On the first day of every second school holidays the girls and I treat ourselves to a pie for lunch. Pies are like the forbidden fruit in our house; the girls and I love them but their negative nutritional value precludes them from our everyday diet.
The pies act like a beacon of light pushing us on towards lunch. Too gushy? I think not, because every second school holiday I (drumroll please), hire a carpet cleaner and clean all the carpets and couches in the house.
I know your saying “madness” while rolling your eyes to the heavens but my reasons are sound. The cost of having five rooms, three three-seater couches, an armchair, the outdoor furniture, six dining chairs and sometimes the interior of the car cleaned would be more than a family holiday on the coast and I know which I would rather spend our money on.
It is one day of hard work for results that are just as good if not better than what the professionals can achieve.
In case you want throw caution and time to the wind and join me in my madness here’s how I go about it.
I hire one of the Britex cleaners with upholstery head from the local supermarket.
I would steer clear of the Rug Doctor; I’ve tried it and it doesn’t offer the same versatility. The total cost is a very reasonable $42.00 for twenty four hours. The instructions for use are easy to follow. Instead of using the full amount of retail cleaner in the machine I use only half of what they recommend. The other half I make up with ingredients recommended by Shannon Lush:
- 1 tblsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp methylated spirits
- 1 tsp Eucalyptus oil (this is different to the recipe but I find this to be plenty)
- 2 tbsp bicarbonate soda
This formula will make your carpets smell nice and seems to get them cleaner than just using the retail cleaner recommended for the machine.
Hint: Have your bucket full of hot water first, if you add the hot water after the ingredients the soapsuds will take over your kitchen.
The girls help by putting all the cushions outside to dry and then replacing them at the end of the day, and for this they get a pie also. Not exactly a fair division of labor but definitely cheap.