Cleaning for a Reason and Immaculate Clean give practical help to cancer patients
Next month is Pinktober® , aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Founded in 1985, this campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer has been tremendously successful, at least from the standpoint of making the color pink synonymous with breast cancer. Think about it— these days, we all immediately recognize the meaning behind a pink ribbon, a pink 5K t-shirt, and even pink football cleats worn by an NFL player. Well-played, Pinktober marketing people, well-played. Hopefully, all the awareness spread over the past 33 years has saved many lives by encouraging women to get mammograms and leading folks to donate money toward finding a cure. All of that is important, truly good stuff.
But, having known some amazing women who have battled breast cancer and other kinds of cancer, I think I can safely say this: Awareness is cool—but action is cooler. A woman in the midst of undergoing cancer treatment is already WELL aware of it, thank-you-very-much. All of the pink balloons and pink socks in the world are not going to solve her immediate concerns that come from being thrust into an unfamiliar world full of doctors and pharmacists and life-or-death decisions, overwhelming fears about the future, and stresses about day-to-day issues that healthy people take for granted.
Her thoughts at this time may look something like this:
What is going to happen to me? How is this treatment going to affect me? Is my insurance going to cover all of this? What if treatment doesn’t work?? What if the cancer comes back? I’m sick and the treatment is making me feel even worse; how am I going to continue to work and take care of my kids? How am I going to find the energy to cook meals for my family? How am I going to clean my house?
That is a lot to deal with, but, honestly, some of it should not fall onto the cancer patient’s shoulders at all. These women have to focus so hard on kicking cancer’s a$$ that they shouldn’t be burdened by concerns about things like cooking meals for their families or cleaning their house. My personal view is, if you really want to support a friend or family member who is facing a cancer battle, you should think about ways you can ease the burdens of daily life so they can concentrate completely on the one thing that matters: getting well.
This may mean offering to bring them a meal, buy groceries for them, walk their dog, or drive their kids to soccer. Anything that seems “routine” to you is probably something that they could really use some help with. Another thing you can do—and this won’t cost you a thing—is tell them about a fabulous program called “Cleaning for a Reason.”
The Cleaning for a Reason Foundation provides free house cleaning for women who are going through cancer treatments. Immaculate Clean is a proud and active partner of the Cleaning for a Reason Foundation, committed to helping women in the local community during their time of need by providing free cleaning services. The way it works is rather simple: A patient who is undergoing cancer treatments can register via the website at cleaningforareason.org. Based on a participating cleaning company’s availability, they will receive a total of two free general cleanings.
It may sound like such a simple thing, but in reality, to be able to give a cancer patient the gift of a clean home does much more than just ease a little of her workload. The peace that comes with a clean, uncluttered, fresh-smelling environment can do wonders for a patient’s spirit! It’s better for her health, too!
So, whether or not you’re wearing pink, I’m going to encourage you to spread some awareness about this important free service this Pinktober®, and take some action to help a cancer patient you may know in a meaningful way!
You’ve developed quite the cleaning schedule, and have no problem keeping up with your daily and weekly cleaning tasks. Keeping your home clean can be difficult with busy schedules and other daily tasks, but a solid cleaning schedule can keep you on top of things. But what about those cleaning tasks that come along infrequently and can be hard to remember? Outdoor window cleaning is easy to overlook, and many view it as a hassle they don’t want to deal with, but it doesn’t have to be! Here is a simple step by step guide to cleaning your home’s exterior windows, without the headaches and stress:
Start with the Right Tools
Any cleaning job can become more stressful and time consuming if you approach it without the proper tools. Having proper tools is essential for a good, deep cleaning, especially for your outdoor windows. For cleaning your exterior windows you will need a hose, a soft microfiber cloth, a warm water and dish soap (or commercial cleaner) solution, a vinegar and water solution, a bucket, and a squeegee. If you have high windows, you may also need a ladder or a microfiber mop on an extendable pole to reach your second and third level windows.
Steps to a Great Clean
To clean your exterior windows efficiently and well, you’ll first want to begin by hosing down all windows to rinse them off. Next you’ll create a soapy solution using warm water and dish soap (or commercial cleaner) in your bucket. Scrub your windows using this solution with the microfiber cloth or mop. Stubborn stains may need to be saturated with the water/vinegar solution and allowed to set for several minutes, before scrubbing and wiping clean. After you’ve scrubbed your windows to remove any spots, rinse them again with the hose to get any excess soap or vinegar off. Finally, wipe the windows dry using a squeegee for a clean, streak free finish, working in downward strokes. This final step using a squeegee will give your windows a perfectly clean look, and leave you feeling great about the work you put in.
Remember your Screens
When cleaning exterior windows it is easy to forget about your screens, but over time they get dirty and can obstruct your view. To clean screens, remove them from your windows and spray them clean with your vinegar/water solution, and then again with plain water. When you’ve finished washing the screens, be sure to allow them to dry completely before placing them back in your windows. Clean screens along with sparkling windows will give you an unobstructed view to enjoy.
Cleaning your home’s windows can seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to take more than an hour or two on a sunny day. If your home’s windows need a good clean and you’d rather leave it to the professionals, Immaculate Clean is here for you! Our professionals can discuss with you all of your window cleaning needs and contract an expert we trust to come and complete the job.