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Removing Dust From Your Home’s Often-Neglected Spots

Dusting can be found topping many of our lists of chores. But how many of us are expert dusters? Here’s one way to find out: if you’re using a feather duster, you’re doing it wrong. Those flimsy tools only spread the dust around. In order to adequately remove dust from the various surfaces in your home, opt for a microfiber duster or a damp soft cloth.

What’s the big deal with dust anyway?

As reported by Hallie Levine on MarthaStewart.com, dust is made up of more than just lint, pollen, skin cells and animal dander. A study conducted by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., she reveals, found that dust also contains 45 potentially toxic chemicals. They include TDCIPP (a flame retardant found in some furniture), the phthalate DEHP (in certain plastics, vinyl floors, and electronics), and phenols (used in some cleaning products).

Let it be known that a very important step in the world of adequate dust removal is not neglecting the spots of your home we often do not see.

Behind your appliances.

Every time you sprinkle salt, pepper or other seasonings on the food you’re cooking, there’s bound to be some sprinkles finding their way behind the stove. Anytime you’ve eaten something that creates crumbs – toast, cookies and crackers, for example – many of those crumbs are likely to hide behind your toaster, blender or microwave. To dust properly, move your appliances out of place and sweep up the areas that you wouldn’t otherwise see.

“Over time, crumbs, grease, and other debris accumulate behind your stove and refrigerator, providing a food source for insects and other pests,” writes Lauren Smith McDonough on GoodHousekeeping.com, “If possible, move the appliance out from the wall and unplug. Use a long-handled, slightly damp sponge mop…to lift dust from the back of the appliance, then wipe floor and walls with hot soapy water.”

The top side of your ceiling fan.

Your ceiling fan can be a live-saver on particularly warm days, can’t it? However, when it’s not in use, it can become home to accumulating dust particles. These particles will be shot across your living areas once you turn the fan back on again. Be sure to wipe the upper side of the ceiling fan to minimize the spreading of dust in your home.

McDonough offers up a particularly effective way to keep dust off your ceiling fan: “Place newspaper or a drop cloth under the ceiling fan. Turn off the power source, then get on a step stool. Use damp paper towels to wipe greasy dust from the casing and a soft-bristle brush dampened with a mild cleanser…to loosen the dust on the blades, then rinse with a damp paper towel.”

In your vents.

Have you been paying attention to the vent in your bathroom ceiling? While the exhaust fan is generally used for reducing moisture and minimizing odours, it also sucks in its fair share of dust. Give it a look. Don’t be surprised to see quite the accumulation of dust particles. Be sure to vacuum your vents regularly to avoid having dust re-circulate throughout your home.

Proper dust removal is an integral part of purifying the air in your home. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer Air Quality Services that can be used to improve your indoor air quality. To learn more, call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email us at info@dftechnical.ca.

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How To Improve Indoor Air Quality At Work

Happy new year everyone! Even though a week of 2020 is already behind us, the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team wanted to pass along our best wishes in our first blog of the new year. As you know, 2020 isn’t just a new year, but it’s the start of a new decade! So, we thought a good way to start it was to take a bit of a different angle with our first blog and focus on how to improve indoor air quality at work as opposed to your home.

Are you a business owner? If so, you have the huge task of ensuring the safety of your employees on a daily basis. Surely, keeping things clean and tidy at work requires a lot more effort than keeping things clean and tidy at home. Naturally, there are more people in your workplace than there are at your house. And where there are people, there is pollution. So what can you do to improve indoor air quality at work?

Locate all sources of air pollution.

Not an easy task, we know. But, in order to ensure the air you breathe at work is as pure as possible, it’s vital that you pinpoint any and all sources of air contamination. As Swiss-based air quality technology company, IQAir advises, you should make notes of any damages or leaks and check for possible air contaminants while walking around the building.

“Also, vacuum carpet frequently and wash hard floors,” their site instructs, “Store cleaning supplies in well-ventilated areas away from employees and schedule housekeeping-type activities after hours. Ban indoor smoking and provide a well-ventilated outdoor area for smokers. After making improvements and corrections, consult with building occupants to see if poor air quality complaints persist or if they’ve improved.”

Properly ventilate the office.

In many of our blogs from the last decade, we championed the act of cracking the windows at home. The importance of ventilation cannot be underestimated. That goes double for the workplace. With so many bodies inhabiting the space, it’s especially important to have the stale air in the office circulate with the fresher air from outside. According to Megan Jones of Corporate Wellness Magazine, you should open the windows to allow outdoor air to enter the building.

