The world has been affected by Coronavirus, and a lot of things have changed!
It’s essential to prepare now for the reopening of our workspace, schools, public spaces, and homes. Below are four ways to prepare for the reopening of America:
Hire a Professional Cleaner
The professional cleaning service is the frontline of defense against infection prevention and containment. It’s essential to have a professional cleaning service come in regularly to help with keeping your home, business, school, and public spaces safe! There are many reasons why hiring a cleaner is better than doing it yourself! Mostly when hiring a professional, they have the knowledge of processes to help BREAK THE CHAIN OF INFECTION!
Safe Up to Date Procedures
Professional cleaners should always be up to date on the safe, correct procedures and processes to keep you safe. It is vital that you, as the consumer, ask questions and do due diligence when hiring a service to disinfect your home, workplace, school, etc. by using a fogger or electrostatic sprayer. You also want to ensure that they will disinfect all the touchpoint areas in your home.
Some examples of frequently touched surfaces are:
doorknobs both inside and out
handles and cabinet pulls
faucets, and sinks
Another critical factor is to ensure that their processes and procedures are updated to the situation at hand and will protect you, your family and home against cross-contamination by either using your vacuum and/or sanitizing their vacuum between customers.
We feel that the best practice for our company is to use your vacuum and have the customer purchase the Maid For You kit through Microfiber Wholesale. Having your microfiber kit will ensure extra safety measures and help with your peace of mind that there will be no cross-contamination.
Dependable professional cleaners believe it’s essential to take any courses or classes to get adequately certified to give their clients the safest, cleanest experience!
They will ensure that they are cleaning for your HEALTH!
During this time, we at Maid For You, have taken measures to continue our education and work towards certification with IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification) and have become an Accredited Infection Prevention Exert through the Academy of Cleaning Excellence. We have also taken the Microbial Warrior Fundamentals Workshop through GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) to help prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats and biohazard situations in real-time crisis.
Professional Cleaning Products
Look for a cleaning company that is confident in cleaning with microfiber cloths because they have more than 200,000 fibers for every inch of fabric, and are very absorbent! These make these environmentally friendly cloths more effective than using regular ones!
It is important to note that microfiber alone will not disinfect a surface. Disinfecting involves the killing of the pathogens. That doesn’t mean microfiber can’t assist in the disinfecting process. In fact, in an article by Infection Control Today, “microfiber was both laboratory and clinically tested and proven to remove up to 98 percent of bacteria and 93 percent of viruses from a surface using only water (no chemicals).”
When paired with a disinfectant product, microfiber can be a great weapon against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Please also note that Covid-19 is a virus and cannot be killed as it is not alive. Using microfiber and a disinfectant will help dismantle and prevent the Coronavirus.
When cleaning your own home, microfiber cloths save you time on cleaning and money because they last for a long time! We have partnered with our vendor Microfiber Wholesale to provide professional cleaning products, like microfiber cloths, to our customers. If interested, you can check them out and purchase them HERE.
We also recommend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for approved products for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing your home or office. Your cleaning products should say EPA certified.
Proper PPE should be worn, and LABELS MUST BE READ AND DIRECTIONS FOLLOWED!
It is against Federal law to use any disinfectant other than stated in the Safety Data Sheet. If you are unable to find an EPA approved disinfectant, alternate solutions can be used, such as bleach or 70% alcohol solutions.
NEVER MIX BLEACH OR OTHER CLEANING/DISINFECTING products as this can cause a dangerous and deadly gas/fumes.
For up to date information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
For more information on the recommended cleaning products, visit the EPA website.
The world’s learning that we take everything for granted. When we prepare to re-enter the world, we need to be careful not to continue doing this!
When you’re able, schedule visits with your grandparents, local elderly homes, your loved ones, and family. Be careful with how often, until we know that this virus is no longer imminent – but do visit!
Connect with People
Just as you plan to visit people you’ve missed, think of others who have had little to no connections during this time. Perhaps, medically unwell people, those who are disabled, elderly, etc. They need someone to reach out to them more than you realize – and they matter just as much!
Everyone’s been affected by this virus – people have lost their jobs, businesses forced to close, people suffer worse mental health. People are grieving, stressed, paranoid about the world, angry about government decisions, etc.
The next time you’re out in public and someone snaps at you – don’t take it personally – empathize that they may be having a rough time with this new world. Go out of your way to be there for others!
