Do you know of someone who is having a baby? One of the best gifts in the world to a new or expecting mother is the gift of a home cleaning. It is often a challenge for mother’s towards the end of their pregnancy to get a good cleaning in, even more so after the arrival of a newborn and what better way to relieve this special person in your life than to provide a gift certificate for a home cleaning. Clean Conscience is a residential cleaning company that uses only natural cleaning products and we would be happy to help by providing cleaning services to your friends and family, or perhaps yourself. Give Clean Conscience a call today and give the gift of cleaning!
Many people’s concerns about hiring a housecleaning company is whether they can trust the individuals that are going inside their home, often times without their presence. Doing so, requires a great degree of trust between the individuals and their cleaning company. To help you in this process of determining the right cleaning company for you we have constructed a guideline that anyone should follow in helping you evaluate potential housecleaning candidates. One of the most important factors for any professional service company is whether they return phone calls in a timely manner. The right housecleaning company will return calls promptly whether it is for a customer requesting to schedule an appointment, requesting information, or a complaint. Secondly, does the housecleaning company provide a consistent level of service? This is an extremely important part and a professional cleaning company would utilize a thorough checklist in order to ensure that their cleaning technicians are not missing anything during a home cleaning and providing the customer with a peace of mind. Does the housecleaning company offer a satisfaction guarantee? If a customer is not satisfied with their home cleaning it is very important to know that the company will offer a solution in order to make it right for them. Is the company insured, licensed and bonded? This is an extremely important part of housecleaning companies, in the event that something is lost or damaged during a home cleaning. It creates a peace of mind for the customer knowing that, in the event of damage, their item would be replaced. This is one of the most significant reasons that individuals should carefully evaluate before hiring an individual house cleaner versus hiring a housecleaning company. Does the company conduct background screenings and drug tests? A reputable company will have a very stringent evaluation during their hiring process in order to bring on only the best employees. Will the company provide you with an estimate in writing? Having a written estimate or quote allows you to know exactly what is provided in your home cleaning and eliminates any confusion or misleading fees on your bill. Does the company provide their own cleaning supplies? Just as you would not take your vehicle to a mechanic and the company ask to borrow any supplies, the same policies apply to a housecleaning company. Are they certified by the ARCSI (Association of Residential Cleaning Services International) and do they have a seal of approval for the Better Business Bureau? This certification along with the BBB’s seal of approval let’s you know that you are working with a reputable company. Clean Conscience is a housecleaning company that can attest to all of the above. We work hard to build people’s trust, provide consistent levels of service, provides a satisfaction guarantee, is insured,licensed and bonded, conducts rigid pre-employment screenings, provides written estimates, provides our own cleaning supplies that are all-natural, and we are certified by the ARCSI and we hold a gold seal of approval from the BBB. We offer a variety of home/office cleaning services and whether you are looking for repeat service or a one-time cleaning, give Clean Conscience a call today!
It is summertime, which for many families means family vacation time. Unless you happen to be visiting friends or family members and staying at their home for your vacation, chances are good you will be spending a portion of your time in either hotel or motel rooms. This can be an uncomfortable situation for some people, especially when it comes down to the overall cleanliness of the room they are staying in. One way you can put your mind at ease, is to take it upon yourself to sanitize the room. This article from How To Clean Stuff.net, gives you several tips on how to do just that.
How to Sanitize a Hotel Room
Maybe you have seen the news reports and undercover investigations where the investigator shines a black light around a supposedly clean hotel room and discovers germs, bacteria and sometimes even worse lingering inside it. This has happened even at some of the most upscale hotel chains. In order to avoid a hotel room nightmare – or at least a preventable illness – follow the steps below.
Inspect your room before unpacking.
Remember, no one should have to spend the night in a room that has obviously, whether intentionally or not, been overlooked by housekeeping services. If your room is found to be unsatisfactory, you are well within your right to ask for a new one. So, as soon as you enter your room, take about ten minutes to have a look around.
Check the floor, bedding and furniture for any stains, hairs, crumbs and debris. Take notice of any insects or any food or waste that could attract them. Then check the bathroom for the same thing, as well as for mold, mildew or leaking water. Check the toilet and bathtub or shower for cleanliness and make sure all toiletry items – soaps, shampoos, shower caps – are sealed and not left over from a previous guest.
Lastly, look at the air conditioner and heat vents as well as the access panel to the bathroom fan. Make sure there are no strange smells or dust and debris around the ducts that could aggravate any allergies or otherwise inhibit your breathing. This could make for a very uncomfortable stay.
