There are many ways that a house cleaning service can really help to bring a home back to shiny newness. Perhaps you have a wedding or other big family occasion coming up this summer and expect to entertain visitors over a period of weeks. It can be daunting to try and do this cleaning yourself. Engaging professionals mean that the carpets, flooring, all fitted white goods and especially that oven, will be thoroughly cleaned. Maybe there is spilled juice, soups or nail polish that have stained areas. A professional has the equipment and know how to get rid of these – with special chemicals and sheer experience. The kitchen is always tricky – normal housework will take the surface grubbiness away on a daily basis but that won’t get the oven, fridge, freezer or dishwasher stripped back to absolute pristine freshness – and don’t forget that overhead cooker hood or exractor fan!
You really do need to keep an eye on children when they have their pals around. All the houses around this way were finished off with fitted carpets, back in the day. It wasn’t considered at all odd to have carpet in every room, including kitchen and bathroom – seems very peculiar now though. Most times, I would like to have completely wall to wall wooden floors downstairs where all the activitiy happens, and then carpet up the stairs and througout the upper storeys. Children who live in houses with wooden floors only appreciate their worth when they spill something nasty on or leave muddy footprints on someone else’s carpeted floor! If carpets get very grubby, a professional carpet cleaning agency will make a splendid job of them. They have the correct equipment and the expertise on how to use it – carpets feel and smell wonderful after a professional clean.
I had a truly brilliant Christmas break away in the country with some friends and a couple of dogs. They’re not mine, but belong to the host’s family. We had lots of walks donw the lanes and across fields, and Iean real walkies, around 5 miles each time. Coming back with mud drenched hounds is no laughing matter and cleaning down has to be handled quickly and preferably by two people – 8 very shaggy wet muddy legs and paws could definitely cause carpet melt down! happily babysit the same dogs occasionally when their owners are away. I have learnt by trial and error just how to keep the house relatively mud free when the dogs stay over. It can be rather hit and miss in my case without the 2nd responsible adult! But having access to a professional carpet cleaning agency is such a boon. They come in twice a year and make a fantastic job of my honey coloured wool carpet!
Oh that happy time of year is nearly upon us. Yes, Christmas and New Year. When I was small we always had a busy round of visiting to do at Christmas and mum used to go balmy trying to keep our main sitting room as clean and presentable as possible. Not easy with several youngsters about, one coal fire, parquet flooring and no fitted carpets. Gosh it seems unbelievable how good my memory makes it all look!
Last year when approaching the same period, I did hold a family pow-wow to deal with the accumulated junk that was now taking over our old family home. Mum no longer able to cope. We had one weekend of clearing the piles of clothes, crocks, papers etc. and then a professional cleaning company was brought in to completely clean throughout from top to bottom. The carpets look fantastic and feel incredibly soft. Hurrah!
November – well it is unbelievable just how quickly the months go flying by. It’s no time at all since I was sitting here giving my pearls of wisdom about the previous bonfire night – oh yes, the bonfire party! We had some friends over and they had just taken delivery of a new puppy and didn’t want to leave alone, I said they could of course bring him over. Wow, big mistake. The poor little chap was terrifed of everyone new, even more terrified of all the noise and sparkly fun. He was violently unwell all over the suite and the carpet. My chum was so embarrassed and upset. We assured him it was no problem. Obviously we cleared up as much as could be done at the time, the in came our favourite professional cleaning company to do the rest. I couldn’t believe how efficient they were – the suite and carpet look amazing – much like new and they smell divine!
Halloween used to be just something that happened at the end of the month I was norn in and was a small stopping point between my birthday party and celebrations and the major do – Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night. The house was scrubbed out and made ready for the big visit and woe betid anyone who trod bonfire into the rugs! Although we used to know instinctively that Halloween was an old tradition that grannies and old folk used to tip their hats to, for youngsters, we didn’t really do much. When my sister was a Brownie, they had a fancy dress competition – they each had to make a suitable outfit to include witches, brooms, black cats. etc. Not too much mess involved there.
These days there are huge sales of pumpkins, the shops go absolutely crazy trying to outdo each other to get the halloween party season cracking. Bigger clean ups than ever needed!
Mellow September – oh what fun I had this year. Fantastic fun. It would have been even better had the weather played ball a bit more. We had 3 dogs between us and as we all know, dogs, small cottages, rain – not a good combination at any time. The holiday cottages were part of a stable block arrangement with an old smithy and all extremely old. There was a small laundry room, with cleaning tools such as dust pan and brush and broom. This proved pretty useless and one member of our clan was getting really irked about the mess. What we needed was an industrial cleaner! The owners didn’t mind the mess, they have a system whereby hirer leave Friday morning, in comes the professional cleaning company Friday afternoon. all clean and hygienic again Saturday for the next lot! I was amazed how effective a professional cleaner is compared to normal domestic quality products.
Referring to an earlier post, it reminded me of when I worked in the offices of a very well known and respected wool and worsted fabric mill in a very smart northern town. I was not born up there and was wary of joining this old fashioned family outfit, as the secretary and export clerk, and lunch time telephonist. I learned so much from my colleagues about cleaning the office and why they were so fastidious about sweeping up after any snack or lunch was eaten. I laughed at them at first but was soon put in my place when signs of vermin near my desk drawer were discovered. We had to get the cleaning lady in to strip out the area and once the deep cleaning had dried, I was named and gently shamed – forgiven, for being a southern nitwit I suspect. I’m a much wiser and cleaner one now though, they taught me proper like!
I can remember when we last had dramatic heat waves througout the summer. 1976. It was so unbelievable and I don’t recall there being any summer season anywhere near as hot or for so long – until this year. I was living in the north of the country and they are well known for being a might more careful about their cleaning of houses and windows. Not the quick swipe over with a duster and spray window cleaner for them. No, a full scrub down with hot suds and a brush, but not after the most viscious round with the vacuum cleaner had got any possible crumbs or loose stuff up. This was to ensure no wildlife made their prescence known and I know now from bitter experience. I had problems with smelly vermin. It required me to hire a carpet shampooing machine and really hard elbow grease. I also vowed to engage a professional cleaner for the rest of my born days!
This is definitely the time of year for weddings, baby showers, christenings and family parties. I have been helping out at a heritage property lately and every weekend sees some kind of function going on – it’s the most effective way of making enough money to swell the coffers sufficiently. With all this activity brings a great deal of muck and mess. Up the main steps to the magnificent front door there are massive pots with various plants. Then inside the hall door, the rush matting takes a pasting when the wind blows the leaves and debris inside. The volunteers keep it neat and tidy on a daily basis but a professional company comes in 6 monthly to carefully but thoroughly cleanse all the carpets and rugs that can be done. They hand finish where necessary so as not to damage anything. There are some very special rugs that needs that kind of spoiling.