I got an ugly smack in the head yesterday.
We’ve been trying to book a professional cleaner to come in and super clean our wet areas – bathrooms, kitchen and laundry. They were absolutely filthy when we took possession of this house, and the couple we hired at the time to clean did a shit job. I wasn’t around to hover and supervise – I was still back at the old house packing – so ML just paid them and moved on.
There’s clean and there’s clean. When I clean it’s in the deepest darkest corners – behind the toilet, not just the toilet. Scrubbing the grout that clearly was never brown, it was beige…things that some men just don’t see and things that make me want to gag.
I’ve tried – I truly have. There is still so much to clean properly and small repairs to make, but I am only just barely making it through the day these days. I take an Oxy for pain, and then have about a half hour window between when the Oxy kicks in and the pain is slightly muffled – enough for me to do a load of laundry or really scrub out the kitchen sinks – before I fall into an Oxy mini coma. And my pain ramped up considerably since we moved – ML and I tried to do it all ourselves and neither of us had the strength or the energy to do so. We should have paid a little more money and had more of it done professionally. I would say live and learn, but we’re never moving again unless we ABSOLUTELY have to.
So….now that there’s a possibility that ML is sick, this house needs to be really clean. Hospital clean. Bleach clean. I can’t do it, ML can’t do it, so we’ve been trying to find cleaners to come in and do it professionally.
We called the highest rated cleaning company in the city – they do primarily commercial work, but will also do domestic work – for a price. A price we’re happy to pay. I called them, outlined what we needed done, gave our details, and waited for a call back with a quote. And waited.
When they finally called back, they told me they had no one “in our area” that could complete the job. Wait? What? In our area? This is a huge company…I’m pretty sure they could find us someone ….maybe not tomorrow, but next week is OK….but, no, no one IN OUR AREA…
And that’s when the head smack hit. We live in the “northern suburbs” of our city. It’s older and has always had a bit of a reputation of being a little “rough”. But, these days, the whole damn city is a “little rough”, and our much loved northern suburbs (it’s where ML grew up and where we’ve been living for years) is changing. A great deal of the old is being torn down, and it’s being “gentrified” (I love that word). It’s slowly but surely being pulled into 2020+, and the new homes being built are beautiful, there’s acres of “green space”, new commercial buildings are springing up everywhere (at least they were), and this area is becoming quite beautiful. Yes, there’s still a lot of crime, but no more than in other parts of the city.
These “professional” cleaners were not willing to come and clean our home because of where it is. We live in a beautiful gated community next to the park where ML and I married, our house is still pretty new, and has beautiful high end finishes. It’s just dirty. We’re not dirty. We’re not criminals. We’re two people who are ill and unable to rid this home of the grot left by the previous owners…and their non neutered cat. Neutered cats do not spray and leave their mark (and stink) – our Milly is neutered and she’s never left a single smell behind. Their cat had not been neutered and there are areas of this house that are just…there are no words.
Me – being the Polly Anna that I’ve always been, was sure that getting rid of the smell would simply be a matter of cleaning the offending areas. Nope – not quite that easy. Look it up. It involves crystals and enzymes and warm air….and it’s almost impossible to eliminate.
But it doesn’t matter. We’re on our own…living here on the wrong side of the tracks. It was almost funny for about a minute. I didn’t even react, I just hung up in stunned silence. I had just been spoken to like poor white trash.
If I didn’t truly understand racism before, I think I have a better feel for it now.