When you’re expecting to entertain lots of folk, especially during the lighter, airy summer months, it can be quite a challenge to get the house really clean and in tip top condition. My mother would have worked herself into the ground to get the last wee bit of dust and grubbiness off the floors and out of the seating and furniture. Before we had the luxury of fitted carpet we had floorboards covered by heavy duty rugs. Twice a year these had to be lugged out – one at a time . . and hung over the very sturdy washing line. Then they were given a robust beating all over with a rather fancy woven cane carpet beater with a movement not unlike a tennis backhand. Stubborn marks had to be removed with a damp cloth rubbed on the carbolic soap bar, until the wonder of 1001 carpet cleaner fluid came along. that, and the sweet little carpet shampoo machines suddenly revolutionised carpet cleanuing. Until even better, contract cleaning companies came along and did the whole thing for a fee – worth every single penny!
There has been quite a revolution in the world of home and domestic cleaning. Gone are the days when housewives lugged around a massive vacuume cleaner that weighed the earth and had an irritatingly short lead. I well remember the days of my grandmother doing her cleaning routine – we shared her great big house and she refused to employ help. Housework and especially cleaning, was her domain. We’d trail behind her and watch as first, she laid out newspaper in front of each fire place. Out would come the old bits of old coa and ash, the debris swept out and a new fire laid in very strict order. The knelt on newspaper carefully wrapped up tightly to enclose every messy particle and then it was laid on top of the new fire in the grate – to be burnt to nothing. We definitely had less rubbish to throw out then – in the days when the dustbin men came very week and we had only one galvanised bin to be tossed on their shoulder and taken to the cart, rather than us taking our wheelies out to them!
The stairs are a tricky area for most older folk to clean. Being less mobile and unable to carry heavy objects, balancing the vacuum cleaner in one hand and stop it falling down the stairs is an art in itself. Then if you don’t have cordless – so most older folk then – it can be awkward manhandling it whilst you swap the plug from the hallway socket up to the landing one! I have found quite honestly that by taking a very stiff hand brush and a narrow bristled paint brush, I can get my stairway very clean with a fraction of the effort. The hand brush can be relied upon to really give the treads and uprights a really invigorating go over, especially in the crease. Surprising how much dust and debris can be brushed up that way. The paint brush cleans between the hand bannister and the stairwell. It’s usually too tight to get a vac nozzle down. I also use this brush between the spokes of the bannister going up the stairs and along the landing – and around the back of the loo and down amongst the fixings. Clean in a whisker and so little effort. The only better way – my real favourite, is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company every year to get them super clean and dandy!
We all need to really think about the environment a lot more than we do. There are currently lots of youth inspired rallies and protests demanding the government ‘do’ something to reduce the damage we do to our little bit of the planet. Sadly it’s not something that can be achieved overnight. After years of forming bad habits, it’s hard to change. There are millions of diesel cars on the road every day; thousands of buses and taxis. Worst of all are lorries. These all contribute massively to the mess in the atmosphere and this in turn drifts down to our floor levels. In high congestion areas this is a real problem. Not only affecting the breathing of many folk, but also ruining buildings and internal fabrics. But we can’t just stop driving cars without making good alternative methods of transport easily available. So grubby buildings and carpets for a little bit longer chaps.
There are so many ways to ruin the carpet in a home – be it an unscheduled delivery of fruit juice or coffee all over it – mopping up the worst of it immediately is critical. Kitchen roll is best, if the mess is more solid, scraping off the excess first. The only sure way of removing the resulting marks before they become a truly indelible stain is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. Over the years they have gained experience of removing every conceivable mark and mess. The use the best technology advanced machinery and eco friendly chemical products. with hot water extraction methods, somtimes up to 120 degrees, not only does it clean the carpet, but ensures it dries bacteria free. Of course, they can do other cleaning too – most companies can undertake full end of tenancy cleans and steam cleaning of kitchens and glazed areas. The company should hold full public liabiity insurance.
Just watching my neice’s little two year old tot tearing around the other day made me utterly exhausted. I had forgotten how fast toddlers can be. She was into everything – poor old great grandma’s set of 3 oriental cats made of a delicately painted balsa wood seemed to be the target this time. Tot was not content with just looking at them, as Grandma was trying to encourage. When a tot gets a bee in their bonnet, nothing, short of dynamite is going to shift it! This lass was up on her feet and tearing around before we could put our cups down. It was only after a few minor tumbles and exited romps, that we noticed the odd colour of Tot’s once cute pinafore dress and matching tights ensemble. The pretty pale pink had now been transformed into dirty grey. Time for Great Grandma to get the carpet cleaners on board, Very quickly from the evidence presented!
