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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, April 2021, My Butler Julius

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by Julius Smith

SPRING CLEANING

For those of us living in the Northern hemisphere, it is the start of Spring, and for those of us in household service, this means one key thing: Deep cleaning and readying our principals’ property for the Summer, generally known as «spring cleaning.»

You may not be aware that this age-old tradition began in Persia (now Iran), signaling the beginning of the Persian New Year and is a custom still followed today. It is referred to as «shaking the house,’’ wherein everything in the dwelling is cleaned, from curtains to carpet.

Later, in Europe and the US, spring cleaning was popularized as the arrival of warmer weather allowed people to open their windows in order to let out the dust and stale air, but before the temperatures rose enough for unwelcome insects of one stripe or another to proliferate and take the open windows as an invitation to invade the residence.

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