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3 Top Practices For Evicting Dirt And Dust From Your Home

Naturally, we talk a lot about indoor air quality on our blog. It’s a huge responsibility of the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team to assist its clients through services that work to better their indoor air quality. Why? Well, think about it. What’s more important than the air we breathe? We clearly need to breathe to live. And since we’re breathing 24/7 (and many of those hours are spent at home), it’s imperative that we put efforts into purifying the air in our homes.

Believe it or not, there is a fairly simple solution to bettering our indoor air quality. And that’s to eliminate the dust and dirt from our homes. And as simple as this solution may be, it’s not always the easiest task to pull off. After all, dust and dirt is all around us all the time. So how do we serve it with an eviction notice?

Here are three top practices for evicting dirt and dust from your home:

1. Implement a No Shoe Policy.

Most of the dirt that appears in our homes was tracked in on our shoes. Therefore, one certified way to keep dirt at bay is to remove our shoes before we enter our homes. To be perfectly honest, we can’t understand why anyone would want to wear the same shoes they wear outside inside their living spaces. In winter, it’s especially obvious that different footwear should be worn in the house.

“There are always people who balk at the thought of a No Shoe Policy,” writes Katie Berry on HousewifeHowTos.com, “If they realized that up to 80 percent of the household dust enters on the bottom of peoples’ shoes, they’d probably rethink their reluctance. One solution: keep a basket of washable slipper socks near the door for guests’ use.”

2. Empty your bagless vacuum outside.

Vacuuming is a chief way of evicting dirt from your home. It’s probably the most obvious solution as well. However, if you have one of those bagless vacuums, your removal of the canister, after vacuuming, often undoes the work you’ve just done. Often, dust escapes the canister and re-enters the atmosphere. Naturally, this is no good for your respiratory system. Try emptying your vacuum canisters outdoors to avoid the detriment to your indoor air quality.

“Once you’ve sucked up the dirt that did make its way into your home, make sure you ditch it for good,” advises Lauren Piro on GoodHousekeeping.com, “The particles can travel back into the air if you empty the canister inside.”

3. Place a welcome mat at your front door.

Berry is also a big proponent for welcome mats. They give visitors to your home opportunities to wipe their feet before stepping inside. That way, even though they will be removing those shoes inside the home, those shoes will contain a lot less dirt. “Shake the mats outside or clean them with a hand-vac every couple of days and you’ll notice a definite reduction of dust,” Berry instructs.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we would love to help you evict dirt and dust from your home! 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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How To Not Worsen Your Indoor Air Quality When Winter Hits

Yes, we’re well aware that the winter season doesn’t become official until the 21st of December. But, let’s be honest. We live and work in Alberta – a province known for snowfalls long before the winter season hits. With that said, it’s likely you’re already in “keep warm” mode, which is pretty much a pastime for all Canadians, at this time of year. However, when winter hits, it’s important we be mindful of the problems the season can create for our indoor air quality.

Naturally, we keep our homes sealed all winter long. Everyone loves the warm and cozy feeling that comes with staying indoors. But we have to keep in mind that when the doors and windows are shut, the air inside the home can’t escape. That can lead to some health issues. So what should we do so that we don’t worsen indoor air quality when winter hits?

Crack open the windows.

This may sound like a strange piece of advice, during the winter, but it’s one we’ve given before and one we’re sure to give again. Crack those windows open! Yes, we know that it’s cold outside, but you need to ventilate your home in order to avoid the health issues that can occur due to breathing stale and stagnant air. As HappyHiller.com points out, the secret to healthy indoor air quality is a delicate balance of insulation and ventilation.

“If your home is too tight, then air gets stuck in the home and gets more and more polluted, with very little introduction of fresh air from outside,” reads the website, “Modern homes and improved renovation practices have made homes more airtight, which is great for reducing energy bills, but not so great from improving air quality. When indoor air becomes trapped, it gets more and more contaminated every day.”

Step up your laundry game.

The more you stay inside, the more likely you will be to shed your hair and skin all over your home. This may sound odd, but it’s true. And when you shed those skin cells of yours, you invite dust mites to take residence in your domicile. Especially in your bedding, these dust mites like to eat skin cells and leave behind allergy-inducing waste. Therefore, it is best you launder your bedding more regularly than normal during the winter.

“Because more time is spent indoors during the winter, the concentration of dust mite food – shed human skin cells – increases, as do dust mite populations,” affirms AchooAllergy.com, “Dust mites are present wherever there is dust, including household surfaces, upholstered furniture, draperies, carpets, and especially bedding.”

Stay away from the spray.

