We are clean people

By , December 18, 2009 10:11 pm

You must be holy, because I am holy.          1 Peter 1:16

Cleanliness is next to godliness.                  John Wesley, 1778

Cleanliness requires tireless effort. And we sure put a lot of effort and time into getting the Star clean.

The dealer we bought the Star from did a good job in cleaning out the coach (we saw what it looked like and what it smelled like day after he got it from the auction). The dealer took a week to clean the Star. But we can still smell the cigarette smoke in the coach; it was pervasive. We are non-smokers.

We were not going to get too comfortable until it’s been cleaned to our satisfaction. So, we set about to cleaning our new home. 

We have done the following:

  • Fumigated the RV (“basement” and living quarters)
  • Bleached and sanitized kitchen and bathroom
  • Cleaned the leather feature, cabinets and walls
  • Bleached and sanitized all appliances (microwave, stove and washer/dryer)
  • Steam cleaned the carpet and upholstery (“hot water extraction” method using RugDoctor)
  • Aired out the Star
  • Vacuumed tirelessly

These are some of the products we used:

  • Bleach and water
  • Baking Soda
  • Raid Fumigator
  • Simple Green
  • Lysol Sanitizing Wipes (from Costco)
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Febreeze Extra Strength
  • Meguiar’s Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner/Conditioner
  • RugDoctor steam cleaner with upholstery attachment  (rented from Lowe’s)
  • Zep Smoke Odor Eliminator (from Home Depot)

Smoke Odor Eliminator, 16 Oz.Simple Green 13022 All Purpose Cleaner. 22 oz.Lysol  Sanitizing WipesExtra Strength Fabric Refresher,Lightly ScentedArm & Hammer Arm   Hammer 84104 - Baking Soda, 16oz Box - CHU84104


Note of interest:

  • We went through one pair of yellow cleaning rubber gloves
  • We went through one can of Lysol Sanitizing wipes (110 wipes)
  • Zep Smoke Odor Eliminator is good stuff
  • Baking soda is a fantastic product (cleaning, cooking, odor removal, etc…)
  • Lysol sanitizing wipes and Simple Green are also great at removing grime

We steam cleaned Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. The cost of the steamer is about $46/day ($25 for steamer, $3 for upholstery attachment, $18 for cleaning solution)

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We have been “cleaning”  for about two weeks now. We are almost there. We are waiting for everything to completely dry out before we get too comfortable.

The effort will be worth it when can finally enjoy our thoroughly and deeply cleaned home.

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