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Cleaning your mattress: Is it really necessary?

Short answer, YES. And do you want to know why? That requires a long answer. And it is based on your sleeping activities.

Where do you sleep

Do you sleep in your bed? Of course you do. Do you know that while you sleep, you sweat? On the hot, humid summer nights, of course you do. That spicy meal at the local Indian restaurant is also likely to make you sweat. And, believe it or not, an average person’s sweat can add up to 500 millilitres a night. A half litre! And where does that sweat go? Into your sheets, pillows and mattress.

What else is going on?

Your skin. It sheds cells, about a gram each night. Also hair follicles. Even if you’re not going bald. But think about where all these skin cells and hair follicles are going to end up. Here’s another “believe it or not”. They end up in your mattress. And waiting there, knowing that a feast is coming, are microbugs that love to eat your shedded skin cells. Thankfully, just the dead cells, not the living cells.

Facts and figures

There are people who know these kinds of facts, and they say that there could be millions of dust mites living out their lives on your mattress. They eat, and they excrete. All in the same place. On your mattress. On your pillow. Whenever you move it stirs up dust particles, which consist mostly of dastardly dust mites and dust mite droppings. They float in the area, perhaps ending up settling on you, you face, your skin. You probably are breathing them in.  It doesn’t bear thinking about. But what if It makes you sick? It could, if you have asthma or allergies.

So what to do?

What should you do? Go out and buy another mattress? They are quite expensive, and you’d have to do it every year or so. The best option: professionally clean your mattress! There are people out there who do this, have done it for years, and know precisely what chemicals are needed to thoroughly clean the mattress, so that you can say goodbye to the dust mites and excrement.

Pressure Washing versus Soft Washing

The house is looking a bit messy. Look at the dirt on the walls, the roof, the deck, all the exterior surfaces. The rain tries its best, but it cannot clean the house, and at best it could leave dirty streaks. Get out the hose, attach the scrubbing brush someone gave you for a birthday present, and make a start. After some time, the wife comes to assess the situation, and is less than complimentary about the work you have done. The hose and brush routine does not always get the result you are looking for. What to do? Down to the local hire shop to find a pressure washer? Maybe your neighbour hired a pressure washer and attacked his brick house with strong jets of water. The result wasn’t too bad. The eaves required a different treatment, with a different tool. And he wasn’t keen on having to get on top of the roof.

OK, what to do with your house

Firstly, you must remember that high pressure water jets have the potential to cause damage to whatever they touch, whether it be concrete, bricks, timber walls, sandstone, toes or fingers. You need to be careful. You need to be aware of how much pressure to dial up. How to aim the water jet. Where to aim the water jet. And what to aim the water jet at. You don’t want holes in the eaves or windows.

Yes, the high pressure cleans off the bricks. Yes, high pressure cleans the concrete driveway. If there is a major stain on the driveway, a particular chemical may need to be used. And the high pressure jets will clean your block walls and pathways.

But what about the “softer” parts of your building. Do you know when to turn the pressure down? It is too late after the jet has penetrated the surface. Softer areas need to be washed softly.

Softly means, obviously, a low pressure water spray. That sort of spray needs cleaning chemicals to clean away the dirt. What sort of chemicals? What works best on what surfaces? Are the cleansing solutions environmentally friendly?

So which way should you go? Hard or soft? A sudden shock attack or a more friendly, gentle approach?

DIY Washing?

If you’ve decided to hire a pressure washer and do it yourself, the results might be “good enough”, but if you want it done properly, you must agree that the professional pressure wash company would get much better results. The water pressure needed, as mentioned before, can be dangerous. An expert, a person who has done this before numerous times, can handle the equipment properly, knowing how to prevent a dangerous situation.

The soft washing process is best performed by a professional, giving you a recipe of cleaning chemicals to deal with your own situation. The cleaning chemicals also will kill bacteria, algae, and fungus, which might result in health problems. And with any washing job, if it is not done properly the results will be unsatisfactory.

When White Goods need to be disposed of

What are White Goods?

White Goods are those large and heavy appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, clothes dryers, etc. These days they are not necessarily white, but originally they were, hence the overarching name. But while their colour doesn’t really matter any more, what connects these appliances together is the fact of their size, their weight, and the fact that It is hard to move them without the help of a trolley and a set of muscles.

