by Julie Finch-Scally
Dust is an innocuous substance: it is fine and floats on the air infiltrating every small crack and cranny to find a place where it can settle. Once settled it attracts further dust in the air and builds up on surfaces to an extent where the thin layer of dust can be seen. I was reminded of this last weekend when visiting a Nursing Home.
Now one would have thought in a Nursing Home great effort would have been taken to make sure all dust was removed. If areas of dust were left around the place, what else have they forgotten to clean? In this Nursing Home there was a definite build up of dust in one spot in the room I was visiting.
Of course the dust wasn’t overly noticeable. In fact I was only able to see it because I was sitting by the side of the bed and at eye level with the chest of drawers opposite on which sat the TV. The front of the drawers was clean but underneath the TV and behind the stand was the fine layer of dust.
I realise I am a cleaner and notice dirt more than most people, but if I as a cleaner can see things like this, surely other cleaners can do the same. It is their job; and just wiping along the front of a chest of drawers and not under and around all the objects on the top is not very professional.
Being a visitor it wasn’t my right to say anything, but it did make me look elsewhere around the room to see how good the cleaning had been. Tops of drawers and tables that could be accessed were clean, and the floor didn’t have any dust kitties flying around, so an effort had been made to keep the room pristine. But that dust under the TV left me apprehensive.
Seeing dust in such areas made me realise why when I trained cleaners, I went to no end of trouble to make them aware that anything missed could be seen from another spot in the room. For instance; it is amazing how often I see dust behind a toilet when standing in a shower in Motels. Also dust under sofas and chairs on polished floors is quite noticeable when sitting in a chair opposite.
The problem is, when one dusts one is standing up. Because under and behind articles cannot be seen we believe that others won’t see it either. This unfortunately is a wrong concept. As I said previously; when sitting down and standing in an unusual position dust and dirt can be seen.
So the moral of the story? Clean and dust everything properly, that way nothing will be missed, and others won’t notice it.