Devil’s In The Details

WELCOME to the Dirtiest blog you’ll love to check!


This week has given us the best appointment to kick our new blog off with! We do a few move in/out cleanings each month but this one was a little different. This spacious ranch style house had some amazing unique features and built-ins and is the perfect layout for this family’s needs. Just one small thing: when the inspection was done before the purchase, the house tested positive for low levels of methamphetamine use. (NOT manufacturing.) Which is not uncommon in the midwest.

While some states don’t search for methamphetamine use and manufacturing in routine home inspections, according to the Nebraska DHHS, homes in the state must be properly decontaminated before they can be sold. Recommended cleaning for low-use levels still requires scrubbing all surfaces, walls, floors and ceilings three times with a heavy-duty detergent such as Simple Green (or the one I used below.)

We were hired by the buyers, so once possession of the house was taken, we came in and did a follow-up Peace of Mind scouring after the fact. AND I HAVE NEVER DETAILED A HOUSE WITH SUCH VIGOR IN MY LIFE. My body was wrecked each evening from stretching, squatting, wiping scrubbing, scraping, moping and hopscotch-ing across the chaos of moving. But it felt good knowing I worked hard. (And that I was given a pass or two from the gym) 💪🏼

We hit all

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Trim/Baseboards
  • Light Fixtures
  • Vent Plates/Switch Plates
  • Doors
  • Closets
  • Cupboard/Drawer Doors
  • Inside Cupboards/Drawers
  • Inside Windows/Trim/Sills
  • Bathrooms/Tubs/Showers/Toilets/Grout

It didn’t take long for my bucket of detergent water to get icky so I swapped it out probably 8-9 times. This meant that the detergent was doing its job and my cleaning is removing whatever this previous owner was methin’ around with.

If the devil is in the details, then cleanliness is next to godliness. Cuzzzzz……

I usually have a toothbrush in my cleaning bag but I couldn’t find it and had to improvise. I sure do have all my vacuum attachments though and the head with bristles worked perfectly to get into those spaces.

Once I scrubbed all of Methrrey Dahmer’s residue off every surface in the house it was on to my FAVVEEEE! Unpacking!

I was given the task of unpacking the kitchen. After discussing a general flow with the owner I got to work.

1. Get all kitchen shat in kitchen.

2. Move to respected areas of kitchen

  • Refrigerator food
  • Dry food
  • Spices/baking
  • Glasses/cups
  • Plates/Bowls
    Pots pans
    Utensils

3. Empty everything so you can see exactly what you have. This way you can see exactly how much space you need for each group of stuff before putting it away.

4. Now put it away! (Try to keep dry food separated by cans/boxed food/bags/pouches)

This was a three day process for me overall. And I feel accomplished. I know that family is breathing cleaner air now and it feels good being of service to others. This was a great opportunity that I am very thankful for and a great way to kick off my blog!

If you’ve made it this far.. my thanks. And my apologies 😂