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spring-time holiday of Passover

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The most likely origin of spring cleaning can be traced right back to the ancient Jewish practice (over 700 years prior to Persian culture emerging) of comprehensively cleaning their homes in readiness for the spring-time holiday of Passover.

In remembrance of the Jews’ hasty flight from Egypt following their captivity there, during the eight-day holiday there is a strict prohibition against eating anything which may have been leavened. Jews not are not only supposed to refrain from leavened foodstuffs, they are expressly commanded to rid their homes of even small remnants of chametz for the length of the holiday. Therefore, for the past 3,500 years, observant Jews have conducted a thorough “spring cleaning” of the house, followed by a traditional hunt for chametz crumbs by candlelight on the evening before the holiday begins.

Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_cleaning

 

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Origins of spring cleaning

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

The origins of spring cleaning are thought in some quarters to date right back to the Iranian Norouz or the Persian (Iranian) new year, which falls on the first day of spring.  This theory although as been questioned, because Iranians and many of the population of the old Persion empire lived by a lunar calendar and not a solar calender and spring was never calculated many years ago in the same way that our present day society calculates it.

Present day Iranians still continue their regular practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house” just before the start of their new year. This practice means that everything in their house is thoroughly cleaned, including their curtains and furniture.

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Builders cleans explained

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Builders cleans explained

A builders clean is usually a very intense clean that will require a lot of hard work.   A builders clean is a totally different type of cleaning exercise to that posed by a regular weekly or fortnightly clean.  Builders cleans are much more intense and deep clean than many of the other types of clean that can be carried out with in domestic accommodation. 

Builders cleans are usually performed in brand new properties or properties that have under gone major alterations.  The builders clean will often require the last remnants of the builders materials been removed such as off cuts of wood, plaster splashes that require removing from floor, plastic film removing from windows, doors and kitchen units etc.

Usually a builders clean takes place prior to the carpets and final decorative items been fitted with in the newly refurbished or built property. 

Due to the previous point builders cleans often require the cleaning company to be available at short notice and to also be completed by a strict deadline because of other companies such as carpet fitters working also to strict deadlines! 

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Regular fortnightly light cleans

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

 Regular fortnightly light cleans

A regular fortnightly light clean is usually very similiar to a regular weekly clean apart from obviously been once a fortnight instead of weekly.   The same as regular weekly cleans regular fortnightly cleans are not as intense or as deep as many other types of clean that can be carried out within peoples properties. 

Regular fortnightly cleans are usually performed in properties that are already cleaned to quite a respectable if not actually an high standard.  Usually the cleaning lady/maid will help out by doing regular fortnightly light cleaning tasks such as vacuuming the property, lightly cleaning skirting boards, polishing, general light kitchen and bathroom cleaning maintenance, cob webbing, dusting, mopping floors plus lots of other every day household cleaning jobs.

A regular fortnightly helping hand clean can also be described as a keeping on top of clean.  Properties that are already at a fairly good level of cleanliness a regular fortnightly light helping hand clean is all that should be required to maintain satisfactory cleaning standards within the property. 

Due to the fact of been every other week, fortnightly cleans do usually rely on the householder to be much more hands on in keeping their home clean.

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Chewing gum house cleaning tip No11

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
Chewing gum house cleaning tip No11

I am producing a list of household cleaning tips to help and the public in their constant battle to keep their homes tip top and domestically cleaned! I am publishing the cleaning tips over the forthcoming days and weeks in a very easy to digest simple one at a time manner.

 

Cleaning tip No11 gives advice on removing chewing gum.

Chewing gum can be removed by hardening it first by the use of ice and then removing with the assistance of a blunt knife.

 

New cleaning tips are always more than welcome.

 

 

Please note that I have produced these cleaning tips in good faith and has such will take no responsibility for any failure or damage that may be caused or attributed by the use of any of the tips given.

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Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

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