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Old 12-26-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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How often do you pull the oven or fridge out for a cleaning?

Today my wife went to work and I decided to do a thorough cleaning of the main floor. When I do this I will vacuum everywhere that my wife wont (she only cleans what she sees lol)

I was using the vacuum to clean the wall corners of cobwebs and moving furniture out to get behind it.
The gas range was just awful when I pulled it out. I was shocked at what it looked like and felt somewhat disgusted. I vacuumed up what looked like 2 pounds of dust bunnies and then theres all the food that seemes to slip down the sides and the back. Absolutely gross!!!! I got a bucket out of hot water and basically cleaned everything in sight back there.... just awful.

I then got motivated and pulled the big side by side fridge out and not as bad but incredible amount of dust and cat toys.

I wonder if some people ever go behinf appliances to clean?

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Old 12-26-2010, 05:33 PM   #2
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I do it at least once a year when I clean the walls and cupboards. If I don't do that the house takes on a nasty, oily odor. I cook a lot from scratch unlike most folks around here. So folks don't seem to understand that this job just has to be done. I guess when you mostly cook packaged foods that go in the oven or in the microwave those odors don't accumulate. Either that or those folks just move a lot more often than I do!
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Old 12-26-2010, 05:57 PM   #3
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It's good to keep busy.

I had my kitchen remodeled a couple of years ago. The floor under the two appliances were about like yours. The contractor ripped up the floor and replaced it. Imagine how angry I would have been if I had just cleaned under there!!
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Old 12-26-2010, 06:05 PM   #4
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The stove is a built-in, but when they installed it they didn't finish the bottom. I had to close it off with a couple of 2x4's to keep the cats out. The fridge I pull out once a year...that's where all the cat toys go and my icing spatula, various skewers and a bottle brush, last time I looked.
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Old 12-26-2010, 06:41 PM   #5
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Our stove/oven is built-in, so can't do any cleaning there. Glenn put them in and sealed everything so well (silicone, caulk, etc.) that a gnat couldn't get in there.

As for the fridge, I vacuum and clean all around it on the first of each month. No indoor pets, which makes it a little less "accumulative" than with those critters.
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Old 12-26-2010, 06:45 PM   #6
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My stove top is built into the counter. Oven is a wall unit.

Now the fridge is another beast it's a side by side. I refuse to move it. But I'll undo the vent thingy and vacuum the coils and change the water filter. Your wife cleans like I do. If I don't see it or can reach it. It doesn't exist..

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Old 12-26-2010, 08:06 PM   #7
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I almost had a coronary when I pulled out the leather couch which sits in front of the return air for the furnace in the family room..... there was enough dust bunnies to fill a stuffed animal!!!
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:11 PM   #8
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I almost had a coronary when I pulled out the leather couch which sits in front of the return air for the furnace in the family room..... there was enough dust bunnies to fill a stuffed animal!!!
I don't have dust bunnies, I have dust elephants!
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:12 PM   #9
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The stove is every few months (speaking of which, right after the last holiday type meal ...) . It is easy and accessible. BUT my fridge might as well be built in. There's no way I can get behind it (it would be difficult to describe, but the thing was put in 15 or 20 years ago, and until it dies, there's where it is). Ditto my washer/dryer. The latter bothers me more, because that dryer lint is a fire hazard. One thing I will say is that when I have maintenance guys/gals in and they DO have to move them, I always question them. Once you get the damned thing out, will you holler and I'll get my stuff together and clean? The answer is always, Heck, being paid by the hour. If you want me to sit for a half hour of that time, I'll take a smoke (or whatever) break. I've never cleaned behind the fridge, though, and just hate to think of it. I have a mental picture of little mouse skeletons back there (I've owned the house for 10 years, but the house is 160 years old, so .....)
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:16 PM   #10
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I have a commercial gas range that weighs a ton and I can barely move it. I get under there about once a year and can move it out a few inches to get behind it with a vacuum. The lenoleum underneath needs a cleaning but I plan on ripping the whole thing up some day, so I rarely clean it perfectly. My fridge is a two door 5 ft wide commercial Foster. I really don't know how I am ever going to get it out when I do renovate. It is on 6 inch legs so I can get under there to sweep and wash it every few months.
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