Category Archives: Healthy

Professional Carpet Cleaning Reduces Pollutants and Fungi

Many pollutants such as dirt, dust mites, and pet hair can be found indoors and will build up in your carpet over time.  As we enter our homes there’s no way to eliminate tracking in dirt and contaminants and if you have children and/or pets then the rate at which that occurs increases.

Vacuuming is important surface cleaning but regular deeper cleaning of flooring fibers is necessary to get rid of unwanted pollution.  Professional steam cleaning reduces toxins that might be present deep in your carpet and the powerful equipment controls the amount of moisture applied and suctions out the dislodged dirt and excess water.

A certified technician using professional equipment is the best choice for removing the excess water.  These industrial machines get steam MUCH hotter, killing microbial growth, and loosening oils and dirt.  In contrast, small store rental “steam cleaners” tend to leave nighter amounts of moisture in your carpet leading to mold and mildew growth rather than removal.  Once established, fungi can be very stubborn, spreading within carpet padding and wood flooring, and airborne spores may become prolific and expensive to remove.

Professional carpet cleaning services assures the safety and clenliness of the air and surfaces in your home.  For professional carpet cleaning services, contact National Dusters today.

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7 Great Cleaning Uses for Vinegar

  1. Unclog A Drain Using Vinegar – Mix 1/2 cup dry baking soda and 1/2 cup of salt together and pour down the drain.  Add one cup of vinegar into the drain, and allow to foam.  Set a kettle on to boil, and slowly pour into the drain.  The drain should run clear, but repeat the process for tough clogs.
  2. Spot Clean Leather Upholstery Using White Vinegar. – Simply spray on at full strength and buff with a soft cloth until clean and dry.
  3. Remove Water Rings from Wood Furniture – Mix 1 part White Vinegar to 1 part Olive Oil, and apply to the affected area with a soft cloth.  Rub WITH the grain, and then buff dry and clean with a clean cloth.
  4. Clean the Metal Plate of your Iron – Using equal amounts of vinegar and salt, scrub cold iron plate with this paste.
  5. Freshen Stinky Shoes – Believe it or not, you can revive stinky shoes by spraying the inside of stinky sneakers with white vinegar, and then placing them in a paper bag in the freezer for several hours.  Place in a sunny warm spot to dry.

    Great Uses for Vinegar
    Freshen Stinky Shoes with Vinegar
  6. Remove Sticky Residue – If your kiddo has covered your sofa in stickers, or your teenager has managed to get gum on the carpet, use a rag dipped in white vinegar to treat the affected area.
  7. Polish Silver – Soak silverware in a solution of 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 2 teaspoons of baking soda for approximately 2 1/2 hours.  Rinse with cool water and dry immediately.

Whether it’s pets that have tracked mud on your leather, a busy toddler with a pack of stickers, or a teenager with stinky tennis shoes, vinegar can help!  We hope these tips make keeping your home fresh and clean just a little bit easier.  Need more cleaning help?  Call National Dusters Today!

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Freshening Indoor Air Naturally

If you or a member of your household has respiratory issues, or if you’re concerned about the danger of burning incense or spilling liquid wax, there are other ways to freshen the air in your home naturally!

Here’s some of our favorites:

Put coffee grounds through the garbage disposal occasionally, and even at the bottom of a new garbage bag in the kitchen to freshen these typically stinky areas.

Dried herbs and flowers including rosemary, lavender and roses  are a great way to provide a subtle hint of outdoor freshness in your bedroom, office, or any other areas where you need to relax and feel clear-headed.

Did you know that houseplants actually help clean the air? They DO! Wow, just having a few great indoor houseplants can help increase the amount oxygen and fresh air in your home or office, and they provide a touch of beauty too!

Simmering potpourri is a great way to “personalize” your air freshening.  Rummage through your refrigerator and spice rack, and put some of your favorite flavors in a pot of simmering water.  Using your favorite scent combinations like apple and cinnamon, oranges and cloves, or mint and lemon, you’ll be surprised how much you’ll enjoy  the natural scent of ingredients you already have right in your kitchen.

Vinegar is a great way to get rid of food smells and combat bacteria at the same time.  A solution of white vinegar to four parts water in a spray bottle can be spritzed into the air to combat strong odors like onion and garlic.

Do you have a great idea for a natural air freshener?  We’d love to hear about it.  In the meantime, we wish you a fresh, clean happy home!  Your friends at National Dusters.

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Preparing Your Kitchen for Holiday Cooking

We’re almost there, ready to spend a couple days in the kitchen making delicious food to enjoy with those we hold dear.  Every good cook knows that the perfect meal starts with a clean kitchen.  But this year, don’t just “clean” – “clean OUT!”  Restore your kitchen to a clean, organized state by asking some simple questions:
Do I use it?
Do I love it?
Do I need it?
The goal here is to end up with dishes, cookware and utinsels that will serve your needs, and nothing that will cause unnecessary clutter.  Don’t be stingy when deciding to toss, recycle or donate.  What needs to go?  Anything that’s chipped, stained, extra, or completely unused.  Storage containers that have no lids, and lids that have no bottoms need to go, and if course any food that is expired or that you’ve had in the pantry for a year or more.
When it comes to cleaning out service and flatware, it’s ok if you don’t end up with matching sets of dishes, service, and flatware – ecclectic is IN!  The key is to end up with ENOUGH and not too much.  It’s ok to mix and match, and define your own style as you prepare to entertain and delight your guests during the holidays.
Of course you want sanitary conditions in your kitchen, but de-clutter is a great way to start to get ready to ENJOY the holiday festivities.  Happy Cleaning, and Happy Holidays from your friends at National Dusters.

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Healthy Lunch Box

It’s back to school, and for most parents, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!  With the kiddos going back to school, and you heading back to routine work, here are some healthy lunchbox ideas to keep them – and you- satisfied.

Put chunky chicken salad in a delicious whole wheat wrap, and garnish with some fresh greens.  Add some cherry tomatoes and corn chips with ranch for dipping on the side.

Have some bbq chicken left over from last night?  Shred and add a little extra sauce, place on an artisan or sesame seed bun and voila! Hearty, healthy lunch that will keep them full until they get home.  Put some broccoli florets on the side with spreadable cheese, and that’s a lunch that will put a smile on their face.

Who says you can’t have salmon cold? Of course you can.  Salmon is full of omega and protein, and will look appetizing sitting on a bed of lettuce leaves with some orange segments on the side.  Add some juicy cucumber spears on the side.

Don’t forget to throw in a little yummy for the little one too!  A cookie, a bag of healthy baked chips, or a little chocolate mini will perfectly compliment their healthy choices, and have them looking forward to lunch tomorrow!

From our National Dusters family to yours, stay healthy and stay happy!

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