House cleaners often face challenging situations that test their patience, dedication, and sometimes even their gag reflexes. While many cleaning gigs involve tidying up after typical household clutter and dirt, there are instances where cleaners encounter messes that leave them in utter disbelief. Here are 11 messes that members of an online forum share that made them want to exit immediately.
1. Sludgy Kitchen Floor
One user recounts a job where they were called in to clean a kitchen floor for a client’s mother’s home after she had passed away. Upon reaching, the cleaner saw that the floor was covered in two-foot-thick sludge, a result of years of neglect after the passing away of the woman. It took hours of scraping and effort to restore the floor to a usable state.
2. “Just Moved In” Nightmare
One user shares being hired to clean an apartment for a lady who had just moved in “in a nice part of town.” After continuous knocking and a waiting period of fifteen long minutes, she was finally greeted by the owner. What came next was not something she had been anticipating. “Crock pots that have days old food in them that has mold growing on the mold, food on the counter that should be in the fridge (dairy products, eggs, etc.), and bottles of who knows what that have fallen over and spilled everywhere.” Yikes!
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3. Bunny Business Gone Wrong
Although not a cleaner, a tenant shares that he once rented his apartment to one woman who had a rabbit and three children. After they left, the tenant discovered human and animal filth everywhere. “I had to shovel six big black garbage bags full before ripping out the carpet.”
4. Old Man, New Problems
One unfortunate cleaner found themselves in a horrific mess. They found several newspapers stacked on the floor of an apartment owned by an elderly man. “It did not take long to realize that the man did not bother to go to the bathroom when he needed to relieve himself. He just did it right there on top of a pile of newspapers.” After a little bit, they couldn’t stand the smell anymore and had to leave immediately.
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5. The Floor and Sofa Nightmare
“The floor and sofa were about two feet deep in the most awful mess anyone can imagine…. empty yogurt cartons thrown on the floor, chocolate wrappers, used tissues, bits of pizza, and general food scattered.” After this member had been done making the house look “like a picture out of Homes and Gardens magazine,” the owner asked them to come back again. Unfortunately, upon returning, they saw the house in the same mess. It’s safe to say they didn’t go back for a third round.
6. Mold and Mystery
One cleaning job involved a kitchen with dishes piled so high they could cover the floor. There was mold, drips, and food left out, turning the once functional kitchen into a nightmarish cleanup job. One can only imagine the smell of it.
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7. The Biohazard Cleanup
One of the most challenging jobs was dealing with the aftermath of a deceased individual who had passed away from a firearm wound. The cleaner had to remove organic matter, clean the scene, and try to make the space liveable again.
8. The Stuff of Nightmares
A house showing in Puerto Rico turned into a wild ride for one user. “As soon as we opened the door to one of the bedrooms, we were ‘attacked’ by hundreds of large flying cockroaches that landed on our faces and our hair and crept inside our clothes.” Yikes!
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9. Frail Elderly Couple
One student found themselves showing up for a cleaning job at home owned by retired professors of her university. After walking several miles off campus to their home, this student finally found themself in a “crumbling condition.” It’s not every day one is handed a World War II gas mask to begin cleaning a house. “As I took in the magnitude of the stacks of books and scattered papers, the thickness of its dust covering struck me most profoundly.”
10. Apartment of Clothes
Imagine entering a house, and all you see are clothes. “I don’t think I have ever seen that many clothes in an apartment in my life.” It took three people two whole days just to bag up all the clothes and trash in the apartment, with a further three days of cleaning and close to a week to repair the damage the owners did.
11. Turkey Troubles
A family placed all the Thanksgiving dishes into the grease-filled roasting pan, which were then left to rot for a week before this cleaner arrived. To add to this misery, a half-inch soap scum was in the shower stall. It took them about 2 hours with a chisel to get back down to the tile before they could even begin to clean it.
This article was produced and syndicated by Happy Organized Life.