A long time ago i picked up a steam cleaner with the intent to clean this apartment up a bit, but never actually got around to it. (Okay, technically it's not a steam cleaner, it's a "deep cleaner" or something like that that uses hot soapy water, but close enough.)
Today i figured hey, i've got this steam cleaner lying around, and the new living room is practically empty anyways until i move my stuff in, why not actually get some use out of it? It's rather odd that when you're actually using the steam cleaner you don't really seem to notice anything happening. The carpet doesn't really change color, in fact it's hard to tell it's even gotten wet at all until you step on a spot you cleaned. The first difference i noticed was that _new_ blackish spots started appearing, and it took me a couple seconds to realize they were clumps of hair. It's amazing how much hair gets left behind by the vacuum but the steam cleaner somehow manages to pick up. Well, pick up is a relative term. It doesn't manage to suck them up, but it does pull them out of the carpet and accumulate them in strands and clumps and then pushes them around a bit, so every couple minutes you need to stop to pick up all the tangles of hair that are accumulating on the carpet.
But _other_ than that no really obvious changes, and you might think it was doing nothing at all, right up until you dump out the waste water. Which is a dark brown-grey and filled with all kinds of clumps of disgusting stuff. Wow. Eww. Wow. I'm wondering now if i should take the time to clean the carpet in my bedroom as well before i start moving more stuff in. It doesn't _look_ very dirty, but who knows what the steam cleaner would manage to suck out.
Oh, and i stopped by my storage unit on the way there to take stock of things and was horrified to be reminded of how big of a mess it is. Tons of stuff and all covered with dust and spiderwebs =P I think i need to at least start the same process with that as i'm taking with everything else, a little bit at a time. I grabbed a couple things out this time, mainly my old chair which was sitting right in front and managed to wedge it into my car with all the boxes. The more stuff i can get out of there before the frantic last minute stuffing of a UHaul the happier i will be i think.
Anyways, tired and sore from moving another thirteen boxes of stuff and doing various cleaning things. Need to go to bed and get up early tomorrow. Stupid non-vacation days =P