Please be advised, everything written below is from my experience as a cleaner.
I started my cleaning career, late 2008, when I was offered a job working part time in a train depot in Sydney.
From there, I cleaned Stations and for a short time was a Leading Hand at a major station.
I was also a roving cleaning, meaning, with a partner, we would board service trains and clean them.
I also worked at 2 other depots, on Night Shift, which I loved, I would fill in as Team Leader at times.
Unfortunately, my depot was going to be Privatised, and we were offered positions at other locations or Redundancy.
I took Redundancy, as this meant I could finally move to Melbourne Australia.
I planned to do a Nail Technology Course, and did theory online, but unable to find a salon for Practical Experience.
In 2016, I applied to be a Contract House Cleaner, which was great.
Unfortunately, many Clients were Transphobic and would cancel without giving me a chance.
I passed a National Police Check in order to be offered a contract.
As I was losing Clients, My Manager at the time advised I apply for a Working With Children Check, as it may give added peace of mind to Clients.
I passed this check, but it did not work, people still had narrow minds.
After 2 1/2 years, I obtained work in a Government Call Centre, which I loved, this ended after a nasty call, which I was blamed for treating the caller rudely. I still feel this was a set up to test me.
My depression and anxiety flared up, and was given Medical Certificates, which had to be renewed every 3 months. N.B. I was, still am, on Government Benefits.
In 2020, during a lockdown, I decided to apply to be a Contract House Cleaner again.
I was offered a contract and did have some great Customers, However:
Many expect a perfect clean the first time.
Unlike my previous agency, where we would have a Meet ‘n Greet with the Client before they decided, this agency does not allow that.
Contractors are given jobs, which we can accept, and turn up on the day and at the time specified.
We have no idea what a customers needs are, or the cleaning equipment/products are.
As I travel by Public Transport, carry a few light cleaning items.
I always advise my Customers, I will do the best I can, but can’t guarantee a perfect job the first few times.
Some Customers accept that and are great, however, some will not and will cancel.
I’ve had some complain about me and the clean.
I always let the agency know my feelings about cleans.
I also try advising Customers of what I feel are the best Products and Equipment to use.
N.B. I always advise Cost Saving items:
Environmentally Friendly Sprays and Wipes,
My Reason for writing this, is to ask this:
If you decide to engage a regular house cleaner, please give them a chance, because even when a house has been deep cleaned, sometimes it takes a while for regular cleaners to get into a routine.
My best advice: Have your house deep cleaned before engaging a regular cleaner.
I’m trying to establish a Deep Clean Cleaning Company so that we will go into your home and spend 4-8 hours deep cleaning your home, so it will look almost new.
Pre-Payments of $100 AUD, saving $60, will enable me to buy a suitable vehicle, and all the products and equipment, I feel will help us do a great job.
If you live in Australia and have an ABN, the costs of the cleans may be a Tax Deduction.
Finally: I do research about products and equipment so I can advise customers. I only want to help protect my Customers Families, Health and Safety, and Finances.
Disclaimer: As usual, what is written below is my own personal opinion, and may vary from yours. It doesn’t mean to say that either is correct or incorrect, that’s what makes us all Humans.
I’m not an expert on this subject, but have been in many workplace relationships, so I know a bit about the pitfalls.
Each will start great, like other relationships.
However, over time, the couple will invariably have arguments which can spill over to the workplace.
This in turn causes splits with other staff members, which can cause safety issues, and/or productivity losses.
In the 1990’s, I befriended a colleague, and we became close. We never got physical, despite what others would assume.
This friendship ended, because others spread lies about both of us.
Neither of us were able to talk things through in private, every time we went to talk, someone would insist on being a witness and would interfere.
I ended up transferring away, because of all the assumptions being made.
My transfer came through 30 minutes after this ex-friend left for some leave. My last day there was the Friday before she returned.
I don’t know if she was told where I went or not, knowing my former colleagues, they would have told her lies. To date, we have not been in contact since.
I heard, she had 4 children to 4 different fathers, whether that is true or not, I don’t know.
The next workplace relationship I had, was twins, Yes, Twins.
These young ladies worked at the same place I did, along with their father.
Honestly, I didn’t want to date either, as their names were the same as my blister’s.
Unfortunately, I had no other choice, they both liked me.
My apprehension was their father worked there and we had a 20+ year difference, not that I was worried as they were in their 20’s but I was concerned about what their father would do, when he found out.
Neither lady cared.
We sort of saw each other in secret, together.
I felt uncomfortable and scared of losing my job, even though I hated, it was still a job.
Someone told their father about them dating me, he went right off at me.
