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Keeping holiday apartments clean

by Julie Finch-Scally

We are away and have just moved into a one bedroom apartment for a few weeks.  As we arrived we actually met the lady who had been cleaning the property so we knew it was clean.  And on inspection is was.

As you know I am a pretty fussy lady when it comes to the cleanliness of a property so I did a careful inspection and was reasonably happy with what I saw.  The oven and fridge were spotless and although many of the floor tiles had water stains and were a bit chipped they were clean.  But of course nothing is perfect and after a couple of days those odd little things started to appear.

Firstly the bath was slippery.  For those of you who have been following my blog for many years, you will be aware that I am not overly keen on multi-purpose spray products for cleaning a bath.  I believe it leaves a residue on the surface of the bath, whereas a cream cleanser will cut back the soap or detergent residue and leave the surface clean.  In this apartment there was only a multi-purpose spray in the kitchen cupboards.  So it was off to the closest supermarket and purchase the cream cleanser.  As I cleaned the bath with the cream cleanser and the scourer side of a sponge/scourer I could feel the resistance.  Once I had given the bath a good scrub if felt a lot better. 

I have been in hotels where I could run my thumb nail across the surface of the bath and scrape up residue.  Not a very hygienic result in a hotel bathroom.  Thankfully, the bath in this apartment is now clean.

Secondly the toilet seat was too small for the pedestal.  Or it could be that the fastening screws were too far back on the pedestal.  Either way the toilet seat did not sit flush with the lip of the toilet.  And because the seat was sitting too far back, when the toilet was flushed the water spat up above the seat and left splashes of water all around the inside rim.  Most annoying when one went to sit down to use the facilities.

Unfortunately there was and is no answer to this problem, short of purchasing a new toilet seat which hubby and I are not going to do.  Hubby did suggest that contrary to all my best laid plan of when to leave the toilet seat up and down, after using the facilities it was wise to always leave the toilet seat up.  That way it does not get wet. 

This system seems to be working.  But has made me more aware of how people leasing properties should be more concerned about things that can annoy their tenants.  The two problems I have mentioned are a great example.  Slippery baths are a hazard and an accident waiting to happen.  Being sued by a tenant is not something any Landlord needs.  And the badly fitting toilet seat?  Only a small thing, but it wouldn’t cost much to replace and keep everyone happy.


Cleaning windows

by Julie Finch-Scally

The windows around the house were filthy. It was more noticeable when the sun shone through the glass and showed the dirt and grime on the outside. Each day I kept telling myself I must clean the windows.

Eventually it became too much and I realised I had to put aside a day, or morning, to make them clean. I chose a Monday.

Thankfully we have sliding windows in our home which makes it easier for cleaning the outside of the glass from inside the room. And as we have upstairs and downstairs it meant I could clean the outside glass of the upstairs rooms without having to climb a ladder.

Our windows have a fly screen slotted into the metal frame outside the sliding section of the window. Both the sliding section and the fly screen were removable so I did that before starting to clean the glass.

The sliding window when opened slightly was easily lifted up and out from the frame at the bottom and pulled out of the top section of the frame so the window could be placed on a towel on the floor. The fly screen had two little handles on the side nearest the wall which helped me lift up the screen out of the bottom slot and push outwards until the screen dropped down from the top slot. I was then able to twist the screen around and bring it inside the room.

I cleaned the fly screen by running the vacuum cleaner with the upholstery brush across and down the screen on both sides to remove the dust. With a damp cloth I wiped around the frame of the screen and removed all the dirt.

It was time to clean the windows themselves. I started on the outside. With a bucket half full of hot water with some washing up liquid and wearing rubber gloves, I rinsed a large sponge in the water. I had to sit on the window sill to reach the extremity of the window but thankfully I do have long arms so it wasn’t a problem. After washing down the window I used a rubber window wiper blade to scrape across the outside and remove all the water and dirt. I did have to go over the edges with a cloth to remove the excess water.

I cleaned the inside of the same window with the sponge and rubber blade making sure both sides were completely clean and streak free. The removable window I was able to wash and clean both sides while it sat on the towel.

When it came to replacing the screen, it wasn’t as easy. Having to reverse the procedure I slid the screen into the top slot of the outside window frame, and used the handles to pull the screen in towards me. The gap was precise and I found it difficult. Finally it slotted into place and slid down into the bottom slot.

The removable window was a lot easier. It easily lifted into the top slot and dropped down into the bottom. I was able to slide the window across and close it shut. Of course that was number one. I had three more rooms to go.

Once the windows were clean I felt quite elated. The glass looked fabulous and brightened each room. I know I should clean my windows more often than I do, but as it takes so long I am happy to leave it until I can’t stand the dirt any longer.

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