Category Archives: Life with Kiddos

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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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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