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From materials and products to clever, everyday practical information, read on to learn more about cleaning in your home.

10 Overlooked Places to Clean Around Your Home

Add these often missed spaces and appliances to your normal cleaning routine to ensure your home is squeaky clean.

S20 E4, Mauro Henrique teaches Kevin O’Connor how to clean a dried out paint brush
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How to Clean Dried Out Paint Brushes

In this video, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique explains that while paintbrushes need to be cleaned after every use, all is not necessarily lost if the paint dries on a brush.

The 5 Best Handheld Vacuums (2023 Review)

Handheld vacuums can be useful for a variety of tasks, including cleaning under the sofa or in the crevices of your car. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best handheld vacuums on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 4 Best Electric Pressure Washers (2023 Review)

Designed to wash siding, decks, gutters, cars, sidewalks, and more, electric pressure washers are versatile, lightweight cleaning machines. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best pressure washers on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Drain Cleaners (2023 Review)

Drain cleaners clear drain clogs without the hassle of calling a plumber. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best drain cleaners on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

How to Steam Clean an Oven

Using steam power is a popular, chemical-free method for cleaning a host of household surfaces, but how well does it work on gunky oven interiors? Read on to find out.

How to Remove Mold From Wood

Mold commonly grows on wooden surfaces, as wood is very good at absorbing water. Add to this moisture warm temperatures and mold spores (which are always in the air), and it’s the perfect storm for a mold infestation. Read our guide to learn how to easily remove mold from wood.

Servpro Carpet Cleaning Review 2020

Servpro offers different levels of carpet cleaning services in 50 states, but the company lacks an online quote tool and does not offer estimates over the phone.

How to Clean a Bathtub

If your bathtub isn’t as squeaky-clean as it should be, it might not be your fault. Soap scum and dirt can build up even with regular cleaning. The following tips will help bring your tub back into the bathroom spotlight.

How to Remove Scratches from Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is prized for its sleek, modern appearance and durability, particularly in the kitchen, where everything from the sink to the fridge to the toaster may be made of this popular metal.

How to Clean Concrete

From driveways to patios, and all the areas in between, here are the best ways to clean concrete floors.

What is Trisodium Phosphate?

Is this powerful cleanser the right choice to tackle your next major mess or paint prep project? Learn the pros and cons of Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)—and get how-to info—here.

How to Get Rid of Grease Stains

Don't let those grease and oil stains on your cement or concrete floor just sit there.

How to Clean a Toilet Tank

Read this step-by-step guide on how to clean buildup and rust from the inside of a toilet tank.

How to Clean a Stainless-Steel Sink

Stainless steel is a popular finish choice for refrigerators and dishwashers, but it’s a common pick for kitchen sinks, too. It’s durable and doesn’t stain, but some extra care is needed to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips to maintain a stainless-steel sink that’s spotless as well.

How to Clean a Washing Machine

Keep your front loader mold-free! High-efficiency front-loading washing machines use less water and energy, plus get clothes cleaner than their top-loading competition—but they’re also more prone to developing odors and mildew. Here, ways to turn a stinky washer into a clean machine