So far I am not doing well at meeting my goal for blog posts. If I was going to start again, I wanted to write at least 2 posts a week. And it’s not like I don’t have anything to write about. Life has just been a little nuts. We are selling a home, buying a home, work has been super busy. You’ll hear more about all of this eventually! So hopefully March will be a little better.
Speaking of selling a home. We listed our townhouse (technically my husband’s townhouse) on Thursday. But there was a lot of do to get to that point. I sold my condo and moved in last year when we got married. Selling mine was a breeze and there wasn’t even that much prep to get it ready. But I was one person living with one person’s stuff. And I am not a person who holds on to too much stuff. I am definitely no Marie Kondo but I do a pretty good job of cleaning out stuff occasionally. Anyway, getting a townhouse ready that two people have lived in with two people’s combined stuff plus new stuff from a wedding was a little more involved.
We did clear out a LOT of stuff when I moved in. So it could have been a lot worse. But for the past 3-4 weeks, we have been de-cluttering, moving said de-cluttered stuff to my parent’s basement (thanks parents – you’re the best!), and doing some deep, deep cleaning. My husband has had this townhouse for almost 7 years and it is in really good shape. It just needed some extra TLC. We had someone come for a few days to fix and update some things. Then we got to the deep cleaning.
How hard have you ever looked at your floor grout? When’s the last time you really cleaned your floors or floor grout? Lovely to think about, right? When I was selling my condo, I noticed the floor grout in the tiled rooms (kitchen, sun room, bathroom) was probably not the color it originally was. My mom had a cool little gadget that she said would work wonders, so I gave it a try. And it’s my new favorite cleaning tool.
The Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber is great for cleaning lots of things, especially if it needs a little more than just wiping off. But then you add the grout brush head and you will clean for days! Ok maybe not, but you will be impressed!
The next question was what to spray on the floor to really get the dirt up. In my place I used mainly a bleach spray. It definitely worked. But I was down on the floor on my hands and knees inhaling bleach spray. I wouldn’t recommend it.
I’ve been using Young Living essential oils casually for a number of years (yes, this will probably be another post as well) but in the past 6 months went on a restocking and trying new things binge. My sister-in-law sent me a sample of the Thieves Cleaner to try and I love it. I already knew I loved Thieves oil but there are a million uses for Thieves oil. The cleaner has no chemicals. It’s all natural and plant-based. It smells great. And it works! Maybe you clicked the link above and are thinking that’s way too much to spend on a cleaner? It’s super concentrated so you mix it with water in a spray bottle and it last a long time. When I started the grout I had about half a bottle, cleaned a decent size kitchen and 3 bathrooms, and still about 1/4 of a bottle left.
Anyway – product commercial over (but seriously, consider trying it and let me know if you want to) – I decided to use the Thieves Cleaner this time to clean the grout. And of course it worked wonders. I did add a little bit of vinegar as well because grout can be tough and vinegar is also a great cleaner.
Now it does still take a little elbow grease, especially if it’s the first time you’ve cleaned the grout, and yes you are literally on your hands and knees. but it’s worth it. Just check out the before and afters below! I’ve looked at pictures of all the other townhouses and condos in our complex that have been listed and you can see even in the pictures how dirty the grout is. So think about a little spring deep cleaning – you’ll appreciate it in the long run.