Cleaning Techniques for Yacht Interiors
A stewardess’ life isn’t simple, and when it comes to cleaning up a Super Yacht, there are a few tips of the trade that may help you make the most of your hectic schedule. Whether you’re cleaning, doing laundry, or feeding the visitors, you should always do so with a smile and as quickly as possible. Here are a few pointers to help you maintain your newfound reputation for operating a smooth ship when it comes to the inside of your boat.
Dictionary of Yacht Cleaning
You’ll have a love/hate relationship with the word detailing. This entails thoroughly cleaning everything to ensure that even the tiniest dust particles are removed from every part of the yacht. To get dirt out of the tiniest of spaces, think Q-Tips and Toothpicks.
Bathrooms are referred to as Heads/Day Heads.
To those of us who weren’t born at sea, a galley is also known as a kitchen.
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Polishing can be applied to a variety of items on board, although most stewardesses will associate it with glass and silverware. Whatever comes to mind first, there is always something to be done. (Anyone for brass portholes?)
Cleaning Tasks for Yacht Interiors
- Cleaning is done on a daily basis, and the schedule is determined by whether or not you have guests on board, as well as the preferences of each Chief Stewardesses.
- However, whether you’re in the crew quarters or the master bedroom, there are a few things that will be a certainty in your daily routine.
- Vacuuming: as you pull this machine around the boat’s rooms and levels, it will become your second leg. Vacuuming is not limited to the floors, as it is in a home.
- Starting from the top and working your way down, vacuum the ceilings first, then the walls, then the items in the room, and lastly the carpets/floors. You’ll learn to appreciate and utilize all of the vacuum’s heads.
- Starting at the top and working your way down to the bottom is the best method to dust. This work will also go much more smoothly if you keep in mind that everything must be dusted; nothing is off limits! Remove all electronics, empty a shelf (vacuum it beforehand if required), and wipe off all surfaces.
- Before returning items to a bookcase, for example, you should dust and clean off every item that will be placed on it.
- The longer you work as a stewardess, the better you’ll get at recognizing streaks from across the room – and the more it’ll irritate you every time you see one.
- Cleaning a mirror properly begins with cleaning from top to bottom, but the sort of cleanser and cloth/wipe you choose will determine whether your life is heaven or hell. It’s easiest to use a clean, dry, lint-free cloth to apply the solution.
- Wipe the solution off the mirror/glass using this towel to clean it. Then, using a dry towel, polish the surface in circular motions to ensure no residue or debris remains.
- Dash: as a second-wiping cloth, we find that a vinegar/water solution with a hint of essential oil (mint) and newspaper works beautifully.
Showers/Tubs/Faucets/Toilets: Tough scrubbing pads can cause microscopic scratches over time in showers/tubs/faucets/toilets. For this sort of cleaning, soft, lint-free cloths, microfiber cloths, and shammy will be your greatest friends. Use the cleansers recommended by your Chief Stew and a little elbow grease to get rid of any leftover residue. Q-Tips are useful for cleaning jets, faucets, and other tiny items. Be all stainless steel objects sparkle with a polish, and make sure to dry all surfaces before leaving.
This is when polishing comes into play for silver and glass wear. To begin, wash the objects (glass works best with a sponge and warm soapy water), rinse with water to remove any soapsuds, and dry immediately with a flour-sack cloth to eliminate/avoid all water stains. You’ll want to follow the same steps for silver wear but add a polishing solution.
Hint: Knowing how to get a red wine stain out of a carpet or fabric will get you some additional brownie points. Remember to act promptly and never rub it in. Remove as much of the discoloration as possible using a white paper towel. Next, take some salt from the galley and liberally apply it to the stain, allowing it to sit for a few minutes. As the salt is removed from the carpet, it will turn red. Vacuum this up, then stain as usual.
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