HOUSE CLEANING THE VICTORIAN WAY? NO THANK YOU
Imagine if you would, house cleaning in the Victorian era. We all look aghast at the laundry basket but a quick sort and some soap powder and at the press of a button the problem is solved. We can go off and read a book whilst a machine does all the hard work.
150 years ago it was very different process cleaning a house. Before breakfast, work would start on re-lighting the kitchen stove where the only source of hot water could be drawn, then shutters needed to be opened, grates cleaned, ashes disposed of, new fires re-laid, entrance floors swept and the front step cleaned. This was all before breakfast. Wicks on lamps had to be trimmed and cleaned, floors were mopped and chamber pots emptied. Remember the vacuum cleaner wasn’t invented until 1901 and refrigeration was some way off, most things were done by hand and cooking and shopping were also massive undertakings.
The interesting thing is we have more help these days than ever before but seem to have less time to do housework and everyone is under intense pressure from all kinds of other distractions. It appears we have not gained any time at all. Granted, we no longer have a long walk to wash clothes in the river but sometimes when I see the pile of ironing virtually touching the ceiling I know I have lost control.
Wherever we look we are encouraged to make our houses as clean as show homes. TV programmes attempt to shame us into making our houses germ free. This is an impossible aspiration. Let’s face it, just how often do you muck out the fridge? Thought so. The Victorians had some great tips which we can use today, when we do roll up our sleeves and get down to it.
Half a lemon left in the fridge will help absorb smells, did you know half a cut onion in a cupboard that has been freshly painted will eliminate odours. A bowl of vinegar left overnight in a smoky room will also kill off odours. Bicarbonate of soda is a great cleaner which won’t leave a residual smell and therefore is brilliant for fridges. Vinegar and newspaper are the ultimate glass cleaners. Treating a scratch with a freshly cut Brazil nut will darken exposed wood.
So you see we can learn from the past ,but if that sounds like just too much effort then give pigsty a call and let your house shine through someone else’s efforts and you can read about the tips instead. Remember, if you need your house cleaned thoroughly in Cork or Dublin there’s no one better to do it. Call pigsty today and find something more exciting to do with your time.
April 20th, 2012
HOUSE CLEANING THE VICTORIAN WAY? NO THANK YOU
April 12th, 2012
DOMESTIC CLEANING OR DOMESTIC BLISS? YOU CHOOSE.
Domestic cleaners are unsung heroes and heroines and without them many of us would be living in homes that looked like domestic hoarders had moved in.
With life’s pace having been ramped up considerably as a consequence of technology we seem to be working harder than ever. We live in an age where we are saturated with images of immaculate homes but isn’t it just ironic that we seem to have less available time (and inclination it must be said) to do housework.
OK, I do acknowledge I no longer have to walk to the river to wash the clothes but at this moment I don’t even have time to sort the laundry, let alone put it in the machine and press ‘start’.Just think of the chain of events that would begin; I would have to start ironing! Save me!
My study needs a good sort, computers create heat and attract dust, papers seem to breed when my back is turned and the whole house is crying out for the loving attention of a domestic cleaner. Help Me! But I have copy to write, deadlines to meet and no time so feelings of inadequacy will prevail unless I engage a cleaner in easy and affordable solution.
Pigsty.ie have developed a fabulous network of trusted, hard-working domestic cleaners within its cleaning company and they are just itching to get their hands on your tooth-paste-smeared basin, or crumb-encrusted work surface. They like nothing better than the challenge of working their cleaning magic on a dirty home.
If anyone has ever watched ‘How Clean Is Your House?’ and winced, reaching simultaneously for the remote, then pigsty can help you.
Whether your ruin is in Dublin or Cork they can source just the perfect domestic cleaner for you. Whether you need a one off blitz, annual spring clean or a more genteel weekly ‘do’, they can sort that for you very quickly.
Imagine the feeling of coming home from a hard day’s work to a sweet-smelling sitting room, a sparkling kitchen, a neat pile of ironing and a shiny set of bathroom tiles. All that’s left for you to do is pour a glass of wine, light a few candles and lie in a hot scented bath listening to your favourite music.
Surely that beats coming home to a pigsty at the end of a tiring week and hauling the hoover out of the cupboard? You know it makes sense!
Pigsty is the cleaning company that only employs conscientious domestic cleaners, hire one today and start the transformation of your home right now.
April 6th, 2012
DO YOU WANT YOUR MOUSE CLEANED BY ITS NAMESAKE?
We spend such a lot of our working day in offices and never really notice they need cleaning. How many times have you eaten lunch at your desk? Do you ever actually clear up afterwards or do you simply flick the odd crumb onto the floor? Have you ever really looked closely at the keyboard you use every day? If you had a microscope would you actually put your fingers back on the keys?
Apparently rodents are extremely good at running along the keyboard at night and pressing down the keys to get to your crisp crumbs and we all know what mice are always doing apart from eating! Research suggests your office desk is home to around 200,000 microbes, just to rub it in that’s more germs than can be found on the average toilet seat and they love colonising your computer mouse (sic) telephone and keyboard especially.
Research suggests we all work in very unhygienic, dirty offices and the days of regular office cleaning seem to be a thing of the past. Of course we can all do a lot to help ourselves by using anti-bacterial wipes and so forth but that never really gets to the heart of the problem. A professional company who will actually get into all the corners will make a significant difference to the general working atmosphere and the overall hygiene of the office environment.
Look around your office, do the bins get empties regularly? Do people remove their tea and coffee dregs every day? Does anyone ever look in the fridge apart from to remove their sandwich box? Office cleaning is an important aspect of public health and general etiquette. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce, so working in a clean office has economic, social as well as all-important health benefits.
Of course using a professional office cleaning service will ensure the appropriate cleaning solutions and equipment will make a thorough job of cleaning your office and they will tackle the jobs no one has time for. A specific rota can ensure all areas are covered not just the obvious ones. So if you need bins emptied or cleaned, a thorough vacuum or desks polished then pigsty.ie can solve your problems.
Whether your office is in Cork or Dublin our office cleaning solutions will ensure your work spaces smell fresh as a daisy and germs are shown the door. It’s in everyone’s interest to make the place they spend most time in pleasant, fresh and hygienic and an office cleaner can make that difference to your company. Call us now and spring clean your office and