Hi. New to group. I just moved into a large rental apt, basement
suite, very old, landlord said I can paint. Everything is run down,
and being that I don't own it, not sure how much I should invest in it.
I plan on being here a couple of years at least. I will be
repainting, but first I need to fix it up....I am going to repaint and
glue back the baseboards and seal it with caulking. The apt has a
funny smell to it, so I will also be cleaning out the heat registry.
The big pain will be cleaning the ceramic tiles, which have years of
build up. I started on my hands and knees with vinegar and a wiry
scrub brush, but I wanted to know if there was any easier way of doing
this, such as a machine or something. Any advice?
Regular Colgate toothpaste and a fingernail brush (has finer bristles than
your typical floor scrubbing brush). If the toothpaste grit is too fine to
get the dirt off, head back to the supermarket and pick up one of two
products: Bon Ami powder, or Barkeeper's Friend. The first is a finer grit
than the second product. Either one is best used with a scrub pad, like
Chore Boy or one of the heavy duty 3M products. These powders will leave a
bit of a film, so you'll also need a big sponge to wipe up that residue
What is on the tile? Mildew? Soap scum? Razor blade for soap scum,
followed by CLR and 3M pad. Pull a small util. knife down the grout
joints, lightly, to scrape out the bad crud if it is thick. I recently
discovered something that works great for the dirty spot in the middle
of our walk-in shower. Had tried Fantastic, Dawn, and it was still
dirty. Recently grabbed the shampoo and nail brush and gave that a try.
Worked very nicely. Please don't laugh :o)
Long-Handled push-broom, with the same cleaning materials.
Save the hands & knees work for corners. It will be easiest
to clean if there's no furniture or other clutter.
What are the walls made of? Is it a suspected ceiling
or sheetrock? What sort of ventilation
is available? Who pays for your heat?
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