Today I cleaned the stairs by hand with a damp cloth. As you can tell, it needed doing. It was nice doing it this way. No chemicals, and no electricity. No lugging a big plastic machine around. No nervousness from Abi, who doesn't like the loud hoover (who does?) Instead, I could hear her chatting to herself as she played in her room. When I checked on her, she was trying on all her dresses. I could also hear the Archers on the radio. I didn't have back ache, because I could kneel comfortably to rub and wipe, instead of bending over to lug a heavy machine, which occasionally falls on me. I didn't have to throw anything away...apart from the dust...I just put the cloth in the cloth bag, to be washed when its full.