How Carpet Cleaning Improves The Air Quality In Your Home

You can find some of the scariest allergens and germs on carpets. What’s more, the carpet hosts several harmful or hazardous materials that are capable of causing a huge mess by interfering with air quality. The worst bit is that the hazardous materials, allergens, and germs hide in plain sight. Failure to clean the carpets could make your home uninhabitable. Therefore, don’t underrate the importance of carpet cleaning in London.

It removes stubborn allergens

Regular vacuuming is capable of containing the situation by reducing the contaminants found in the carpet. For a short period afterward, you would notice improved air quality in the room after vacuuming. However, many times vacuuming alone doesn’t provide much relief. In such instances, you need a more efficient strategy. Thorough and intense carpet cleaning is necessary if you want to enjoy the quality of the air you breathe at home.

The carpet is home to some harmful stuff that includes:

  • Pet dander
  • Dust particles
  • Hair
  • Mold spores

It’s impossible to see some of the stuff with your naked eye. Worse still is the fact that you grind the harmful stuff deep into the carpet every time you walk on it. The fact that the carpet appears clean should not deceive you. A carpet might contain hazardous material, but appear clean to the naked eye. You only notice the dangers once a few of your family members begin manifesting signs and symptoms of infection, such as coughing and wheezing.

It removes mold spores

Carpet cleaning removes mold. In many homes, mold spores appear immediately after a flood. A wet carpet is also a good ground for mold spores to grow and multiply. You may never know that your carpet is full of mold spores as they are hard to see or smell. Mold spores interfere with the air quality by causing sneezing, coughs, and other respiratory-related problems. In fact, mold spores are capable of damaging the respiratory system permanently.

It eliminates dust mites

Carpet cleaning removes dust mites. Dust mites are tiny bugs. Though tiny, they are capable of burrowing deep into the fibers of your carpet while eating anything they can find. The problem with the mites is that they produce dangerous wastes. The wastes are toxic. The wastes are renowned for causing allergic reactions. The wastes also cause breathing problems by messing with the quality of air in the house. Cleaning the carpet eliminates the mites and their wastes.

Don’t fret because you’re unable to afford or pay for carpet cleaning services in London. Your first option should be to vacuum the carpet thoroughly. Vacuum the carpet once or twice each week. Look for new vacuums fitted with built-in filters as well as powerful suction for effective pulling up of all the dirt, allergens, and mites. Nonetheless, vacuuming isn’t very useful with some of the contaminants in the carpet; hence, the need for hiring carpet cleaners.

Follow this guideline to learn the importance of hiring carpet cleaners to improve air quality in your home.  Do this and avoid paying huge medical bills trying to treat allergies and breathing problems. For more information on carpet cleaning in London you can Google search “carpet cleaning London” where you will find Eco Cleaning London. They use green cleaning solutions to avoid worsening the situation for children, pets, and the environment.

Why pest control services in Miami should never ignore indoor flying ants

The sight of indoor flying ants in your Miami home rarely bodes well for you. In fact, you have a much bigger problem if you notice the flying ants in your house during winter. You have no reason for worrying upon noticing one or two of these pests during summer. During winter, the presence of the flying ants often indicates that your house has an underlying problem – a carpenter ant nest. Therefore, hire pest control Miami to eradicate this problem fast.

It’s easy to confuse carpenter ants with termites

Most people aren't familiar with the flying ant, but here it is.
Most people aren’t familiar with the flying ant, but here it is.

Carpenter ants are common all over the United States. It’s usual to find some people confusing these ants with termites. In many cases, there’s a massive difference in size between ants and termites with the latter appearing much smaller.  Among all ant species, the carpenter ants hold the title of being the largest. However, it’s worth mentioning that many carpenter ants are small, thus the cause for the confusion between them and termites.

