Let's turn, for a moment, to carpet cleaning.
After all the frenzy of rebuilding my family room, I thought cleaning the rest of the first floor so that it kind of matched the awesomeness of the Family Room was in order. That's what started this whole hiring people thing.
First, I wanted someone to clean the evil tile floors.
Then I wanted a pro to clean the evil carpet in the Library/Dining Room areas (where food stains abound) and the stair case (where my capacity to vacuum is not up to the challenge posed by a dog who thinks that stairs are beds). Once I'd talked myself into that much carpet cleaning, I figured I'd go ahead and get my bedroom carpet cleaned (after all, the other place the dog sleeps is under my bed). That led to the upstairs hallway being in the mix... after all, it runs from the stairs to my bedroom.
If we're honest, the entire upstairs needs its carpet cleaned. The massage room could likely also use a good cleaning, but it doesn't get much dirt, since almost no one goes into it with shoes on, and the animals aren't allowed in, ever. I'm pretty sure that it's still fine from the last time I hired carpet cleaners.
So, I did my research, and decided to give the Merry Maids sub-contractor a shot. He was slightly less expensive than the local serious cleaner. I felt a little bad about that, because I did like the job those guys did a few years ago. Butbeing able to deal with one guy (Merry Maids' contact) instead of two seemed like a good plan. After all, it worked really well with the folks who fixed the Water Issue.
So, the lad arrived in the morning, on time (I took this as a good sign). We talked, we went through the rooms. I pointed out stains. I stressed, repeatedly, that it is really important to me that he get all of the dog fur in the stairs and under my bed. He spent quite some time trying to sell me deodorizer for the carpet, but he finally agreed that if people can come into my house and not know I own pets until the pets make a physical appearance, I can probably live without carpet deodorizer.
I didn't look closely at the carpets when our hero left, because they were quite wet, and I didn't want to track anything from the dirty kitchen floor or hallway onto the clean carpet. I peeked in, and they looked much cleaner, but it's hard to tell until things dry.
Later review revealed that the dining room still sports about a dozen spots on the floor. The library floor still has spots, and there's a clear dirty path from the kitchen through the dining room, through the library to the front hall where folks walk. (When I pointed them out to Merry Maids' branch manager, he said he could get them out). I didn't bother photographing them, because I've shown them to the guy who claims he's gonna fix it.
I'm under impressed.
The stairs... well,
This does not look like a fully cleaned stair tread to me. All of them look like this. Plenty of fur in the corners. (That fur that I pointed out to him when he arrived...)
As we move upstairs into the hallway, I rather expected a wide expanse of clean carpet. I saw this:
and yes, that's dry. It's across the way from this:
I'm wondering what exactly this fellow did. I saw the equipment. I know he had a big long hose that ran out to his truck, just like the fellows who cleaned a couple of years ago did. But they were louder, I think.
I do know that he did not thoroughly vacuum before doing the steam cleaning. Perhaps he thought the Merry Maids crew (not due until that afternoon) had done it. I had actually asked if they needed me to do any vacuuming first, and was told no.
You can imagine my dismay on finding this in my bedroom
That fuzzy stuff is fur. I know my Roomba is not up to all of it; nor is my regular vacuum. That's why I asked for this to be done. If you look really closely, you can see that there are little foil things under the table legs, but NOT under the bed legs. This is a clue that the bed wasn't moved.
But hey, that's okay, right. He got all the other dirt out of the bedroom carpet, right?
This aren't awful, but they shouldn't be there.
With any luck, once our heros return to show me what they can really do, I will be able to do a whole series of before and after shots to show you a spotless carpet, a dazzlingly clean kitchen and laundry room etc.
But first -- cool things in the windows.