“Be sure to keep air vents unblocked,” she continues, “Placing furniture, storage boxes, chairs, or cabinets in front air vents will disrupt air circulation, causing your workplace to feel stuffy. Indoor plants are also a great addition to your office. They are not only refreshing to the eyes but can also help promote your indoor air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the air.”

Conduct regular air tests.

“Performing an indoor air testing will provide you with the right information and insights to make your IAQ improvement plan more directed and efficient,” affirms Jones, “Air quality tests include checking humidity levels, airflow, ventilation, mould growth, odours, and water damage.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we would love to work with you on improving the indoor air quality at your place of business. Please don’t hesitate to contact us in order to learn more about such services as our Air Quality Services and Mould Assessment Services. Call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca today!

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Making New Year’s Resolutions Your Lungs Will Thank You For

Two weeks from today, we will be living in an entirely new decade! 2020, of course, marks the beginning of the 20s. How weird is that to say? There are certain individuals who were born in the 1920s who will soon be getting their second go-arounds with such a decade. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

With all that said, it’s clearly the time of year when people make their New Year’s resolutions. Have you written out your list yet? Whether you have or you haven’t, the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team suggests you add some resolutions to the list that your lungs will thank you for.

Quit smoking.

Right next to “lose weight”, this is arguably the most popular New Year’s resolution of all time. Unfortunately, for many, it’s one that can’t be stuck to. By now, it’s unnecessary to inundate you with the long list of health hazards caused by cigarette smoking. If you’re unaware that it’s a direct cause of lung cancer, you’ve been living under quite a huge rock. But did you know that when you eliminate cigarettes from your life, you not only breathe better, but you sleep better as well?

According to Health.com, “smokers are four times as likely to report feeling unrested after a night’s sleep, a Johns Hopkins study found; it seems going through nicotine withdrawal each night can contribute to sleep disturbances.”

Go outside more often.

The majority of us spend the majority of our days inside. You may think otherwise considering how busy you are and how often you leave the house. But your living space is where you spend most of your time – especially at night. With that said, injecting more fresh air into your daily living should be atop your New Year’s resolution list. As Frances Bridges of Forbes.com tells us, getting fresh air is one of the easiest and healthiest habits to incorporate into your routine.

This is true “whether you spend a day off outdoors or take a walk for 20 minutes when you have a break at work,” she writes, “Being outdoors gives you more healthy energy, reduces stress and depression, improves sleep and your overall health. Carve out time to be outside, to clear your mind and improve your mental and physical health.”

Use natural cleaning products.

Keeping a cleaner home is a great New Year’s resolution. But don’t be fooled by sweet-smelling products that only serve to worsen your home’s indoor air quality. They contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and the worsening of asthma symptoms. Going with cleaning products that have natural ingredients should become a part of your regular routine in 2020.

“With all-natural cleaners, you won’t have to worry about exposure to toxins,” reports Sweet Home Cleaning Service, “That means you, your family and your pets will no longer have to breathe in harsh chemicals lingering in the air or potentially come into contact with toxins that may remain on surfaces throughout your home.”

Get an inspection of your home’s indoor air quality.

Allow the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. team to help you with your New Year’s resolutions! For information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email us at info@dftechnical.ca.

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Better Your Breathing With Air Purifying Holiday Gifts

With only two weeks left to go until Christmas, it’s likely you’ll be embarking on some last minute holiday shopping excursions in the days to come. Perhaps you need some help coming up with great holiday gift ideas.

Well, let’s see…how much do you love the people on your list? The way we see it, true love is declared by showing how much you care for a person’s health. Maybe today’s blog will provide you with the perfect ideas! At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to suggest some holiday gifts that work to purify the air.

Radon detector.

We’ve dedicated many a blog to radon and its dangers. This past July, our “What Is Radon And How Can It Impact Our Health?” blog made clear just how hazardous the colourless, odourless and tasteless gas can be. Emanating from the soil in the ground outside our homes, radon can seep into our homes through its cracks and collect in tight spaces. When concentrated, the gas can produce fatal consequences.

As a result, Steven John of BusinessInsider.com recommends getting a radon detector. “A good radon detector will give you both current and historical data on the gas levels found in your home,” he writes, “If it’s consistently high, consider hiring someone to help you seal off the bottom of your house and potentially install a ventilation system under your home too.”

Allergen remover.

