When you’re a parent, your child becomes the centre of your universe and you want to keep them safe. They are young and unknowing and you’re responsible for shaping their lives and making sure they are left with the proper skill set that will turn them into successful adults. There are so many milestones that they will reach throughout their lives: their first car, their first house, their first girlfriend or boyfriend. Before all this though, they are playing with toys, crawling on different surfaces, and touching everything they can put their hands on. At this point in their lives, you have something else to worry about; making sure they don’t swallow any small pieces and keeping them safe. Your house is a playground for your small children. When you spend a day at the park you make sure to give your children a bath before you let them go on about their day to wash away any lingering germs. But what you may not think about are all the germs that accumulate on their toys. Your child is constantly putting their fingers in their mouths, touching different objects and repeating this behaviour. Although the object that they are playing with may seem clean, it can be filled with germs and bacteria that can lead to them getting sick and in the worst-case scenario, to disease. We are here to show you how to get your baby toys spick-and-span so that the bacteria, dirt and grime that have collected on them do not affect your children’s health. The most important piece of information is on the tag. Here, you will find instructions on how to care for your toys and which methods of cleaning work. For example, a lot of the tags will tell you whether machine washing your baby’s toys is okay or not.
  Are you redecorating your home? Maybe you’re just thinking about changing the floor treatments. Either way, the question of whether or not you want the rooms in your home carpeted has probably popped up. This is a truly contentious issue for a lot of families, especially ones with little children running around. Carpets are beautiful and completely change the feel of the room, but they are also risky because of the health risks associated with them. Carpets are pretty and feel great on your feet but they also pollute the air in your home. In fact, a lot of doctors say that it is the number one source of air pollution. You may not know this but dust mites, skin cells, bugs and other critters make your carpet their home and could be the leading cause of stomach flus and adversely affect the health of the people living in your home.
Today was a great day. The windows and doors in my home sprung wide open and the fresh air started to seep in. After months of treacherous weather, spring is finally here! The weather is warming and the snow is all but melted. You can start storing that winter coat away and make room in your closet for the lighter, prettier fabrics that will make up your wardrobe for the next couple of months. There is nothing better than the feeling you get after you’ve cleaned your house, from the bottom up. It’s a great way to welcome the new season and breathe a little life back into your home. I used to hate spring-cleaning, but I’ve grown to like it, heck even enjoy it! But spring-cleaning is no laughing matter. It takes work, patience and a whole lot of effort. Don’t expect to have your entire home spick-and-span in one weekend, as it will most likely take a number of days. Getting started can be difficult though, and we’re here to help by offering you a number of tips and tricks to get you going.
UGG® boots are great. They’re comfortable; they’re warm, but most important of all they’ve gotten you through this never-ending winter in Ottawa. Your big splurge paid off! But now that the snow is melting and winter is making its way out, you want to store away your boots and save them for the next year, and probably the year after that! If you’ve experienced winters in Canada, you know that by the end of the season, your boots will look worn and used despite what brand they are. Salt has the potential to ruin even the best pair of boots. But have no worries! We’re here to help you get your boots cleaned and ready for storage or maybe for a couple more runs until the snow is REALLY gone here in Ottawa. Follow these simple tips to ensure your boots stay usable longer.

Malcolm and Heather MacGregor attended the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS) annual convention recently in Las Vegas. The weather was seasonally cool for Nevada, but much warmer than Ottawa!

Sally and Rogers Conant, owners of Orange Restoration Labs and administrators of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, have successfully guided the association since its inception in 1987.

The AWGS certifies its members and provides the opportunity to share information help each other grow. They all provide a written international guarantee for dress preservation, honoured by any other member of the Association (represented in more than 500 cities around the world). Mack MacGregor is one of the founding members of the AWGS and still sits on its Board of Directors. “The advantage of such an organization,” says Mack, “goes beyond offering customers a superior service and guarantee. It allows members to reach out to other cleaners who understand their business to get advice and feedback.”

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Investing in quality items pays off in the long run, however, simply because a piece of clothing is expensive, doesn’t mean it’s going to last. Suits, especially, can make or break your wardrobe and your wallet. Failing to take care of your suits will cause you to spend far more replacing them. Although suits are made to endure long days at the office, the delicate suiting fabric will tear, split or stretch overtime. By caring for your business clothing in between cleans, you extend their life expectancy. We’re here to help you get the most use out of your suits. Follow these simple tips and rest assured: your suit will make it through the year… or maybe even the next 10!