A recent infographic we saw made us think about cleaning – not something we like to do very often. The infographic offered a non-scientific but fun look at the top 10 home cleaning products. It was, at first glance, an odd mix. From brooms to magic erasers, electrical items to dusters it seemed to have all aspects covered but without anything to connect the disparate ten.
However on second thoughts there perhaps was one common, if hidden, factor to all the items – technology. From the humble duster to the all-singing, all-dancing latest gadget the list perhaps demonstrated how technology has continually come to the aid of all of us who have to clean our homes. It is perhaps easiest to see in an item like a vacuum cleaner. This writer isn’t very old but remembers their grandparents cleaning the house with a ‘Eubank’ – the low-tech carpet cleaner that must bring a smile to Mr Dyson’s face. The past decade has seen an almost continual technological development – from bagless to cyclone power.
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But technology has also made its presence felt in much more humble ways. The microfiber cloth has been a boost to many people’s cleaning regimen – and it uses advanced technology too. One website describes the process in words we can understand:
"Microfiber is a synthetic fiber made up of a blend of polyester and polyamide or nylon. These materials are bundled together to form a strand that when examined under a microscope appears in the shape of a star. Those bundles are then split into ultra-fine single fibers using a specific combination of chemicals, heat and agitation. The fibers are finally woven together to make the finished microfiber product. Research shows that it is the amount of splits that determines the quality of the microfiber. The splitting process breaks down each fiber into a very thin strand, estimated to be at least one-sixteenth the size of a human hair. When woven together these strands create a surface area covered with millions of spaces between the fibers to trap moisture, dirt and debris"
Look down the rest of the list and you’ll soon see that technology has impacted on every single item. A recent report suggested women spend 208 hours a year cleaning but just 19hours a year having sex! So perhaps any help in cutting down the time spent on cleaning chores will mean more time for more pleasurable activities.
We don’t necessarily agree with all on the list – but it certainly created some debate. It would be good to hear from you on the cleaning essentials that make life a little easier for you.
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