One of the joys of having grown up children is their ability to provide hours of fun by way of dog owning. The joy aspect comes in when you can look after any or all of these and then hand them back at the end of an exhausting day or week. The one minor drawback is the sheer amount of mess that accumulates during their stay. I really love having any of the three pooches here. I have a garden, and access to a very nearby dog friendly field. But the amount of debris and mud that comes back from both is quite staggering. I have quite a good strategy now though. I use one particular door only for all ins and outs. This leads onto a paved area rather than straight to the wet grass and mud. The utility room is narrow so the pooch has to remain on the door mat and towel combo to wipe paws and have body dried off. I also have a massive old bath sheet that I drape over the sofa in the family room for catching stray mud. Then regular sweeping up with a rubber broom collects as much dog hair and dust as possible.
I love my daily walks where I live in the country but as I have a bad habit of keeping my shoes on when I’m indoors, I’m always finding great clumps of dirt or muddy mess on the floor. I have a rapid action kit handy though – after brushing dry matter away completely, a small bowl is filled with hot water, a nail scrubbing brush and propretary carpet cleaning solution are promptly to the remaining mark. Working fast, from the outside inwards, containing the spread as much as possible, dabbing with a damp cloth to remove the dirty foam works best. Two or three applications, circling in opposite directions each time removing as much damage as possible. Because my carpets are honey coloured . . . I pop a tiny drop of bleach in the solution I do find this helps the cleaning action but wouldn’t on darker carpets. Pressing down with a clean e-cloth will mop up excess dampness and it can be left to dry naturally or with a hair dryer if speed is of the essence. Then vacuuming thoroughly will usually restore the carpet.
This ‘non stop weekend’ in endless lockdown’s got a bit tedious after the first heady couple of weeks; many folk having now run out of steam, and enthusiasm and with children home all day, every day, the house looks worse than a tip. So some ground rules for the hapless housekeeper… Getting a good schedule is no.1. Every day for example : Make your bed. Children should be taught from the crib to turn back the duvet to air for a while and then make their bed every morning without fail. Pick up one’s own dropped items, be they clothes, toys, books, phones etc. Do not leave for Mum or Dad. Wipe down all worktops in kitchen – disposable ‘j’ cloths are ideal here. This is especially important with us requiring constant hand washing. Sweep kitchen floor regularly through day especially when cooking or just after. Use the dishwasher more – every damp dishcloth & tea towel introduces more germs; clear away as you cook, before serving or pop in dishwasher and then clear crocks after every meal – teach children to clear the table and unload the dishwasher – after a few years they’ll know how to load it properly too.
How to keep your homes and offices clean when there’s been a pandemic generated panic buy of every conceivable cleaning material from the shops. Whilst we’re in lockdown and people are only allowed to go to work if they’re in a critical industry or cannot possibly do their job at home. There are key workers like all NHS staff and anciliaries, teachers and essential suppliers and their staff. Otherwise currently all businesses and offices remain closed. There was little time to prepare for this and so companies will have to get their cleaning work done in some sort of order. Firstly companies will have to check that no security breaches have occured; that litter in the bins is not going to compromise them. Then the whole place will need a thorough deep clean to rid stale air, possible germ retention and freshing up – carpets and flooring will need specialist clean too. Professional cleaners do this as a norm and it is advisable to contact a local company as soon as possible to book a really effective clean up before the collleagues trundle back in!
Carpets can be asked to deal with many things spread on them – hyman hairs, pet fluff, mud, debris. Doggie hair. It isn’t much good thinking just a vacuum cleaner will do the trick. They only scratch the surface. Not only is this bad for the carpet, leaving them unwashed makes them a draw for dust mites which can cause immense irritation amongst a lot of people. They can cause acute allergies on their own. However, it sems that a huge number of Britons don’t ever wash their carpets – staggeringly, one survey by a leading carpet cleaning company found that as many as 85% do not even consider they could have dirty carpet. Yukk. Washing the carpet every or 4 months with propretary shampoo and a machine will help keep the carpet in clean. It ispossible to hire machines if space is at a premium. However, using a professional carpet cleaning company is even ore efficient. The carpet will be soft and luxurious and will smell wonderful for weeks. The carpet also seems to stay cleaner for longer.