Important Reminders about Coronavirus and Breaking the Chain of Infection
We need to learn the lesson in safe cleanliness by using proper procedures when it comes to staying healthy and breaking the chain of infection! Even when this is all over!
Wash your hands often, lathering for 20 seconds, sanitize your touchpoint areas in your home, sanitize cart handles when shopping, cover your nose with your arm when you sneeze, stay home if you’re sick, etc.
Coronavirus can live on surfaces for hours to days, depending on the surface material. Warmer temperatures and sunlight exposure reduce the time the virus can survive on surfaces and objects. Thankfully, we are starting to experience milder temperatures! Open the windows and air out rooms as much as possible.
Routine cleaning with soap and water can remove germs and dirt from surfaces lowering the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The use of disinfectants kills germs on surfaces. They must be appropriately used to do their job. Always make sure to read the label and follow instructions. A DWELL time is required and is usually up to 10 minutes. Merely spraying a disinfectant on a surface and instantly wiping it down is not the proper process. CLEAN first then disinfect. A rinse of surfaces is needed after the use of some disinfectants.
Always store and use disinfectants as intended. Be sure to read the label. Also, never mix any cleaning products as they create toxic and sometimes deadly fumes. Always make sure all disinfectants are out of reach of children and pets.
The use of disposable gloves is required as proper PPE, personal protective equipment when working with chemicals. Some even require more PPE as shoe covers, Tyvek suit, goggles, and face shield.
Continuing to social distance, wearing face masks, and following proper hand hygiene procedures are still very much important.
Be Prepared and Have a Plan
It is crucial to continue following these steps and safety guidelines as the world, and the United States begin to reopen. As more states open and the stay at home orders lifted, everyone needs to realize that the daily life of most will not be the same as it was before this pandemic. Following safety precautions will still need to be followed to prevent the virus from further spreading. Hopefully, this will prevent another lockdown.
Before going out in public, wash your hands, reduce your risk as much as possible by touching as few surfaces as possible, wipe down surfaces before and after touching them along with washing your hands or using hand sanitizer frequently.
If working in a building for an eight (8) hour day, you must wash your hands ten times, once upon entry, one time every 8 hours and one time before your leave for the day.
All of these safety recommendations should reduce your risk significantly. Check out this CDC resource to Prevent Getting Sick.
Remember, Maid For You is here for you and the community. We are proud of our commitment to continuing education and being an Accredited Infection Prevention Expert. We are proud of our commitment to cleaning and disinfecting your home or business for health. We will continue to follow CDC/EPA for up to date recommendations when servicing your home or business.
Going back to school can bring a lot of excitement to everyone involved, but let’s not forget the icky germs our kids and teachers will be bringing back home with them! Schools are a germ’s best playground because of how many kids are in one building!
face it – kids touch everything! Germs and bacteria spread like wildfire, and before you
know it, little Johnny or Susie comes home sick with a cold or flu. Not only
does this upset a family’s routine and causes the kids to miss some school, but
more importantly, it makes our kids feel absolutely miserable!
While we can’t stop our children from touching
everything around them and while we can’t stop them from getting sick, we CAN take some measures to prevent
them from getting sick as often. Below are 5 ways you can help prevent
back-to-school germs from affecting your kids:
Teach Your Kids Proper Handwashing
The best tried and true way to prevent germs
and from getting sick is to wash your
hands with soap and water properly.
While there are many hand-sanitizers out there to help with bacteria spreading, handwashing
is still considered the best
In an article written from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it states, “Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.”
Take the time to teach your children how to
wash their hands correctly. The
proper way to do this is to tell them to clean all sides of their hands with
lukewarm water, lather soap into their hands, scrub vigorously but gently, and
rinse with warm water. Once their hands are washed, tell them to make sure they
dry their hands all the way afterward.
Having your kids wash their hands correctly is
the best prevention to keep germs and
bacteria from spreading and making your kids, and other kids sick too.
Boost Your Kids Immune System
The immune system plays a significant factor in your kid’s health, so make sure your kids
have a healthy immune system! There
are many things you can do to help your kid’s immune system:
Make Sure Your Kids Sleep and
One of the best ways you can boost your kid’s immune system is to make sure they follow a healthy sleep and exercise pattern. Their little bodies need at least 8-9 hours of sleep a night, and they need to run off their energy and get some fresh air daily!
