I gave a lawn chair cushion destined for the dumpster a steamy chance at survival this week. I dragged the cushions for all of the chairs from the back of a closet only to discover that our cat (‘September’) at some point between last Fall and this week had decided that one of the cushions would be her little ‘nest’. (Now I know where she was hiding every time company came over this past winter!)
So, I vacuumed the cushion. Still, cat hair remained woven all through the fibers. I steamed it with my EnviroMate VIVA’s triangular brush with a terry cloth over it. The cushion looked fresher and brighter after steaming of course but still had too much cat hair remaining on it to let anyone other than September continue using the cushion. A last ditch effort ensued by removing the terry cloth from the triangular brush and steaming the cushion at the same time as gently rubbing the bristles of the brush in a circular motion all over the cushion. The results were fantastic! The combination of steam and the firm bristles of the brush lifted all the cat hair from the cushion.
Getting creative with the steam cleaner attachments spared me from having to invest in a replacement cushion and it renewed my affection for September. Here’s a picture (not for the faint of heart) of the Viva brush with some of the hair it removed. Oh, and a picture of the culprit – who was also given a second chance…she still has nine left.
“No Big Dill” Blog post featuring the Velocity V50 Iron. Fun blog – check it out! http://nobigdill-reviews.blogspot.com/2011/05/neo-reliable-iron-giveaway.html
In honour of Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month we’re giving away a steam cleaning prize pack. To enter – just watch the new EnviroMate PRONTO video on YouTube and post on the Reliable Facebook Fan page one cleaning scenario shown in the video. Randomly selected winner May31st receives a Steamboy T1 floor mop and an EnviroMate PRONTO!
Link to YouTube Video: http://tinyurl.com/3mpnsqj
Link to Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reliable-Corporation/57641116651
Today is World Asthma Day!
World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. The theme of World Asthma Day 2011 is “You Can Control Your Asthma.” There are many things that can help control asthma triggers. Steam cleaning will reduce the impact of many indoor allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander, mould and mildew.
May is Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. Millions of people worldwide suffer from Allergies and Asthma. There are organizations dedicated to medical research and public education that are helping sufferers manage their symptoms. To learn more about Allergies, and Asthma check out these links:
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=10&sub=99&cont=457
The Asthma Society of Canada