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« on: July 17, 2010 09:14:02 PM »

OK so i have friends who are engaged and my friend of 13 years is 7 1/2 months pregnant and they have finally got a place, the owners 'cleaned' the house before they moved in.... i say cleaned very lightly, and were meant to either paint the house or supply the paint so it can be painted, an they have called the realestate 3 times asking when the paint will be supplied, but the house is just filthy and being 7 1/2 months pregnant my friend cannot really do any of the cleaning so I'm willing to do it for her

here are the main problems:
  • whole house is tiled - grout is black instead of grout colour especially in laundry, toilet and bathroom
  • bathroom counter if filthy and rough, like the enamel was stripped off
  • all the window and door frames and tracks are filthy with peeling paint
  • there are no curtains just vertical blinds & they are filthy and some broken
  • the kitchen counter has sections burnt out and gouged out
  • the walls and doors and architraves are filthy

whats the best way to clean the grout on the floors? i know it will be a big job, i have access to a steam cleaner for like between tiles as well as a steam mop and other everyday cleaning items

the counter in the bathroom, how would i go about cleaning it and possibly re sealing it? or putting a coating over it?

the door frames n windows will need to be cleaned n the peeling stuff removed what is the best way to do this?

the curtains i plan on making for them as a present, but i was wondering the best way to hang curtains in a rented property? should i do the hook and eye method with the curtains on the covered wire? or put in curtain polls? i don't think i want to spend the money on polls if they only have a 6 month lease an i don't want to leave anything for the owner who is obviously a jack** when it comes to looking after his property's, and Ive seen my mother clean verticals in the bathtub but i know its a big job, but they need curtains for prettiness and privacy and warmth

is there anything that can be done to cover or fix the kitchen counters? they seem to be melamine, like just for hygiene reasons

and the walls and doors and architraves and ceilings all need a good scrub with sugar soap before they can even think of re painting

now the problem is my friend only has well 10 weeks to go and she is still working for 4 weeks so i only have weekends and then when shes on maternity leave to help out

and i know 10 weeks isn't a long time but i want to help them get this house cleaned PROPERLY AND STERILISED before the baby arrives so the have nothing to worry about because it really is in need of some love and care. so any help or suggestions would be appreciated Smiley
I'm doing this as a big favour and help to my friend and her fiancee because she really cannot do much and already tore a muscle from above the sac trying to do too much. and they still have allot to unpack and the baby's room is just filled with stuff to unpack ATM

the yards will apparently be done up by the owner hes meant to be paying someone but they still need some care and cleaning and the cleaning of the walls and painting i think i will try an organise a bunch of us to come and scrub walls and paint when they get it and clean up the yards.

so yes any advice, help and ideas.. or even just some support (its a big undertaking 3 bedroom house thankfully only one bathroom and toilet and one loungeroom) would be lovely

love boo
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010 09:38:00 PM »

Okay ... I've done some google searches for cleaning the tile and grout .. and here is a good site:

http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/kitchen-and-bath/kitchen-and-bathroom-surfaces/how-to-clean-grout/  they recommend hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle for the grout. It will kill the mold and mildew.

 There are other cleaning tips on that site as well .. I'm thinking for the curtains .. you might be able to put up simple curtain rods that don't cost much. I'm not sure what to do about the kitchen and bathroom counters .. Good luck and keep us posted on how things are coming along.
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2010 03:50:53 AM »

wow, it's really, really nice and very brave of you to help them out. Reading what you written, the place is in really bad condition.

I love apartmenttherapy very much and they have a lot of cleaning tips, so I hope you will find everything you're looking for here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/main/search?q=cleaning

What I would recommend from my own experience is that you should start with simple disinfection of everything. Any cleaning solution for all surfaces can help you with that. Than you should start with mending and take care of the bedroom and baby room first, than go to bathroom, kitchen and all the other rooms, cause the chance of finishing all this in such a short period of time is very, very optimistic.

After taking care of the problem in each room, paint it and clean it thoroughly in order that I mentioned...

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2010 10:23:07 PM »

thank you guys so much, i mean shes been my closest friend for 13 years and shes never had many people to rely on other than herself and me and my family, her familys better now shes older but her mom is gunna help more when she has the baby and id rather clean anyway (odly i enjoy it) her brother will be painting the place for them for free i think which is nice. but my friend is almost too big now shes having trouble just putting on pants n she has 10 weeks left, and shes a bigger girl so shes quite big with a big baby belly lol but luckily she has had no diabetes blood pressure or anything go wrong so far but the bigger she gets the harder it will all be for her and it looks like her fiancee is going to have to get a second job while she is on maternity leave an he already works so hard so its sad

but i spoke to her fiancee about the curtains im not gunna bother makin or measuring till the house is cleaned and painted and he was willing to put up curtain rods but the place was supposed to be painted before they moved in so they are adding value and getting nothing for painting so i said we will do the hook and eye and wire hanging method because there is no way i am going to put value on a house he wont take care of (20 ppl lived in it b4 they rented it) and he just shows up on them, hes a meanie.

the babys room will prob b done last because its the storage room atm

this is the house



the bathroom  toilet and laundry have the dirtiest floors ever!!!

thanks for advice keep it coming
love boo
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010 12:05:35 AM »

I completely understand, last flat that I was in had awful windows (color scraping off, rotten wood on some places) and we took the time to fix them and paint them, we invested the time and money cause we thought that we will stay there for at least 5 years so we wanted windows to be nice + we enjoy that sort of work...

