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Are You Ready for the Coronavirus? Tips for a Disinfected and Healthy Home

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With an increase in cases every day, The City of Portland and the CDC is advising people to prepare for a coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak in the Portland area and imposing a Shelter in Place.  But what cleaning and lifestyle steps should you do to get ready?

With so much information out there, confusion is easy.  The novel coronavirus is new and there is much more we will be learning over the following  days, weeks and months.

Experts are recommending that you not panic, but prepare as you would for any natural disaster such as a flood or hurricane.

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What Are We Doing for the Coronavirus at Domestica?

Cleaning companies will be considered ‘essential services’ during Portland’s Shelter in Place.

Founded in 2001, Domestica prides itself in using environmentally-safe cleaning products and methods that are not harmful to humans or animals.

As the CDC indicates, regular cleaning products are effective in removing germs, lowering their numbers and risk of spreading.

However, in this exceptional situation, we will offer cleaning services using the recommended light bleach solutions that will kill germs.

Contact us to request our disinfecting and cleaning service or with any questions or concerns you might have.

Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfecting Services by Domestica

  • All high-touch areas (light switches, door knobs, handles, bathroom & sink fixtures, counters, etc.) disinfected with CDC- and EPA-recommended bleach solution.
  • All equipment and supplies disinfected between clients’ homes.
  • Cleaning cloths kept separated  between homes and washed daily with chlorine bleach.
  • CDC-recommended hand washing etiquette practiced by team members before & after cleaning.
  • Disposable shoe covers worn in homes and businesses.
  • Team members will work alone as often as possible.  In cases where they work in a team or when the client is home, they will maintain the recommended distance of six feet.

Steps for Coronavirus Disinfecting & Cleaning

Cleaning is removing germs and dirt from surfaces.  Cleaning does not kill germs, but will remove them from surfaces.

Disinfecting is using chemicals such as bleach and alcohol to kill germs. Disinfecting does not clean surfaces but should be done after the area is cleaned.

The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home’s common areas daily.  These include:  tables, doorknobs, chairs, light switches, remote controls, handles, toilets, sinks and desks.

Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting, and discard them after use.  Wash your hands immediately after you remove the gloves.

For dirty surfaces, first clean with a regular household cleaning product (for ex. Seventh Generation Multi-Surface or Bathroom Cleaner)

To disinfect, use a diluted unexpired bleach solution on appropriate surfaces.  Use 1/3 cup bleach per gallon or four teaspoons per quart of water.  You can also use alcohol solutions with 70% alcohol or any EPA-registered disinfectant.

Check product instructions to determine surface suitability.

For porous surfaces such as rugs or carpets, remove visible contamination and clean according to manufacturer’s instruction.  Use an EPA-registered product for viral pathogens on porous surfaces.

Discard any wipes or paper towels after cleaning – do not reuse.

Should You Buy Extra Medication and Food?

Particularly for more vulnerable populations, the CDC recommends having several weeks of extra medication and supplies on hand.

This can include any prescription medication as well as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, which can help lower fever.  Make sure to talk to your insurance provider regarding extended supply coverage.

Extra food to have on hand might be things you find comforting while sick: soup or broth and crackers and beverages like 7-Up or Gatorade

By having a stock in place in advance, you are better equipped in case of an outbreak. You will also be able to better practice social distancing by avoiding large crowds at pharmacies and grocery stores.

While up to 80% coronavirus cases are mild – with symptoms similar to a normal cold or flu – being prepared to take care of you and your family is an important preventative step.

What About Working From Home?

If the COVID-19 is present in your community, you should speak to your employer about the possibility of telecommuting.

This is the best course of action, especially if you live in high-density urban areas or take public transportation.  If you are currently sick, you definitely must stay home from work.

 

What Can You Do to Stay Healthy?

The best habit you can have to avoid getting the coronovirus or flu is washing your hands thoroughly and often with regular soap and water and avoid touching your face.

We love Neil Diamond’s update of “Sweet Caroline” for COVID-19 to entertain and motivate you while washing your hands!

Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.  Afterward, discard any tissues and wash your hands.

Social distancing is a good method for avoiding contact with or spreading the coronavirus, but also be sure to pay attention to your mental health and well-being during times of isolation.

 

What if You Are Sick?

If you feel sick or start to show symptoms such as a fever or dry cough, Harvard Medical School recommends calling your personal doctor first.

Avoid going to the emergency room unless you are experiencing severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, high or low body temperature, confusion or feeling like you might pass you.

Call the emergency department in advance so they can prepare for your arrival.

How to Prepare for Shelter in Place

Vox created a printable list of more ideas to keep your health (and sanity!) during home confinement including”

  • Keeping extra cleaning supplies, towels & linens on hand.
  • A first-aid kit to take care of minor injuries.  This will keep you out of already-overloaded emergency rooms and prevent catching or transmitting the coronavirus.
  • Electronics and spare parts.  Staying connected is more important than ever and having backup devices will
  • Games, movies and popcorn for extended family / roommate time.