A professional pest control expert can tell the difference between the two by looking for:

  • Narrow waists
  • Elbowed or bent antennae
  • Shorter hind wings
  • Longer front wings
  • Dark-colored bodies

If you see all these qualities in the pest, there should be no doubt in your mind that you’re dealing with a carpenter ant. The ants are capable of being too destructive in the home. Unlike termites, however, the ants don’t eat wood but only use it for nesting. The ants are rarely active outdoors during winter. Therefore, their presence inside your house over winter indicates that they have formed a nest – and this is a bigger problem that requires urgent solutions to fix.

Most effective methods for eradicating ant infestation

All pest control measures you use to remove the carpenter or flying ants from your house should be well thought. For the most part, you would have to remove the harborage by repairing or replacing the rotted wood. This step is crucial in ensuring that the infestation does not recur in your house. The next step involves identifying the most effective insecticides for killing the flying and carpenter ants so that they stop nesting in your house.

The most effective insecticides include the following:

  1. Insecticidal dust
  2. Baits
  3. Sprays

Choose insecticidal dusts designed specifically for carpenter ants. Check that the dust is for use inside homes. Inject the dust into areas where the flying or carpenter ants have nested. You may have to drill small holes to access these areas if they are hard to get to before injecting the insecticidal dust. The dusts act faster. Baits are a bit slow to act and produce the desired results. Nonetheless, baits are the safest and easiest pest control methods to use.

Therefore, you should never ignore the presence of flying ants in your Miami house. You should be quick to call experts in pest control as soon as you notice these ants in your house during winter. Pest control experts are able to determine the level of infestation and advice you on the most effective methods of eradicating the ants. Remember, if you address this problem quickly, you will have no worries about any wood product in your house.

Why It Is Essential To Get Your Carpets Regularly Cleaned

Dirt, detritus and germs are prevalent in every major city in the world. Just because a pavement or floor look as nice and clean the harsh reality is that it is probably anything but. And unless you and every member of your family are fastidious about removing your outdoor shoes at the doorstep, the reality is that you will be carrying those germs and dirt into your home on a daily basis. In fact not only will you be inviting it into your home, you will then be actively grinding it into the pile of your carpets, to fester and grow.

dirty-carpet
Dust mites and pet dander get caught in a carpet and need to be extracted with carpet cleaning.

For those of us with small children, who are still at the crawling stage, this is a horrific thought, but which unfortunately is reality. The key to solving this problem is to first and foremost get your carpet and soft furnishings properly cleaned, and then set in place procedures at home to minimise the amount of dirt you and your family bring into the home.

The first place to start is probably a Google search for your city in my case carpet cleaning London, and see what results pop up. For my purposes I am very passionate about the environment and green issues, so finding a cleaning company with those same values was very important to me. You may have other concerns, such as cost or location, so basically just decide what your personal priorities are.

Make a shortlist of companies that meets your various criteria, and then write out a list of questions, that you want to ask them before giving them the job. Have they any experience with Pet Stains for instance?, or do they have any clients who would be willing to give them a testimonial?

The priority here is to get a reliable company that will do a professional job, at a reasonable price. You want your children and family to be safe, and there are generally four reasons why it is essential to have your carpets regularly cleaned

  • Appearance – Obviously first and foremost we want our homes to look nice and clean and regularly cleaning your flooring helps to keep it that way
  • Air Quality And Allergies – Carpets offer the perfect home for dust mites and dust to gather. By cleaning your carpets regularly you can effectively get rid of the dust and mites preventing your family from suffering.
  • Maintaining the look of your carpet – when you buy a motor vehicle , you regularly get it serviced to make sure it is running well and maintains its value. A carpet is another great example, regular cleaning will ensure it lasts longer, and therefore maintain your investment.
  • Warranty – Certain carpet manufacturers actually insist on having your carpet professionally cleaned annually in order to maintain the guarantee. This is a little known fact, and one more reason why regular carpet cleaning is essential.

As with most household chores, regular and often is the best way to keep your carpets nice and clean, with the added benefits mentioned above.

