Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dirty Places#3 Your Salt and Pepper Shaker

Dirty Places#3 Your Salt and Pepper Shaker

Could one of the dirtiest places in your home be right on the table where you eat?

Unfortunately, yes, according to a 2008 study by researchers at the University of Virginia. In the study, researchers asked 30 adults who were beginning to show signs of a cold, to name 10 places they’d touched in their homes over the previous 18 hours. The researchers then tested those areas for cold viruses. The tests found viruses on 41% of the surfaces tested, and every one of the salt and pepper shakers tested were positive for cold viruses.

Quick fix to banish bacteria:

When you wipe the kitchen table after eating, wipe off the salt and pepper shaker too. But your best protection against spreading or picking up germs when you reach for seasonings is to wash your hands -- before and after.


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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hiring for a professional cleaning service

Hiring for a professional cleaning service is perceived as lavishness by most people. This is because hiring for a cleaning service to do the cleaning in your workplace or just in your home would partake a portion in your budget allocated for regular bills. Although you might hesitate to hire a cleaning service because of the added expenses, your will see the benefits when you get one. This is particularly so when you are moving in to a new house.

When you have decided to finally hire a professional cleaning service, you can choose from the basic or regular cleaning to cleaning anything that needs to be cleaned. The services that you will get depends on how much is your budget and what would you like to be cleaned.

Deciding on whether you want to hire a professional cleaning service or doing the task yourself can be tough especially when you do not want shell out additional cost. Ask about other people’s experiences in hiring a cleaning service and you will know that you too can experience the benefits. Most importantly, you can have the convenience of doing other more relevant and urgent things for you than cleaning. This is absolutely the case to many working mothers who do not have time to spare for house cleaning. And this is also the case in many companies who do not want to allocate budget on a single employee who will do only the cleaning.

There are many benefits which you can get from hiring a professional cleaner do your home or office cleaning.

In many families who are moving in to a new house and moved out from their old house, getting a cleaning service is the most practical and convenient way to clean the house. It is required that when you leave your old home or apartment the family moving out should do the cleaning for the benefit of the next occupants. When moving out of an old house, your mind is already preoccupied of the tasks waiting for you in your new home. Rather than getting involved in the house cleaning, which may really be exhausting for you, grab the convenience of having someone do it. On that way, you can focus on doing other more important things.

This applies the same when moving in a new house left unclean by the previous occupants. This can be disappointing and you would not like to add more stress to the feeling by cleaning it up yourself. Get a cleaning company do the labor for you so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home!

Services offered by cleaning companies may vary. The services that you want from one company may not offered by another. Some cleaning professionals do only certain services and they stick to it. This is why you need to look into the services of more than company so you can choose the best. Think about the services that you need and start looking for which company can give you exactly what you need.

Although the cleaning services you want done may be provided by a particular company, some of the things you want may not be done. It is then important that you make a list of what exactly are the things you want to be cleaned and how precisely you want the work to be done. Have your cleaners be guided by this list so you can be comfortable to anticipate a quality output.

You may personally conduct an interview with the cleaning company. Ask questions which you think are relevant in how capable they are in providing quality services. You have the right to ask all possible questions that should be asked so you can have a secure feeling that you entrusted your home to a credible and trustworthy cleaning company. An interview is necessary for you to be able to get a feel of how the company executes its job and how can it satisfy your expectations as a client. By getting the best company, you will be happy that you really exerted effort in finding one.

Be assured of only quality cleaning service

For busy people especially to parents who do not have time to spare for house cleaning because of a very demanding schedule at work, cleaning gets too little attention. Time is very important for these types of people and cleaning would take the back seat in their list of priorities.

In many places that are required to be clean as frequent as possible such as places for entertainment like auditorium and theaters, industrial places, work areas, and other public facilities such as the toilet, getting someone to clean is given due importance. To these places that are frequently used by many people, cleaning should be done at a high quality level. Professional cleaners can do this. No ordinary person can clean such wide and frequently used areas with expected efficiency in a short time. Cleaning companies have the solution to this consistent problem. They offer far more practical answer that is your money’s worth. Companies offering professional cleaning also have high criterion on a clean place. The cleaning services offered range from industrial to residential cleaning.

