Want to feel safer during a gathering? Read these 5 good practices and avoid COVID-19 while you spend time with your loved ones.
Summer is here, with all its beauty and issues. Many people are staying home due to the pandemic, and houses need to be prepared for the hot days. In this blog, you will find six common mistakes to avoid and keeping your home fresh and mold-free. We are not talking much about how to clean your house, but the last point is important to maintain it without bad odors. Keep reading and take notes!
What was the last time you change or clean your Air Conditioner filters? Experts recommend you do it every three months or if your system is running continuously, once a month. Not only will you have better quality air and reduce your allergies, but most likely you’re going to save from 5% to 15% of your AC bill. Summer is the right time to check this out, so don’t wait until it’s too hot.
Knowing how your AC and thermostat work might make the difference between a high electric bill and a well-cooled home. Use your automatic saving modes for the system to auto-regulate itself throughout the day. If you have the opportunity, reinstall your ventilation system, re-evaluate the position, and the rooms you’re cooling. Be smart and save energy.
Remember when your mom said that you have to close the door because the cool air was escaping? Well, it’s true. If your rooms have leaks, an open door or window, or another way out, your AC system will work more to compensate. Go the extra mile and check out the stripping and caulking around your doors to ensure no fissure exits.
Curtains are as crucial as closed doors. When your AC system is working, you better keep the sunlight out, especially in hot summer days when stepping outside means sweating in seconds. For people who don’t have AC, this works the same way, although opening windows sometimes might be essential to keep humidity out and fresh air circulating. But, when the sun hits directly, keep them closed.
Not every summer day is dry since sometimes humidity is in the environment and may enter your home. Besides, the sweat in our clothes and appliances like the fridge is an important source of moisture in our homes. So, why is moisture bad? Because of mold. Mold can be spotted in walls, appliances, and wardrobes, and besides being not aesthetically pleasing, it’s harmful to your health. Keep mold out by maintaining your home without extra humidity, especially those corners where mold creeps in.
Last but not least, a small but shameful summer mistake is the awful rotten-fruit smell of your trash bins. If you enter your kitchen and perceive this odor, this useful tip will help you. Mix water with white vinegar and spray some in your trash. When you take out the full bag, wash your bin with the same mix and perhaps also dish soap.
How to keep your home clean and fresh this summer? Stop committing these mistakes and also follow other useful tips in our previews blogs. Remember that we are offering disinfecting and cleaning home cleanings, so if you want extra help, contact us. Book your service on our website.
A clean and disinfected home has become a valuable thing during this pandemic. Is your dad spending his lockdown days in a messy and untidy home? Well, it’s time to break with the cliche of giving beers, grillers of shaving tools. Hire a maid service for Father’s Day and make your old-man feel safer and cleaner. But, as many have already thought, there’s a certain risk of letting an outside person enter your home. Because of that, we made the following blog, hoping it will be helpful before you book your service.
Letting outside people enter your home is a delicate problem. Inside four walls, you have more chances of getting the virus, we know. But this is easily avoided by being distanced from your home cleaners as long as they’re inside.
If you can, leave the house for the day or stay inside a room while the maid cleans. If any problem or question arises, keep in touch with her via cellphone. There’s no proof that the virus is transported long distances by air, but just for peace of mind, leave the cleaned room unoccupied for a couple of hours.
Everything your cleaner brings could be potentially contaminated, including cleaning supplies and tools like a vacuum cleaner. Many could think this is a little over the top, but if you would like to feel calmer, you should try it. Inform your maid about your supplies, so there are no unnecessary purchases. Afterward, keep them in the garage for at least two or three days to ensure there’s no virus on them.
When an outside cleaner is in your home, the first you have to do is stay away for them while they work. That was the topic of the first point. But, also you have to avoid cross-contamination, in other words, prevent that your maid doesn’t carry germs or viruses from one room to the other.
You can reduce the risk of cross-contamination by limiting the surfaces the cleaner is going to work on. For example, if you are pretty sure your living room isn’t contaminated, but the bathroom and your desk has many frequently touched surfaces, then instruct your cleaner to clean only those areas. Of course, it’s equally important that your cleaner uses different cloths, and tools in each area. Here at Love My Maids, we do that.
Scientists say that the coronavirus becomes inactive (in other words, dies) after 72 hours maximum above the majority of surfaces. If you’re afraid of contract the virus from any mistake or small sneeze your maid does, then your best shot is to leave the house for two or three days, and you will be sure there’s no risk.
Summarizing, your best way of action is to match your precautions with that of your maid’s, working as a team. Many cleaners use gloves and masks, but there’s more you can do. At Love My Maids, for example, we use a color-code cloth to ensure we never use the same one for other rooms of the house. Also, we stay in touch with our clients via devices, avoiding person-to-person contact. We check the health of our employees daily and have strict guidelines to clean every room.
Contact us on our website and ask us all the questions you have. We are committed to providing the safest cleaning service during this pandemic to ensure your health and peace of mind. Also, we offer gift certificates to give your dad a cleaning service for Father’s Day.
It has been over a month now, and probably you’re craving fresh air or other outside-home activities rather than going to the grocery store. So, we have good news for you: there are some great outdoor places open to the public now in May, the Texas Government even announced that some businesses would be re-open from May 1st (following strict health measures).
If you like the idea of going to a museum or wandering through a community garden, or you’re googling “safe walking trails near me,” then pick up your face covering, hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing in the following Arlington places.
Recover your physical condition hiking in one of the city’s best trails, which remain open, as mentioned in the Arlington Parks And Recreation website. However, parks, fields, and playgrounds are closed until further notice, so check before going to hike at River Legacy Park and Veterans Park. Also, if you want a mild walk instead, opt for the nearly 49 miles of paved multi-use trails we have in the County. These spots are open to the public but remeber to follow the preventive measures like keeping a good, six-feet distance from other people.
If running or walking isn’t your thing, but you crave some fresh air for a change, visit one of the County’s seven community gardens. Before going to the grocery store, relax your mind walking through one of these green areas, scattered in various points of the city like Ninth Street South, North Barton Street, and 1601 Key Blvd. (see the full list here). Community parks remain open but encourage all visitors to follow social distancing and other preventive measures.
Support your local businesses and visit once in a while, your favorite restaurant, which will be open for diners from May 1st. According to the official announcement of the Texas Government, places like restaurants and movie theaters will be re-opened but limited to a 25% capacity and following all the preventive measures. So now you know —stay safe, put your face covering on, and visit your nearest restaurant.
Museums and libraries will also re-open on May 1st, under the same 25% occupancy limitation. However, interactive areas remain closed, and some local public museums and libraries can take a little longer to open. Some of the best rating museums in Arlington are The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Famer, Arlington Museum of Art, River Legacy Living Science Center, and CR Smith Museum. Stay safe and follow preventive health measures.
Guess what? Some shopping malls also reopened May 1st. Perhaps this isn’t the safest or most essential of places to visit in Arlington, but if you use your face covering, and follow your preventive measures properly, you can lower the risk. But, according to the official announcement, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays remain closed.
We wish you a safe return to normality. Remember that these changes have to be slow and cautious to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 spreading. And if you wish to clean and disinfect your house to prevent infections, schedule our professional cleaning service online.