Enhanced Cleaning: Covid Update

 

Enhanced Home Cleaning Standards

We have placed significant effort and focus on ensuring the health and safety of our homeowners, guests, vendors, team members and community. Today we are excited to share the following enhancements to the way in which we care for and clean a home in the age of COVID-19. Our team is in the process of being Certified following these enhanced standards. Checking the Health of our team is very important and is monitored. Ensuring they have the appropriate PPE equipment.

 

Confirming the use of COVID-19 fighting cleaning products:

Our professional housekeepers follow stringent cleaning standards, customized for the home. Our products are Professional Grade and provided by Eco lab, the same products used in hospitals and hotels and recommended by the CDC. EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19. Kill time is more advance than regular household cleaners. SPRAY AND WIPE USING ECO LAB PEROXIDE MULTI SURFACE (RECOMMENDED PRODUCT BY UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.

 

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Salmonella enterica

MRSA, HIV, Canine Parvovirus

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Enhanced home cleaning standards checklists:

We have also rolled out updated checklists with more rigorous standards regarding cleaning high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, handles and light switches, in line with CDC guidelines.

⦁    Wipe down touch areas light switches, lamps, cupboard handles, doorknobs, banisters, remotes, and thermostats, fan pulls and door frames, garage remotes etc.

⦁    Sanitize/disinfect high-traffic areas like bathroom toilets, sinks and trash cans.

⦁    Wipe down all appliances, electronics, and provided amenities.

⦁    Wear new disposable gloves

⦁    Use new Disposable Sponges

⦁    Clean rags and mop heads per home.

⦁    70% alcohol granite and finish spray.

⦁    All Equipment and supply caddy's will be sprayed with Eco Lab Peroxide.

⦁    New Vac bags will be used in each home.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting us directly

Thank you for your support and trust in us.


Boosting Vacation Rental Income

How to Boost Your Vacation Rental's Prospects

Entering the rental business can be intimidating, so it’s always important to be prepared. It takes work and thorough planning, but the research is well worth the effort in the long run. If you don’t know where to begin or how to start the process, here are some things to consider that can help transform your property into a vacation rental.

Color for Mood

Your rental needs to draw guests in and feel welcoming from the moment they enter the front door. Color is a strong but subtle way of achieving this feat. For instance, warm hues, such as reds and oranges, can energize living areas and inspire guests to chat and enjoy their food. Similarly, yellow brightens spaces and brings joy while making rooms seem more open. However, these colors can keep people awake at night, which is not what any vacationer wants. With that in mind, use soft shades like lavender in the bedroom to reduce stress without overwhelming the senses. Your choices don’t end there, as greens promote peace, light blues can lower blood pressure, and soft grays keep moods calm without clashing with décor.

Marketing Tips

Start with the basics, and list your property on multiple websites that host private rentals, such as Airbnb or HomeAway. Of course, you don't want to appear inexperienced, so mirror established rentals and create a brand for your property. This is easier than you might think since it may only require a personalized website that details things to do locally. Yet, if you want to make bookings through your own site, you do need to know how to drive traffic through social media, email, and SEO practices. Lastly, never underestimate the power of a positive review, which means you need to keep all your interactions with clientele as upbeat as possible.

Hire Help When Needed

Even if you’re close to your rental, it may be difficult to clean between guests during a busy season. That’s why it’s best to have extra help when needed to handle a tight turnaround. If you choose to hire a property manager in Scottsdale that offers cleaning services, any mess can be transformed quickly. A management company can also oversee bookings and provide local support day and night. Yes, the costs may be higher than doing it yourself, but a property manager’s professionalism can shine through.

Invest in Amenities

While basics are a must, you need to expand your amenities to get good ROI. That means having detergent, Wi-Fi, and toiletries, but you should also stand out by offering more features. These attractions might include a workspace, games, a streaming service, luxurious sheets, and plush towels. It’s also a good idea to offer more in the kitchen by providing coffee, tea, a blender, or even a rice cooker. Finally, to truly set yourself apart, include a small gift, a bottle of wine, or a small treat that represents your area.

