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curlylew66 12-08-2006 12:36 PM

House Cleaning Question...
 
Is it the street I live on??
Is it my old leaded glass windows?? We have inserts for heat efficiency so that should keep drafts down.
Is it my old style radiator heating??
What??? Tell me what it is??
Is it because the house was built in the 20's?
Am I obsessive compulsive (yes) but lets not put that in the mix...

My husband and I vacuum (everything that can be vacuumed) daily with the dyson because we have pets.
Counters, bathrooms, kitchen daily.
Dusting every other day especially if it couldn't be picked up by vacuuming.

Wake up the next day and boom. Looks like you did nothing!
Is it just me or do newer homes stay cleaner than older homes?
Am I examining the house too closely?
No clutter. Not a pack rat.

It has me almost thinking about selling if it is the house even tho I love our house.

I feel like Joan Crawford :shock: Do you think it's clean? Well, do you?? Scrub...scrub hard Christina!!

RedCatWaves 12-08-2006 08:29 PM

I think you're looking too closely.

curlylew66 12-08-2006 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I think you're looking too closely.

Thanks Red Cat. :D I know I sound crazy.
I just don't remember my Mom's home being this hard to maintain.
Hers was built in the 40's. Street is a little less busy. We live on a corner.

I was seriously asking if newer homes stay cleaner...better ventilation...different heating....or do they just appear that way because they are newer.
So, any of you new home owners let me know!!!

tinabcurly 12-08-2006 11:19 PM

I'm wondering... the 20s...do you still have plaster & lath walls? If so- that can cause incredible amounts of dust. Try to consider it a small price to pay for a 1920s house with TONS of character though. Pets are walking dust bunnies.

our house is 17(ish) & it stays clean for about 10 minutes- I've given up. as long as I don't have science projects growing anywhere and the kitchen & bathrooms are clean I try to close my eyes when I walk through the rest of the house until cleaning day.

Ok, so I'm OCD too.... swiffer dusters seem to keep the dust from coming back for a day.

picklesgirl 12-09-2006 07:27 AM

do youhave hardwood floors?? We lived in a house that had hardwood floors in the bedrooms and if I didn't swiffer every other day atleast I would have dust bunnies under the bed that looked like would eat you. My question is how in the heck does a toilet get so dusty. It seems like as soon as clean the toilet in the next day or two they are covered with dust. I just don't get it. There's no windows in there the dog is hardly ever in there and yet dust all over oh and how come dust on a toilet seems hard to get off then dust anywhere else??

RedCatWaves 12-09-2006 09:47 AM

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My question is how in the heck does a toilet get so dusty. It seems like as soon as clean the toilet in the next day or two they are covered with dust.

Toilet paper. Some toilet papers make more dust than others. In general, the "soft" kind, make more dust. Try switching to Scott :)

medusahair 12-09-2006 10:00 AM

I did notice when I lived in an apt, middle floor I didn't get so much dust. I live off a dirt road now so the dust is constant. I have dogs too so I have that hair factor. I have a room though that I rarely go in, sort of just for bookcases and some boxes and it's super dusty. It's on the back of the house facing some land so dunno what the deal is.
Old houses do get more dust let in than newer unshifted ones

Befrizzled 12-09-2006 10:42 AM

I could be totally off base but... if you're vacuuming everyday, then it would seem logical that it'd look the same the next day as it did the day before, before you vacuumed, because everyday, you're vacuuming a day's worth of stuff. Like if you only cleaned once a week, you wouldn't wake up the next morning to the week's accumulation, just a day, so it would seem cleaner longer. Does that even make sense? :?

Starrwithoutnite 12-09-2006 11:01 AM

Our house was built in '05 and we vacuum and dust regularly...but we dont live on a busy street or in a desert, we do have 2 cats and a dog that loves to leave us little fur presents all the time...but I dont think its the houses fault.

I think it may be a touch of OCD :wink:

curlylew66 12-09-2006 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Befrizzled
I could be totally off base but... if you're vacuuming everyday, then it would seem logical that it'd look the same the next day as it did the day before, before you vacuumed, because everyday, you're vacuuming a day's worth of stuff. Like if you only cleaned once a week, you wouldn't wake up the next morning to the week's accumulation, just a day, so it would seem cleaner longer. Does that even make sense? :?


I completely understand what your saying. You may be on to something!!

curlylew66 12-09-2006 11:30 AM

Thanks for all the replies!


TInabcurly- yes plaster and character :lol:

pickles- yes to hardwoods and white ceramic tile in kitchen and twenties style tile in all bathrooms.

star- thank you. I think it is partly OCD here too![/i]

Oregano (formerly babywavy) 12-09-2006 03:02 PM

Okay, let me just say that I TOTALLY FEEL YOUR PAIN!!!!!

We live in a 200 year old house w/ horse hair plaster, and I think our insulation is mainly sawdust. Our windows are so old it's like we get a constant breeze through them even w/ the storms down. AND we live very close the a lumber yard that has a dirt driveway/parking lot in the back.

So, whichever one of these things contribute to the problem, I am just as every bit insane about it as you. I wipe down the counters - with cleaner and paper towels, not a dry wip - and by the next day if I ran my hand over it I could feel the dust and grit. I would dust at least weekly, and I'd still pick up lots of dust, and I swept my wood floors constantly, yet I always had big dust bunnies in the corners!!

Yes, it drives me crazy and I can't wait to move in to my brand new, just built house.............that is if they ever give us a closing date. :roll:

curlylew66 12-09-2006 03:19 PM

Babywavy Congrats on the new home!

How exciting! I want you to find this thread after you are settled in your house. Let me know if it is better. :wink:

SuZen 12-09-2006 03:26 PM

I used to have an apartment in the center of a town in a very busy area and it got dusty really quickly. Especially the windowsills.


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