Monday, July 26, 2010

Cleaning the Living Room Railing

Well, I cleaned the railing yesterday. Here's the picture of before I got started:
Dirty Railing

Pretty gross, huh? Our railing has this special problem; the paint is sticky. It just collects the dirt. Luckily, it's pretty easy to clean:
Getting Cleaned

The cloth get's pretty sick though. This was a blue cloth that got bleached so it was kind of a pink color when I got started. Look how dirty the cloth and water are:
Dirty Cloth & Water

The part right up against the floor gets lots of dust on it:
Dusty Floor Part

See how white it's supposed to be?
Supposed to be White

My "Hermanita" (Pronounced like air-mon-eat-ah - It's the Spanish version of "Sis") wanted to help. How can you get after little hands like this that helped it get so dirty to start with?
Hermanita Cleaning

Your guess is as good as mine as to why there was a ribbon tied around one of the posts. I'm guessing at one point it probably had a balloon on it. Nice for me, it wasn't tied on very tight so I was able to cut it off with my dollar store kitchen scissors:
Ribbon on the Railing

Good thing it's my favorite color, green:
Green Ribbon

I had to move the piano (it's electric so it's not heavy) to get to the corner. Good thing because then I could vacuum underneath the piano too. I wondered if that had ever been cleaned before:
Dirty Corner

Dusty Dirty!

Doesn't this look much better now?
Clean Railing
Clean RailingClean Railing
It took me about an hour and lots of elbow grease to get the end results. After five I lost count of how many times I rinsed the cloth. Now THAT'S what I call a home improvement!


  1. Hi, your photos are not showing up today for me. Just a little box. But I love your blog!

  2. Whoosh, look at what was under all that.


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