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You can always tell when the cleaner is away

by Julie Finch-Scally

Isn’t it a shame you can always tell when the cleaner is on holidays?  Why should I say this?  Because it means society has lost its ability to clean up after themselves. 

When I was running my cleaning business one of the things I used to tell new cleaners was, customers never notice what you do, but they always see what you miss.  And after a New Year weekend in Geneva it was noticeable that the building cleaner was on holidays.  There were empty coffee cups, cigarette packets, chocolate wrappers and cigarette butts laying around the courtyard and in the lift.

I had often seen the cleaner hosing down the courtyard in the mornings, so such debris was always washed away.  The whole area always looked neat and pristine.

This shows how much we rely on cleaners.  Seeing the state of the courtyard after the New Year weekend, made me realise how lazy society has become.  Because we know someone will clean up after us we don’t bother to take our rubbish home or pick up after ourselves.

As a child my mother made me pickup my bits.  But in so many homes now this is not the case.  Children pull out all their toys and leave them for someone else to put away.  No wonder when they become adults they do not think twice about dropping that empty packet of cigarettes on the ground and leaving it there, instead of placing it into a rubbish bin. 

The job of a cleaner is to clean.  Unfortunately over the past twenty to thirty years we have placed them in the role of servant, which means we expect them to pick up and tidy for us as well as clean.

One of the policies of my company was to ask customers to tidy up before the cleaner arrived.  This allowed the cleaner to do so much more work.  Picking up the mess left by the inhabitants left less time for the cleaning.  For some reason many customers didn’t understand that.  They thought because they were paying for someone to come in to clean it was OK to leave a mess.  After several cleans when less and less cleaning was being achieved, the customer started to complain, never seeing they were causing the problem.

For several years now I have been saying that Cleaners are the Hygiene Managers of the World, but society is just as responsible for hygiene as the cleaner.  If we want to keep our properties and cities clean we must learn to tidy up after ourselves as we once did.   





by Julie Finch-Scally

The dentist says we should floss regularly, but I am finding that doesn’t always work for me.

You know what it is like.  You’ve had chicken or some beef and a piece has become stuck in between one of those back teeth.  You floss backwards and forwards, but still feel there is something there.  It is not until the next morning while scrubbing your teeth that the offending piece of meat is finally dislodged.

Now I guess many people who are vegetarians will tell me that if I didn’t eat meat I wouldn’t have this problem.  But as I find the same problem occurs when I eat raw celery or some of those stringy leafy green vegetables, I am sure vegetarians suffer just as much as meat eaters. 

A few years ago I got so fed up with this little problem I started to look for other options to remove the debris between my teeth.  There were quite a few. The first were little brushes wound round metal which came in various thicknesses.  These were not bad, but the metal bent easily and to clean between all the teeth in my mouth I had to use two or three brushes. 

I didn’t give up and finally discovered some plastic brushes.  There was a similarity to the metal brushes, but these seemed to have more strength when I pushed the brush through the gaps.  The shape of the stick itself reminded me of a pack of toothpicks with bristles.  When I used them I instantly knew I had removed any debris because I could feel it sitting on my tongue ready to be rinsed out of my mouth.  It also relieved the pressure caused by the invading morsel sitting between my teeth.

When I was younger I didn’t have this problem but I know as one gets older the teeth move.  I also know I am not the only person plagued with this problem hence the encouragement by the dentists to regularly floss. 

But maybe there is more to this.  I really think the dentists ask us to floss to keep down the plaque in between the teeth more than just to remove any caught debris. But for removing offending matter stuck in between the teeth I find the plastic brushes so much more efficient than the floss.

Of course I still do as my dentist advised me and floss regularly, but now I have found these great plastic brushes for removing all that left over stringy bits of food, my mouth feels a whole lot better and my teeth more comfortable. 



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