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Washforce Directors Race The Sun!

The directors of Washforce raised a staggering £3000 for the children's medical research charity Action with the Race The Sun Charity Challenge!

Sean Taylor (Managing Director) and Paul Smith (Commercial Director) were amongst the 200 plus participants competing in the Lake District based event on August 29th, which started with a lengthy bike ride at 06:19AM before sunrise, followed by a testing hike up Britains second highest mountain- Helvellyn at 3,116ft (950m). It didn't finish there...

The race against time continued with a further bike ride before a 3km canoe course within the Lake Thirlmere, concluding with another bike riding which totalled 50km on wheels!

The challenging course took Sean and Paul 10hrs 55mins against the sunset, finishing a respectable 26th.

For more information about the Race The Sun event, click here.

The Peeping Tom

Over the weekend, I happened to hear George Formby’s When I’m Cleaning Windows play on the radio and was amused to think that the 1933 smash-hit about a Peeping Tom is still able to tickle my humour over 80 years since its release. 

However, it also got me thinking about how window cleaning has wrongly become associated with the slapstick voyeurism we see on our comedies. I suppose it was an easy target for Formby to use in his song…how many professions can claim to have an intimate view into our homes on a day-to-day basis? However, was he the first to make this connection or has this link between window cleaners and peeping Tom’s always been made?

Not so, we at Washforce argue! Indeed, after careful study of the scrolls of antiquity, we’re keen to finally divulge the truth… the first Peeping Tom was not in fact a window cleaner but ….are you ready for this…a tailor! Indeed, according to legend it was hapless Tom the Tailor of Coventry who sometime midway through the 11th century was tempted to strike a hole from a shutter and view the noblewoman Lady Godiva ride on horseback through the streets completely starkers! Contrary to your initial thoughts, Coventry wasn’t a nudist hotspot during Saxon times – Lady Godiva was riding naked for the rather more boring reason of a marital protest against her husband who had imposed a whopping great tax on the beleaguered townspeople. Either way, despite instructed the people of Coventry to bolt themselves in while she rode past, Peeping Tom couldn’t resist and was struck blind or dead as a result (the records get a bit hazy at this point!)

So we’re happy to say that it was Formby who dealt this completely unfounded stereotype to window cleaners that we in the industry are still typecast as today…if you ask us at Washforce, we’d advise taking a long hard look at your tailor…if Tom’s anything to go by, he may be doing the same to you when you’re not looking! 

Spring Cleaning

As the days grow longer and Britain begins to thaw, the annual spring clean is beginning to cross people’s minds. While a chore, we at Washforce are here to help, offering an expanse of expertise across window cleaning, gutter clearance and pressure washing that will address those niggling concerns you’ve had (but may not have acted upon) over the winter months.
However, have you ever thought about where the tradition of Spring Cleaning actually came from? We did a little bit of research up at our head office and uncovered spring cleaning’s exotic past… 

The origins of spring cleaning date back to The Iranian New Year, Nowruz, whose literally translation from Farsi as New Day, falls on the first day of Spring. To this very day, Iranians continue the age-old practice of Khooneh Tekouni otherwise known as shaking the house just before the New Year.
However…they’re not the only ones that lay claim to the ancient springtime tradition. 

Some claim the custom of spring cleaning in fact can be traced back to the Jewish festival of Passover…where Jews are not only forbidden to eat leavened foodstuff during the festival (known as chametz), but likewise are expressly commanded to rid their homes of chametz crumbs on the evening before the holiday begins midway through the Spring season. 

Scots and those of Scottish origin argue that the tradition in fact lays its roots in Hogmanay’s  customary New Year Clean.
Regardless of its origin, the custom quickly took root in Europe and America, whose continental climates meant the timing of the spring clean had immense practical value…being the first time since the winter that it was warm enough for homeowners to open their windows to dust without letting in insect, while high winds allowed the dust to be carried out at the same time…a god send before the birth of vacuum cleaners! 

A tradition that claims origin in 3 continents and numerous cultures, spring cleaning therefore has an illustrious history that not many would know about…even at Washforce we certainly can’t be said to be experts in its true source! However, while our history may be a little rusty, the same can’t be said for our cutting edge wash service, which use the latest technology and equipment! From gutter clearance to window cleaning and pressure washing, we’ll help you out the old and bring in the new spring with home exteriors that shine! ​

Washforce Welcomes Two New Technicians

It’s been a great month for Washforce as we welcome several new members to our network. Richard Bratton from West Sussex and John Dephley from Hertfordshire came aboard shortly after the New Year and have already made a big impression on the residents in their local area.

Offering expertise in window cleaning, gutter clearance, patio, driveway, fascia cleaning and much, much more, John and Richard are steadily building up well-earned customer recognition for their honest and professional service across their communities.

So if you’re looking for a window cleaner in Harpenden or perhaps you need a gutter cleared in Worthing or Bognor.…don’t hesitate to give them a call! You can read more about our new members by logging your postcode on the Washforce homepage, which will direct you to your closest technician. 

Good luck guys and welcome to the network!

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