When you don’t need the equipment any more, when it breaks down or is superseded by a better model, you need to look at how to move it out of the house. It could be reasonably easy to move it out on the verandah, but sometimes these things are left there taking up valuable space and looking ugly.

It is better to remove these appliances completely. Some stores, when delivering a new appliance, will take away the old one (for a fee, possibly). But sometimes it is left to the householder to take care of the problem.

Give Away?

Do you know someone, or a charity, who could use your old fridge/washing machine etc? That should be the first step. Ask around. Don’t offer appliances that aren’t working any more – that should go without saying.

So if you’ve decided to give the old appliance away, how should you do it? To start with, you should minimize its weight. Remove parts that can be easily removed and later replaced. This makes the item lighter, and consequently easier to lift. Still, it’s a good idea to have a trolley handy. Clear out anything that is in the way that you intend to go. You don’t want to go three-quarters of the way and find that the thing won’t go through the space.  Plan ahead. Don’t try to get it done too quickly. Be sensible about how much you are able to lift. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help from a friend.

Recycle or Dump?

If your appliance has broken down, perhaps the parts can be recycled. That’s another option to research. You don’t want to have any toxic materials that would contaminate or harm the environment. Maybe a sensible idea would be to get in touch with people in the white goods removals business. Yes, there are people who are prepared to work in all sorts of difficult jobs to benefit the rest of the population. They will know the answers to how to recycle a washing machine (or whatever). They will have the right equipment to handle the particular appliance, and know exactly how to do it safely. Think about getting the job done expertly. They know about recycling, and also would know if the item just needs dumping, and where to go to do that.

Help from someone who knows how, compared to drama when you don’t know how, is worth it.

Times when you have to remove a tree

This is not something we necessarily want to do. There might be several reasons why you should remove a tree.

Tree is unhealthy

Perhaps you have noticed that your tree is losing its leaves at the wrong time of year. Maybe some branches have been broken off, or bark has fallen away and not replaced, as would normally happen in a healthy tree. Mushrooms and other fungus around the tree’s base may indicate a problem with the tree’s root system. There are numerous tree-health issues that the average person is probably not aware of. If you suspect that your tree is unhealthy, get good advice from an expert tree removalist.

Some signs of sickness include the general appearance. The most outstanding sign would be that there is no foliage. That would be the number 1 indicator. You were extremely happy with a beautiful tree which normally produces bountiful leaves and flowers. After some years the display weakens, and no matter what you do, it does not respond. There is something serious at work here. Perhaps there has been damage to the tree, from a storm, from a lawn mower or whippersnapper, or even a collision with a vehicle.  Again, you should get advice from a tree expert.

Tree rot is also an issue to be dealt with. A tree is a living thing, and it gets old and weak, eventually dying. We hear of trees that are thousands of years old and still going strong, yet the one you planted two years ago is struggling to grow and develop. Why? You need to find out.

Tree is in a problem location

It’s likely we’ve all come across a tree which is in the wrong spot – you want to build a pergola, or a swimming pool, and the tree is in the way. Its leaves might be clogging up your gutters, or, worse, falling in the neighbour’s yard, and the neighbour is not happy about that. You would need to have a chainsaw. That could cut off the branches. Do you have a large truck or trailer? That could take the logs to the local transfer station. Do you have a chipper? That would turn the branches into mulch. Do you have a stump grinder?  Do you have a mate who could lend you these things? And you need to be able to cut down and remove the tree without affecting any structures nearby (fence, shed, gazebo …. house) . Without these things, it won’t be easy to do what has to be done. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying, and sometimes they get it done, and sometimes they need to call for help.

So best of luck to those who want to try and remove their tree by themselves. Remember to research the best ways of doing it, to get the right equipment, a suitable number of mates to help out, and choose a fine day to carry out the operation. Or simply find a tree removal company like this Sunshine Coast tree removal company.

Blocked Gutters can be ruining your house!

Very often, we don’t think much about our gutters. They’re just up there, attached to the roof, doing their thing, getting water from the roof to the drains, and as long as they do that, we barely give them a second thought.

Perhaps we should be giving them a bit more thought. As long as our gutters are doing what they are supposed to do, that’s great, but when the process is blocked, when something gets in the way of that simple act of moving water from one place to another, then we have a problem. And the scale of that problem can be surprisingly alarming.