I was thinking about starting my decorating programme and realised that I was a bit limited in how much i could reall do myself. I know of course, how to rub down paintwork, woodwork and doors. I have the materials in my garage to do all this, but my stability on a ladder is not as good as it should be and a slip last year has dented my confidence in doing even simple things if it involves anything higher than a step stool. This is a shame because otherwise I am quite capable. I can’t really do half the job, i.e. do all the levels to which I can reach without climbing. So I’ve decided to invest in having a company come and do the redecoration work. I will beforehand though, have a professional carpet cleaning company to deal with years of build up in my gorgeous honey coloured woolen carpet.
You just can’t imagine the mess and debris that was left after we had a family bonfire party in November. My goodness me, there were dog hairs all over the floors and furniture. The windows were left with dribbles all over both sides of the lower floor reaching ones. What we also noticed too was the sheer amount of additional muddy deposits left around the downstairs in corners of rooms and anywhere within shouting distance of each dog. The muck just comes off the dogs very easily when they groom themselves. When I try to de-mud them, a rather gallant fight ensues betwen me with cleaning wipes and the dogs who don’t mind being covered with half a ton of damp sliding mud. The mess they make in the kitchen is incredible. One shake after a rain storm and the entire bank of white goods needs something more than a small wipe!
I sometimes find I’ve been so busy the house seems to overtake me. I literally get to the point where I feel a panic come on when I can’t control the flow of paperwork that mounts up. When I’m tired in the evening after a day at work, it’s too easy to cook the meal, leaving the carnage around the kitchen, and then feel far too tired to clean up afterwards. I admit I’m a lazy monkey and this has caused me a great deal of stress over the years. I seem unable to achieve the perfect system of clearing up as I go along with the cooking. Washing down the worktops and putting everything away as I work would be the obvious route but I still struggle with most of that! A professional cleaner coming in to sort my mess is such a boon, just as a luxury hygiene boost very quarter!
Oh my goodness have I had a busy summer this year. I’ve been ou in the garden less than usual but somehow a lot more of it has found its way in to my sitting room. There is the perennial problem of coming in with garden boots on – I always regret it and hen find I’ve got muddy foot prints to contend with. The vacuum clean doesn’t do quite so much in clearing the mud. I had a miracle leaflet land on the mat – from a well known cleaning agency in this area – they described to a T the scenario I’ve found myself in. On a home visit to discuss my needs, the owner discussed many options available to me, with all the costings and assured me that they do indeed bring all the materials and equipment they need. I asked about their personal and public liability insurance too and all was fine and dandy.
When you have a dog in the house it can be quite a challenge to get the hairs out of the carpets and soft furishings. Whenever I’ve had my daughters two lively hounds over for even just an hour or so, it’s incredible how many hairs disperse themselves throughout the dowstairs! I find I’m constantly sweeping them up from under the sofas, especially on the hard floors in the kitchen area. I now get a special powder which I spray about to make the hairs attach to the carpets less easily. The smell is much nicer after I’ve left it on for an hour or so before a thorough and systematic vacuuming. I also empty the vac very often into my compost bin – it saves the hair from escaping out into my house again from the main bin and someone told me it helps to mesh together with the greenery to speed up compost.
There have been reports in newspapers about the rise in rat populations around the country – pointing out that the lack of bin emptying by councils is directly to blame for this unpleasant side effect of a very hot summer. Folk need to keep on top of cleaning as it’s true that bins overflowing with garbage, not wrapped carefully and placed in black bags first, will attract vermin of all sorts and specialist teams must be brought in to clear this before we get the return of plagues. We laugh, but without really keeping on top of sweeping and vacuuming up loose crumbs, food products and packaging, rats and mice are very quick to make their entrance. It needs professional baiting and control. I know mice have burrowed into a little external hole and made it up to the loft. It made me get in the council experts for eradication and advice. And a professional cleaner to keep me in control!
