clear directions. I found that the clarity usually present in the Dummies books is diminished by the fact that the writer is from the UK (I am a US citizen). When the writer explains something, she uses-as one would expect she would use- British terminology, which can obscure the meaning of what she is trying to explain. While usually one can work out the meaning through context, I find it cumbersome to need to 'translate' her terms, particularly since it is supposed to be a very specific step-by-step manual. For example, I would guess that few of my American counterparts would know what a 'nappy' is (it's a baby diaper), or has ever used the term 'bio-detergent' or wants a stain to 'shift.' Some of the terms have their US equivalents in parenthesis afterwards, but even that makes reading a bit cumbersome. My advice is that for the genre, you skip this book and move on to something that requires a little less reader effort. Unless, of course, you are from the UK, in which case you would probably find this book as helpful as the other Dummies books usually are.

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