I feel like I have been doling laundry all week, that’s probably because I have, bar a couple of days. We were away for a few days and the house we stayed in is meant to have things like cleaning, laundry and bed-making done before guests arrive. Notwithstanding, we took the precaution of packing our own towels, but, in our wisdom and complacency about the arrangements, we did not cart any bedding. When we arrived, we found a bed was stripped and the other bed looked like it had been very recently used and left. We found a couple of sheets, pillow cases and also a slightly too small duvet cover in a drawer. We set about stripping the bed and remaking it with the fresh stuff.

There was a pile of used laundry, including lots of towels in a closed laundry basket. There were bath mats and bedding spilling over the sides an open laundry basket. I tried not to think how long all of it had been lying there. I cleared it over six wash loads. Luckily the weather was fine and it was all able to be dried outside. The laundry cupboard has now been refilled.

The two bathrooms, the stairs and the kitchen had not been cleaned either. I won’t describe how it all looked, suffice to say is was far from being acceptably clean and tidy. The vacuum cleaner in the house is one of those over complicated upright ones with focus on design rather than practicality. Hubby researched on the internet how to disengage the vacuum hose so it could suck up the pile of dust balls that had congregated under the bed. I have never seen such an inefficient bit of machine kit. A half full cylinder affects the efficacy of the vacuum suck….I ask you! The outlet filter blows out some of the dust you have just sucked in. If it was completely sealed, the vacuum suction would be zilch.


The property owner was really upset. We know him and we also know his reaction was genuine. he had just paid the cleaning agency for their work, said to have been done ten days before we arrived. I took him for a tour with my ipad camera so he could see the state of affairs; after all, he was going to have to take up this issue with the cleaning agency he contracts to. He is still waiting for a reply from them. We are now back home, with our own laundry to wash, including bedding we purchased to use while at the house. We have left the house in the manner it should have been presented to us, except, we have left the bed-making for the cleaning agency to deal with.

The rest of our visit and explorations were good.


0 thoughts on “THE STEAMIE: THE HOUSE

  1. ‘The Steamie’ is particular terminology, it is old, you do not hear it today. It was mostly used, I believe, in Scotland in and around Glasgow. The Steamie was a place where the washer-women washed the laundry, (le linge) etc.

    La maison n’etait pas le vrai ‘Steamie’ donc, la deviens une metaphor pour ca. Quand nous sommes y arrivee, il etait le place ou nous avons trouvee tres beaucoup de linge a faire.


  2. Presque, mais d’abitude, le ‘steamie’ n’etais pas une place ouverte comme celui tu as trouvee. Cela une modele mediterranean. Tu as l’idee juste.

  3. Blimey, how infuriating. I would have been in a rage. How very pragmatic to set to and do all the washing and cleaning. I hope you received a refund!

  4. There was nothing else for it, but to be pragmatic Gillyk. Our friends have been very generous in letting us stay at their house over the years; in the past the cleaning arrangements were different. We have helped out with mini and not so mini DIY, but since the major refurb of the house, we have not seen much of it. The contractual arrangements should have been reliable. It would have helped if there had been a truly functional and practical vacuum cleaner. We left the house as we would have liked to have found it.

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