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5 Simple Tips on Preparing your Family Pets for a Disaster

Cleaning disasters can happen anywhere at any time.

The public doesn’t usually get a lot of notice before a disaster strikes, so you must be prepared in advance and know what to do quickly if there is an emergency.

Here are 5 simple steps that you can take to prepare your pets and reduce the level of stress and worry for your entire family to a minimum.

Family Lying Underneath Sheet

Tip #1. Get a Pet Emergency Supplies Kit.
Have it readily accessible and make sure it consists of at least the following items:

  • Pet first aid kit that will cover your pets’ emergency medical needs. If your pets take any medications, add some extra supplies.
  • Food (in water proof container) and water, 3-day ration.
  • Collars with ID tags – make sure the information is current and updated. You might consider microchipping as permanent identification as collars get lost.
  • Safety harness and leash.
  • Sanitation Items.
  • Rescue Pet Decals – to alert rescue teams to save your pets inside the house.
  • Comfort toys and blankets to take with your pets if you have to evacuate.

Tip #2. Pack a picture of your pets in case you get separated.
It will help rescue workers to identify and reunite you with your pets faster.

Tip #3. Get your pets familiar with their carriers or crates.
Usually, pets associate them with visits to the vet and become stressed at the first site of them. Let your pets play in the carrier or get them some treats to make the transition easier when the time comes.

Tip #4. Know your pets hiding places in and out of the house.
At the first warning of a disaster, you might consider putting them in one room in case you have to leave in a hurry.

Tip #5. Have a Family Emergency Plan Ready:

  • Map out a get-away plan: how you pack your pets, where you go.
  • Check with the nearby shelters, veterinary hospitals, and hotels to see if they would take your pets in an emergency.
  • Develop a pet care buddy system – arrange for friends or extended family to take your pets in if you must evacuate in a shelter that doesn’t allow pets for health issues. Instruct your caretakers on the location of the emergency supplies kit and anything else you might find useful.
  • Learn about various disasters that could strike your particular area. You might have to wait home longer before getting an order to evacuate, so get some extra supplies of food and water.
  • If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you if possible.

For more emergency preparedness related information please visit you local vet.

Ways We Clean

We all know cleaning can seem like such a chore.

You spend all day, or even a few days getting the entire house sparkly clean. As a busy mom, you will appreciate some of these cleaning tips that will make the job a little easier and faster. You’ll have more time to enjoy the nice weather outside.

Start out by taking a quick look through your cleaning supplies a few days before the big spring clean. Make sure you have plenty of paper towels and cleaning rags. If your mop or broom is really worn out, this is a great time to invest in a new one. Check all bottles and containers of cleaning supplies that you like to use and see if you have plenty of them. There’s nothing worse than having to clean yourself up during your big cleaning day to run to the store for a new bottle of Windex. If you do we found this way to make your own glass cleaner.

Get everyone in the family to spend some time with you the day before the big spring cleaning to pick up around the house. You don’t want to spend time picking up toys or washing dishes the next day.

Get up early and put on some comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Dress all the way down to your shoes and put your hair up. Take a few minutes to gather all your cleaning supplies and get going.

Tackle one room at a time. This works much better than trying to do 10 things at once. It will also give you a great sense of accomplishment to see each clean room.

Start at the top and work your way down. Use a broom or a mop with a soft cloth wrapped around it to get any spider webs and dust out of the ceiling corners. Dust the light fixtures. Keep working your way down cleaning counters, windows and windowsills, furniture. Finish by dusting the baseboards and giving the carpets a good vacuuming. Take the time to vacuum under the bed and move furniture to clean the floor under it whenever possible.

When you get to the bathrooms, start by spraying some all purpose or bathroom cleaner on all the appliances, especially anything that may have some build up on it, like the soap dish in the shower. Pour some bleach in the toilet. Allow the cleaner to soak in while you get started on the ceiling, windows and counters. By the time you get around to the sink, shower and toilet, all you need to do is wiping them down and give the inside of the toilet a quick scrub with the brush.

Make sure you take some breaks, and drink plenty of water. Cleaning is a touch job. When you are done, enjoy a long shower, put on some clean clothes and put up your feet. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done and get some rest. You deserve it.

 

Cleaning Lawn Furniture & Other Household Items

Lawn furniture is a terrific addition to any yard, especially if it’s large. Simply put, lawn furniture consists of anything that you would find inside of your home. Realistically, you could recreate a living room right in your own back yard. A bench, which is one of the most popular types of lawn furniture, could be used as a sofa while other chairs strategically placed could surround a wooden centerpiece coffee table.

For the family who loves to dine outdoors following an afternoon barbecue, an umbrella covered table with matching chairs is the way to go. Protection from the sunlight is provided by the umbrella while the seating offers a comfortable place to enjoy lunch. Swings are equally popular among the nature lover who is content to enjoy all of the beauty that nature has to offer. From a bird trotting through the grass or a honey bee bouncing from one dandelion to the next, an outdoor swing can provide a front row seat.

In order to keep your lawn furniture polished its close to the same as keeping your mattresses clean and ready for use, there are a few tips that will make the art of cleaning much simpler.