I was fired on the spot, without the chance to explain.
I heard later, the lady with my blisters middle name, had had a baby at age 16, she was now 22. Her sister had left to work for a major international company.
I have not had any contact with any of them since, nor want to.
These are just 2 examples of how workplace relationships can fail and the consequences.
Don’t get me wrong, I support them, but only when the personal life does not interfere in the work life, but when personal lives interfere in work lives, 1 needs to transfer.
My best piece of advice to everyone reading this:
Always when starting a WR, think about if its worth it, but also if you do, have a written agreement to cover both of you, but ensure you have many copies, all signed as originals.
I hope I have educated you Amazing, Influential, Inspiring
Disclaimer: As usual, what is written below is my own personal opinion, and may vary from yours. It doesn’t mean to say that either is correct or incorrect, that’s what makes us all Humans.
I’ve found many people will make assumptions and lie about others, instead of asking questions.
Honestly, it sucks, because if more people asked questions, the better the world would be.
Many people will assume based on a person’s looks, job, residence, assets or lack thereof, without seeking to clarify.
I’ve been the victim of others making assumptions about me and then telling others who spread lies.
Growing up, I was taught to give everyone a chance, if they fail me, then remove them from my life, which I have done many times.
Too many people also make assumptions about Transgenders.
It’s not easy being Transgender, it takes so much to admit to ourselves we are “Different,” then much longer to admit to others, well that’s what it was like for me
Just because someone transitions from male to female or vice versa, does not mean a Trans Person wants to date a person of their assigned Birth Gender, nor do all seek a sexual relationship with everyone they meet or come into contact with.
I, myself, identify as Asexual, please check out my previous “Asexual” Blog.
When I befriend someone, it’s usually because I find we can learn from each other.
Case In Point:
January 2015, I posted on a SM site seeking a Gender Surgeon in Melbourne, Australia. A gurl commented, and she asked permission to message me, which I gave her.
We started messaging each other, then she asked if she could friend me, again, granted. I checked her profile and baulked, because she was 15 almost 16 at the time. I was 49 going on 50. I mentioned this to her, about my apprehensions, because others will make assumptions about me. She told me, she only wanted to be friends with me, nothing further, which I accepted. She also told me many secrets, which I’ve never breached her trust.
FYI: I felt she could help me out as I had never known a teen TransGurl from Australia before, and i only wanted a friendship with her. NOTHING MORE.
After a few weeks, I started thinking about her as more than a friend, which angered me, because she was a minor. I admitted to her, I was in love with her, but needed time to rid myself of these feelings, she refused to let me take a break.
FYI: I realised she had reached the pinnacle of my “Friendship Tiers.”
Unfortunately, several weeks later, I was blocked. At the time, I had no idea why.
I have now been told, she spread vicious lies about me online. Lies, I feel she was told to make her Strongly Despise Me.
FYI: I have Written, Legal proof they are lies.
I have tried to explain, but she refuses to listen to me. I get that as the person who told her, is possibly a close, trusted??????? associate.
This is not the first time someone has made assumptions about me.
I’d been working?????? with a former colleague, who verbally abused me in front of Customers. I walked away to breath and count.
This person made an assumption, I was going to commit suicide and called our on duty supervisor, who then removed me from duties.
I had to undergo counselling several times per week, because of this.
The good thing was, I was on full pay until I was cleared to return.
It was found, my main issue was grieving over my father’s death 13 months prior.
However, the person who made the original assumption, refused to accept that decision and gained lots of support to have me removed from the site.
FYI: The person was very lazy and would spend more time drinking coffee than working, I feel she told these lies to get rid of me, because I believed in working and doing what I was paid to do.
I was sent to another location, which was great as it was only 2 of us and we worked well together. I miss working with that person.
When I was transferred to another location, I heard the person who made the assumptions had told lies to a staff member who passed these lies on. Despite my Great Work Ethic, no one at this new site trusted me enough to work with me.
Because so many people feel they want to make assumptions about me, I now keep quiet.
One of my Favourite Quotes is:
“Always Have Questions To Clarify.”
In my personal opinion:
Those who make assumptions, are Negative, Jealous, Narrow-Minded People
If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to your favorite ebook retailer and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.
MEL’S CLEANING TIPS BLOG BOOK.
Contained are my 7 days of tips as read on my blog and come from many years of cleaning Railway Carriages and Stations, and also Contract Domestic Cleaning.
Some of these tips may surprise you, some not, and I don’t guarantee each will work straight away.
I hope you find them useful anyway.
There is a free bonus too.
