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What are dirty carpets doing to your health?

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What are dirty carpets doing to your health?

getting sick from dirty carpet

You vacuum your carpet, spray it with disinfectant every now again and even have your own carpet shampooer; your carpet must be clean, right?
 
Think again.
 
Carpets are made up of millions of fibers which are great at hiding dirt, bacteria, and other nasties. Regular cleaning of your carpets is sadly not enough to rid your carpet of these toxins. This, in turn, can do damage to your health. Did you know that your carpet is 4000 times germ-ier than your toilet seat… Yup, 4000 times! It’s time we take a closer look into what dirty carpets are doing to your health.

Weaken Immune System

Our immune system is constantly fighting off toxins to keep us in good health. Whether we are at home, work or out and about we are constantly coming into contact with various different surfaces and germs, causing our immune system to be in overdrive. More often than not, we do not see what our immune system is fighting off so it can be difficult to know how to help.
 
Living in an unclean environment can be bad for our health for two reasons: 1. It will introduce us to harmful bacteria and other toxins that can make us sick and 2. An unclean house can lead to an ‘unclean mind’, when our stress levels are raised it can also lead to a weakened immune system.
 
Carpets can be a breeding ground for mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are made up of different types of mould. As we all know, exposure to mould is not good for one’s health and all mould should be dealt with quickly and effectively. Many asthma and allergy sufferers will have their symptoms worsen when exposed to mould.
 
Babies have developing immunes systems and are frequently in contact with floors, which puts them at a greater risk of getting sick from your carpet. If you have a home with toddlers and small children, frequent vacuuming and professional cleaning are important for keeping your kids healthy.

Pestsdust mites in carpet fibers

Pest like dust mites and fleas love to live in dirty carpets. Every day we shed over a million dead skin cells which are spread across our home and all the places we visit that day. Not only are our carpets full of dead skin cells, but they are also full of food crumbs, bacteria and fungi which makes an ideal breeding ground for dust mites. Dust mites do more than just eat your dead skin cells, they can cause itchy/red skin, sneezing, coughing, itchy throat and irritated eyes. If you have asthma these symptoms could be exacerbated.
 
If your pet has had fleas, having carpet in your home can make it even harder for you to rid your pet of fleas as their eggs can remain in the carpet and once hatched jump back onto your pets. This can cause a big problem for your pet as fleas can be very hard to get rid of once they have laid eggs in bedding and carpets.

respiratory issues due to dirty carpetRespiratory Problems

As mentioned previously carpets are a breeding ground for both moulds and dust mites. Both can cause flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems. Mould when inhaled can lead to short- and long-term health problems, especially in the lungs. Dust mites can cause eye and nasal irritation as even in death their carcasses are laying around causing problems for your health.
 
Dirty carpets can also trigger asthma attacks, as many sufferers are sensitive to airborne toxins. Mould, pet hair, pollen, dust etc… can stay within your carpet’s fibres for days or weeks when not cleaned correctly. Once walked on they can lift from the carpet and become airborne which will, in turn, can cause asthma attacks and even irritation to non-asthma sufferers.
Allergy sufferers pay the price for dirty carpets inside their home and work but so can other so-called ‘healthy’ people. Up to 2,000 dust mites can live in one ounce of carpet dust, they are mostly invisible to the naked eye so you will not be able to tell if they are hiding in your carpet or on your mattress. Not only can these factors damage a healthy adults health but young children who spend most of their time playing on the ground are at a big risk of developing respiratory issues or allergies due to constant exposure to mould, other toxins and pests.
 
Cheap carpet cleaning products, vacuums and shampooers may not be enough to deal with a pest or mould infestation. Professional carpet cleaners have powerful tools to kill and remove hidden pests and extract any moulds that might be growing deep in your carpets. The experts at Jim’s Carpet Cleaning recommended you get your carpets professionally cleaned every 6 months or whenever you notice you might have a flea or dust mite infestation to keep you and your carpets healthy.

SUSTAINABLE HOUSE CLEANING

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SUSTAINABLE HOUSE CLEANING

Unfortunately, house cleaning is a task that we will continue to do for the rest of our lives. We are all guilty of stocking up on the cheapest products or buying bulk when our favourite one is on sale. However, just because these products are good for our wallet doesn’t mean they are good for our health or the environment.

