Cleaners can be grouped into ‘tribes’, based on how they go about their jobs, according to an article in the Telegraph.
In one of the most unlikely fads of recent times, cleaning has become all the rage, largely thanks to the popularity of a few writers, thinkers and online influencers.
One of the most notable names in this trend is Marie Kondo, whose book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ promised to help readers transform their homes into a “permanently clear and clutter-free space”.
She even has her own Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
In the UK, one of the best-known exponents of the cleaning craze is Sophie Hinchcliffe, AKA Mrs Hinch. This 29-year-old woman from Essex has gained more than two million followers on Instagram with her many photos and videos of her cleaning routines.
She takes a quirky approach to domestic chores, calling her cleaning cupboard ‘Narnia’ and giving names to her favourite cleaning products and accessories. Her followers are known as ‘Hinchers’. We wrote an article about Mrs. Hinch a while ago – click here to read it and learn more about Mrs Hinch.
As popular as this trend has become, an opinion piece in the Telegraph pointed out that “we are not all Hinchers”, with some people taking a much less enthusiastic approach to cleaning.
The article suggested that most people can be grouped into one of a number of “cleaning tribes”:
This group includes people who are most likely to clean when they are expecting company, focusing on essential jobs such as washing up, cleaning the downstairs toilet, scrubbing unsightly marks off tables and clearing away clutter in drawers.
Rather than getting into the deep cleaning, target cleaners simply want to create the appearance of a neat and tidy house.
According to Telegraph journalist Shane Watson, ‘pretty cleaners’ are people who are only motivated to clean if they will end up with a particularly pleasing end result.
She offers the examples of a chrome cooker or zinc worktop that, after a simple once-over with a cloth, ends up bright and sparkling as if it were brand new.
Cocktail rush cleaners
This is a very specific group of cleaners – people who enjoy a tipple and find they have a sudden burst of energy to scrub the kitchen floor, wipe down the worktops or vacuum the floors.
If this sounds like you, do take care not to take on any particularly tricky or dangerous jobs – ones that involve using step ladders, for example – after some alcoholic beverages.
Product mad cleaners
The final ‘tribe’ identified in the Telegraph article is people who are motivated to clean by the impressive array of products available, all of which promise amazing results that could reinvigorate your household.
While there are many items on the supermarket shelves to keep your home fresh and sparkling, you can also use simple things like half a lemon and some bicarbonate of soda to fight stubborn stains and create fresh scents.
One of Mrs. Hinch’s tips is to use bicarbonate of soda on mattress stains.
Of course, many people simply prefer to call the professionals to do the cleaning for them. If that sounds like you, contact FastKlean to see what services we offer.