how long between washes when it comes to your bedding?

Knowing how often to wash bedding is as important a question as how to wash bed sheets themselves. Dirt and dust can quickly build up and, while deciding how often to wash bed sheets might be a matter of personal preference, unfortunately we’re not alone in our beds – we settle down at night with microscopic dust mites, among other things.

Dust mites aren’t the only hidden surprises lurking in our sheets, and unfortunately we’ve only ourselves to blame for their presence. Every night we shed a million skin cells, accompanied by oil and sweat. If you don’t wash your bedding regularly, this adds to your bed’s appeal for mites – but is less than pleasant for human occupants.

So, How Often Should You Wash Bed Sheets?

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to wash your sheets and pillowcase once a week or every two weeks. Not washing your bedding regularly can contribute to increased suffering from health problems such as allergies and asthma. If you, your partner, or your child is unwell, make sure to wash your bedding daily or, at a bare minimum, change the pillowcase every day that they are in bed ill.

Justin Sturby
How to clean your outdoor furniture this Spring

Basic Cleaning Solution

1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent
1 quart warm water
1 tablespoon Borax

Soak a sponge or put it in a spray bottle and saturate cushions or canvas on both sides.  Be sure to pay attention to the creases.  

Let sit for 15 minutes.

Spray the solution off with a hose using a strong force of water.

Position each piece of furniture or cushion on its edge out of the direct sun to dry. 

Enjoy when dry!

Keeping your outdoor pieces clean will ensure long use and enjoyment.

 

 

 

Justin Sturby
How often should you dust?

How Often Should You Dust?

Dust is composed of items like human skin cells, fabric fibers, pet dander, dust mite excrement, as well as dirt and debris being tracked inside.

Dusting is a necessary chore, although at Elite we are DUST MASTERS and are happy to do the work for you.

Dust on surfaces can make surfaces look dingy and dirty. Dust can also cause scratching and damage to household surfaces and can pose breathing problems for many people.

If no one in your household suffers from allergies, you won't have to worry about the health effects of dust however you'll still want to dust electronics and furniture weekly to prevent buildup that can scratch and damage surfaces in your home. More out of the way spots like ceilings, corners, and door frames will only need to be dusted as needed, and may only require your attention every couple of months.

If you do have a family member that suffers from an allergy, you may need to dust electronics and furniture biweekly or weekly. Dust door frames, ceilings, baseboards, and more every 1-2 weeks to prevent a buildup that can trigger an allergic reaction. 

Stay dust free, give Elite a call today to book your clean!

Justin Sturby
Tips to keep your house clean (in between cleans)

MAKE YOUR BED.
And teach your kids to make their beds too.   It will make your bedrooms look put together and takes little time to do.  The best way to start your day is with a made bed.

TAKE IT OUT, PUT IT AWAY.
A simple principle.   If you take something out, put it back when you are done.  Again, teach the kids the same.  

EVERYDAY A LITTLE SOMETHING.
Don’t save all your cleaning for one day.  Try to get one thing done EVERY day... vacuum, sweep, wipe the bathroom counters. 

DEAL WITH MAIL ON A DAILY BASIS.
Toss any flyers or unnecessary mail at the door, open and file any bills that need to be paid, and decide on what will work for your kid papers rather than let them pile up on the counter.  

WASH THE DISHES AND PUT THEM AWAY.
Get in the habit of loading the dishwasher after dinner, wiping down the kitchen table, clearing and wiping the counters, and give the sink a wipe. 

Taking on these five simple tasks and getting into a routine will keep your house organized and clean, especially between those weekly, bi-weekly or monthly cleans (which we would love to do for you!) :)

Elite Life & Home

 

5 Reasons why you SHOULD stage your home

1.  You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression - is a well known fact!  Putting your best foot forward when showing your home to potential buyers is not only beneficial to how quick your home sells but also helps ensure you receive top dollar for your home.

2.  Get Top Dollar for Your Home.  A well-staged home is aesthetically pleasing.  Everything looks inviting, comfortable, and simple.  It elicits a strong emotion of desire from potential buyers.

3.  Your Home Will Sell Faster - Studies show that staged homes sell 43% more quickly than unstaged homes.  This is a GREAT reason to stage!

4.  Gets You Organized - Getting organized for the stage will help you declutter.  You will have to tackle this depersonalizing at some point. Being forced to go through your things and downsize is a benefit, especially when packing your entire house for moving is the next step!  Get it done early, store boxes in the basement or garage, or rent a storage unit for a few months.

5,  Get Decorating Inspiration -  Maybe you never had a decorator and you've done it all yourself. A stager might just give you some new ideas that you can take with you to your new home.

Give Elite Life & Home a call today!  We offer full staging services and can help ensure all five reasons are met.

Justin Sturby
Stylish ways to store TP in the open!

Toilet paper doesn't have to be an eye sore.

Here are some clever yet chic ways to have it out in the open, easy.

 

LOAD UP A BASKET

Baskets and bathrooms just go together.  Find a basket that matches your bathroom decor and fill it up.  Sit the basket in a corner or beside the toilet for easy access!

 

ATTACH THEM TO THE WALL

Who says toilet paper can't also double as wall art?  Depending on your design style, find an adjustable and attachable piece whether it be a basket or fabric, something that can adhere to the wall and have the ability to hold a few rolls.

 

PUT THEM ON THE FLOOR

Grab a large vase, clear or coloured and fill it up to the top.  It makes a great accent piece and adds some depth to your space.

Easy and inexpensive!

Spring Cleaning!

There is an excessive amount of snow on the ground at the moment so we wanted to warm things up!  Time to start thinking of Spring and the cleaning that comes with it.

We have compiled a list of your Spring cleanings musts.

The tips below will help you clean almost every surface in any room leaving you with a fresh clean slate for the Spring and Summer months ahead.

Wipe Walls and Ceilings

Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs

Dust Those Shelves

Clean Upholstered Furnishings

Polish Your Hardware

Dust EVERYTHING!

Wash Window Screens

and Clean Your Window Treatments!

If taking on this list seems daunting in any way, let us give you a hand!  Our cleaning team will gladly check each item off this list leaving you a home that sparkles with no sweat and NO STRESS!

Give Elite a call today.

 

Holiday Cleaning

The Holiday season is approching fast with the season of house guests and party planning right around the corner. With a busy schedule, keeping a clean house is important but can become overwhelming, Let us help you!

At Elite Life & Home we offer an Elite cleaning service that takes your cleaning stresses away and allows you to focus on your top priorities. We work around your busy schedule to ensure all areas of your home are ready for your special holiday events.

We're booking up fast, so contact us today!

236-420-0440 or info@elitelifeandhome.com