Not all air purifiers are created equal. Some purport to eliminate pollutants from the air but only provide minimal benefits. Others provide none at all. It’s best to do your homework on the various air purifiers that are out there. But let us do some of the homework for you! On OneGreenPlanet.org, Kat Smith highly recommends the Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover.

“According to the product description, it captures up to 99.97 percent of the microscopic particles that pass through the filters as well as larger airborne particles such as dust, pollen, smoke from tobacco, cooking, and fireplaces, pet dander, and mould spores,” she explains, “It is installed with an activated carbon prefilter, which helps reduce unpleasant odours.”

Natural cleaning products.

Who doesn’t love a sweet smelling home? And who isn’t guilty of purchasing scent-laced cleaning products so that we can achieve those sweet smells after a good clean up? The problem with many cleaning products (especially the scented ones) is that they contain harmful volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs. For that reason, cleaning products made from natural ingredients make very health-conscious holiday gifts.

“When shopping for household products you use on a regular basis like dishwasher detergent or dish soap, consider a brand like Lemi Shine, which makes cleaning products with natural citrus extracts instead of potentially dangerous chemicals,” suggests John, “Or Aunt Fannie’s cleaners; its glass cleaner, floor wash, and multi-purpose cleaning solution are all vinegar based.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd, we may not sell the above mentioned products, but we are still committed to offering you and your family the gift of purified air inside your home this holiday season. For information about our Radon Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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3 Reasons To Add Houseplants To Your Holiday Wish List

In just three weeks, Christmas will be here! We imagine that, these days, you’re hard at work, trying to locate all the gifts that are on the wish lists of your loved ones. Holiday shopping certainly isn’t easy. Depending on how many people you’re buying gifts for, your trips to the mall can take hours at a time. Not to mention, you likely have to wait in a lot of long line ups – that is, if you can find what it is you’re looking for!

To help your friends and family members with their holiday shopping, we’d suggest you add a little something special to your own wish list. Ask for a spider plant, a dragon tree, a gerbera daisy, an English Ivy, a Boston Fern, a philodendron, a snake plant or a peace lily.

What do all of these houseplants have in common? They offer a wide variety of health benefits!

Here are three reasons to add houseplants to your holiday wish list:

1. They produce lung-satisfying oxygen.

The overall objective of getting a new houseplant, as you may have guessed, is to help you to breathe better. Naturally, we all need oxygen in our lungs. With a houseplant, you’ll have access to a lot more of it. Plants are our partners in breathing. We breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants do the opposite.

“Inhaling brings oxygen into the body, exhaling releases carbon dioxide,” affirms Melissa Breyer of Treehugger.com, “During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite, of sorts: They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making plants and people great partners when it comes to gasses. Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies appreciate that.”

2. They remove toxins from the air.

If you’re interested in improving your home’s indoor air quality – as we all should! – there are few things you can do better than adding some houseplants to your decor. Plants are known for their ability to remove toxins from the air. As BioAdvanced.com explains, NASA research has found that plants have the ability to eliminate up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours.

“VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibres, inks, solvents and paint),” details the website, “Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.”

3. They help to ward off illnesses.

We’re all aware of the benefits of fresh air. Going outside for a brisk walk is an activity taken on by many a Canadian each and every day. That is, of course, when it’s not the wintertime. Frigid temperatures tend to keep us locked up indoors. By bringing houseplants inside your home, you allow the outdoors to come inside, offering you the same benefits of fresh air.

“According to Bayer Advanced, studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs,” reports Breyer, “And other research reveals that higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd, we don’t sell houseplants, but we would still like to offer you and your family the gift of purified air inside your home this holiday season. 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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Why You Should Remove Lighting The Fireplace From Your Holiday Activities

With Christmas now less than a month away, there’s a particular song that automatically comes to mind: “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”. When thinking of holiday-based songs, you may also immediately recall “Winter Wonderland”, “Jingle Bells”, “Silent Night”, “Frosty The Snowman” and “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”. Who would ever have thought that the last one was actually a health hazard?

If you have a fireplace, you may already be making use of it. A popular holiday tradition, lighting up the fireplace keeps the home warm and conjures up memories of past holiday celebrations. However, your fireplace is a danger. There’s no simpler way to put it. You may want to remove the old pastime of lighting it up from your holiday activities.

Fireplaces can cause house fires.

This is an obvious point, isn’t it? There’s no more common cause of house fires than lighting the fire yourself. This isn’t to be facetious. It’s important to remember that there is always the potential for a spark to fly out of your fireplace and into your living room. It’s vitally important to keep any and all flammable materials as far away from the fireplace as possible. As well, it’s wise to keep children good distances from this danger.

