How long do pillows last? Do they need to be washed? If so, how often?

According to studies, nearly one-third of the weight of your pillow is made up of dead skin, mites and microbes. Among these microbes (about 30 in all) you can find MRSA, C. difficile and E. coli, along with the flu and chicken pox viruses. If you think about it, pillows offer the ideal conditions for germs to thrive. There’s body heat, dead skin, sweat, tears, coughing, sneezing – you name it. Unfortunately, changing your pillowcase is not enough because germs can easily travel through fabric. Pillows need to be washed on a regular basis. Here are some easy pillow-cleaning tips that will help keep your pillows clean and fresh. Tips Use dust mite pillow protectors to create an extra layer of protection. Change your pillowcases every 1 to 2 weeks.  Regularly air out your bedroom by opening the windows for a few minutes, even in the winter. [...]

What to Look for in a Good Floor Finish

Floor finishes are primarily used for two reasons: to add shine to floors and to protect them from wear. This may seem straightforward enough, but selecting the right floor finish can actually be quite tricky. What you need to know BEFORE you start looking: What type of equipment do you use to restore your floors? How many times a month do you restore your floors? (Consider your maintenance budget) How much traffic does your floor get? Floor finishes can vary in a number of ways. To make the right choice, keep the following in mind: Durability: The durability of a floor finish depends on the quality of the polymers used in the finish and the number of coats applied. Sheen level: Every finish offers a certain level of sheen, which can range from matte to ultra-glossy. The glossiest finishes require more frequent maintenance using specific machines [...]

All about Chocolate!

For some, Easter used to be a major religious holiday that ended the 40 days of deprivation of Lent. But over the years Easter has become more of a family reunion...featuring lots of chocolate, of course! Fun facts about chocolate and Easter:  The average Canadian eats 4 kg of chocolate each year. Switzerland boasts the world’s highest per capita consumption of chocolate: 11 kg per person per year. Technically, white chocolate is not actually chocolate. It’s a confectionery made from cocoa butter. Unlike “real” chocolate, it does not contain cocoa solids. The most candy is sold during Easter – after Halloween, of course! A whopping 70% of all sweets bought at Easter are chocolate. Three out of four people prefer to eat their chocolate Easter bunny starting with the ears. The first chocolate eggs appeared in Europe in the early 19th century. They continue to be one [...]

How to Avoid Cross-Contamination during the Holidays

Meals take up a big place at most end-of-year festivities. With feasts being the centrepiece of our holiday celebrations, it’s important to consider (even though it may put a slight damper on your festive spirit), the possible risk of cross-contamination, which can lead to food poisoning and other food-borne illnesses. Fortunately, you can protect your guests (and yourself) by following a few simple rules. Remember: Clean, Separate and Refrigerate Tips & tricks All surfaces that come into contact with food such as cutting boards, utensils, countertops, tables, etc., should be sanitized to reduce or eliminate the possible risk of cross-contamination. Never put food on platters that have already been used. Each time you refill the buffet table, use a clean plate. Use separate serving utensils for each dish such as spoons, tongs, toothpicks, etc. This will help to prevent contamination between guests. Without wishing to encourage waste, [...]

4 Steps for Preventing the Flu at Work

Approximately one-third of all unplanned absences at work are due to illness. Here are 4 simple, low-cost tips for keeping employees healthy and reducing absenteeism during cold and flu season.Approximately one-third of all unplanned absences at work are due to illness. 1- Strategically distribute tissue boxes around the workplace. Tissues should be readily available throughout the workplace so they are within easy reach whenever an employee coughs or sneezes. Employees should also be regularly reminded to immediately discard used tissues and to wash their hands afterwards. 2- Place hand sanitizer besides all major “touch” spots. Always keep a bottle or dispenser of hand sanitizer wherever the risk of spreading germs is higher, such as beside shared or frequently-touched surfaces in building entrances and lobbies, elevators, rest rooms and waiting rooms, photocopiers, etc. The use of hand sanitizer can reduce absenteeism by 20%. 3- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces [...]

Shocking Statistics on Cell Phones and Germs

Chances are you hold your cell phone more than any other item on any given day. But did you know your phone holds more than just your contact list? 9 out of 10 cell phones harbour germs that can cause illnesses like the flu. We often remember to wash our hands, but what about our electronic devices? Here are some interesting (and somewhat disgusting) statistics on cell phones and the germs they carry: Remember this the next time you put your mouth up to your smartphone:  1 out of 6 cell phones is contaminated with fecal matter! In most cases these bacteria are harmless, but the more dangerous bacteria can cause infections. The best way to rid your cell phone of these disgusting germs? Use a cleaner specially designed for electronics . Think about it!

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