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Old 05-20-2014, 10:17 PM   #11
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My best "solution" is a cleaning lady every other week!
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:23 PM   #12
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My best "solution" is a cleaning lady every other week!
I had one years ago and I did most of the cleaning before she arrived because I didn't want her to think I was a slob!
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:35 PM   #13
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I had one years ago and I did most of the cleaning before she arrived because I didn't want her to think I was a slob!

I do that too! My cleaning lady already KNOWS I'm a slob!

She's also told me, "Oh, Honey, you have no idea what I see every day! This is nothing!"
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:25 AM   #14
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:17 AM   #15
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I hear that! When I do this level of floor cleaning, it's on all fours with a stiff bristle brush one tile at a time with surrounding grout. Sometimes a stiff toothbrush is called in.

Pleas note, I'm not often that ambitious.
You need to get yourself a deck cleaning brush with a swivel heand and handle. Ace has them for around ten bucks.
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:45 PM   #16
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I know people who swear by steam floor cleaners but I've never used one.
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:54 PM   #17
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I had one years ago and I did most of the cleaning before she arrived because I didn't want her to think I was a slob!
I had one when I was working full time. She was a treasure - even did the ironing and changed the beds.

One day I let slip at work that I had a cleaning lady and from the reaction I got you'd have thought I was sending 7 year old children up chimneys! The fact that I paid her a fair wage didn't seem to matter - I was employing a servant and that was beyond the pale!

Why? She was earning a wage by cleaning for other people who needed her help and she did it well. And I was very grateful. How is that demeaning?
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Old 05-24-2014, 07:08 PM   #18
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I agree with you MC. She wasn't a servant. She was a self-employed entrepreneur.
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I had one when I was working full time. She was a treasure - even did the ironing and changed the beds.

One day I let slip at work that I had a cleaning lady and from the reaction I got you'd have thought I was sending 7 year old children up chimneys! The fact that I paid her a fair wage didn't seem to matter - I was employing a servant and that was beyond the pale!

Why? She was earning a wage by cleaning for other people who needed her help and she did it well. And I was very grateful. How is that demeaning?
I have an idea that this may be a cultural reaction from your British co-workers. "Servants" have never been the norm here. Some people here have "live in help", "cleaning ladies", or "maids" but to my knowledge they've never had the British equivalent of servants.

They were just jealous you had a cleaning lady, and they didn't.
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I have an idea that this may be a cultural reaction from your British co-workers. "Servants" have never been the norm here. Some people here have "live in help", "cleaning ladies", or "maids" but to my knowledge they've never had the British equivalent of servants.

They were just jealous you had a cleaning lady, and they didn't.
It was a bit of a joke really. Little did they know that one set of my great grandparents were real servants - he was the valet and she was the housekeeper.
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