The change from hot sunny summer weather to coller and blustery autumnal does come rather quickly. We are noticing this with far more storms approaching from the Americas. At one time a huge force 12 typhoon would be world shatteringly news worthy but these hefty storms are happening far more frequently. We don’t get the full force here in the UK but we do get the tail ends of them which causes a great deal of mess and sometimes, destruction of trees, fences, and gardens. This mess then gets into the house and however hard we try to keep on top of the situation, mess and debris lingers. When it becomes a struggle to clear up autumn mess, engaging the services of a good carpet cleaning company, or general household cleaners will be a boon. They really can bring the sunshine back into the home. Somehow they manage to clean really well, they offer a service that cannot be beaten by the average family members!
It has always been a special thing to be able to say you have a cleaner call once or twice a week. It’s never been something my own family were able to have when I was growing up but I do know homes that are serviced regularly now and my goodness me they are much nicer! There is something really lovely about being able to enter a downstairs cloakroom and see the gleaming taps and washbasin. Mrs Mop manages to get the shine deeper than anything I’ve ever achieved. I can think of one property with just a couple, no children but three very lovable and active pooches. They make a real mess – dirt and mud from walks, food sprayed around in the eating frenzy twice a day. Their cleaner is fantastic – in just 2 hours she manages to get the kitchen, dog/utility room and main sitting room absolutely spotless and with a real gleam on every surface. Worth every penny indeed.
Summer holidays – what a lot happened on ours this year. My goodness we had grandchildren, dogs, walking holidays, boating crew. Just about anything that could occur, did. It was a tremedendous time had by all. Topped off with a neice’s 30th birthday. Party for that was held in our local sailing club bar. Luckily they do their own cleaning, not too arduous as it’s all wooden floors, seating etc.
The problems came with the sailing crews and puppy mix down in 3 hired cottages near the sea. Heaven knows how so much mud got splattered about ! We did our best to contain the mayhem but somehow the mess from each pooch seem to radiate further and further. In the end we contacted the owner and offered to pay for professional cleaning. Not a bit of it came the reply she already hires one every month between the longer stays!
We can usually rely on the weather to start picking up about the middle of March. It has been rather variable the last few years, but on the whole our collective memories will say that Spring has sprung quite reliably as usual each year and thus summer can be looked forward to. Not only is this a pleasure for the thoughts of summer holidays – it also presumes warm, even hot weather! I get quite excited about warmer weather – it means that my cold damp and very muddy back garden is transformed into a haven of lawn and tidy flower beds. My house is equally transformed from bedraggled muddy hovel back into the splendid honey carperted castle I like to recall. Things have got serious this year, rain and mud set in at the end of September last, and it has not stopped for any reasonable length of time. Nothing’s had time to dry out and my constant sponging and scrubbing of the carpet is not helping. I shall be booking the professionals to come earlier for the annual thorough machine clean and condition. It needs their expertise, particularly as it is now some twenty years old and has served me well with this home clean beefed up annually with a professional scrub up!
Things have a habit of catching up with us when we least expect it. Take this strange weather of late – we’ve so far not had very much of a winter. It’s been horribly wet and muggy but so far the usual freezing frost and snowfalls forecast some weeks ago have not arrived yet That part is great, but the messy wet weather has caused all kinds of havoc with keeping the home clean and tidy. I feel so sorry for all those families with a dog or two! My neighbour is a prime example – there are 3 adults and a late teens daughter. And the dog, a gorgeous doe eye labradoodle with a fluffy scruffy coat that is usually a pretty creamy colour. It’s a strange brown and mud two tone now. Things got so bad recently that in addition to showering her down after tramps out in the park, they’ve now hired a professional agency to come in regularly to clean the carpets and furniture in the downstairs area. It does look fantastic in their lounge and the delightful aroma lingers – more so than the natural one that comes with wet dog!
Oh my goodness we have had the most ghastly wet couple of months – it is hard to believe that we also had one of the hottest and certainly the driest spring early summer too. This means that our gardens are gradually getting baked hard in the summer months and then the constant wet in the autumn and winter doesn’t have a chance to drain away. We noticed it all laying around far more than usual so that our daily walks are now not a case of enjoying the fresh air with sights and sounds of the outside – we’re having to be careful where we choose to walk out. The dogs are also getting frantic with boredom! I had an incident recently when my labrador brought in rather more damp squidgy leaf mould and trod it into the carpet. I couldn’t get the marks out myself but I have now had a professional carpet cleaning agency in to carry out some spot cleaning – and I am both amazed and impressed at the level of service. Hurrah
I do like to keep my honey coloured carpets in a pretty reasonable condition as far as it’s possible with the family activity levels as they are. Families tend to have lots of sporting activities so this equipment rgularly gets tossed on the floor whilst that missing sock is retreived, the golf clubs get checked over in the warm rather than in the chilly garage. Then there are the dogs. Love ’em as I do, there’s no escaping the mess that follows them in their wake. I have a wash and vac machine that does do a splendid job – you vac up very thoroughly, then after emptying you change the tank and hoses so it can now become a carpet cleaner. It is very good and makes an excellent job of the carpets but for special occasions, as in our daughter’s wedding the other year, we opted to have a professional carpet cleaning agent come for a weekend He did the entire house load of carpets and the resulting super clean brand new looking carpet with that luscious smell wafting for weeks was well worth the fee!
My family have just returned from a wonderful long holiday in north america. Being the start of our autumn, we were there for the fall leaves. To get there we travelled by cruise liner – it was as luxurious as it sounds and I made the very most of it all. The huge buffet hall was a wonder – breakfasts from 5am through 11’s, lunch afternoon tea and on into dinner. It was a very slick operation. Hundreds of people through at any one time meant great vigilence with respect to hygiene was needed. The scare of having any kind of onboard illness sweeping through was taken very seriously indeed. There were hand basins at the reception of every restaurant and eatery. There were stewards asking everyone to wash hands carefully and then use hand sanitiser gel before and after eating anything. The cleaning was fastidious too. Everywhere you went there were cleaners and stewards wiping down surfaces and tables. It felt very safe indeed.
When my family moved into our house in the early 2000s, it was brand new – all lovely and smart. We took photos on the day when we were allowed in to measure up for curtains etc. In fact my daughter mastering things much quicker than me, managed to make a pretty good video of us wandering from room to room. She did a good running commentary and I did the magician’s assistant 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!
I was staying at a chum’s house a few weeks ago – helping them out of a scrape with doggy care. I don’t stay there often as they’re a busy household with several children and very busy mum. This last point came home to me during that stay. I went to use the oven and the nightmare of a grubby kitchen came home well and truly. I’m certain there was movement around the edge – pesky kind of movement – the collection of food particles and muck was truly awesome and I decided not to bake anything after all. It’s hard to appreciate how exhausting it is to run a house and and work full time. Knowing how to diplomatically suggest a professional clean up is going to be a problem but it needs to be done. For a forthcoming big birthday, a weekend away for the mum with a professional oven and kitchen cleaning company engaged to strip out the place and it be a wonderful surprise for her on return. Hmmm… how to do this without hurting her feelings is something still in planning . . . . .