Getting Trashed

As White Rhino said upon it’s forwarding, this guest post is almost poetry of a sort. Eco-haiku, anyone?

I have on my bedroom wall an old print from my Mother’s 1925 house showing Hercules trying to hold up the world. Sometimes that is how I feel after my walk in the woods and down our dirt road. I pick up bottles and cans as I go and pile them every so often. A neighbor told me since I go to that bother he will take them to the dump.

My angst is over the trash, old metal beds, ,jugs used for target practice that I find deep in the woods.

When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn??

Kim in NH.

Energy Changes

Almost three weeks ago, my family moved to a new home. As much as I love it here, I’m finding that I’m missing our old home’s energy systems, which were fairly sustainable from a climate crisis perspective. Over the course of our decade-long occupancy, we had gradually replaced all the existing appliances with new EnergyStar models, and all the lighting with CF sources. We phased out our furnace and learned how to heat entirely with wood, a renewable local resource we burned in a catalytic stove. Our hot water came from electricity, which in Vermont comes largely from our one nuke plant and from Hydro-Quebec. (I know both of those sources have some serious environmental problems associated with them, problems for which I’ve actually been arrested protesting, but from a carbon POV, they’re alright.).

Now we do it all with oil. And because the new place has no basement, the furnace sits in a utility room directly behind my home office. Whenever anyone runs the hot water longer than 15 seconds or so, I hear it kick it in and burn, burn, burn. The carbon counter in my head starts spinning. It’s driving me completely nuts, and the heat’s not even on yet. Combine that with old appliances, too much track lighting, and a wood stove so ancient it looks like Ben Franklin himself built it, and I’ve suddenly got an energy problem.

So, inspired by Dan’s tales of his own home energy adventures, I’ve made rearranging my new home’s systems a top priority. Because the climate crisis solution really starts at home. I think the only way we’re going to solve it is if each of us take care of our own corner of the cosmos. It’s each of us working on our own homes and communities that’s going to effect the change we need. Governments can help, but ultimately I’ve got to fix my house, you’ve got to fix yours, and then we’ve both got to get together in town to fix the school, the town hall, public transportation, etc. If everyone does that everywhere, we’ll get where we need to go.

So I’m starting at home. First up is an on-demand hot water system. I’m just starting to explore that territory. (If anyone has any recommendations or tips, I’m all ears.) A new EnergyStar dishwasher to replace the one that’s in pieces will further increase our hot water efficiency. We moved our nearly new EnergyStar fridge to the new place so our savings there can continue. We’ll check out new wood stoves, though ultimately we’ll need to take down some walls and move the stove pipe to better distribute that heat. And obviously, there’s a big pile of CF bulbs now making its way to all the new fixtures, though I still have to hunt down an alternative for those track lights in the living room. With four zones to control the oil heat and the institution of some other steps like insulated curtains, increased attic insulation, line-drying clothes, etc,. to compensate for our new home’s somewhat larger square footage, I think we should be able to get our carbon footprint back to about it’s previous small size, but it’s going to take some significant investment and about a year’s worth of time. I’ll have to triage it and plot out the financing a bit, but I think reducing the oil usage is the place to start. Here’s hoping winter’s not too cold, my bank account doesn’t get too empty, and the world doesn’t get too hot before we can finish.

Response to Marc Gunters post of August 6th…on offsets

Marc , not sure why your defending offsets. I sit with the question of “offsets” here at 7th Gen and wonder why it is we are all agreeing to a framework that is not strong enough to meet the challenge of what we need to do to build the needed architecture and infrastructure for a new world design – a design that looks at the deeper question raised by an economy, a present economy, built on waste (an economy built on building more waste (GDP)). If you are going to raise the question on offsets, I think we need to see the elephant in the room – the layers of questions that we need to bring to the surface and begin to build the frameworks to design anew. Right?

