Archive for December, 2008

Carpets Are Healthy!

Posted on December 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Because of the assumption that carpet was the cause of the high rate of asthma and other respiratory problems, the government of Sweden actively promoted the removal of carpeting in people’s homes. However, after a 15 year study, the surprising conclusion was that asthmatic problems actually increased in the general population after the use of carpeting had been decreased by 70%. This convinced them to reverse their campaign and promote the use of carpeting! Also the EPA has done studies that indicate the effectiveness of carpet in reducing airborne particles. Carpeting in the home actually acts as a filter for the indoor air, trapping allergens away from the breathable zone so that they can be removed through proper vacuuming and deep cleaning extraction. So the benefits of clean carpet not only include better looking carpet but also a healthier, cleaner indoor environment!

Remember – our carpet division, Sparkle Carpet offers a 20% discount to our customers for carpet, upholstery and oriental rug cleaning.

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11 Household Cleanliness Tips

Posted on December 21, 2008. Filed under: Household Tips, Safe Cleansers | Tags: , |

  1. Spray a bit of perfume on light bulbs to create a lovely scent when the light is turned on.
  2. Polish jewelry by popping 2 Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immersing the jewelry for 2 minutes.
  3. Spray your Tupperware with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and it will remain stain-free.
  4. You can throw most baby or pet toys in the washer with warm water and all purpose detergent.  Throwing in a towel  along with them will help to get any slime off.
  5. Use an empty tissue box to store and reuse those plastic grocery bags.
  6. For a nice change, try drying at least your towels outside in the fresh air and sunshine when the weather is nice.
  7. Drip a few drops of essential oil into the water of your humidifier.  A wonderful natural fragrance will fill your home.
  8. Keeping the temperature indoors at 68 degrees or above and the humidity at 50% may decrease the likelihood of transmitting the flu virus through the air according to a 2007 study by the Mt.  Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.
  9. Throw your kitchen sponges in the dishwasher cutlery tray. They will stay in place there and come out bacteria free.
  10. Purchase inexpensive oven liners (I get mine at Kroger) so that toxic oven cleaners never need to be used.
  11. Try putting Listerine in a spray bottle to deter mosquitoes! I tried this and it really works. Just
    spray liberally around where you are going to be sitting and wait about 10 minutes.
  12. Save the spare sets of chopsticks from Chinese take-out and use them to stake indoor plants and for paint stirrers.
  13. Substitute oxygen bleach for chlorine bleach.  Unlike chlorine bleach, this environmentally safe alternative will keep clothes vibrant without yellowing or weakening fibers, or leaving a bad odor.
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7 Things You MUST Know BEFORE Hiring A Maid Service

Posted on December 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

There are lots of things to look out for when hiring a maid service. Here are a list of things to help you make sure that you aren’t being ripped off (unless of course you’re in Atlanta, then you should be using Sponge & Sparkle services 🙂 ).

  1. Anyone can say they run a maid service. Maid services are one of the easiest, cheapest businesses to start – almost no experience and almost no start up costs required. Scary thought.
  2. Beware of the “underground market” which operates illegally. Anyone can start hiring “employees” and take on customers. Underground cleaning companies don’t report their income or pay payroll taxes. They don’t bother to carry liability insurance or workmans comp. They are putting their customers at risk for a nominal “savings”. Are you protected?
  3. Employee turnover can be as high as 300% annually. Most maid services have super high turnover. This means 10 to 20 new people in your home each year.
  4. High employee turnover is the #1 factor in theft related issues for maid services. Who is handling your belongings?
  5. No shows – “I came home after work and discovered the maid service never showed up today!” Why is their turnover… your problem?
  6. Awkward feedback moments. Small companies tend to lack any formal feedback policy so you become the customer and the supervisor.
  7. Declining quality – so many services offer no formal quality control process resulting in inconsistent cleaning. By the time you find the problems, the cleaning crew is gone.
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