Linda Dykes is a compulsive cleaner from North Wales. She loves cleaning so much she's set up her own cleaning agency.
Linda believes that compulsive cleaners have a special set of skills that could change the habits of the nation, and so she's teaming up with other obsessive cleaners to help clean Britain's dirty homes and filthy public spaces.
Each week these compulsive cleaners are carefully matched with someone whose home is in dire need of a major 'spring clean'.
Behind the ornate front doors of some of Britain's most spectacular homes lie years of neglect and grime. The owners are struggling to maintain their houses without help from domestic staff, who have long since departed. Often, a vast ancestral hoard of clutter going back several generations dominates the house, collecting yet more grime. Entire wings are uninhabitable and home owners find it impossible to let go of treasured possessions that have been in their families for generations. Could a group of obsessive cleaners rescue these grand mansions from housekeeping hell and add some polish to their faded grandeur? In Obsessive Compulsive Country House Cleaners, obsessive cleaners work with the home owners over five days to help restore the houses to their former glory.
The British Isles is world famous for its spectacular stately homes. Brimming with centuries of history, they are legacies of a bygone era. But behind some of the grandest front doors lie years of neglect and decades of dust. Obsessive Compulsive Country House Cleaners finds out what happens when ancestral ways of living encounter obsessive compulsive cleaners. The owners, proud custodians of their family heritage, are struggling to maintain their homes without the help of the domestic staff who have long since departed. Swamped by the sheer scale of the problem, they struggle to part with everything from family heirlooms to broken junk.
This time the cleaners tackle Tarbert House, a Georgian manor on the banks of the River Shannon in the west of Ireland. Home to the Leslie family for 300 years, the current custodian is 83-year-old Ursula. While the main rooms on the ground floor retain their original splendour, the upper two floors - where Charlotte Bronte, Lord Kitchener and Winston Churchill once stayed - are little more than a dumping ground, with landings piled high with family clutter, hidden treasures and a derelict children's dormitory crammed with mattresses, toys and even a box of moss. Glen from Watford and Caren from Manchester stay with Ursula to help separate the treasures from the trash, in a bid to transform the upper floors for a grand heritage evening.