Before trying to address the bigger question on economy built on waste, let’s ask why use the offset framework and why offsets only for carbon dioxide. Yes, there is a global climate crisis (CO2) question, but there is a water question, an air question and a chemical question (we are still selling and releasing chemicals into the environment that we have no idea what their impacts are on present health (people-planet) or future health). You know the rap. So let’s change the idea away from offsets and focus on impact and the true-cost of our impact(s) from all our actions. What the true cost question does is reach past the offset framework out to a level of design-consciousness that is working to understand the WHOLE system (Bucky-esque). I think we need to begin using WHOLE systems thinking to see the relevant questions and begin to design for the WHOLE. I know people want to hold on the idea of incremental change strategies, but to not hold the WHOLE system in our thinking and to not design at that level, we are still deconstructing, trying to deal with the symptom and not the deeper questions. I can’t help but stress that we need to build the frameworks to take on the deeper questions.

This is a long rap. One not best for blogging, better for true dialogue. I do want to say that at 7th Gen we are road testing the idea of design. Yes, we did our carbon footprint. We are also doing (as best we can) a full impact assessment. We are not doing offsets. We are not going carbon neural. We are trying to understand our whole-present state. From here we are thinking design – how to do more with less – how to set goals that create more and more efficiency using less and less resource in our WHOLE value chain. I must stress this design is not just for CO2, it is for all our waste-impact.

We are assigning a dollar value to our impacts though we are using the CO2 dollar impact as a guide for now. We are taking that money and investing it back into the smaller system-value chain we are engaged-in which includes our employees. I am not sure why we would pay a third party to invest in the partial solution model, a non-system framework. I must admit the quest here is to keep awakening our thinking, questions that push beyond the architecture of present design. I keep falling back into doing things as is and not seeing the opportunity to design for a non-waste economy that holds the well-being of every single being in that design. Are there holes in my WHOLE system, here and now thoughts? yes. And am happy to bring in dialogue so that we are designing (and not offsetting), upgrading our thinking and prototyping of systems that “positively” impact us all and the future. WR

Climate Change: The Sins of Our Fathers

This dispatch arrived last night from our good friend and 2006 Change It participant, Joseph Kaifala, who wanted to share some of his thoughts on what’s happening in Africa.

As I was listening to BBC Network Africa this morning I heard of the increasing rainfalls that are currently devastating certain regions in Africa. According to the report, at least 17 countries have been hit in West, Central and East Africa by some of the worst rains in living memory. It also reported that at least 500,000 people have been affected by the floods in just twelve countries. An approximated 400,000 people have been affected in Uganda alone by what the BBC refers to as the country’s heaviest rainfall in 35 years.

At this point you might be thinking exactly what I thought: Climate Change. Well, you are right to think it because scientists have predicted such effects on Africa several times within the past four years. But of course, like everything else that concerns Africa, could anyone ever listen?

Earlier this year it was revealed by scientific investigation that Africa is 0.5 C warmer than it was a century ago, but that Africa is simply bearing the brunt of problems created in the rich industrial countries. The report, (Climate Change and Africa) in May 2007 aired on both BBC Focus and Network Africa reports stated that food production in countries in the Horn and the Sahel regions is always at the mercy of the climate, and the rising temperatures are putting those arid areas in an even more precarious position. Recently, a renewed study by the economist William Cline quantified drastic reductions in agricultural productivity in many of Africa’s poorest countries by the 2080s if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. Such declines are expected to be severe in places like Sudan and Senegal where agricultural production is predicted to fall by more than half, while other African countries will experience a reduction by 30-40 percent. I swear we don’t deserve this one.