A way to incorporate this healthy routine into
their lives is to start a routine where you go for a walk once a night with
your family or have your kids do some running up and down the stairs!
Give Your Kids a Diet of Fresh
Making sure your kid eats a healthy amount of fresh vegetables daily will significantly help their immune system!
Green vegetables are especially important because they are chock-full of antioxidants and beta carotene that help fight off any bugs. Chop up some green
peppers or broccoli for your kids to have in their school lunch and also make
sure they get a good serving of hot, cooked vegetables or salad at every meal.
Give Your Kids a Daily Vitamin
It’s crucial to your kid’s health to take a daily vitamin to make sure he or she is
getting sufficient amounts of healthy
vitamins their body needs to stay
strong and to keep viruses away.
Give Your Kids Immune Boosting
While taking a daily vitamin is really healthy
for your kids, giving them an extra
added layer of preventative will help
a lot! You can buy or make your own
immune-boosting vitamins such as Elderberry syrup or gummies or Vitamin C.
Stay Up to Date on Your Kids
There’s a reason why Dr’s instruct us to get our kids vaccinated – because vaccinations can typically prevent our children and other children from getting severe, life-threatening diseases and infections. Your kid’s vaccinations must be up to date!
Use Essential Oils in Your Home
oils are a prevalent option to help prevent germs from
spreading, and with good reason! Did
you know that many people fought illnesses and prevented viruses from spreading
by applying or inhaling essential oils many
There are some incredible germ-fighting and
immune-boosting essential oils on the market that helps ward off germs and
prevent illnesses! They’re powerful in
how they work because they contain essential oils such as Lemon, Eucalyptus,
Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Clove, and Thyme.
You can choose to have your children inhale the oils once or twice a day,
using an essential oil diffuser before and after they go to school or you can
apply the correct oils topically on
their body by diluting it in a carrier oil like coconut oil.
Read Warning and Instruction Labels and Do Research
Make sure that whenever you’re using essential
oils, that you know the oils you’re
using are safe for kids and that you always read the instructions to prevent any harm or damage to their
Teach Your Kids to Disinfect Surfaces
Germs are all over the place, and they’re on
everything we touch, so you can just
imagine how many germs are in a classroom or a school bathroom! In addition to washing their hands
properly, teach your kids to also use disinfectant
wipes or hand sanitizers whenever
they use something in their school. Germ infested surfaces include the
classroom pencil sharpener, bathroom door knobs, lockers, and more.
Teaching your kids to disinfect surfaces with
bacteria is an added protective
measure, as long as it doesn’t
replace handwashing! Send them to school with a package of disinfectant wipes
or a travel hand sanitizer for you to get that extra relief that they’re
Teach Your Kids to Stop Touching Their Faces
The number one
way that germs spread as fast as
they do is by people, especially kids,
touching their faces! It would
surprise you if you knew how often
children touch their faces, and then
touch other surfaces that bacteria make a home on. Teach your children that
touching their faces will spread germs and get other kids sick.
Also tell them that if they do have to touch their face that they
need to properly wash their hands
with soap then, and if they choose
to, disinfect what they touched.
Germs are always
going to be a part of our world, and with our kids going back to school,
the risk of them affecting our children is large,
but we don’t need to be scared of
Germs are a part of life, and they do
help build ours and our children’s immune system. We shouldn’t completely avoid every single germ because that’s
also isn’t healthy, but preventing the
ones we can, can have a positive,
powerful impact on our children’s health!
We love our children, and we want the best for them – so let’s show them how
to properly keep their bodies healthy
by protecting themselves from a lot of germs and bacteria as they go back to
Share in the comments below: What is ONE thing you can do today as a parent to help your child prepare to fight against germs when going back to school?
Finding time to clean our homes is a difficult task in and of itself and one that many of us struggle with. Another thing we find hard to do is to clean our homes with a “green” thumb.
I am talking about “Green Cleaning.” Wikipedia refers to “Green Cleaning” as “using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.”
It also states, “If the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term “green” or “eco-friendly” may apply.”
So, do you Green Clean? Let’s look at the opposite of this!
The opposite of Green Cleaning is by use of chemical cleaning products that are very harmful to our lungs, our eyes, our skin, and our overall body.
