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Problems with showers over a bath

by Julie Finch-Scally

Where I am currently staying the shower is over the bath.  It has one of those detachable shower heads which can be adjusted to any required height.  Unfortunately the bath is slightly narrow and the taps are along the wall which means the hose to the shower head cuts across the top of the bath. Less room to stand and move.

To make matters worse there is only a shower curtain to stop the water splashing out onto the floor.  Have you ever noticed when there is a shower curtain, it is drawn towards your body as you shower?  You can try making the bottom of the shower curtain stick to the inside of the bath by wetting the base and running your hand over the curtain along the rim of the bath.  This sometimes works but not always.

But the worst part of the movement of the shower curtain is the water that escapes behind the curtain edge and the wall.  If the bath is not set flush against the wall there is a shelf where the water collects and slowly trickles down onto the floor. We have this problem.

Hubby and I have tried a couple of things to stop the water flooding the floor.  Firstly we get the end of the curtain and make sure it wraps around along the wall as far as possible.  If we can we try and stick the edge to the wall with the bottom of the curtain hanging down into the bath.  We also place a flat sponge on the floor in the corner at the end of the bath.

All this seems to assist, but doesn’t stop the water coming over the edge off the bath.  This means the last person out of the shower has to mop up any water on the floor. Because the floor has porous tiles, if this is not done the water is absorbed into the tiles and leaves a water stain. 

I have found there is excess water on the floor when either of us have washed our hair under the shower.  Maybe it is the length of time taken or the extra water that is used, maybe it could even be the positioning of our heads under the running water.  Whatever, the amount of water spilling over onto the floor after a hair wash is quite amazing.

The moral behind this little episode is to take care when you have a shower over the bath with a shower curtain.  Precautionary measures prior to turning on the water, will save time and the flooding of bathroom floors.



Who is doing our cleaning?

by Julie Finch-Scally

In a survey early this year it was discovered that 54% of professional cleaners were over 41 years of age.  Of those over 41 year olds 68% were over the age of 51.  That means the aged of our society are cleaning our properties.  Now I wonder why that would be.

Fifty years ago the western world was not as busy as it is today.  Homes were simpler and the only people who paid for their house to be cleaned were those in affluent suburbs.  Also each business hired its own people to keep its office or factory clean, whereas now-a-days the job is contracted out.

Fifty years ago, people knew how to clean.  Mums expected children to help around the house, and it was the duty of each member of the family to be responsible for a certain housekeeping job to receive pocket money – if their parents could afford it. 

Having been into many homes since starting my cleaning company in 1993, I was always amazed at how often the kids sat on the lounge watching TV or playing video games while Mum rushed around the home tidying up and cleaning.  No wonder she was happy to pay for a cleaner.

This all boils down to the fact that most people under 41 do not know how to clean.  Or more to the point don’t want to clean.  That 46% of cleaners under 41 are not the dedicated professional.  They are generally students or migrants from other countries who are learning the local language and therefore cannot obtain employment in their own field of expertise.  Once they have mastered the local language they move out of the cleaning industry and take on different work.  All cleaning companies find it hard to fill all the jobs they have on their books because of the lack of cleaners.

So the hard core of cleaners keeping our properties in pristine condition are members of the older generation.  Many of them are Baby Boomers who each year are getting older and once they reach a pensionable age will retire. 

The demise of these hardworking professionals will leave a large dent in the cleaning industry, especially as the younger generations are not interested in taking on this work.  Unless we establish a worthwhile training system for cleaners, and educate society into the necessity for hygiene, very soon a good, professional cleaner will be hard to find.  This is not a great prospect.

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