Wednesday, 23 April 2014
If you don't like pictures of dirt and grime, this post probably won't be for you! Also, yes - that is my overflowing book collection in plastic boxes in my dining room - what can I say, I have too many - and I need to get my gardener friend round to take care of the forest that is my back garden!
We were recently sent the Thane H20 X5 Steam Cleaner to review. It has taken me a while to get this review up as I really wanted to give it a thorough test and with a very messy toddler I definitely had a chance to!
The mop is a 5 in 1 steam cleaning system: a floor cleaner, carpet steamer, hand held steamer, window cleaner and garment steamer (we're planning on trying it on our fabric sofa!). It uses simple tap or distilled water and kills up to 99% of bacteria. It works on a variety of floor types and comes with a whole assembly of accessories to enable you to use it for whichever purpose you require.
Currently retailing at £79.99 down from £99.99, you have probably seen this product featured all over the TV adverts with plenty of high praise. I'm always one to be sceptical of high praise - after all, I've fallen for hype when it comes to beauty products before and been bitterly disappointed - so I wanted to see if this really could get rid of the nitty gritty.
A steam cleaner had long been on our list of household items to purchase but we never seemed to purchase one - usually because as soon as we had enough money saved up, our hoover would pack up (we're on our 3rd one in 2.5 years now and this one already looks like its on its last legs...). We decided to try it out for the first time when Steve had some holiday from work so he could do the hard graft and I could take the pictures.. I have him well trained, don't I? ;)
As you can imagine, things get dirty very easily with a toddler and when living in private rented accommodation, you want to take every precautionary measure to make the place gleam in the hope of getting your deposit back. Whilst we have no intention of moving yet, its best to tackle problems like stains now than have trouble down the line. It is only very slight but in the above two pictures, the top has a slight stain from where Jack dropped something - I'm not sure what. Whilst it hasn't completely disappeared, the steam cleaner has definitely removed the majority of it and I am really glad - I hadn't noticed it was there before so I dread to think how long it had been there!
With a toddler in the house and friends who often pop round and go out the back for a crafty ciggie, the glass panes in our patio doors are filthy. All the other windows in our house were changed and updated a month or two ago except these and they probably still had the workmens dusty fingerprints on them too from when they were traipsing in and out the house.
Jack was very amused by the steam as you can imagine although we kept him a safe distance away from it at all times. As you can see, the windows started to sparkle immediately - whilst we obviously can't reach the outsides of the first floor windows, we will definitely save a pretty packet on window cleaners by doing the inside and outside of the downstairs windows!
Finally we thought we would try it on the seal/lining at the bottom of the patio doors. Steve's parents occasionally bring their dog round, people are always traipsing in and out the back door and sometimes people even have a sneaky ciggie out the door whilst standing slightly in the house to shelter from the rain - all this makes for ickiness when it comes to the bottom of the door. Once we noticed how bad it was, we thought we'd give the steam cleaner a whirl and see how it fared.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
I'm back again with another Like Love Loathe! This was meant to be Easter themed but as you will see in my loathe, things didn't go according to plan...
I'd love for you to link up your Like, Love, Loathe posts as I really enjoy reading them! All I ask is that you link back to me if possible :) - Please remember they have to be in the same format as this post, not just a random post linked up :)
|Image courtesy of the lovely Sarah|
I wonder... do you ever feel likes days are just passing you by? I was just taking a look through my recent pictures and it astounds me just how much Jack is changing by the day. His features, his speech, his movements - he's becoming a real walking, talking human which seems crazy when it seems like I was holding him in my arms, a few minutes old just weeks ago.. when in reality it was over two years ago!
Where's my baby gone? He is a proper little boy now.
Monday, 21 April 2014
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Welcome one and all to this weeks Posts of the Past and Present! Thank you to everyone who linked up last week.
To get you in the mood for sharing we wanted to share a couple of the posts from the last link up that we loved - if you missed it the topic was: Books, TV and Movies.
The Books of March by plasticrosaries.com
Bex: This post made me want to buy ALL THE BOOKS
How I Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Someone Else's Genuis
Sarah: I have a zombie obsession, honestly I'm sure they are going to come and get me one day (in my dreams or something) so this post kept me enthralled - I don't want to give to much away you just HAVE to go over and read it.
Just as a reminder we don't want to hold rules above you all but we would suggest that perhaps you give anyone's blog you like the look of a follow and perhaps leave a couple of comments then end them with #pastandpresent so people know where you have come from.
So enough with the rambling and onto the good stuff! This week's topic is:
Food and Recipes We want to know what you have written, past or present that has to do with 1, 2 or all of these topics; but how it relates to that theme is up to you, it could be a favourite recipe, a review of your favourite cake, that great monthly food box.. Whatever you want.
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