This to me is tantamount to a pronouncement of future damnation for many African countries, taking into consideration already existing challenges such as diseases and the general lack of basic developmental infrastructures. But the predicted doom itself is not much of a concern as much as the fact that Africa barely has anything to do with the sins for which it must now face punishment. Africa is approximately 14% of the world’s population, responsible for only about 3.2% of global carbon emissions. This is not enough to add much effect to the predicted climatic changes, but Africa has again become the victim of irresponsible behavior in the industrialized countries. We can only pray that the industrial countries will take the matter seriously enough, instead of spending their time with polar beers in Greenland and doing very little to save even those poor creatures. Well, as we say in West Africa, “when a cow threatens to leave a large dung in the middle of the road to stop pedestrians from using it, it must not forget that the dung will first pass through its own rear.”

Bitter Coal’d

 

Introducing guest blogger Megan Reid. Megan is a student at Berea College and says she’s recently been awakened to the source of the coal that most of the Southeastern United States uses for energy. She writes, “I believe that if everyone knew a little more about it, the majority would have the heart to stand up for what is right and stop sacrificing the mountains and most of all the health of these people that live closest to these sites.” Here’s what else she has to say:

I recently took a field trip to eastern Kentucky, the lower section of the heart of Appalachia where mountain top removal is most popular extraction method of coal. In awe of all the beauty of this natural mountainous section of the world, there were patches of mountains that were just missing and valleys were replaced by low nutritional quality grass on a soil made of shale. Seeing these “reclamation” sites first hand matured my understanding and opinion of mountain top removal.


A “reclaimed” valley covered in this type of razor sharp seeded grass. There used to be a natural stream here.

Learning about the geological history of the Appalachian mountain chain and how coal is naturally manufactured makes it seem all the more ridiculous that we extract it, burn it, fight wars for it, and sacrifice our own people for it. It is a legal rape that effects all the people downstream, at the bottom of the valley, living within range of the vibrations of the explosions used to blow the tops off the mountains. The water is poisoned. The wildlife is poisoned. The people are poisoned.


A mountain top removal site in Perry County. Behind this site is what the mountain should look like.

These fossil fuels are historical keys to the history of the world and we burn them without respect for or any sort of thanks toward the earth. History books teach us that the aboriginal tribes who sacrificed a virgin to the volcano once a year or so were savages, but we sacrifice the health and well being of a whole population of people whom we claim are our brothers and sisters for a substance that feeds our recreation and convenience.

So far, through the history of politics and present day politics I have learned that people continue to follow in their fathers’ footsteps and refuse to open their eyes to the devastation of their actions yet somehow still claim to care as a father – hypocrites. And then those who decide to open their eyes see this trend throughout the history of man, as we know it, and are overwhelmed by the action necessary to simply protect what should be protecting us – Mother Earth.

At the Intersection Of Montana and Wyoming

At 10,000 feet, near the peak of Mt. Washburn, the snow leaves a soft dusting on the ground. The silence is totally enveloping. The calls of bear and elk periodically break the silence. Man is incidental to this endless wilderness. Life above the tree line is harshly peaceful.

This is my first adventure into Yellowstone National Park. From the highest peaks, the landscape seems to dwarf the vistas of my home in Vermont. Black bear and bison are hanging out by the roadside.

This was a long way to come for a Greenpeace board meeting, a lot of CO2 emissions to figure out how to slow the emissions of everyone else. But I’m grateful that I came. I had no idea how beautiful the country that often angers me so could be.

Desperately beautiful, unforgettable and awe-inspiring. Maybe I’ll skip the Himalayas and come back to Montana.

 

Understanding the Subtle Complexities of Global Warming

On August 8, 2007 there were 2.23 million square miles of ice in the Arctic.

By September 16th there were only 1.6 million square miles, a decline of 28% in only six weeks. This new level was far below the lowest low previously reached, which was 2.05 million square miles in 2005. How could such a huge change happen so quickly?

While most of us no longer question whether global warming is happening, few of us understand the intricate path it is likely to take as it unfolds. One of the most important and least understood aspects of this path is idea of the “feedback loop.”

This recent Op-ed piece from the New York Times, which Inkslinger posted about last week, does a wonderful job of explaining this idea. It’s something we all need to understand. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I highly recommend taking a few moments to understand this crucial concept.