We really are dealing with the most challenging of weathers this year. Firstly the winter was seriously cold, damp and eventually snowy. This lasted right up through March and into April. In fact it was the first icy Good Friday I remember for many years. This found us needing much more cleaning and scrubbing out than usual for the festivities – after all, who wants family guests milling around knee deep in wet grubby floors! I was cheesed off with the amount of mucky debris left behind after caring for a relative’s dogs just before Easter. I decided to engage a professional cleaner – she was marvellous, had that busy manner about her and a very good method for cleaning the whole house and doing what my grandmother used to refer to ‘a good bottoming out’. Now that we’ve had this unusually hot summer, have retained her services and I feel so much happier with my lot.
I live very near a historic and well established arable farm. For most of the year this is delightful with few problems. However, there are a few things in the year that we have to put up with if we want the nice side of farming neighbours. To start with, we have the harvest to contend with. Farmer Bloggs never announces when he’s going to harvest the crops in the huge field next door. We just find out when that’s imminent because they check the crop on a daily basis and then the massive combine harvester goes chuntering around the field at night. Fortunately, always at night. We use a professional carpet and house cleaning agency to completely rid us of the irritating residue. The chaff and messy airborne waste comes down on everything – infiltrating the windows and doors. We find it gets into all the nooks and crannies, trodden into the carpets and throughout the furnishings.
I booked my annual trip over to stay with best chum in cyprus some months ago. In fact the cheap fares came out back in October and as always, I went into the panic ticket sourcing frenzy in the belief that if I didn’t book and pay for them there and then, I might miss the best bargain. Well that excitement well out of the way, I looik forward daily, to my two weeks of blissful warmth and relaxation. I don’t have any housework tasks over there but I do like to try and help. I clean the ensuite in my guest bedroom and sweep around the swimming pool – wipe around the patio set to get the daily dust showers removed. It really is so relaxing over there but to listen to my chum in the weeks preceding my arrival, it always sounds like a lot of hard work.
Ho ho what a joy this warmer weather is turning out to be. Only 3 days into a total improvement on recent weeks but of such magnitude that it’s almost worth making a song and dance of it! A relative has got two dogs. One is a tall but neatly slim labrador and the other is a shorter and compact border collie. They’re literally fit as a butcher’s dog – pun intended. They form the fast half of a quartet of flyball participants and go training every Saturday and Tuesday eve. So great dollops of wet mud and muck come trailling into the car, hallway, lounge . . . . . . . It is amazing though how much muck comes off the dogs just sitting on their rough blankets in the dog compartment of the huge family car. When they get home, it’s all hands on trying to get them into the house without shedding any mess. A professional carpet cleaning exercise ensues every month.
Nothing signals the need for a really good carpet cleaning session than when you’ve had your grand children over – well apart from having some dogs to stay who don’t normally inflict themselves on your calm orderly home! There is something amazing about the speed and the spread of the mess that occurs after a long walk out in the countryside when you’ve had a winter’s day full of rain and slushy mud. I have this double occurence occasionally – only twice a year it must be said, but by golly I need help then. I always engage the services of a dedicated carpet cleaning agency – they really do have the right equipment and the experience to get deep down, the hairs come off the furniture too with some of their know how. If I don’t do this, I’m forever finding a vacuum full of dog hair for the next month.
There hae been some truly amazing things happen in this house in the several years I’ve owned it. Children causing the odd food based issue and maybe the odd toileting mishap. Each of these were dealt with by way of swift bowl of warm cleaning solution and scrubbing brush. The same can be said for the many calamaties occuring when my partner used to take apart car engines in the integral garage and forget to leave the messy bits on the bench when he came in for a cuppa! The latest and interestingly, hardest to deal with, has been the mess when I’ve been pet minding for my son. Two great hounds and hey the house is filled with hair and the most incredible amount of mud. But I have a wonderful relationship with the best cleaning company in the world and they get the mess removed and condition my carpets, furniture and humour for a very reasonable fee!
We have a small family and we are rather spread around, no one lives close to any of the other members and so each meet up is rather special and takes quite a bit of organising. There’s always someone away or on duty when a date is suggested. That is why a particular gathering last Autumn was such a total success. It began as a suggestion for an only grandaughter to celebrate their 30th birthday with a small party. Just a handful of folk perhaps with a barbeque and buffet. Well once the list was made up of who the lass actually wanted at the party, it snowballed to include those who really should be there etc. In the end it was a fabulous reunion for 3 or 4 branches of the family . Exactly the kind of ‘do’ that needs the premises spotlessly clean and presentable. With the professional help available it was easy peasy, lemon squeasy, as they say.
