May 23, 2023

Great moments in cleaning history

We get it. Cleaning may not be the most glamorous thing, but to us it’s a source of massive pride and as necessary to life as, say, water.

Because you probably don’t obsess about cleaning like we do, we thought we’d take this opportunity to highlight some truly great moments in cleaning that have left their mark on society. Buckle up, this is going to be fun (for us, anyway)!

No. 1 2800 B.C. – Soap Use Becomes Common

According to ancient folklore, soap was first used by Babylonians to clean pots and pans. Not exactly commercial cleaning, but still a big day that helped set the stage for Kleenrite.

No. 2 1797 – The Invention of the Broom

Let’s hear it for the broom! It’s a simple but effective tool that’s been used for centuries to sweep floors and clean up messes. Legend has it that the first broom was invented by a woman who bound together twigs.
God bless her.

No. 3 1800s – The Origins of Spring Cleaning in America

Spring cleaning got its start from having to clean homes because fireplaces and rudimentary heaters would leave them with a layer of soot. We don’t recommend only cleaning your business in the spring, but still a great moment to be recognized.

No. 4 1870s – The Feather Duster is Invented

Rumor has it, an Iowa farmer took some turkey feathers to a factory and requested they make a brush out ofit. We don’t know who this dude is, but what a visionary!

No. 5 Early 1900s – The Discovery of Antibacterial Soap

Scientists discovered the power of antibacterial soap to kill germs and prevent the spread of disease. This breakthrough revolutionized the cleaning industry and paved the way for the development of countless other cleaning products that we use every single day to keep your workplace sparkly clean.

No. 6 1901 – The Invention of the Vacuum Cleaner

Before the invention of the vacuum cleaner, cleaning carpets and floors was a back-breaking task that required a literal crap-ton of time and effort. In 1901, a man named Hubert Booth invented the first powered vacuum cleaner, which made cleaning floors a breeze. Shouldn’t there be a statue of him somewhere?

Cleaning. To you it’s “meh.” To us, it’s life. Thanks to these great moments in cleaning history, we’re inspired to do our very best each time we walk into your workplace. So, next time you pick up a broom or scrub a surface, remember that you, too, are part of a long and proud tradition of cleaning excellence.