Are you really more likely to get sick when the seasons change? Kinda sorta. MAYBE! If we’re talking about colds and other upper respiratory infections, doctors say infection rates are fairly consistent throughout the year. But there are small upticks in cold and flu contagions in fall, winter, and spring — when the weather is chillier.
Allergies definitely do rear their ugly heads when the seasons change because different pollens and other allergens are wafting through the air. So as spring melts into summer, you might feel crummy more often because of all the flower pollen you come into contact with. As fall eases into winter, moldering leaves and dusty offices provide new allergy challenges. In addition, the dropping temperature proves friendlier for cold and flu viruses floating through the air. So during our two big seasonal shifts from hot to cold and back again, it seems like everyone has the sniffles!
Seasonal allergies are extremely common among people today. There is no real way to escape it but only to adjust. Carry around to-go tissues some lipbalm and you should be good to go! As always staying hydrated helps flush any toxins out.
As for your home, we recommended at least two cleanings each year. Steam Cleaning your carpets and upholstery helps remove any dead skin or pollen stick in the fabric.
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When the weather starts to warm up, it’s a sign to bust open your windows and less exciting your cleaning cabinet! Here are a few tips and suggestions when it comes to spring cleaning.
- The Cabinets – Over time, the build-up can collect on your kitchen cabinets — especially if you don’t run the exhaust hood over your range while you cook to keep grease from settling. Use a damp towel with mild dish soap to remove any grease or dust.
2.Your Windows- Cleaning the inside of your windows is can be as equally as important as cleaning the outside.
3. Your Bedding-Your pillows and comforter, since you should be washing things like pillowcases and sheets every two weeks. These fluffy sleeping accessories should be thrown into your washing machine.
4.Your Fridge-Deep Cleaning your fridge by removing all the items and washing the cabinets. Check for out-of-date items and throw them away.
5.Washing Machine– disinfect it with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and high-functioning. Run the machine with hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterward, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.
Do you ever wonder if you need to clean your Vacuum Cleaner? 🤔
The answer is….yes
Dumping the trash out of your vacuum is just the start not the end of the cleaning process and neither is wiping down the device. It’s actually the beginning of a multi-step process that can help you keep your home cleaner and healthy!
Follow these simple rules…
After Every Use: Clean the Brushes and Bristles by removing trapped hair and lint that might be caught in the vacuum.
After Every Few Uses: Empty the Vacuum Canister and check to make sure there are no blockages.
About Once a Month: Check and Soak the Filters with warm water and a mild detergent if possible buy a new filter
Many just don’t want to deal with it, some feel like it’s too cold to get work done and some people just become hermits.
However, there are actually several good reasons why consumers and property managers should have their carpets cleaned during the winter months!!
Take the next few things into consideration!
Health: We are indoors much more during the winter months with less fresh air in facilities. Soiled carpets can have allergens and pollutants that negatively impact indoor air quality for a fact.
Harder to clean: The more soil buildup in carpet, the harder it is to remove, and some spots may become stains, making them very difficult not impossible to remove.
Damage to the carpet: Related to this, the longer soiling remains in the carpet, the more damage it can do to carpet fibers. Think of tiny rocks and bits of dirt grinding away at the carpet fibers.
Faster drying: The winter months are often the driest time of the year; because of this, carpets often dry faster, opening areas to foot traffic sooner and there is less chance that mold or mildew will develop. Drying time can be cut IN HALF!!!
This year has made us all a little crazy! Hopefully, 2020 will bring us some light and warmth to the world! It’s been a while since we updated our blog but we wanted to strive this year to update you and keep you in the know with different tidbits!
Since March of 2020, we have been told to stay inside and work from home! We know that comes with heavy wear on your carpets especially if the kids are home.
Spectrum for the whole month of January and February we will give you 15% off your total work order.
We now have an online booking system! It gives you upfront pricing and you can book ANYTIME!
We have updated our Social Media!
Check out our website @ www.trustspectrumcarpet.com and leave us a review, and will give you 10% off your next Carpet Cleaning Service!
While you are browsing our awesome page, check out our latest blog tab and visit our FB page for up-to- date cleaning tips/videos/and articles that we believe are current and helpful to our customers. (Links to both are on the webpage)
The Shower Dilemma!
The job of your shower or bathtub is to keep you and your family clean… yet you might have noticed that the shower or bathtub themselves are in need of attention from time to time.
The problem is a common one. You combine soap residue with hard water and the resulting challenge is a build-up on the walls of the shower, the fixtures and more. It can be an ugly, difficult-to- clean mess! Sometimes, the shower and bath seem to be dirtier than you…
The solution is also a common one, pretty easy to accomplish, if you have the right tools.
A somewhat misleading concoction some think works for cleaning shower stalls and bath fixtures is to mix vinegar with ammonia and add a few other ingredients. The problem with that is the vinegar and ammonia cancel each other out in regards to the acidity and alkalinity of the products. Remember that the “crud” on the tile and tub need acidity to remove them… thus the idea of using a vinegar or acidic solution.
The solution? Create your own cleaning agent using vinegar, a drop of Dawn Dish Soap (or similar product) with super-hot water. You will need a trigger sprayer or small pump-up sprayer. Apply the home-made concoction liberally over all the areas that need to be cleaned. Allow at least 5 minutes of contact time (the more the better) and then rinse. You may need to repeat the application of the vinegar, dish soap and hot water.
Using vinegar is safe. Don’t use a harsh acid (such as a rust removing product) in place of vinegar. The chemical reaction and resulting residue from using a strong acid can be harmful to your skin or the skin of your family.
Of course, for all your cleaning needs, from carpet to upholstery to tile floors and more,
call SPECTRUM CARPET CLEANING @ 301-662- 8200
We are in the thick of summer and it’s HOT! With the Holiday weekend coming, here are some reminders about humidity that you don’t want to miss…
Run exhaust fans or ventilators if you have them—especially in kitchens and bathrooms where there is more moisture. If you do not have ventilators than cracking a window can help too
• INCREASE INDOOR TEMP-warm air can hold more moisture
• TAKE COLDER/SHORTER SHOWERS
• RUN AC– if no other cost efficient options
• USE HOUSE PLANTS-Plants release moisture vapor into the air (English Ivy, Peace Lily, Reed Palm, Boston Ferns, & Tillandsia
• KEEP DOWNSPOUTS AND GUTTERS CLEAN
• USE DEHUMIDIFIERS– Best used away from walls and furniture
**For more information go to www.criticalcactus.com
Tips before the Spectrum team arrives
Until Help Arrives…
There are many steps you can take as a responsible homeowner when flooding occurs in your home, whether from an overflowing toilet or a failed sump pump.
First of all, keep it safe. Do not do anything that can cause physical harm to yourself or your family, which can mean working in areas with electricity that have water damage issues.
Pick things up. When water intrudes, picking up smaller items and placing them out of harm’s way is important.
For objects you value, normally smaller items, and can get to without danger to yourself, start wiping them off and getting them dry. Although your water damage pro will handle the final cleaning and restoring of valuable objects, you can do much to help the process.
Some materials are sensitive, and need special attention. These can include wood furniture, fabrics, upholstery, rugs, art and other valuable items. If you can remove these from flooded areas and wipe them off and allow them to dry, you might assist the drying and restoration process. Especially pick up and allow to hang in a safe place items such as valuable rugs.
As a general rule, get things up off the floor. These would be especially larger, more valuable items, such as sofas, chairs, tables, etc. Most water damage situations are just a few inches deep, so putting these items up could be possible and very helpful to preserve their value.