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Home Mattress Care – How to Keep Our Sleep Environment Clean, Fresh And Healthy?

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Humidity in Bed

Making the bed every morning as soon as we get up is a habit from our childhood and maintains homes properly every day.

Researches in the last years disclose that it is not so suitable for the mattress because an essential part of body processes occur during the night sleep. They are linked with water lost, and bedsheets need for fresh air because of the formed vapours while we are asleep. Diligent people who prefer making the bed in mornings risk to allow the moisture to trap deeply in the mattress which could be perfect soil for dust mites and plenty other pathogens we breathe and touch.

To improve your sleep environment and bedding cleanliness, try to turn back the duvet. That simple change in a conventional way for bed-making will ensure more fresh air in bed, and built humidity can quickly evaporate. The process of regular sweating at night can be a sign of health disbalance, and we must regulate it through open windows, comfortable temperatures, suitable textile materials, and ideal air conditions. Humidity in bedrooms is harmful to the quality of the night’s sleep and the way we feel during the whole day.

Bed-linens washing

Regular bedding washing is a significant part of proper home maintenance. It must occur at least once a week and even more during the hot season. Do not allow bacteria to take up residence in the mattress. Make twice a week an overall changing of sheets and duvet covering with high-temperature washing to kill pathogens.

Protection

A protector could be a great option to defend mattress status and freshness in-depth. You can wash such sheet every month to keep it in superior shape, following all of the recommendations in label.

Vacuuming

We cannot imagine the awful invisible mess that the human body produces-a mixture of dust, dead skin, acari and bacteria. Vacuuming is essential, and you can apply it once a month. Experts recommend a low suction setting as the most efficient in that case. Use also upholstery attachment to make a thorough grime removal. Be careful with pipings, nooks and crannies along the mattress surface; they need special attention.

According to some of the manufacturers, it would be possible to damage the structure and to dislodge mattress filling through the process of vacuuming.

Stain removal

Another typical problem can be spills and stains. The immediate reaction is quite necessary to protect the mattress from damage and permanent colouration. What can we do in such unexpected spill accidents?

At first, it’s better to stand up the mattress, if possible. Treat the dirty area with a clean cloth, soaked into cold water, taking care not to wet it a lot. Then apply with dry microfiber and repeat the procedure with a suitable spot cleaner. These products, which are for carpets and upholstery cleaning, should be a proper solution. Sponge, and finally, the treated zone with clean water to rinse.

Most experts advice to rely on aa mild soapy solution while we are striving to get rid of stains on the mattress. Creamy foam is not the right choice. Allow it to dry in a well-ventilated room or outside.

Please, pay attention to bed cleanliness, and protect it from accidents and damage too. Food and drinks in bed could be romantic and relaxing, but with unpleasant consequences. Be sure it is protected enough and supported thoroughly.

Fresh Air and Sunlight

Use sunny and dry days to open windows and let the lights disinfect and refreshen the mattress. Strip it and let it sit for several hours to one full day. That helps excess humidity disappear and reduces the number of acari in the textile.

Scents

Please, do not underestimate the importance of complete drying after washing. Avoid harsh products to protect the product material. It is not a challenge to eliminate strong fragrances from home chores. That is essential, especially when it comes to bedrooms. A pure dwelling should smell like nothing. Too many aromas cannot refresh indoor space but can cause you health problems, asthma, and allergies.

Rotating/Turning Mattresses

No matter the type of mattress, the benefits from its regular turning/rotating are a lot. That smart trick is to promote more even wear, avoiding depression and softening. Besides that, when someone is jumping on it, the mattress is prone to damage and quick tear and wear.

Cleaning directions

Cleaning directions on the label are among the significant factors for its long lifespan. To notice and follow them sometimes could be a vital habit. Usually, manufacturers’ recommendations and warnings can help you to keep your home possession adequately, but not only. You would be aware of some of the best practices for mattress maintenance, which can ensure your healthy sleep, comfortable, relaxation and good home investment.

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How To Get Through A Bad Day At Work?

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Last week I had a quick visit from my nephew, Paul. He is a very bright young man and a nice kid to talk to. He is also very hardworking and efficient – in his own way. I found out Paul achieved one of his long-time ambitions by working from home, with no boss to hover over his head or a regular timetable. “Sometimes I would get up and know – nope, today is not my day to be productive, and call it off. Other times I would grind the hardest during the weekend or on some official holiday. The freedom to pick my spots and determine my schedule is worth more than almost any salary!”

