Valentine's Weekend was MESSY!

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I cannot believe what a mess guests can make with a few complimentary chocolates! Over the Valentine's weekend, I put a few little extras in the rooms. Nothing elaborate, mind you, just some chocolates and home made cupcakes. 

OMG!!surprise There was chocolate everywhere!! On the towels, one set of sheets had to be washed twice (yes, I'm certain it was chocolate - don't ask), crumbs on the floor. 

Oh and then there were the guests who had flowers...petals everywhere!! And candle wax dripped all over the place. And someone set their fridge too high and it froze the bottle of milk stout (beer) that they had in there and popped the cap off. Good grief, I spent more time cleaning this past weekend than I have in a long time!!

Then, this morning, water dripping into my kitchen from the shower above. I suppose the GOOD news is that I didn't have to call a plumber, but the BAD news is that these obliviots are here for one more night and I don't really want to have to explain that bathing should be conducted with the shower curtain INSIDE the shower stall!! 

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Sterno is the only safe one to use, please don't scare us using MS.

Sterno is made to burn long and low and provide a nice heat. Go to any grocery store it will be near the charcoal and cook out area.

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Just wanted to say that you are on this forum OUT IN THE OPEN in your profile, so you may want to revise some comments about guests. I know we feel this is like sitting around the kitchen with friends, we forget at times it is the WWW and anyone can read anything here. 

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OK..so the good news is that there wasn't any water dripping into the kitchen this morning. The bad news is that the obliviots' idea of 9am breakfast is apparently not till 9:30 (I'm still waiting and just heard the hair dryer!). So my pancake batter is sitting there, waiting to go onto the griddle and the poached pears are cooling on the table. If these pancakes turn into a rubbery mess becasue the batter sat too long, I am NOT going to apoligize!!

just out of spite, i should go ahead and make the pancakes and let them eat them cold!  GRRRR

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If breakfast is at 9, breakfast is at 9. Not 9:30. Not 9:45. Not 9:15. We're not their parents. We don't have to wait for them.

 

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I am soooooo careful when I give guests any "treats".  I would never give anything like cupcakes that are eaten with hands and crumble.  I give cookies that are bite-sized and just pop into the mouth.  I give bite sized chocolates.  I no longer have candles in the room.  I never offer flower petals on the bed.  I have black washcloths in a container clearly marked "for removing makeup" so they don't get it all over the nice wash cloths.  I bought them (they are actually dish cloths) at the dollar store just in case they disappear.  The fancy embroidered ones that Martha Stewart uses ($12 each) would surely disappear at some point. Luckily I have glass shower doors.  Can't imagine the damage without them.  Even with all my precautions there are still occasional mishaps but guests are generally not nearly as hard on my house as my own kids were.  Still I sometimes wonder where some of the guests  come from.  I had one couple this weekend that were very hard on the house.  Left 2 big wine bottle stains (red wine) on the marble counter in the bathroom...but Clorox got it out. 

Bye the way "RESOLVE" gets red wine stains out of just about anything, including my friend's white cashmere sweater...but that's another story.  It is a miracle product and available at Lowes.

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this is the thing my hubie found is Hot Shot Areasole Carpet Cleaner-just spray and soak like a spot treatment, if you can do it before you wash much better chance to get stain out, then wash it in the hottest cycle on your washing machine...we have gotten so much off that it was amazing.

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Funny that you say that about "Resolve".  When we took over, we tried to use up all the laundry supplies they left us before buying new.  In working with stains, all I could find was Resolve Carpet Cleaner.  I tried it and it was the best thing for ALL stains.  I was surprised how well it worked!

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I would not be surprised if the "carpet cleaner" is the same formula as the "Fabric spray' because carpet is after all fabric. 

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I would not be surprised if the "carpet cleaner" is the same formula as the "Fabric spray' because carpet is after all fabric. 

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Odd, too, that I hit the chocolate stains with Resolve and had no luck at all. I was hoping to spot treat the duvet, do a little rinse and be done. No such luck. Into the wash it went. With Dawn dishwashing liquid. That's my go to cleaner now for everything.

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I can not tell you how many times I have had a soaking wet bath rug and floor because the idiots that don't know the shower curtain belongs INSIDE the tub when showering!  What hole have they been living in all these years? 

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We had a birthday party here and they requested all chocolate cake. Yup, all over the white duvet.

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Oh no! Chocolate is a tough one to get out. We offer a cheese fondue add-on and we've been asked if we would do a chocolate fondue. The answer is NO!!! I can't imagine what the room would look like after that.

How dense do you have to be to not have the curtain inside the tub. Sheesh! Glad it wasn't a major plumbing problem.

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We had a fondue maker here "for something different." Unfortunately, each time we tried to heat cheese, IT BURNT! We tried to adjust the flame, but it STILL burned!

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What I do is to heat the cheese in a non-stick pan on the stove top first. When it's nice and melty, then transfer it to the fondue pot over the sterno. It gets the cheese melted much faster and smoother.

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The directions told to use some type of alcoholic fuel. Mineral spirits? Maybe I should have used a tea light or sterno. Never used sterno before.

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Does the part that holds the fuel have a wick? If it doesn, then you would fill the container with 'chafing dish fuel'. It's a liquid and I bought a case by mistake (wish you were closer, it's give it to you!). If it doesn't have a wick, just buy a can of sterno in the grocery store.

YIKES, it sounds to me like mineral spirits might blow up! Don't go there!

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The part that held the fuel was two piece, metal and it swiveled. It said what type of fuel to put in there, but it has been over a year and I forget the name. Have 2 cans of the MS in the garage, so that is what came to mind. 

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Sounds like sterno would work great with it. Try it again, it's fun!

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Sounds like sterno would work great with it. Try it again, it's fun!

Gave it away....

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Sorry about that. I just put a facecloth that was covered in brown in the wash, after dousing it in pure bleach. I hope it comes out. Yes, it was chocolate, they brought melted chocolate up to the room and I guess I learnt my lesson. Makes me appreciate my macaron, they leave little to no mess at all. (I can't really complain about it, though, they left a tip big enough to make me smile and forget about it!)

On the other hand, I'm out of practice. It's 3:15 and I just finished, so now I get to think about lunch. Maybe it's just gonna be a bagel. 

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