If you asked for a nonsmoking room, check for any smoking paraphernalia, such as an ash tray.
Also note if there is a stale cigarette smell in the room. IT is possible that you have been given a smoking room by mistake or that the previous guest decided to smoke in the room anyway.
If you find anything that alarms you, alert the front desk to your concerns immediately and offer to point out the issues in person. Most likely the attendant will be more than willing to work with you to remedy the problem. If not, request to speak to a manager. If this still gets you nowhere, consider staying at a different hotel and writing a stern letter to the president of the company when you get home.
Sanitize and Sterilize!
Even if your hotel room passes the initial inspection, or perhaps your second room in your hotel does, you have no reason to believe that this hotel room is completely sterilized and spotless. Thus, you should still take the following advice into accord to protect your health.
Be wary of small but commonly used items.
Things such as the phone, television remote control, light switch, door and drawer handles and telephone are small enough that they can be missed by hotel cleaning staff, yet touched enough by guests that they can be teeming with germs. Best to bring along a travel-sized pack of antibacterial wipes and clean the surfaces of these items before you use them. Or, alternately, you can cover each device with a clean, resealable plastic bag that you bring from home. Well, with the possible exception of the light switch.
Ditch the bedspread:
Unlike the sheets, the bedspread in your hotel room may not be washed after every guest, mainly because it is a bulky and a pain for the staff members to carry in and out of the room and it takes up a lot of space in the washing machine. If your hotel bed has a comforter or bedspread on it, you may want to toss it aside and place it on the floor or in a chair. Then either cover up with the sheets alone or use your own blanket that you have brought from home.
*If the comforter has a removable cover on it, chances are that it is washed regularly. Removable covers are considerably less obtrusive and are fairly easy to throw in the washing machine.
Don’t use refillable water glasses
Many new reports have shown that these water glasses are not properly cleaned and sterilized in between guests. Sometimes they are just given a quick scrub in the bathroom sink and then placed back on the counter as if they were new. There is no way to tell if this is the case at your hotel, short of shadowing the housekeeping staff. Instead of taking your chances, bring your own glass that you know is clean or use a disposable plastic cup.
Keep your hands germ free
Whenever you touch a surface in your room that may be of questionable cleanliness either wash your hands with hot water and soap or use a bottle of hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is available in travel sizes at most grocery stores and drug stores so it is no big deal to throw a bottle or two in your handbag or suitcase.
Make sure your feet stay off the floor
Sure, you may want to make yourself at home, by never walk around your hotel room barefoot. It is doubtful that the cleaning staff shampoos and sterilizes the carpet between guests. Instead, wear socks or slippers at all times. And consider wearing flip flops or shower shoes in the bathroom for similar reasons.
Voice your opinion
Odds are that you are more likely to have cleanliness issues if you stay at a lower-class hotel than a higher class one. However, no matter where you are staying, you are entitled to a certain standard of health and sanitation. Don’t be afraid to speak up if there is a problem. Better to be known as a nagging guest than to later wind up sick or even hospitalized.
The topic of the self-cleaning oven feature is of debate to many as to whether it really works. We will be discussing the pros and cons of the self-cleaning oven feature and how to properly use it if you decide that it is worth it, especially if you cook or bake often at home. One of the highest recommendations is that you are present in your home when using the self-cleaning oven feature because the fumes from the build-up can sometimes produce flames and someone needs to be readily available at home in the event that is does start a fire, or fumes that need plenty of ventilation so be sure to leave some windows open for aeration. Also, it is recommended that you allow at least 3-6 hours for the full cycle to complete, so definitely don’t try this right before a major holiday, such as Thanksgiving. One of the cons of the self-cleaning oven option, other than the chance of a fire starting, is the possibility of the oven blowing out a fuse and requiring expensive maintenance and equipment repairs. We here, at Clean Conscience recommend that instead of taking a chance of starting a fire, or inhaling funky fumes is that you rely on professional cleaning technicians to get the job done for you. If you or someone you know is in need of a good oven cleaning, give Clean Conscience a call today, we would be happy to help you!
