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Series 4: Vaccum cleaners! Where did they emerge from?!

😁🙌 Did you know that... Early vacuum cleaners were massive and had to be drawn by horse from door to door! Imagine...?! But, in 1907, just within the second industrial revolution, it is said that James Spangler had the brilliant idea to combine the design of the carpet sweeper with the mechanics of a vacuum, creating the earliest known version of a portable vacuum cleaner. The vacuum has perhaps evolved most significantly, marked by the creation of the first cordless, handheld mini-vacuum cleaner by Black & Decker nearly 30 years ago! From further findings, we see that the vacuum cleaner's emergence into a household dust extracting must-have, can also be connected to many great minds cutting across Engineers to Janitors who saw possibilities and brought forward their innovative thoughts into what we see as the Vacuum cleaner today (surely still evolving in ways to give the consumer a valuable experience) Basically the vacuum cleaner (once known as simply sweeper and even
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The Squeegee - Another historical exploration...!

😁 As we keep learning, we keep sharing... Here goes our findings on the foremost tool needed for professional window cleaning- the squeegee ... (and for those who know it to be versatile beyond the norm, it also serves as a floor gathering tool). Historically , it is said that the usage of the squeegee dates as far back as the Middle ages when fishermen used the Tshaped wooden swab called the "squilgee" (close isn't?) to scrape off fish guts off their boat deck. Fast forward to 1936 , Ettore Steccone dubbed his invention of the modernised single-bladed window cleaning squeegee, the New Deal. The squeegee - Tshaped in form with either a long or short handle depending on use involves generally  placing the tool on already wet surface to wash then wipe off with its blade, and in other variants, foam padding allows for the dual function of lathering with soap then wiping. Over the years , due to technological advancements, commercial squeegees have been developed

Series 2 - Historical exploration of our main cleaning materials

The mop is another very essential cleaning tool that is needed significantly to capture residual dust on floor surfaces after a round of sweeping and an initial dust trapping/capturing with the dust rag or napkin or duster(different terms , meaning same thing). The mop is said to be categorised into two types- wet mop and dry mop. The wet mop is known to require the involvement of a solvent (liquid) solution - consisting of 💧 water and a detergent or other cleaning reagent for effective cleaning and dust absorption. Through the process of thorough rinsing or washing if very soiled and proper drying, one is able to maintain the wet mop. The wet mop head is made of mostly cloth materials or sponge material and its body frame consists of the stick handle- wooden or metallic in nature. On the other hand, the dry mop- characterized by the flat head of strings connected by a swivel (which enables a more flexible motion and reach to areas with limited access than the wet mop) It

Historical exploration of our main cleaning materials (series 1)

The first brooms were just bundles of twigs or discarded straw tied together with twine. These evolved into crude broomsticks when people began tying them to the end of a stick. According to the world wide web, In 1797, Levi Dickenson, a farmer in Massachusetts, used sorghum straws to create an improved version of the broom for his wife. Since then, the design and materials of this tool have undergone various alterations: today, plastic bristles have replaced the straw as the latter tends to fall out. our knowledge of the broom is from what we have coined the African broom The African Broom: It is said that there is no particular date or timeline that marks the invention of brooms. As a blog originating from Africa, our knowledge of the broom is from what we have coined the African broom. This broom is generally made with sticks tied using a leather knot or twine and hand-held closely to the ground by its user for effective-clean/dust-free-results. Over the years the

What does tidying up have to do with it...? 💭

  The whole notion of cleaning ought to be all encompassing as the definition of cleaning can be termed the act of clearing out, organising/re-ordering, decluttering a space with the holistic aim of eliminating dust, grime, controlling infection and keeping things in order.  Yet, in the real practice of cleaning in many realities, one may achieve clearing out yet not all the other intrinsic details- organising a space, infection control et al... due to the factors of limited time, limited human resources, work load, different personalities, lack of attention to detail and so on... But we argue that it is an incomplete task to to clean and not apply basic tidying to the space. Basic tidying of a space simply gives a third party the allowance to organize a space without completely changing the space. As professional cleaners of sorts, in delivering housekeeping services, we try to ensure that we don't just confront the dirts and grimes but that we also confront things lying aroun

Ever heard of Hair mats...?!

  Mats in the world of cleaning are aids that allow for a pro-active management of cleaning issues such as dirts, dust, debris and the likes. Yet with the growing wave for sustainable measures to carry out production and consumption responsibly (as envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals -SDG 12 to be precise) juxtaposed with the undeniable usefulness of cleaning mats, there must be more sustainable ways or measures of producing mats as opposed to the popularly used non-sustainably created ones like the Propylene mats. One of such is what we discovered as the Matter of Trust strategy for saving the environment. Wow…! How noble! Basically, Matter of Trust being an ecological non-profit, in existence for more than 20years, that collects waste fibers that range from hair and fur clippings, fleece, feathers and laundry lints create hair mats that can aid oil spill cleanups. Wao! What an elegant solution to a teething issue! Their modus operandi is to keep collecting hair dona

5 natural cleaning agents to help you D-I-Y today!

  As sequel to our writeup on going the long mile into Green cleaning. We thought to share interesting snippets on the uses of some readily available natural  products that can be used as alternative cleaning materials as you go D-I-Y style  .  Here goes...:  Lemon(s) - Acidic in nature yet  It serves as :  a DIY toilet cleaner a bleaching agent a natural freshener and a de-odoriser a rust remover an insect repellant a limescale remover  a furniture sparkler   White vinegar - acidic in nature and has similar uses as lemon. It serves as:  a natural disinfectant  a dirt buildup remover a gummy buildup remover  a rust remover a hardwater stain remover Baking soda - a mild alkali that easily dissolves in water. It serves as a cleaning agent  a dirt remover  a grease remover a limescale remover (mix with dishwasher) a refrigerator deodorizer  Borax -   an alkaline compound.   It serves as a  useful laundry cleaner a drain unclogger (with lemon juice and hotwater) a mold and mildew remover