Following are some things that can be affected by blocked gutters that you might not even think about.

  1. The gutters themselves.

Gutters are designed to pass water on from one place to another. They are not designed to carry large amounts of weight for extend periods, and that is precisely what happens when gutters become blocked. Water is heavy, and when water can’t go anywhere, it causes a lot of stress on the gutters. Just as bad is that the blockage itself becomes water laden, which means it will take longer for the water to evaporate.

Over time, the weight of the blockage can cause the gutters to sag or tear from the roof, necessitating a gutter repair.

2. The Roof

When there is too much water in blocked gutters, eventually the water will overflow the gutters. Usually, there are two ways the water can go. One, we will discuss next, but the other is the roof.

Roofs, like gutters, are not designed to support large amounts of weight for a long period of time, particularly if that weight is focused in a small area. Eventually, the roof will rot or leak, and you will get water coming inside. This will necessitate a roof repair or even a replacement to fix the problem.

3. The Foundations

The other way the water may goes is down your walls (which may cause discolouration of the walls, and even moss and mould to build up, leading to more bills) and pooling at the foundation of your house. Over time, this might cause some erosion at the base of your house to occur, leaving your foundation open to the elements. As well, the erosion can call the area around the foundation to weaken, possibly leading to cracks and a large bill to fix the problem

4. The occupants.

Yes, you. Blocked gutters usually have water-laden vegetation and dirt, and these can attract mosquitoes into your house, particularly if you have leaks, also caused by blocked gutters. Some mosquitoes carry disease, which they can then spread to you.

Also, if you have leaks in your roof, the water may cause mould, mildew and fungus to form. The spores of mould can easily spread through the house, being inhaled by the occupants. Those with breathing issues like asthma, or allergies and skin irritations, are most likely to be affected by this.

These are just some of the reasons why you should have your gutters checked and cleaned by a professional gutter cleaning company like these gutter cleaners Brisbane. The money you spend cleaning the gutters, you could easily save from not needing the repairs listed above.

Carpets: A Monster Story; AKA What Lies Beneath Your Feet.

Spoiler Alert: It’s gross things.

Most of us, when we look at carpet, we think, “… …”. That’s because, when most of us look at our carpet, we don’t really think anything at all. Carpet is … just carpet. It’s there. We walk on it, and it feels nice on our feet. Perhaps we drop some food or drink on it, and we think, “Oops, I better clean that up”, but other than that, as long as carpet does what carpet is supposed to do, we let it just go right on being carpet.

What most of us don’t do is think, “Wow, look at that nice, beautiful carpet. I wonder what microscopic things live down there that eat our discarded skin cells.”

Because, and I don’t want to alarm anyone, there are microscopic things living down there that eat our discarded skin cells.

Dust Mites, Fleas and Bed Bugs.

You might have noticed this, but human beings have hair and skin. During the normal course of the day, hair falls out and skin cells shed. We often don’t necessarily notice this, but a lot of the dust you might see floating in the air, glinting off the sunlight that peeks in through the curtains on a beautiful spring afternoon, is your skin cells.

That dust is far less pretty and poetic now, isn’t it?

Eventually this dust and hair and skin (what the smart people call ‘dander’) falls to the ground and on to our carpets. This becomes like a dinner gong to tiny microscopic insects like the dust mites, fleas and bed bugs.

Dust mites are barely ¼ of a millimetre long and look like alien monsters if seen through a microscope, something I wouldn’t advise without one of the Men in Black’s Neuralyzers to wipe your memories. They can live for 100 days, excrete twice their bodyweight everyday, and the females lay 60 to 100 eggs.

Charming little critters, really.

Vacuuming Can’t Get Rid Of Them

What we sometimes don’t realise about carpet is that it is not a flat surface. At the dust-mite eye level (if they even have eyes), it looks more like a jungle of carpet fibres reaching for the sky. This jungle is what traps the dust, hair and skin cells within the carpet layer, providing a perfect buffet restaurant for the critters like the dust mites.

But it is also why vacuuming can’t get rid of them.

