Spring in Alaska means more sunshine to see all the dirt in the cabins and especially the dust that accumulates on the logs. My heart sinks. Where did all that dust come from?
Winter light in Alaska is very conducive to snuggling up near a fire with a good book and a hot cup of tea in a lovely log cabin. The darkest months in Alaska near winter solstice means we only get five to six hours of light here at Hatcher Pass B&B. The sun peaks up over the horizon never moving more than 30 degrees up in the sky. We live in half-light during that short daytime.
It must have been the lack of snow that allowed everything to dry out so much and the dust to fly. This winter we had an abundant amount of dust build-up. The wind blows the dust around and after its brief flight the dust must land – and these beautiful round logs that the cabins are built of create such a nice landing spot for all those little dust particles! Flat walls have nothing on the slightly rounded edges of the little log cabins to capture wonderful pieces of dust and miscellaneous dirt particles.
Fast forward to March, spring in Alaska, when we have almost thirteen hours of daylight a day. That extra light illuminates the dust on everything. The time spent snuggling up with the book, meant that I got to ignore what is growing on the top curve of the log walls. But now, the spring sun awakens me to the reality of the logs’ new friends, and they certainly aren’t my friends, but I have a solution to these little log invaders.
Cleaning Our Log Cabins Takes a Little Elbow Grease:
Enter Murphy’s Oil Soap, bucket, rags, and good old-fashioned elbow grease to remove the cozy winter’s accumulation of dust and assorted cobwebs. Splosh in goes the cleaner, squish out with rag, and I start at the top row of logs and work all the way down to the bottom, listening to new play lists on my iPhone and planning the season’s flowers. The steps are repetitive and mundane, but the feeling is very satisfying. I feel a victory over those little dust particles and bunnies!
As I walk into the cabin after the time spent spring cleaning, the fresh scent of the Old English wood oil greets me. Is it true, I ask myself, are the logs all clean again? I rub over the top of one with my hand – minus the white glove, and yes, it is true my hand remains clean. All this effort is worth it to have guests come stay at Hatcher Pass Bed and Breakfast and experience a clean cabin to call their own while visiting Alaska.
The more creative and fun decorating part will have to wait for Memorial Day Weekend when we will be able to put out the big flower baskets that hang outside these cozy log cabins.