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It's often a delicate topic and the source of argument between husband and wife. When both spouses work (or even if only the man works out), the problem is often to know who is going to do what chore, as far as cleaning the house is concerned!
Before cleaning a room, you must, of course absolutely tidy it up. Then, it will be possible and easier to start working at the real cleaning of the room.
What tools to use?
|A brush and dustpan|
|A feather duster|
|A handheld vacuum cleaner|
|A vacuum cleaner|
|A floor polisher|
** In colloquial English, "a duster" may be a person who's very bad at a sport...
* to vacuum :pus = to hoover :pgb (, which is a famous brand too.) Now, traditional vacuum cleaners tend to be replaced by very trendy and expensive "robots".
Any ot them hoover the dust, fluff balls/ dust balls and our pets' hair. (when they shed hair or moult).
... for busy Dads too...
To wash up/ to do the dishes
|To wipe the dishes|
|A dishwasher product|
A few more words to know:
|a mop||to polish|
|a dish-towel/ a tea-towel||to scrub|
|to wring||to rince|
|to spin-dry||to stain|
|the chores [cho:]||to share|
To wring, I wrung, wrung.
|To hang out the washing||Pegs|
A washing machine
Washing powder or liquid
|A stain||A stain remover|
|A dryer||An iron|
|A clothes basket|
A laundry A launderette
If some chores are painful and quite annoying for housewives and house-husbands to do, because they have to stand on a stepladder, or even a ladder, and extend their arms as much as possible upward, with a back ache and a shoulder-ache: it's cleaning the window panes.
Moreover, many of my friends and colleagues think it useless to clean them because, especially when living in towns and cities, they are dirty again as early as the following day or even on that same day in case of rain...
Yet, it's very pleasant to look at a landscape or a view without having the impression of a curtain of dirt. Besides, high rises have, of course, hundreds of panes. Then, in order to have the outside cleaned, you must hire special companies using secured platforms.
A dirty pane is a tempting thing to write on...
|How to clean window panes?|
|Even little boys can do it|
|What a dangerous work ...|
|Up the ladder|
|Climbing up high-rises...|
|A secure platform up a high-rise|
And to end it with a smile...
"What a pane!" is a play on words inspired by the colloquial (and sometimes vulgar) expression, depending on the intonation you're putting: "What a pain!", "You're a pain!" - short for "You're a pain in the a** ! " (The original expression was "He's a real pain in the neck!", which means "a very annoying person". It also reminds us that cleaning window-panes is really annoying.
("Sorry" to give you this sort of vocabulary, but it may be very useful and learners generally like and remember it easily! )
(and, just if you couldn't get it at first!)
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