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Nov
04
2019

Household Chores To Take Care of Before Thanksgiving Day.

If you have ever hosted a Thanksgiving dinner at your house, you know how stressful it can be! Household Chores To Take Care of Before Thanksgiving Day. As if making sure everything is cooked to perfection isn't enough, you also have to make sure your home is clean and ready for multiple guests. If you tackle some chores a few days ahead of the big day, it puts less stress on your plate, which leave leaves more room for pie!

Here are a few household chores to remember before Thanksgiving Day:

  1. The first thing to do before you even start is to recruit a few people to help around the house. Even kids as young as two can pick up their toys, hold a dustpan, and help out with the dusting. Older kids and adults can help with vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning the bathrooms. It's fun to make it like a game or contest.
  2. Decluttering rooms that will be occupied the most is a great way to give the home a clean and fresh feel. Look around for things that may seem important to you, but don't look cute. For example, an old coffee can be filled with loose change is useful to you but not very pretty for your guest to look at. Use a laundry hamper to temporarily store away miscellaneous odds and ends that are usually out in the open. Tuck the hamper away in a closet or garage until after the event.
  3. Sweep, mop, and dust the floors, baseboards, corners, and small nooks and crannies. Don't forget to dust under furniture, bookshelves, and even fan blades.
  4. Schedule a professional floor cleaning for tile and carpet. Having your carpets freshly cleaned gets all the stains and odors out while giving your home a stunningly clean feel.
  5. Wash sheets, blankets, comforters, hand towels, and rugs a day or two before Thanksgiving. Throw in some fabric softener and use dryer sheets to get that fresh, clean linen smell.
  6. Clean out your refrigerator and pantry the day before your guest arrives. No one likes mystery food in a scary fridge!
  7. On the big day, make sure bathrooms are clean, beds are made, and re-check for clutter. Sweep the front porch and shake out the welcome mat. It's always a good idea to have extra garbage bags ready as well as to-go containers to send additional food home with your dinner guest.
  8. If you haven't already put out some Fall decorations to give your home a festive feel. Light some pumpkin and apple cinnamon candles to make your home smell irresistible.

Doing the chores a few days ahead of Thanksgiving helps make the day go a lot smoother, so you don't look like…well…a turkey.

Gator Clean can help with a lot of the big chores you don't want to bother with, such as floor cleaning, air vent cleaning, and allergen removal. We can even remove any bad odor from your home and give it a fresh, clean feel so you and your guest can take breath easier. Contact us today for a free quote.

Oct
07
2019

Freshen Up Your Home For Fall In Central Florida.

It may not seem like it yet, but Autumn is in full swing! How to freshen your home for Fall. Autumn in Florida. The evenings are starting to cool down a lot more as the Fall breeze gently rolls over the Sunshine State, getting everyone in the mood for some fall weather. Though it might be a little warmer here than other states, we're starting to experience the cool down as well. Since Fall has made its appearance, it might be time to freshen up your home before the leaves start to fall in Central Florida.

An excellent place to start is what everyone sees before they come inside; the front door! It's not quite time for Christmas wreaths, but some fall colored assortments could work very nicely adorning the main entrance to your home. The subtle decorating doesn't have to stop at the door; it should blend into the entryway and the living areas throughout the house. A perfect light touch is a cinnamon-scented hay broom above the doorway to give a rustic, autumn look as well as give a rich scent to anyone who enters inside. Head to a local farmers market and pick up a couple of small pumpkins, gourds, and squashes to decorate around the outside of the front door as well!

Moving past the front door and into the rest of the house, it's a good idea to keep up the same fall color pattern when it comes to decorating. Stick to warm, neutral shades like browns, reds, oranges, and golds. Gold is an important color to remember when freshening up the home for fall because it automatically adds more warmth and a little more class to any room. If you're more of a pattern person, plaid/flannel is always a perfect go-to for a fall fabric. Whether it's a runner on the dining room table or a blanket draped over the sofa, flannel is a perfect touch once summer is over.

