How the HomeRight Steam Cleaner Changed My Brothers Life
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Skaie Knox
Thursday, January 25, 2018

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How the HomeRight Steam Cleaner Changed My Brother’s Life

Written and photographed by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

With a right-turn, left-turn and finished combination, my brother released the padlock to his garage. He then opened the door to eight years of clutter. 
cleaning a messy garage
Sigh. What had I gotten myself into?
“I KNOW!” he immediately exclaimed, precluding any potential sarcastic (and borderline judgemental) comment I might have made.

But, no! No judgement here! To me, this was a welcomed challenge to help my twin brother, Ian, declutter his garage and, frankly, declutter his life.

Yes. According to my Auzzie organizing guru, Peter Walsch, “When you declutter your home, many other areas of your life will improve dramatically.” These areas include:

1.Reduced stress
2.Increased focus
3.Lessens procrastination
4.Reduces allergies
5.Saves you money
6.Lowers weight gain
7.Allows you to live in the moment

I must add, that having a decluttered space allows us the opportunity for ADDED LIVEABLE SPACE!

But, first things, first. 

My brother and I had to start from the beginning: CLEAR and CLEAN. Thanks to the HomeRight SteamMachine, task #2 was done so thoroughly. Here’s what we did:

#1. With the machine OFF, I removed the safety cap.
#2. Next, I attached the jet nozzle adapter, the large cleaning brush, then the two extension wands. It was a snap to put them together.
#3. Still with the steamer OFF, I added 40 oz. of water - we were going to use it for at least 30 - 40 minutes, so I poured in this maximum amount.
#5. While I waited the 8 minutes for the steam machine to heat the water, I finished sweeping out the dust and (ugh…) rat droppings. The two ORANGE and RED LED indicators made it easy for me to know when it was ready, too. When there’s only the RED light on, it’s ready to steam clean!
#4. My brother’s garage hadn’t been properly cleaned since he’d moved in, so these floors had all kinds of icky residue and (Eeek…!) rat droppings and urine. Steam cleaning gave my brother peace of mind that we were really gett’n down with deodorizing and sanitizing.
#5. I then steam cleaned every other surface he requested which included a stove/oven he was storing, his storage racks, a beach chair and his washer and dryer. Again, due to an infestation of rodents (and yes, they even set up camp on the beach chair and did their “business” there), most of these items needed a super deep cleaning.
Afterwards, I could see my twin’s shoulders relaxing as his breathing slowed. Smiling and shaking his head, he said, “I can’t believe it. I just can’t believe it. My garage has NEVER been this clean.”

Now, if that’s not changing a life…
after cleaning the garage picture

Overall, this small but mighty machine is a fantastic and versatile cleaning tool for your home. We found several uses for this project, including sanitizing and deep cleaning cement floors, hard plastic storage racks, appliances, and even fabric. 

What’s more, this hanging storage bag is available to hold all the accessories:
Bear-Bear loved it. I personally don’t have extra wall space, but, it can also be used for so many other things and can be hung on the back of a door for other cleaning, DIY or crafting supplies.
Head to the HomeJelly blog to read more about how this garage was deep cleaned.
organizing your garage
This post was sponsored by
I’ve teamed up with HomeRight and am proud to be one of their paid brand ambassadors. I also received a HomeRight product sample to use in this post and have included affiliate links to the tools and supplies I used in this project. My personal opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I wouldn’t have it any other way!


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