Cleaning problems

The domestic cleaning market in the UK is estimated to be worth nearly £3 billion, with more than 2.45 million households using some form of paid assistance in their home[1] It is highly likely that these figures seriously underestimate the true extent of the breadth of the market Since a significant proportion of the domestic cleaning market is comprised of small family-run sole traders or individual self-employed persons for tax purposes, there may not be any reliable numbers of persons actually engaged in domestic cleaning tasks. Now we come to the core problem of this very substantial market.

A complete cleaning system is a combination of many different parts that must work together seamlessly to meet the three most fundamental requirements of cleaning: Aesthetics, Hygiene and Safety. Most people consider the function of cleaning to be purely one of aesthetics – to remove...

Here’s how to get rid of mould. All mould loves cellulosic material – so all wallpaper, grout, plaster and plasterboard and wood, carpet - in short all household fixtures and fittings are subject to mould contamination and it isn’t easy to get rid of. Where does damp come...

Cleaning and sanitising as a distinct two-step process is the key step in effective infection control. in order to understand how cleaning and sanitising is effective, we need to briefly examine how a microorganism migrates to a susceptible host. This migration follows a path (or...

When Mark Rothko's work of art "Black on Maroon" was defaced by graffiti, chemists at Dow teamed with art restoration and conservation experts at the Tate Modern to get the restoration right. This remarkable example illustrates the principle of solvent selection when faced with a particularly...