A question that seems to be growing in popularity “What is the definition of cleanliness?” It’s interesting that so many seek the meaning of a term that is goes back farther than biblical times. This may be due to the change of perception.The view of clean and cleanliness is one that is constantly evolving. Thanks to science and technology, the social definition of cleanliness is always narrowing, leading to a need for a better refined definition that justifies results or helps prescribe improved methods.
What Is The Definition Of Cleanliness?
All that being said, the actual definition of cleanliness comes down to the way we clean and the way we develop procedures to achieve clean. According to The Cambridge dictionary cleanliness is defined as…
“The state of being clean, or the practice of keeping things clean.”
As you strive to attain clean surfaces, facilities and environments, cleanliness is the practice or habits that you employee in the process.
Everyone knows that bad habits, or practices, are hard to break. Good habits and practices are equally as difficult to form. In many cases, you have to unlearn a bad habit while implementing a new one, making the task seem even more difficult.
Practice Leads to Cleanliness
To create the true definition of cleanliness in your facility or home, you have to examine your cleaning practices before anything else. Implementing cleanliness practices involves changing the mindset of what clean really is. This means admitting your methods and past action may have been incorrect or misguided.
This can be a difficult step for some. Choosing to view it as an evolution rather than a mistake, you will be able to realize the benefits of developing effective practices and habits. Any one can buy a set of professional golf clubs, but only those that implement a practice routine and develop good habits can achieve professional results. The same is true with cleaning.
Why Products Can’t Define Cleanliness
When there is an issue with cleanliness, the common response is to run out and purchase a product to solve it. This is much like buying new clubs to improve a golf swing. In truth, there is no way to buy cleanliness in a can, although you wouldn’t know it by the labels in the cleaning product isle. There are quite a few common misconceptions that result in incorrect cleaning habits. A few of which I wrote about in 5 Dangerous Cleaning Myths.
Diligence and knowledge are the only way form cleanliness habits that are effective. Many of these practices are spelled out on the products and tools you use. More often than not, they are listed in the fine print rather than the name or slogan.
It seems that many times the correct practices are over looked in commercials and advertising, leaving viewers with the impression that its “Spray and wipe” or “kills germs while it cleans” but always followed up with a disclaimer that goes something like “when used as directed.” This is where the product begins to fail, not because of quality but because it is not used as directed.
What are your practices and habits that result in clean? How did you develop them? I look forward to your comments!