DIY Air Freshener
My favourite is Pledge Xtenda Handle, which has a movable arm, and comes with 2 disposable dusters. Coles (Australia) $12.
You can also buy the refill packs too. $8.
I have found a cheaper, but just as good duster at Bunnings. Glitz 5 pk.
Did You Know?
Many people do not dust their door frames, tops of doors or ceiling fan blades.
These retain dust which could lead to health issues.
I suggest also wiping the tops monthly, using an anti-bacterial wipe.
N.B. Please ensure, someone is standing at the base of the ladder whilst you are dusting and wiping down.
Regular dusting of all areas of a home, helps reduce the health risks.
I even dust Bathrooms, Lavatories, Laundries.
You can dust inside your car, boat, caravan, anywhere dust settles.
Wiping down these surfaces with an anti bacterial cloth, provides added protection.
Coles brand 100 pk does an amazing job.
To remove cobwebs or dust high areas, use a long handled broom. Please ensure someone is there for safety.
I also suggest wearing PPE
Safety First Always.
Hope this has helped you all.
As a professional cleaner, I conduct my own research before recommending any product or equipment.
Traditional mops can create more health issues as they don’t always remove germs when wringing out.
N.B. My favourite spray mop is no longer available, however, I have used several other Spray Mops and they do an amazing job, and fit the orange sweeping pad too.
When you use the trigger button, it releases a small amount of liquid, which is your choice.
These are 3 in 1.
Orange pad for sweeping.
Blue, moping general areas.
Red, Bathrooms, Laundries & Lavatories. I mop in that order.
Each are available separately.
Using these mops will save you Water, Money & Time.
Please on wooden floors, only use cold water, or as directed by manufacturer.
I add disinfectant.
You can buy cheaper spray mops, which do the same thing.
Update: Bunnings have a similar mop, from Morgan, but only comes with 1 pad, you need to buy the others separately. The Oates mentioned above should fit.
DIY Air Freshener.
Take a clean, dry, spray bottle. Remove trigger.
Pour in clean, filtered water around 3/4, then put 10 drops of your favourite essential oil/s each.
Screw trigger back on, shake well.
Spray each room until scented. I usually do this just before leaving home, so floors can dry whilst out.
Safety: hard floors may become slippery when mix reaches floor.
Update: When MCC becomes operational, each candle buyer will receive a free air freshener made from your scent choices.
Did You Know: Most people only vacuum their carpets, assuming all dust particles have gone. That is not correct. If you follow my tips, you may have a cleaner house. Before vacuuming, grab a scrubbing brush, then gently scrub the carpet, this loosens deep down particles & removes hair too.
Once done, grab your vacuum & vacuum carpet. After, get your steam mop,
Follow instructions, then steam mop carpets. This helps kill any bacteria left, but also freshens the room.
Please get written permission from your landlord if renting, before using Steam Mop.
When finished, spray the room with your previously home-made air freshener.
I would not step on carpet for an hour. You can steam again, as it may reactivate air freshener scent/s.
Who abhors streaky windows when you have cleaned them?
Hopefully my tip will help you make them shine bright.
You will need: Paper Towels, Blue Cloths, Microfibre Cloths.
This will surprise you, but I’ve found the best window cleaner is: Car Wash.
Take a clean, dry spray bottle, 3/4 fill it with clean, filtered water, then pour a capful of Car Wash into the bottle.
Screw the trigger back on. Shake well. Spray once or twice, depending on window/mirror size.
Grab paper towels, tear off 2 or 3 sheets, then wipe window until most of mixture gone.
Grab a blue cloth to clean off excess. Grab a microfibre to remove residue and shine the window/mirror.
You may have to repeat several times, each window/mirror is different.
You can wash blue cloth & microfibre cloth.
Most people think using an exhaust fan will remove steam. They remove most surface steam. Best way to ensure all moisture has gone, is open windows for a few hours. This will allow the bathroom to fully clear.
Upon arrival back, grab the items mentioned yesterday. For safety, please wear disposable gloves. I start with vanity mirror.
Then use anti bacterial wipes, wiping down the surfaces, including taps/faucet/s & outer side of vanity, discard.
Grab a blue cloth & wipe over, removing residue. Then grab a microfibre and remove streaks, this should shine them.
Next, if you have a bath, spray the bath with an environmentally friendly product, then grab a scrubbing brush and scrub the bath, then the taps/faucet/s, grab the wipes and wipe over the bath. Continue until completely wiped over. Grab microfibre, same.
Then moving onto shower.
Spray the shower screen, grab your scrubbing brush and scrub the shower screens. Grab a blue cloth and wipe over, followed by a microfibre cloth.
