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cleaning!       started by ds66 on 24 Sep 2011   (23822)
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From ds66

24 Sep 2011 8:17 AM
(111479)
Emigrating January 2012 and we are starting to sort out things that we will be bringing with us. Hubby is sorting out shed! He is a bricklayer by trade. He has bricklaying tools and some of them have a bit of rust on them, not the ones that he has daily use with though. To give you an example he has some profiles in the shed and has noticed that there is a bit of rust on them. Besides bricklaying tools he also has screwdrivers, spanners, hammers etc also some with a bit of rust on them. The question is can we bring things over with a bit of rust on them or do we need to get rid of them before we come over? Also how clean does garden furniture have to be. We are aware that everything has to be thoroughly cleaned and have been advised to use Jayes Fluid. Many thanks
From PaulnSue

To ds66

24 Sep 2011 8:36 AM
(111480)
Hi its mostly dirt or dust they are bothered about, your fella will find that the aussie use different profiles, but trowels etc are the same. if you get picked up on anything they charge the earth to clean and even more to dispose.
From borky2000

To ds66

24 Sep 2011 1:50 PM
(111481)
Hi We moved four weeks ago and cleaned all tools in Jayes fluid. We left behind anything with rust or dirt on them, only because we thought it would be easier to get through quarantine. All our stuff went through with no problems although they did open anything with tools, shoes or garage marked on the box. To be on the safe side you could always paint tools once they have been cleaned. Ellen
From vpopplewell

To ds66

24 Sep 2011 6:12 PM
(111483)
Hi. My friend who has been here for a month (Debs1966) should know about brining tools over. Her hubby is a plasterer ! Sure she could help you with your enquires.
From sarahpurcell

To ds66

25 Sep 2011 10:21 PM
(111489)
Hi we are coming in Jna 2012 also. we have been told that we cant take anything like a wicker chair or basket. Also we have to get our rugs steamed cleaned. i think we have to to DO A FULL SPRING CLEAN 0on everything thats coming .....its alot of work
From Secret_Squirrel

To sarahpurcell

25 Sep 2011 10:59 PM
(111490)
We were told the same about wicker and left ours behind. My husband bought all his tools they were pretty clean, no building dust or dirt. Ww
From Secret_Squirrel

To sarahpurcell

25 Sep 2011 11:05 PM
(111491)
What I was trying to write before my phone died! We also bought a rug from the UK, it was not steam cleaned just hoovered. Our packers did not even mention steam cleaning before our move and we didn't have any problems.
From sarahpurcell

To Secret_Squirrel

25 Sep 2011 11:45 PM
(111492)
thats good to hear as i have lots of tools i just wasnt going to bring but i will re think that one. did you bring dvd players etc? ive tried to work out if they are multi regional but im getting no where.
From TanyaWhoriskey

To ds66

26 Sep 2011 7:31 PM
(111495)
Hi It's interesting reading all the comments in this thread. We had varying advice from two removals companies before leaving the UK. One was Grace removals and the other Pickfords. We were advised that our garden furniture couldn't be brought with us (cedar wood sun loungers, and a garden bench. We were also told to leave wicker basckets and any other wooden items we were prepared to leave behind. Then, when our removals company came (Grace) they just advised us that they package items up and mark them up as ornaments so as to try and avoid quarantine inspectors opening them up. They did say that sometimes it's just pot luck however, and your's might be the 1/10 that they open routinely. However, since we arrived my husband has been on several courses for his new job and on these courses were a number of quarantine inspectors. In idle chit chat they've bascially advised him that very little of our belongings will get through. That even a dining table is supposed to be fumigated with the appropriate certification before leaving the UK. Personally, having pondered this, I think this is overkill and largely bollocks and they were just trying to talk up their jobs a little on the course. My advice is to bring everything. Package up 'questionable' items together in the same boxes to minimise mess and distruption should AQUIS open them all up. The worst case secanrio is that they will advise you that some things need to be fumigated and they will advise on cost. Anything that doesnt need to be fumigated will be released to you regardless. Then, you can decide which items to get fumigated if any at all. You may decide that they're too costly and to just leave them in quarantine - if you don't have them fumigated, they have to dispose of them for you. The reason for this advice is that most things here are expensive. My husband and I had a very comfortable life in London with very good jobs, 3 cars and two homes. Here we are surprised at the price of most things. IKEA here is much more expensive than the UK. House shops have amazing things in them but again all very expensive. Even rugs are expensive compared to the UK. Also bring any alcohol with you if you have some. We disposed of about 50 bottles of wine and champagne, 12 bottles of Jack Daniels not to mention countless bottles of Vodka, Pimms, Whiskey, Brandy etc to friends and family. Had we known how expensive it all was, we'd have brought our allowance on the container! My belongings are due for release this week or next at the latest. I'll update this post with any issues we have with AQUIS - assuming we do! PS: Just get a scouring pad and scour the rust off with some cilit bang.
From TanyaWhoriskey

To TanyaWhoriskey

08 Oct 2011 12:48 AM
(111530)
An update:- We received all of our belongings yesterday and had no problems getting them through quarantine. They opened (and re-sealed) a number of items (mainly those listed as tools, garden furniture, wooden table, wooden chairs and bikes. They didn't withhold or delay any items, despite the fact that when I opened the garden furniture this morning, there was clear evidence of small cobwebs and old spiders that had died. An earwig also fell out of the wrapping - so in summary, for all the hype around cleanliness, insects etc - we felt our belongings were very clean but they weren't 100% disenfected and clean and they got through no problem.