by Julie Finch-Scally
If you are like me you will have a considerable space on either side of the fridge. Now it is large enough to store extra shelves from the oven or large chopping boards, but not quite large enough for the head of a broom to fit.
The other day I had reason to remove that extra oven shelf and noticed how dusty and dirty that gap by the side of the fridge was. I was having visitors and although I knew they wouldn’t even see that dirty space, I knew it was there and had to do something about it.
Even pushing the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner wouldn’t lift the dirt, and that was due to the fact that the dust and dirt over the months had stuck to the floor. Kitchens are known for their dampness and humidity and this causes the dust to absorb the moisture and stick to tiles and floors.
I removed the articles I was storing on either side of the fridge and used the hand brush to reach in and try to remove the loose dust. That concept was good, but the process wasn’t. My arm couldn’t completely reach into those spaces so the hand brush only went two thirds of the distance. What to do?
I have always used a duster-on-a-pole with an extending handle to reach in, around and under those very tight spaces, so I pushed the duster-on-a-pole into the spaces until it reached the rear wall and dragged out as much of the loose dust as possible.
Of course the floor was still dirty, so I had to devise a method for cleaning the floor. The answer? I took the handle of the broom and wrapped a used tea towel rinsed out in dish washing water around the end. I then pushed the broom handle into the gap up to the wall and slowly wiped across the floor bringing the handle further and further towards the front of the gap.
Although I did have to repeat the wipe over of the floor a couple of times, eventually the dirt was removed and the floor in the space between the fridge was clean. Yes I could have moved the fridge out to get to that area, but I was on my own and moving fridges in not one of my fortes, so I had to improvise.
If the gap between your fridge needs a clean try this method. If there is still a problem let me know, but I am sure it will work.