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#1 Nrvsbride

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    Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:06 PM

    Ok ladies ever since I have moved into a new apartment I have been cleaning like a mad woman. It seems like no matter what I do, I can't keep the apt. clean (read: I clean, FI makes it dirty again).

    My biggest problem is that our bedroom furniture is this slick wood and it gets dusty in literally minutes. I use Pledge on the wood but literally an hour later I can see a thin layer of dust! It drives me insane! A friend of mine told me to use Pledge and then use a dryer sheet and it usually soaks up dust. Yeah that hasn't worked too well for me. I also recently purchase the Sharper Image Ionic Breeze in the hopes that it would suck up some of the dust. Does anyone have any good tips on how to counteract dust?

    Also, what do you guys use to clean the stovetop? FI loves cooking and he makes a disastrous mess. It seems no matter how much I scrub I can't get some of the stuff off the stove tops.

    Please help!

    #2 DanielleNDerek

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      Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:10 PM

      Easy off has a new spray cleaner called Easy Off Bam, so far it's been working pretty good for me. And I use Murphy's Oil spray for the wood furniture in my house.
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      #3 LCBride2007


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        Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:14 PM

        oh, and for the dark bedroom furniture w/a smooth finish (we have black!) ... get used to seeing some dust! seriously you can always see some, at least in my case!

        #4 TammyB

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          Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:14 PM

          Oh Glenda you can put those plastic covers on everything you own, that way your stuff won't have dust build up... And as a bonus they are super stylish... :-)

          #5 MelissaH

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            Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:15 PM

            What's your hourly rate? I've pretty much given up on keeping the house spotless because whenever I wipe something down or pick something up DH has it messed up again within a few seconds.

            #6 LisaG

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              Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:27 PM

              Are the air filters new/clean? That has ALOT to do with dust!

              I hate dusting and cleaning period...argh!! I have those hand held swifters that I spray pledge on. They work but of course the dust comes back.

              #7 Maura


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              Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:44 PM

              Glenda, I must admit that I am the messy one in our house. But I try to clean up everything that gets messy as I go, ESPECIALLY the stove. I have found this cleaner that is made for George Forman grills, and it does wonders on our stove top. I am always spilling stuff or smearing stuff on it by accident, and this George Forman spray does a great job. We tried many other products before we found this -including the easy off bam i'm sad to say, and it does the best job.

              We also have a very dusty apartment no matter how much we clean. We live in a loft style condo building, so the exposed ceiling I think is the culprit. There's nothing we can figure out to solve the dust problem, but if you have the ability to change your AC/furnace filters, switch to a HEPA filter, and that has seemed to help a little.

              #8 MikkiStreak

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                Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:46 PM

                for the stove:

                DAWN POWER DISSOLVE

                I kid you not, this shit is da bomb and beats every single thing I've tried in the past. When we moved my parents into the nursing home and had to clean their house so it could sell. My 85 year old father was trying to clean (with bad eyesight) as well as cook, run errands, laundry, take care of my mom, etc.... so the thing that was at the bottom of his priorities was cleaning.

                I mean, like solid black grease build-up from about 2 years of use, there was mold on the brick interior walls in the basement, food stuck in the metal sink, and MASSIVE rust stains in the bathrub/toilet because of hard water buildup.

                I spray some of the dawn on an area, let it sit for about 5 minutes, and it barely takes any muscle to get a stain to lift away. I've never seen anything like this stuff. Just make sure you use cleaning gloves because this stuff is STRONG and will dry your hands out really bad overnight.

                #9 CrystalVegas

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                  Posted 09 January 2008 - 06:18 PM

                  The only trick I have to offer for cleaning the stove is that I try to wipe it off when it is still semi-warm (don't let the gook dry) and it makes clean up much easier.
                  I know what you mean about the dust - we have 2 cats and a dog and the hair is uncontrollable! The dog doesn't shed, but the cat hair drives me insane. And I even have a Dyson Pet but it seems like as soon as I suck it up the cat is cleaning and shedding some more!

                  #10 NYJen

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                    Posted 09 January 2008 - 06:27 PM

                    My advice is simple - hire a cleaning person. Works for me. LOL!!!

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