Rug Care: When washing and drying foam-backed throw rugs, never wash in hot water, and use the "air only" dryer setting to dry. Heat will ruin the foam backing.
Spills On Carpet: When spills happen, go to the bathroom and grab a can of shaving cream. Squirt it on the spot then rinse off with water.
Liven up your carpet : Give your carpet a new lease on life. Sprinkle some salt on it right before you vacuum. The rug will be much brighter when you have finished vacuuming.
Glue On Carpet: Glue can be loosened by saturating the spot with a cloth soaked in vinegar.
Repairing braided rugs: Braided rugs often rip apart. Instead of sewing them use clear fabric glue to repair.
Repairing a burn on carpeting: Remove some fuzz from the carpet, wither by shaving or pulling out with a tweezer. Roll into the shape of the burn. Apply a cement glue to the backing of the rug and press the fuzz down into the burned spot. Cover with a piece of cleansing tissue and place a heavy book on top. This will cause the glue to dry very slowly and you will get the best results.
Blood on the rug: When you get blood on your rug, rub off as much as you can at first then take a cloth soaked in cold water and wet the spot wiping it up as you go. If a little bit remains, pour some ammonia onto the cool, wet cloth and lightly wipe that over the spot, too. Rinse it right away with cold water.
Varnished floors: Use cold tea to clean woodwork and varnished floors.
Quick Shine on your floors: Put a piece of waxed paper under your dust mop. Dirt will stick to the mop and the wax will shine your floors.
Garage Floors: In an area where a large , amount of oil has spilled, lay several thicknesses of newspaper. Saturate the paper with water: press flat against the floor. When dry remove the newspaper and the spots will have disappeared. You can also use cat litter, (make sure it is not the clumping kind.)
Removing paper that is stuck to a wood surface: Do not scrape with a knife. Pour the salad oil, a few drops at a time on the paper. Let set for a while and rub with a soft cloth. Repeat the procedure util the paper is gone.
Solutions to remove white water rings and spots: Dampen a soft cloth with water and put a dab of toothpaste on it. For stubborn stains, add baking soda to the toothpaste. Or apply a paste of salad oil and salt. Let stand briefly. Wipe and polish.