The Nose Knows

Is your nose runny or itching? The cause could be tree pollens or allergies. Help your nose out with UV air purification. Most trees create the bulk of their pollen in June, though some start as early as January. The release of pollen each spring and summer have high consequences for our nasal passages

The trees that have the brightest colored flowers aren’t the ones that cause the greatest problem. In fact, it is the plain Jane trees that cause the majority of allergies. Here are a few of the most allergenic trees: cedar, hickory, elm, oak, ash and pecan. All states have tree pollens – the difference is the time of year. Of the thousands of tree types, fewer than 100 have been shown to create allergy pollens. The ones that seem to be the worst are the willow, cottonwood, maple, ash, box elder, palm and poplars.

To combat these pollens, our bodies create histamines, which is a natural chemical reaction producing inflammation, mucus and many other symptoms. Research has shown that UV light with a hepa filter works the best at removing unwanted pollens and allergens from the air, making your life much more comfortable. UV Air purification will be your number-one line of help when pollen comes into the home. Pollen can come into any home on pets, clothing and through open window. If you suffer from allergies, it will also help if you limit your time outside from 5 in the morning to 10 am. This is when pollen is at its highest.

Here are some things that you can do to limit the impact of pollens and other allergens on your life. The best option is to install a UV Air purification system, turn your air system to circulate, and change your air filters regularly. It also helps to keep your floors and carpets cleaned daily, keep windows and doors closed, dust weekly, bath your pets weekly and shower when you come in from the outdoors.

You spend 80% of your time in your home. An ulreaviolet germicidal air purifier will help to control odors, dust, pollen, bacteria, mold and animal dander. Continued air circulation eliminates these airborne allergies. The end result of is that your home can and will become a wonderful refuge from tree pollens and any other allergens. If you would like more information on allergies go to

How to Clean Your Carpets

Do you have a carpet installed in your home? Are you enjoying its warmth and comfort? What about its cleaning? What do you do to clean them?

People usually spend too much time on buying a carpet for their home. They have to select color, style, designs, quality and material and buy the one according to their choice and budget. But unfortunately after having it installed they don’t pay much importance to its cleaning. They use simple cleaning methods and use techniques of floor cleaning. However cleaning a carpet is a totally different from cleaning floors and carpet cleaning is a separate department. Proper cleaning is very much essential to avoid germs and allergies.

Carpets do get dirty and they absorb more dirt and germs than uncovered floors and so they need more cleaning and washing. You can find a huge range of cleaning products that may be costly but they are extremely important.

Carpet cleaning involves removing dirt, germs, stains, and spots. This cleaning is important to keep them beautiful and also to let them live longer. A well maintained carpet can look attractive and can live for longer than one that is not cleaned properly.

You can either clean your carpet at home using cleaners and equipment or you can also hire carpet cleaners to get your carpets cleaned by paying them. Carpet cleaners are quite expensive and so people prefer cleaning their carpets at home. Steam cleaning and dry cleaning are both good for cleaning your carpets. Different manual and automatic techniques are used to make your carpet free of dirt, stains and grit and make it look as good and beautiful as new carpet.

Use the Right Floor Maintenance Equipment For the Job

One of the first add-on services most cleaning contractors want to add to their janitorial service is floor care – stripping and waxing, burnishing, and buffing. In order to perform these services, you must use the right equipment for the job.

The following is a list of the most commonly used equipment that cleaning contractors use in floor care. Equipment is either electric, battery-operated, or propane. Most cleaning contractors will use electric equipment in smaller cleaning accounts and office buildings. Propane equipment is most often used on large floor areas such as those in retail stores and grocery stores.

Slow Speed Buffer (also known as a side-by-side or swing machine). Slow speed machines are used for a variety of tasks including stripping floors, scrubbing floors, sanding wood floors, and carpet cleaning using cotton bonnets. They come in sizes ranging from 13″ (for use in tight areas) to 20″, and have a speed ranging from 175 rpm to 300 rpm. You can also add a solution tank to a slow speed machine. This allows chemical to be applied through the drive unit. Some machines come with rear wheels that flip up so it can stand directly on the brush or pad, and fold-down handles that make it easier to transport.

High Speed Buffer/Burnisher. High speed machines are used for spray buffing, dry buffing, and burnishing hard floors, and are usually 17 – 28″ in diameter. They have a speed ranging from 1000 rpm to 2700 rpm. These machines are used in floor care programs designed to keep that glossy look that makes floors look so great. High speeds have rear wheels that are fixed and remain in contact with the floor at all times, unlike the slow speed buffer.

Pad and Brushes: Pads are the most popular choice when using your hard floor machine. Manufacturers use a color-coded system to help you identify the type of pad you need to use. Colors may vary by manufacturer, but the darker colors are more aggressive, with black being the most aggressive. The lighter colors are less aggressive, with white being the least aggressive.

Be sure to use the right pad for the job (Note – colors vary by manufacturer):

* White Pad: Light dry polishing or light spray buffing for high gloss.

* Aqua Pad: Ideal for high-frequency, high gloss burnishing programs on softer floor finishes.

* Ultra Champagne Pad: Designed for low to moderate burnishing programs on harder floor finishes.

* Natural Hair Pad: Natural hair and synthetic fiber pad works well on a wide variety of floor finishes and traffic conditions.

* Green Scrubbing: Ideal for heavy-duty scrubbing or light stripping

* Black Stripping: For heavy duty stripping.

Brushes are a great alternative to pads when choosing what to use for stripping, scrubbing, or polishing. They are more expensive initially, but will out-last pads 10 to 1.

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