Considering how many terrible germs and bacteria cloud our earth and homes and how tough some cleaning jobs can be, it’s no wonder why we choose to clean with powerful, active chemicals! Not to mention, we cater to products that offer convenience and affordability these days, and these chemical cleaning products provide just that!
However, while we want to protect our health, our loved one’s health, our time, energy, and wallets by using these cleaning agents, we equally endanger our loved ones as well because of the toxic chemicals these cleaning products contain.
Thankfully, there are a lot of safer alternative cleaning products out there that are entirely safe, toxin-free, and get the job done well! Let’s look at 5 of safer cleaning alternatives that are much safer for you and your family.
DIY Cleaning Products
DIY Cleaning products are a fantastic choice because of how safe they are, how affordable they are and how you can custom make your products to suit your needs. If you browse Pinterest, you can find a host of different DIY cleaners that you can easily make in your home. Plus, your kids can help because it’s all safe!
What is so fun also about this method is you can experiment with different essential oils to give your cleaners a fresh, clean, beautiful scent! Popular choices are Lemon, Orange, and Lavender Essential Oil. Just 2-3 drops per your DIY cleaner will do the trick!
One example of a DIY cleaning product is an all-purpose cleaner that works on multiple jobs. Here’s a great recipe:
Using equal parts vinegar and warm water with 1 TBSP baking soda, mix really well and add to a spray water bottle, ready to use on any messy surface with a clean cloth when you need it! Add some essential oil for a fresh scent. Use this with a newspaper or paper towel for squeaky-clean mirrors and windows!
Toss the Bad
To effectively safely clean your home, you need to start with a clean slate by getting rid of any toxic house cleaners. These can include bleach, Lysol Wipes, toilet bowl cleaners, laundry soap, shampoo, and more.
Know the ingredients
There are so many dangerous, toxic ingredients to look for when adding any house cleaning product to your home. In Experience Life, Jessie states what harmful ingredients to look for, and they are:
Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”
She also states that there is something called “Greenwashing,” which means that a company or product can claim to be a Green/eco-friendly cleaner but actually isn’t. That’s why it’s imperative that you carefully check the ingredients on every cleaner you purchase!
Now that you know the ingredients to avoid, toss any cleaners that have them in them! Be careful not to pour them down the drain or in the garbage but instead take them to your nearest municipal household hazardous waste center where workers will get destroy them safely.
While it is at your own risk, if you choose to clean with toxic cleaners, these next steps are critical to your health!
Reading Labels is Crucial
Always, ALWAYS read the labels on every bottle and container and make sure to follow the safety precautions as mentioned on each cleaner.
If you feel any pain or irritation in your eyes, throat or nose, stop using the product immediately! Also, always wear protective gloves when cleaning to avoid chemical burns.
Let Fresh Air in
Open the windows and let the air in! A lot of hazardous cleaners contain ingredients that can cause dizziness, fainting, headaches, and worse health problems. Open a window nearby to let in the healthy air to combat the harmful air you’re inhaling. If you don’t have a window nearby, wear a mask and walk out of the room often! You don’t want to risk falling and hitting your head while cleaning!
Don’t Mix Cleaning Chemicals
You may have heard recommendations from a friend or family member to combine different cleaning products with one another for a more effective clean. However, this is extremely dangerous and should be avoided because mixing different chemicals can create a hazardous gas that you could inhale.
Just because it’s more effective, doesn’t always mean it’s safe!
Safer is Always Better Than Sorry
While a lot of the chemical cleaning products sold in stores are effective on the toughest germs and jobs and are generally affordable, they are also effective in destroying the health of the environment, your health and the health of your loved ones.
When it comes to cleaning your home, safe is always better than sorry! In fact, we highly recommend you follow these safety tips very carefully and incorporate them into your life immediately to avoid more toxin exposure.
Share in the comments below: What is ONE change you can make in your home cleaning routine, immediately, to create a safer environment for you and your loved ones?
Have you been thinking about selling your house, but don’t really know how to get it market ready so you can get the highest price possible? Getting your home ready to be put on the market can be stressful. There are repairs to be made, walls to be painted and carpets to be replaced.
Also, the house needs to be in tip-top shape for when the photographer comes in, which means de-cluttering, and then: the dreaded house cleaning. There’s so much to do! So, how exactly should you go about getting your house looking great? There are a few things you can do here and there to give your home a fresh, new look. Here are seven home staging secrets that will help you achieve that magazine appearance by highlighting your home’s strengths, downplaying its weaknesses and thus appeal to prospective buyers!