Vacuuming only really effects the top layer of the jungle that is the typical carpet, the jungle canopy, shall we say. But deep down within the jungle itself, at the lower levels of the carpet fibre, the microscopic eco-system of the dust mite remains undisturbed.

You Really Need A Good Tough Carpet Clean To Get Rid Of Them

The above heading really says it all. If you want to get rid of the things that live deep within the jungle that is your carpet, you need to bring in a professional carpet cleaning company to do what professional carpet cleaning companies do: i.e. clean carpets.

Professional cleaners have powerful carpet cleaning equipment designed to propel water diluted carpet cleaning solution into your carpet fibres. This gets right down into all the layers of your carpet, loosening the microscopic contaminants which are then extracted using powerful vacuums, leaving your carpets fresh and clean and smelling like new.

Tips For Spring Cleaning Rubbish Removal Before The Summer Heat

Spring is the time for rebirth. We’ve gotten through the cold of winter, hiding under our blankets and binging on Netflix, but now it’s spring; the time when old becomes new, when life starts afresh.

It’s time to take stock of what you have and rid yourself of what you don’t need. And I’m not talking about your weird Uncle Darryl, who’s living on your couch and has forgotten to bathe (although, possibly I am talking about him.)

No, I’m talking about spring cleaning.

<Await for gasp of excitement>

<Pause when no such gasp reveals itself>

Really? None of you are quite as excited as I am? Fair enough, because spring cleaning is usually quite a big project and it’s one that, when we look at it to begin with, seems to large for us. But that’s why we need to just get off our butts and do it.

Because it’s not going to go away.

So here are some things you can do to make spring cleaning that little bit easier, and at least one way that will give you a warm inner glow that you are helping your fellow man (but not Uncle Darryl, he’s weird).

Do a visual check list and determine what stays and what goes? And be harsh about it?

People get personally attached to things. Often those attachments come with memories, and you think that by throwing out the thing, you diminish the memory. Sometimes we keep the thing because it cost a lost of money and we believe we haven’t gotten our money’s worth from it yet, even though it’s broken. Whatever the reason, we keep these things around, even though we know they are useless, or don’t fit, or doesn’t work anymore.

Sometimes you just have to be harsh with your belongings. If it doesn’t serve a purpose, should you really keep it? If you can’t give a good answer as to why it should stay, perhaps it is time for it to go. Remember, things don’t have feelings, unlike what Toy Story says.

Recycle and Donate

If at all possible, recycle. That, of course, requires a little bit of homework on your part to determine what can be recycled and what can’t, but it’s worth it. The less we put into our waste tips, the better it is for all of us. Most plastics can be recycled, so start with that.

So, we’ve helped our environment, let’s help our fellow man. Maybe your clothes don’t fit you, but they might fit someone else (provided Uncle Darryl never wore them, because the clothes need to at least be clean.) Maybe your kids don’t play with their toys, but someone’s kids will. Consider how you can help others before just throwing stuff away.

Get help from a Rubbish Removalist when you really need it.

If you have large things to throw away, you really should get someone else to do it. Moving a fridge is no easy task unless you really know what you are doing and have the right equipment. Beds and mattress are difficult to move down narrow staircases and through difficult hallways. Doing that yourself is just inviting damage, both to your body, and to your property.

If you look at what you need to throw away and think ‘How am I supposed to get rid of that myself?’, then consider hiring a rubbish removal company.

Pressure Washing versus Soft Washing

The house is looking a bit messy. Look at the dirt on the walls, the roof, the deck, all the exterior surfaces. The rain tries its best, but it cannot clean the house, and at best it could leave dirty streaks. Get out the hose, attach the scrubbing brush someone gave...

When White Goods need to be disposed of

What are White Goods? White Goods are those large and heavy appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, clothes dryers, etc. These days they are not necessarily white, but originally they were, hence the overarching name. But while their colour doesn’t...

Times when you have to remove a tree

This is not something we necessarily want to do. There might be several reasons why you should remove a tree. Tree is unhealthy Perhaps you have noticed that your tree is losing its leaves at the wrong time of year. Maybe some branches have been broken off, or bark...

Blocked Gutters can be ruining your house!

Very often, we don’t think much about our gutters. They’re just up there, attached to the roof, doing their thing, getting water from the roof to the drains, and as long as they do that, we barely give them a second thought. Perhaps we should be giving them a bit more...