It’s been such a strange summer so far – the school holidays are upon us and we are knee deep in chaff from the fields over the back of our houses. We don’t usually have the summer harvest until mid september but because of the strange heat and lack of rain, the crop has raced ahead and it’s safer being harvested now rather than at the usual time, when it may well be ruined by drought. This move to July combining would not normally be note worthy except it coincides with school holidays when the children are constantly milling about inside and out. This means that a lot more dust and mess is being trodden in to the carpets and all down the sofas and ingrained in the rugs. Time for professional carpet care to take place with specialist vacuuming before the heavy duty cleaning machines and carpet softening and caring solutions.
When you book a holiday home for a week or two, you get all excited, the plans are in place for all the things you want to get up to whilst you’re down in that area. Out come the tourist books and pamphlets, out come the heritage organisation membership cards, much expiry date checking goes on. This is the same for all kinds of holiday homes, be it a chalet near the beach, or a stone cottage in the dales. What we come to expect at the very least is clean and comfortable accommodation that we can relax in and eat off the floor if we so desire! Sadly this is not always the scene that greets us. For the well being of guests and owner, getting a professional carpet and general cleaning agency on board, whatever sized property, is by far the most sensible option. A job done properly will be appreciated and score well in reviews.
I’ve just finished helping out at a country house with massive grounds – big enough for a country fair to take place and not affect the ususal running of the house business. There were gun dog displays and clay pigeon shooting try out events for the townie who is secretly a budding countryfiler. Haing had conections with this property for several weeks, it never fails to impress me when the young staff scurry about taking crockery, coffee making gear and other catering boxes across from the house to the Orangery or other function rooms. They dart about, keeping carefully to the paths and in the house they never step off their well practiced routes. The carpets in the house are historic and are professionally cared for. The artefactsi in each room are lovingly cared for by the staff and professionals are involved when wedding bookings get a little merrier than planned! Professional care always needed for these carpets.
Oh my goodness did I need to get hold of some cleaners the other day. I was visiting a very ancient relative in her room at a very high end care home. The domestic staff are very helpful and chatty when they wheel their carts and give each room a twirl – more like a lick and a promise. Some of the residents still feel very uncomfortable at seeing someone else, often same age, doing ‘their cleaning’ and try to do it themselves beforehand. This is hilarious because the dusters and spray polish are hidden away for this very reason. the residents think they can do a better job, but as we know, the combination of frail wobbly old age pensioner is not steady enough on the pins to do more than cling on to the furniture on their way round to their stash of dusters . . . they leave more mess than they clean up!
I was visiting a very ancient relative in her care home the other day. Monday had seemed a good choice, I had no other bookings and the only other regular visit wasn’t due until Thursday. So off I toddled. Big mistake. Once I’d actually got parked and through the reception area, I found said relative in a real state of anxiety – there had been a major problem with the extractor fans in the kitchen, so the catering team had been moved to the old kitchen just a few doors from my relative. We had heavy duty cleaning machinery trying to break up the problem in the out pipes from the sinks and the extractor fans needed servicing to comply with the current standards book. It was fascinating watching these activities being done as quickly and carefully as possible So as to not disturb or alarm the residents. A thankless task!
Oh how much simpler it is to clean up these days – I remember when I was small, we used to visit my grand parents and they were very much oof the old fashioned “money can’t be wasted on cleaning materials” brigade. They didn’t use washing up liquid, we had to use a tiny spoonful of washing powder, and very tough stuff that was too. the actual washing was done with a bar of soak on the collars and grubby bits and then the garments either left to soak in suds, or was boiled to within an inch of its life in the copper boiler. It was such hard work for the housewife – no wonder not as many of them went out to full time work! It never ceases to amaze me how the families used to manage, grubby houses, no vacuum cleaners or washing machines. Gosh it all sounds like a nasty nightmare!
I have the most lusciously soft and comfortable honey coloured carpet throughout most of my house, it goes from one main sitting room, up the stairs and throughout the upper floor. My partner was a very keen car fanatic and this involved a great amount of mucky stuff coming into the house from the integral garage. Well, this caused rather a problem with the carpet – I used to try and clean it myself manually at home. After ashort while I realised that a professional was going to be needed. Well, what a fantastic difference – gone was the stubborn shadow of an oil stain and the honey shade came up quite a bit sharper again. I now have a professional clean every year and this is maintained by my own efforts. The cost is well worth it and I’m very proud when folk express amazement at the superb condition of the carpet bearing in mind its age!
When I was growing up, I was always in a pickle when it came to the tidiness of my part of a shared bedroom. I have two sisters and both are completely the polar opposite of me. One has definite tendencies towards OCD, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. That’s a trait I don’t entirely dislike, her rooms have always been cleaner and more welcoming than mine! The other is not quite so fussy and particular about the cleaning or swabbing down, but she does like to stick to her cleaning rota and and nothing is allowed to get in the way of that, except births and deaths – neither of which we can control the timing of. As I am not a slave to the clock, I happily engage the services of a professional cleaning company fairly regularly to tackle the carpets and other deep cleaning jobs. Fantastic value for money and worth every single penny!
Christmas approaches – well it doesn’t seem like five minutes since I was happily babbling about the one from 2016! I do not host christmas anymore – that is down to other members of the extended family. Where I go is usually calm, orderly and extremely clean. In fact the hostess has a thing about constantly wiping down surfaces and popping the cleaning sponge in her microwave oven for a quick 2 minute sterilising burst.
I have never thought about doing that – knowing my luck the spong would self combust. However, they like to have everything really clean for themselves, but even moreso when entertaining. This last year I put them in touch with a really good professional cleaning agency – they see to all rooms, even do the oven as an extra. Their expertise is second to none and everywhere smelt and felt like new. A Christmas Fairy treat for sure.
One of the things about looking after someone else’s pet is the sudden influx of mess that you don’t really expect. I have never had to think too much abut removal of muddy paw prints over a honey cream carpet or over the pale cream three piece suite. I do put massive great towels down near the back door where the hounds come bounding in. Good job I am absolutely hopeless at getting rid of old stuff that no longer seems to have a purpose or need for a space in my house . . . . old bath and swimming towels are exactly what’s needed when babysitting two energetic pups when they’ve made the most of the exploring time in my garden!
The next thing I learnt – very quickly, was that getting the carpet really clean again is to hire the services of a professional carpet cleaner – nothing beats their expertise. The finish is luxuriously soft. Just like new!