Joe has been helping me with the maintenance of our kitchen while I go about the tasks of cleaning.
Thursday I pulled the stove out to clean that nasty space, and the gross spill over messes. The last time I did this was about 7 years ago. If you will be attempting this nasty challenge…the first thing on your list is to get the power shut off to the stove. Go to your breaker box and find the switch/fuse for the “Range” or stove and flip the switch to the OFF position.
If you have a “Self Cleaning Oven” move the latch to the closed position. This will allow you to pull the range/stove away from the wall using the oven door handle.
This is not as nasty as I figured it would be….but it was plenty NASTY! The side of the stove had quite a bit of dried up spills.
The floor where the stove had been was in dire need of a sweep and mop. Unplug the range/stove before you go to sweeping and mopping in there. You can push the stove further away for easier access to this area.
The counter strip next to the stove needed to be cleaned, as did the cabinet walls and the back wall behind the stove.
The builders of this home slapped stuff up in their efficient hurry to get on to the next house. We live in a mobile home so the construction process is done with less than quality materials. The Formica strips at the counter edges were coming off or had completely fallen off over the years we have lived in this house.
Joe prepped the areas where he would be working. Protecting the cabinets from any spills of Contact Cement.
Contact Cement can be purchased at any home improvement center or hardware store.
One of the cans had dried up. The other can was still good.
With a paint stir stick, give the product a slow stir. You won’t need to whip this stuff into a bubbly frenzy. Work the stir stick all around the bottom of the can and the sides to get all the chemicals mixed together.
This REALLY needs to be done in a well ventilated area. With the single digit temperatures we are experiencing the cold air coming in the front door was welcome. I had nearly every ventilation fan running in the house. This stuff will make you dizzy and give you a headache from the fumes.
Joe painted the Contact Cement to both surfaces on the strip that was coming off. Paint the stuff on the counter board and the Formica. He stuffed the paint stir stick between the strip and counter to keep the two painted pieces from touching while the Contact Cement dried to a tacky state.
Joe painted the Contact Cement on the counter edge where the pieces had fallen off. He then painted the strips themselves and left them to dry to a tacky state on the table.
When the Contact Cement had dried to a tacky state the strips were put back on the counter. Using a “Maul” and a piece of wood, Joe tapped the strips into place causing the cement to fully adhere to both surfaces. While he was at it Joe fixed the strip at the other end of the counter as well.
Joe put a smear of Vaseline on the blades of the electric plug before I pushed it into the socket. He says “The Vaseline will keep the plug from getting corroded”.
Plug the range/stove back in, push the appliance back into position, then restore power to the unit from the breaker box.
Joe had an opportunity to go to Fort Worth, Texas for a “Single” move coming back up to Oklahoma City. I went with him yesterday to help him with the move. I think the “Big Dog” deserves to be let out after all the work he has helped me do 😀
Team work is what this is called 😀