Commercial cleaning can be practical because it is charged at reasonable fees and is done with high efficiency such that it can be accomplished in a short period of time. Cleaning companies will send you a rational number of cleaners at a sensible price quotation. You can be assured that they are trained to work under pressure and to execute their duties at a professional level. Their quality service is aided by high-end and expensive cleaning materials and equipment that are not feasible for you to purchase for your own use.

Professional cleaners are very careful in cleaning areas that normally require sanitation and most proper handling. You can also be assured that their mission is to satisfy your expectations and to be cautious in handling your valuables or damages will be on the company. Responsibility is what these cleaning experts carry out along with quality cleaning service.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Finding the right cleaner

Finding the right cleaner isn't the easiest job in the world and you're bound to have questions. Well, you've come to the right place for answers! Below you'll find a few of the frequently asked questions that we receive here at MULTI SERVICES. If you have a question that isn't on the list, feel free to give us a call!

Questions & Answers

Are you bonded and Insured?
Yes, we believe anyone working in your home should be covered. Our insurance is covered up $1,000,000. A copy of our insurance is available upon request.

Do you screen your employees?
Yes, we carefully screen all of our employees and check references. We also do a police check. All of our employees are covered under our insurance and worker's comp. Also, all of our employees must go through training before becoming a professional cleaner. They also must speak and read English and have a good professional manner and wear our Multi services uniform for cleaning.

Is your Service guaranteed?
Yes, satisfaction guaranteed, what’s your guarantee?
We have a stellar track record; however, if you are dissatisfied with your cleaning you are given a 24 hour period to contact us and have that particular area re-cleaned at no cost to you. A note will also be made on your file so that we know to pay particular attention to it next tim

Are your cleaning jobs checked?
Yes, (In home cleaning we go over with the customer and in the professional office we have customer service who call the clients to check if their satisfied with their clean. We also send our supervisor to periodically check the cleaning for quality control

How do you accept payment?
We accept cash, cheque or money order. Cheques accepted by regular customers only and they can pay once a month. Your cleaner will provide you with a written receipt after payment. Commercial clients can be invoiced once a month.
For one time cleans payment is due at the end of the service.

How many cleaners do you send?
After we estimate it, which is a free quote. We send two or more cleaners for your home or office cleaning. For regular cleaning, we do our best to send the same cleaner for your preferred day and time

Benefits of hiring a professional cleaning company!
y Hiring for a professional cleaning service is perceived as lavishness by most people. This is because hiring for a cleaning service to do the cleaning in your workplace or just in your home would partake a portion in your budget allocated for regular bills. Although you might hesitate to hire a cleaning service because of the added expenses, your will see the benefits when you get one. This is particularly so when you are moving in to a new house.

What is the risk of hiring a private cleaning lady?
Your homeowner's insurance should cover if she is injured in your home. Same for theft and if she damages your property, but you'd have a deductible and they would attempt to go after her for damages she caused. If she has no business liability insurance, she'd end up in some serious financial trouble. But that's a risk you take.

Do you Have References?
Yes, we will bring references upon request.

What kind of services do you offer?
We specialize in provisions of the following areas and welcome all homes, business and establishments.
Professional office buildings such as Banks, call centers, offices, design companies, art stores, Medical Buildings such as Hospital, doctor & dental surgeries, foot doctors, medical clinic, chiropractic, optometrist, learning facilities such as college, schools, child care centers).
Contract cleaning houses, apartments and move in & out clean ups, one time cleaning, commercial stores, supermarket, cinema theatre, memorial hall and churches. Construction renovation cleanups, new home and office clean ups, spring cleaning, emergency services, windows and much, much more

Is Multi Services Licensed?
Yes, we are fully licensed to work in Ontario

How do you Determine rates?
We first view the property, determine the size and amount of work needed to be completed, consider clients budget and determine what we believe to be fair on both ends of the deal

Do I have to home when you clean?
No, you may either give us a copy of your key, which we keep safe in a file or can leave an entrance open. Which ever makes you more comfortable?

Why does a one time or first time house cleaning take longer?
It always takes longer because the cleaners will do a thorough cleaning for when going in the next time they will keep up and improve the clean

I've never had cleaning services, how do I start?
We first come in and view the property, we sit and go over what needs to be done, set up dates and time, and sign a contract together.

How do I get ready for the cleaners?
Clutter is the #1 thing that slows us down, so we ask our clients to have the newspapers, toys, laundry, and scattered items to be picked up, dishes out of the way before we come, so that we can start immediately when we get there.