Cleaning technicians play a significant role in maintaining the health of homes, office buildings, and their inhabitants. Highly trained cleaning technicians, such as the technicians employed by Clean Conscience are certified through a highly developed training program through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. Cleaning homes and office buildings has become such an integral part of people’s lives that we often forget to think about the important role that quality cleaning has on our lives. The cleaning technicians at Clean Conscience can recognize a truly clean home because they have studied the microbiology and chemistry behind the soils that we have in our homes and offices. They have been trained on how to properly, efficiently and safely clean a home. Certified cleaning technicians play many roles, but one of the most significant is that they are doing more than simply making it appear that soil is removed but actually improving the indoor environment to promote healthier indoor living. The cleaning technicians at Clean Conscience provide customers with a healthier, safer and cleaner environment. Please give Clean Conscience a call today to schedule a free in-home estimate or perhaps you are in need of a one-time cleaning, we can do that too! Let Clean Conscience certified technicians help create a healthier environment for your family.
With school now over for the summer, many parents may be looking for family-friendly activities to enjoy in the Denver area. Luckily, there more than enough options in and around the Denver Metro area, for just about any interest you or your family may have. Here is an article from Denver.org, which is filled with a number of family-fun zoo’s, museums, and other great attractions!
Kids are often tough to please – but they’ll be grinning from ear to ear whenever they’re in The Mile High City, thanks to Denver’s wide array of kid-friendly attractions. Interactive museums, incredible zoos and aquariums, wide open parks – they’re all guaranteed to please even the grouchiest young ones. Writer (and mom) Lori Midson gives you the lowdown on some of her favorites.
CITY PARK, DENVER ZOO, DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE
City Park is expansive greenway boasting tennis courts, picnicking areas, playgrounds, lakes for paddling and a spectacular summer concert series.
At the eastern edge of the park sits Denver Zoo, (2300 Steele St.) where education comes alive! More than 4,300 animals await to inspire awe in your family at Denver’s most popular cultural attraction. See elephants swim, orangutans swing and hear lions roar while enjoying up-close animal experiences that provide moving connections to wildlife.
Just adjacent to the zoo is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd.), a spectacular interactive museum that explores fossils and dinosaurs, the mysteries of space at Gates Planetarium (it’s out of this world!), Egyptian mummies, the riddles of the human body, and a slew of other hands-on exhibits. The newly expanded Discovery Zone has dozens of hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
PLATTE RIVER VALLEY, CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF DENVER
The Platte River Valley, in the heart of the city, boasts a cornucopia of family-friendly attractions and entertainments.
At the intriguing Children’s Museum of Denver (2121 Children’s Museum Dr.), infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers can spend hours roaming through scads of educational playscapes, including a miniature “Community Market,” which allows kids to take on the roles of shopper, cashier and shopkeeper. Families will find several more thematic play areas that run the gamut from woodworking and scientific laboratories to animal exhibits and a fire station that teaches safety precautions.
Nearby, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park (2000 Elitch Cir.) offers exhilarating adventures galore with 53 rides, including the heart-pounding Mind Eraser, a twisted-steel rollercoaster that spins, dives, drops, rolls and races along the tracks. There is also a 10-acre swimming area, that offers slippery slides, crashing waves and lazy rivers.
Just a short walk away is the Downtown Aquarium (700 Water St.), a seaworthy spectacle of kaleidoscopic fish coupled with reptile, bird and tiger habitats. Here, amid the astounding marine life, kids can feed the stingrays, swim with the sharks, pan for gold, become a marine biologist for a day, or even spend the night in the aquarium.
While you’re in the Platte River Valley, hop aboard the Platte Valley Trolley (700 Water St.), an open-air streetcar that resembles the trolley on the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood TV show. The narrated tours provide a fascinating historical account of Denver from its Gold Rush days to the present.
DENVER ART MUSEUM
100 W. 4th Ave. Pkwy.
The Denver Art Museum offers a Just for Fun Family Center complete with games, creative, make-it-yourself craft areas and dress-up costumes. On weekends, kids can pick up a family backpack, a portable bag brimming with all sorts of artsy, educational activities.
WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
7711 E. Academy Blvd. #1
At the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, more than 40 planes and riveting space-oriented displays occupy the sprawling space, an aviation wonderland that allows families to get up close and personal with giant bombers, fighter jets, antique planes and a search-and-rescue helicopter. The museum always has seasonal exhibits, and on the second Saturday of each month, kids can experience the electrifying buzz of climbing into the planes’ cockpits.