Lawn Furniture Tip # 1
Many commercial cleaning products are designed to be used as furniture polish, but a number of individuals suffer from allergies and are sensitive to the harsh smell of such products. In addition to this, many parents are not comfortable using harsh cleaners around their children. A good substitute for cleaning your lawn furniture may include a wet rag with anti-bacterial dish washing liquid being applied just before scrubbing. Be sure to rinse the soap away after you are done for a shiny, polished look.

Lawn Furniture Tip # 2
Even outside, dirt and dust can be a problem. Rather than leaving your lawn furniture covered in nature’s gunk, take a sheet of bounce to remove any loose products. Dust is attracted to Bounce and will cling to it right away, but this will only work on material that is not stuck to the surface. Once you are through, toss the bounce in the garbage and forget about it.

Lawn Furniture Tip # 3
Planning a dinner under the stars to celebrate your fancy new lawn furniture? If so, several lit candles will add to the beauty. You could use either a regular or scented candle, but make sure to use a jarred product to avoid a problem with wax. Without the security of a jar or candle holder, this could be a real problem. Make sure to put out the candles after use and bring them back inside the home.

 

Tips On Cleaning A Mattress

A good mattress is an expensive investment just like carpets, so it makes sense to learn how to take care of it. Unfortunately, spills or accidents occasionally happen, especially if you’re having breakfast in bed or your children aren’t yet potty trained. But, how do you clean a mattress? After all, it’s not like you can just toss it in the washer if it becomes soiled.

The best thing you can do is to avoid getting your mattress dirty in the first place. Encasing the mattress and the box spring in hypoallergenic cases protects them from dust and grime and will cut down on dust mites. However, liquid can still seep through most cases and into the mattress. You may want to consider placing a rubber sheet on the mattress for protection against spills or childhood accidents.

Of course, since most people find that these rubber sheets bunch up and are uncomfortable to sleep on, you may prefer to risk getting the mattress wet, especially if there isn’t a big chance that you will spill your morning coffee or your children are older. If you do get your mattress dirty, you can follow these simple steps to get it clean.

1. To remove dirt or dust, whip out your vacuum. Most mattress manufacturers suggest that occasionally vacuuming your mattress is a good idea, even if it doesn’t look dirty, to keep dust mites under control.

2. If you need to clean up a liquid spill or a stain, don’t grab your favorite stain removal product. Mattresses are made of materials that may not react well to chemicals. Instead, you should just try to blot up any liquid and leave the stain alone. If you can’t bear the thought of leaving the stain on your mattress or if it has a strong odor, you can use a cloth dampened with cold water to gently scrub the stain. You can use a bit of mild soap on the cloth if the stain won’t budge, but just be sure you don’t end up making your mattress or box spring wetter than it already is.

3. Once you clean up the spill or stain, leave the sheets off your mattress and let it thoroughly air dry before you cover it back up. There’s nothing worse than a moldy mattress, especially if the person sleeping on it has severe mold allergies.

Once your mattress is clean and dry, you may want to use this opportunity to flip it over so that it wears more evenly. You should flip your mattress over three or four times a year to help it last longer.

 

Antique Carpet Cleaning Tips

Antique handmade carpets are priceless keepsakes especially for individuals who can purchase them at their horrendous price tags or those who have inherited them from a deceased loved one. Although handmade carpets are considered to be more durable than their commercially made counterparts, you need to maintain carpet properly so that they will last for additional decades.

Here are some tips that you need to keep in mind so that you can preserve your antique carpet in its pristine condition.

 

Get the Wrinkles Out

Because of its great age, your antique carpet is sure to be delivered to your home rolled up or, worse, folded. But when you unfurl it, you will discover that it has a lot of wrinkles. You need to get the wrinkles out immediately because it may cause tremendous wear on the ridges and edges of the carpet. To get the wrinkles, roll it up as tightly as possible without tying it. You can press it between two heavy pieces of furniture for a couple of hours. Slowly unroll the carpet. If there are still wrinkles, continue doing this procedure until the carpet is completely smoothened out. For persistent wrinkles, get a steam iron and set it to wool. Lightly press it over the carpet to remove the wrinkles.


Regular Vacuuming

If you want to maintain your carpet and hopefully preserve it for posterity, you need to vacuum it on a weekly basis or more frequently if it gets stepped on a lot. Vacuuming will remove dirt which can sink deep into the carpet and tear at the fibers. Also, regular vacuuming is necessary to get rid of beetle or moth larvae that have settled in between the carpet fibers. As a final reminder, do not use power brushes on an antique carpet. The hard bristles can practically strip the fibers from your carpet.

Clean Up Spills

Spills are the bane for owners of antique carpets. If there are any spills on your carpet, you need to clean it up immediately. As the spill gets absorbed by the carpet fibers, the greater is the likelihood that the stains will become permanent. Always blot up the spill or stain with clean white rags or paper towels starting from the edges going toward the center. Never rub at the stain. These two procedures will prevent the stain from spreading outward and thus getting bigger. Water-soluble stains can be removed by alternately dripping water to the spot (for diluting the stain) and blotting it with paper towels. Urine stains are to be removed with a diluted mixture of white vinegar and water followed by blotting with paper towels. For tough stains, it is best to bring your carpet to a professional cleaner.