All throughout the spring and summer months we rarely think about snow, ice, slushy dirty stuff that’s left around after the first hard snow of the winter months. Once the initial excitement has disappeared, the snowmen lean lopsidedly in the middle of a green and white patchy lawn, the slush ends up on boots, in boots, on cats, dogs, small children, and eventually in the house. It’s incredible just how far this mucky stuff managed to spread. The use of industrial granulated salt is critical to get driving or walking without slipping on the ice, but as that melts away, it all ends up really filthy and black. Trying to get that out of a cream or honey coloured hall carpet i s no joke. I have found the best method is to engage a dedicated carpet and home cleaning agency – it has revolutionised my entire being, such efficiency for so little outlay!
Oh the joys of having small children around. It can be alarming just how quickly a nine month old baby can eject herself around the room – from just sitting noisily in a bouncy chair where the tray could be wiped down constantly, the sofa and all she can survey have suddenly become one grubby and germ filled playground!
At this point we realised much more cleaning needed to be done – the baby had already found sticky bits of paper down the sides of the sofa – thanks to grandpa and his toffee habit. then there was the incident with the hot cup of tea on the edge of the coffee table. No harm done to either apart from the pool of hot wet liquid rapidly sinking through the carpet. Once baby and all her stuff had gone, I booked a professional total house clean so I could keep it pretty clean in between visits.
I have my daughter’s pups over quite regularly, they are a bit of a mischief it has to be said, but their unconditional love and affection back to me make up for any little indiscretions that occur. I have only ever had a cat in the past, not a lot of cleaning needed with old Tom. The odd ginger hair to be swept up here and there, but not the massive vacuuming job that I do when my two furry grandchildren have gone back home.
The way to keep the house in some sort of order is to confine the pupsters to just two rooms and not let them upstairs at all. I find this system helps me no end, I just keep them where there’s a hard floor, easily mopped, and their sleeping quarters are near the vacuum cleaner cupboard. Not letting them up on the bedrooms make great sense – Sorted!
One of the main tools for cleaning carpets and other flooring in your home is to use a vacuum cleaner. In years gone by, homeowners had to use a broom and a dustpan to collect dirt and throw it away. Vacuum cleaners have made the job much less hard work, and are more efficient at picking up dust and dirt.
A good vacuum cleaner will be powerful enough to suck up all the grime on your floors. If you have pets which shed pet hair all over, you’ll need to look for a cleaner which advertises as being good for pet hair. This is important for those with hair allergies – the vacuum cleaner can help reduce symptoms.
Another feature to look out for is the number of attachments it has. It is useful to have a crevice tool to help you get into narrow spaces, an extending hose and upholstery attachments. These will help you keep your whole house clean and dust free.
If you have stairs in your house, it might be worth looking for a ligherweight vacuum cleaner so it is easier to get up and down the stairs with it. Some upright cleaners are difficult to manoever on the stairs, so look for a more compact cleaner.
I was lucky enough to attend a family party held in the club house of a very nice, family friendly sailing club. It was a real treat to be able to spread ourselves about, outside on the decking, picnic tables and chairs along the verandah overlooking the huge lake made it an absolutely fabulous venue.
The drawback is the kitchen – it had facilities to cater for up to 150 people with all the crockery, cooking implements and everything stacked in massive great stainless steel cabinets, just as you would find in a hotel setting. The cleaning up is left to the hirer or committee members. There are not the same rules and regulations in place, just guidance notes on hygiene matters and all that. This is where a professional cleaning company does such a fabulous job – they steam clean from top to bottom, a thoroughly efficient job giving absolute peace of mind.
The need to clear up after a family has descended on your house is always a bit of a shock after the last of the gang has waved their thanks on their way home. You go back into the once calm and tidy sitting room and notice for the first time, all the crisps and sausage roll remains ground into the carpet. The odd glass of red that has gone over the carpet near the window. Then the unmistakable signs of food spread uncaringly around the stairwell and as you go back upstairs to the recently vacated guest rooms, there is all the stripping of bedding and laundry to attend to.
Well fear not. The best way to deal with this is to see to the guest bedding and laundry yourself but to get a professional cleaning company in to sort out the rest. Their expertise brings rapid results and calm is restored!