Shiny!  Volume 1: Shower Doors

  • By Meadow Brook
  • 21 Nov, 2016

It’s the week of Thanksgiving. For most people, this is about the time when the cravings for turkey and pumpkin pie overwhelm any desire to be productive. For me, it simply means I have four days to get my apartment clean before family comes over. . .

I’ve lived in the same apartment for over nine years. With a kid and cats, cleaning becomes pretty darn important. To make things even more interesting, I live in a leased home; this means that I have to be able to clean the space without damaging floors, walls, fixtures, etc. (I still want to get my deposit back at the end!) So with that in mind, here is the first in a series of blogs that focus on particularly tough cleaning jobs for apartment dwellers. I’m going to start with one of my LEAST favorite jobs. . .

Cleaning the bathroom can be one of the worst, most time-consuming jobs of all, depending on how often you do it. And I used to dread cleaning the  bathtub and shower doors  most because of the awkward, intense work involved. But over the years I’ve figured out a couple ways to make it a little easier.

Kaboom cleanser 
This is the dark purple stuff you can find at pretty much any grocery store or big box shopping store (i.e. Target).

  Pros : It really does a great job of getting the soap scum and mineral buildup out of your shower with a minimal amount of scrubbing. (Note: you still have to scrub a little —nothing gets you completely off the hook for this.) In addition, the foamy consistency helps it stay in place; I just spray down the shower doors from the top, let the foam slowly drip down to the bottom, and then scrub a little with a brush. Boom! Clean shower doors.

  Cons : Kaboom is FULL of pretty harsh chemicals that tend to linger in the air for a while. And science hasn’t really discovered how much of this can be a bad thing for our health.  Once my son was born, I decided to change methods so that he didn’t breath in the fumes. So, if you’re looking for something a little more “natural”. . . 

Dawn dish soap and vinegar

Simply mix equal parts vinegar (white vinegar seems to work well) and Dawn dish soap (the original blue kind) in a spray bottle. Spray down any part of the tub, tubwall, or shower doors that needs cleaned, and then let sit for about 15 minutes before scrubbing. (Again, you still have to scrub a little .) If you don’t have a spray bottle, just mix it in a bowl—whatever works. Check out this video for a demo—and some helpful hints of what NOT to do. 

Pros : Both baking soda and vinegar are CHEAP, and you aren’t having to deal with the harsh chemicals that come with other bathroom cleansers. Plus, in my experience, it works pretty well.

Cons: If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you might want to invest in some air fresheners—the vinegar smell will stick around for a while. It  also takes a little time to prep the ingredients for use, and the ingredients need to sit a little while on the problem areas before wiping or scrubbing.

  Dawn/vinegar sub-hack : if you have tile walls with grout in your shower, put some baking soda in the mix. Mix the baking soda with just enough water to make a paste, and put the paste along the grout; then spray the paste with a generous amount of the vinegar mixture. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar will help lift out dirt, and the abrasiveness of the baking soda makes a great scrubbing tool.

For more cleaning hacks and fun apartment ideas, visit our Pinterest page .

By Meadow Brook 07 Jun, 2017

I realize it’s been a while since my last post. In that time I’ve been packing, cleaning, and generally preparing myself, my son, and my cats for the big transition. Here are a few tips that I can pass on from the past few weeks.

By Meadow Brook 03 Mar, 2017

It’s a cold weekend in February. I am kid-free and have no plans this particular Sunday afternoon. In order to keep my moving prep on schedule, I decide that I’m going to go ahead and get my walls cleared off and prepped.

No big deal, right? Just need to get nails out and fill the holes. It’s 2pm--I’ll be done by dinner. . .

[Skip ahead 4 hours] . . .Not done yet. . .

By Meadow Brook 03 Feb, 2017

I’ve moved several times throughout my life; in college, I moved in and out of dorms every semester; after college, I lived in several different residences before settling down at my first apartment here at Meadowbrook; and now, after ten years in the same place, it’s time to move again. 

As I prepare to move this summer, I thought it would be a great opportunity to post a series of blogs to help others who will be moving this year. This first installment involves paring down one’s possessions . . . or getting rid of STUFF! 

By Meadow Brook 13 Dec, 2016

1.   Make arrangements to pay January rent.
January is the easiest month to forget to pay your rent. You can certainly pay your rent online, but if you want to avoid the transaction fees, you can pay your rent before you go or leave a post-dated check with the office. (We can hold post-dated checks as long as they are dated before January 5!)

2.   Keep the heat turned on.  
Your lease requires you to leave the heat set to 60 degrees during the winter months, even if you are away from your apartment.  

Why? -->The heat from the apartments in the building is enough to keep water pipes running smoothly.
          No heat = frozen water and broken pipes.  
          Broken pipes = lots of water running all over.  
       Who pays for this damage? -->Whomever turned their heat off.

By Meadow Brook 21 Nov, 2016

It’s the week of Thanksgiving. For most people, this is about the time when the cravings for turkey and pumpkin pie overwhelm any desire to be productive. For me, it simply means I have four days to get my apartment clean before family comes over. . .

By Meadow Brook 16 Nov, 2016
Many times in the last several years, the leasing team has sat in the office discussing topics that come up often in our line of work; these topics include educating new renters, methods of passing on relevant information to residents without being too aggressive, and even finding unobtrusive ways to connect the different types of people in our community.  Most of the time these conversations end the same way--with lots of ideas, but no immediate plan of action.  

We finally decided to start the "Meadow-blog".  

To some, jumping on the blog bandwagon at this point may seem a bit outdated--even "passe".  But hey, better late than never, right?  

In all seriousness, though, we aren't writing a blog just to write a blog.  Our goal here is to create a hub of information that will be useful to our residents, both current and prospective.  In the immediate future, we plan on passing on helpful cleaning tips (which may be very useful before moving out of a home), fun DIY decoration projects that won't damage your home (i.e. affect your security deposit), resources (both physical and online) that may be of use to people in our community, and lease reminders (including dates that are important to remember.)  

We have no set timeline for our blog posts, so we'll post as we have the time to create content.  And hey--if you have an idea for a post in the Meadow-blog, let one of us know.
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