Archive for May 2018

Did You Know Nearly All Countries Have Some Sort of Mother’s Day

Did You Know Nearly All Countries Have Some Sort of Mother’s Day

It has been said in song that the word ‘mother’ is so precious that it sounds the same in every language.

If that is true, it shouldn’t be a surprise that mothers throughout the world have a special day.

In the United States and Canada, Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May. In the U.S. Mother’s Day was officially established in 1914. Around the world, the dates may be different but the celebration is roughly the same: Cards, flowers or maybe chocolates for mom.

France established their holiday for mothers in 1950 and is generally on the fourth Sunday in May.

In the UK, mothers were honored as early as the 16th century on the fourth Sunday of Lent, called Mothering Sunday.

The mariachi sounds of Las Mananitas are heard in Mexico every May 10 to celebrate mom.

In Indian and Japan, Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May.

In Egypt and some other Arab countries, mothers are honored on the first day of spring, according to Time.

Clean up Your Room

Clean up Your Room
Your room is you. Clean it up. That observation from University of Toronto Clinical Psychology Professor Jordan B. Peterson is part of the advice he gives to patients in his clinical practice.

The concept is practical assignment for dealing with a chaotic world or a chaotic mind.

Peterson says the idea is the first place to start if you want to change your life or change the world. First get your own world in order.

Then once your room is in order, make it beautiful. Peterson says beauty in one place lifts the spirits and makes it possible to make other rooms beautiful and, by extension, bring order and more beauty to your whole life.

This isn’t Peterson’s only message. In his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, he advises people who feel anxious and chaotic to remember that suffering is normal, a part of life. But everyone can mediate some parts of it well:
• Take advantage of opportunities available to you.
• Don’t let bitterness drag you down.
• Make peace with your brother.
• Treat the people in your life with respect.
• Stop doing things that destroy your health and wellbeing.
• Assume responsibility.
• In short, he advises: Stop doing what you know to be wrong. Start stopping today.

Proper Way to Use an Inhaler

Proper Way to Use an Inhaler

Fewer than half of people who use a metered dose inhaler for asthma do so correctly, according to the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

Here is how to use an inhaler:

Shake inhaler and attach a spacer. A spacer is a separate chamber that you can attach to the end of the
inhaler. Spacers have to be purchased separately from an inhaler. They enhance the effectiveness of inhalers by maximizing the dose of medicine into the lungs, decreasing the amount deposited into the throat. Spacers also cut down on the number of minor throat and mouth infections and irritations.

Sit or stand upright and breathe in and out. Breathe deeply two or three times. Then before you inhale the last time, place the spacer between your teeth and close your mouth tightly around the end.

Inhale slowly. Squeeze the inhaler once and slowly begin inhaling for five to seven seconds. After inhaling hold your breath for a few seconds more.

Rinse your mouth. This is especially important if you use a medicine such as Advair or other
cortico-steroids. Rinsing your mouth and throat can prevent thrush or other side effects such as hoarseness.


Total Carpet Care

Total Carpet Care-What you need to know to get the most out of your investment

There is nothing like new carpet. It smells new, feels soft and fluffy, looks beautiful and makes a perfect statement about your style and taste. Compared to other floor coverings, carpet is relatively inexpensive to buy and install. Still, your carpet represents a sizeable investment in your home or business.

In order to get the most out of your carpet, you need a total carpet care program. A total carpet care program is a “retailer-to-recycling” approach to carpet care. To be effective, the program should include
proper selection, professional installation, daily soil control, interim maintenance, scheduled restorative cleaning and the application of an appropriate carpet protector. The following tips can help you
develop a simple carpet care program.

Carpet selection and professional installation–It may be “too late” for the carpet you already have, but carpet selection is an important part of making sure your carpets perform as expected. Some fibers are more resilient than others. Certain colors look cleaner longer because they hide soils better. Pile height, face weight or density and carpet construction all play a factor in how well your carpet will hold up. In a future issue, we will do an entire article on carpet selection and proper installation. For now, let’s focus on the carpet you already have.

Soil control: Prevent soils from getting on the carpet by using walk-off mats and keeping walkways and hard floors clean. If you remove your shoes when entering and wear clean house shoes, you will stop much of the soil from ever entering the home.

The most damaging soils are dry, gritty particulate soils that abrade and dull the surfaces of carpet fibers. This leads to an overall loss of luster in the high traffic areas. Regular use of a well-maintained vacuum
cleaner is the single most important part of a total carpet care program. Remember to change vacuum cleaner bags when they are about half full.

Prompt attention to spots and spills is also highly important. Spots can eventually become permanent stains if allowed to age and oxidize on the carpet. It is best to attend to food and drink spills immediately. We will cover simple spot and spill removal techniques in a future article.

Interim maintenance: Some areas simply require more attention than others. The main entry of the home
and the high traffic areas in the family room or just outside the kitchen tend to collect the greatest amount of soils. In most cases, it makes sense to clean these traffic areas between regularly
scheduled cleanings. Maintenance cleaning usually goes quickly, dries fast and involves little or no furniture moving, so it is far less disruptive to your daily routine.

Scheduled professional cleaning: There comes a time when your carpet requires deep, restorative cleaning. This should be done before soil becomes visibly noticeable. By the time you see soil buildup, damage is already being done to the fibers. How often you need professional deep cleaning depends on several contributing factors including the number of occupants, presence of pets, vacuuming frequency, lifestyle and other considerations.

Protector application: Virtually every carpet manufactured in America comes with a factory–applied
protector. Over time, this protector wears off and your carpet loses its ability to resist common household
spots, spills and stains. It is important that this protective finish be reapplied after every professional cleaning. Your carpets will stay beautiful and last years longer.

Call Hansen Steam Way for more information on making your carpet last longer or to schedule your next
carpet cleaning. We are happy to help.