Kate Crockamp, a professional cleaner for 15 years, says she would “rather clean a dirty toilet than a dishwasher any day.”
And the nasty discovery she made after pulling the filter of a new customer’s dishwasher may prove exactly why she’s afraid to clean it.
“You can usually smell it as soon as you open the dishwasher. You get a signal as soon as you detect it if there’s something interesting waiting for you,” Crockamp said.
“But you’ll never know until you pull (the filter) out and flip it around what awaits you.”
This was the case with a modern dishwasher that looked like it was – show yourself – Oysters and mushrooms “grow” in the filter.
Crockamp has built a large fan base on social media showing how to eliminate dirt in dingy homes across the Gold Coast with her husband Jack and their business. Friends prices.
“People like to see shocking and dirty things when it comes to cleaning,” she told news.com.au.
She knew this filter would be an instant hit for her Over 81,000 followers on TikToksince it was one of the worst she had ever encountered in her cleaning career.
“That filter is right there. Visually, it was too much, add to that the smell as well, and it was really bad.”
Cleaning requires “double gloves” and a combination of cleaning brushes, scrubbers, and degreasers to “get into the nooks and crannies” of the machine.
By the time she was finished, the filter looked brand new.
It looked so clean, you could be forgiven for thinking Croucamp had bought a replacement and saved itself the effort.
The state of the filter astonished her followers, who could not believe that “anyone let it happen like this.”
But Croekamp told news.com.au most people don’t know there’s a filter to clean.
“It’s easy to judge online how someone lives, but a lot of people have never learned how to clean,” she said.
“If you learn how to clean it’s a huge privilege, and a lot of people never learn.
“Not everyone is lazy, it could be due to many factors: it could be mental health, disability, getting older, or just not knowing how to do it.”
She said this was part of the reason she started posting content on social media under the “Clean Like A Pro” brand because people are also interested in seeing how others live and learning how to clean their homes better.
Mates Rates specializes in end-of-lease cleaning—including carpet and pest control—which means the Krokamps and their team have seen homes from all types of suburbs in all types of states.
“We’ve been into multimillion-dollar homes where a $5,000 bathroom was used as kitten litter,” Crokamp recalls.
“We’ve seen it all, on both ends of the scale. We’ve walked to clean places, or you can walk to somewhere completely neglected. It’s the difference between half a day’s work or days.”
For this reason, Mates Rates sets the price of a clean bond based on the condition of the property, whether it needs a one-time lighter or a deep clean – including bugs and carpets.
A “standard” four-bedroom, one-story home could cost anywhere from $500 to about $2,000 to clean “depending on what you get into,” Crockamp said.
But some tenants expressed horror after realizing the amount of work involved in cleaning bonds, or claimed they had been “duped” by cleaners.
Crockamp said there was “huge variation” in detergent standards, especially after the industry boomed during the pandemic, but he said finding a good idea for a clean bond was better than getting stuck on the task.
“For one person to do it (clean the bonds) it can take up to a week,” she said.
“Moving house is one of the top three stressful life events – along with divorce and death in the family – and people suffer for all reasons.”
But many people still attempt this huge task, either to avoid additional expenses during an already expensive time; Or to avoid the “embarrassment” of having to contact professional help.
“The thing is, I enjoy doing cleaning shifts and helping people who are moving house and taking away as much stress as possible,” Crockamp said.
“A lot of people are embarrassed to call someone up, but that’s our jobs, that’s what we’re there to do.”
As much as she dreads cleaning filters, she admits, “I get very excited when I see a dishwasher like this (in the video).”
“I would rather do that than have houses that are clean every day.”
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