Hitchiking House Bugs

Fresh Nest is committed to the best experience for our clients when providing quality cleaning. Our last two blog posts were dedicated to sharing what we would like our clients to know about us and our services. We invite our clients to always feel comfortable with their questions and concerns. One customer thoughtfully reached out to us to inquire about our practices in
preventing hitchhiking pests from spreading between homes. It was such a great question, we decided to research the answer and dedicate an entire blog post on it!

Prior to researching this answer more thoroughly, we already took considerate precautions in preventing the spread of household bugs. We watched for tell-tale signs during our walk throughs and purchased one of the best vacuums on the market that has an amazing filter
system. Additionally, we pack supplies specific for each job, leaving no left over rags. This ensures that rags brought in to one home will not be carried into another home. Dirty rags are transported in a tied off plastic bag and washed in high end laundry detergent in hot water. We also do not make beds unless given clean sheets. Fresh Nest follows a strict sanitizing and cleaning schedule of our supplies to ensure that they are in proper condition to be used in our client’s homes. Lastly, if we were to see any type of indication that a home has an infestation, we will cease to continue and immediately leave the home. Our supplies would be sanitized or disposed of and replaced. However, it is safe to say that although these precautions are consistent with other competitors practices, there may be room to improve and meet higher standards.

This topic encouraged us to do additional research. Some learning points included the reminder that all homes are not immune to the possibility of infestation. Even with proper and consistent cleaning, some bugs cannot be eliminated or prevented without extermination or vigilant
prevention. Although we often use our own vacuum, it is best practice to consider using the client’s personal vacuum for their own home. M Additionally, we will relook at our current schedule of sanitizing supplies and determine if changes are necessary. One change that we will consider
implementing, in the event that we use our own vacuum, may include cleaning the vacuum on site prior to loading in our vehicle to go to the next client’s home. Some bugs travel on an individual’s clothing. From this, we have determined that we will be
more diligent in keeping our personal belongings and jackets in our vehicles rather than allowing them to be stored in our client’s homes during our time cleaning. Another upcoming change will
include front loading our new clients with information and expectations upon scheduling a free consult. This information will allow a more open dialogue with our customers regarding possible concerns of previous infestation and our policies if we should come upon an infestation within
the home during a cleaning.

We are grateful that we were given this opportunity to improve our knowledge on this subject. We have also spent time researching the signs of infestation of common household bugs so we are more competent in identifying them when we do our free consult/walk throughs or as we continue cleaning our client’s spaces. This week we share helpful links on this topic with the hope that our clients may also benefit from this useful knowledge. As always, if you would like to add to this conversation, please reach out!

Cleaning For Company

“April showers bring May flowers!” That may be what the saying is, but April showers also keep company from being able to enjoy the outdoors when they come to visit. With winter finally
shedding its cold coat, many are eager to get out of the house and visit with friends and family.

But is your home company ready? Washington Post suggests that you prepare for company all year round and has provided suggestions you may not even think to look for, such as plumbing
and guest beds.
(https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/companys-coming-is-your-house-hospitality-re
ady/2014/11/03/818ef32e-48e0-11e4-a046-120a8a855cca_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term
=.9a7b53e4a9ef )

Many sites have given tips about cleaning in a hurry. One tip is to not worry about cleaning what others won’t see. Although it may be true that a party guest isn’t going to check behind your shower curtain while visiting for a birthday party, it creates peace of mind to do a thorough job. Additionally, it allows you to feel confident no matter what comes up. Your master bathroom
may be upstairs and typically unused, but in a pinch, you don’t want to worry about an untidy bedroom and dirty toilet.

Another quick cleaning myth is to just pick up clutter. The idea is that if the room is picked up, guests may not notice if it is clean or sanitized. Fresh Nest recommends you think about the
details. You may forget about discolored sinks and cobwebs in the corners, yet dust on the baseboards can make the whole floor look dingy and a discolored sink isn’t inviting when wanting to wash up.

A closed up home may develop smells, especially if the weather hasn’t allowed you to open up windows and shake out rugs. Check to make sure that your garbage can hasn’t developed any funky odors. The kitchen is a major culprit of holding odor so check the fridge and sink, as well.

Don’t forget the bathroom! The floor around the toilet often develops a stink, and is overlooked during regular cleaning. Without proper cleaning, attempting to mask these smells with sprays will not eliminate them, but will definitely make it worse. If you have pets, make extra time to do a deep clean in rooms the pet may spend a lot of time.

Last but not least, try to schedule time to do deep cleaning throughout the house all month long, to prevent a last minute rush.

If you don’t have time, that’s what Fresh Nest Cleaning is for! We offer deep cleaning and regular maintenance cleaning schedules that are personalized to fit your needs.

Don’t let a dirty home get in the way of your peace of mind when having friends and loved ones over.

We are offering spring cleaning deals, all month long. Schedule your free consult, today.

Spring Cleaning With a Chronic Illness

Spring has officially arrived! You know what that means? Baseball, flowers, allergies, LOADS of rain (if you live where I do!) and SPRING CLEANING!! But when you live with a chronic illness, such as Kidney Disease, even keeping up with the day to day chores can be a burden. The idea of dedicating an exceptional amount of time to get into the crevices of cobwebs and yearly
cleanings can be too much to think about.

Spring cleaning may feel like an optional tradition for those who are too busy healing, but according to kidney.org, it is a necessity to health.
Kidney.org states that keeping your environment free of compromising bacteria allows you to be protected while taking immunosuppressant drugs
(https://www.kidney.org/newsletter/transplants-chores-kidney-changing-magic-tidying). Immunosuppressant medication protects new transplant organs from being rejected by the
body. They can also be used when diagnosed with other more common chronic illnesses such as lupus, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis
(https://www.healthline.com/health/immunosuppressant-drugs).

Kidney.org provides a helpful list of trouble areas that can hold compromising bacteria that will
affect your ability to be healthy on immunosuppressant medication. Last week, we discussed keeping the home clean with pets. Others included on the list are the kitchen and garden.

Good Housekeeping has also put together a great comprehensive list that many can reference for their spring cleaning to-do’s on their article, “33 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home” (https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g3345/spring-cleaning-tips/).

We at Fresh Nest enjoy meeting with our clients and discussing what will ensure you keep a clean and sanitary home for your ongoing health and wellness. We offer a free consultation that allows you to have a personalized plan for either a one-time, comprehensive spring cleaning
session and/or an ongoing cleaning maintenance schedule. Many of what is included in Good Housekeeping’s spring cleaning list is included in our deep cleaning and/or regular maintenance
cleaning recommendation and options for you.

March is National Kidney Month and we are committed to bringing awareness regarding chronic kidney disease. That’s why 10% of all profits for the month of March will be donated to The National Kidney Foundation.