Make an entrance
First impressions are one of the most important things when it comes to buying a house, and when you make a good impression right off the bat, it’s going to be hard to forget. You should always make sure to create a warm entrance to welcome potential buyers into your home and make it look like the kind of place they’ve always wanted to live in! This will instantly grab their attention and put your house at the top of their list.
Use color creatively
No one wants to come into a house that looks bland and boring. Sober decor can be very elegant and nice, but a little pop of color here and there adds the right touch to make a space fun! Color can be incorporated in many ways, so don’t be afraid to use it creatively! A pop of color can really catch a buyer’s eye and contribute to the overall look of a room, giving it a personal, fun touch.
We all have clutter of all kinds lying around our house. Getting rid of it can be difficult but it’s a key point of having a polished and put together home. Throw out or pack old belongings that simply add to a clutter-filled space. It’ll free up a lot of areas and make it look a lot cleaner and organized. Buyers will notice this right away. An organized house always speaks for itself.
Float your furniture
A trick we really like is floating furniture. How do you do this? Simply pull furniture away from the walls to create groups within a room. They will look like smaller rooms within one room! It gives a very nice effect and surely will catch the buyer’s attention. These individual spaces all located inside the same space give a feeling of choice and a different quality to the room, making it look more spacious than it actually is.
Repurpose unused rooms
We all have that one junk room that serves more or less as a storage unit (and a very messy one at that). Reinventing your junk room gives your house a new feel! Make it into a game room, a movie room, a craft room, a home office, you pick! This is a great way to let the buyer know this house isn’t just a roof over their heads, it’s also a place that will allow them to pursue other interests.
Let there be light
Letting some light into your house makes it look more lively and gives it a unique warmth. Lots of windows help to open up space and make your home cozier which is perfect for a new family! Artificial lighting is alright, but everyone likes the look of sunlight in the morning, and it gives a nice aspect to a room, especially kitchens and living rooms.
Mix it up
Shake up the style and attitude of a room by incorporating old accessories, or moving furniture into a new way. It’s all about innovation and reinventing with what you already have! This can seriously give a new feel to any room and make it more fun and interesting. Decoration is a big part of leaving a lasting impression on buyers.
So, now what? We have restaged the house, it looks great! But… is it clean? By this point you are probably exhausted, so call Maid For You and request a move-out clean. Our top-notch cleaning techs will have it polished, spotless and sparkling in less time than you’d think!
Have you ever gotten a dryer fire? We sure hope not! I, personally, had a dryer fire many years ago. I didn’t even notice it until my son smelled something burning. It was a truly frightening experience. Luckily, we were all home and were able to handle it, without any harm to ourselves or our home.
You may not know it, but dryer fires are surprisingly common. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are around 15,500 dryer fires happening every year, mostly during the fall and winter. According to the National Fire Protection Association, around 14,630 fires caused by dryers get responded to by firefighters. Thankfully, the number of injuries and deaths caused by this problem is only ten a year. If that weren’t enough, the cost to fix the damages caused to your property is through the roof.
So, how exactly do dryer fires happen? It comes down to two main causes: lint accumulation and improper ventilation. When the airflow coming into your dryer is low or reduced and there is a pretty hefty amount of lint build up, you’ve got the conditions necessary for a fire to happen. However, out of the two, failing to keep your dryer clean is the one that can most easily trigger a fire. What happens is that lint starts blocking the ventilation, and one thing leads to the other. Of course, faulty appliances are to blame as well, but some dryer fires start because of improper maintenance, rather than technical issues.
Now, let’s get to the point. How can you prevent this from happening in your home? Keeping your house and your family safe is everyone’s top priority. Here are a few tips that you can implement to prevent a dryer fire from happening and ensure that no one in your home, or your home itself, is at risk.
Taking out lint from the trapper is not enough
You might be thinking “oh, I clean the lint screen after each load, I’m covered”, but don’t be so sure. Much of the lint that your dryer produces doesn’t get trapped there. In fact, a lot of it ends up in the heating element. We do encourage you to clean out the screen every time you use your dryer, but we also recommend implementing deeper cleaning methods that can be performed by a professional. It’s a fact that a fire is triggered when there’s a problem inside the machine, but your cleaning practices and upkeep affect it just as much. Remember, never use a dryer without a lint trapper, or one that is damaged, loose or clogged.
