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!
One of the more annoying aspects of walking down the high street on a jaunty little shopping spree is the contact with chewing gum. It is revolting and sticks to everything your shoe touches. It is such a revolting habit. No one bothers to clean it up and yet the moan like mad when t mucks up that favourite dress or and jacket. Young and old people still chew gum regularly – apparently it’s a good stimulant for the mouth and brain. Once it’s hit the deck though it s not such a delight as it sticks down and yet remains soft and pliable, especially when some cad has dropped it on a pavement – it stays there and resolutely refuses to be picked up but as soon as someone’s brand new shoe hovers over it, it lands on that sole,never to be taken off. Well I say never, this is the stuff of nightmases. The simple answer to this problem is sugar – it dissolves and destroys the chewing gum with no power tools, no leads, no high pressure hoses. The commercial product on the market probably includes other properties too but essentially sugar!
Getting specialist cleaners and carers for certain areas of the house or office exactly when you need them is not always easy. I have chums who are expecting to be very busy in late September going in to October – they’re holding a mini Ball for their daughter in a belated “well done for qualifying last year / well done on getting back from your year of travel / even more well done for getting engaged during all this”. So quite a little bash. They do have a pretty big house and lots of dogs. My chum was telling me all about their plans when she suddenly gasped in horror at seeing a line of destruction in the hallway and front sitting room – the dogs had dragged something ghastly in from the french windows and had flung the remains around in a game . . . . . My recommendation for specialist carpet and furnishing cleaners was gratefully accepted and apparently a fantastic job was done. Always pleasing to hear back.
Having engaged a proper commercial window cleaner for the last ten years or so, I can honestly say it’s boon. Trying to clean the upstairs windows without this hep is now getting to be anightmare. It is possible of course, because modern windows are designed to be cleaned from the inside and I could do it if neessary. It involves openeing both side windows to their maximum and leaning out to clean half the centre pane – from each end of the window sill . . . . . The other method is to have tilting ones that can be unlatched and turned almost ‘inside out’ and the external side cleaned in the vertical position. When I have tackled them, I’ve found a clear spray cleaner with two eco cloths work best – I manage a much less streaky finish by spraying and wiping vigorously with first cloth and polishing off with the next. Shaking the cloth and using fresh patches each time also helps!
It can be a trial keeping the house totally dirt free when the children have been home for he holidays. With such odd weather patterns forming these days, we can’t rely on the grim winter weather to disappear at the end of March. Just as spring has sprung, bang, in comes a torrent of rain, hail, gusty winds and all that those bring. My own garden has been strewn with leaves from a usually delightfully covered shrub – they’re now all over the patio and immediate area. Being large, they collect all the rain and mucky bits – the children and dogs race in and out of the house constantly and within hours, the place looks like a tip. You can only get so much muck off with vacuuming. The rest needs a blitz by a profssional carpet cleaning outfit. This will not only clean, but toally refresh the carpet fibres, conditioning them and helping to protect them from the next onslaught!
Do you have tenants in your property? Maybe you are thinking of taking tenants if you’ve spare rooms or a house that isn’t currently lived in Whatever the situation, there will be a case for have the carpets and property professionally cleaned. After a heavy winter with a great deal of messy rain and gusty winds, folk come home and flop in front of the fire – not always too careful about taking their messy shoes and boots off quickly enough. Or perhaps you have a beloved pooch sharing the sofa . . . . To get the home back up to pristine condition, there is only one solution – engage a professional cleaning company. There are specialist carpet cleaning agencies who can also tackle other aspects of the cleaning regimes. Maybe the stairs also take a battering and need tidyig up – these will take longer but look fantastic. The new machinery is so advanced now, that cleaning is so worth paying out for.
When you’re unable to get a professional carpet cleaner in for a particular job, there are some handy ways to rectify a temporary grubby carpet. Firstly before shampooing, test a patch of the most vivedly coloured section – perhaps a bit under a chair, following the instructions on the bottle. Once it’s dry and you’re happy that no damage has occured, proceed: Move as much furniture out of the area to be cleaned if possible. Vacuum very thoroughly. Spending longer on this task will shorten the next stages. Using proper carpet shampoo, using a small washing up bowl, make up little solution. Froth it vigorously and using only the foam on your scrubbing brush, scrub the carpet in sweeping circles from the centre of the mess outwards like a bulls eye. continue in arm length circlular moving systematically across the carpet so as not to leave grubby patches. No rinsing needed. Before it dries, get a CLEAN soft broom and sweep the carpet pile in the right direction so it can be vacuumed properly when dry.
If you have a good routine at home, it is very possible to get all the normal cleaning done and still have time in the month to give the carpets a really good clean. This is something that defeats me on a regular basis. It’s not something I sweat a lot about. I don’t have children who regularly roll around my sitting room floor or pets that run about with noses pressed to the floor. But every so often, particularly in advance of a family gathering I’m hosting, I do feel that overwhelming need to get the carpets done properly. There is no doubt that the professional cleaning machine is so much better than the tiddly little amateur gizmos you can hire. The professional cleaner knows how to reach every corner. They extract the maximum grubbiness out of the carpet and it is left as soft as physically possible. Oh and the lovely sweet clean smell.