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
While you’re not going to come across any living, breathing dinosaurs while you’re here in Denver – they’re still extinct, the last we checked – you will have ample opportunity to learn about these long-gone Colorado residents. At Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison (near Red Rocks Amphitheatre) you can touch the bones of Allosaurus and Stegosaurus at the site where important dinosaur discoveries were made in the late 1800s. See how Iguanadons walked by viewing real dinosaur footprints forever preserved in the sandstone.
MORRISON NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
501 Colorado 8, Morrison
Get a glimpse of early dinosaur discoveries from Colorado, including fossils from the first Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus ever found. Located 25 minutes west of Downtown Denver, the 3,000-square-foot Morrison Natural History Museum offers a relaxed environment that is perfect for kids of all ages to explore rocks and fossils. The exhibits and guides connect visitors with the ancient story of the Front Range. Recent local excavations have yielded famous baby dinosaur footprints that were featured in Smithsonian magazine and media outlets around the world.
THE BUTTERFLY PAVILION
6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster
Located in Westminster, a 15-minute drive from downtown Denver, the Butterfly Pavilion is the perfect indoor refuge in which to interact with live invertebrates fluttering around a lush rainforest, or to hold Rosie, a Chilean Rose Hair tarantula, in the palm of your hand-if you dare. The Wings Over the Tropics conservatory, home to more than 1,200 flitting butterflies, moths and skippers, shipped from farms as far away as Kenya and Ecuador, makes for an exhilarating wander through the toasty conservatory, awash with lush green plants. Stop by the Shrunk! exhibit, an interactive play area buzzing with insects and giant robotic scorpions and carpenter ants that move. Inspect the information charts, and you’ll learn that beetles comprise one-fifth of all living things on Earth. Who knew?
FUN CITY FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
9670 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton
This Littleton spot is a kid’s dream come true, with Laser Tag, bowling, miniature golf and a “Foam Factory” all under one roof. Whether you are looking for a place to hold a birthday party or just have a fun day out, Fun City won’t disappoint.
There’s no shortage of fun-filled, free – and nearly free – family activities in Denver.
On the first Tuesday of every month, the Children’s Museum of Denver (2121 Children’s Museum Dr.) hosts complimentary guided story hours and playtimes, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.) is always free for children age six and younger, and free for all on the first Saturday of each month.
The Tattered Cover Bookstore (1628 16th St.), arguably the top independent bookseller in the country, hosts hundreds of free children’s events throughout the year, including lectures, book release parties and author appearances.
Denver is an undisputed sports paradise, and while tickets to the major sporting events don’t come cheap, in-the-know baseball fanatics purchase Colorado Rockies baseball ROCKPILE seats, which cost just $4 for adults and $1 for kids age 12 and under.
Parrish Construction located in Boulder, Colorado has been offering green practices for construction or remodeling for homes for over 40 years. They strongly believe in sourcing locally whenever possible and designing with an eye to leave a smaller footprint. The employees of Parrish construction have been utilizing recycled products for at least twenty years, and strong supporters of the ReSource yard, Parrish Construction practices deconstruction rather than demolition. Clean Conscience is a proud supporter of Parrish Construction and their business practices. We also serve Parrish Construction as their cleaning service. So, if you are in need of construction or remodeling for your home, we encourage you to contact Parrish Construction. If you are in need of eco-friendly home cleaning please contact Clean Conscience, offering services in the Denver and Boulder areas of Colorado. For more information on Parrish Construction please visit their website at http://www.parrishbuilt.com/.
It’s June, it is getting hot outside and it is only going to get hotter over the next few months. This is the time of year when people start cranking the A/C, loading up on ice cream, and cooling off in the pool whenever possible; pretty much anything to beat the heat. While these activities may be the answer for many people during the summer months, what can we do to help our furry companions stay cool during this time of year? This article from CBS Denver, may have the answers.
Ask A Denver Expert: How To Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer
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With summer approaching, your thoughts are likely turning to different ways to keep yourself cool as the thermometer reaches triple digits. It’s just as important to think about your four legged friends and some safe and effective ways to keep them cool. Most importantly, never leave your dog in a hot car. Remember how hot your car can get, even if you are only leaving for a few minutes. Your pet can’t take that kind of heat. You’ll also want to be aware of the signs of heat stroke, which can be a little different for pets. In addition to general safety rules, there are many great ways that you can protect your furry best friend from the soaring temperatures. From cool products to a few inexpensive things you can do at home, here are a few ways to keep your pets cool and refreshed all summer long.
