For some it is a meditative endeavour best experienced in solitude; for others it requires music that cannot be heard over the pressure hosing unless headphones are worn. I am one of those strange people who find most music much of the time quite irritating. I cannot think! The volunteers accommodate me by not playing music though speakers if I am around. Some of us meditative-types though sometimes listen to podcasts while cleaning.

There is another aspect to cleaning based on whether volunteers prefer to share the task or do it in solitude. Some have a system and standard of cleanliness that suits the lone cleaner. Others chat and laugh through the cleaning, sharing the experience. Sharing becomes necessary in the middle of orphan season when all 8 cages require cleaning, not just the one or two through the rest of the year.

Cleaning is a daily ritual at the bat hospital that is thwarted by the wet season. The persistent wetness grows scum and fungus and everything in between. ¬†Note the mushrooms growing on this broom that was last used the day before. Cleaning the floors at this time of year requires a lot of scrubbing on both the polyethylene and concrete floors. Thank heavens for the drainage design that takes all the waste water away to the septic system. We’ve discovered that a good pressure clean on the polyethylene floors followed by a brooming of vinegar helps enormously, but not for long. The concrete floors clean up best with a stiff brooming followed by vinegar.