Super cleaner reveals shocking transformation from hovel to home

Filthy flat covered in ‘5ft mounds of rubbish’ including rotting takeaways and ‘liquified bread’ is unrecognisable after being scrubbed by a professional cleaner

  • Kerrie Mills, 36, from Kent, needed full PPE kit to tackle hovel with rubbish piles 
  • Tackled flat filled with pizza boxes, rotting takeaways and liquified bread 
  • Needed 152 black bags to tackle flat, which hadn’t been cleaned for two years   

A super cleaner before and after photos show how she turned a filthy flat covered in 5ft high mounds of rubbish into a sparkling home.

Kerrie Mills, 36, from Kent, needed full PPE to tackle the flat filled with scores of pizza boxes, rotting takeaways and ‘liquified bread’ and said the stench was so bad it stuck to her skin.

The Dover property hadn’t been cleaned for two years and it took Kerrie three days and 152 black bin bags to shift all the rubbish, which included ‘2,000 plastic bottles’.

The single mother, who was paid £360 to transform the space, said it was all worth it to help the young man with learning difficulties who lives at the flat.


Kerrie Mills, 36, from Kent, shared gut-churning before and staggering after photos show how she turned a squalid hovel with five foot high mounds of putrid rubbish into a sparkling home (left, before, and right, after)


 She needed full PPE to tackle the flat filled with scores of pizza boxes, rotting takeaways and ‘liquified bread’ and said the stench was so bad it stuck to her skin (left, before, and right, after)


The eyesore hadn’t been cleaned for two years and it took Kerrie three days and 152 black bin bags to shift all the rubbish, which included ‘2,000 plastic bottles’ (left, the hallway before, and right, after)

The single mother, who was only paid £360 to transform the space, said it was all worth it to help the anonymised young man with learning difficulties who lives at the flat in nearby Dover

Kerrie set up her firm K.M Commercial Cleaning about three months ago, and was given the job via an estate agent she works with. 

The estate agent had arranged for a six yard, four tonne skip to be placed outside the house.

But Kerrie filled it in hours with a mattress and about 60 black bags, she said.

It took her about 24 hours of hellish work to clean the house over three days.

She said: ‘As soon as I got even through the front door, you could smell it. The hallway was lined with air fresheners, so I thought ‘that’s not a good sign’.

‘All I could say over and over again was ‘Oh my God’ because nothing can prepare you for that when you walk in and it stinks.


Kerrie needed one bottle of cleaning acid and four bottles of bleach to tackle the rancid toilet and was forced to throw away the seat because it was covered in excrement (left, the bathroom before, and right, after)

Kerrie said the moment she walked into the house, she could smell the stench of the rubbish rotting in the home (pictured, the hallway as Kerrie cleaned) 

‘It’s almost like looking at the bottom of a mountain and you keep looking up and you wait for the peak.

‘The smell was overwhelming but all I could see was bottles and rubbish.’

She added: ‘Have you ever opened a bin on a hot summer’s day? The smell was about 10 times worse and it stuck to my skin. I had a double shower when I got home.

‘I couldn’t use the toilet there so I had to walk to the local cinema at the end of the road, and people would come near me, smell me, and then give me a really wide berth.

The single mother used 152 black bin bags to shift all the rubbish, which included ‘2,000 plastic bottles’ and scores of pizza boxes (pictured) 

‘I had to keep explaining ‘I’m terribly sorry, the smell’s me!’ 

She continued: ‘It put me off macaroni cheese for life, I can tell you that! There were liquidated loaves of bread. Liquidated! I have never seen that before in my life.’

‘Oh my God, the kitchen. Rubbish was up to my knees when I was in the kitchen.

‘I turned to look at the front room, and because the rubbish was so high, as it’s shallowest it was about three feet high. 

The supercleaner said the experience left a stench on her skin and it took her three days to get the home sparkling 

Kerrie said the cleaning job, for which she only earned £360, was a ‘challenging experience’ (pictured, the kitchen after) 

‘But at its highest, I’m five foot three and it reached me on eye level so it must have been about five foot high.’

She continued: ‘The bathroom was by far the worst thing I have ever seen. I’m sure derelict houses probably look better, you would have thought it hadn’t been used for years.’ 

Kerrie needed one bottle of cleaning acid and four bottles of bleach to tackle the rancid toilet. 

She said: ‘I threw the loo seat away because there was no way that was going to be cleaned, it was covered in excrement so I had to go.’ 

Kerrie dressed in full PPE to tackle the flat but still said the cleaning job left her with a stench which clung to her skin for days 

Kerrie set up her firm K.M Commercial Cleaning about three months ago, and was given the nightmare job via an estate agent she works with


The single mother said despite the challenging experience, she was pleased to be able to help out the anonymous young man with learning difficulties who lives at the flat in nearby Dover

‘It was really challenging, just imagine everything you throw away staying in a room with you for two years. Things had congealed and leaked over everything.’

She added: ‘His mother asked the estate agent if I could save his clothes but 90 per cent of which I couldn’t, they were just saturated with God knows what.

‘None of his neighbours said a bad word about him, they just said he needs help but he’s too scared to let anyone in.

‘I just realised what a sorry state he’d got into and felt bad for him that there was no one to stop him getting into that space.’   

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