The Mother Ship
Six years ago, I bought a Karcher steam cleaner. It was one of the small ones because I had wanted to buy it to steam the wall-hung aircon unit in the bedroom. I had observed how the aircon technician serviced the aircon and I hit upon the idea that if I could shoot hot steam into the blower, I could keep my aircon sterilised of all pathogens (especially those that cause Legionnaire's Disease)... and resolve The Husband's sinus problem.
I didn't need a big unit, I thought. It's just a small aircon, I thought.
After one month, I so regretted. The very night after the aircon was steam cleaned, The Husband's sinus disappeared completely. I steam cleaned the aircon once a week, and saved $30 a month on servicing... and we breathed clean air every night for 6 years. Then, I discovered that the steam cleaner blasted oil off my stovetop... whitened grout lines in our rental apartments (where the tenant seemed to have NEVER cleaned house). I regretted I didn't buy the unit with the biggest tank because I ran out of steam before half my kitchen was done. So, I reverted to the good old scrub and soap technique for the kitchen.
Anyway, I was faithful to my puny Karcher for 6 years. Then, before X'mas 2010, it gave up its ghost. A Karcher is a good $500 plus and so I held back from buying one. After all, soap and scrub worked ok... and I decided that perhaps the aircon could be washed with a normal tea tree oil spray.
Last night, The Husband complained that his sinus was so bad that his throat was sore from swallowing the mucus produced by his nose. And Lazy Petunia felt immediately guilty. My nose could already detect the smell of fungal growth blowing from our bedroom aircon unit. It was no wonder that The Husband's nose went on strike!!
So, we rushed out to Harvey Norman and bought us a steam cleaner with double the capacity. The aircon was steamed 3 times, drenched with rosemary oil solution, steamed once more. The Husband can breathe again.
The unit went downstairs where I steam mopped the kitchen floor tiles. Oh! The smoothness! There was no trace of any stickiness and I didn't have to use any soap!! Whoooooo! Petunia was inspired. Steamed EVERYTHING... cackled and laughed like an old witch with a new broomstick. Steamed EVERYTHING!
I had so much fun asking The Daughter and The Husband to identify which grout line had been steamed... which tile had been steamed... and WILL YOU LOOK AT THAT DIRT that flew outta there!!??
Today... the kitchen. Tomorrow... the bathroom. And then... mwahahahaha... THE CAR!! Okay lah... maybe not the car.
Anyway, here's what I do to my aircon blower...
- Remove cover, and filter panels.
- Wash filter panels as per normal.
- Attach the detail nozzle (see first picture at the top) to the spray gun and shoot high pressure steam into the exposed metal parts of the blower.
- Fill a pump spray canister with 1l of water plus 30 drops of tea tree oil.
- Spray into the exposed metal parts of the blower.
- Wait 15 minutes for tea tree oil to kill the fungus.
- Shoot high pressure steam into the blower again to rinse.
- Voilà! Clean air all night!