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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Our New Puppy and My Dining Room Rug

Gray and I had been bugging Matt for another dog ever since Keeper roamed off. Matt didn’t exactly love Keeper and wouldn’t agree to another dog, so I found myself wishing that one would just show up. And wouldn’t you know a week before Christmas, Matt’s dad called saying a puppy showed up at their farm. Do we want her? I was actually hesitant. I wanted a dog, not a puppy. But Gray was incredibly excited, so they went and got her. Then the super cold spell hit and suddenly she was an inside puppy. An inside puppy that needed house training. Meet Lucy.

While we crated her when we couldn’t be right there, she still managed to have quite a few accidents in our house. Thankfully we strategically placed the crate so she would be confined to the laundry room, kitchen, and dining room. But my dining room rug……

I went through old blog posts to remind myself how to clean up pet accidents and to point out to Matt the damage pet urine can do. But the OCD in me also kicked in, and I began to worry about possible health threats associated with dog urine in our home.

I read several articles that said --- yes, pet urine can make you ill. A big reason is because of the ammonia present in dog urine. According to www.cdc.gov, ammonia is an eye and upper respiratory tract irritant. In large amounts, it can make you feel ill. Additionally, if pet urine is left untreated or isn’t completely removed, it becomes a breeding ground for things like mold, mildew, and bacteria.

So while I want my dining room rug to always look nice, I am way more concerned about the health of my family. I followed my own cleaning advice and also called Greg for a bottle of spotter that he gives customers after they have their rugs cleaned by A Cleaner World Carpet and Rug Cleaning. Since Lucy’s residence inside was temporary, I held on until warmer weather…..Lucy moved outside, and then I had my rug cleaned.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gray’s Good Clothes Are Lasting Longer

I know I’ve mention that my child is messy – and definitely all boy. He can ruin a pair of shoes and wear out the knees of pants in no time. So I am passing on a habit that my mom taught me – I have him change into play clothes as soon as he gets home from places like school, church, or special events. The bottom drawer of his dresser is filled with season appropriate things for him to choose from. The first thing I do when he gets home is send him upstairs to change clothes and then either hang up his good clothes or bring them to the laundry room if he’s worn them all day.

This actually does two things. First, his dress code for school is quite strict, and I am very particular about what he wears to church and such. As a result, he doesn’t get to wear his favorites – like stripe shirts. This way he can pick out his ensemble, which usually doesn’t match, and feed his inner creativity. Second, his good clothes last much longer. The knees of his pants have been holding up until they hit the play clothes drawer. Thanks mom for creating this habit in me.

If you have a tip on how you keep your child’s good clothes looking nice, please share! You can leave a comment below or tweet us, or find us on Facebook and G+.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

We're So Casual

My first job out of college was at a bank. The dress code was simple but strict. Men wore suits. Women wore dresses, hose, and heels. No exceptions. It was a bit of an effort for me at first but over time my wardrobe grew. I found myself purchasing more and more business attire to the point that I struggled to find casual clothes to wear away from work.

Things sure have changed in twenty years. I realize that lifestyle dictates much of your wardrobe. I now work from home. My son is in grade school so much of my non-professional time is spent volunteering at his school and at soccer practice or games. Today I find that I struggle when it is time to dress up. I don’t have nearly as many dresses or skirts for church, and I see that my son and I are typically overdressed compared to everyone else. My husband has even taken to wearing jeans to church. But things, especially at church, have become so casual that the first time we visited our church there was someone wearing workout shorts, a t-shirt and flip flops. My grandmother would have been appalled. And the truth is that I too am bothered by our ultra-casual look everywhere.

I remember when I started working for A Cleaner World in 1996, the term business casual was all the rage. I took to Google to find out just how it all got started. According to marketplace.org, in the 1960’s the Hawaiian garment industry was trying to sell more shirts and they came up with “Aloha Friday” where businesses were encouraged to let their employees wear Hawaiian shirts to the office one day a week. Fast forward to the 1990’s where that idea found its way east and companies began to offer casual Fridays as a perk. According to Wikipedia, casual Friday and casual all week became common during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s in California-based businesses.

But the word casual can be interpreted in so many ways. So when I Googled the definition of casual, here’s what I got:

Adjective – relaxed and unconcerned

Noun – clothes or shoes suitable for everyday wear rather than formal occasions

As I looked online for how this all came about, I found that I’m not alone in feeling like we’ve become too casual. We are all taking the term casual and using the relaxed and unconcerned part way more than the everyday wear part.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Recycling Poly Bags

At A Cleaner World, we take our commitment to the environment seriously. We have committed to plant trees in the community in exchange for our customer’s efforts to recycle hangers. We have donated over $60,000 to buy new trees throughout the community since the program started. Local government partners and community organizations have supplied the labor to plant these trees.

But did you know that we also recycle our poly bags? It’s something we’ve insisted on doing for many years. Recently one of our suppliers, David Farrington of N. S. Farrington & Company, was quoted saying this in the North Carolina Association of Launderers & Cleaners trade publication:

‘Every ton of poly film that is collected will save the equivalent of 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of clean water, 4100 kilowatt hours of electricity, and 89 cubic feet of landfill.’


Here is a bin of recycled drycleaning poly before it is made into bales for recycling.

Here is a bin of recycled drycleaning poly after it is baled and ready for recycling.

There are so many things we can all do to help reduce rubbish. These are just two examples of how we are trying to do our part. If you don’t return your used poly to us, will you please start? All you have to do is stuff the bags into your express bag. We’ll take it from there.

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