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Cleaning an extractor fan

by Julie Finch-Scally

Before we moved the other week I had to clean the extractor fan in the bathroom. I had noticed dust in the cover for quite some months and been annoyed because it looked bad, but I didn’t realise how bad until I took the fan apart.

For years I have been telling everyone about dust generated everytime we use a towel after a shower; but it must be doubly so with an extractor fan. Not only does the condensation make the dust stick, but static electricity build up by the rotation of the blades attracts the dust.

I had to use a ladder to reach the fan so I could remove the cover. I took that into the laundry to soak in a tub of soapy water and scrubbed it with a dishwashing brush. The colour of the water, once I’d finished, was black. But that section of the fan was nothing compared to the dust sticking on the flaps which stop air being blown back into the room. After some investigation I found out how to clip out the frame that held the flaps and took that section to the laundry.

Removing the flaps revealed dust sticking to the fan blades and the tube in which it is housed. The dust in the tube and on the blades was quite disgusting: at least three to four millimeters thick. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been into many homes and seen dust but this was similar to the fluff that sits in the air vent of clothes driers.

I couldn’t remove the fan so to clean the tube was difficult. A damp cloth took the skin of dust away but left a dirty mark. This meant I had to wash down the tube and fan with a sponge and some soapy water, than wipe over the affected areas with a dry cloth.   I must say when I had finished you could have eaten your dinner off the fan and the tube it was so clean.

Wouldn’t you know it, while I was washing the flaps they came out of the frame which meant I had to re-assemble the whole thing before replacing it. Thankfully the cover was easy to put back just a twist and it was sitting in its usual position.

When the job was finished I was proud of myself. The extractor fan in my bathroom looked pristine and clean. I hope the new owners don’t leave it as long as I did before they clean it again.

 

 

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Moving cleans

by Julie Finch-Scally

We’ve just moved house and I have been through that dreadful position where you have to clean out all the cupboards.

Every time I quote a moving-out clean I always point out to the customer that if they clean inside the cupboards as they empty the contents it will be quicker and cheaper for them. Now I had to put that advice to the test.

Was it easier to clean out the cupboards as I took out the contents? It most certainly was, especially in the kitchen. Of course the majority of cupboards that hold the crockery and glassware were easy to clean, but when I started to clear out pots and pans, the pantry and under the sink I realised that would be more time consuming.

In the easy to clean cupboards I sprayed the empty shelves with glass cleanser and wiped them over with a microfibre glass cloth. This merely removed the dust that had collected on the shelves and made them clean, but where the pots and pans and groceries had been it was a completely different matter. All the pots had left black marks on the shelving, and the canned tins of food had left rusty circles.

I found the best way to remove all these marks was to scrub them with a little cream cleanser and a non-scratchable scourer, then wipe the residue away. It didn’t take as long as I expected and when finished made the shelves look clean and smell fresh.

The day before the move, hubby and I cleaned the oven. Knowing the areas seen need to be the cleanest we spent time on the metal shelves, the sides, the floor of the oven and the door. Once those areas looked great we burnt off the cleanser smell and voila it was finished.

I didn’t clean the fronts of the cupboards until the day we moved. Why? Because we were still cooking, eating and washing up in the area, which meant the fronts could get dirty again. The day we moved I went around the whole of the kitchen wiping down and cleaning the cupboard fronts with glass cleanser and the microfibre glass cloth. I also cleaned over the splash back, bench tops and stove. This didn’t take that long and looked great when completed.

I can now say with confidence, clean your kitchen cupboards as you empty them. It saves time.

 

 

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‘Preparing your Apartment for Sale

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‘Preparing your House for Sale

 

will take you from ‘decision’ to ‘moving’

 

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the ‘Cleaning Books’ section

 

 
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