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With the early onset of spring this year, dust and pollen will leave your home in desperate need of a seasonal overhaul. Spring cleaning may not be on your mind, but we have a few tips to help make cleaning a ~~~Breeze.
- Springing into Cleaning
Try to start in the smallest room or area and work your way through the rest of your home. This will not cause you any over exhaustion, especially by working through a little at a time. Before you know it, you’ve cleaned your home from top to bottom. Starting with organizing your paperwork to thoroughly cleaning your furnishings.
In no time, your home will look and smell Lemonny Freshh!!
- Keeping Those Allergens at Bay
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that Seasonal allergies
affect over 35 million people in the United States. Outdoor air pollutants are definitely carried into your home by you, your family or your friends. These air pollutants contain pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals. These pollutants are carried in by you or family members and usually end up in the carpeting of your home.
One way to stop those grimy pollutants from coming into your home is to have everyone take their shoes off at the door. I know that it’s a pain to do, but you will be extending the life of your carpet.
Which is more important? Your family and friend’s feelings OR your investment, and your family’s health.
I like the second answer myself.
- People & Pets: Protecting Your Carpeting
The American Pet Products & Manufacturers Association also states that the United States is home to some 68 million dog owners and 73 million cat owners. That’s a lot of love—and a lot of carpet stains. Accidents on carpet require quick cleanup to remove bacteria and odor.
We are here to help with that!!
- Keeping Your Indoor Environment Healthy
As much as 90 percent of our time is spent inside, especially during colder weather. So far, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates the air inside homes is 2-5 times more polluted than the outside air. Yuck!!!
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends following these tips to help you to maintain a healthy indoor environment for you and your family:
- Maintain a humidity level below 60 percent. Higher humidity creates an environment for mold growth and produces allergens.
- Vacuum regularly. Your carpet and fabric furniture can hold dust and particle soil, mold spores and other harmful allergens.
- Have your furniture cleaned professionally once a year by an IICRC-certified firm to ensure the use of proper extraction procedures, to make certain that soil is not just redistributed, but removed.
- To Keep Your Carpet Looking Its Best
Your carpet can last a very long time if it is properly maintained and cared for. The fact is…. That if you clean your carpets frequently, especially when traffic lanes first start to appear, they will last longer, look better, and protect your family’s health. Awesome!!
One more great tip during spring is to get out and enjoy the weather. The National Park Service announced their first peak bloom prediction at a press conference on the morning of March 1. They predict that the cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom between March 14 and 17, 2017. According to, the National Park Service, this is the earliest peak bloom on record since March 15, 1990.
Wow! That’s Extraordinary!
Peak bloom usually happens around the last week of March to the first week of April.
Well…. Not this year!
I wonder what will happen next……Extinct animals coming back?J
Spring is coming! Yay!!! But, for some people, this time of the year is horrible. The people I speak of are the allergy- sufferers. Yes, allergy season is almost upon us, so now is the best time to be proactive.
Time for Spring Cleaning!
When you think about it, when was the last time you had your carpet and upholstery shampooed or even basically cleaned for that matter. I know one thing, there’s a lot of foot traffic that marches in-and-out of the front & back door. And I’m pretty sure, people don’t fly in with wings. According to the EPA, people can be found inside their homes or offices at least 90 % of the time. Which makes it seriously important to remove the harmful pollutants regularly. That being said, there is approximately forty pounds of dust and debris being created on a yearly basis in an average six- room home. Wow that’s a lot of dust!! With a lot of allergy sufferers today, that’s the primary reason people are greatly suffering unnecessarily which is due to the poor air circulation in one’s home.
A great benefit as well as relief of allergic symptoms, would be to have a company routinely clean the carpet in your home. However, since allergens are not only found in the carpeting of the home, it would be best to find a company that can clean your upholstery, air ducts, and provide carpet cleaning at the same time.
Let’s dig a little deeper on the subject. You ask, “How do the contaminants get into my home?” Well…., everyone tracks these unwanted contaminants indoors. Kids and pets greatly increase the volume of incoming pollutants. However, they are not the only ones (Hint, Hint… Mom & Dad). Adults are also considered the perpetrator in this crime. If that wasn’t bad enough. These contaminants get brought into the home on clothing, hair, and the bottom of shoes. Ewwwwww!!
