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December 2016

Think Your Upholstery Is Clean? Try This…

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Dirty, dusty upholstery isn’t merely unsightly, it can cause premature wear (and health problems… but that’s another article for another day). An accumulation of contaminants creates an abrasive residue that cuts into the fibers every time someone sits down or shifts positions.

Many people are conscientious about having their furniture professionally cleaned once a year or when they notice it is dirty. The thing is, dirty furniture doesn’t always look dirty. How can you tell if you are having it cleaned often enough? This is a great question to ask, but the answer will vary, depending on who you ask, how often the furniture is used, how often you vacuum your upholstery, whether you have kids or pets or both, and so on…

When your car is in need of service, a light on the dashboard comes on to warn you. Unfortunately, the same is not true of furniture. So until someone invents fabric with special sensors, here’s a simple test you can do to determine whether it’s time to have your upholstery professionally cleaned. It doesn’t cost a thing, it’s easy and fast, and it works like a charm.

Use a spray bottle to lightly mist a soft, white terry cloth with water. Wrap the cloth around the end of a vacuum cleaner hose. Hold the cloth in place as you turn the vacuum cleaner on. Lightly move the vacuum hose across the surface of the furniture —left to right, up and down, over the seat, arm rests, and cushions —for about one minute.

Inspect the cloth. If it’s time to have your upholstery professionally cleaned, you’ll be able to see for yourself, based on the evidence you find.

Disease Prevention 101

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With the uprising of disease and illnesses all over the world, we may wonder how we can protect ourselves and our families. Should we be afraid of traveling away from home? Thankfully, there are many precautions that we can take to protect ourselves from diseases. Here are just a few tips:

  • Protect yourself from contaminated water

Store water in a closed container and dispense it with a clean ladle or tap and never put your hands into a clean water supply.

  • Protect yourself from contaminated food

Always wash your fruits and veggies!

Use clean utensils and surfaces in the kitchen when cooking.

Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after handling food.

Cook your food thoroughly (at the appropriate temperature) and only use fresh food.

Pay attention to expiration dates, especially with dairy and meat.

Refrigerate necessary food items immediately.

  • Protect yourself from infection from insects

With the Zika Virus on the rise, many are nervous to travel abroad, especially when pregnant. It is important to always take precautions before traveling, always get latest information from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Avoid areas like Miami, Florida, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands for the time being.

If you do have to travel to an infected area, make sure you wear protective clothing (long sleeves and pants) and use bug repellant approved by the CDC. Also, if possible, sleep under a mosquito net and make sure that all your windows have screens. Use an air conditioner when possible, mosquitoes tend to gravitate towards warm and moist areas.

  • Protect yourself from animals

Keep animals outside if possible

Wash your hands after touching your animal and DO NOT touch wild animals!

See a doctor if you have been bitten or scratched, this can be very dangerous.

  • Protect yourself from germs spread by other people

Coughing and sneezing spreads germs very easily, if you need to cough, cover your mouth with a tissue or in your sleeve.

When sick, avoid hugging or shaking hands.

Germs are most abundant on surfaces like door knobs, phones and keyboards, so exercise caution when touching such areas.

Do not share razors, toothbrushes or towels and avoid contact with bodily fluids.

Wash your hands frequently and when you’re sick, stay home!

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