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How Often Should You Be Vacuuming Your Floors?

Allow us to tell you a little story. Earlier this week, one of our colleagues decided to regale us with stories about his vacuuming practices. He works from home and uses an old desk chair each and every day. As of late, this desk chair has been shedding. In other words, the vinyl covering that encapsulates the seat and the backing is coming undone. As a result, there are small black pieces of ripped vinyl all over his home office floor.

“I have to vacuum every single day,” our colleague informed us, “I basically just keep the vacuum in the office now. It’s so annoying. It never fails. Every single day, I have to vacuum the floor to pick up all of these ripped up pieces of chair covering. If I didn’t see the mess my chair was making, I likely wouldn’t be vacuuming that much at all.”

We generally only clean what we see as dirty.

We found our colleague’s final comment to be a very interesting one. It’s true, isn’t it? We don’t tend to clean unless we can visually see messes. However, dust accumulates on our floors and surfaces each and every day. For many people who don’t vacuum regularly, the risk of respiratory illnesses increases. An accumulation of dust generally means the presence of dust mites – miniscule creatures that feed on dead skin and leave behind asthma-inducing waste.

Now, daily vacuuming may not necessarily be mandatory. But just how often should we vacuum? Our colleague admits that his home office is carpeted and that the outside living area has hardwood flooring. As a result, he tends to vacuum the living room a lot less often than he does his office.

Vacuuming frequency depends on a few factors.

According to Tyler Mears, home experts recommend that carpets and rugs be vacuumed at least twice a week. On the U.K.’s Wales Online website, he writes that high-traffic areas (like our colleague’s home office) should be vacuumed with more frequency. Vacuuming frequency should also greatly increase if you have pets. “If pets are in the home, daily vacuum cleaning is strongly recommended to remove dirt, hair, dander, and the smaller microscopic allergens that are invisible to the naked eye,” informs Mears.

Carol J. Alexander agrees. On FamilyHandyman.com, she insists that people who love their pets love their vacuum cleaners just as much. “Pets shed and drop fleas and dander that can aggravate or cause allergies and disease,” she explains, “Not to mention what they bring in on their paws! No matter what type of floors you have, if you have dogs, cats and/or other furry friends running loose in your home, vacuum every day.”

Are vacuuming your home often enough?

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to help you get a much better understanding of how clean your home really is. Assessing its indoor air quality is a great step towards ensuring better health for everyone who lives in it. For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Cleanliness Is Next To Healthiness

If you’re a regular reader of the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. Blog, you’re well aware that, at the top of our priority list, is the safety and health of our clients. Naturally, the purer the air you breathe in your home, the better your health will be over the long term. This is why we’re so adamant about ensuring high indoor air quality and offering such services as our Air Quality Services to help our clients enjoy better health.

As we’ve pointed out in many blogs of past, keeping a clean home is an excellent way to better your indoor air quality. The regular removal of dust, dirt and grime via dusting, vacuuming and mopping helps to keep air pollutants at bay. Wiping up spills and regularly checking for leaks helps to prevent mould growth.

Simply put, being a neat freak is a healthy practice!

As reported by Kate Eller of Advocate Health Care, people who keep clean homes tend to be more physically fit than those who don’t clean up all that much. Is it because cleaning is actually a form of exercise? Citing a study done at Indiana University, Eller reveals that there is a correlation between a clean home and physical fitness. “Researchers found participants with cleaner homes exercised more,” she reports.

Eller goes on to note that messy homes tend to exacerbate stress and fatigue. In her article, she quotes Dr. Rian Rowles who is a psychiatrist affiliated with Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. “When you live in a messy home, you are subconsciously reminded of work that needs to be finished and visually, your eyes do not have a place to rest,” says Rowles, “Too much clutter can cause tremendous stress and fatigue.”

A clean home reduces allergy and asthma symptoms.

How often have we highlighted the need for cleanliness in an effort to improve the health of our respiratory symptoms? People with allergies and asthma know all too well how difficult it is to breathe in unkempt homes and buildings. Eller also quotes Dr. Uma Gavani, an allergy and asthma specialist on staff at Christ Medical Center, who points out that dust mites, pet dander and mould can trigger allergic reactions and increase potential asthma problems.

“The more stuff you have in your home, the harder it is to clean,” Gavani informs, “Messy areas increase the potential for dust, pet dander and mould to accumulate in closets, on surfaces and in crevices.”

Tidy homes limit the spread of germs.

Interestingly, Eller points to the kitchen, and not the bathroom, as the room of the home where most germs are bound to be located. Countertops are particularly known as problem areas thanks to the many different foods that are prepared upon them. Especially after raw meats and fish have come into contact with your counter, you should thoroughly sanitize the area.

“According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gastrointestinal illness can be spread by contaminated food, and food-poisoning is less likely in kitchens that have been properly cleaned and sanitized,” writes Eller.

