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What is Rag in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Sizes

What is Rag in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Sizes

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A rag in Tagalog is called “basahan,” which consists of pieces of cloth known as "retaso" and is utilized as a cleaning tool. The term "basahan" is derived from "basa" (wet), indicating its purpose of cleaning or drying surfaces. Rags are different from rag rugs, which are also woven from recycled cloth. Yet, a rag rug in Filipino is also "basahan." The origin of cleaning rags is believed to date back to the Stone Age, the era when fabric first appeared. This practical necessity arose due to the absence of specialized cleaning materials. Throughout history, various cultures have adopted the practice of utilizing old fabrics to clean objects and surfaces. The term "rag" originated in the 1400s as a verb denoting the act of tearing fabric to create a rag. These fabrics were primari...
What is Floor Mop in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Uses

What is Floor Mop in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Uses

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A floor mop in Tagalog is called “panglampaso sa sahig”, with "panglampaso" meaning "for cleaning" and "sahig" meaning "floor." The word "mop" originated from the Latin term "mappe," which translates to "napkin" or "cloth." This essential cleaning tool is not limited to homes alone, as it is also used in offices, schools, hospitals, and various other buildings.  The history of floor mops dates back to the 15th century. But according to the US Patent Office, the first patented mop holder was recorded in June 1837. This patent (#241) was granted to Jacob Howe, an inventor hailing from Worcester, Massachusetts. The design of this floor mop featured a detachable head connected to the handles by screws.  In June 1893, Thomas W. Stewart, an African American inventor from Kalamazoo, Mic...
What is Dustpan in Tagalog? Designs and How to Use Properly

What is Dustpan in Tagalog? Designs and How to Use Properly

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A dustpan in Tagalog is called “pandakot,” from the word “dakot” which means “grab”. However, most Filipinos today call the dustpan a “daspan.” As the name suggests, a dustpan is used for picking up or collecting dust and debris on the floor or ground. Hence, the pandakot is the partner of the broom (“walis” in Tagalog) in sweeping dirt.  Dustpans are shovel-shaped pans with flat bottoms and triangular walls on opposite sides. They are commonly made from plastic, metal, or a combination of both. Some have rubber edges or teeth to help remove stubborn particles from the broom. The handle is long enough, allowing you to hold it comfortably without hurting your back.   Today, dustpans come in different designs and are becoming more ergonomic. Some of them have handles that are sligh...
What is Broom in Tagalog? Description, Types, and Uses

What is Broom in Tagalog? Description, Types, and Uses

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A broom in Tagalog is called “walis”, and is a common cleaning tool partnered with a pandakot in the Philippines. It is used for sweeping and removing dirt, dust, and debris from floors, walls, sidewalks, and other surfaces. But while there are several types of brooms, only two of them are common in the country – the “walis tambo” and the “walis tingting.”  The walis tambo in English is a whisk broom or soft broom since the cleaning part has soft bristles at the end. Also known as Tiger grass (Thysanolaena maxima), tambo is a grass native to the Philippines. The Tambo reed is known for having long, slender but durable stalks, making it suitable for sweeping various types of surfaces.  Because of its softness, the walis tambo is commonly used in sweeping indoor floors rather than ...