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In which it has white mold


I have a Breville Panini press and I use it all the time to cook.  I have never actually used it to make Panini’s but I make all my turkey burgers, chicken and pork on this press.


The only problem with the Breville Panini press is that it doesn’t have removable plates therefore it’s a bitch to clean.  It really is because it’s not like you can just dunk it in water because it’s an electrical appliance but you do need to get it clean.  Also, it has Teflon on it so you can’t scrub it too, too hard or you’ll ruin it.


I have found a method of cleaning it that I just soak wet paper towels on it overnight and then it’s easier to clean in the morning.  Still, a lot of the Teflon has been scrubbed off because I’d rather have it clean ya know?


Why am I telling you all this?  I’ll tell you why: because my mother in law also has a Breville Panini press.


So, we just got to Vermont and we’re sitting on the couch when we have this conversation:


Me:                  what’s that appliance on the floor over there?


(Keep in mind that we’re in the LIVING ROOM sitting on the couch)


Allison:            that’s my Breville Panini Press


Me:                  why’s it on the floor?


Allison:            I need to clean it


Me:                  okay, so why’s it on the floor in your living room?


John: (my father in law):  she keeps moving it


Me:                to where?


John:          from spot to spot


Me:                  what’s wrong with it


Allison:            it has white mold on it


(by the way, I had no idea what white mold was so of course, I Googled it and it’s simply known as Mildew)


Me:                  wait a minute.


Allison:            what?


Me:                  didn’t you tell me about this over a year ago


Allison:            ummm…yes


Kevin:             so that Panini press has had “white mold” on it for over a year


Allison:            yes


Kevin:             what are you waiting for?


Allison:            well, I called Williams and Sonoma up to find out the best way to clean white mold …


Me: (I’m dying laughing by now):  what did they say?


Allison:            they weren’t sure so they transferred me to another person


Me: (seriously, I’m dying laughing here):  what did THEY say?


Allison:            they weren’t sure either


Kevin:             so it’s been sitting next to the window on the floor for a year?


Allison:            no, sometimes it was sitting in a different spot


(Ok, this is hilarious and by now I’ve Googled how to clean “white mold” aka “mildew” and basically it’s just vinegar)


Me:                  ok, it says here that all you need is vinegar so lets just clean it


Allison:            no.  I’ll do it Saturday


Kevin:             mom, we can clean it right now


Allison:            NO! (ok, she’s dug her heels in) I’ll clean it Saturday morning.


Kevin:             you promise?


Allison:            yes



So we let it go although we did discuss it all weekend and guess what? She forgot to clean it on Saturday so I suppose this means that we’ll deal with it when we go up in 6 months.



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  1. Missy
    February 27, 2013

    Do you suppose it’s because our mothers, whose children have all moved out of the house, just aren’t as bothered by these sorts of things?

    My mom is currently on vacation, and she asked while she was away if I could paint her bathroom. Well as I am a painter and it would take me less than two hours, I readily agreed. When I got in there tho, I noticed that it needs more than a paint job. There are cracks in the corners and where the ceiling meets the walls. Her answer to this problem is a fresh coat of paint.

    I will have to speak to my sister, who owns the house, about paying for the supplies for a proper repair. My mom simply won’t do it. It just doesn’t bother her that much.
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    • Lynn
      February 27, 2013

      i have no idea. I think it’s just her personality, not her generation.

  2. Jacki
    February 27, 2013

    Blah! Just hoping y’all weren’t fed paninis during your visit!

  3. Julie
    February 27, 2013

    My panini press could use a good cleaning. Thanks for the vinegar tip. (And yes, they are a bitch to clean.)

  4. Jester Queen
    February 27, 2013

    Haha! You can sneak and clean it behind her back. I love that it got mildew and she couldn’t figure out how to go forward and so just started moving it from place to place

  5. Mayor Gia
    February 27, 2013

    EEk! Just throw it out. It’s not like they’re using it!
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  6. joseph piodos
    February 28, 2013

    Testing is not recommended as the first step to determine if you have a mold problem. Reliable sampling for mold can be expensive, and requires equipment not available to the general public. Residents of individual private homes must pay a contractor to carry out such sampling, as it is not done by public health agencies. Mold cleanup is usually considered one of the housekeeping tasks of the private citizen, along with roof and plumbing repairs, sweeping and house cleaning. Another problem is that there are few available standards for judging what an acceptable quantity of mold is. In all locations, there are some outdoor levels of molds. If sampling is carried out, an outdoor air sample needs to be taken at the same time as the sample indoors, to provide a baseline measurement. Since the susceptibility of individuals varies so greatly, sampling is at best a general guide.

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