The thumper machine

If there were any ants lurking in the carpets or under the flooring, hopefully they have now vacated the building with blinding headaches.
Rug Doctors are available to hire and a good way of keeping your carpets clean and fresh.
The way they work is to bash the carpet dirt into submission with a soapy solution and whisk it away up the tubes into a waste reservoir.
We had intended to do them last year, but with Covid on the up then, nowhere was hiring them out so it was another job put on the back burner and the To Do list.

We have two outlets here in town that hire them, and last time used the Co-op. It was a simple enough procedure, you could hire for the day or half day, though the carpet cleaner was extra, so we bought a big bottle and paid our £28 for 24 hours.
We had very little furniture then so it was relatively easy to do the entire house in a morning, but obviously no refund!

Today we went up to the Co-op and made enquiries. Plenty of machines available for £22.99 a day, but although they had the sprays for upholstery and curtains, they did not have the carpet cleaner, so a bit pointless hiring something with nothing to put in it.
We therefore went to the other outlet, and apparently you have to book the machines there. Ah.
They had two, but neither were booked out until tomorrow, plus they had plenty of carpet cleaner, so we were onto a winner. Hurrah!
The rental price was the same, though the cleaner an extra pound compared to the empty shelf in the Co-op, but for £35 and three hours work, we have cleaned the carpets and they have come up a treat.
We filled the tank about eight times to do the entire job, and the water we emptied away was black. This was definitely not dye from the grey carpet, but an accumulation of dirt over the three years since our last deep clean. We use a sweeper now every day, but hoover two or three times a week.
We did not see one solitary ant, dead or alive, in the water tipped away.

We cleaned the machine and sanitised it to the best of our ability before returning it just after 1 pm.
We were both hungry and my plans for lunch would have taken about an hour, so we went to the bakery where I bought a tuna and red onion salad roll for me and Hubby had a sausage roll which he had with baked beans when we got home.  We also treated ourselves to a cake for all our hard work, and are now relaxing for the rest of the day. To be honest, it’s too hot to do any cooking anyway.

The washing which was done early and put outside on the line has dried perfectly.
Yep,a good day’s work.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to The thumper machine

  1. Sadje says:

    How satisfying it is to clean everything

  2. scifihammy says:

    Excellent! 😀
    Great when you manage to do a difficult chore and cross it off your list. 😀

  3. A good day, Di, and you have reminded me that our carpets need cleaning too. It will have to wait until September [spring] though as we are in the middle of a third covid wave now.

  4. I’m sure you’re glad to have that ticked off of your list. It’s great to finish cleaning up. I’m glad that the ants have gone away too.

  5. murisopsis says:

    Very productive! That reminds me that I need to clean my carpets too!

  6. TanGental says:

    I love doing the carpets like that. There’s something deeply satisfying thinking about all those gleaming piles. Mind you shifting the furniture is the yang to its yin. That’s a work out in its own right.

  7. willowdot21 says:

    Well done in all this heat !

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