“Good for the kid!”, I thought to myself with somewhat of parental pride. I always knew he would do good for himself. How cool would that be – to call your own number whenever you like it. You know what I mean: sometimes it seems like the world is conspiring against you – the car doesn’t want to start in the morning, your teenage kids are extra grumpy, or you just didn’t sleep well. And yet, you have to go to work because some appointments would not wait, or because you have customers to attend to. So how do you do it?

I have been in the cleaning industry for too long to know that you cannot be at 100% every single day. I have also found some tricks to help me get by the toughest days, and I believe that can be of tremendous help to more inexperienced cleaners. A quick reminder before I launch – I am not talking about health issues. If you are under the weather, stay at home or go to the doctor, but do not try to be the brave soldier – first, you are only risking to get worse, and second – you are not doing a particularly good job when you are sick.

Now that we have cleared that out of the way let’s get down to business. The first tip I have is to manipulate your daily schedule (if possible) so that you finish the toughest tasks first, while you still have more energy. Do not procrastinate, hoping things to get better as the day progresses – it usually gets worse. Most people are more efficient in the morning, so pick the most time and energy-consuming appointments before lunch and leave the office tasks for the end of the day, for example.

If you work within a team and have the opportunity to delegate some appointments to your colleagues, do not hesitate to do it. After all, that is the whole point in having someone who can cover your back. You know your customers better than anyone else, and understand that some people are more prickly, more demanding, and require more attention. It would be a terrible idea to go to such an appointment bringing your emotional or negative baggage with you. As a final step, I would even advise you to try and reschedule – ten positive visits can quickly be undone by a single negative one, do not forget that.

I wouldn’t take on new customers either if I had a bad day, for several reasons. You know the old cliche “you only have one chance to make a good first impression” – you can hardly do it if you moan and groan inside about your bad luck. In the cleaning industry, this is particularly true, because you have to be on top of your game especially during the first visit when you get to know the property and the person better, have to pay attention to the tiniest of details and should not allow anything to disturb your concentration. Besides, I can always sense if the person I talk to is in a positive state of mind – I would imagine the opposite to be accurate as well.

Up until now, I concentrated mainly on the things you should avoid. Let’s mention a few things you should seek if you are having a bad day – again, if you are in the position to manipulate your schedule. I have found out that the outdoor cleaning tasks like window polishing, gutter cleaning or some pressure washing job help clear my head. We have become such indoor animals these days that we sometimes forget how good it feels to get outside, even in the urban environment.

Another option would be to take on some sort of a cleaning task that relies more on equipment than your skill. Take for example large-scale office or industrial floor cleaning – you just ride the cleaning machine and let it do all the hard work while you consider the vagaries of modern existence.

And last but not least – some big sanitary task that requires a crew of colleagues. Nothing erases the negative thoughts of the day like a tough hygienic battle with your band of brothers. A large three-bedroom end of tenancy cleaning with a three-hour deadline sounds precisely like what the doctor ordered for your bad mood.

What about you? How do you deal with the bad days that never want to go away?

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Tips To Get Your Spring Cleaning Going

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Unlike all GoT fans who feverishly expect the approaching Season 8 with the legendary mantra “Winter is coming”, as a realist and a practical housewife you know that winter is leaving. You know what this means – you better start planning your spring cleaning before it is already summer. Here are three quick tips to get you going:

  1. Do not improvise. Make a list of the chores you want to take care of, starting with the top sanitary priorities. You have two possible options – to separate the hygienic tasks by type (i.e. dusting, polishing, vacuum cleaning, reorganising the home, waste disposal, scrubbing, etc.) or by room (I usually start in the living room and then move clockwise across the other areas).
  2. Do not procrastinate. The quicker you do it, the better. I know spring cleaning takes up a sizeable portion of your time, but the freshness and perfect order, once you finish, is well worth it.
  3. Do not try to do the whole thing in a single day. If you live in a bigger house and you plan to do it on your own, it is too much work for a single day. As I said, better do it room by room – it may take a while, but you will have much more energy left by the end of the whole process.

Or you can always call us to lend a helping hand – your choice!