Next spray the taps/faucet and wipe with a blue cloth and microfibre.
Next, spray the floor, in sections, scrub the tiles until all scum removed, move onto the next section. Once completed, use the shower head to remove the residue, if any scum left, repeat, until all scum removed.
Once finished, vacuum bathroom.
Grab spray mop, place a red microfibre pad. In the water bottle, 3/4 fill with clean, filtered water, then fill with disinfectant. Place in holder, then mop bathroom.
W/C: Grab toilet brush & clean inside. Then pour some cleaner in bowl. Then use an antibacterial wipe, wipe top of seat, then cistern, under seat, outside of bowl. Wipe over with a blue cloth only, discard. Mop W/C, ensure a red pad.
Once floors dry, you can steam mop both areas. Please don’t use carpet glider, (triangle plastic), as it will scratch the tiles.
Once completed, wash cloths, spray mop pads & steam mop pads. I usually add 2 capfuls of disinfectant.
Did you know? Our mattresses contain bacteria that can hurt us. However, there is a way to eliminate, or at least reduce them.
First up: Remove sheets and blankets.
Step 1: Vacuum thoroughly.
Step 2: Grab steam mop, with a clean pad, then steam mop, just light slow moves.
Allow an hour to dry. After an hour, flip mattress & repeat steps 1 & 2. Allow to dry.
After an hour, repeat.
I find 4 steams helps; this may take several weeks to fully eliminate the bacteria.
I suggest this, upon purchasing a new mattress, perform a steam mop, as it will eliminate a lot of the factory, transport, warehouse odours.
If your mattress is heavy, please get help.
This is something I found by accident recently, which is not only a great steaming air freshener, but attracts flying insects too.
I have some exciting news. As a test, I made some home made air freshener: You might laugh at this, but it’s working. I grabbed an old bowl, placed it on a board, then boiled the kettle and poured some shower gel into the bowl, followed by the hot water. The smell is amazing in my room currently. I used: #OriginalSource #TropicalCoconut and #SheaButter #ShowerGel
Another test I did, because of COVID, I used Disinfectant in place of the shower gel, and it worked too.
Thank You for reading these tips. I really appreciate it, hope these tips have educated you.
If you ever decide to engage a regular house cleaner, please allow them time to settle into a routine, which will ultimately bring your home to a great cleanliness.
Professional Cleaners, well at least I do, will conduct research and tests before recommending products and equipment, please listen to them.
I prefer to have customers supply their own equipment and products, for Cross-Contamination reasons.
Once home, I let the office know about dad and requested privacy from everyone if possible. They agreed and a sign went up to reflect that.
I went to my room, grabbed my towel and toiletries, then went to have a shower.
I came back to relax, but text my best friend about what was happening, I didn’t go into details, instead requested we meet up the following day, she agreed.
I did go outside to briefly explain about dad being in a coma but stopped short of revealing my big decision. I told them just enough to keep them off my back.
I went for a walk to get some lunch, but also get fresh air and this may sound strange but talk to mum and see what she felt.
I felt her presence but couldn’t feel her decision. I understand why.
This didn’t help my decision any easier.
I then took a slow walk back home and went to have dinner. I was allowed to take my tray and food to my room to eat.
Afterwards, I went to have a bath, then an early night.
The following morning, I woke early, had a shower, then dressed, grabbed my keys, wallet and phone and walked to the station.
I travelled to see my friend, and of course, being cheap Tuesday, we decided to watch a movie. What movie we saw, I forget, as I was thinking about dad.
Once it was over, we went to buy a cup of tea each then sit and chat. I went into full details and of course, broke down crying.
My friend consoled me saying, “Look, I know he is a pain in the rear end, and you would prefer he stays alive, but if he does, he will need to stop working, can you put up with being there for him full time again as his carer?”
I hadn’t thought about that and decided to go to see the person I used to deal with when I was on the Carers Pension, just to get some information.
As I was known there, I still had to wait, but this person knew it was important and would attend to me quickly.
I asked her advice, and was told I might be eligible, but she asked if it was worth it, especially given his age. He was 74 at the time. I agreed, and thanked her, then left.
I called my friend to tell her. I was still undecided.
Yes, I was being selfish at the time, because he was a pain, but he was my father.
N.B. At the time, I had forgotten about certain things from my early years.
The next few days, I spent at the hospital with dad. Even that couldn’t help me.
I decided to spend the weekend alone to try and make a final decision.
My friend’s husband and son had planned to go visit his mother for a few days. She lived in the same town I was living when mum died. I had been invited to come stay with my friend for company. She had to work. I accepted.