Cleaning Horror Stories
10/27/15 12:28 PM
Usually it’s not so bad. You have a job to do and you know what to expect when you walk in the door...dirty bathrooms, messy breakrooms, entryways that need a good vacuuming. But every cleaning professional has at least one story that makes them cringe every time they tell it. Here are a few of those stories.
Toilet Mountain of Doom (from Chris in Texas)
I worked for an independent cleaning company that cleaned offices, break rooms, bathrooms, and warehouses for a grocery chain. Since this was my second job, I primarily worked evenings during the week, but I wanted to pick up some extra hours so I started cleaning the warehouses on the weekends. After only a few weeks, I realized their break rooms and bathrooms were always quite a bit more messy and dirty than the offices or non-perishable warehouse. Most of the time it was just run-of-the-mill things like food exploded and dried on in the microwave, soda spilled on the floor and tracked up and down the halls, overflowing garbage cans and sinks clogged with leftover noodle soup (at least I think that’s what it was)... read more >>.
Hotel Bodily Explosion (from Anna in Michigan)
I worked at a hotel cleaning rooms, bathrooms, etc. There was a guest once that stayed for several days but vocally refused to let the cleaning staff in his room to clean or change the sheets. Though this usually wouldn’t cause suspicion, there was a noticeable smell coming from the room. After four or five days, he walked across the street to the gas station to buy beer, and on his return trip collapsed in the parking lot. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital. When the cleaning staff entered the hotel room he had been staying in, the smell of... read more >>.
Vomit-Covered Waiting Room (from Alex in Wisconsin)
I was the lucky person at our company who was on call during the day for any situation that couldn't wait for the evening crews. One day we got an urgent call from one of our doctor's clinics. We were told there was "a mess" in the waiting room. I showed up with my van full of tricks and tools and headed inside. I found all of the patients huddled over to one side of the waiting room and throw-up all over the other half. Carpet, upholstered chairs, magazine table, you name it, it got hit. I had the awesome job of cleaning up throw-up (while trying not to throw up myself) with an audience of about 15 people watching!
Gloves are for Wimps (from Sonya in Florida)
My first day on the job for a small cleaning company I asked my boss if we could get some non-latex, powder-free gloves. I wanted to keep my hands clean and germ-free while I worked but I am allergic to latex and to the powders commonly found in disposable gloves. My boss told me that I was being a baby. "I remember a time when used syringes were thrown in the trash can with all the other garbage" he told me. "You'd throw a full bag of trash over your shoulder and feel the needles jab into your back. Nothing bothers me anymore." He went on to say, "If I see a spec of $hit in a toilet, I reach in with my bare hand and scrape it off with my thumbnail. Then I bite my thumbnail off and spit it out!" That's when I realized how hard-core sanitation work can be!
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