My goodness it has suddenly turned visciously cold and threatening by way of weather. Admittedly we should be expecting this to happen, it being now the real start of winter. It is absolutely fab going out in boots, thick jacket, hats and gloves to breathe in that ice cold air. I remember as a child, it was a shock to the lungs as we yelled and messed around making as much noise as possible! However, the cold and very dank weather is no help to the domestic god/esses of the world. Those organised folk who love to have a completely blemish and rubish free envronment. A messy return from fun causes such chaos in their lives it can create a bad atmosphere all round. If the home needs more than the regular vacuum, then hiring a professional carpet cleaning company to give a twice yearly ‘super clean’ is a fantastic option. They are truly professional, working around and around furniture – everything in the room reflects the effort put in and the aroma is divine!
Thinking back to the other year, oh boy did we have a seriously messy few days here – out in the sticks. The dogs had been going mad with boredom because the Lady of the house had decided it was far too muddy and damp to take them up to our usual stomping ground. It’s a farm with lots of very generously spaced walking areas for friends of the farmer. There’s plenty of nice soft grass and lots of space for dogs to let off steam. There’s also quite a lot of ud and wet lef mould between it and my lounge floor. We have one really unfortunate incident when the 3 dogs all tumbled in after each other in a massive fun fest but some clot had failed to shut the doors leading to the sitting room. Yikes – I’ve never seen a honey coloured carpet suddenly look like a junior 11s practice ground quite so quickly. There was mud and leafy stuff up the walls, over the sofa and tons of it spread around the carpet. We tried the usual trick of letting it dru but when we brushed it off, the residue would not shift! Time for the professional cleaning agency – and my word they made a fantastic job this time round. Sweet smelling and soft again, our carpets are evidence that miracles can happen!
Gosh the gardens and parks are full of leaf drop at the moment and although it’s sad that all this glorious colour is lying smulched all over the ground, there is a touch of hopefulness that next spring isn’t all that far away after all! However, this weather does present problems at home and however carefully you try to keep tabls on the trail of mess coming in, it is impossible to keep it all out. When you take dogs out for their daily constitutional . . . mud and wet stuff seems to materialise before you’ve even got the lead on. If it’s possible to leave the house and return by a dedicated back door near the dog’s day area, this will help contain some of the damage – keeping a stash of newspaper near the door, say in a handy cupboard, is handy so you can instantly whip another couple of sheets down. There are some fantastic carpet runners that are specially designed to catch mucky stuff that comes off dog paws. These are worth their weight in gold. Keeping a cloth and cleaning spray with that pile of newspaper is also a good idea so you can instantl swipe the dripping mess that will surely be making its way over the floor any time soon!
There has been such a lot in the news about children not being innoculated against the most serious of childhood illnesses. The measles problem never goes away fully. I know many people think the problem from the vaccine could be worse than the illness, but the chances of this happening are millions to one. However, lots of families are working themselves into a rather uneasy state about deciding not to vaccinate. The problem with less families actually vaccinating their children is the very quick spread of disease throughout certain communities. Once one child gets it, several follow suit and before long there is a real epidemic. When such illness strikes, cleaning up the home during and afterwards is absoluely critical. Children tend to spread mess everywhere so carpets especially need to be thoroughly cleaned. A professional cleaning agent is the best method. They will clean and disinfect the carpets and make them smell wonderful into the bargain.
Our house was brand new in early 2000s when my family moved in, lovely and smart. Like other families taking a new house for the first time ever, we took photos on the day when we were allowed in to measure up for curtains etc. Our son managed to master the taking of videos and took lots of pretty good videos of us wandering from room to room. An amusing running commentary was added and we did the trick of opening all the cupboard and room doors for her to make a grand entrance! The carpets had yet to be fitted. We had chosen a gorgeous pale honey colour. Probably a big mistake, especially as we had a complete petrol head living in, his greatest joy was mooching about in garage and then coming into the house via the integral door. . . It’s amazing how efficient a professional cleaning company can be when faced with half a engine of oil over the new honey carpet!