So I'm passing on a valuable lesson from my Mum: you may not have two weeks, but once a year you could devote a day to giving your whole home a proper clean. That's why I've teamed up with Femail to produce this invaluable guide, with top tips from other experts to help you plan your day and precisely what to do in every room. With a mop and a vacuum cleaner handy, you're ready to start.
Start by gathering up everything to go in the washing machine.
Lastly vacuum thoroughly, moving furniture as you go. Your break over, it's time for the landing and stairs.
We'd come home from school and find our bedroom furniture in the hallway and Mum furiously beating a mattress or rug.
By the end of the fortnight, every drawer in the house had been emptied, re-lined with wallpaper and its contents cleaned.
The frenzy infected every house in Rothiemurchus, in the Scottish Highlands, where we lived. Old clothes were torn into rags for cleaning or woven into rag rugs; old jumpers were painstakingly unravelled and the wool carefully preserved for later use. In the Fifties and Sixties, we relied on coal fires to heat our homes, which pumped out black dust all winter.
The moths are both small — only 5-8 mm long — and voracious.
Typically, they shun light and hide in dark areas and crevices, such as underneath beds, around skirting boards and in cupboards and drawers, laying batches of eggs on wool, fur, feathers and skins.