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Old 22-02-2016, 07:17   #16
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Re: Cleaning supplies onboard

My main cleaning tool is going to be something like this steam cleaner:

I have to get well on top of molds and spores, and keep on top of them, due to sinus issues from my eye drops, which can give a very big and bad reaction to spores and molds (part of why I need heat and a salt water environment, which can be easily sorted by living on a boat). A small steam cleaner will do that, and also clean up most things.

Apparently bed bugs are becoming a significant problem in some areas, and a steam cleaner will kill them and their eggs as well (I hope I don't visit such areas).

My sister uses an even smaller hand held steam cleaner around the house and gets on great with it.

Not sure how it would work with varnished wood, but as I like feeding wood with oil, I'm getting rid of any varnish anyway. So after a steam clean, wipe fresh wood food onto the wood, then buff it up. Then each time the wood is steam cleaned, it should help the wood oil soak in better, to be followed by a fresh feed of wood oil and a buff.

Not quite up to it for carpets (you need something much bigger for them really), but for everything else, should work a treat (even if some things need a little cleaning chemical to help things along).

PS Sis has one of those upright floor steaming models as well, and with most of her house having solid wood floors and slate slabs, that works great for those.

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