The Importance of Appearance

If the images and videos of your rental don’t immediately “wow” a potential guest, they will move on to a property that does. While you should ensure that no clutter is visible, you also want things to seem inviting. This can be easily achieved by setting dining areas and putting out plates, glasses, and silverware. To create a pleasing aesthetic, always have a centerpiece, whether it’s a bowl of fresh flowers or fruit. Equally, bedrooms should emphasize luxury, so plump pillows, press the comforters, and add matching décor. For added effect, hire a professional photographer, as their knowledge of angles and lighting could be a clincher.

Don’t be overwhelmed or underprepared. Give your rooms the right paint job, think about your return on investment when investing in tech, and figure out the best way to market your property. By getting support, making upgrades, and transforming your space into a relaxing paradise, you give yourself a better chance at success.

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Dust and Allergies

Dust ~ A Hidden Cause For Many Allergies

Have you dusted your home today?

The chances are that if you wipe a finger across a certain household surface that you will come into contact with dust. Just by looking around you, you will find the stuff everywhere.

What is Dust?

Previously it was considered that the dust particles came from our dead skin, but now it is proven that the household dust is a blend from the clothing fibers, animal dander, food particles, carpet fluff, and the dirt from the outdoors. Every time that we open our door or window, we also let airborne debris, soil particles, and pollen get in. Additionally, we mustn’t forget about the dust coming from all the make-up products such as powders.

Is dust dangerous?

Sounds ridiculous but it`s true, dust particles can be dangerous for your health. Dust is the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of insects and allergens.

  • Dust mites are small beings that cannot be seen with the eye but only with a microscope and they actually feed on the dust. Since you can`t see them, you won`t even know that they live in your home. They can settle into the mattress that you sleep on, deep within your carpet, your curtains, and their number can increase as much as a few thousand to millions. If you discover an object infected with dust mites the best way to kill them is to freeze the item or wash it with hot water. These tiny creatures are hazardous because their droppings can carry airborne illnesses or diseases.

Allergic Reactions

Sometimes having too much dust in your home might be the direct cause of some allergic reactions. Common signs are a runny nose, often sneezing, red and itchy eyes, coughing, and skin irritation. Keeping your home clean and dust-free is the number one step in prevention against common allergies.

For those of us affected by allergies (the author included) and looking for a holistic approach to allergies, you may find this a very interesting article surrounding the benefits of turmeric and its ability to fight off allergy-related symptoms.

How to keep your home dust-free?

  1. Use the right vacuum

If you want to get rid of all the dust particles suction alone is not enough. If you want high-quality results you need to use a vacuum cleaner with a powerful agitator such as the ProTeam Vacuums. The company itself is highly innovative always working on improving their models in terms of being even lighter in weight, ergonomic to use, quick, efficient, and powerful. They are the perfect solution when it comes to getting rid of the excessive dust.

  1. Organize your closets

Try boxing and bagging all of the clothes since they are constantly shredding fibers that tend to flutter around with you opening your closet`s doors. The clear plastic containers are the best since you can see the content through them.

  1. Change your bedding every week

Since we do spend a lot of amount in our bed they are collecting a lot of dead skin and dust hence why it is so important to change them at least once a week.

What are HEPA filters and their importance?

HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) is an already well-known filter held accountable for its superhero abilities to capture even the slightest particles of dust, dander, and other common allergens. This is vital when it comes to fighting the allergies and their unbearable symptoms.

 

 


Deep Cleaning Macedonian Style

Introducing You to “Generalka”

Have you ever heard of this small yet beautiful country located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula named Macedonia?

Stunning nature all around populated with warm and welcoming people. The citizens will make you feel like home offering traditional Macedonian food created with much love and passion. Loud and friendly with a lot of weird habits, never starting their day before drinking the first Turkish coffee in the calmness of their own home. The family is a cherished unity and so nurturing habits of wholesomeness and taking care of other people is very important.

