We’ve had two recent cleaning shocks around the house in the unlikeliest areas: Kitchen blinds and our inner garage door. These two places, like much of the house, were clearly left uncleaned for a long time (or maybe forever). In the first case, we decided to cut our losses, but in the second, a good scrubbing should tide us over.
This is one of those picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words cases.
I don’t exactly know how you achieve dust ombre, but the previous owners did. The dust is darkest and thickest at the top (which was under a valance when we moved in) and gets progressively cleaner as you go down. Clearly from the two patches Chris cleaned, none of it, even at the bottom, had been dusted/scrubbed thoroughly in some time.
Since we moved in, we had pretty much kept the blinds on all three windows in the kitchen nook pulled up to the top because of the dust/dirt. So when Chris finally put them down to give us some privacy at night, we were forced to confront the situation.
Although he started cleaning them, we ultimately stopped and will be ripping them down (with masks on!) to make way for a printed shade. We chose three rooms in the house with windows of unconventional size, shape or need and took the plunge and bought custom shades from Budget Blinds. (I can scarcely imagine what window treatments from a store without “budget” in its name would cost, because this felt like a splurge.)
We’re viewing this as part of our “Phase 1” renovation of the kitchen, i.e. the small things we’re doing to improve the space until we hopefully remodel it in a few years. (More on that later.) The shades should arrive and be installed this month!
Just a few feet away from that is our interior door to the garage, aka the door we use a million times every day. This poor guy was covered in finger smudges, dirt, liquid splashes, etc. This was a case where Chris was audibly “wow-ed” when he saw the door completely cleaned. It still has some dents, chipped paint and lock issues, but at least now it’s white again!
Both of these items made me think back to cleaning habits growing up. I distinctly can see my Dad walking around with a paper towel and (I think) Windex to scrub fingerprints off all the doors around the house — garage, closets, etc. I absolutely thought this was crazy/unnecessary until we bought our first house and the door to our walk-in pantry was always showing signs of food/fingerprints. Ever since, we’ve been big believers in cleaning off doors and door frames. As for the blinds, I have a vague memory of my Mom cleaning very similar white metal blinds in our upstairs bathroom (and a vague one of being told to dust the blinds as part of overall dusting). But mostly I just have to assume she (and/or my Dad) cleaned the blinds regularly because, thankfully, nothing in our house ever looked like the photo above.