In various parts of the world cities die at the centre and move outwards leaving dirt and decay where there was once bustle and vitality. Commercial cleaning London may be one of the things that has contributed to the city being a model of sustainable development. In Hyde Park there is long grass for rabbits and butterflies to live near the city centre, but not because of decay. Rather, it is care that keeps them there. Similar care and thought is put into cleaning.
To an outsider it may appear that there are not many English people in London. Very few look like the Queen. Instead there is a vibrant cosmopolitan mix of people from every corner of the Earth. Fresh faced young people from Poland get on with doing the work speaking a charming variety of English. Their British counterparts may be backpacking in Australia or doing volunteer teaching in Lesotho. With such an interesting corps of workers available it is likely that cleaners who turn up to work will be cheerful young people working temporarily under supervision.
In the past the cleaning industry seemed very often to be in the gnarled hands of slow moving individuals who determinedly moved dirt from one part of a room to another. Mops were used to turn dust into mire that was finely smeared across floors. Vacuum cleaners appeared at inopportune times during the day sucking in dirt and puffing out dust.
Commercial cleaners are likely to be a great deal more efficient now than they were in the past. In part this may be due to the wider availability of information. For example, it is now widely understood that dust and mould are dangerous substances that can cause allergies, diseases and even death in some cases. Moving dirt from one part of a building to another will not suffice in the Information Age.
In the twenty-first century urban environments are considerably improved. Trees are planted to clean the air and enlightened cities like London and Geneva even allow grass to grow long and seed so that insect, bird and animal life can exist at city centres. Together with such environmental awareness is a wariness of the unseen damage that poisonous chemicals and pesticides can pose.
In the past drops of harsh chemical were dropped into buckets of water for cleaning purposes. Now methods of reverses osmosis are used to purify water before it is used for washing. Such water can be fed through long poles into special brushes and used to clean surfaces that might previously have been unreachable. Other devices now use steam for stubborn stains.
Suspended ceilings in some office buildings might be made of vinyl acoustic boards that unobtrusively get stain or soiled with dust. Cleaning these with special techniques can leave an urban space with a fresh ambiance. The same might be done with dry walling on which finger marks and grey smudges have appeared.
Notwithstanding the considerable advances achieved by technology there are some timeless aspects that remain in commercial cleaning London. Perhaps the most importance of these is mind. Gone are the days when char work was mindless drudgery. Now teams of quick workers under expert supervision enter buildings at opportune times. They work with super efficiency and are gone, like elves, leaving other workers to arrive in the morning for work to find everything hunky dory