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Cleaning A House As Opposed To A Boat

I’ve had to adapt…

It’s not all sunshine and siestas when you live here in Spain. There’s still housework to do. Not to worry, part of every day is a holiday, even if you’ve spent some of it wearing dusters and a hairnet.

The boat:

Well it might have been A LOT smaller but there was much more to it than an average kind of clean up. The walls inside needed wiping down, and of course the paintwork outside required the same (plus a buff up). Even the lux con had to be included, as for the bow, well, that was just a case of removing spider webs (and preferably their owners too). Basically, everywhere had to be catered for both inside and out, which meant every kind of cleaning product in the world was required…

The house:

There’s three storeys high worth of big marble tiles, two marble staircases and lots of glass to cope with. All I can say is thank god I don’t have to clean the walls outside, it would only take about a year. Climbing the walls in a traditional sense of the phrase comes to mind.

So which was / is the easiest to do?

Well, amazingly it’s the house! I’ve got one of those posh vacuum cleaners that has an attachment thing, designed especially for use on marble surfaces. It also swivels into corners, and I can actually stand upright while using it. Oh the joy of just gliding along, even though the square footage that has to be covered is massive! Sod “Dancing on Ice” I’ve just invented “Dancing on Tiles.” No particular skill involved…

One small setback is the amount of glass to clean. Glass tables, glass doors on cupboards, three huge mirrors, LOTS of huge windows and several patio doors. Oh, and that doesn’t include the luxury conservatory up top. Yes we even have a lux con here too, slightly more sophisticated than the one at the boat… And with gorgeous views out over the sea…

Two “walls” of it are ALL GLASS, made up of windows and double doors that open out onto the roof terrace. I’ll post some photos of the vista from up there sometime. No point clomping up 36 gleaming stairs to take any now because it’s dark, and the blue blue Med turns black black at night.

But there’s more to this particular saga than meets the reflected eye. Every single window and door throughout the whole house has different locks on them. I once counted the number of keys we have (for everything that locks) and in total there’s 47…

Consequently, opening windows is quite a challenge, it could take several hours to locate the right key. Get luckey lucky and we’re talking about 15 minutes…

Inside: I can’t reach up to the top of any windows or doors so it’s Dave’s job, and even he has to use a step ladder. Fortunately they don’t need cleaning very often, else I wouldn’t see much of him if they did…

Outside: Forget it, wrought iron tends to get in the way, as do (onwards and upwards), layered roofing tiles sticking out from the house, on all levels, in traditional style. It looks very pretty, but is definitely not “ladder friendly.” So the only way to make windows sparkle on the outside is to open them inwards. Yes, that particular delight is possible! But it involves spending a full day working out which key belongs where, and then you can actually start the job the day after…

Or, just leave it for the rain to deal with? Good in theory, except we don’t get any. No, I tell a lie, it’s rained twice since we arrived here. First time was spits and spots for 10 minutes. Second time was the same for half an hour, it was so bad even some of the floor tiles outside got slightly wet.

After reading all this you might be tempted to think our new life is all about me walking round with a vacuum cleaner while Dave wanders round on stilts…   

Truth be told, it’s a rare thing is this cleaning lark. The tiles, stairs, and windows all look immaculately shiny and clean, even when you know surely they must need doing by now? 

Makes a great excuse for not bothering about it whatsoever…

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