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having a bad day

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Have you ever noticed how one job/chore always leads to another? or am I just really clumbersome.

I attempted to clean my kitchen earlier: Started with the washing-up, just a few breakfast pots and a banana skin. Pots nearly done, go to cupboard with waste bin, struggle with child lock see bin is full. Empty bin, bag splits, re-bag waste (last bag - remember to write on shopping list). wipe mess from split bag off floor. Finish pots drop glass, smashes. brush up take outside to bin. Vaccuum any last glass shards… Damn vac needs emptying now. Empty vac puffing dust all over. NO HOOVER BAGS!!! use Henry without a bag to hoover dust up.

Woof woof! Dog wants to go out, let out.

back in house wipe sides in kitchen and set out ornaments nicely, Clean cooker hobs knock over ornaments that had been arranged nicely a moment ago, put right again. Fill up mop bucket, phone rings, answer phone, come back, bucket overflowing. Tip out water, mop floor…. Done!

Grab a coffee, milks leaked in fridge. clean up make coffee.

Woof woof!! let dog in.

OMG why cant the dog wipe it’s paws…… Why bother!

Moral to the story is… Don’t Bother - leave it to somebody else!

(never did write bags on shopping list!!!)

Remembrance Day - Poppy Day

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Always remember the 5th of November; most importantly remember the 11th November.

(also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day
or Veterans Day)
is a memorial
day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the
members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty since World War I.
This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war
remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on
11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918;
hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th
month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice (”at the
11th hour” refers to the passing
of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.)

The day was specifically
dedicated by
King George V on 7
November 1919 as a day of remembrance of members of the armed forces who were
killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of
Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two
ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.

The red remembrance
has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the
poem “
In Flanders Fields“. These poppies bloomed
across some of the worst battlefields of
in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood
spilled in the war.

In the United Kingdom, although two minutes of silence
are observed on 11 November itself, the main observance is on the second Sunday
of November, Remembrance Sunday. Ceremonies are held at
local war memorials,
usually organized by local branches of the Royal British Legion – an association for
ex-servicemen. Typically, poppy wreaths are laid by representatives of the
Crown, the armed forces, and local civic leaders, as well as by local
organizations including ex-servicemen organizations, cadet forces,
the Scouts, Guides,
Boys’ Brigade,
St John Ambulance and the Salvation
. The start and end of the silence is often also marked by the
firing of a cannon. A minute’s or two minutes’ silence is also frequently
incorporated into church services. Further wreath-laying ceremonies are observed
at most war memorials across the UK at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November, led by
the Royal British Legion.[16]
The beginning and end of the two minutes silence is often marked in large towns
and cities by the firing of ceremonial cannon[17]
and many employers, and businesses invite their staff and customers to observe
the two minutes silence at 11:00 a.m.[18]

The First Two Minute Silence in London (11 November 1919) was reported
in the Manchester Guardian on
12 November 1919:

The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect. The tram cars
glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and
the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also,
seeming to do it of their own volition. Someone took off his hat, and with a
nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an
old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of
‘attention’. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside
her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still … The hush deepened. It
had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with
a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain … And the
spirit of memory brooded over it all.[19]

The Cenotaph at Whitehall, London on Remembrance Day 2004

The main national commemoration is held at Whitehall,
in Central
, for dignitaries, the public, and ceremonial detachments from
the armed forces and civilian uniformed services such as the Merchant Navy, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, etc. Members of
the British Royal Family walk through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
towards the Cenotaph, assembling to the right of the monument to wait for Big Ben
to strike 11:00 a.m., and for the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at Horse Guards Parade, to fire the cannon marking
the commencement of the two minutes of silence. Following this, “Last
Post” is sounded by the buglers of the Royal Marines.
“The Rouse” is then sounded by the trumpeters of the Royal Air Force,
after which wreaths are laid by the Queen and senior members of the Royal
Family attending in military uniform and then, to “Beethoven’s Funeral
March” (composed by Johann Heinrich Walch), attendees in the
following order: the Prime Minister; the
leaders of the major political parties from all parts of the United Kingdom; Commonwealth High
to London, on behalf of their respective nations; the Foreign
, on behalf of the British Dependencies; the First Sea
; the Chief of the General Staff;
the Chief of the Air Staff;
representatives of the merchant navy and Fishing Fleets and the
merchant air service. Other members of the Royal Family usually watch the
service from the balcony of the Foreign Office. The
service is generally conducted by the Bishop of
, with a choir from the Chapels Royal,
in the presence of representatives of all major faiths in the United Kingdom.
Before the marching commences, the members of the Royal Family and public sing
the national anthem before the
Royal Delegation lead out after the main service.