 

A Note to Our Clients About the COVID-19 Coronavirus

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Dear clients:

I want you to know that nurturing the health and well-being of our  Domestica community is, and always will be, our highest priority.

In that spirit, I want to address concerns about the novel conronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to the day-to-day operations of our company.

 

OUR PEOPLE

At the center of our company’s core values is to put people first, and it’s something we take to heart at all times.

We’ve provided employees with the most current information, guidance, and support we have to they can keep themselves and their families safe.

If we do have a sick team member, we will make sure they stay at home, reiterating guidelines from the CDC regarding hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and keeping the lines of communication open.

YOUR SERVICE

Domestica will continue to operate as usual during this time and will continue to stay up-to-date on the latest news and health recommendations.

Keeping your home disinfected and clean – especially high-traffic areas – is doubly important during this period.

While regular cleaning remove germs and prevent risk of spreading, they do not kill germs.

In light of this, we will be offering disinfecting services based on CDC recommendations using a light bleach solution compatible many hard surface, high-risk areas.

Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfecting Services

  • All high-touch areas (light switches, door knobs, handles, bathroom & sink fixtures, counters, etc.) disinfected with CDC- and EPA-recommended bleach solution.
  • All equipment and supplies disinfected between clients’ homes.
  • Cleaning cloths kept separated  between homes and washed daily with chlorine bleach.
  • CDC-recommended hand washing etiquette practiced by team members before & after cleaning.
  • Disposable shoe covers worn in homes and businesses.
  • Team members will work alone as often as possible.  In cases where they work in a team or when the client is home, they will maintain the recommended distance of six feet.

PLEASE READ OUR LATEST POST HERE on ways to stay safe during this potential outbreak period.

We’re doing everything in our power to make sure you feel safe and comfortable with our service.

You can rest assured that we will continue to put the health and well-being of our clients, employees and all community members above all other considerations as we continue to monitor events and make decisions going forward.

Domestica has been proud to be the first environmentally- and socially friendly cleaning company in Portland, serving our city since 2001.

We appreciate your support of Domestica during this time and thank you for allowing us to bring peace of mind to your and your families.

Sincerely,

Shannon Latimer Marchat
Owner / Founder
Domestica LLC

 

Post-Remodel Cleaning – What You Need To Know

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After having spent a lot of time and money on a home or business renovation,  the amount of post-remodel dirt, dust and debris that is left behind after the workers leave can feel overwhelming.  If you’ve never hired a professional housecleaning service before, now’s the time!

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Why choose a professional?

Post-Remodel: The Rude Awakening

Walking into your house post-remodel might not be a very pleasant surprise. You would be shocked to see how far the mess can spread. The dust from renovation floats through the air to other rooms and just ends up everywhere. There’s always something left behind that even the best remodel crew with the greatest clean-up ethics forget to pick up as they leave your house for good.

Hiring a professional cleaning service will ensure that there are no screws, nails and other materials laying around the house, no debris that may stick to your shoes and no drywall in random places. A typical post-remodel cleaning includes:

Safety First

A house that’s ready to live in is not the same as a house that’s ready to use. After a post-remodel, the construction company may hire a clean-up crew that will remove stray drywall pieces and sawdust and ensure that the area is safe. But how safe is it really when there are dust particles floating around that could get in your lungs and potentially give you health problems?

This is where the professional cleaning services step in. They take care of everything from top to bottom and give your house that much-needed deep clean after a remodel.

No worries about cleaning supplies or waste disposal

Post-remodel cleaning services are skilled, armed with the best equipment and have the expertise to tackle a post-remodel clean-up. They will clean everything from ceilings to floors with the best-suited products and leave the house looking immaculate, ready for you to show it off. They will also take care of waste disposal along the way.

Odor Removal

Remodeling can often leave your house with a persistent odor of construction materials and traditional cleaning products only mask the odor for a short period of time- they do not eliminate them. Professional cleaning services use the right products to get rid of odors and leave your house smelling fresh and clean.

Top 6 Essential Oils for Housecleaning

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The benefits of essential oils come from antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and their uses range from natural medicinal treatments to housecleaning products.  They have been used for centuries by cultures all over the world for their medicinal purposes and are awesome-smelling natural options for homemade cleaning recipes, with absolutely no risk of giving off scary fumes like the regular toxin-filled cleaning products.  A couple drops of your favorite oil in the following cleaning recipes can do wonders!

Are you ready to go green? Here are our top 6 uses for essential oils in housecleaning.

 

1.  Lemon and Orange Oils

Both these oils have peppy, clean scents and are powerhouses in homemade green housecleaning recipes. Not only are they naturally antibacterial and antiviral, they are amazing against grease!

Use 1-2 drops of either of these essential oils to remove grease from surfaces or combine 12 drops with 1/4 cup castile soap and water in a spray bottle to clean greasy stove top and counter splatters.

2.  Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil can do it all! It’s great for fighting against bacteria, viruses and germs. Add 3 drops of tea tree  and lemon oils to warm water, give it a gentle stir. Spray surfaces with the mixture and give them a wipe down to disinfect naturally.

