Three months ago Kerrie Mills, from Folkestone in Kent, set up her own cleaning firm, K.M. Commercial Cleaning and has been busy ever since.
She’s seen some pretty grim things on the job but was recently hired to tackle a mammoth project – a home that hadn’t been cleaned in two years.
Dressed in full PPE, Kerrie spent three days working on the home that had been left to rot and 152 black bin bags later, the place was completely unrecognisable when she was done.
Afterwards, the 36-year-old shared before and after photos of the transformation and the images will make your jaw drop.
The home was filled with five-foot-high piles of rubbish containing rotting takeaways, “liquified” bread and 2,000 plastic bottles.
And if this doesn’t sound gross enough, the toilet was so “rancid” it took a bottle of cleaning acid and four bottles of bleach to get it sparkling.
According to Kerrie the stench of the place was so bad it stuck to her skin and people would cross the road to get away from her when she left the house.
But despite all of this, she claims the hard work was all worth it to help an anonymous young man who lives at the property in Dover.
“Have you ever opened a bin on a hot summer’s day,” she asked. “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.
“I had to keep explaining ‘I’m terribly sorry, the smell’s me!'”
She continued: “As soon as I got even through the front door, you could smell it. The hallway was lined with air fresheners, so I thought ‘that’s not a good sign’.
“All I could say over and over again was ‘Oh my God’ because nothing can prepare you for that when you walk in and it stinks.
“It’s almost like looking at the bottom of a mountain and you keep looking up and you wait for the peak.
“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.”
And things continued to get worse when she finally reached the kitchen.
“Oh my God, the kitchen, the cleaner exclaims. “Rubbish was up to my knees when I was in the kitchen.
“I turned to look at the front room, and because the rubbish was so high, as it’s shallowest it was about three feet high.
“But at its highest, I’m five foot three and it reached me on eye level so it must have been about five foot high.”
“The bathroom was by far the worst thing I have ever seen.
“I’m sure derelict houses probably look better, you would have thought it hadn’t been used for years.
“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.”
After around 24 hours of work over three days, Kerrie was finally finished – but she was only paid £360 for her incredible efforts.
She added: “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.
“His mum asked the estate agent if I could save his clothes but 90 per cent of which I couldn’t, they were just saturated with God knows what.
“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.”