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Spring Cleaning Tips and Checklist

Today is officially the first day of spring! Winter weather is (finally) on its way out, and we’re making our spring cleaning checklists.

While you’re preparing your home and closet for warmer weather, be sure to consider these 10 spring cleaning tips:

Clean Based on Your Time Constraints

If you don’t have a lot of time, it’s best to complete one task at a time rather than trying to work on several things at once.

Handle smaller tasks like dusting when you can, and then tackle your closet when you have a little more time to do laundry, pack up your winter clothes, and pull out your shorts. Continue reading…

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Save Some Green in Our Clearance Center this St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Sylvane! We’re rocking our green gear today and hope you are too!

Besides celebrating with green beer and finding your lucky 4-leaf clover, you can also save a little “green” in our Clearance Center today. The Clearance Center is one area of our site that often goes unnoticed, but it’s a great place to find high-quality products at discount prices. Continue reading…

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Formaldehyde Concerns: Testing, Options & Solutions

60 Minutes recently ran a segment on the health risks associated with laminate floors with high levels of formaldehyde. The report opened people’s eyes to what we’ve known for a long time–formaldehyde is a dangerous gas with potentially serious health risks. It turns out hundreds of thousands of Americans may be impacted, and news outlets have run with the story ever since. Read the entire 60 Minutes report on formaldehyde here.

For a summary of the findings and what’s happening now, check out the video below. And keep reading to learn more about formaldehyde, formaldehyde testing, how to get rid of it. Continue reading…

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Christmas Tree Allergy Symptoms & Remedies

xmas-treeYou’ve probably already put up your Christmas tree and may find yourself suffering from a runny nose, sinus headaches or general feeling of fatigue.

If so, it might be more than just the winter cold. A spike in respiratory-related emergency room visits around Christmas caused experts to take a closer look at possible related causes. They discovered that cold, flu, and asthma-type symptoms during the holiday season may have their root cause in Christmas trees. But it’s generally not the tree itself that causes these “real Christmas tree allergies.”

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How to Beat Holiday Allergy Triggers

holiday-1The arrival of winter offers relief for many allergy sufferers, but setting up for the holidays can cause a host of issues for people with asthma and allergies. If the thought of Christmas brings images of festive trees and plants along with memories of sneezing and sniffling through the holidays, a few simple changes can make your holiday more enjoyable.

Here are some common triggers and how to avoid them this holiday season:

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Don’t forget the decorations you love so much, the ones that give your home the holiday feel, they’ve been stored away for 11 or so months. And they’re generally kept in attics, basements, garages or other places that are known for harboring dust and mold. Wipe down seasonal ornaments and decorations with a damp cloth when you first dig them out. If you purchase live decorations or plants (more on trees below!), then be sure to toss them as soon as they start to dry out. Continue reading…