Members of the Reserve Forces and cadet organizations join
in with the marching, alongside volunteers from St John
, paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, and conflict
veterans from World War II, the Falklands,
Bosnia, Northern
, other past conflicts and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. The last
three British-resident veterans of World War I, Bill Stone,
, and Harry Patch, attended the 2008 ceremony but all
died in 2009. After the service, there is a parade of veterans, who also lay
wreaths at the foot of the Cenotaph as they pass, and a salute is taken by a
member of the Royal Family at Horse Guards Parade.

In the United Kingdom, Armed Forces’ Day
(formerly Veterans’ Day) is a separate commemoration, celebrated for the first
time on 27 June 2009.”

Credit wikipedia.



Spring Cleaning

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Have you ever wondered why we chuck the pets in the garden, open all windows and completely bottom the house?

Back in the old days of coal fires and straw matresses it was standard precedure for the housewives to clean the house from top to bottom. The idea was to wait for the winter chill to dissappear and completely freshen the house up. The housewife would clean out the fireplaces and the soot in the house created by the fires, this included the floors. walls, ceilings and furniture in all rooms.

There was often a smell which built up over the winter period due to not being able to air sheets and blankets. Spring was a chance to be able to hang out the laundry after washing and feeding through a mangle. The matresses were normally emptied, washes and refilled with fresh hay.

Jews believed that bread was a forbidden food during ‘passover’ So spring was a chance to remove every last breadcrumb from the house before passover which is in April.

Persians believed in completely bottoming the house in which they called ‘khooneh takouni’. In English ’shaking the house’. A similar tradition is the Scottish “New Year’s cleaning” on Hogmanay.

Domestic bliss or domestic miss!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Which category would you describe yourself as a member of, the domestic bliss club or alternatively the domestic miss club? 

Let me attempt to explain the criteria involved here which will hopefully allow you to discover which club you belong to. 

Domestic Miss

If you are a member of the domestic miss club you will be spending far to much of your free time doing a variety of mundane household tasks such as domestic cleaning, ironing, clothes washing etc on a regular basis instead of enjoying your free time.  Basically you work all week and then spend your free time as a domestic and so miss out on the finer things that life can and should be offering you.  If this category is you then you are a domestic miss!

Domestic Bliss

If you are a member of the domestic bliss club then yes you will go to work but instead of coming home and becoming a domestic miss you look forward to a life of domestic bliss because instead of doing all your own mundane household domestic cleaning tasks yourself you have delegated them out to a local cost effective domestic cleaning company.  A domestic bliss club member will enjoy the finer things in life.


Enjoy your free time, make time for you, let your life be one of domestic bliss rather than it becoming a life of domestic miss!

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Domestic cleaning service Bradford

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

We once had a client who we had provided a domestic cleaning service for around about six months with absolutely no problems, until one day our domestic cleaners came back saying they couldn’t gain entry to the property. A man that our domestic cleaners had never seen before had slammed the door in their faces saying he had never had or wanted a cleaner.

Upon further investigation it appeared that the lady of the house had signed our domestic cleaning agency agreement and not informed her husband. She had led him to believe that she was keeping the house spotless herself. She was paying us the domestic cleaning agency from her own bank account and supposedly he never saw her statements.

If there’s anything I have learned from this experience it is that if at all possible when I go out on a client visit I try to make sure that couples are always together!