Within the first few days of any visit, you will learn that the traditional yet common prejudices exist, such as the men having the last word in the home and being dominant and usually found in his natural habitat drinking beer with his friends. On the contrary, ever since their young age, the girls are thought as being dominant in keeping the household clean and always preparing the lunch for the family. As the new generations are approaching, the struggle to break the chains and break the usual stigmas continues.

Church of St John the Theologian – at Kaneo, Ohrid, Macedonia

The Cleaning Tradition Named Generalka

However, one tradition tends to remain unchanged “The Generalka Day”. This might be unfamiliar to you but it is a long-lasting tradition. It usually happens once a month or before important events in the home such as Christmas or Easter. Usually, the mother with the daughter come together to thoroughly clean the ENTIRE HOME.

Yes, you heard me well, the entire home.

It is a long and painstaking process and it usually looks like a bomb dropped into the house/apartment before it’s all shiny and clean again. Starting by rearranging all of the closets and throwing into the trash everything that is unnecessary or old, to wiping and cleaning every surface in the home. It`s not an usual site seeing a woman climbing on one or even two chairs, gazing over the broadly opened window trying to make them seem perfect and spotless. Usually, in this process, natural products such as vinegar, alcohol, lemon, and baking soda are used.

They tend to be eco-friendly plus abrasive too. The cleaning recipes are handed over from one generation to another like a well-kept hidden secret. The first thing before cleaning the windows is to throw the curtains into the washing machine and then when the entire Generalka is done, they are put right back on. All the natural plants are cleaned  with fresh water only, wiping and dusting their leaves off. Next thing is cleaning the carpets and the wooden floors. Specially designed cleaning products and a game called “making every corner as clean as your bed” can begin.

Last but not least, is cleaning the dust that has accumulated on the surfaces in the home. Moving and rearranging the furniture is not an unusual thing during Generalka. As weird as it sounds, you might come back home and find your bed in a completely new location. The bathroom and the kitchen are not left out when doing Generalka.

These cleaning habits are a completely normal thing in Europe and specifically in Macedonia. The entire family comes together for the sole purpose of cleaning the entire home. It`s a way of making preparations and welcoming new seasons appropriately into the home.

The practice of Deep Cleaning, Spring Cleaning and Seasonal Cleaning is not new to any of us, but to have a great name like "Generalka Day" and create a family tradition that bonds and strengthens relationships is something to cherish and develop.


How to Quickly Attract Buyers

How to Quickly Attract Buyers to Your House

As a homeowner, you may occasionally find that you need to sell your home quickly. In a buyer’s market, it can be difficult to get your home listed and sold successfully. However, there are steps you can follow and projects you can undertake that will increase the chance of your home selling quickly for a reasonable price.

Questions to Ask Before Selling

Before beginning to sell, make sure you’re ready. Selling a home is a big decision that requires significant amounts of thought and preparation. Begin by taking stock of your finances. Do you have enough cash flow to fund a move? Also, figure out your home’s current equity by subtracting your remaining mortgage and the cost of repairs from the current value of your home. (You can estimate your home’s current value by comparing with similar homes in the same neighborhood.) Finally, notice the time of year. Spring tends to be the most popular season to buy a home, thanks to the warmer, sunnier weather and the end of school. However, spring sales can become oversaturated if you live in a popular market, so examine your market before making a decision.

Find a Listing Agent and Set a Fair Price

Once you’ve decided to sell, you should find a good listing agent. Never go for the first name you see -- always take your time and interview several agents before making a decision. Particularly if you are in a hurry, your listing agent should be decisive, assertive, and economically focused. They should also be communicative, keeping you updated on the current situation with easily understood language. Make sure that your agent knows your time frame so that they can market your house accordingly. Also, be sure to tell them your reasons for selling -- full disclosure is important in a sale. Finally, let them know about your intentions to take on small projects to improve your home’s value, as they might have valuable advice.