Touching back on the cinnamon-scented broom to decorate with, making sure your home smells like fall can make a big difference as well. Fireplaces give off a pleasant autumn scent, but for those of us in Central Florida, a fireplace isn't something we all have in our homes. Thankfully countless candle makers can recreate those smokey, thick, sweet scents that are typically found in mountain home on a crisp autumn evening. If you're not a candle fan, you can make your fresh fall scents by creating your stovetop potpourri scents with various spices and fruits, mainly cinnamon and apple.

These are just a few ways to air summer out of your home and embrace what fall will bring for us soon enough in Central Florida. So open up all your windows, light your candles, and turn on the fake fireplace on TV and get ready to enjoy a fresh new fall!

If you really want your house to get a fresh new start, now is the perfect time to schedule a whole-house odor removal by Gator Clean. Contact our office today for a free quote. 

Sep
09
2019

How beneficial is it to take off your shoes before entering your home?

Americans remain divided on the subject of wearing shoes inside the house. Should you take shoes off before going inside? We've all seen this scenario on television: An actor enters the room, throws himself on the couch or bed, kicks up his feet…and he's still wearing his shoes. 

Make no mistake. Just like the rest of the world, many of us are thinking the same thing. Oh, gross!
For those who do see it that way, we're correct. Americans realize the dirty costs of tracking all kinds of disgusting stuff into their homes.

The main reason to take off your shoes? Poop.

Most cultures are fully aware that outdoor shoes are unclean, and in many countries, it's considered flat-out rude if you don't remove your footwear. Some hosts won't even allow outdoor footwear inside their homes at all. Except for Hawaii and Alaska, this is a world tradition; the United States has been slow to embrace.

96% of shoes contain fecal matter even if you don't step directly on it. Besides the fact that tracking poop into your home is revolting, it can be a severe health issue for anyone with a compromised immune system, children and the elderly. Shoes make microorganisms reasonably mobile, and you're tracking that all around the house, transfer of bacteria from your shoes to the floor is between 90 - 99%.

If poop isn't enough to get you to unlace your kicks, how about allergies? Footwear carries in a significant number of allergens like pollen, mold, and mildew spores. When allergists have consultations with patients, wearing shoes indoors is deemed a giant no-no.

Still not convinced? How about Ecoli? There are various strains of the bacteria E. coli, and not all will make you sick. But it's easily transferable from person to person, and some strains can make you pretty ill, causing stomach pains, explosive diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, and pneumonia, according to the CDC. Taking your shoes off at the door may be a big help. Consider the fact that a single cell of E. coli bacteria can multiply to over 2,000,000 cells of E. coli bacteria in just seven hours. The fewer infectious organisms you expose yourself or your family to, the healthier they will be.

Spit and mucus, allergens, toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fecal matter, dirt, mold, urine, and public restroom germs are just a smattering of what you're bringing into your home.

In America, the location has always played into the shoes-on-or-off lifestyle. For those in the northeast and mid-west, snow, ice, and mud make the no-shoes indoor policy a part of life. As such, homes are built with larger foyers or mudrooms to accommodate this culture. In sunny California, where weather is more stable, and real estate space costs a premium (lack of foyers), shoes worn indoors is much more common. If you want to implement what you've read, but going shoeless is not your thing, you always have the option of slippers or wearing indoor-only shoes.

Gator Clean can help your floors get off to a new fresh clean slate. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning. 

Aug
05
2019

Don't Overlook These 3 Things If You Have Allergies.

In some areas of the country, such as Florida, allergy season is ten months out of the year. Allergies and air duct cleaning. That's a long time to be in misery if you're a sufferer and all too often, being indoors is just as bad as being outside. However, there are ways to reduce or even eliminate indoor issues, and some are entirely overlooked.

Don't Wear Shoes Inside the House

If you're immune-compromised or have allergy issues, it's a good idea to take your shoes off at the door. Footwear picks up mold and pollen, and if you have any rugs or carpet, it can get very challenging to remove. In mass testing of shoes that are at least a month old or more, 93% were positive for fecal matter, e-coli, and more that you probably don't want inside your home.

