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Tuesday, June 15 2010

An Interesting Question:

Recently I was asked the question, "Do dust mites live in Sacramento"? The answer to that question is an emphatic YES! Dust Mites live just about every where that man lives. If that is the case should you be concerned about dust mites in your home? Again the answer is YES - especially if you are an allergy sufferer.

Dust mites are approximately 1/100th of an inch in size and live only for a few months. There primary function is to eat dead skin cells and reproduce. They will poop one hundred times their body weight before they die. If you have ever had a mattress for an extended long period of time you will notice that the mattress has gotten heavier. It is because of the dust mite poop that has accumulated in your mattress. In fact research shows us that 60% of all household dust mites and dust mite poop exist in your mattress. The remainder is the white looking dust accumulating on top of your tv, vcr, ceiling fan, etc.

According to the latest research scientists have discovered the even though you may not be allergic to dust mites they be causing some of your allergy problems. Scientists have discovered that dust mites and dust mite feces can be 'triggers' that set off the chain reaction of your allergy symptoms. Think of it this way - let's suppose that you have a gun with bullets. The bullets are what you are allergies, ie: pet dander, grass, etc. In order for the allergies to cause you harm (sneezy, itchy watery eyes, nasal drip, etc.) they first need to be set off. Like the trigger of a gun dust mite and dust feces are the trigger of a gun. The trigger sets off the chain reaction the same with dust mites and their feces.

To reduce the 'triggers' here are a few tips that may help:

1). Wash and dry your sheets in hot water weekly;

2). Put your pillow in the dryer and set on high for 30 minutes. This will kill the dust mites in your pillow;

3). Vacuum your mattress monthly using a HEPA filtration vacuum system. Only a HEPA system can trap dust mites and dust mite feces. Vacuum the carpeting in your bedroom (3) times per week using the same HEPA system;

4). Have your mattress cleaned by an expert once every six months. It should only be wet for an hour or less before it dries. Ask your cleaner if they have a low moisture tool.

As a fellow allergy sufferer I can tell you the above tips will help relieve your symptoms. If you have questions about this article you can reach me at paddle@frontiernet.net. Until next time

Michael Hull

Posted by: Michael Hull AT 03:31 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, June 07 2010

Grout Lines Turning Darker:

If you have tile and grout you may be noticing that your grout lines are turning darker. No matter if you have natural stone such as travertine, marble, limestone or maybe you have you have a man made tile such as ceramic or porcelain your grout lines will eventually turn darker. But why?

I have had numerous clients tell me that they have tried everything including buying expensive cleaners from Lowe's and Home Depot, using a Steam Shark, or using some type of acid, but the lines just keep getting darker. Here is what you need to know about grout. First it has nothing whatsoever to do with keeping the tiles in their place. Grout is more for looks than anything else. Under each tile is something called 'thin set' or the glue that is used to keep it anchored to the floor. Second grout is very porous and is made from colored concrete. These pores are of different shapes, sizes, and depth. Once a piece of dirt gets lodged into the pore it is extremely difficult to get out. Each time you mop you leave behind a small amount of residue on the floor that builds up over time. The darker the color the more dirt and more bacteria. Yes, I did say bacteria. According to the latest research their is more bacteria on one inch of grout than there is on one square inch of a toilet seat. Can you say YUCK!

Proper tile cleaning requires more than a good mop and strong chemicals. You will also need a grout brush, some good ol' fashioned elbow grease, and some very hot water. Next time apply your chemicals (no acid) with very hot water and let it stand on the floor for about (5) minutes. Scrub with your grout brush until you see the dirt break down. Rinse with a clean mop and clean hot water. If you have more than 100 square feet plan on spending several hours and using a lot of hot water. It is important that your mop and rinse water remain clean at all times. If this does not work then it is time to give me a call - you need professional tile cleaning. If you have questions about this article email me at paddle@frontiernet.net. Until next time.

Michael Hull

Posted by: Michael Hull AT 05:24 pm   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
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