Let’s work together on keeping your home a healthy environment! For more information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Preventing The Growth Of Mould When The Weather Gets Cold

We know. Fall hasn’t even started yet. But, as all Canadians are aware, winter will be just around the corner in no time. Some Canadians actually believe there are only two seasons in Canada and that they can flip back and forth at any time.

“One day, it’s summer and the next day, it’s winter,” commented one of our colleagues earlier this week, “It all depends on if the day is warm enough to take off your jacket. That’s how I see it!” Needless to say, we all have to prepare for chillier days. And preparation requires a lot more than layering up. The cold and snowy wintertime is time of year when we all need to be concerned about the possibilities of mould growth in our homes.

“If you live in a cold climate, kicking up the heater during winter months doesn’t just keep you warm—it also helps to create a perfect environment for winter mould and mildew,” writes Autumn Yates on Highya.com, “Mould and mildew have a lot of similarities. They’re both likely to grow in moist, warm areas and are adept at surviving on a wide variety of surfaces.”

So what can you do to prevent the growth of mould when the weather gets cold?

Be on the lookout for leaks.

With winter comes snow. And with melted snow comes water. If there are any cracks in the walls of your home, it is possible that water can leak through and pool in places that may go unnoticed. Remember that mould and mildew grow in moist and damp areas. So be sure to keep an eye out for any leaks in your home throughout the winter.

“Watch for leaks in common areas such as windows, exterior-to-interior doorways, and the surrounding areas by swamp coolers and skylights,” advises Yates, “Not only should you be on high alert for leaks coming from the outdoors, but don’t forget to check your indoor plumbing as a possible culprit for excess moisture. Check for hidden leaks in areas such as under bathroom and kitchen sinks.”

Keep the front foyer dry.

What happens when you step through the front door of your home all winter long? You bring snow, slush and sleet with you. Sure, you can take off your boots and leave them by the front door. But without regularly cleaning the area, you’re practically inviting pools of water to remain so that mould can find a cozy place to flourish. To help things, Yates suggests the removal of any carpeted areas near your front door way.

“Washable floor surfaces can be especially helpful in entryways (versus carpeting), where constantly tracking in moisture can quickly lead to mould growth,” she writes, “In instances where you do have carpet up to the door and can’t do much about it (such as when renting), take care to vacuum the area regularly, inspecting for signs of any mould near the baseboards or where your carpet meets the wall.”

Let’s work together on eliminating mould growth from your home this winter! For more information about our Mould Assessment Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Can Acupuncture Help You To Quit Smoking?

Cigarette smoking is, without question, one of the absolute worst things you can do for your health. You don’t need us to list the statistics. It’s common knowledge that the filthy habit leads to the development of fatal lung cancers. And while the understanding that smoking is bad for you – to put it mildly – is widespread, there are still many Canadians who light up each and every day.

Cigarette smoke is so deadly that it has been known to kill people who don’t even smoke! “Every year in Canada, second-hand smoke causes 800 deaths from lung cancer and heart disease in non-smokers,” reports Canada.ca, “If you are a smoker, avoid smoking around others, especially children, pregnant women and people with breathing problems.”

Acupuncture is often listed as a top quit-the-habit technique.

For many people who are unfamiliar with the treatment, acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles into different points of the body. The objective is to stimulate and improve the flow of energy to particular areas. While acupuncture may appear to be painful, it’s known as a painless technique.

“Acupuncture’s origin is embedded among traditional Chinese medicinal concepts,” explains Healthline.com, “Some of the earliest examples of metal needles have been found dating back to 113 B.C. This Eastern approach once lost credibility in the medical world. It is now more commonly accepted throughout the Western world due to improvements in acupuncture techniques, along with extensive research findings.”

How does acupuncture help people to quit smoking?

According to Cathy Wong on VeryWellMind.com, studies have shown that acupuncture helps for smokers to reduce their cravings. “One five-year study in Hong Kong of 5,202 smokers concluded that acupuncture was both an effective and safe method to help smokers quit,” she reveals, “The study notes that the number of cigarettes per day decreased and that the average time to relapse was 38.71 days, which was longer than 35 days in E-cigarette and 14 days in nicotine patch.”

Acupuncture treatments that are designed to help patients quit smoking are quite unique. Wong explains that the hair-thin needles are inserted into various points of the ear where they remain for about 20 minutes. In some cases, the acupuncturists will provide their patients with tiny balls, no larger than the tips of ballpoint pens. They are taped using invisible tape to the ear.

“When a craving for cigarettes hits, the smoker is instructed to press gently on the ball, which stimulates the acupuncture point,” she details, “The number of acupuncture sessions made a significant impact on success, with most people receiving eight sessions within the first month.”

Why is it so important to quit smoking?

This is a silly question. We all know why! Kicking the habit is a life-saving decision. It won’t just save your life, but it will dramatically improve the chances of living disease-free for everyone in your household. You couldn’t possibly make your indoor air quality any worse than by lighting up a cigarette. Quitting will help to vastly improve the air in your home.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to help you learn more about that! For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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