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.
March 16th, 2012
‘Clean My house!’ is a cry I often want to shout out when I look around and see the mountain of housekeeping jobs which come around with tedious regularity. As I am half way through the mountain of ironing, no matter how prim and proper the neat pile may look, I know that in another seven days I will be back in front of a soap opera cursing at the number of shirts that have mysteriously turned up in the ironing basket. It is tedious in the extreme and seemingly never-ending.
Added to that, whenever I switch on the hoover it’s coughing and spluttering with the suck of a near death asthmatic poodle, not that I’ve ever come across one, but you get the gist. Suffice to say I really am not a fun of domestic cleaning. If I had a choice I might be lying out on a sun lounger instead, gently toasting both sides whilst a handsome waiter tops up a bottomless Pina Colada. …big sigh. It’s funny where your imagination takes you when there’s domestic cleaning to be done. Where was I? Oh yes, cleaning my house, how could I forget?
How often does one have to clean, not to be considered slovenly, now there’s a question? It was different when people stayed at home and domestic cleaning was the raison d’etre for many. Somehow the idea of coming home from work, changing into my jog pants and old t shirt and washing floors or cleaning windows is too much to bear; just the mere thought makes me book a manicure.
Still, if I have to do the housework I’ll choose something vaguely appealing and that’s usually switching on the washing machine. A quick way of brightening up the house is to give the nets a wash using a proprietary net whitener. Blinds can be a little more frustrating but regular vacuuming with a soft brush on low suction you can make a real difference to their shine and general appearance. Venetian, vertical and roller blinds with wipe able surfaces can be dusted and wiped over with a clean, damp cloth soaked in a detergent solution. You may well be reading this and thinking, ‘why would I, can’t I hire a cleaner instead?’
I made the crazy decision in a fit of misplaced enthusiasm of washing all the antique lace cushion covers I had bought in a boot fair to find they looked white but had collapsed into a limp, sad condition ( a bit like me after a round of house cleaning) but with a little research discovered 25g of gum Arabic dissolved in 250ml of boiling water and then left to cool did the trick. It was just a matter of dipping the lace in, leaving it to dry then ironing through a cloth, although I prefer a gin and tonic myself!
Next time I’m going to hire a cleaner as I’m obviously not cut out for domestic cleaning. Peel me a grape, someone! But if like me, you live in Cork or Dublin and need to hire a cleaner then contact pigsty.ie and save yourself the bother, oh yes, skip on the antique lace too whilst you’re at it, there are better things to do in life, trust me!