What days do you work?
Our office is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 8:00pm but our cleaners will work till needed.

What time will you arrive?
We set up a time to your preferences or will come in after office hours so we are out of the way.

Do you send a team or an individual to clean?
We always send a team, depending on the size of your property or amount of work to be done.
Can I leave a note for the team?
Yes, we always welcome any input the client has.

What if I am unhappy with the clean?
We always go over the clean with the client, if something is not clean, we will be happy to do it over.

What if I forget the team is coming to clean my house/office?
There is a $20 fee if our cleaner is unable to gain access to your home/office at no fault of ours

Do you offer cleaning specials, discounts or coupons?
Yes, we have specials for seniors and single parents; we have offers for our current clients and also hand out coupons for anyone interested.

Can I get a gift certificate?
Yes, if requested we will print and hand out a certificates with no problem.

Do you use our supplies or yours?
Mostly we use the customer’s supplies as the customer prefers their cleaning products for a specific scent or we can supply all the materials for an additional $5 flat rate. If you would like to supply your own materials and are not sure what to have on hand, we can e-mail you a list of suggested products and materials. Really, all you need is the basics and we can achieve wonders from that!

Please call if you have any more questions and we would be happy to answer all your questions.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The history of toothbrush and toothpaste


Natural bristle brushes were invented by the ancient Chinese who made toothbrushes with bristles from the necks of cold climate pigs.
French dentists were the first Europeans to promote the use of toothbrushes in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. William Addis of Clerkenwald, England, created the first mass-produced toothbrush. The first American to patent a toothbrush was H. N. Wadsworth and many American Companies began to mass-produce toothbrushes after 1885. The Pro-phy-lac-tic brush made by the Florence Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts is one example of an early American made toothbrush. The Florence Manufacturing Company was also the first to sell toothbrushes packaged in boxes. In 1938, DuPont manufactured the first nylon bristle toothbrushes.
Hard to believe, but most Americans did not brush their teeth until Army soldiers brought their enforced habits of tooth brushing back home after World War II.
The first real electric toothbrush was produced in 1939, and developed in Switzerland. In 1960, Squibb marketed the first American electrical toothbrush in the United States called the Broxodent. General Electric introduced a rechargeable cordless toothbrush in 1961. Introduced in 1987, Interplak was the first rotary action electrical toothbrush for home use.


Toothpaste was used as long ago as 500 BC in both China and India; however, modern toothpastes were developed in the 1800s. In 1824, a dentist named Peabody was the first person to add soap to toothpaste. John Harris first added chalk as an ingredient to toothpaste in the 1850s. In 1873, Colgate mass-produced the first toothpaste in a jar. In 1892, Dr. Washington Sheffield of Connecticut manufactured toothpaste into a collapsible tube. Sheffield's toothpaste was called Dr. Sheffield's Creme Dentifrice. In 1896, Colgate Dental Cream was packaged in collapsible tubes imitating Sheffield. Advancements in synthetic detergents made after WW II allowed for the replacement of the soap used in toothpaste with emulsifying agents such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Ricinoleate. A few years later, Colgate started to add fluoride to toothpaste.

Dirty Places # 2: Your Toothbrush

Dirty Places # 2: Your Toothbrush
You put it in your mouth twice a day, but do you ever think of all the germs lurking on it? “You rinse it off after using it and put it away damp,” says Abruzzo. “Bacteria like the moist area and grow on it.”
If the germs from your own mouth weren’t enough to contaminate your toothbrush, the germs from your toilet certainly are. Research in the 1970s by Charles P. Gerba, PhD, of the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, found that flushing the toilet sends a spray of bacteria- and virus-contaminated water droplets into air. These germs, he found, can float around in the bathroom for at least two hours after each flush before landing on surfaces -- including your toothbrush.
Quick fix to banish bacteria:
Abruzzo recommends placing your toothbrush where it can air out and dry between uses -- but not too close to the toilet. Also, replace your toothbrush often, particularly after you’ve been sick, and close your toilet lid before flushing.
So now you know the facts
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dirty Places: The Kitchen Sink

