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R. RAMABHADRAN PILLAI
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Machines and specialised products help clean houses. A look at the shop shelves.

The new matrix:Machines have taken over housekeepers' chores.
The new matrix:Machines have taken over housekeepers' chores.

A house, the fulfilment of a dream, should be well-maintained. But the sheer scale of the task in a large villa or flat, complete with modern accessories, can leave you running in circles even before picking up the broom. Out you go to find labour, but the search may leave you drained and dissatisfied.

What about handing over the task to gadgets or using specialised materials? Outlets dealing in such products seem to be springing up in cities and towns.

Hygiene Shop, opened in Kochi recently, has a wide variety of machines and other products to help clean residential space. People spend a lot of money on constructing a house or flat, and it needs much care to retain the buildings in the proper form, say Ranjith Koshy and Shabna, the couple who launched the shop. The family lifestyle gets reflected in the upkeep of the residential premises, they add.

Many accessories

Home-cleaning accessories are available in various shops, and it takes considerable time to search for suitable ones, Shabna says.

Hygiene Shop goes one step ahead by bringing together a variety of machines and materials in various categories and demonstrating their use, she says.

The customer can get first-hand information on new contraptions and substances used, many of them imported, she says. Brooms, brushes, chemicals for cleaning, disinfectants, toilet paper, soap dispensers, kitchen rolls, laundry baskets, and towels are among the products available.

Brushes made of various materials come in different sizes and shapes. The use of the appropriate brush will protect the original look of the floors and walls. For instance, those with hard bristles should not be used on glazed surfaces.

Micro-fibre cloth, chandelier cleaner, furniture cleaner, glass cleaner, mop holders, and dishwashing gadgets are available at the shop. A separate section sells home aromatics. The supermarkets generally do not provide a prominent place for home-cleaning equipment and products, Ms. Shabna says.

The shop, opened two months ago, has found a good response, she adds.

Homestyle Interiors at Oberon Mall in Kochi is another theme-based outlet, focussing on home interiors. Dry flowers, crockery, carpets, bed and linen, showpieces, fragrance containers, garden tools, and garden umbrellas are among the products available.

The shop, opened four months ago, has been mostly catering to customers who prefer exclusive products, the proprietors say.

It serves those who need a one-stop solution for interior decoration and associated works, a shop executive adds.

Shilpakala Interiors, another theme-based outlet in the city, dealing in home-interior design work, provides a host of products for converting the home into a comfortable and convenient space to live in.

Many products

Wood panelling, staircase handrails, kitchen cabinets, and attachments of multi-colour combinations are among the products on offer. A kitchen cabinet made of water- and fire-resistant wood, imported from Malaysia, is one of the products several customers find highly useful, Rajan P. Sunny, proprietor, says.

Somany Ceramics, one of the prominent players in the Indian ceramic industry, has opened a Somany Global Exclusive showroom at Edappally.

It exhibits exquisite imported tile collections from across the world through state-of-the-art mock-up displays, designed to give customers a feel of the real look, transforming tile shopping into an exciting, creative, and rich visual experience, Abhishek Somany, joint managing director of the company, says.

The showroom in Kochi offers world-class tiles and sanitary ware, which will bring international decor style into Kochi.

An artistically designed series of mock-ups of a lounge, living rooms, bars, a conference room, and a library provide an idea to customers on how to deck up their homes. They can choose from the displays and select an option to create their own designs, giving their houses a personal touch of freshness and creativity, he adds.

R. RAMABHADRAN PILLAI


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