When Did You Last Clean *BEHIND* Your Fridge And Stove?
October 8, 2015 11:42am CST
Last month I was doing the dishes when suddenly a drop of water fell onto my neck. I looked up and saw a dark stain at the ceiling. The reason was that the washing machine standing in the kitchen above ours was leaking - has been leaking for years according to a craftsman. The house is about 120 years old. Between the floors there are wooden beams and the space between them is filled with fine gravel. An engineer told us that when the house was built concrete hadn't been invented yet. Be that as it may. The humidity has seeped into a beam. A carpenter will put in a new one. Then the specialist for water damage will do whatever there must be done. Later a painter will come to our kitchen and paint over the dark stain. The good news is that all will be paid by the house owner's insurance policy. But we'll have to endure the noise and the dirt. My husband and I live in the lower flat/apartment but have rented the upper one as well. My mother used to live there during her last years. After her death we let one room, the kitchen, the shower and the toilet to foreign students from Russia, Italy or England who come to secondary grammar schools in our town for some months as language assistants. This is over now and my husband and I will move to the upper flat. Today the big repair started. When the washing-machine, the fridge, the stove and the cupboard had been moved into the next room so that the workmen would be able to move around, the boss said to me, "I'm sure nobody has cleaned behind the things for twenty years at least." He's right, only that the period is even longer. Is that cheeky or what? What is it to him? I played dumb which I can do well. Let me tell you that the older one becomes, the more convincing the show becomes, too. Old people are a bit gaga, aren't they? I told him about the young women we had had here and said I was sure they had never cleaned behind the fridge etc., etc. He looked sympathetic. Of course, they didn't have to as they were only subtenants. We should have done that. But as we don't clean hidden areas in the flat where we live, it would be strange if we cleaned them in a flat where we don't live. The man added, "If you look behind the fridge and stove in my house, you won't find a speck of dirt there." So? I must confess that I have better things to do than checking hidden areas for dust and dirt. I've never done it and will never do it, neither in our rooms nor in other people's rooms. What kind of cleaner are you?
23 people like this
• Manchester, England
8 Oct 15
It is a few months since I moved the fridge and probably far longer since I pulled out the washing machine because it is in a recess under the kitchen worktop. I do have a purge every now and then and select a room to be methodically cleaned, in which case both are moved, cleaned all around and put back after the area itself has been cleaned.
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 15
When I get a bee in my bonnet and I am in a cleaning mood I will clean everything very deeply one room at a time but general cleaning is the norm with out moving the furniture. There is an old saying we have here. What the eye does not see the heart does not grieve over!
• United States
8 Oct 15
My house is only 4 years old and I don't have a stove, but a cook top and a double oven so I don't have to move anything. If my ice maker is broken we might have to pull the fridge out to check something but I doubt there is much but some dog hair back there.
• United Kingdom
15 Oct 15
We have a gas hob and a separate electric oven which are built in, so we can't clean behind them even if we wanted to. The last time we moved the fridge was when we decorated the kitchen, which was probably about 5 years ago already. I don't think it's too dirty there, just cobwebby.