In the 'olden days' when I was a stay at home mom, I kept a very clean house. Actually obsessive-got it from my mom. Even then I managed to scrub the kitchen floor too hard, removing the Congoleum finish in one spot, did get a new wooden floor thanks to that. The past few years though-13 of them anyways-first because working 75+ hours a week for the first few years, with teenaged kids, then having my folks and a nurse move in, made me 'relax' my cleaning standards or lose my mind. I did too well at the 'relax' mode, though not enough to keep my kitchen floor safe, I had to replace with ceramic this time. Still and all, much got away from me. (Try moving from a 5 BD, 3 bath house to 3 BD, 1.5 bath townhouse. Now add in parents things from their home.) Anyways, it's time to sell-parents are gone and kids done with college. So it's been crazy time hauling things to the curb, moving stuff to storage place, books! Oh my, books! Just about at the point to go for 'real cleaning.' Yesterday took down the blinds from patio door, the ones that hang vertical. I smoke, my dad smoked, very icky. So I washed and rinsed them in kitchen sink, they came out ok, but not what I wanted. Brainstorm! Fill the bathtub with hot water, bleach, grease 'lightening. Put the slats in there for 15 minutes. Now they look like 70's pop art. Going to have to replace that. LOL! I wish I was writing a recipe or something, but it's take out for the foreseeable future.