Author Archives: Carrie Lacso

Clean It Up!

Some of my friends call me a clean freak, and who am I to complain? They’re absolutely right. I just can’t stand living in a messy home and I think it’s really important to keep everything neat and tidy. Apart from creating the right impression when visitors come around, it’s also just must nicer to live in a clean home. It puts me in a more positive state of mind and helps me to feel good when I’m relaxing. Of course that doesn’t even cover the hygiene issues. Who would want to live in a dirty house, putting themselves at risk of disease, illness and allergies?

One of the problems that I’ve had in my home is the floors. In my last house, it was fully carpeted throughout which was easy to deal with thanks to my trusty vacuum cleaner. However since I’ve moved here, we have hardwood floors and I haven’t found them so simple to clean. Although I have a hardwood attachment on my vacuum it doesn’t seem to get the job done quite so well. I can see dirt and grime left behind after I’ve been vacuuming and I don’t like it!

I’ve recently switched to using a classic mop rather than the vacuum but I haven’t been very happy with that either. It takes a long time for the floors to dry and I’m worried that I’m putting too much water on the wood. I’m also worried that I’m just moving the dirt and bacteria around the floor with the mop rather than actually getting rid of it.

I decided to find out more about what I could do to solve the problem. A friend told me that she’d visited https://steamclean.reviews/best-mop-tile-floors/ when she was looking for a steam mop, so I decided to see if there would be any information about steam mops for hardwood there since I’ve heard that they’re a good strategy to keep your space clean and they cut down on allergens and bacteria.

I did a bit of research and found two different models that are highly recommended for use on hardwood floors like mine.

O-Cedar

O-Cedar

This high quality model is ideal for wood floors with a microfiber cushioned pad and a specially designed triangular head to fit into tight spaces. It can even be used on carpets for spot cleaning thanks to a separate included attachment. It has a good build quality and a long warranty and as an added bonus it is simple to use and lightweight. It’s even affordable! Heating rapidly in just 20 seconds, this 5lb steam mop holds plenty of water (400ml) without adding bulk. It even comes with its own filling cup to allow measurement of water easily for no mess.

Fitting perfectly into corners, it has a large footprint to cover space rapidly. It can swivel a full 360 degrees for the ultimate in maneuverability and can be used on tiles too to remove grout marks. Proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria it requires no chemicals and as it produces a constant stream of steam it won’t cause cramp in the fingers! The steam level is adjustable to suit the floor type between 3 levels and it leaves only a tiny trace of water behind. On the downside, there is no alert to tell me when the tank needs refilling and there is no automatic shut off system which can be problematic since the system could be damaged if it runs on empty.

Bissell PowerFresh

Bissell PowerFresh

This top seller is popular thanks to its versatility, intelligent design and low price. Offering 3 levels of steam this model has an easy scrubber flip down brush to loosen the toughest stains. It comes with 2 machine washable microfiber pads which are easy to fit and which won’t damage hardwood floors. They are also given a Microban treatment to prevent the growth of bacteria. The removable water tank is easy to fill and with a long power cord it offers a lot of range. There are also fragrance discs included to leave the home smelling lovely. Capable of working on tile too, this versatile model leaves no haze on wood and is protected by a two year warranty. On the downside, when used in the deep clean mode, it does produce a lot of water which takes a while to dry.

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A Happy Home

Nobody likes housework, but everybody feels better when their home is lovely and clean. I always feel happier in a clean house, and that’s why I’ve developed a routine to make sure that everything gets done. Once you get into a tidying rhythm, you find that you have a lot more time to spend doing the things that you enjoy – staying on top of the household chores means you don’t have to spend a whole day doing a deep clean.