Green Around the Edges

Meet Kimberly Paulk, today’s guest blogger for a Wednesday. Kimberly says she spends her time writing, enjoying her family, and engaging in the noble pursuit of trying to figure out how to stop screwing up the planet for our kids.

As an (almost) daily reader of The Inspired Protagonist, I finally decided to create a blog specific to my neck of the woods – Charlotte, North Carolina. The focus is being green…or at least, greener than you were the day, week or month before. I look at this as a journey, and I’m not “there” yet. I think there are a lot of people like me, trying to live a little more consciously but perhaps not quite sure how to do it. Green Around The Edges – Charlotte is for those folks, who are just trying to figure it out as they go along. The amount of information out there about the environment, along with the chorus of “don’t do this” and “never do that” can be overwhelming, and that can lead to apathy. So as I take baby steps, I share my progress and resources here in Charlotte with my blog audience, and hopefully we’ll all arrive at our destination together – and on time.

Making Good Things Bloom

Here’s the first guest post of the week, this one from Inspired Protagonist Christina Frutiger of Gig Harbor, Washington…

Everyone loves a bouquet but the flower industry is a very toxic one, to say the least. They are mostly grown in third world countries like Ecuador with little or no regulations in regards to the tons and tons of chemicals used, creating many health problems for their workers and then shipped thousands of miles… you get the picture.

I love flowers and am an avid organic gardener, so I decided to…one…get rid of my lawn and turn it into a flower garden and…two…offer my beautiful organic bouquets for sale to local friends, restaurants and businesses in my area. I use no pesticides, insecticides, or chemical fertilizers, so you could also eat them, if you wanted to! You can see my bouquets in Gig Harbor, Washington where I live.

Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Sometimes a guest post arrives which needs nothing extra added from anyone here. This is one, and here it is…

Okay, here goes. My name is Judy Johnson and I am an ordinary-type person of no particular importance to anything or anyone outside of my own circle of family and friends. I do all in my power to do the things necessary to save our planet for the generations to come and to lengthen my life and its enjoyment, but doing that is so much more expensive than the alternative and I am a senior on a fixed income. My frustration is as follows.

Why do all the things that are healthy and planet-saving always cost so much more than the highly processed things that have all the nutrients and etc. removed? It doesn’t make sense at all. For instance, I buy organic, pasteurized milk in glass bottles. There is a $1.75 deposit charged on the bottle that is only paid once it you bring it back each time you buy milk. That’s a good thing that reminds people not to waste. However, the milk itself should cost less to produce because the process is less. Cows are milked by humans, not machines. No cost savings there as people must be paid and the cost for the electricity to operate the machines that had to be purchased is perhaps comparable. However, the cows teats do not become infected by human handling, so the vet bills are much less. The cows are milked only twice a day instead of four or more times. It costs less to feed cows organically; grass and grains vs. all that artificial stuff. Cows live longer. There’s no cost for cartons that can never be re-used. There’s no cost for homogenizing or the people to do it. That is only some of the less costs for such milk. There are other benefits the organic dairy farmer would reap. The manure from his/her cows would be better for fertilizing. The cows would have healthy offspring, producing more milk-cows and beef for those who are carnivores. All these are reasons why that milk should cost less, not more than non-healthy milk, fertilizer and beef, yet when I go to the grocers I find any-old-brand-of-milk costs $1.89 for a half gallon and my organic milk costs $4.89 for a half gallon. It is the same for any organic food or product.

The next thing is vehicles. There is a man who invented an engine that runs on water and has passed all the vehicle requirements. Is that vehicle ever going to be released to the public and if it is, is it going to be priced at six figures like the battery powered vehicles that go normal speeds and normal distances?

So there is my frustration. Can you tell me why organic and other healthy, planet-saving products cost more and is someone going to do something to rectify it soon?

Thanks for listening. Got any answers?