by Jeremy Strickland
Every year, as the weather warms, a ritual begins taking place all over the world. This ritual doesn’t necessarily occur on a set date, and it doesn’t always have to happen in the same way. In fact, from culture to culture and person to person, it is likely to vary in practice and intensity. To participate in this ritual, one need not be affiliated with any particular religion, but some particular religions require very particular practices. This ritual is known as Khane Tekani in Iran, where some speculate the practice began. People of the Jewish faith perform the ritual for Pesach. The Chinese are also in the running for first practitioners, and they add a twist to it by performing it meticulously, then not performing any part of it for a few days afterwards in an effort to bring good luck to their home.
You probably practice this ritual too. You know it as Spring Cleaning.
There’s another interesting origin behind Spring Cleaning from more modern times that’s unique to western culture. Picture this: It’s 1840. You’ve been shut in your house with your husband and six kids all winter, burning wood for warmth and whale oil in your lamps for lighting (kerosene wouldn’t be in wide use for another 20 years). Now it’s warm enough to send your husband out to work and your kids out to play, and you can finally open windows to let fresh air in.
And what do you see when Spring’s sunlight finally illuminates your abode? Dust, soot, whale oil residues… And let’s not forget about all of the messes your clan made while shut in. Your house would be filthy!
Luckily, modern homes are electrified, so whale oil doesn’t make the impact it once did (if you’re an exception to this rule, I’d live to hear from you). Winter, however, still leaves its mark, and Spring is still the best time to do a deep cleaning.
In cold, snowy regions, such as we have here in West Michigan, salt makes a big impact on carpet. Salt and sandy mud tend to get tracked in during the winter, and they act as abrasive elements against carpet fibers, accelerating the wearing process, particularly in entries and high traffic lanes. This makes adding Professional Carpet Cleaning to your Spring Cleaning to-do list essential!
Randy’s Carpet Care has been West Michigan’s most trusted carpet and upholstery cleaners since 1980. Call today to schedule your free estimate and have winter’s mess cleaned from the carpet of your home!