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BACK TO SCHOOL!!

,Though it’s hard to believe, summer is winding down already. Schools are setting up and football season is just around the corner. After a lovely summer season, it is now time to prepare your home and family for the allergy season, cooler temperatures and a new school year. While everyone knows about “spring cleaning”, it’s good practice to clean, de-clutter and prepare your home for each changing season.

How can I clean my kids’ filthy backpacks?

Answer

To clean: Backpacks sometimes seem to double as garbage bags. So first empty your child’s pack and turn it upside down over an open news­paper to get rid of lurking debris. Remove visible dirt from the inside and outside with a dry scrub brush or a vacuum, using the upholstery attachment. Then wipe all over with a sponge moistened with mild dish detergent; give a final wipe with a damp sponge and air-dry. Do not soak or submerge the bag in water (which can damage the protective surface coating). Store in a dry place to prevent mold and mildew. If the zipper gets stuck

How can I clean my kids’ filthy backpacks?

Answer

To clean: Backpacks sometimes seem to double as garbage bags. So first empty your child’s pack and turn it upside down over an open news­paper to get rid of lurking debris. Remove visible dirt from the inside and outside with a dry scrub brush or a vacuum, using the upholstery attachment. Then wipe all over with a sponge moistened with mild dish detergent; give a final wipe with a damp sponge and air-dry. Do not soak or submerge the bag in water (which can damage the protective surface coating). Store in a dry place to prevent mold and mildew. If the zipper gets stuck, loosen with a non-staining silicone spray.

Kid hint: Make sure your children unload food, candy, gum wrappers, and dirty napkins and tissues as soon as they get home. Set aside one day a week (Friday or Saturday, perhaps) when they have to empty the pack and remove nonessential items.

Microfiber Towels are Great Cleaning Cloths!!

Why we use microfiber towels…Did you know that light to medium soil conditions are most appropriate for the use of microfibers. Microfibers, due to their construction, have been shown to remove even microorganisms from smooth surfaces. Because of their ability to hold soil so well, they will work well wet or dry in almost all cleaning conditions.

A pack of 24 is under just under $14 at Sam’s Club. Give them a try next time instead of a box of shop towels. You will be pleasantly suprised!

Survey Says….

Here is an intersting survey published in Cleaning and Management Online from the July 2010 issue.

Survey Says Green Cleaning is Best!

A recent survey* showed that seven out of 10 consumers prefer to patronize a business that demonstrates a commitment to the environment. When it comes to cleaning, 68 percent of business owners would prefer for their business to be cleaned with green products, and 78 percent of office workers agree that, when possible, businesses should use green cleaners instead of conventional ones.

Designer Maid uses only “Earth Friendly” products! It is our way of showing how much we care about you and the environment!

 

Memorial Day Savings!!

Don’t waste time with all of your housecleaning chores this Memorial Day! Spend your time planning the big cookout for family and friends!! Follow the link below and see how easy Designer Maid can make it for you this year!!! http://designermaid.net/promotion/Memorialday2012-promotion.html

Great Info On Carpet Care!

Here are 2 great questions on carpet care that I came across while reading posts from International Custodial Advisors Network…very interesting and helpful!

1) Do acid and alkaline agents have effects on carpets when being used? (2) Is only carpet shampoo to be used on carpet? (3) Is it appropriate to use hot water on carpet, too?

Answer:
(1) In general, carpets are acid dyed. Soils tend to be acid, so we use detergents that are alkaline to release them from the fibers. Often, an acidic rinse agent will be used to restore the mildly acidic state that is natural. Very strong acids and alkalines are damaging to most fibers and must be avoided.
(2) Carpet shampoo or other carpet detergent solutions are formulated for soil release from fibers. Some are fiber specific. It would be just good judgment to stay with something developed for a specific purpose. Home chemistry can be risky.
(3) Hot water aids in soil release, especially grease-based soils. Rinsing can be done with either hot or cold water, but many prefer hot to save on chemical residue and to help restore the pile. If the carpet has a lot of detergent residue in it, hot water will activate the suds more readily than cold.
Any water used on carpet should be extracted as completely as possible to reduce drying times.

Earth Day…April 22, 2012

Designer Maid wants to help you help the environment on Sunday April 22…EARTH DAY! When you purchase an Introductory Cleaning Special you will receive a tree or shrub to plant or a $25 gift card from Lowes to pick what you want! View this great special here by clicking this link! http://www.designermaid.net/promotion/EarthDay2012-promotion.html

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Is It Really Green?

How do you know if a product is truly “Green” or not?

There are several North American agencies with different agendas and mandates. However the EPA, Terrachoice Ecologo, Green Seal, Gold Seal, INFORM Inc., Purdue University Relative Hazard Chemical Score and many other sources provide a window into this important subject.