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Bed Bugs Strike Back

We all know the childhood nighttime rhyme, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bug bite,” but did you ever know that bed bugs are real?

According to the Mayo Clinic, bed bugs have a long history of human blood sucking. They live deep in our mattresses and bed frames emerging for their midnight snack on your arms, wrists, necks and faces. After World War II, the United Sates eradicated all the little beasts with a pesticide almost as strong as an atomic weapon. Since then the FDA outlawed its use due to its highly toxic ingredients.

After the pesticide disappeared, the bed bugs came back in growing numbers. Recent research shows that in the last year 95% of professional cleaning services reported an increased infestation of bed bugs in private homes, hotels and college dorms across the US.

These little dark brown bugs wreck havoc in your sheets and, once discovered, require immediate removal. They cause major swelling at the bite sight and irritate allergies in suffers and asthmatics.

If you notice a bed bug infestation in your home, call a professional to eliminate them ASAP. Nothing screams nightmare louder than bed bugs.

Summer Cleaning for Your Home Part I

Spring-cleaning can seem a daunting task to any house owner, especially if the house has been neglected throughout the colder winter months. Here are some helpful hints for getting the job done faster, and with less stress!

Preparation and Organization:

  • Organize a plan for all rooms in your house. Decide what rooms need what cleaning, then tackle them one at a time
  • Make a week-long or weekend long schedule of what needs to be done and when you intend to do it
  • Dole out tasks to other members of the family so you don’t have to hack it alone
  • Start by organizing a room, returning objects to their proper places, and cleaning out papers that have piled up over the year along with little knick-knacks that have been around since the holidays

Now that you have begun to organize your house and prepare it for soap and scrubbing, keep an eye open for our next post about sudsing up and getting your home squeaky clean!

The mose expensive carpet in the world!

A few weeks ago someone asked me  what the most expensive rug in the world was.

I wasn’t sure, so I started researching the subject.  Although there are all different claims, there seems to be a general agreement that a rare mid-17th century Persian carpet sold by Christie’s Account House to an anonymous buyer is the record holder. It was sold for the amazing sum of £6.2 million.
Christie’s said the quality of the rug reflected the great talent of the weavers of the Iranian city of Kirman – “arguably the most inventive and influential of all carpet designers”. The Kirman ‘Vase’ Carpet measures 11ft 1in by 5ft. (seems small for that price don’t you think?).

The Kirman ‘Vase’ Carpet is the most expensive carpet in the world, beating the previous world best of $5.5 million (£3.6 million) set by the famed Pearl Carpet of Baroda.  It’s silk, Persian and 400-500 years old, but does it really tie the room together ?

How often should I be cleaning my carpet?

It’s the big question – should you get in professionals regularly or try and do as much of the cleaning as you can yourself?  The general view, in the industry, is that using a company with the right know-how and expertise is the way to go.  As pros, we’ve seen a dirty few carpets in our time, and many of them ended up just like that because they were left until they couldn’t be left a day longer.

The truth is that trying to clean a carpet that’s in such a state is hard work – and it’s also going to be a costly job for the client.  Manufacturers, overall, take the view that your carpet needs professional cleaning every 12-18 months, and more if it sees heavy traffic.  This is really the only way to make sure that grime and dirt are removed effectively.  The good news, is, however that once you’ve invested in the service, subsequent cleanings are going to be easier, because the carpet won’t soil as easily.

So spend a few nickels, and the dimes will take care of themselves…

How to keep your home in great shape – Part I

Keeping your living environment pleasant and comfortable creates a good sense of well being. And it doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming either. Small things can make a big difference, so here are five tips to keep your home smelling fresh and clean:

  • Purchase some high quality Aromatherapy candles and use them at night – they’re long lasting and very powerful
  • On your stove, simmer a pot of water with a little cinnamon and perhaps a few cloves inside. It will give off an excellent smell.
  • Put some oil or essence in a cotton ball and place it inside your vacuum cleaning bag – it will make
  • Replace your kitchen sponges regularly or put them in the dishwasher to make sure they are washed thoroughly
  • Place a doormat at your house entrance and at other high traffic areas. You can also ask your guests to take off their shoes, if you really want to keep your carpet or hardwood floors in top shape!