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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

That Stinks

When I moved to the country, I imagined some of the critters I’d have to share my yard with – deer, turkeys, turtles, raccoons, snakes. So we’ve been in our house for a little over a year now, and until our neighbor said they had one living in their yard, they never crossed my mind -- skunks. After that conversation, I saw one while running two days later. Then a few days after that, we had two in our yard.

My son and I happened to be out of town the day of the skunk incident. And thank goodness for that because one of them sprayed five feet from our house. It was on a Thursday night, and Gray and I got home on Saturday afternoon. I had no idea until my husband told me the story – a very funny one I have to admit. But he also confessed that the smell seeped into the house. (That explained the bottle of Fabreze in the laundry room.)

After he confessed, my mind ran through lots of scenarios. Like – what if the smell had permeated my clothes? My guess is that this is something most of you won’t ever have to deal with. But I had to find the answer to my question, especially now. Some web sites said just throw the clothes away. One suggested burying the sprayed clothes for three days before trying to wash. Below is some information from about.com and ehow.com. It seemed to be the most logical.

•Immediately soak washable items in a mixture of 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, and the normal amount of laundry detergent for at least 30 minutes (be sure to test the mixture on each item on a small area before using).
•Careful not to use too warm of water as it can infuse the odor into the fibers.
•Wash as normal using a heavy duty detergent.
•Don’t bleach.
•Don’t use the dryer. Instead line dry your items as the heat from the dryer will also infuse the odor into the fibers.
•For non-washable items, air thoroughly then bring them to us.

So I’m curious. Has anyone had to deal with this?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Runs in the Family

Apparently I have passed my obsession with being clean and crisp on to my 4 year old son. Not too long ago my sister and niece were visiting for the day. We were all having lunch when a piece of tomato from my son’s BLT fell out and slid down his shirt. Panic instantly hit. “Oh no, it’s going to stain,” he said. “Can you get the Oxy Clean?”

The look on my sister’s face was priceless. “How many 4 year olds do you know that know about Oxy Clean,” she asked. I guess it’s true – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I'm so proud.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Marriage Saver

Not only do we save weddings, A Cleaner World has actually saved some marriages!

I recently talked to Cathy Poole, Manager of A Cleaner World in Mount Airy. Cathy has been with A Cleaner World longer than I. She started out as a CSR, demonstrated her abilities, and was promoted to store manager about the time I was hired. Not only does Cathy know her stuff, she also caught Mike Feudale’s enthusiasm. I don’t know of anyone that loves A Cleaner World and their customers more than she does.

Before transferring to Mount Airy, Cathy managed the A Cleaner World located on Robinhood Road in Winston-Salem. Upon starting at that store, Cathy quickly developed the habit of sticking around a few minutes after the 6:00 p.m. closing time. One evening a female customer drove up after closing, and Cathy went out to wait on her. The customer seemed a bit frantic and asked could she pick up her cleaning even though it was after hours. After hanging the dress shirts in the back seat, the customer explained that her husband would be quite irritated with her if she failed to get his shirts today. “You saved my marriage,” she jokingly told Cathy. My guess is that word got out because Cathy had a handful of female customers that regularly picked up a few minutes after 6:00 p.m.

As Cathy and I talked, we laughed together about the ‘saving the marriage’ thing. But the truth is, Cathy is a working mom and wife just like these ladies. She knows what all they juggle, and she’s happy that her few extra minutes made for a happy home that night.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

No Company Name?

Have you ever looked at a tag on one of your garments and noticed ‘RN’ followed by some numbers? RN stands for Registered Identification Number. A RN is issued by the Federal Trade Commission to United States businesses that manufacture, import, distribute, or sell products covered by the Textile, Wool, and Fur Acts.

Why do I tell you this? Because businesses can put the number on the label instead of the company name. So what if you have an issue with a piece of clothing that has no company name just the RN? Well there is a handy little search feature on the FTC’s website that can help you find the company.

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