Next, you’ll want to set a fair price for your home. While you may be tempted to price your home at the highest price possible, that will severely limit your pool of potential buyers (consider that pricing a home at $375,000 causes buyers who may be searching for homes under $370,000 out of the running). Lowballing your price may attract more buyers, but it could also cost you money. In general, you should aim toward the middle of your range. Similarly to how you may want to avoid springtime market oversaturation, you may also want to price your home accordingly if a particular price bracket is overstuffed. Always consider your market, and consult with your agent before making any decisions.

Deep Clean and Stage Your House

You can boost the chances of a buyer accepting your offer by improving your house. If you have the spare cash, small improvements like swapping carpets for wood floors and touching up the paint on your walls can make a vast difference. Before showing your house, you deep clean it by decluttering, cleaning every available surface (including windows, fan blades, and switches), and organizing cabinets and closets, even those you don’t necessarily intend buyers to see. Once it’s clean, stage your home to sell by removing personal touches like family pictures and creating general vignettes for each room. Make sure to tidy up your yards as well -- landscaping is the first thing potential buyers will notice when they drive up to your house. Finally, with your agent’s help, promote your house online. Acquiring a set of professional photos will help draw buyers in.

With dedication and care, you can sell your house as quickly as required by your situation. Make sure your listing agent knows your circumstances and intentions so that you get the best possible deal.

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The 3 Things to Do Before Moving into Your New Home

The 3 Things to Do Before Moving into Your New Home

Moving into a new home is an exciting experience. You've got walls to paint, decorations to buy, and memories to start building in the house of your dreams! Of course, before you can start all that, you'll need to get some of the hard work out of the way first. From cleaning your home to making sure that it's safe and ready to move into.

To help you get the best possible experience with your new property, we've put together a list of three most essential things you need to do before you hire a moving team like Bellhops Moving in Phoenix to shift your stuff over. Let's get started.

 

1.     Change the Locks

While you might think that you've moved into the safest neighborhood in Arizona, it's still worth changing your locks before you start moving expensive and cherished belongings into your new house. There's always a chance that someone else has their hands on an old key, and they could use that key to get into your home whenever they like.

Even if you think that your sellers are trustworthy enough, it's best not to take the risk. Change your locks before you move in on all of the exterior doors - including your garage door if you have one. Your windows should be safe enough if they lock from the inside.

2.     Check the Roof

Before you even put an offer in on your new home, you should have taken some time to check the roof. After all, the roof is one of the most critical features of any new home. However, even if you did give the space a cursory glance before moving in, it's worth making sure that there's nothing th

at needs major repairs before you start hauling your belongings.

Check everything from the tiles to the state of the loft inside. Look for signs of water damage and broken structural parts. You can always contact an expert if necessary. Check the roof before you start cleaning so that you don't mess up your home with any dust or rubble.

 

3.     Clean Everything!

The last thing you want is to move into your brand-new home and live with someone else's smell and grime. 

That's why it's so important to start cleaning before you start installing your furnishings. If you wash and scrub everything before there are boxes in the way, you'll have a much easier time of getting everything done.

Even if your seller tells you that they've cleaned the property yourself, you'll still want to do some scrubbing to make sure that you get into any of the areas they might have missed.

Of course, if you don't have time for any of that, you can always seek the help of a professional cleaning team instead. They can cover all the hard work for you, so you can enjoy the moving process.


Cardinals Clean House

The Short-Term and Long-Term Questions For The Arizona Cardinals

Knowing that the team is right in the midst of a transition phase, the Arizona Cardinals find themselves in a balancing act of trying to build a team that can compete for years to come, while finding players who can also compete in an increasingly difficult NFC West today.

Like everything else in football, it all started with the guy under center. Arizona said goodbye to quarterback Carson Palmer, who retired this offseason after a 15-year NFL career. With no replacement ready in the wings, the team went out and acquired two players that can at least serve as a "bridge" player to the future: veteran quarterback Sam Bradford, and journeyman backup Mike Glennon. Arizona was well aware that neither guy is the solution for the long-term, but at least provides an answer for who their quarterback is for the immediate future, considering they had no quarterbacks on their roster at one point this offseason.