Replacing the duct
Lots of people use those accordion-style ducts to keep the ventilation of the dryer going. As it turns out, those are pretty dangerous and lint gets built up pretty easily. This happens because of the bends and low points in those types of ducts, lint gets into those spaces and sits there. We recommend that you change your duct to a metal one, whether it be a flexible or rigid one. This kind of ducts will not sag, as opposed to the accordion ones. That way, lint won’t accumulate in the ridges. Also, they don’t get crushed as easily as other materials, allowing for lint to be properly vented. It is also advised to use the shortest duct possible. Another thing to consider if you are going to replace your duct is the material it is made with. Avoid plastic, vinyl and foil ones if you can. Sticking to metal ducts is your best option!
Clean out the duct periodically
If you ever notice that clothes are taking longer to dry, this may indicate that something is blocked. The easiest way to solve the problem is to take off the duct, clean it out, and reconnect it. It’s also recommended to clean behind and under the dryer as there may be lint in those spaces as well, clogging things up. In addition, during the winter months, make sure that there isn’t any snow blocking the outside vent of your dryer.
Installation and placement are key!
If the dryer is placed near a wall or somewhere where the duct could get crushed, this can cause issues later on. We recommend that you don’t try to fit the duct in a tight, small space. It’s better to either find a more suitable place in your home or get a Dryerbox. The Dryerbox is a new, practical invention that allows you to create more space for your dryer while also preventing the crushing of the duct. If you’d like to know more about it, click here.
Check your clothes after each load
Apart from just checking the dryer’s behavior and how it’s working, it’s advised to check clothing for burn marks or any scorching. If any of these show up on your clothes, they are tell-tale signs of faultiness in your machine or improper cleaning. Another tip is to be super careful when it comes to clothing stained with flammable products or chemicals, e.g: alcohol, cooking oil or gasoline. Those can actually start a fire when put into the dryer. For those cases, stick to washing it as much as it is needed and then hanging to dry.
Some other things to consider
Please remember to never leave your house while the dryer is running, and don’t forget to read the manufacturer’s instructions.
Lastly, if you followed all the steps, and by any chance, a dryer fire does occur, please remember to leave the dryer door closed. It’s basic chemistry; fires need oxygen in order to keep going. The best thing to do is stop the power in your house, call the firefighters, and stay away from it!
We hope these tips are useful for preventing any casualties and keeping you safe!
We all look forward to the beauty of spring: blooming flowers, warm weather, and longer days to enjoy it all. However, the joys also bring headaches, itchy eyes, and constant sneezing. According to WebMD, almost half of Americans will test positive for mold and other types of indoor allergens. Without our realizing it, allergens make their way into our homes, causing flare-ups while we work, relax and sleep. Read on for some of Maid For You, Inc.’s best tips on helping your family suffer less from indoor allergens.
How allergens come indoors
Brought in by you and your guests
You may not realize it, but each step you take outside later brings allergen irritants into the home. Everywhere you go, your shoes track pollen, dust, and dirt into your home. Even the most careful person will unknowingly get an irritant on the bottom of their shoe, which is then brought into and spread throughout the home. Wiping your feet on a pretty welcome mat may prevent some of this, but, inevitably, irritating material still makes its way inside.
Produced by everyday activities: cooking, sleeping, etc.
When we use our stove or oven and heat is produced, moisture forms from the condensation. This moisture then cools down and has the potential to develop into mold. The kitchen can be a breeding ground for mold, especially when weekly deep-cleanings are not done. The same goes for the bathroom, which tends to be a smaller space. The lack of ventilation further invites mold to grow.
Comes in through windows and doorways
We all love fresh air, and it’s important to ventilate a home, but windows are the perfect place for allergies to come in. Each time you open up your window, you let pollen come inside and spread onto furniture and the floor. Similarly, the force from opening up the door brings in unwanted pollen, not to mention how much comes in when you leave your door open for any extended amount of time. A screen door may help to shield some irritants from entering in, but it’s impossible to block them all out. That’s why keeping on top of cleaning during allergy season is so important.
How you can reduce allergies
1 – Get a serious rubberized bristle mat
They may not be quite as cute and inviting as other welcome mats, but a serious rubberized mat may help to reduce the amount of allergens tracked on the bottom of shoes. Go for one that has longer, thick, rough bristles, and place it outside of the most often used entrances.
