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Old 09-05-2020, 08:33 AM   #1
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Default Need help w new to us house -- protective items, repairs, cleaning (very random)

We just got an offer accepted on a home. As I realize things I will post them. BUT I am hoping for tried, true and of course frugal ways to protect our investment. Truth be told, the house is in great shape and I'm nervous about a few things I'm bolding the "i need product ideas or advice" spots and filling in explanations with unbolded LOL

New to us house has a newly remodeled kitchen because Since we remodeled our kitchen I've been on edge to not ruin it because our kitchen was a train wreck for over a decade I got lazy.

I need product ideas and cleaning tips -

1. good trivets to prevent burns of pots and pans for countertops -- we cook a LOT and sometimes use counters to serve/cool/etc.
2. good cutting boards that don't slip and wash preferably in the dishwasher
3. shelf liner thoughts/ideas/preferences. I'd like easily cleanable and good protection for cheap
4. other tips/cleaning ideas to keep the kitchen really good shape? We cook a lot - we don't do convenience foods often and don't eat out.


Carpets. The entire house is carpeted except kitchen and bathrooms. We currently have about 20% of our home carpeted and We have allergies. We will likely slowly change this starting with the bedrooms but not right away. I am looking into cleaning them and found this link -- it's a local company https://blissfulchemdry.com Would love opinions on that
Other tips for carpets. We went to mostly hard wood/laminate at our current home due to allergies.


Duct work - this one has me very very confused. We have never had ducts. We have baseboard heating and window a/c. We are moving to duct work and central which I love and I also don't love cuz allergies.

Those with allergies, do you or do you not clean ducts? There are two very distinct lines of thought - some people say unless you have a reaction to your house, don't touch the ducts because it stirs things up and the way the dust and allergens settle, there isn't a lot of circulation to drive into house. They say that a good filter is important and skip the duct cleaning - thoughts? . Others say that duct cleaning is absolutely necessary. I had no visible reaction to the house (unlike the reactions I had to other houses - one I wheezed and had to leave). That usually is my first tests. Some houses I fled and said no before even looking around .

Other shelf liners/drawer liners for bathroom, built in storage - what do you use



Fireplace we will have a natural fireplace that can convert to gas. I'm aware with my asthma we may need to covert quickly. All I know is that we need to hire someone to inspect, maintain (what is a damper and how do i use it?) and teach us how to use it. We have the kind that can help heat the house if we want it to. So. . .what do I need to know and do? We were going to hire a fireplace expert to come in and tell us but I also have no clue how much we pay for that. and what to look for

walls - how do you clean painted drywall? we are not painting anything before we move but the basement living area. We will paint the 3 bedrooms quickly as possible after we've moved and then a little at a time the next year. They didn't smoke so I'm unconcerned about that but I'm pretty sure I'm not comfy using my steam cleaner on drywall. Here I just use a damp SH-mop and lightly go over it but we've painted the entire house the past 5 years and we are used to our own smell lolol


What do you do when you move to every house? I haven't moved in 19 years.

My todo list
1. rekey locks
2. reprogram garage door openers
3. change toilet seats and install bidets
4. clean everything
5 check water meter for leaks
6. shelf liners everywhere



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Oh also need help with organizing a pantry. Found this but not sure what is best for us https://decoratedlife.com/how-to-org...o...%20More%20

So I just want pantry ideas - what are your favorite organizing tips for a pantry? It's L shaped and walk in. with wood shelving along the walls
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I think a lot of thoes ideas are good.

Kitchen,. I cook a lot so I get that.

I have wonderful large cork trivits that I keep by the stove.

But I will say that a lot of the issue is solved by planning a work flow. So there isn't a need to pull a pot off of the stove and pace it on the counter.
What kind of stove do you have? With gass and I diction you don't get a significantly different of on the stove top vs off of the burner is actually turned off.

I have wooden cutting boards that can't go in the dishwasher but they have enough weight that they stay put on the counter ( we don't have much counter space and I can also use them over the sink when I need more prep space) I find them much much more useful than the dishwasher safe ones that slide all over the place.

I have neaver used shelf liners. I will wash my kitchen cabinets upon moving in and then I use them.

