The Hog Blog
Hello! Spontex Hedgehog here!
I’m rushed off my little feet this month as we’ve begun the celebrations for Spontex’s 80th anniversary in the UK. Spontex began in France in 1932 when they designed the first cellulose sponge, in fact that’s where the name came from, sponge – textile, Spon–tex!
When Spontex first came to the UK in 1935 they were based in Bromley, Kent but soon moved to Swansea where they could receive raw materials by sea. There are even reports of the Spontex staff spending summer lunchtimes sunbathing on the beach at the back of the factory! Nowadays Spontex HQ is based in Worcester, there’s no beach here but we do get to have team nights out to the cricket and rugby, much better for me, sunbathing is no fun when you’re wearing a furry jacket!
Spontex have learnt a lot in their 80 years in the cleaning business. They started with larger sponges for household and car cleaning then began branching out in 1956 when they launched a revolutionary sponge cloth. By the time Spontex recruited me in 1999 there was a whole range of products for me to get to work testing! Of course, with their rough back and smooth belly Washups will always have a special place in my heart, but with 80 years of know how going into every product Spontex make some of the new inventions have been causing my eye to wander! Who could resist the soft microfibre head and smooth telescopic handle of the Easy Max? Or the delicate perfume of the tough little Soap Pads? I’m spoilt for choice!
I wonder what things Spontex will create over the next 80 years, maybe a flying duster for cobwebs or a device to vaporize dirt? Whatever’s next I’m sure it’s going to be great. The clever people of Spontex have always been brilliant at coming up with things to make cleaning better, quicker and easier; I’d bet my spines they always will be!
Lots of love,
The Spontex Hedgehog
MARCH 2, 2015 AT 10.18
It’s the Spontex hedgehog here! The team at HQ tell me that seeing as I have so many fans out there it’s time I introduced myself, so they’re helping me write my very own blog!
A lot of you might wonder how a hedgehog became a brand ambassador for a cleaning tools company, but the answer is simple really. I’m the perfect man for the job because I’m soft on the underneath and rough on the back, just like a scourer! When I first met the Spontex Washups I was spellbound, the sponge so smooth, the scourer so strong, the beautiful contours of its nail guard… It was love at first sight! When the Spontex team saw my passion for their creation they decided to make me chief tester for all of their products and I’ve been a busy little hog ever since! Since I joined forces with Spontex I’ve had the pleasure of testing hundreds of products including clever cloths, glorious gloves and marvellous mops, it’s the best job in the world!
There’s never a dull moment here at Spontex HQ where my colleagues are always busy coming up with new and exciting products to make cleaning better, quicker and easier. They say that the secret to their success is designing each product with an extra “trick” that helps lighten the load. The product designers tell me that the Washups has “anti-grease technology” to help it stay efficient for longer. What a wonderful bunch, making sure that my beloved and I can have a long life together!
I can’t wait to see what my clever colleagues come up with next, whatever it is they can rely on me to give it a very thorough testing!
I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out a little bit more about my work. I’ll write again soon to tell you all about the goings on here at Spontex HQ! Until then don’t forget to keep in touch on Facebook, the team sometimes read your messages to me and although I take my work very seriously, it’s still quite nice to hear you think I’m cute!
Lots of love,
The Spontex Hedgehog.
JANUARY 16, 2015 AT 15:48