Cleaning is all too often seen as that task which is best left forgotten – done but ignored as a real achievement. Although in all of this we all remember those moments where mother praises you for cleaning your room etc. – a task then that she does not have to deal with in her already busy day. It is a necessity for business if we want a suitable working environment for staff and something inviting for clients and customers. It sets a scene, gives a suitable environment, the proper backdrop to the working day etc. Behind all of this though there lies history. Indeed, although we mark the development of civilisation, the growth of our current world by those achievements having headline value – rockets, moon landings, medical breakthroughs, scientific discoveries. There is behind all of this the history of the growth of our world within those things that we take for granted – and yes, cleaning is part of all of that, and even though it is easily ignored as a topic it is something we do need and certainly value but in very much an ordinary way.
2000 BC: Ancient Indo-Aryan water purification. Sanskrit writings describe the purification of foul water by boiling and filtering.
460-377 BC: The “birth” of “Hygiene”? Greek physician Hippocrates introduced hygiene as the branch of medicine dedicated to the art of health
300 BC-AD 400: Ancient Romans built aqueducts to provide inhabitants with fresh running water, greatly improving domestic sanitation.
200-100 BC: “In Ancient China clean water was known to be important in disease prevention so wells were covered, devices were used to filter water and sanitary police buried all humna and animal bodies.
19 BC – Anicient Romans began to use public baths.
1400 AD – The Chinese invented toilet paper.
1586: Sir John Harington invented the flushing toilet. Unfortunately there were no Sewers or running water at the time so it wasn’t used.
1600s-1700s: Human contact with waste was minimised in Japanese cities because it was collected for use as crop fertiliser. Sewage was not discharged to rivers so pollution of waterways was minimised.
1819: Albert Giblin files the British Patent for the Silent Valveless Water Waste Preventer, a system that allowed a toilet to flush effectively.
1842: The English public health reformer Sir Edwin Chadwick published in his Sanitary Health Report resulting in the 1848 Public Health Act, followed by the 1866 Sanitary Act.
1854: Dr John Snow showed that cholera was spread by water.
1858 – Hot weather dried up the River Thames leaving pure sewage and other wasted piled up, ‘The Great Stink’ initiated a reform of the sewerage systems and cesspits.
1860: The first septic tank was invented by Louis Moureas and used by communities to remove solids from waste.
1861: The modern flushing toilet is introduced to the market by Thomas Crapper, inventor of the ballcock system.
1876: Melville Bissell invents the carpet sweeper.
1876: Susan Hibbard patented the feather duster.
1886: Josephine Cochrane invents the first practical dishwasher.
1893: Trickling sand filtration began to be widely used to filter solid from liquid waste.
1893: Thomas Stewart invents a mop with a replaceable head that clamped onto the handle.
1901: The (horse drawn) vacuum cleaner was invented by Hubert Booth.
1908: The first portable electric vacuum cleaner was invented.
1979: James Dyson patented the bagless cyclonic vacuum cleaner
a company that is part of that ongoing history
S3e ltd – a company local but not confined to Sheffield and South Yorkshire
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