This post as kindly been provided by Susan Marshall Dolly Char Bradford

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Garden Sheds Cleaning Business Opportunity

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Garden Sheds Cleaning Business Opportunity

I recently spent an afternoon totally clearing out and methodically cleaning one of my garden sheds. Whilst doing my shed cleaning chores I put on my business opportunity-thinking hat! I have never ever heard or seen advertised any where a business offering a shed cleaning, re organising or valeting service. Maybe this is a well-established type of business in places but I have never come across one of these businesses around Lincolnshire where I live, maybe you know differently?

I can see a tremendous opportunity here for someone with self motivation, basic marketing skills, full driving licence, willingness to work hard and most importantly do a first class job.
To get started it might be an idea to draw up a few interior shed designs for various sized sheds, for shelving arrangements, cupboard standing areas, work benches/areas etc so as to give yourself a professional appearance when meeting clients and pricing up their jobs. Obviously if you get your price right and do a top class job you should find that once the word gets around about your business and standard of work you may well get plenty of referral work from satisfied customers, also you may well get repeat work as over a period of time I am sure a lot of customers would instead of keeping their garden sheds clean and tidy, would let them gradually return to their original untidy mess.

Things you would require would be a vehicle to get you from A to B, a few basic tools ie:- brush, screw drivers, battery drill, dust pan and brush, probably an hammer and a few nails and screws etc.
Also you would require stationary for sending out invoices, and an accounts book for keeping your companies financial records. Don’t forget also to take out a liability insurance to safe guard yourself against disaster!
You would also require a trading name for your company although that could be something as simple as Ivor Job Shed Valeting Services, or Ida Newidea Shed Cleaning Company.  Or just simply I B Trading as Garden Shed Cleaners etc.
To get your business up and running you would need to market it. The best way would be to do leaflet drops at targeted areas such as large houses with large gardens, council estates with attached allotments etc. Other ways to advertise your business would be newspaper adverts in your local paper and also telephone books, You could even get yourself a little website made up and so long as you had good search engine optimism (SEO) within the code and pages then enquiries would start coming your way. To give it an initial push you could use google adwords for carefully selected keywords and phrase like garden shed cleaning, summerhouse cleans, shed interior renovation etc.

Can anyone else see potential here? Or have I already missed the boat?

Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.


Wild animals don’t dump in their own dens

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
Wild animals don’t dump in their own dens

A few year ago when I was still working within the building industry for my fathers business we picked up a council grant job to modernise an old farm house which was totally out in the sticks. The house didn’t have electricity and part of our work was to provide an electricity supply by means of installing a generator.

The old farmer who lived in that farm house and still does to this day originally applied for a council grant to help to get his roof redone but in doing so the council insisted that he had to get a lot more work done to the house work that included, underpinning the rear wall, damp proofing, electricity to the house, a new kitchen and last but not least a bathroom with a toilet indoors.

The last job that I have mentioned a toilet indoors the old farmer tried to fight against this as he had an old Victorian toilet outside which consisted of a ramshackle corrugated building with an hole in the ground and a very old wood worm invested wooden toilet seat for comfort! The farmer was adamant that he didn’t want a toilet indoors and that it was an utter waste of taxpayers’ hard earned money. But the council were insistent that for him to successfully receive his grant that he must have a toilet fitted indoors.

He finally reluctantly agreed for the toilet to be fitted but he kept on muttering over the following days and weeks that we were there working that it was a total waste of tax payers hard earned money as he had no intention of ever using it, he kept saying that he was a civilised person and that you don’t even find wild animals doing a dump in their own dens and they are not supposed to be civilized and he would still continue to go outside for his daily dumps!

I bumped into him recently and asked how he was getting on and if the toilet that we had fitted a few years back was still functioning ok. He stated that he still hadn’t used it to this day and used his same words, Robin he said even wild animals don’t dump in their own dens and they are not supposed to be civilized.

OK I have told a slight porky! If you change the word dump to S**T then you will have his true words wink

Does anyone else think it is uncivilized to dump in ones own den?

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Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

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