To be specific, it’s wise to stop cleaning your home by spraying those VOC-heavy products all over the place. You know the ones we mean – air fresheners and disinfectants with strong scents. These products contain volatile organic compounds which are among the main contributors to unhealthy indoor air. To keep your home clean, smelling sweet and a healthy environment all at once, use natural cleansers instead.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d love to help you not worsen your indoor air quality when winter hits. 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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How To Handle A Post-Halloween Clean Up

The big day comes tomorrow! On behalf of the entire DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team, we’d like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Halloween! Here’s hoping you also experience a Halloween that leaves your place clean. Considering that the yearly occasion is one where pumpkins, candy, makeup and other mess-inducing materials are abound, you may not necessarily escape with the cleanest of homes once Halloween is done.

Let’s take a look at how to handle a post-Halloween clean up!

De-pumpkin your floors.

How much fun was it to carve those pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns with your kids? A staple of Halloween preparations, pumpkin carving can be fun…but messy. Once all of the pumpkin innards have been cleaned up, be sure to check that no stains have been left behind. If so, you may need to break out some dishwashing soap.

“To remove pumpkin stains on fabric and carpets, start by scraping off the excess pumpkin,” advises Maid Brigade, “Add 1 tablespoon dish liquid to 2 cups cold water.  Dip sponge into solution and blot stain until liquid is absorbed.  Once the stain is dry, rinse with cold water.”

Attack the wax.

What goes in jack-o-lanterns? Why, candles, of course! What drips off lit candles? Wax…naturally! Is wax hard to clean? You bet it is! According to Maid Brigade, to attack wax drips on your fabrics, your freezer will come in handy.

“Scrape off excess wax.  For fabrics, place in freezer until wax hardens,” their website instructs, “Scrape off the rest.  For removing candle wax on carpets, scrape off excess wax first.  Next, cover carpet stained area with a clean white cloth.  Use the tip of a warm iron and press into the cloth until the wax is transferred from the carpet to the cloth.”

Get out the leaf blower.

Here’s hoping that you do not have to endure any childish vandalism at the hands of exuberant trick or treaters. For homeowners, an unfortunate Halloween tradition is the toilet papering of trees in front of their houses. If this happens to you, fear not, a leaf blower will help to clean up the mess.

“When it gets wet, toilet paper falls apart and can be difficult to remove, so you may be left with some strips still hanging around,” informs Kathleen Corlett on BobVila.com, “Go out around noon, after the dew has evaporated—sooner if rain is in the forecast—and use a leaf blower to remove the tissue. Bag up the paper and add it to your trash.”

Start the un-egging early.

Another hope-it-doesn’t-happen-to-you ramification of Halloween night is having your house egged. While, like the toilet papering scenario, this isn’t likely to happen to you, should any troublemakers egg your home, it’s vital to get to the mess early so as to not have the eggs stain your home’s exterior.

“Smashed eggs are no good for your exterior, as the yokes can stain and shell shards could scratch the exterior paint,” notes Corlett, “Hose down the wall just below where the eggs hit and then again gently above the mess, so it slides down the siding easily. Scrub any leftovers with a brush dipped in a mixture of warm water and dish soap.”

Here’s hoping you enjoy a clean Halloween! For any questions about how to treat yourself to 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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3 Reminders Of How To Treat Your Home To Better Indoor Air Quality

In just over a week, Halloween will be here! On behalf of the entire DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team, we’d like to wish you all a very happy Halloween! Chances are this forthcoming evening of October 31st will be one when you open your doors to many scarily-dressed kids in order to offer them their annual collection of candies. We can’t help but think about how much good that additional fresh air will do for your home.

Then again, we’re always thinking about how to improve indoor air quality. And since we’re on the topic of trick or treating, we figured we’d offer up some ideas about how you can offer yourself some treats of a different nature.

Here are three reminders of how to treat your home to better indoor air quality:

1. Keep an eye on your home’s humidity levels.

Not only are the little ones going to be donning spooky attire in a little over a week’s time, they’ll also be pretty bundled up. It’s clearly cooler these days than it was in the summer. Having already experienced a snowfall, the Calgary area is one where trick or treaters definitely need to keep warm. We imagine that the need to be warm and cozy is the same when you’re in your home. However, when you turn up the heat, you run the risk of making it too humid. And humidity breeds mould-inducing moisture

“Mould and mites absolutely love a bit of moisture in the home,” Collin Creek Home Air Care warns, “They thrive in it. To prevent them from blooming and lowering your air quality, keep a healthy humidity level within the household to improve your air quality. A dehumidifier can reduce the moisture indoors. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to clean the ducts or use an exhaust fan, too.”

