I don't like unfinished projects or rooms that are not properly painted and decorated. However, if you look around my house, mainly the upstairs rooms, you will see some rooms have made it past the painting stage, but not to the final personalization stage, often called decorating. Our master bedroom has yet to be painted. It is still the most boring beige you have ever seen, compliments of the previous owners, who were about the most boring people that have ever built a house. I just hung window treatments in our dining room. We have lived here 2.5 years.
I have three boys. And their friends who come in and out. And a husband. None of them seem to really know how to hit the toilet full on. Or maybe they don't shake enough afterward and the piss dribbles onto the side of the toilet and/or floor. Or maybe it's because frequently, two boys are pissing into the toilet at once, which is sure to result in poor aim due to the laughing and the pushing one another while pissing. Or it could be that there is one boy taking a piss and another thinks it would be funny to throw open the door and scare him, resulting in piss flying everywhere. Whatever it is, the end result is my downstairs bathroom smells like piss. (Their bathroom, upstairs, probably does, too. However, I don't go in there unless we are expecting overnight guests who may be using that bathroom. Thankfully, my husband takes charge of that room and he has the kids clean it on a fairly regular basis. Again, since I don't go in there, I am not sure what "clean" means to them.) Anyway, I was so fed up with smelling piss. No amount of cleaner, scrubbing or air freshener was going to remove or cover up the smell. So I bought a heavy duty steamer. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my comments about my excitement over ordering and receiving this little miracle machine.
To try it out quickly, I steamed the gunk around the kitchen sink faucet. That thing is powerful. I used the straight nozzle, that you use for tight spaces, like in between the faucet mount and the sink. I then just pointed that nozzle on the floor grout. OMG. There was a white line of cleanness! I was stunned. I ran and got one of the little round brush thingys and ended up doing 1/2 of my kitchen. I finished the other half the next day. I also did the bathroom, which now smells steam clean fresh. However, in the process of cleaning it, I got to smell the stench steaming hot piss. Gag. I really don't recommend that and suggest maybe you wear a gas mask if you are going to take on this challenge. I did open the window.
So here it is. The little miracle machine!
I am in "clean" heaven and it really was easy! I only went over the floors once and I used the softest brush. Imagine if I had used a more "scrubby" brush. Maybe next time, which hopefully will not be six years from now. I'm fairly sure the grout had not been cleaned since the house was built. (And here is my two cents when building a home - don't pick light colors because "they go with everything!". Live it up a little and think more along the lines of "what hides the dirt best?" Then you'll get something that is less work and a little bit of color in your house. I'm pretty sure the builders of this home were terrified of anything that wasn't white or beige. I did meet the wife. She had a "beige" personality.)
The best part of having a steam cleaner is that the temperature of the steam is hot enough to kill viruses and bacteria and there are NO CHEMICALS!