The contaminants which are invisible to the eye are germs, mold, and odors that result from living, creating a harmful and contaminated environment. Our society basically lives in their vehicles, from home to work, and then from work to home again. Most people also spend a lot of time in their cars too. Whether the make or model of your vehicle, its interior is subjected to regular wear and tear. Your car’s interior carpeting and upholstery holds on to dust, dirt, food particles, mud, and tar, and etc. – all which break down your vehicle’s fibers – and these, are just the things you can see! The car needs to be cleaned regularly too. This is the second environment next to the home, where indoor air quality suffers along with the inhabitants.
Along with keeping your soft/hard surfaces clean of dust and debris, it would be wise to eat healthy too. Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables is a good choice when fighting against allergies. The less you consume dairy and fats during this season the better you will feel.
Everyone hop on the road to Good Health!
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Many homeowners do not know or choose not know about this unregulated industry, so I’ve gathered some information on the subject.
Misconception # 1 – “You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.”
The answer to this is no. Dirt is an abrasive, like sand paper. Every time you step on the carpet, you grind the dirt deeper into your carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife. This most certainly causes it to wear out faster. What about constant vacuuming, you ask. Vacuuming helps, but by itself it’s simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned thoroughly, the more damage you do to it.
Misconception #2 – “The only reason to clean carpet is to get out the dirt.”
The answer to this is no. Outdoor air contains pollen, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust—and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members and even your pets come into your home, those pollutants are carried in on them and usually end up in your carpet.
If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems – one major source of your problem could be the pollen, fungus, pet dander, and chemicals in your carpet.
Misconception #3 – “Only one method of carpet cleaning is the best.”
The answer to this is no. There are multiple methods of cleaning approved by the IICRC – the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. Depending on the living situation (a high-rise versus a single family home), or the level of soiling, or the methods required by your carpet warranty, or the specific needs of the occupants – it is the professional cleaning technician who is trained to choose the best method for the results you and your home require. A thorough Carpet Audit™ by an Ethical Services member will present you with all of your options, and all costs associated with the method they recommend for your carpeting. The best carpet cleaning companies are those that have been certified by the NICC -National Institute of Carpet Cleaning.
Misconception #4 – “Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpet properly.”
This is not true. Many companies/ technicians in the carpet cleaning industry are untrained. This is an unregulated industry so you must be wary of the individuals you allow to come into your home, and the chemicals they may be using.
Certification is important, as is belonging to nationally recognized associations and attending their educational courses. This shows the consumer that the company values technical training and continually updating their knowledge of the latest technology, techniques, and safest solutions. The best equipment with untrained employees behind them can lead to expensive errors and safety issues, so be certain to check for verification that the individuals you are allowing into your home are trained.
Misconception #5 – “The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.”
This is the biggest misconception of all. Some carpet cleaners advertise room cleaning around $9.95 per room, and then pressure you into paying a lot more once they get inside your home. Sadly, some carpet cleaners may even break the law by using illegal bait and switch tactics. That’s why we’re exposing the truth of the carpet cleaning industry, as a way to safeguard the public.
The only way you can make an intelligent decision is to have all of the facts you need. Insist on a complete written quote before any work is performed so that you can protect yourself. No one can clean at that price without strong- arming additional sales, so look for a company that is not advertising a price that seems too good to be true….. it always unfortunately is.
Indoor air pollution is a serious health hazard affecting millions of Americans. Researchers claim it contributes to more than half of all illnesses, including sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma and more. The average person spends approximately 90% of their time indoors, where pollutant levels are often two to five times higher than outdoors.
The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. (U.S. EPA. 1987: U.S. EPA. 1990)
Common household pollutants include dust, mold, pollen, rodent feces and insect remains. Doing the job effectively requires the right combination of superior technology and attention to workmanship.
Did you ever wonder why just a few days after dusting your home, dust reappears????
It could be coming from your air ducts. Whenever the heater or air conditioner is on, all this ends up being blown into your house…… And you don’t want that!
Most homeowners have no idea what goes on inside their home’s air ducts. But the fact is, they can become littered with years of accumulated dirt, debris and allergens like pollen, dust and pet dander.
