DAVE'S CORNER http://www.barbosacustombuilders.com/apps/blog DAVE'S CORNER en Tue, 27 Mar 2012 23:51:58 GMT Sun, 25 Feb 2018 23:37:07 GMT 60 Allergy-proof your floors http://www.barbosacustombuilders.com/apps/blog/allergy-proof-your-floors <p> March 20<sup>th</sup> officially marked the arrival of spring.&nbsp; For some of you that means baseball, BBQs and warmer weather – but for others of you it means kissing your sinuses good-bye due to the arrival of allergies.&nbsp; Never fear, help is here!&nbsp; I can’t control which allergens you’re exposed to outside of your home but can certainly help you control the allergens within your home.&nbsp; One of my favorite allergy tips is to allergy-proof your floors.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Ask yourself the following questions:</p> <p> [&nbsp; ] Do you have wall-to-wall carpeting in your home?</p> <p> [&nbsp; ] Have you ever gone more than six months without having your carpets professionally cleaned?</p> <p> [&nbsp; ] Have you ever gone more than a week without vacuuming or sweeping your floors?</p> <p> [&nbsp; ] Do you wear shoes in the house?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> If you are one of the 50 million Americans who experience allergies and answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above then this article is for you.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Studies show that wall-to-wall carpeting contains more allergens than hardwood, linoleum, tile and vinyl flooring materials. &nbsp;Carpets are harder to clean and thus harbor dust mites, mold spores and pet dander along with residues from insecticides, household cleaning products and cigarette smoke.<strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;I suggest</strong> <strong>ripping that carpeting out</strong>!&nbsp; If it’s not an option then consider investing in a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter – then vacuum weekly and shampoo your carpets every six months.&nbsp; You might also want to keep your windows closed and rely on air conditioning during pollen season.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Another way to keep your floors allergy-proof is to switch to a ‘no shoes policy’ in your home.&nbsp; Shoes track grass pollens into the home along with lawn pesticides, mold spores and general street goo.&nbsp; If you leave an array of socks and slippers by the front door you’ll probably find your guests quite obliging.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Good luck and happy spring cleaning!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Sincerely,</p> <p> <strong>Dave</strong></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:29:05 GMT fe91ed2c-3852-4fe4-964d-1a9a203c5198 Welcome! http://www.barbosacustombuilders.com/apps/blog/welcome <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <p> Hello and welcome to my blog!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I created <em>Dave's Corner</em> to serve as a weekly home improvement guide containing tips I've acquired over the past 20+ years.&nbsp; My hope is that you will have the opportunity to transform your house into your dream home.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Sincerely,</p> <p> <strong>Dave</strong></p> </div> <p> <img src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eb6e79_823096dcea309782fd4fe74f32033ef2.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 141px; height: 235px;" /></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:26:36 GMT 0d1f23de-74b8-4355-a700-d7226dc04864