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The Vicarage Cleaner

“I have a new recruit with me tomorrow, is it ok to bring her?” That was the text message from our cleaner.  “Of course”! was my reply.

After a few false starts, we finally have an excellent cleaner who has been with us for about 6 months now so what could possibly go wrong with bringing a trainee???

How wrong I was!!!!!

Our regular cleaner and her new recruit came at the allotted time.  Instead of the usual two hours, all the cleaning was done in half the time and off they went.

The house usually smelled wonderful after the cleaner had been in.  On this particular day, there was no said freshness.

Just out of curiosity, I decided to do a quick check and started with the shower room.  The shower cubicle was looking just as tired as before the cleaner came.  There was obvious damage to the plug hole.   The wash hand basin had botches of blue liquid!

Oh dear!

I know for a fact that it was the trainee who was cleaning the shower room.  Usually the shower cubicle would be gleaming.

What can I do?  I just have to pray that the new recruit doesn’t tag along the next time!!!!



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The Vicarage Shower head

The Vicarage shower head has been misbehaving for months.

On Tuesday, I decided that enough was enough.  Instead of the power shower experience, I have to daily put up with water trickling through the shower head.  All thanks to limescale.

I am so used to soft water that I don’t think I will ever get used to hard water.   I know that my complaint is trivial when so many people throughout the world have to walk for miles for water.

I confess that mine is a first world problem but it is still a problem.  My skin suffers greatly and I struggle to drink filtered water. It tastes bitter.

Anyway back to the Vicarage shower head…..  we do have a regular cleaner but obviously descaling shower heads is not in her job description.

Not very long ago, a temp cleaner recommended a limescale product called Viakal.  I even got her to buy me a bottle.  I paid her of course!

I sprayed Viakal on the shower head and left it for about 15 minutes.  I would have preferred to have left it soaking for longer but was afraid that part of the shower head would dissolve!!!!

Anyway, I rinsed off after 15 minutes.  The shower head was looking clean and free from limescale but the water was still trickling down.  I didn’t want to tired myself so I decided to leave it.

In the evening, I used a blunt pin from my craft box and started poking through each and every hole in the shower head.  Every time I poked, a white crusty substance would shoot out!!! I know it sounds gross, sorry!!!

Needless to say that since yesterday evening, the shower head is working like brand new.