Unbeknown to most of us, these cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can trigger or cause allergies and also leave us with long term health problems. So instead of reaching for you favourite store bought all purpose spray & antiseptic wipes, consider swapping to one or more of the below Eco & family friendly cleaning solutions.

Lemonlemons - eco friendly cleaner

Lemons will become your new best friend! Lemons are natures antiseptic and odour control. Due to their high acidic content, they can be used in all areas of your home. How you can incorporate lemons into your cleaning routine:

  • Dipping a half cut lemon in salt can give your copper/silver pots their shine back after a good scrub
  • Marinate lemon peel & white vinegar in a jar or bottle for a couple of days and enjoy a fresh smelling, powerful all purpose cleaner (remove the peel before use)
  • Use slices of lemon to disinfect surfaces such as your chopping boards

Baking soda- otherwise known as Bi Carb Soda

Due to the mildly alkaline nature of baking soda, you can use this product to remove baked on grime, food and rust. Due to baking soda’s absorbent nature using this method on greasy areas will be a walk in the park. Baking soda uses:

  • Stove, pot & baking trays: Combined with water or vinegar, create a small paste and scrub on affected areas.  If you are needed a more powerful solution leave the paste on the affected areas for a few hours and scrub off.
  • Oven cleaning: A great family friendly oven cleaning method is to create a thick paste of baking soda and water, apply it all over your oven (or just the affected areas) leave overnight before scraping off and wiping down – No more harmful chemical near your food!
  • Carpet  & Mattress Cleaning: To keep your carpets & mattresses smelling and looking fresh, sprinkle some baking soda and let it rest for 15 minutes or more before vacuuming. The baking soda absorbs odour quickly and effectively.

Vinegar

The one and only champion of Eco-friendly cleaning! Due to vinegar’s acidity is makes for a great cleaner, dissolving soap scum, streak free glass cleaning and much more.
Here are some of our top vinegar cleaning tips:

  • By combining equal parts vinegar and baking soda you can scrub away tough stains such as coffee and red wine from cups.
  • Run vinegar through your dishwasher and washing machine monthly to keep them clean.
  • Pour a cup of diluted white vinegar in the toilet bowl and leave overnight before scrubbing and watch it return to a pearly white state

Cloths

Another area of Eco-Cleaning revolves around what you use to wipe and wash surfaces with. Disinfectant wipes can be handy as they are both a cloth and spray in one. However, they overflow landfill (as they are single use) and have harmful chemicals in them. Options for biodegradable washcloths can be using old face towels, using biodegradable cloths from speciality online stores or for a cheaper option reuse your Chux (wash them in the washing machine after a few washes to clean them before reusing them).

Jim's all purpose cleanerStore bought products

Although mainstream supermarkets don’t have a wide or any Eco-Friendly cleaning product range doesn’t mean they don’t exist! You can purchase family and environmentally friendly products from independent supermarkets, health food stores and online. A quick “Eco-Friendly cleaning products” search will bring up 100s of products that you can get delivered to your door!
Jim’s Cleaning has developed a range of family and environmentally safe products that are used by our professional cleaners on a daily basis. These products are enzyme cleaners, meaning they won’t trigger allergies and won’t damage any surfaces while still providing an excellent clean.

Water blasting

WHAT AREAS ARE CLEANED DURING OUR WATER BLASTING CLEANING SERVICES?

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WHAT AREAS ARE CLEANED DURING OUR WATER BLASTING CLEANING SERVICES?

Jim's Pressure Cleaning

When cleaning a home, there are always some areas that are impossible to clean properly. No matter how hard you rub them or make use of chemicals and detergents, the dirt caked into them won’t come off. For such hard-to-clean areas, there is a special kind of service known as water blasting or high pressure cleaning service. It utilizes a highly pressurized blast of water to clean the surfaces. The following are some of the areas that are cleaned using water blasting cleaning services.

Pavements

The pavements of the houses are some of the most difficult areas to clean. They have dirt and gravel set deep into them which cannot be cleaned using conventional cleaning techniques. Water blasting cleaning services can help in cleaning pavements in a matter of minutes. When the pressurized water stream hits the dirt and gravel, it loosens them and makes it easier to get the area cleaned. Dirt, stains and moulds that can’t be removed conventionally can also be cleaned through water blasting cleaning.