It’s possible for the fireplace to spark, says StreetDirectory.com, “which can cause a fire in the home itself. Keeping the glass doors or screen in place over the fireplace will prevent such sparks from escaping, making it safer to burn in your home. Keep in mind that you should be careful when adding wood or stirring the fire, and that you should be prepared to extinguish any sparks that shoot from the fireplace. “

Fireplaces can trigger respiratory issues.

If you’re an individual who has breathing issues, the last thing you’ll want to do, this holiday season, is add smoke to the air you breathe in your home. The smoke emitted from fireplaces is known to trigger asthma and COPD symptoms. On TheHealthy.com, Lisa Milbrand explains that both conditions can be worsened by the toxic effects of lighting the fireplace.

“People with asthma always need to be on the lookout for surprising triggers for an asthma attack,” she writes. “The particulates in the air from burning wood could exacerbate breathing difficulties associated with asthma…People with chronic respiratory conditions like COPD—these are the COPD symptoms you should never ignore—could be putting themselves at risk by regularly using a fireplace.”

Fireplaces emit carbon monoxide.

“You may not realize it, but fireplaces can be a big source of carbon monoxide danger,” warns StreetDirectory.com, “It is best to talk to a fire professional to find out how to prevent carbon monoxide from building up in your home, but one good way is to ensure that the flue is open and the fireplace is venting normally. Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colorless gas that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which is deadly.”

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning is of major importance for all Canadians. Getting a CO detector should definitely be on your holiday wish list if you don’t have one already. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer Air Quality Services that detect indoor air quality problems including CO. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Passing Along Our Favourite Home-Cleaning Holiday Gifts From Amazon

There are just five weeks to go until Christmas Day gets here! If you’re like most Canadians, you’re either in full holiday shopping mode already, or you will be soon. Of course, you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to get into a holiday shopping mood. There are numerous gift-giving celebrations including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa taking place next month as well. The bottom line is that a shopping frenzy is taking place inside each mall throughout Canada, as we speak.

As you’re likely aware, online shopping is incredibly popular too. Amazon, for example, has become known as the go-to destination for most online holiday shoppers. We have to admit – we did a bit of Amazon browsing ourselves, this week, and just couldn’t help but want to share some of our favourite home-cleaning holiday gifts!

The wet boot tray.

In last week’s blog, we stressed the need to remove your shoes and/or boots before entering your home. Needless to say, failure to do so, this winter, will track dirt, slush and other filth from outside into your home. However, where do you put your wet boots when you take them off? If they’re placed on your floor, you’ll certainly be left with a mess to clean. Instead, utilize a wet boot tray.

“You can’t stop your shoes from getting wet and dirty in the winter but you can stop them from ruining your floors thanks to this convenient tray,” explains Amanda Tarlton in her USAToday.com article highlighting many of Amazon’s best home-cleaning gifts, “It has a near-perfect rating on Amazon because it’s well-made, easy to clean, and has a 1.2-inch raised edge so water won’t spill onto your floors.”

The Drillbrush.

This product just looks so cool! As its name implies, it’s a drill with a brush at the end of it. Unlike a standard brush, this item offers you some serious power behind those brush strokes. If you’re looking to remove mould, dirt and grime from your bathroom tiles, your kitchen appliances and just about anything else that needs a good scrubbing, the Drillbrush will certainly come in handy.

“‘I love spending hours scrubbing away winter dirt and grime,’ said no one ever,” writes Tarlton, “That’s why the Drillbrush is one of the cleaning products on Amazon with a cult following that’s actually worth buying. Reviewers love how easy it is to use (you simply hook it onto the end of a drill and let the drill’s power do the work) and that it can be used on anything from grout to kitchen appliances.”

The mop slippers.

These slippers look equal parts comfy and cute. Available in white and brown bear designs, these adorable slippers double as mops! That’s right – the bottoms of these slippers have thick and soft mop bristles making every step you take in them an act of cleaning your floors!

“Slippers are a winter essential, so why not pick a pair that cleans your house while you wear them?” encourages Tarlton, “They may seem and look silly but reviewers swear that they really do work. The microfiber chenille mop on the bottom picks up dirt and absorbs moisture as you walk and, when they get dirty, all you have to do is toss them in the washing machine before cleaning again.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’d like to offer you a home-cleaning holiday gift of our own. Contact us to learn all 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 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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