Woman Didn't Clean Her 400-Year-Old Castle For Almost 30 Years, But Two Cleaners Made It Shine
August 24, 2019 01:12 By Fabiosa
Many of us had childhood dreams of living in a castle. We imagined being handsome princes and beautiful princesses, dancing waltzes and play the piano in grand halls. But in reality, it is not so simple. If you want to own a big house, get ready to either hire a dozen maids or do nothing except cleaning it up 24/7.
In 1986, Cornelia Bayley acquired mansion Plas Teg in Wales. Here is the photo of the owner from when she was in her late-20s.
The castle was built in 1610 and is considered one of the best examples of the Jacobean style in architecture.
When the woman bought the 10-bedroom house, it was in a state of advanced decay. Cornelia invested a lot of money in an effort to restore it. 10 months after the purchase, the house was open to visitors, as it is to this day.
The 400-year-old castle contains a collection of antique furniture, porcelain dishes, valuable pieces of art and paintings from as far back as the 17th century.
Since the only two residents of the huge estate are Cornelia and her cat, she can’t take proper care of the house. There was no full-scale cleaning in 29 years. Bedding and mattresses had not been washed for more than 100 years. And the woman herself has not showered for three years.
Hayley and Dann, two presenters from the TV show "Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners” came to the rescue. They suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder and cannot live a day without cleaning. Such people change the bed every day, wash the windows in the whole apartment after every rain, wash the curtains, place the figurines in perfect symmetry, and disinfect the door handles. There are also other manifestations of this disease.
Cornelia’s estate was all covered in a thick layer of dust. Nobody had given it a thorough cleaning in 29 years!
The carpet had been vacuumed only twice since 1983. When pointed out the state of her carpet, she said:
I like dust, because the house is old.
Bedding had not been washed for over 100 years.
Cornelia didn’t use hot water for three years after the boiler broke down.
The whole mansion was in this poor condition.
The owner set some rules for the cleaners – no modern cleaning products! Only cold water and soap at most.
Hayley almost gave up, because mold is not so easy to get rid of. Dann could barely handle the dust.
But they did it!
The house was sparkling clean.
Hayley and Dann hope that after all their cleaning efforts, Cornelia will keep the castle clean.
Just look at this beauty! They say, in the old days, there were up to 30 servants there.
By the way, the place is all booked up for Halloween 2018. So, the haunted house seems to be doing all right.
How do you like this transformation?
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