Cleaning the New Place


My polished door knocker.

I like almost everything about my new apartment: the charming and walkable neighborhood, the affordable rent, the just-right-for-me size, the responsiveness of the management when I make a request, the city life unfolding in the park across the street [dog walkers, yoga practitioners, frisbee players, would-be readers perusing the take-one-leave-one book kiosk, people resting in the shade on their stroll home from the grocery store, a girl playing in the fountain on a hot summer day, and so much more.]


Dirty door knocker before being polished.

What I don’t like about it, is that when I moved in, it was not up to my standards of cleanliness. Not even close. Almost every surface was filthy: the fridge, the cabinets, the bath tile and the windows and sill.


Here you can see a section where I have removed the first layer of grime from the window sill.

Happily, I know how to clean things. And I have more time now then ever before in my life to make my place pretty. What in other homes took years, I should be able to accomplish in a couple months.

Anyway, don’t expect photos until I’ve cleaned the place up bit.


8 thoughts on “Cleaning the New Place

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Looks great! i have a brass knocker very similar. How did you clean it? Did you remove it first? What materials did you use? Take care, Elizabeth


    • Fawn says:

      Well, I researched online to find which products to use. In the videos, it looked like Brasso worked the fastest, with the least elbow grease. But I did not have any of that. I did have Barkeeper’s Friend and found that using that mixed in a paste with water and rubbing with a rag did the trick. In a couple of the nooks and crannies, I used cotton-tip swabs to go where my fat fingers could not get. I did remove it from the door first. There were two small screws, easily visible and I also had to unscrew the glass piece you look through. Good luck!


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