2 – Keep moisture out of the home to reduce mold
Mold is a major irritant for most people. It can’t always be seen, but mold circulates throughout the air. To keep it to a minimum, always use vent fans in the kitchen and the bathroom. When you see condensation forming on appliances or on sinks and tubs, wipe it down immediately.
3 – Keep the kitchen spick-and-span
Our kitchens can be the perfect place for allergens to hide, unbeknownst to the untrained eye. A professional housecleaner will know how to spot areas where mold and irritants gather. For example, the refrigerator drip pan can be a hot bed for germs if not cleaned out once a month. Hidden mold can also grow on the oven’s vent hood.
4- Vacuum carpets regularly
Carpeting provides warmth, but it also collects and hides dust and dirt. Carpeting also attracts pollen that shoes track into the home. Regularly vacuuming (as often as every few days or so) will allow you to prevent this dirt from collecting and further spreading. If you can vacuum using a HEPA-filter, that will help even more.
5 – Wash your kids toys
Kids’ toys provide fun and comfort, but their plush material collects dust and attracts dust mites. Wash stuffed animals on a regular basis and avoid keeping them in one big pile.
6- Wash your bedding regularly One major contributor to allergies are dust mites, which live and breed anywhere dust collects. They particularly love bedding, mattresses and pillows, which explains why they prefer the bedroom. Make sure you regularly wash your sheets and bedding. If you don’t have the time, you can always turn to a professional like Maid For You, Inc. and let them take care of your laundry needs.
Let professionals help
It’s never easy to find time to clean your home as much as needed to keep your family’s allergies to a minimum. Maid For You, Inc. can help by providing the type of regular cleaning that will minimize irritants in your home. Save yourself a headache and give us a call today at (215) 370-7993 for a free quote.
Thanksgiving is around the corner, followed closely by Christmas, which means your home will soon be full of holiday guests. As tempting as it is to panic that your house is hardly presentable for the mailman to drop by, let alone the influx of family and friends sure to be knocking, fear not. We’ve put together a list of affordable ideas to get your home refreshed, organized and ready for even your mother-in-law’s approval.
1 – Replace old towels
If your towels are tattered and threadbare, this is your excuse to replace them. You don’t need to go overboard with pricey bath sheets, but a few new hand towels in bold shades can brighten up your bathroom. Use your current color scheme as a guide and choose one or two complementary hues. Hang some towels on the rack, but we also suggest placing an unused stool by the sink and displaying a pile of neatly folded towels on top for easy access and added elegance.
2 – Clear the counter
One of the most important ways you can get your home ready for guests this season is to clear your counter of unnecessary items. A clean, uncluttered countertop gives your bathroom an instant facelift and makes your home look organized. A nice liquid soap and hand cream should be the only things on the counter when guests arrive, with the exception of simple decor items such as candles or a dried flower arrangement (dried hydrangeas are always beautiful). Place all other toiletries in small baskets under the sink.
3 – Add some greenery
If you have enough light in your bathroom, plants can instantly brighten the space. Find some pretty containers (baskets or clay pots work well) and add your plants of choice. Place on the counter or anywhere they are sure to receive enough light (and remember to water!).
4 – De-clutter
Other than the dining table, your living room is where most of the action will occur during holiday hosting. Make sure all toys, exercise equipment, errant shoes and anything else lying around on the floor is moved out of sight before guests arrive. The coffee table should also be cleared off, and any clutter replaced with a few simple coasters.
5 – Add festive touches
Adding seasonal decorative touches doesn’t have to cost much. Fill a glass bowl with miniature pumpkins or apples and display on the mantel. Or place lightly scented candles (pine, cinnamon or nutmeg) on various surfaces, string twinkle lights along the banister for a festive ambiance and bring some of the outside in with large bowls of pine cones and ribbons of birch bark.
6 – Spice up the conversation
Depending on the types of guests, conversation cards can be a good way to break the ice. You can buy them or make your own (print topics of interest to inspire discussion on nice cardstock) and leave them on the coffee table or dining room table.
Entrance hall or foyer
7- Add hooks
Having a pile of coats on the stairs or otherwise lying around the house is not a good way to welcome guests. Adding a row of hooks provides a place for you and your guests to hang coats instead of heaping them somewhere.