2. Avoid sweet smelling chemical-based cleansers.

Halloween is certainly the time of year when sweets are plentiful. However, not all sweet smells come in treat form. Those disinfectants, deodorizers, wipes and other cleansers you find in the stores aren’t good for your respiratory system. All of the synthetic scents are indicators that volatile organic compounds are present. Switch them out for natural cleansers to better the air you breathe in your home.

“You may associate that lemony or piney scent with a clean kitchen or clean clothes,” writes Jeanie Lerche Davis on WebMD.com, “But synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. You won’t find their names on the product labels. Conventional laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and air fresheners in solid, spray, and oil form may all emit such gasses.”

3. Enforce a strict no smoking rule in your home.

You know what’s scarier than any Halloween costume you could imagine? The diseases caused by cigarette smoke – they’re all deadly! As Collin Creek Home Air Care correctly confirms, smoking is often considered the single largest culprit in low air quality within the home.

“Second-hand cigarette smoke clouds the air, causing illness and lowering the quality of life indoors,” notes their website, “Cigarette smoke has a bad habit of getting into the ducts where it festers and coats everything, causing worsening pollutants and mould.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we would be happy to treat your home to a professional inspection of its air. 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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Attacking Those Areas Of The Home We Always Forget To Clean

In last week’s blog, we tackled the topic of tackling those oft-neglected areas of the home during your fall cleaning routine. Those areas were your pantry, your upholstery and your windows. But, to be perfectly honest, we think we were only scratching the surface. In this week’s blog, we’d like to expand on this topic by highlighting a few other areas of the home we always forget to clean.

Under the bed.

If on the hit game show, “Family Feud”, host Steve Harvey asked “Where do children love to hide during a game of hide-and-seek?”, we’d bet that “under the bed” would be the number one answer. However, if “under the bed” was provided as an answer by host Alex Trebek on the equally popular game show, “Jeopardy!”, we believe the correct question offered by a contestant would be “What is ‘a place in the home we always forget to clean’?”

“Mostly, we clean the areas that are visible,” admits Jamie on Homelization.com, “What we forget is that ‘out of sight, out of mind’ doesn’t apply to dust. The buildup of dust under the bed can cause respiratory problems and also promote multiplication of dust mites…Knowing that it is worth cleaning under your bed frequently so as not to develop respiratory allergies when asleep. Besides, knowing you are sleeping above a clean surface will give you peace of mind.”

Skirting boards.

You know those boards that line the bottoms of your walls? How often do you clean them? We’re willing to bet that “almost never” is probably what you’re thinking. You’d be surprised how much dirt can come off of those boards with one swipe of a disinfectant wipe. Going forward, don’t neglect them during your regular cleaning routines.

“Next time you do your dusting, get down low,” instructs Stephanie C on ExpertHomeTips.com, “Skirting boards are basically shelves for the dust you clean off higher surfaces PLUS the dust they accumulate alone. Be sure to flick over them with a feather duster or quickly polish over them on a regular basis before hoovering, and you won’t have to worry about doing a time-consuming, deep-clean on all fours.”

Door handles.

How ironic is this? We touch door handles all over our homes every single day. As a result, you could make the argument that these frequently-used knobs require constant cleaning. However – if we’re being honest – we generally neglect our door handles. It’s wise to disinfect them regularly because, as we’ve always been told since we were kids, your hands are full of germs!

“Among the most touched areas in your home are the entrance and exit door handles,” explains Jamie, “While you may take care of the cleanliness of your hands, you cannot take care of everyone else’s hands. You need to disinfect your door handles now and then to prevent spreading germs from one person to another.”

Naturally, keeping a clean home is good for its air. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to do our part in offering your home the chance to provide you with the purest air possible. To receive 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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Tackling Those Oft-Neglected Areas During Your Fall Cleaning

While we were growing up, many of us were often told to not forget to clean behind our ears while we bathed. Why? Because those ear backs of ours are often neglected. We wash our faces and shampoo our hair and just assume that that area of the body will be cleaned. The backs of our ears, however, do require some appropriate scrubbing to maximize their cleanliness.

Many parts of our homes can be considered the proverbial backs of our ears. They are often neglected during our cleaning routines because…well, we just don’t assume they need to be cleaned. With the fall season now in full swing, we thought it best to remind you about some of those areas of the home you may be forgetting about while participating in your fall cleaning routines.

Deep clean your pantry.