Quality Filters

Regular air and furnace filters are designed to protect the equipment, not your breathing. Use a filter with a high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating. Having a HEPA air filter unit and a HEPA filter in your vacuum is also beneficial. Both are relatively inexpensive these days, as are the replacement filters, which need to be changed out regularly.

Clean Your Air Ducts!

This one is a biggie. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) forced air systems can be a collection site for contaminants that aggravate your allergies and asthma. Consider this: What happens when you blow the dust off an object? Often the airborne dust blows back at you. For those with allergies, what happens next is a sneezing fit. Dust mites, pollen, pet dander, smog, mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses and VOC's (harmful gases are given off by everyday household items) are what's being circulated and recirculated by your HVAC system.

This is an often-overlooked culprit of allergy and asthma attacks. "Routine cleaning of air ducts has always been a commonsense move," says Allergist Dr. Anthony Montanaro. "If you're sensitive to what's found in dust and dander, it's to your best advantage to minimize exposure to it." Montanaro, a professor of medicine and chief of the allergy and clinical immunology division at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, often talks with patients about their air and heating systems as he investigates the possible environmental triggers of their allergies.

"If they have forced air, that's part of the conversation," he says.

Additionally, when your HVAC blows air through ducts coated in dust, you end up with airborne dust in your home. It makes sense that cleaning dust, allergens, and other contaminants from ducts could vastly improve air quality and reduce allergy symptoms.

When you invest in HVAC maintenance, your equipment is cleaned and tuned up, which results in cleaner air, better performance, and more consistent comfort. Regular maintenance also helps lower your energy bills and prolong the life span of your equipment. Click here for a free quote to have your air ducts cleaned by Gator Clean.

Jul
08
2019

What are travertine floors and how do you care for them?

Travertine is a natural stone made of limestone that is formed at the mouth of hot springs or in limestone caves. What are travertine floors? How to care for travertine floors. The colors vary but are usually very light colors such as white, tan, cream-colored or rusty tones. It is porous and used in many different applications. Travertine was a choice of building materials for the Romans. Today it is sought out by both home and business owners for a unique and elegant look.

Travertine stone is a beautiful, popular stone choice for flooring, countertops, and showers. Not as dense as marble or granite, travertine can be stained and etched by liquids that are acidic, like juice or coffee and even cleaners not explicitly made for the material. While having your travertine floors sealed professionally helps to guard against most staining and etching, really knowing how to maintain and protect your travertine surfaces adequately will assure you that they remain in pristine condition.

Because they are more susceptible to damage, high traffic areas of your home with travertine floors, like entryways and hallways, need more protection in addition to sealing. You might consider protecting these areas from dirt that causes scratches, abrasions, and grime with color-coordinated doormats, area rugs, or runners.

When dry cleaning your travertine floors, use a soft broom, or handheld vacuum cleaner and dry mop to avoid dragging heavy cleaning equipment over the flooring to prevent scraping travertine's sensitive surface.

For regular washing of your travertine surfaces and floors, use only a product that is soap-less with a neutral PH 7 mild abrasive cleanser and water. Always precisely follow the instructions included with the product and only use broad, sweeping, overlapping motions to clean the travertine. Let dry and then polish using a clean, microfiber cloth.

To remove water stains, never use steel wool with a grade above #0000. For organic stains like juice, coffee, or pet urine, only use food grade peroxide. No peroxide with anything over 12% hydrogen mixture should be used. Instead of pouring the peroxide directly on the stain, apply the peroxide to a cloth, and lay the cloth over the stain.

For oil-based stains, again do not pour detergents or ammonia directly on the porous travertine surface, instead of using household detergents or ammonia, pour the product on a damp cloth and lay the cloth on the stain to draw it out.

For professional cleaning and sealing of your travertine floors and surfaces as well as routine maintenance and care, contact the experts at Gator Clean today.

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