Thursday, September 22, 2016

wild hair

Not sure what got into me today, but I cleared my kitchen countertop for the first time since my accident.  It is going to take quite a bit of scrubbing to get down to the original wood surface.  Going to need some steelwool to degrease the cooktop.  Don't know if it was because I just couldn't look at all the piles anymore - or the fact that I gained a pound yesterday after a McDonald's lunch and needed the exercise.  Now the question is:  Can I keep going and make a clean sweep of the whole hut?  It is long overdue.  88,92,65,0,B

15 comments:

Nicki said...

Next time you are in town grab Castrol Super Clean in the automotive department. Works great in the Kitchen.

https://www.amazon.com/SuperClean-101786-Cleaner-Degreaser-Trigger/dp/B0039ZBLEC

Larry G said...

one way to "fix" that counter top is to put some ceramic tile down which is easier to clean and a heat-resistant stove type for your cooktop. you probably already thought of that and rejected it?

Steve said...

just screw down a new piece of OSB. Done.

John Wells said...

Steve...that was exactly what I was thinking. And tile has been contemplated. But I was able to get it pretty clean.

Dizzy-Dick said...

The older I get the times between projects grows and grows.

gumo said...

John, next time you are in Alpine, visit the cafeteria at SRSU. Only $8 and the full buffet has great choices of great foods and drinks. Plus, the dining room is spacious and clean and friendly with a great view of the mountains from the large windows. The students and staff are very friendly. Just a suggestion.

Sam Finn said...

2000 miles north I have the same problem. Hoping for one of those wild hairs.

Grandmama Sarah said...

John, No tile!! Cleaning Grout forever!! However, I do like that idea of a heat-resistant surface for safety. I don't imagine that the Fire Department is just down the block.

What about Stainless Steel? I see those from restaurants used and for sale out by the side of the road near Houston. Take stainless steel table and subtract legs = new countertop.

My mom replace her tile and enamel sink with a stainless sink and counter after Hurricane Alicia in the early 1980's. It was still in beautiful condition until Hurricane Ike took out the entire house in 2008.

At this point in our lives, we've moved from the Texas Gulf Coast to the high desert in Southeast Arizona. Refurbishing a small house, we try to think 20 years in the future. That sink was about 25 years old when the house was demolished. It would have lasted a whole lot longer.

Annemarie Gerber said...

Thanks for a timeous heads up. I have a knee op this coming Wed. Will be sure to spring clean before then.

Annemarie Gerber said...

Thanks for a timeous heads up. I have a knee op this coming Wed. Will be sure to spring clean before then.

Larry G said...

OBD wrapped in stainless steel.. or for that matter large tiles that use dark colored grout.

or go to a counter-top supplier and ask if they have any seconds or "mistakes" and then any areas not covered... be creative! Point is, impervious surfaces are easier to keep clean with a rag and a bottle of spray bleach or whatever. we also use flexible cutting boards like these:

https://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Cut-N-Slice-Flexible-Cutting-Boards/dp/B0000VLU62/ref=sr_1_5?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1474635201&sr=1-5&refinements=p_n_material_browse%3A720783011

which keep the main counter cleaner and needing cleaning less often...

then for projects - perhaps a cistern of some kind (perhaps with a solar heat option) with a gravity feed to a sink that the drains out to a mini- septic field... or perhaps to a garden plot... as long as you don't use chemicals. grey water is fine for that.

Janet said...

We have some dark granite someone installed before we got here. It works pretty good. I use quality microfiber cloths (ecloths) to keep it dry and clean. We use some type of cutting mat on our counter. Amazon has several to choose from. They are light weight, easy to clean and easy to store.

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/4-piece-flexible-cutting-mat-set/1013615004

Janet said...

Also, never forget the power and versatility of baking soda. It cleans beautiful and cuts grease and is non-toxic.

WhyR said...

Flip the OSB- other side's probably pristine. Plus it's pre-cut.

Jim said...

Sonic is better IMO.