Home Improvement- Removing Vinyl Flooring, Q-Tip cleaning, and Slip and Slides

Continuing our home improvement mad dash(31 days ’til the big day), I assisted Joe last night with the vinyl floors in the kitchen.

Because he is working so much over time at work, we didn’t even start working on this project until almost 9 pm. (Which is why I have bags under my eyes this morning).

Thankfully the builder of the house(complete nut job) was so bad that the floors were barely glued down.

So ripping up the subfloor and removing staples were the only hard jobs.

He pulled the oven out of the wall for me so I could clean it while he pulled up boards.

For the next hour I proceeded to clean the five years worth of “bachelorhood” off the oven with Q-tips no less because there was no other way to get in all the crevices and my super secret (incredibly powerful) cleaning solution.

Side Note:

Joe has owned the house six years.

Five of those years his single brother also lived there.

Plus Joe’s two teenage sons every weekend.

You do the math.

There is a lot of “bachelorhood” that I am removing from the house. :)

Anyway, we are super pleased with how much we were able to get done in such a short time, and Joe said ripping out those boards was good therapy after all the work drama/mess we are going through currently at our day jobs.

I had tried to use Orange Glow Cleaner (not oil) to clean the cabinets earlier, but the tricky cleaner did have oil in it and it got all over the floor.

So Joe looked like he was trying to remove vinyl flooring in a Slip and Slide.

By this point we were almost slap happy because we were so tired and were laughing hysterically.

And then I got sidetracked(real word?) and went in the living room to admire it for a while.

I did come back though and finish pulling up staples.

Common Sense note:

My super secret cleaning solution is not very secret as I found it on pinterest; but it does work amazingly well. :)

Rene’s (not)Super Secret Cleaning Solution

  • Microwave 1 cup white vinegar for 90 seconds.
  • Pour into a spray bottle with 1 cup of Dawn dish soap.
  • Shake gently to combine.
  • Spray on surface and let sit for 1-2 hours.
  • Wipe and then rinse the surface.


This product removed soap scum and grease build up that I thought would never come off.

Works incredibly well in bathrooms. I even used it to clean the floor.

Happy Wednesday!

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