Of course, to whom those quarterbacks throw the football is another question, both in the short-term and the long-term. The seemingly ageless Larry Fitzgerald is starting to see the light at the end of his professional football tunnel, and the team let wide receivers John Brown and Jaron Brown go in free agency. Opposite of Fitzgerald, the team has the largely unproven Chad Williams (a 3rd round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft), fourth-year player JJ Nelson, and Brice Butler (acquired from the Dallas Cowboys this offseason).

So, it looks like the job of keeping things close enough for the offense to score a few points and squeak out a few wins will fall on the collective shoulders of the defense of new head coach Steve Wilks, the former defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals. It’s very likely that General Manager hired Wilks with an understanding that he’d have to build a defensive-minded team in the short term – similar to the one Wilks left in Carolina – while the offense retools itself.

Thankfully, the cupboard is a lot more full on the opposite side of the football, starting with a front seven that includes guys like pass rusher Chandler Jones (who led the NFL with 17 sacks last year), versatile "moneybacker" Deone Buchanon (who will transition to more of a traditional linebacker this year), and young stud talents like defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and linebacker Haason Reddick. This unit is fast, fierce, and formidable enough to dictate the nature of games by themselves.

There's another stud that'll be patrolling the deep part of the field behind that front seven, albeit alongside several question marks. Cornerback Patrick Peterson remains one of the very best in the game, but he lost running mate and good friend Tyrann Mathieu this offseason, as the Cardinals simply could not meet his contract demands. Thankfully, Arizona groomed defensive back Budda Baker (taken in the second round of last year's draft) as something of a replacement for Mathieu, but the free safety spot, as well as the cornerback spot opposite Peterson (which has always seemed to be a trouble spot) still has quesiton marks.

There's at least hope for the future in Arizona, now that the team selected quarterback Josh Rosen in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. But the team, as a whole, might find itself taking one step backwards for the foreseeable future, in order to take two steps forward.

Written by Rajan Nanavati
www.hailtothedistrict.com


How to Clean a Baseball Bat

Cleaning a Baseball Bat

 

When the need to clean a baseball bat arises its good to consider the hows, the whys and the whats. The performance of the player and the bat must be in tip top condition and consideration on keeping it clean reflects not only on performance, but also the players pride and respect in his bat.  Perhaps the marks, dents, scratches and dirt might be all battle weary game scars to be proud of, but keeping equipment clean is essential for continued use and success.

Material Facts

Composite Bat

Typically made of a graphite-fiber material, this is a carbon and epoxy resin combination. There are also titanium options in composite bats. It creates a bat that is stronger than steel but lighter in weight, giving higher swing speeds and more power.  Keeping the bat in good shape requires cleaning and care.  Despite its durability and weight advantages, composite bats must be cleaned to maintain performance and reduce wear and tear.

Aluminium Bat

Aluminum bats are made from, you got it, aluminum. To be precise, its an aluminum alloy.  The quality of the aluminum affects the cost of the bat and its strength and weight is governed by the mixture of the alloys: mainly zinc, copper, magnesium, zirconium and scandium.  For example, increased amounts of zirconium leads to more strength and adding higher amounts of scandium further strengthens the bat.  Varying degrees of the alloy content gives rise to the various bat benefits.

To clean a composite or aluminium bat you will need:

  1. Cotton cloth, wash cloth or terry towel.
  2. Bleach free soap, not handsoap, but shampoo can work too.
  3. Mild warm water
  4. Magic Erase
  5. Elbow grease

The Cleaning Steps

Step 1 - Remove dirt and grime with a damp/moist cloth.

Step 2 - Using the bleach free soap mixture with mild warm water to clean scrub clean using elbow grease on tougher marks

Special Note - avoid getting the gripping tape wet.

Step 3 - Tougher stains might benefit from the use of a slightly damp magic eraser.

Step 4 - Rinse bat with clean fresh water to remove any soap residue still on bat.