Dirty Places: The Kitchen Sink
Although the mere thought of retrieving anything from your toilet bowl may be enough to make you sick, your toilet may be cleaner than your kitchen sink, says Eileen Abruzzo, director of infection control at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, New York. Food particles from plates left to soak or rinsed from dishes on their way to the dishwasher can serve as a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. They can get on your hands or spread to foods.
Although most people take steps to disinfect their toilet bowls, few give their kitchen sink the same consideration, Abruzzo tells WebMD. “They rinse their sinks with water and assume they are clean -- but they’re not.”
Quick fix to banish bacteria:
To sanitize your sink and prevent the spread of bacteria, Abruzzo recommends washing it with a solution of bleach and water once a day and then letting the solution run down the drain. Remember to remove the drain plug and clean it, too, she says. Then wash your hands.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thanksgiving history

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Thanksgiving Day

Observed by Canada, United States

Type National

Date 2nd Monday in October (Canada)
4th Thursday in November (U.S.)
2010 date October 11, 2010 (Canada);
November 25, 2010 (U.S.)
2011 date October 10, 2011 (Canada);
November 24, 2011 (U.S.)

Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States, Canada and increasingly so in Australia. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. While perhaps religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.[1]


The date and location of the first Thanksgiving celebration is a topic of modest contention.

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean. Frobisher's Thanksgiving was not for harvest but homecoming. He had safely returned from a search for the Northwest Passage, avoiding the later fate of Henry Hudson and Sir John Franklin. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony in Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving the long journey.[2] French settlers who came to New France with explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 1600s also took to celebrating their successful harvests. They even shared their food with the indigenous people of the area as well as setting up what became known as the "Order of Good Cheer."[3] As many more settlers arrived in Canada, more celebrations of good harvest became common. New immigrants into the country, such as the Irish, Scottish, Germans would also add their own harvest traditions to the harvest celebrations. Most of the American aspects of Thanksgiving (such as the turkey) were incorporated when United Empire Loyalists began to flee from the United States during the American Revolution and settled in Canada.[3]

The traditional origin point for Thanksgiving in the United States is the celebration that occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621. The Plymouth celebration occurred early in the history of what would become one of the original thirteen colonies that became the United States. This Thanksgiving, modeled after celebrations that were commonplace in contemporary Europe, is generally regarded as America's first. Author and teacher Robyn Gioia and Michael Gannon of the University of Florida have argued that the earliest attested "thanksgiving" celebration in what is now the United States was celebrated by the Spanish on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida.[4][5] According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, there may have been an influence of the annual services of thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, which the Pilgrims witnessed during their stay in Leiden.[6]

Thanksgiving in Canada did not have a fixed date until the late 19th Century, when it was typically held on November 6th. After the end of World War I, Thanksgiving Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies were usually held during the same week. To avoid the two holidays from clashing with one another, in 1957 the Canadian Parliament proclaimed Thanksgiving to be observed on it's present date.[3] Thanksgiving in the United States had typically been observed on different dates throughout history; by the beginning of the 20th century, the final Thursday in November had become the standard day of Thanksgiving in most U.S. states. It would not be until December 26th, 1941 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after pushing to move the date earlier to give the country an economic boost, signed a bill into law making Thanksgiving a national holiday fixed to its current date.[7] Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and on the second Monday of October in Canada.


Main article: Thanksgiving (Canada)
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day (Canadian French: Jour de l'Action de grĂ¢ce), occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Although the original act of Parliament references God and the holiday is celebrated in churches, the holiday is also celebrated in a secular manner.
In Grenada there is a national holiday known as Thanksgiving Day celebrated on October 25th. Even though it bears the same name, and is celebrated around the same time as the American and Canadian versions of Thanksgiving, it is unrelated with either. Instead the holiday marks the anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of the island in 1983 in response to the deposition and execution of Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.[8]
Many of the Pilgrims who would end up at the Plymouth Plantation had resided in the city of Leiden from 1609-1620, many of whom had recorded their birth, marriages and deaths at the Pieterskerk church.[9] To commemorate this, a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day service is held each year on the morning of the American Thanksgiving Day in the Pieterskerk, a Gothic church in Leiden, to commemorate the hospitality the Pilgrims received in Leiden on their way to the New World.[10]
United States
Main article: Thanksgiving (United States)
Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observation to give thanks to God.[1]
Thanksgiving Day in Australia, celebrated on the 29th of May is increasingly becoming an annual tradition by the younger Middle to Upper Class in Australia. The day is dedicated to saying "thanks" to current and former Australian troops for serving Australia and is also to pledge thanks giving to the God.