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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

5 Things You Should Steam Clean in Your New House

This post with steam cleaning tips is brought to you by HomeRight and their SteamMachine. All opinions are my own.

You guys know I've been busy working in our new house the last few weeks. There's unpacking, cleaning, organizing, and thinking about how to decorate. Even though the house is only 12 years old and the previous owners were pretty gentle on it, there were some things I definitely wanted to clean well after we moved in.



Naturally you'd clean the bathrooms and wipe out crumbs from kitchen cabinets and drawers in any house. But I've got a list of 5 things you may not have thought of that you should steam clean after you move in. For each of these I used my SteamMachine Multi-Purpose Power Steamer

1) All the water faucets--up inside. 
We know we're pretty blessed and lucky to be able to turn on the tap and know that clean drinkable water is coming out. Much of the world doesn't get that. So we don't even usually think about cleaning the spout right where the water comes out. The water flowing through it is clean, it should be clean too, right? Not always the case. 



With the brush attachment I sprayed the faucet then wiped with a cloth until it was all clean. Look at the black that transferred to the cloth! Then run some water through and do it again to make sure everything is gone.



2) Inside the dishwasher. 
Dishwasher doors can get pretty grimy. Since the door is usually closed, you often don't even think of it. 



But a bit of action with your steam cleaner (and maybe an old toothbrush to get in the really tiny spaces) will get that right off for you.



3) Kitchen vents. 
Depending on how your kitchen is set up, you probably have a vent over your stove in a microwave, or hood, or like ours where it's a down-draft. Did you know that it's recommended that those filters get washed every month? In reality, those filters probably haven't been cleaned in years, which means there's a lot of grease and dust built up in there. It makes your vent less effective, aside from just being kind of yucky. 

Remove the filters and lay them on a lint-free towel. Use the brush attachment and spray with steam while scrubbing with the brush. Wipe with the towel and repeat until the vent is clean.

4) Sliding door track. 
We have this nice sliding glass door to our backyard, but it was super dirty, with a bit of moss growing in there even (I do live in the Northwest after all.) 



I decided to try the SteamMachine here too, to see if that would loosen out the dirt and stuff that my vacuum couldn't get out. I simply sprayed it all with steam and wiped it out with paper towels and a few Q-tips. Such a difference, don't you think? It even slides a little better now too.



5) Ice and water dispenser in the fridge. This was probably the most disturbing thing that I cleaned--there was so much black stuff up in there, mostly around where the ice door opened up to let the ice drop out. And you never think to look up in there, right?



But then I was so glad I'd cleaned it! Just look at what just one of the paper towels picked up (and I went through several.)



And now it's looking so much better. I'm not scared to get a drink out of there anymore.



I think it's pretty obvious that while I focused on cleaning these things after moving into a new house, it's probably a good idea to clean them all in the house you're currently living in too.

I hope you're already thinking of what you want to clean with a SteamMachine. One of you will win one from HomeRight 'cause they're so awesome and they want to spoil one of my readers--good luck!


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35 comments:

  1. I'd clean everything you mentioned! Bought our house in June but now I want to go over everything!!

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  2. Dishwasher for sure! Mine looks just like the one in the photo

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  3. Looking at your post helps me realize that I need one!

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  4. Oh I have seen that yuck before good advice an very nice steam cleaner!! thank you

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  5. I'd steam clean the same things you cleaned. Wow! What a difference! Now I want a steam cleaner!

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  6. Now I'm sorta grossed out by the fridge water dispenser! I'd want to clean that :)

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  7. Great tips! Fortunately everything in my house was new when we moved in but I'm getting it ready for a good steam cleaning one of these days! Love your results. :)

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  8. After seeing this first would be the dishwasher!

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  9. I would clean my dishwasher & the seal of my fridge.

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  10. Ummm- yeah, I would start with the bathrooms & then go to town on everything else. I really want one of these. After living in single digit humidity levels in the desert for 12 years I forgot how quickly mold can grow in a normal climate. Seems I'm after it daily on the strange places like windows & places moisture collects that I'm so not used to.

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  11. I never knew there were so many places you could steam clean. I guess I'd first clean my yucky dishwasher door-eek!

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  12. OMG - I so need this! I have 3 sliding glass doors and I would LOVE to clean them with this as nothing has ever worked! Great tips by the way! =)

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  13. I live in a (used) RV. I've gotta steam EVERYTHING! The fridge/freezer needs it the worst... :(

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  14. Eew! I totally want to use that on my ice maker, too! I'm scared to see what's in there now! ;)

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  15. I want to clean my bathroom and stove!! Pretty impressive results!

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  16. We have 5 kids,so the bathrooms are where I would clean first!

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  17. The dishwasher would be first!

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  18. I have to say, I am just a wee bit grossed out. Never thought to do inside the faucets or ice maker. So those would be getting the treatment first!!

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  19. I want to do my tile floors!! Man, I hope our fridge ice maker is ok, it's only a few months old.

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  20. Oh my I really need one of these. Looks like it makes cleaning easier & more efficient. I Have to clean everything often. Have to keep everything clean to last longer & keep healthy. This looks like a good way to do that. Thanks for this giveaway.

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  21. I really want to clean my oven with it first.

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  22. I'd love to steam clean my bathroom tiles! This machine is amazing and a must have for every home!

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  23. I'm glad you never came to inspect my house when you lived by me. Good ideas though. Dishwasher is the worst for me. Hands down.

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  24. I'd steam the runners in the sliding window. It's so hard to get out all that grime!

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  25. I would first steam clean my tub, tile and around the toilet in my bathroom.

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  26. I would first steam clean my tub, tile and around the toilet in my bathroom.

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  27. My dishwasher could really use a good cleaning. I never would have thought to steam clean it. What a great idea! Thanks

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  28. I have a disgusting build up on my faucets that I just can't get rid of. I need this to get rid of the crud!!

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  29. I would love to steam clean my entire kitchen. One of the first projects on my Spring cleaning to-do list is to pull out & clean behind my appliances and inside all of the cabinets.

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  30. It would be a tie between the ice and water dispenser and the dishwasher. Somehow when my husband cleaned grout off his tools after grouting in the bathroom, it backed up into the dishwasher. I've been scraping black grout out for over a week. I bet the steam would help loosen it drastically!

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  31. EVERYTHING. With a remodel, there's so much to clean it's a bit scary.

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  32. Great post for Things You Should Steam Clean in Your New House. it's very helpful Tips. Thanks for sharing

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