200 Quebec St. #600
Denver, CO 80230
Julie Neva opened Chewy’s Bonetique in 2004, bringing wonderful specialty pet products, food and grooming supplies to the Lowry neighborhood. It’s a popular spot to find just about anything you could want for a healthy pet, and they offer great service and plenty of experts to offer some friendly advice and tips for any pet need. Chewy’s even offers its own line of cookies for your dog, and features local Colorado brands and products. Neva knows about keeping a pet safe and happy all year long, so she offers up these tips to help your pets beat the heat this summer.
Many companies make a variety of clothing products designed to keep your pets cool. Neva said she likes the Swamp Cooler Cooling Vest by Ruff Wear, which runs about $60 and comes in a variety of sizes to fit any pooch. “It’s a mesh vest that you soak in water and then when you are out in the heat, the wind evaporates the water and keeps the dog cool,” Neva said. The vest has its own reservoir in which to keep the water, plus a wicking outer layer to help evaporate the moisture away from your pet. It may not be the most fashionable vest on the market but when the heat is soaring, your pet will thank you.
Another product that a lot of companies offer is a cooling pad, though Neva recommends the Cooling Gel Pad from The Green Pet Shop. This great pad doesn’t need any water or electricity to work. It’s simply a gel-filled pad that is activated by the weight of your pet. When he lies on the pad the cooling starts and can be effective for up to four hours and recharges automatically. You can even stick it in the refrigerator, which will help make the cooling last longer. These run from $27 to $60 depending on the size of your dog. Plus, while the product is marketed towards dogs, it works on cats as well.
You can find dog ice cream and frozen yogurt out on the market, but you can also make cold treats for your pets at home. “One of our manufacturers last summer came out with this great idea,” Neva said. “You take a can of food and stick a popsicle stick in it and freeze it.” Then you simply pull the food out and let your dog or cat spend time licking away at the cold food. It’s a very easy way to keep your pet cool, and it won’t cost you much. You can also freeze treats inside toys or layer them in buckets of water for dog-safe popsicle toys. “Just take an ice cream pail, throw in some treats or a Kong with treats in it and freeze it. Of course it all floats to the top, so if you freeze it a little first, then put the treat in and freeze the rest in layers. It will stay in the middle,” Neva said. This is another great tip that can work equally well for dogs and for cats, just be sure to use the right food.
A good grooming is essential in the summer months, however shaving your pet down is not always the answer. “What people tend to do is shave double-coated haired dogs and our research has shown us that the dogs really need their hair for sun protection as well as cold,” Neva said. So what to do with dogs with double coats? “Just remove any dead hair and mats. I don’t think you should shampoo more often, as that can be drying, but keeping the coat in good condition and free of mats and dead hair will help a lot,” she said.
You probably associate boots with only freezing temperatures, but you may not realize how tough hot pavement can be on your pet’s soft pads. “The hot pavement that people take their dogs on long walks is no different than the ice in the winter time,” Neva said. “A good pair of boots is very helpful, especially if they are hiking a lot, which is hard on the dog’s pads.” There are great lines of pet boots to try, so find your favorite and protect your best friend’s paws from the soaring heat.
Clean Conscience is hosting a clothing drive to benefit the Denver Rescue Mission. With the weather warming, it’s time for a little spring-cleaning. Clean out your closets and get rid of all the clothes that you never wear, that don’t fit, and that take up extra space. We’re collecting men’s, women’s, and children’s gently used clothing, shoes, and jackets. Take a few minutes to clean out the whole family’s closet and start summer with a tidier space!
All donations will go to the Denver Rescue Mission and help support their mission of serving the poor and homeless through emergency services, community outreach, long-term rehabilitation, transitional programs, and assistance for permanent housing. Donations of clothing, shoes, and jackets are all welcome.
The clothing drive runs from June 10th thru July 20th and donating is easy. Gather up all your clean, gently used clothing items into a bag. Our cleaning technicians will pick them up on your next scheduled cleaning date and deliver them directly to the Denver Rescue Mission. If you prefer, you can also drop off items at our office, located at 4150 Fox Street, Suite A-1 in Denver.
We would like to extend a huge Congratulations to Ocean First Divers as the winner of Green businesses from the Best of Boulder. Ocean First Divers has continuously strived to improve their conservation and sustainability efforts in their business practices. Clean Conscience is very honored to be apart of Ocean First Divers efforts as being their green cleaning service provider. Our hopes are that more businesses and individuals will strive to acquire more conservation and sustainability practices throughout the community. Congratulations, Ocean First Divers!