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Home Show a Great Success!!!

Many thanks to everyone who made this past weekend a great success at the WNC Home and Garden Show at the Civic Center in Asheville!!

Congratulations goes out to the winner of our raffle basket valued at $750 to Paul Wilson of Tryon!!!

See you all next year!!!!

Cleaning for Health and Safety..Sanitizing with Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide

Here is a great question submitted to ICAN (International Custodial Advisors Network)

I have recently read that a combination of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar sprayed separately onto surfaces provides a high degree of sanitation. Is there any truth to this?

Yes, it appears there is. In tests, the best results came from using one mist right after the other; this was 10 times more effective than using either spray by itself and more effective than mixing the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in one sprayer.
In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used in this fashion, making this spray combination more effective at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner. For more info visit:
The Vinegar Institute says that white distilled vinegar will clean and disinfect cutting boards, and the acetic acid it contains will remove mineral deposits and various films on common surfaces.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes hydrogen peroxide as an oxidizing agent widely used as a disinfectant, therefore a sanitizer. Keep in mind that it is a bleach, so it needs to be used with caution. Dilution ratios are also critical since high concentrations can damage skin. Proper storage must be provided (peroxide is damaged by sunlight).
Many commercial cleaning products based on hydrogen peroxide are now being sold by Jan-San supply houses, so its value is recognized in the industry. However, both white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are inexpensive and readily available. If they work well for your applications, use them with confidence.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor

One Minute Chores…Clean a mirror! Tip # 3

Tip #3… Clean a Mirror!

A clean mirror makes a room look cleaner and brighter! If you don’t have glass cleaner and paper towels, try using vinegar and an old newspaper. This is a lot less expensive and it works just as well!

Always remember to give your cleaner a few seconds to do its work before you begin to wipe. Finish the job by going back over with a clean dry towel or newspaper to remove any streaks left behind!

Tips on One Minute Chores!

Our lives can be quite hectic and full of activities most of the time and it can be difficult to find the time to do all of the household chores that need your attention!!  Perhaps you only have a minute to spare.  Here is one thought!

ONE-MINUTE CHORES….Only have a minute for cleaning? No problem. Here you will find tips that will give you some ideas for chores that take less than a minute!

Dust One Thing!  It only takes a minute to choose one thing and dust it. You can either use a feather duster, a dust spray and a rag, or a dust wipe.  It’s that easy.

You can quickly dust:

• TV screens    • Shelves    • Blinds     • Ceiling fans    • Air Vents

Tips for Feeling Good about a Clean House!

According to a survey done by the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA): • 98% of people feel good about themselves when their house is clean. • 97% of people believe their families appreciate a clean home. That said… housecleaning can be a very overwhelming job! Call Designer Maid today @ 828-684-1113 or visit our website @ Let us help you feel better today!

Cleaning for Health! Did you know….?

Did you know that dander, pollen, mold, and dust mite eggs can be as small as 1 micron in diameter? Yeast and bacteria particles get down to 0.4 microns. These particles that are invisible to the human eye can cause irritation to the lungs, eyes, and sinuses, putting those who suffer from asthma or allergies at greater risk!

The cleaning professionals at Designer Maid know this!  The fight against microscopic pollutants is the fight against sick building syndrome and absenteeism. It is a quest to educate and engage building occupants about the reality of maintaining healthy indoor air. It is an investment in superior cleaning tools for the long-term return of a healthier, happier home and facility!

Cleaning for Health…Tip of the Month

Pro Team…the vacuum we use and reccomend!

Why is it important to filter out particles down to such a microscopic size? According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 25 percent of Americans suffer from allergies. Harvard researchers have observed that global warming is causing spring to arrive earlier each year, resulting in up to a 55 percent increase in the amounts of ragweed pollen in the air. What’s more, 20 million people suffer from asthma, including 9 million children, costing the U.S. $10 billion annually in direct health care costs and lost productivity.

ProTeam partners with the American Lung Association to educate the public on indoor air quality’s role in lung health.

Spring Cleaning… Just around the corner!!!

Hello and welcome to the Designer Maid Blog page! We hope you will visit often and actively participate. It is our hope that we will be able through our blog to share with you Designer Maid news as it relates to our industry and the community. We welcome questions and comments!! Thank you to all of our current customers and welcome to all of our soon to be customers!!