When you live on your own, or with someone staying over only on a rare occasion, it can be very easy to slip into the same old habits. If the carpet or floors don’t feel sticky, then they’re clean. I tend to leave things now until I’m pretty sure a visitation is imminent. That is not the way a clean house should be cared for and I jolly well know it. When I do need to have the place sparkling and welcoming, I do then make a real effort. I do some heavy duty vacuuming – not only the carpet areas, but around the skirting boards and behind the suite and cabinets. This autumn though I needed more than my efforts could achieve. I’d had some dogs staying for a summer break, and the regular vac hadn’t removed enough of the muddy remnants. I got in a brilliant cleaning company who very quickly and obligingly refreshed my carpets and saw to the skirting too. It looked fantastic and smelt even better.