3.  Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus is a natural germicide that has a clean smell to it. Add 3 drops of eucalyptus oil to baking soda to deep clean your mattress or add a few drops to your next wash cycle. To eliminate shower curtain scum, in a spray bottle, add 3 drops of eucalyptus oil and 3 drops of tea tree oil to warm water.  Then spray it on your shower curtains.

4.  Cinnamon

Not only is cinnamon antiseptic and antibacterial, it leaves the place smelling sweet with the nostalgic memories of the holidays. You can diffuse cinnamon oil in the air to benefit from its antibacterial properties. You can even add 5 drops in the vacuum bag of the vacuum cleaner to leave a sweet smelling trail around the house!

5.  Lavender oil

Lavender is one of the best-smelling essential oils. It pairs great with vinegar, another commonly used natural cleaner. Add a couple drops to your vinegar cleaning mixture for a more tolerable scent. You can also diffuse it around the house to reduce stress and anxiety.

6.  Peppermint oil

Another great smelling oil that reminds you of the holidays! It has that unique, invigorating scent and has countless medicinal properties. For a natural air freshener that also deters little insects, add 10 drops of peppermint oil to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.  Shake well and spray around your house for a cool sensation.

Domestica exclusively uses The Essential Oil Company in Portland, Oregon for our cleaning product oils.

Prepping Your Home for the Market in 10 Organized Steps!

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Selling your home can be one of the most stressful and emotionally-charged things you do and every seller wants to have a quick sale and get top dollar for their home.

Every seller wants to have a quick sale and get top dollar for their home and that doesn’t happen by accident.  Preparing you home for going to market takes our expert guidance, careful planning, an expert eye for design and with our help, an extra special deep clean to get your home into tip-top shape. When we have buyers come through your home-our goal is to have them writing great offers!

Looking to buy or sell a home in Portland?   Aryne & Dulcinea of Portland’s Living Room Realty are at your service and recommend the following tips:

(Our personal favorite – #6 – Make that house sparkle! – Book now and let Domestica take care of the housekeeping for you!)

1.  Call Us

To know where to begin and what is important, we will meet with you and discuss your goals, plans, and give you the information you need to proceed with confidence.

2.   Get Mentally Prepared

You have already decided to make your move and sell your home…it’s time to go forth and begin to think of your home as if it is a product you are selling. You need to de-personalize and make it appealing for others to envision living in.

3.   De-Clutter & Pre-Pack

You want buyers to imagine themselves living here, not wondering “What kind of people live in this home?”

  • Pack up all family photos, images of your travels, books, dvds and movies, seasonal items you are not currently using.
  • Pare down your plant collection and clean surfaces throughout the home.
  • Know that the special things you surround yourself with, others may not experience it with the your same sentimentality.

4.    Organize Closets and Cabinets

Channel Martha Stewart! Buyers will always explore the house and see what storage capacity it holds. Organized closets and storage areas make the home seem much more livable and gives the impression that the rest of house is taken care of, as well.

  • Line up cans, boxes and alphabetize spice jars
  • Neatly stack dishes
  • Line up shoes
  • Hang clothes neatly, with shirts buttoned up and facing the same direction
  • Buy matching bins and use them to store away items that do not need to be displayed or are in use.

5.    Rent a Storage Unit

Most of the time when we live in our homes, we have something for everything we do, but it is important to remember that homes with less furniture  and fewer items on shelves show better.

  • Store those now-empty bookshelves
  • Remove extensions from tables to make the room look larger
  • Leave just enough furniture in each room to show its purpose and lots of room to move around

6.  Make Small Repairs

  • Replace burned-out light bulbs
  • Fix cracked tiles in the floor or counters
  • Makes sure doors and drawers open properly
  • Repair holes in the walls
  • Paint rooms with neutral colors

7.    Housekeeping 101 – Don’t Forget a Good Cleaning!

  • Wash interior and exterior windows
  • Re-caulk tubs and showers
  • Polish chrome and faucets
  • Whiten dirty grout – Make a paste with baking soda and water, spray with vinegar and scrub
  • Hang up fresh towels and replace worn out rugs and mats
  • Clean out the refrigerator (yes, that will get opened, too!)
  • Dust cobwebs and light fixtures
  • Vacuum every day
  • Make sure it smells clean – odors and musty smells are a no-no

8.    Remove and Replace Favorite Items

Remove and replace anything you are not including with the sale – window coverings, light fixtures and appliances.  We all want what we can’t have and if a buyer sees something you are keeping, they will want it even more!

9.    Details Details Details

  • Walk through your front door and ask yourself if this home looks inviting as you enter
  • Stand in the doorway of each room and imagine what the room will look like to a buyer
  • Check that furniture is arranged in a way that makes sense for the room
  • Make sure window coverings hang level

10.   Check Curb Appeal

  • Mow the lawn and trim bushes
  • Keep sidewalks cleared
  • Plant flowers or groups pots of flowers together (yellow is a great color!)
  • Make sure the house number is visible

-Dulcinea Myers-Newcomb is an Oregon Licensed Broker, Earth Advantage Broker, and ADU Specialist