 

Step 5 - Dry bat with clean dry soft cloth

 

Using just water and soap may simply be enough but to fully bring back that sheen and gloss you may need to apply the extra effort as above or even invest in some professional grade cleaners for your baseball bat.

 

 

 

Interesting fact: Cryogenically treated aluminium provides less vibration, better durability and greater 

hitting distances of around 3%

 

Wooden Bat

The wood used in the manufacture of a wooden baseball bat has changed over the years.  Most are made from Ash but slowly being replaced in popularity by Maple.  Hickory has been used in the past but fallen out of favour.   Although technically not a wood (as its a grass), Bamboo has emerged as a new kid on the field with its light weight and strength benefits.

Once again, cleaning a wooden bat requires some knowledge of what wood you have.  Remember a manufacturers recommendation will always be advised before adopting a cleaning method.  To ensure the wood doesn't deteriorate cleaning and maintenance is essential.

To clean a wooden bat you will need:

  1. Soft clean cloth or towel
  2. Rubbing Alcohol
  3. Wood rolling pin
  4. or another wooden bat
  5. Wood polish
  6. 200 grit or higher sandpaper

The Cleaning Steps

Step 1 - Start at the top of the bat and wiping down to the handle

Step 2 - 1st using a damp soft cloth and water clean as above, do not soak the bat.

Step 3 - Any tough marks or stains, try upgrading the water to rubbing alcohol on the cloth.

Step 4 - Using the fine grit sandpaper on any areas not engraved if stubborn marks remain.

Step 4 - Wood polish will give your bat a nice shiny finish, be careful though!

Note - too much polish will soften the bat and may break when used.

Step 5 - Use a wood rolling pin or another bat to rub against scrapes and scratches to smooth out.

 

Step 6 - Dry the bat. Store handle up and keep out of humid or extreme temperatures.

 

There will be many more ways and means to clean a wooden bat.  I would be more than happy to add them, update my own method or even change it on the good advice of my readers, so feel free to comment and let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clean on the Green

Clean and green on the golfing scene.

Scottsdale hosts what many consider the greenest golfing event on the calendar.  I love golf.  I love green.  My favourite football team (soccer to many) play in green.  I love Christmas trees.  I love when people think green.  I'm even partial to the odd Grinch or two.  I love the smell of green while searching for a bothy.

When a major sporting event hosts over 600,000 people then it is easy to imagine the amount of waste generated by the fans, vendors and general requirements to host such a spectacle.  Well, the WMPO is such an event that has considered the impact on the environment and here we take a brief look at their achievements.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open

In the last 3 years the WMPO avoided sending any waste to a landfill.  Bold statement and absolutely astounding.  Waste management at its best.

Not a single container or cup. A can or signpost marker.

Broken down: 45% of waste was composted.  About 40% recycled.  There will even be small percentage recovered to energy from waste.

Check this out ! - the 18th hole features a rotating Waste Management logo containing about 150,000 used golf balls and then the balls are donated to a youth golf non-profit.

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Each year these water features are re-used and I'm excited to learn what 2018 has in store and look to see whats new and also spot the re-used features too.

15th hole had a floating logo made with 750,000 recycled golf tees - will this one be back?

How do they do it?

The whole event is dotted with 4000 recycling or compost containers.  There is no place for landfill waste.  Even the energy used is provided by renewable energy sources with an array of solar units to power hospitality tents and solar light towers throughout the course.

Even the vehicles are considered with every effort to make them operate on alternative energy, biodiesel or compressed natural gas.  Every effort to reduce waste, focus on a sustainable source and think green.

Green on the green

Dubbed the "The Greatest Show on Grass" it is equally "The Greenest Show on Turf" perhaps even "The Greatest Greenest Show on Grass or Turf on Earth"

Almost catchy.  But highlighting the background efforts to be green is an important point to be shared. Showcasing to the massive audience around the world, the care and attention to detail to make an event sustainable, green and safe is not only commendable but imperative.

I might just love golf more than before.