Deep Cleaning Stalls, or How to waste a perfectly good day

We’re battling a fly problem this summer. They seem immensely worse this year than prior years and I’m not sure why. It’s annoying.

I figured one way I could reduce the attractiveness of my barn for flies would be to give the stalls a deep cleaning. I put some thought into how to do this. I even researched smells to figure out which smell flies hated most (turns out I could only choose the lavender scented variety, which ended up smelling more like a cheap men’s cologne than a flower).

Anyway, cleaner purchased, I set to work stripping the stalls of all bedding. This went quickly.

Once stripped, I grabbed the hose, a bucket, my cleaner, a scrub brush, and our old, but trusty, wet/dry vac.

In hindsight, I should have removed all the mats first.

I get to work spraying and scrubbing, and spraying and scrubbing, etc. etc. etc.

There’s no way for the water to drain out of the stall, so I’m vacuuming up the feces/urine infused water.

Wet vac fills up. It’s on rollers, right, so no issues? Except, every path to the outdoors requires lifting it over a large lip. I have to take the top off of the vac to move it. Pee water sloshes all over me.

I spray and scrub. Dirty feces/urine water is splashing all over me. I’m coated in it. I may as well roll in it at this point.

My back starts killing me.

I spray off the new section I was working on and step back to appreciate my hard work….

Total area cleaned: 2′ x 2′ section.


I spray and scrub, spray and scrub… empty vac. I got it on my glasses! Yuck!

I work at this for HOURS!!!!!!! From 8am until about 2pm I spent scrubbing this stupid stall out, and all I finally accomplished was one and barely a half sides cleaned, two of the dirtiest mats cleaned, and the cement floor under those two mats cleaned.

I could barely stand up straight afterward.

But, the cleaned area looked GREAT!! I mean like BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW!

I was so freakin’ proud of myself. I finish wet vac’ing up the remaining water, put the mats back, and re-bed the stall (since by this point Ava is batting at her gate to be let back in).

And I realize… the stall is FILLED with flies. I swear there’s more flies in there post-cleaning then pre-cleaning. It’s a swarm of flies!!!

It was all for NOTHING!!!!

Nothing like back-breaking labor to realize that it didn’t actually accomplish what you set out to accomplish.

I’ve read about people deep cleaning stalls, and it got me wondering… how do they do it so quickly? I spent all day on half a stall!

Apparently, the trick is to never have stalls made with plywood, and the second trick is to coat everything in polyurethane coating when you first get it and it’s brand new, then cleaning is a breeze.  I suggested to hubby we coat the walls of our stalls, and he left the barn laughing a really weird laugh, mumbling something about finances.

I assume that means we won’t be doing that. lol


One thought on “Deep Cleaning Stalls, or How to waste a perfectly good day

  1. Must be the season for pest problems. Mine is fleas. Have never had a flea infestation in the 12 years I’ve lived in this house. Been battling them for about a month but finally feel like I’m winning. The most irritating part (aside from flea bites) is that my cat is an indoor cat. Never goes out. Runs away when I open a door. Which means that somehow the little buggers came in with me…


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