Driveway

The driveway is another area which can only be cleaned thoroughly with water blasting cleaning services. Like the pavements, this area of the home also has a great amount of dirt and gravel, which is hard to remove. Since this is a high traffic area in the house and does not see much regular cleaning, it requires advanced cleaning techniques to rid it off the dirt it accumulates over time.

Concrete

Concrete is a building material that’s used in walls and paths in the home. Because of its porous nature, it can hold dirt and grime which can’t be removed easily. Water blasting cleaning can help in prying out the dirt. In addition to this, if there are any oil stains present on the concrete that you aren’t able to remove, then water blasting cleaning is the solution for you.

Dog hair in car

HOW TO GET PET HAIR OFF YOUR CAR SEATS

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HOW TO GET PET HAIR OFF YOUR CAR SEATS

It’s no secret dogs are everyone’s best friend. No matter what time of the day, your dog will be over the moon to see you and spend time with you. That’s why we love to spoil them with trips to the beach, park and even to lunch dates. These memories stay with us forever, however, so does the hair stuck in our carpet and car seats….

Removing pet hair from your car can be time consuming and painstaking. Often leaving us frustrated and giving up. Luckily the expert car detailers here at Jim’s Car Detailing have complied a list of their best, cost effective tips  on how to remove pet hair from your car.

The Pre Clean

vacuum for pet hair

This first step is to try and remove all loose hair possible from your carpets and upholstery using a vacuum. This step will save you lots of time down the track and really let you focus on the stubborn, embedded hair.

Tip: use a hand held vacuum that is easy to use inside your car. You can purchase pet hair specific vacuums that come with detachable heads making it easy to get in all those small spaces. If you don’t have a hand held vacuum you can use your regular vacuum.

Rubber Glove

We are going to keep this one simple. Use a rubber glove, yes like the ones you use to wash the dishes. Simply run the gloves over your upholstery and carpet and watch the friction between the glove and the fabric cause static energy and lift the hair!

Tip: If the dry glove is not enough, run them under a little bit of water and rub them over your car’s surfaces.

Velcrovelcro for taking pet hair off seats

This method is best for carpeted floors. Using either the coarse side of Velcro or some Velcro curlers (the perfect reason to pull them out from the back of the cupboard) and run them over your carpet.

Tip: Try this out in a small area first to make sure they wont pull at any of the fabric.

Pumice Stone

This is another trick that works wonders on the carpet flooring of your car. A pumice stone can be quite coarse so it is recommended that you try this in a small area or your car first to make sure it will not damage your interior.

What you’ll need:pumice stne helps pet hair become loose from car seatsfabric softener helps remove pet hair
  • Pumice stone
  • Spray bottle
  • Fabric softener
  • Cloth
  • Water
  • Small bucket

This method requires a few more steps than the last. The use of fabric softener is to break any static bond in the carpet to loosen the pet hair. Simply spray the fabric softener solution on a cloth and rub it over your carpets. You can also spray it onto the pumice stone itself. Once applied, rub the stone in one direction (back and forth may embed the hair even further) and rinse in a bucket of water to remove the hair attached.

Tip: fabric softener solution of 7-parts water to 1-part liquid fabric softener is a great way to help release pet hair & freshen up your upholstery.

Rubber Brush

rubber brush on car seatsSimilar to the pumice stone, a  rubber brush is great for picking up those stubborn embedded hairs. We again ask you to try the brush out on a small area first to ensure it will not pull at your carpet.

This step can be used after you have tried one of the other methods to ensure there are no hairs left behind. Alternatively, you can use this as your only step.

How to prevent dog hair

Now for the most important step: Prevention!

We know it is impossible to never get pet hair in your car ever again but it is possible to limit it and here’s how:

Tip 1: Brush your dog at least once a week. This will limit the amount of shedding left in your car and around your house. If you want to be super cautious, brush your dog prior to each car trip.

Our recommended Deshedding brushes are the FURminator. You can buy these at pet stores or on eBay (for half the price):

Tip 2: Invest in a pet seat cover. These act as a protective layer over your back seats. Due to the waterproof material, these seat covers can be shaken off after use reducing the chance of hair re-entering your car.