Flu Prevention Tips
Sneezing. Sniffling. Aching. Fever. It might seem that the flu season should be wrapping up. This year’s flu season is up there with some of the worst recorded today. All states in the US have reported widespread flu activity this season – except Hawaii. The flu spreads and strikes quickly, but you’re not completely defenseless.
When it comes to flu prevention, we’ve got 5 tips for you – and they all involve the place where you likely spend your time: your home.
- Wash your hands!
One of the single most important things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu virus is to wash your hands. A great habit to get into is washing your hand's first thing when you get home. This will help to minimize the influx of viruses and bacteria that you may be carrying.
- Change your dishtowels regularly, or use a paper towel
You and your family share more than you might realize. Stop sharing germs by making sure that you launder your towels regularly, or better yet, use disposable paper towels to minimize germ transfer from person to person.
- Break out your humidifier
Might sound strange, but the flu virus doesn’t thrive in humid, warm environments, so up your defense by utilizing your humidifier.
2. Wipe down all hard surfaces
Flu germs float in the air, but they have to land somewhere! Disinfect hard surfaces like countertops, handles, faucets, light switches, etc.
Look at your home from ‘Kid-Level’
Be sure to wipe down and disinfect areas your children have access to, including those cabinets you may have overlooked during your cleaning or the floors they may be crawling on.
Follow these tips and stay healthy this flu season, and as always, we’re here “Ready for whatever happens” should you need a little help cleaning!
Spring Cleaning? Don't forget the carpets.
When’s the last time you’ve had your carpets cleaned at your home or business? Spring cleaning brings visions of dusting off shelves, organizing closets, and decluttering from winter’s hibernation tendencies. Although we don’t want to admit it, most of us can’t remember the last time we’ve had our carpets cleaned!
Our carpets are the most obvious offenders when we think about what makes our home messy or unclean. Unfortunately, according to some recent microbiology research, the average carpet is 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Gross!
When broken down, that means there's an average of 200,000 bacteria per square inch
Sounds like we need to clean our carpets! And while it may seem like bacterial infections are the risk here, it is allergies.
Springtime itself brings a fresh onset of allergies, but one way to combat those is to have your carpets cleaned (we can help you!).
When shoes from outside and brought into the house, bacteria, pollen, and dust can be tracked into the carpet fibers.
These allergens can later be kicked up into the air, causing household allergy symptoms. Not to mention thousands of dead human skin cells have settled into the carpet fibers, along with pet hair.
This makes for a dust mite buffet, as dead skin cells are their primary food source. Dust mites can inflame allergy symptoms.
So what can you do? Vacuuming is important, so be sure to do this at least weekly. This will help with the dust mites and the pet fur, but you do need to get your carpets deep-cleaned for the best effect.
Although you can clean them yourself with an at-home system, it’s not recommended. Water that can be left behind from cleaning may form mold, which will further irritate allergy symptoms. When you’re ready for a thorough spring cleaning, give us a call! We’ll be over in no time to clean your carpets.