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Super cleaner removes 152 bags of rotting rubbish from home, turning it into gleaming home


Some of the stacks of rubbish (Picture: Triangle News)

A cleaner has told about her biggest job yet, where she had to clean a house filled with rubbish piled five feet high.

Kerrie Mills needed full PPE to tackle the flat filled with scores of pizza boxes, rotting takeaways and ‘liquified bread’ and said the stench was so bad it stuck to her skin.

The home hadn’t been cleaned for two years, and Kerrie needed 152 black bin bags to shift all the rubbish, which included ‘2,000 plastic bottles’.

In the toilet alone, it took one bottle of cleaning acid and four bottles of bleach to tackle the stains.

Kerrie says the stench of the rotting detritus stuck to her skin during the mammoth three day job to clean the flat, from Friday to Sunday.

But the single mother-of-one, 36, of Folkestone, Kent, says it was all worth it to help the anonymised young man with learning difficulties who lives at the flat in nearby Dover.

She set up her firm, K.M Commercial Cleaning, about three months ago, being given the job by an estate agent she works with. Although she saw pictures of the mess, she didn’t think it’d be as big a job as it became.

The mess had built up over a number of years (Picture: Triangle News)

‘Have you ever opened a bin on a hot summer’s day?,’ she said.

‘The smell was about 10 times worse and it stuck to my skin. I had a double shower when I got home.’

‘I couldn’t use the toilet there so I had to walk to the local cinema at the end of the road, and people would come near me, smell me, and then give me a really wide berth.

Kerrie during the clean (Picture: Triangle News)

‘I had to keep explaining “I’m terribly sorry, the smell’s me!”‘

The estate agent had arranged for a six yard, four tonne skip to be placed outside the house. But Kerrie filled it in hours with a mattress and about 60 black bags, she says.

It took her about 24 hours of hellish work to clean the house over three days.

The mess had blocked off parts of the home (Picture: Triangle News)

Kerrie added: ‘The smell was overwhelming but all I could see was bottles and rubbish.

‘It put me off macaroni cheese for life, I can tell you that!

‘There were liquidated loaves of bread. Liquidated! I have never seen that before in my life.’

The kitchen now has a lot more space (Picture: Triangle News)

Rubbish was up to Kerrie’s knees in the kitchen, with the shallowest points at about three feet and the highest mounds reaching the cleaner’s eye level (she’s five foot three).

‘The bathroom was by far the worst thing I have ever seen,’ Kerrie continued.

‘I’m sure derelict houses probably look better, you would have thought it hadn’t been used for years.

The living room once the rubbish had been cleared (Picture: Triangle News)

‘I threw the loo seat away because there was no way that was going to be cleaned, it was covered in excrement so I had to go.”

‘It was really challenging, just imagine everything you throw away staying in a room with you for two years. Things had congealed and leaked over everything.’

Although the tenant’s mum has asked the agent to keep his clothes, Kerrie said that she had to bin about 90%, as they were ‘saturated with God knows what’.

It was clearly a difficult task for Kerrie – as it would be for anyone – but she says she’s glad she did the job (which she was paid £360 for).

Kerrie said of the client: ‘None of his neighbours said a bad word about him, they just said he needs help but he’s too scared to let anyone in.

‘I just realised what a sorry state he’d got into and felt bad for him that there was no one to stop him getting into that space.’

What a difference.

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