On air ducts I would clean them once ( and check on the company I really thinknsome.of the dicky cleaning things are mostly scam)before you move in and then have a good filter and see how things go.

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We also didn't change the locks when we moved in to our house ( that we bought) I understand why some people do but I don't think it is an allways have to do thing.

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Locksó the neighbors all help the current owners so I feel we should for my anxiety and my kids anxiety. Dh thankfully can do them himself and thereís only three keyed locks .

Do you have a link to your trivets? New stove will be electric. I have to learn to cook on it Iíve always had gas and Iím very nervous abt this. Dh says since the fireplace has a gas connection it would be ok if we switched but I donít wanna spend money wildly.

I canít do wood cutting boards cuz Iím a Germaphobe and we cut meat on them THats a great point on workflow. I will have to create a new workflow.

Shelf liners. Since I redid my kitchen cabinets I vowed in future to have liners. I cannot tell you how long and disgusting the process was. I ruined a lot of clothes and my hands even w gloves were a mess. Since this could be the last home we own and we likely wonít move for 20-30 years .... I might not clean them again so wiping contact paper or something when thereís a sticky spot sounds smart. Right now honey gets everywhere in my food area and Iím constantly trying to scrub it away cuz the wood is porous.
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I have always had painted cabinets so i could just wipe them clean.

The trivets I have are aparently not at ikea any more. They are like these except there is one large one and two smaller ones. The large one I can set under a casserole.
https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/p...bal%7Ccc%3A216

I won't try to argue with you about cutting boards, I will just say that if you continue to have issues with them sliding around you might want to look at the reserch on wood again.

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I have always had painted cabinets so i could just wipe them clean.

The trivets I have are aparently not at ikea any more. They are like these except there is one large one and two smaller ones. The large one I can set under a casserole.
https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/p...bal%7Ccc%3A216

I won't try to argue with you about cutting boards, I will just say that if you continue to have issues with them sliding around you might want to look at the reserch on wood again.

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Id love to hear abt wood being clean. Some of my issue is my family is not 100% gluten free so I refuse wood which could absorb gluten
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Id love to hear abt wood being clean. Some of my issue is my family is not 100% gluten free so I refuse wood which could absorb gluten
Oh that would be a huge issue. I keep the hole house gluten free. And the only dairy I allow in is cram for dh coffee and a small bag of cheese that can't not touch cooking dishes and all serving that it toches must be hand washed before going in the dishwasher

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I don't know a ton about a lot of those things but we are kinda nerdy about filters. We order them from filters fast and we get a Merv 13 filter so it filters out stuff- with allergies this would be important. We change it out once a month.

I just put potholders down to protect counters and have never had an issue.
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I don't know a ton about a lot of those things but we are kinda nerdy about filters. We order them from filters fast and we get a Merv 13 filter so it filters out stuff- with allergies this would be important. We change it out once a month.

I just put potholders down to protect counters and have never had an issue.
Do you have a link to the filter you buy?
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I have seen some silicone things that are designed to go in the bottom of cast iron so you don't scratch flat top. I will see if I can find it again.

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We use silicone pot holders as trivets for hot stuff. I just looked in Dh's order history and we have these. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 They are thick and easy to clean, no crevices. I usually just use hot soap water as needed but they can also go in the dishwasher. Ours are almost 12 years old and still look great.


No issues at all with our flat electric stove.
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You also aren't suposed to use large heavy things like hot water bath cannerson flat tops because they can crack the glass

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Yes, you are not supposed to use a canner on a glass top stove. I know someone who does, though. I would not do it. I have a separate, electric coil stove that I use if I want to can.
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Yes, you are not supposed to use a canner on a glass top stove. I know someone who does, though. I would not do it. I have a separate, electric coil stove that I use if I want to can.
What abt pressure cookers? Anyone know?

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I have seen some silicone things that are designed to go in the bottom of cast iron so you don't scratch flat top. I will see if I can find it again.

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It was more like this https://thecooktopmat.com/ but it was from a manufacturer of flat stove tops.

Which isn't at all what I described before but when I dug back though searches I had rembered it wrong

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I love having a flat top stove. I didnít know you werenít supposed to use a canner on it, so I have. But not too much- I do not can a whole lot. But I love how easy the flat top stove is to clean!
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