But it turned out that we had to move out in less then one year because they wanted to sell the place... I'm still angry 'bout it...

so, regarding the windows, just take the time to scrap of the color , sand them a little and sterilise them... if you find any wood insects or holes that should be sealed, use the wood repair kit - that's not a big investment and the kit has a long duration time so you can use it afterwards for some other fixings.

I see you have a solution for curtains...

Have you decide about cleaning supplies? What ever you use, if it's possible to leave it for a while, leave it as much as you can and use warmer water if you are using it in anything.

Sorry, English is not my native language so I'm not sure if I make my self clear Cheesy

So, for example, when you are cleaning the counter, put the cleaning stuff on and scrub it a little with sponge or wire (depending on counter top material) dipped in warm water so that it becomes foamy and equally put on surface. Then leave it like that for at least an hour... afterwards, clean it of with warm water...

My favourite thing in cleaning is washing the windows. I use a little of dish detergent and warm water to wash it, warm water to clean the soap of and then newspapers to polish it. It has the best shine like that Smiley

Give my regards to your friends, they are so lucky to have you and I wish them healthy baby and nice future together... Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010 01:07:33 AM »

I feel for you and your friends.  This is a big job.  I know because my mother has a couple of rental houses and it seems like every time a tenant moves out she has to go in and do a major clean and paint job before it's ready to rent again.  It's amazing how big of slobs people can be and how little renters care about keeping a place clean...anyway back to your questions

For the tile grout the best thing I've found is to use an oxygen cleaner.  OxiClean (the powdered multipurpose kind) will do ok but if you can find ultra-concentrated oxygen bleach this is the best.  Can't think of the brand right now but you can sometimes find it in the cleaning section of hardware stores.  If you use the OxiClean just add quite a bit more than the directions call for to make it stronger. 
- Make up a big bucket full in hot water. 
- Pour the water out over the stained grout.  You want there to be standing water on top of the tile and pooling in the grout. 
- Let it sit for 15 mins and then check it.  If all the water has soaked into the grout add some more so there is standing water. 
-Let it soak for about an hour. 
-Now for the fun part.  Get a really stiff bristle scrub brush and go to town scrubbing all the grout.  It takes some elbow grease but all that nasty black mildew and gunk will come off. 
- Mop up all the gross water and rinse with another clean mopping.

As for the bathroom and kitchen counters...I've seen posts on her where people have painted them and they turn out really nice.  Check out this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314053.0 and this onehttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319435.0 and this one http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301814.0 or just do a google search for painted counter tops.  You should be able to find lots of info on how to do it.

Not much you can do about peeling paint but scrap and sand.  If you can get a palm sander this will help save you a lot of effort.  Do be careful though if this is an old house you might be dealing with lead paint in which case you do not want to sand it and breath in that dust. 

First thing I'd do is give the whole place a quick surface clean.  At least them everything will be disinfected and somewhat livable.  Then I'd one of the bedrooms so at least one room in the house is clean and livable and they have a decent place to sleep.  Next I'd concentrate on the kitchen.  I hate the idea of cooking and eating in a place filthy with other people's germs.   Next up I'd do the bathroom.   To me these are the rooms I'd be most concerned about having clean and livable.  The babies room and other bedroom can wait.  If you don't get everything done in 10 weeks the baby can always sleep in the parents room for a little while. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2010 02:33:42 AM »

thank you all so much for your tips keep em coming they have given me hope that i can do this!!! lol

and thank you for the well wishes for the couple n baby.

the windows n door frames in the kitchen are weird there metal framed windows in the wood casings originally white then painted red then cream over the top n its pealing but i think best thing to do is jus maybe wire brush n re paint them i mean the lease is only six months atm an jus want it nice to live in n not fix it for the landlord too much

i just cannot believe he told the real estate he thouroughly cleaned it!!! they could have waited a lil longer to have it painted but she was dying to get out of her moms house.... n i thnk it wouldhave taken forever for him to paint it. but yeh this weekend ill be starting on one room and just tackle it that way lol hopefully i get on one of my weird cleaning kicks and cant stop cleanin like crazy lol so all of you crafty cleaning peeps outh there.... wish me luck Tongue

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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2010 12:12:39 PM »

You don't say how old the house is, so I wanted to caution you about lead paint. If it is older than 1978 (I think that was the year) the paint probably contains lead. I lead paint is sanded, it will release lead in the dust and that is very dangerous for babies and small children. You can get a paint chip tested for lead.
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2010 10:28:06 PM »

the house isnt that old so it doesnt contain lead paint it wouldnt be much older than 20 years if that because the area the house is on when i was a lil kid (im 22 nearly 23 now) was all bushland when i was like 5 so were lucky in that respect.

but over the weekend they picked me up friday night i was there till sunday night. 2 nights in a row my friend ended up in hospital so it was hectic but so far i got one room done the bathroom, completely cleaned all grout with steam cleanear an the window sills all glass and disinfected evrything and under the sink i mean i scrubbed it all an the shower only thing i didnt clean were walls n doors because they will be sugar soaped when painted. BUT I FIGURED OUT WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE BATHROOM COUNTER!!!!

THE IDIOTS PAINTED IT!!!!! THEY PAINTED IT WITH NORMAL PAINT... SO IT RANDOMLY COMES OFF.... i cant believe it my friend was sitting down watching me clean laughing at me singing about i like to paint my sink... coz im an idiot... lol atleast they didnt paint the bath Tongue

but we got the master bedroom sorted out and cleaned up and the crib is now up Cheesy

so some work has been done Cheesy some feeling of accomplishment Cheesy
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