Sunday, 3 February 2008

Self-cleaning dogs?

Last night the ever watchable Kevin McCloud was in architectural heaven over paint that literally shrugs off dirt. He was as gleeful as a six year old boy as he dipped and re-dipped a piece of board coated in this clever stuff, and no matter how many times he submerged it in a vat of liquid mud it came out sparkling whilst the non-coated back was thick with gloop.
Yesterday I was on my hands and knees; that's on HANDS AND KNEES, with damp J-cloth wiping Mopsa's muddy pawprints off the stairs, landing and bedroom floors.
The building work + the weather + the season = unavoidable heaps of mud. Unbelievably copious amounts of the stuff. You open the front door and it pushes into the house unasked and unwanted like an evil relative or a z-list celebrity contrarily selling Daz. Footprints and pawprints are swabbed off the kitchen floor weekly; more often would be pointless - you might as well do it every half hour and die of boredom and drudgery. At least that can be done with a mop, the floor being covered in lino. But the stairs, landing and bedrooms are all ancient floorboarding of varying widths - the mop is not for them. So, hands and knees it is then.
Mopsa watched Grand Designs with me last night. She cast a baleful eye of recognition at the vat of mud.
I sit up in bed this morning and see the trail of huge mucky pawprints polkadotting what had been the beautiful clean wooden floor. I cast Mopsa, who is sleeping on her soft mat by the bed, my own baleful glance, wondering if it would be possible to have her coated in Kevin's miracle paint.

6 comments:

Flowerpot said...

I could do with some of that. Just got back from a walk with a very Brown Dog. She's usually white with black bits...

Hannah Velten said...

Saw Kevin and his ecstatic exclamations...bless him (and that glass that went from clear to frosted at the flick of a switch - how cool was that?!). Dog's coated in paint? - I'd by it (or them pre-covered) and it would save all the hassle. Muddy footprints - that's the only thing I don't miss(I'm temporarily dog-less).

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Why not clean the floor with a "Mopsa" instead of a mop? A strategically placed broom handle should do the trick.

paula said...

Not a happy state of affairs - and mopsa, beware, if yorkpud gets his way this could be very bad news and painful!
Shame on you...

Mopsa said...

FPot - perhaps i should create something harmless to paint onto our best beloved creatures?

Hannah - i loved that glass too!

YP - that's plain cruel - I love her even if she is a filthy hound. I know you don't mean it. Paula knows it too.

paula said...

Of course, york pud, no offence I hope! I was just thinking of the the poor mopsa mop...