Virtually all new construction homes are also in vital need of duct cleaning to remove dust and debris that accumulate during the building of the home. Common construction debris includes chunks of wood, sheet-rock, sawdust (usually lots of this), dead rodents and insects (and their feces), as well as uneaten food and garbage swept into the open ducts by crew workers.
On average your air duct system should be cleaned every 24 months to have a clean and healthy environment for you and your family. Using this system typically takes 2 to 4 hours for a standard sized air duct system (condo, town home, or single-family home with less than 1800 ft) located in the MD, DC, or Virginia area. This not only provides you with a healthy breathing environment for you and your loved ones, it also keeps your air duct system optimally running smoothly.
The next time you wake with a sore throat, watery eyes, or even just a slight runny nose, check to see when you last cleaned the air duct system. It may be in need of a cleaning!
Many Companies don’t clean & disinfect their equipment after previous jobs. This is definitely hazardous to your health. Whatever was taken from the previous client’s carpet, will now be transferred to your carpet. Hopefully it wasn’t a water damage situation with a sewage back up or other bacterial spill. There are many hazardous organisms such as bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi that thrive in standing water.
Time is an important consideration in clean up. Organisms to be killed will not become airborne as long as they remain wet. Once dried, organisms can spread by dust particles. Consequently, it is important to bring the sanitizing solution in contact with contaminated surfaces as soon as possible after completing each clients home.
This is an unregulated industry, so you must be wary of the individuals you allow to come into your home or office and the chemicals they may be using. The company you use should be a reputable company with social proof that can be tracked, along with plenty of client testimonials that can be easily attained. It’s hard to hide reviews nowadays with the media. So there’s bound to be some information on the company you choose.
Also, many companies use subcontractors. Some of these subcontractors are fine and others are not. Back ground checks are not always reliable as we’ve found from the media. Would you let criminals in your home around your family & belongings? Be cautious; make sure the company you hire has employees. Anyone can be a subcontractor.
Last but not least, make sure the company you hire is properly insured. This is very important, otherwise if a problem arises (such as fire or major accident) or your property gets damaged, it may be covered. If not you could lose your lifestyle or more importantly your life. At least 1 million general liability insurance is adequate for the cleaning industry. If the company that you hire provides a larger amount of insurance, then the more the merrier.
Be cautious, ask questions, protect yourself, do your research. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable with the company you hire.
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Within this sultry season, people do a lot of traveling. With a lot of traveling there’s bound to be a lot of hotel, motel, etc. stays to get some rest from all the traveling. While that’s all good and acceptable, there’s one thing that’s not……. BED BUGS.
Bed Bug Basics
So what are bed bugs, anyway? Everyone has heard of them. They’re essentially little bugs that are nocturnal and feed off human blood. There are actually a lot of different kinds, including some that feed off certain types of animals like chickens, but the ones most people are worried about live mainly off humans. They usually live inside of mattresses, where they have convenient access to a food source – you. They crawl out just before dawn and bite you, sucking out blood for about five minutes. You don’t feel anything until after the bed bug is already safely back in its home.
Unlike vacuuming, steam cleaning is generally very effective at killing any bed bugs or eggs that come into contact with it. Extreme heat will kill them quickly (anything over 120 degrees Fahrenheit or so), and most steamers will exceed this temperature. You will definitely need to get a commercial steam cleaning company, because they will need to run it for awhile and cover most areas in your bedroom. You will want to make sure you cover all the areas they could be hiding, even inaccessible ones. If you hire a pest control company, sometimes they will use steam cleaners in addition to applying pesticides. You should also strongly consider going with what is called “dry steam” – low moisture steamers, which have a lot less risk of mold (a big potential problem given that you will be using it around your bed).
There are some major downsides, though: First of all, it is of questionable value when applied to the mattress itself, which can absorb the moisture from the steam very quickly and keep it from actually coming into contact with the bugs. Second, the temperature is often not high enough to kill them outside of a small area right where the steam comes out. If you can’t wedge the head in close enough in small cracks or crevices, it may not kill them all. Third, some items may be damaged by applying steam to them (especially wooden furniture). Fourth, and most important, it is very hard for you to get ALL the bedbugs this way. If you even miss a few, or miss a couple of eggs, you still have an infestation. They’ll still be biting you, and get right back to breeding again when you’re done.