God blesses that Spanish engineer

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This invention should be in museums to tell visitors about women's slavery work to keep floors and stairs clean, kneeling on the ground.

God blesses that Spanish engineer

Many of us think that the wheel has been the greatest invention ever, but this metal bucket with rollers and a pedal, a long stick and a cloth to mop floors has also been one that has saved from illnesses such as arthritis and injuries on knees to women worldwide.
I'm still moved when I recall one of my mother's friends account when being a young girl she started to work as a cleaner in what back then was the provincial hospital in Madrid.
This is a magnificent and stone made building that today lodges the Contemporary Art Museum in Madrid, but when this woman was a very young girl, it was a hospital.
All the girls had to mop and scrub all the corridors and stairs kneeling on the ground.
Think of how many women had serious illnesses such as arthitris or a choice of infections and injuries because they had to mop floors kneeling on the floors.
Manuel Jalon Corominas, who was a Spanish engineer, created this invention thinking of women that had to mop floors kneeling on the floors.
He displayed a bucket with two rollers and a pedal, a long stick and a cloth in a shop window in Zaragoza, calling it ''the floor cleaner'' and at the grand price of 395 pesetas, which at the time was a luxury item. However, many people looked at it, not knowing for what it could be used.
A first seller of this floor cleaner just call it ''the cleaner'' that at that time was a name for women who cleaned.
Many years have passed since that initial and handy invention and on these days we can buy a big choice of plastic buckets and their mops to match with the buckets. They aren't so pricey and there's no household where there isn't one of them.
In human history, there had been many great inventions such as the wheel, the ever so handy aspirin or the popular ''biro'' but this initial metal bucket with two rollers, its stick and its cloth is another that has saved people's knees the world over. It should be on an outstanding place in museums to tell visitors about women's sufferings to keep floors and stairs clean.
When I visit an old building or museum, I can't help thinking of those women who spoilt their knees and hands to mop and scrub floors day in and day out.

(C} Copyright. Vicky Pino. September 18th 2014.


Arthitris, Bucket, Cloth, Infections, Injuries, Knees, Rollers, Stick

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author avatar Bridget O Sullivan
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Very interesting article !

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Very interesting post and one of a kind writing too, cheers!

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