How often have you opened the drawers in your kitchen only to notice a collection of crumbs accumulating in the corners? How do they get in there? Well with all of the food being prepared in the kitchen, it only makes sense for some of it to escape and find new homes. The thing is we often forget about those drawers and the cupboards where much of the food is kept. Take the time to empty out each drawer and clear each shelf to give your kitchen a proper cleaning.

“Our pantries tend to accumulate a lot of stuff that often goes unused,” notes Justine Harrington of Compact Appliance, “Start by simply removing all the items from your pantry. Next, wipe down your shelves, taking care to get rid of any crumbs or dust that may be hiding in the back. Inspect each item, and if it’s gone unused for months or is long past expired, it’s time to get rid of it!”

Vacuum your upholstery.

What is your vacuum used for? If you said “to clean the floors”, you’re likely in the majority. What we sometimes forget is that the vacuum can be used to clear the walls of cobwebs, the corners of our walls of dirt and our furniture of crumbs. MarthaStewart.com recommends that you vacuum your upholstery weekly.

“Removing dust from furniture will keep it looking its best,” says the site, “Use an upholstery attachment. Protect delicate upholstery by vacuuming through a screen to prevent the fabric from being sucked into the nozzle.”

Wash your windows.

Is that hazy, misty substance on the inside or the outside of your window? It’s time to stop guessing and give your windows a good wipe down. Because we don’t generally touch our windows, other than their edges which are used to open and close them, we assume that they are generally clean. Not necessarily. Between the dust in your home and the condensation that is bound to appear during cold days, your windows accumulate matter that requires attention.

“Have you neglected your windows all summer?” asks Harrington, “That’s what we thought! Take a few minutes to clean your windows, before the wintry weather comes. First, if your windows are pretty dirty, start by dusting or vacuuming up any debris. Next, round up glass cleaner or a simple squirt of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle filled with water, then wipe down your glass panes with a microfiber cloth or cloud.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to offer you and your family the gift of clean air inside your home this fall. 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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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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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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3 Best Practices For Keeping Your Home Clean All Autumn Long

Over the past couple of weeks, our blog has been doling out summer-based cleaning ideas. Admittedly, our last two blogs were partly posted in an attempt to continue to celebrate the summer and elongate it in our own unique way. Alas, we have absolutely no control over time and here we are, in the last week of August. Sadly, summer is about to end. Next week, school will open and summer vacation will officially be over.

We suppose that today is as good a day as any to offer up some suggestions for keeping your home clean all autumn long. After all, the fall is almost here!

Here are three best practices:

1. Clean those oft-forgotten areas of the home.

How often do you move your furniture away from the wall so that you can vacuum behind it? Our desks, beds, night tables and chests of drawers are often kept in place all year round. What that means is you have dust collecting in abundance. Do yourself a favour and start cleaning the areas of your home that rarely see a vacuum, broom or mop. On QuickAndDirtyTips.com, Bruce and Jeanne Lubin remind us that chandeliers are rarely ever cleaned.

They offer a very unique cleaning strategy. “First, make sure the light switch is off,” they instruct, “Next, lay a blanket or upside-down umbrella underneath the chandelier to catch any drips or falling pieces. Now mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1½ cups water in a jar. The crystals clean themselves—all you have to do is bring the jar up to each one and dip it in, then let it air-dry.”

2. Start a winter wipe down.

Yes, we know that autumn hasn’t even begun yet. But your fall cleaning routine needs to incorporate methods of ensuring that the forthcoming winter is one when your home offers you the purest air to breathe. Doing that requires what HouseBeautiful.com calls a “winter wipe down”.

“To prevent winter bugs being passed via germ-ridden hands, ensure that all surfaces are properly cleaned with an anti-bacterial cleaning fluid…going further than focusing on kitchen and bathroom surfaces,” recommends the site, “For example, if a door is being regularly used it’s likely to pick up all sorts of germs that can easily pass through body contact. This is especially important if children are around.”

3. Throw orange peels in the fireplace.

We know this may sound like a weird suggestion. Firstly, we admit that it is less of a cleaning technique and more of a way to maintain high indoor air quality during the colder months of the year. In the past, we have championed the cause of ignoring your fireplace because burning firewood emits several toxic compounds into the air. As the Lubins reveal, orange peels are much healthier alternatives to firewood.

“The best thing to use as kindling in your fireplace isn’t newspaper (or printed out emails from your ex),” they write, “It’s orange peels! Orange (and lemon) peels smell delicious when they burn, and they contain oils that not only make them burn longer, but help ignite the wood around them. Finally, they produce less creosote than paper, which will help keep your chimney clean.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to offer you and your family the gift of clean air inside your home this fall. 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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