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Confessions of a cleaner

January 12, 2014 - 1:15am



The first two days of a new school year sends shivers down her spine, but not for reasons you might imagine.

The mess created by Primary 1 pupils in the toilets can be a nightmare for cleaners like Sandy.

“They do things like taking a lot of toilet paper at a time, not flushing and washing their hands without drying them, leaving the whole toilet wet,” says the 65-year-old, who works in a primary school in the west. But eventually, when she gets to know the kids, she reminds them gently about their habits. And they are happy to comply.

She clearly has pride in her job and has developed a sentimental attachment to some of the toilets she cleans. She feels sad when she has to leave for another place of work.

“I once cleaned a toilet which was originally very dirty. I did it so regularly that it was spick and span. When it was time to move on, I shed some tears. I felt like it was my toilet,” she says with a laugh.

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