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Friday, April 28, 2006

Certificate In Toilet Cleaning

I knew that there was the RAS (Restroom Association of Singapore) But this? I didn't knew that there was such a thing until my friend told me.

Okay it may sound weird but there's a certificate in toilet cleaning. Why? Well, in society, you need certificates and licenses to tell people that you are "qualified" and "skilled" to do a certain job be it a waiter, chef, professor and yes, even as a toilet cleaner. Don't believe? Click here and here and see for yourself.

I understand if it's a certificate for a waiter or for a chef. But hey! It's cleaning toilets. I mean how hard can it get? How are lessons conducted? Like this?
"Class, please be reminded that the heavy responsibility of a toilet's cleanliness solely rests on your shoulders. Yes, every single one of you.

Our tools are simple. It's just a sponge, some detergent - and if you are promoted, you may be given a broom or a mop.

Pour some detergent - about a capful - into a pail of water. Then use the sponge or mop and plunge it in that pail. Stir for a few seconds and you are ready to begin your exciting job.

Wipe every crook and corner. For the gents, you have the urinals to take care of. The dirt and grime are the evils in this field of us. Wipe them all with Dettol and Kleenex! Feel the fulfillment of eradicating that stain. Be confident in yourself.

There are notes on the table. You may want to take a copy and read the guidelines relating to our job.

Later on we will have a practical lesson where each of you will be assigned a cubicle to clean in the toilet located just outside. For the ladies, Ms Tan will be assigning the cubicles to you.

I know it's dirty and unglam, but hey, you never know who may be using the cubicle that you just cleaned. For all you know, it may a CEO or some distinguished guest.

In case you don't know, there's a World Toilet Day. Surprised? Don't be. It falls on 19 November. There's even a World Toilet Organization for people like us to join.

So please don't feel sad or low in taking such a job. Instead hold your head up high with a mop on your right hand and a pail of water on your left. Look up and remember that the heavy responsibility of a toilet's cleanliness rests on each and every one of you!"

(The above speech is just a scenario thought up. It's purely fictional.)
Why would they need a certificate on such a simple task? For all you know, they may even have certificates on busking or selling flags.

I guess it's for the sake of "professionalism".

So next time you use that fovourite cubicle of yours at work, remember that someone else have to clean it. Make their job easier and do your job by using it responsibly, i.e. clean after use.

Remember that the heavy responsibility of a toilet's cleanliness rests on each and every one of you!

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Blogger candoor said...

I've had three different jobs in my life where one of the primary skills was toilet cleaning... I never got a certificate though... I was bonded to clean bank toilets once though :)

1:44 AM, April 29, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

Bank that they are much cleaner as banks are in the more "professional" sector of society. So a cleaner toilet is necessary to improve its "image".

8:37 AM, April 29, 2006  
Anonymous krome.obsession said...

I don't think it's that strange, part of the chefs course I took was learning propper kitchen cleaning. It seemed strange to begin with but made sence once we got into it. I was suprised to find how unclean it is to wash dishes in dishwashing liquid and then dry them with a tea towel, something that many people commonly do.

8:39 AM, April 30, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

I see. What you've said makes sense. I guess it may seem like a simple job, but once you get into the details of it, you realise that it's actually more than cleaning.

Thanks for sharing your experience, it helped me to understand this whole thing better.

8:44 AM, April 30, 2006  
Blogger Seraphine said...

Hey its really not that simple to clean a toilet u noe,there are different infrastructure in every toilet u noe, and the building materials every toilet is diff and different materials require diff cleaning chemicals etc etc cheem leh cleaning toilet...

9:51 AM, August 08, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

I know Seraphine. It's true that to every skill and expertise there's a field of knowledge you need to have before being able to be effective in it.

9:41 PM, August 08, 2006  

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