We rarely get so bogged down with family events that we forget the outer reaches of our own. But in recent weeks, we have seen quite a lot of our families – something to do with memorial for so many of past generations who lost their lives in the first world war and this year of course, it has been Armistice Day for ages this year. I wanted to ensure our carpets and soft furnishings will be as lusciously clean, soft and very much sweeter smelling. The annual firework display up at the main Hall is always fun to attend. This year though that other little family tradition was a bit shortened – because we were having a mini rememberance service to commemorate withthe nation, the 100 years since the armistice. Anyway we needed to engage the local carpet cleaning company and they were absolutely fantastic – we all like brand new feet and carpets.
Ah the excitement of half term holidays is never greater than the October one. Having had a fantastic summer – totally unexpeced heat and sun for week upon week, we were ready to get back to normal and that means a resumption of work in September. But aftera few weeks, the interest has waned and a break from the relentless slog is needed. The autumn break always see us hire a cottage somewhere. This year we chose Derbyshire – back to the Peaks and all the beautiful walks. We had a lovely little cottage, just off the town centre. the walking was fantastic and the welcome at the cottage even better. When we got home though, back to the routine. We noticed how stuffy and stale the lounge and dining carpet smelled. We engaged a truly great local carpet cleaning company who really make a fantastic job of the carpets, leaving them really clean and smelling utterly gorgeous.
We all know families who are very tidy and organised. I often wonder when I visit these homes, how exactly do they manage to keep their floors so clutter and dirt free . . . My neighbours are particularly good. They have teenagers in the house too – with their very gorgeous labradoodle dog. She has very a pretty shaggy ginger coat and she’s huge. I think they were very clever when they bought her – she doesn’t moult or shed hair. Now that’s my kind of dog. Whereas the other neighbours have two small dogs, one generic white fluffy terrier and a miniature daschunt. These are both extremely excitable and go boucing around and happing fiercely as often as possible. Both sets of neighbours are on the same page where cleaning is concerned. Hire the services of a tough carpet and domestic cleaning agency. They work miracles and the carpets come up soft and sweet smelling.
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!