Merchandise Monday: Spring Cleaning!

The calendar says April and spring is officially here! Time to open up some windows, put the winter sweaters away and venture outside for some much-needed fresh air. Of course, all the extra sunlight might make it easier to see the dust bunnies that have collected in the corner and the dried salt on the stairs from your winter boots. Why not start the new season right with a little spring cleaning? We’ve got everything you need to spruce up your home and get rid of winter once and for all!

Dirt Devil® Quick & Light™ Carpet Washer

Dirt Devil® took the hassle out of carpet cleaning and made it even easier to brighten up floors with high-powered pickup packed in a lightweight design.

Dyson Cinetic™ Big Ball Animal + Allergy Upright Vacuum

Dyson’s biggest technological breakthrough since DC01 has been engineered to solve the problem of cyclones clogging and losing suction.

Foldable Drying Rack

Perfect for air-drying lingerie, delicates and more, indoors or out with no assembly required. Extended size measures 25.5” L x 15.5” W x 15” H and folds for space-saving storage.

Ideaworks® Deluxe Electric Fabric Shaver/Cleaner

A large shaving head that covers a greater area and safety blade suction removes fuzz and pilling into detachable bin. Use cordless with four C batteries or included AC adapter.

Ideaworks® Set of 12 Extra-Fine Cleaning Cloths

This package includes a cleaning cloth for every task – cleaning phones, tablets, cameras, computers, TVs, eyeglasses and more. They’re safe for all surfaces with no fear of scratching.

Steamfast™ Compact Fabric Steamer

Freshen up your blouses, shirts and other garments with strong, steady steam. Ideal for travel, the steamer is easy to pack and simple to use. Just run tap water into the 7-ounce reservoir.

Suncast® Mega Tall Storage Cabinet, Gray

Finally get the garage organized! This cabinet features durable, double-wall resin construction, easy, no-tool assembly and includes three adjustable steel-reinforced shelves that hold up to 75-pounds.

Yankee Candle® Car Jar® Ultimate - Clean Cotton

Freshen up your ride with the Car Jar®, which neutralizes unpleasant odors and freshens the air in any car or small space. Clean Cotton wraps you in scents of sun-dried cotton, flowers and a hint of lemon.

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Your Monthly Check-Up: Attacking Your Allergy Symptoms

Spring is in the air, but for some people, that can only mean one thing – the onset of allergy season. Also known as “hay fever,” allergies affect about 40 to 50 million people in the US, according to an article in “Healthy Living Made Simple” titled “Harnessing Hay Fever” by Dr. James L. Sublett.

Generally occurring anywhere from early spring to fall, allergies come with a host of unpleasant symptoms, including sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, congestion and scratchy throat. These symptoms occur due to pollens from trees and grass, weeds and mold allergens, as well as household nuisances such as dust mites, animals and various vermin.

According to Dr. Sublett’s article, allergies are triggered as an immune system response to genetically predisposed allergens and can occur at any age. While it’s a myth that children can outgrow allergies, it is true that allergies can develop later in life after years of being allergy-free. If you are one of these late allergy bloomers, you may mistake your symptoms for the common cold, as they are similar. But, according to Dr. Sublett, a cold will start off pretty minor, peak at around day four and work its way through your system by about day seven to 10. Unfortunately, we’re all familiar with the common cold.

Managing allergy symptoms is like a 3-legged stool, according to Dr. Sublett – education about avoiding what you are allergic to, effective medications and allergy shots. Since only a small percentage of allergy sufferers find adequate relief from over-the-counter drugs, it’s best to schedule an appointment with an allergist or immunologist, especially if you suffer from moderate to severe allergy symptoms. Once a proper diagnosis is reached, the specialist can then recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

Whether your allergies are severe, mild or non-existent, improving the quality of your indoor air is a great step toward reducing allergy symptoms. Dr. Sublett outlines 10 things you can do right now to improve your air quality:

  • No smoking inside the house
  • Measure indoor humidity and keep it below 50 percent. Do not use vaporizers or humidifiers – in fact, you may need a dehumidifier. Vent fans in bathrooms help remove moisture and repair water leaks.
  • Remove wall-to-wall carpet from bedroom. Use a central vacuum with HEPA filter regularly.
  • Wear an N95 particulate mask when vacuuming, sweeping or doing yard work (CDC NIOSH-rated).
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom and use a HEPA Air Cleaner with an adequate Clean Air Deliver Rate (CADR).
  • Put mite-proof covers on your mattress and pillows and wash bedding weekly with hot water.
  • Install a MERV11 or 12 disposable high-efficiency media filter in the furnace and AC system and change the filter every one to three months
  • Leave a fan on to create “whole-house” air filtration
  • Have your heating and AC units inspected and serviced every six months            
  • Vent gas appliances and fireplaces to the outside and maintain regularly

With just a few simple household changes and a trip to the doctor, you can spend this allergy season breathing easier than ever before.  Read Dr. Sublett’s full article here and check out Hinda’s assortment of fans, HEPA vacuums and air purifiers! 

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Merchandise Monday: We LOVE Spring Cleaning!

April Fool! But we do love all the new merch we’ve added to help you get the job done – namely products to get rid of the dirt and grime from mud-and-rock-salt-crusted boots that’s been building up all winter. Why not crank some tunes, put a fresh pot of coffee on and get some elbow grease on your floors before you completely forget what they're supposed to look like!

Bissell® PowerFresh™ Steam Mop

Experience a new way to steam mop! Get a deep clean with a fresh scent. Clean sticky, dried-on spots two times faster than the leading steam mop. A handy flip-down scrubber takes out the messes with ease. No more bending over and fingernail scrubbing. PowerFresh™ combines the built-in scrubber with SmartSet digital steam control to safely clean almost any hard floor surface. Eliminates 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria when used as directed, and your family deserves a clean, germ-free household!

Dirt Devil® Extreme Power 14.4 Volt Stick Vac

Cordless convenience and a rotating brush! This 14.4-volt cordless stick vac easily moves from carpet to hardwood floors with a fingertip on/off switch for the brushroll. The low-profile nozzle is ideal for cleaning under beds, tables and chairs. The lightweight design and folding handle make it easy to move from room to room, and you can store it virtually anywhere. Maybe you’ll want to clean your floors more often now?

Samsung® TwinChamber Canister Vacuum System

With a 12” two-step brush, this system features an innovative chamber design providing up to 95.2 percent dust separation. An advanced HEPA sealed-gasket filtration system delivers a more hygienic clean by removing more fine particles from the air and trapping more dust and allergens. The large, easy-to-empty 2.5-liter bagless dust bin holds more so you can clean bigger messes in one shot, and the compact design makes it easy to store. Are you ready to experience cleaner floors?

Well, that takes care of your floors! Don’t you feel better? We knew you would. Your family won’t recognize how spotless the house is - they’ll think you’re playing an April Fool’s joke on them! Plus, remember floor care is trending, so clean floors just means you’ve got an edge when it comes to what’s fashionable in the domestic realm!

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