Last Sunday I embarked on a bathroom shelf-papering extravaganza at mom's house. While I hung out in the hallway and waited for someone to finish using the room so I could get started, I glanced around at the walls and vents for the water heater and air conditioner. The walls are in solid shape, but need a good coat of color over the existing flat paint to get rid of the scuff marks and smudgy hand prints scattered over them.
I hadn't really noticed the vents before, but once I did I couldn't look away. They were choked with lint and what I at first took to be spots of rust turned out to be a splatter pattern that looked like someone had dropped a cola in the hall at some point and had never bothered to wipe it down. Since the vents were so close to the floor, none of us had really consciously noticed the spots before. The area felt dingy and icky, but not for any definable reason.
I already had the Krud Kutter literally in my hand since I was about to start work in the bathroom, but decided to sit down and try it out on the vents. I used an old dish brush to get between the vent slats and give it a good scrub. I tried it on one section of the vents and you can see the tremendous difference it made in the photos above. Then minutes later, and after cleaning the whole area, it's amazing how much lighter and less depressing the hall is. It stuns me to realize just how much a small, often overlooked thing can as air vents can have such a huge effect on the mood of a room as well as the people in it. It also makes me wonder about other rooms and other homes where people are feeling like things are dingy and ugly and don't know why. I think too often, we live with areas we are unhappy with or that depress us, but we aren't sure why we feel that way or where to start. Maybe something as simple as a 10-minute cleaning session is all it would take to get the ball rolling or lift us out of a funk. Thoughts, anyone?