8 – Clear your coat closet
Along with hooks, clearing your closet of the family’s coats before a large gathering is a good idea. Put your own coats somewhere else (in the basement, in a bedroom closet) so there’s ample room for guests to store their outerwear.
9- Provide a basket for keys, gloves and hats
If you live in a climate where holiday time means a dip in temperature, guests will most likely be arriving with gloves, hats and scarves. Providing a large basket at the front door for them to leave their cold-weather items, and a smaller basket for keys, helps ensure no one forgets or loses anything they arrived with.
10 – Make space
If you know you’ll be having overnight guests during the holidays, it’s important to make space for their belongings. Even if they’re only staying one or two nights, clear out some space in the guest closet for them to hang their items.
11 – Provide toiletries
No, you don’t have to spend a small fortune at Sephora to accommodate an overnight guest, but it’s nice to leave a travel-size hand cream and shower gel for them to use during their stay in case they forgot to bring their own.
12- Create a comfortable atmosphere
Along with toiletries, leave a fresh bath sheet and hand towel for your guest at the foot of the bed, along with some light reading material (magazines or a book of short stories) and a bedside lamp. Be sure to show them everything they might need to know, such as how the shower works and where to find basics like coffee, cereal and milk.
Let the changing seasons be your cue to evaluate what’s in your clothes closet. Expert organizer Monica Ricci of Catalyst Organizing Solutions (www.catalystorganizing.com) gives her 10 tips to keep you and your closets organized for each season.
Don’t switch everything.
Seasonal switch-out time is the perfect opportunity to evaluate every piece of clothing you wear. Does it fit you like a dream? Do you love the cut and color? Do you wear it at least twice a season? Is it still a current style? If so, it’s a keeper. If not, donate it.
Clean the closet.
Vacuum your closet and watch for signs of insects. Be sure that the closet or area is also clean and free of anything that bugs might find delicious. Dust, other insects, crumb or food and beverage stains on your clothing are all attractive to pests.
Clean your clothes before you store them away.
Clean clothing resists pests better, plus invisible spots on your clothing can oxidize and become permanent stains during the time the item is stored. Launder each item or dry clean it, and be sure to remove dry cleaning bags because they can trap moisture and cause permanent stains. Tip: When cleaning before storage, avoid using bleach, fabric softener, sizing or starch. These items are a virtual buffet line for insects.
Toss the wire hangers.
Hang lightweight clothing on quality hangers and store them in breathable garment bags to keep them wrinkle-free. A rolling garment rack is an easy way to store hanging clothes and the wheels make it a breeze to move from room to room if necessary. It’s best to fold and stack heavy and knit items.
Don’t use cardboard boxes.
Avoid storing clothing in cardboard boxes because they can break down and attract insects. For short-term storage, cardboard is fine, but for more than a few months, use plastic containers with lids. Be sure these containers aren’t airtight. Air cirulation will help avoid mold and mildew. If you’re concerned about air movement in a plastic container, you can always drill several small holes in the top and sides of the container prior to filling them.
Keep clothes out of the basement and attic.
Climate control is key. Store clothing in the main areas of your home or in a climate controlled storage facility. Basements and attics are too humid and are an invitation to mold, mildew and insects. Consider storing out-of-season clothing beneath staircases, extra closets, under beds and even in your main closet if you have space.
Preserve precious clothing.
When storing items long term — such as wedding dresses, baby clothing or other special clothing that you won’t be accessing for years on end — consider having them professionally preserved. Another option is to make sure they’re spotless (remember, no starch, bleach, fabric softener or sizing), wrap them in acid-free tissue and store in an archival storage box.
Be careful with delicates.
Fold delicate items rather than on hangers to prevent them from sagging, stretching or otherwise becoming misshapen. Remember, when stacking clothing, heaviest items should be on the bottom and lighter items on the top of the stack.
Take advantage of free services.
Remember that most dry cleaners will store anything you have cleaned for no charge. If you’re short on space, this is a terrific option.
Be aware that cedar stains.
If you are storing clothing in a cedar chest or another wooden container, be sure to line it with acid-free paper, muslin or even old, clean, cotton bed sheets. This will keep the wood from contacting the clothing directly, which could stain or damage the item.
Article from HGTV – http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/how-to-switch-out-seasonal-clothing