Why do you need to keep your home clean?

house wife cleaning the carpet

Firstly, good cleaning makes sure that there are no germs around to suppress your immune system and make you ill. If you keep your surfaces bacteria free you can make sure that you don’t get sick. One of the best ways to make sure that hardwood surfaces stay clean is to use steam and I’m really looking forward to getting my steam mop for my floors so that I can get rid of the bacteria there. Nice clean floors are just one way of making sure that I stay fit and healthy.

Another reason is to make sure that the air quality stays good inside the home. Poor quality indoor air leads to asthma and allergies as well as respiratory problems and dust, dander and mildew are key causes.

Of course, it also goes without saying that a clean home is an attractive one. Being organized makes your home more beautiful and you won’t be looking a sink full of dirty dishes and piles of junk. Instead, you’ll be able to focus on your lovely furnishings.

Keeping your home clean helps to reduce stress and improve your state of mind. It’s actually a great way to improve your mental health since dirty and grime can put you in a worse mood and clutter causes depression.

You’ll actually end up saving time if you keep your home clean. You waste loads of time looking for items which you’ve misplaced in the junk. If you keep your home organized, you’ll know where everything is.

Some top tips to keeping your home tidy:

man cleaning the table and woman fixing the dishes

Focus on a single area per day. Deep cleaning a single room one day a week is easier than deep cleaning all of them once a week.

Involve the whole family – everyone lives in the house so everyone should clean it. Establish a routine so each member of the family knows what is expected.

Outsource – if you can afford it, hire professional help to clean carpets or do laundry.

Buy organizational furniture – getting stylish storage furnishings will help you to keep everything in order. Coat hooks, bookshelves, storage ottomans and attractive baskets will keep things in order and out of sight.

Avoid making a mess in the first place. Have a set place for your coat, purse, mail, phone and keys. Tackle your paperwork before it piles up and washes used plates straight away.

Although keeping your home clean may sound like an onerous task, once you’re on top of your game it’s much easier to stay organized in the long term.

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Preparing for the Interview

I think that attending a job interview can be one of the most stressful and worrying things you can ever do. They’re certainly not easy, and they never get easier even if you’ve attended hundreds! I hate going to job interviews, but I’ve learned that hard way that it’s important to be well prepared in advance otherwise you risk failure. Being calm and confident is the key to success.

man holding two ties

I decided that I’d offer some top tips to help you to cope better with your next job interview so you can get the job you’ve been dreaming of. Here are my suggestions:

 

  • Spend some time preparing. You need to project that you’re positive, confident and skilled, so you need to be able to speak concisely and clearly about the many assets you have to offer. Practice being interviewed with a friend so that you have a good idea about what you’re going to say and do. Preparation is the key to your success. You can do this by looking online for some sample question and by providing evidence of things that you have done well so that you can cite them at the appropriate time.
  • Research the company that you are applying for. Almost always you get asked what you know about the company, so knowing some key facts is essential. Prepare some questions to ask too.
  • Be prepared – don’t ever wait until the day you’re due to go to the interview to choose what to wear, get out your resume and find some paper and a pen. Think ahead and get your items ready the night before your interview.
  • Be early – arrive at least 5 minutes before the interview is due to start. If you’re not sure of the location, visit the premises beforehand to learn the way. Leave a little extra time for traffic and a few more minutes so you can freshen up and calm down before you go in.
  • Stay calm – remember body language will betray your nerves, so try to be calm and maintain your eye contact with your interviewer.
  • Prove what you know – knowing what the company are looking for and matching that criteria with your own skills and experience will show that you have all of the key requirements they are looking for.
  • After your interview, send a thank you by email reminding them of how interested you are. You can take this opportunity to mention anything you forgot to say while you were being interviewed. If there were several people interviewing you, you should send all of them their own personal note.

Businesswomen shaking hands in the office

While attending interviews is never much fun, if you’re feeling confident and well prepared you’re more likely to ace it, to show your best side and to show the interviewer just how good you are at the job that you’re applying for. Follow these helpful tips and you’re sure to find that you get the dream job that you’ve been looking for.

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