Sunday, April 18, 2010

Before & After

Before cleaning & After the flood.
For the last 2 weeks, my kitchen, sun porch and driveway have transformed into The Clean Zone. All the glass that I salvaged had to be cleaned. Seriously cleaned. The great thing about glass is that it's not porous. So, as long as it didn't chip, crack or break during the flood, I am able to salvage it.
Most everything looked like the vase in the picture....covered in a layer of sludge.
The outsides were easy....rinse, soak in bleach water, scrub down with soap, and a final rinse.
Cleaning the insides proved to be the challenge. All my vases have a little opening (perfect for little arrangements, but not so perfect for cleaning). I now own every style scrub brush on the market, and even used an old toothbrush.
And my dishwasher....that's right, my dishwasher! (shortest wash cycle, and cool dry). I'll be honest, I held my breath when I took a look at the first load, afraid that everything would be cracked.
This has been a long process, and it's ongoing, but I'm so grateful to have salvaged so much of my inventory.
For all that I have lost, it's encouraging (and motivating) to have so much.
Thanks again for all your kind words and support.


Monica said...

I thought that was a brown vase until I read that it was sludge! So glad you were able to salvage so much and I hope your new place works out better.

Tanner Glass said...

Thank Monica!

Soon, I will take pic of that vase (clean), and do a true before and after shot!

Diana said...

I can't even imagine the amount of work you've been doing! Kudos to you for moving forward and not getting stuck in that muck.