“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
July is the essence of summer—cookouts, fireworks, vacations…and having your carpets cleaned! Our July newsletter has some fun facts about the 4th of July, safety tips for grilling, healthy talk and lots of other fun stuff. It will also help you discover the secret to keeping your carpets looking like new. Spoiler alert—the secret is having Jensen’s apply Carpet Protection, and you can get one room of Carpet Protection for FREE if you call in July. As always, the downloadable issue of Jensen’s Healthy Home News includes the Mega Trivia Question—the first six people who call with the correct answer will win a $15 gift certificate to Hagermeister Park. Here are some newsletter highlights:
“A totally cool day!
Independence Day, also referred to the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
- On July 4, 1777, thirteen guns were fired, once at morning and again as evening
fell in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white and blue bunting.
- In 1778, General George Washington marked the Fourth of July with a
double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute. Across the
Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held
a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.
- In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.
- In 1781, Massachusetts was the first legislature to recognize the Fourth of July.
- In 1791, First recorded under “Independence Day” name.
- In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day a holiday, albeit unpaid,
for federal employees.
July is National Grilling Month
Safety tips for grilling
The National Fire Protection Agency reports that barbecue grills caused about 1,000 structure fires and 3,400 outdoor fires in one recent year.
It’s important to realize that safe grilling begins before the cooking starts. With gas grills, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to be sure it is working properly and not leaking. If you suspect a leak, put soapy water on the area and watch for bubbles to discover where it is. Never use a match to check for a gas leak, and never light the grill until the leak is fixed.
Position any grill on a level surface that is at least three feet away from other objects, including the house and shrubs or bushes. Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
When you’re ready to barbecue, protect yourself with a heavy apron and oven mitts that fit well over your forearm. When the party is over, store the grill outside and away from the house. Make sure the valves are turned off.
For charcoal grills, use only starter fluids designed for that purpose. Never use gasoline. If the fire is slow, add dry kindling. Don’t add more liquid starter or you could cause a flash fire.
Remember to soak the coals with water before you put them in the trash. Never use a barbeque indoors or in an unventilated space. It’s a fire hazard and could cause all kinds of problems.
Discover the “secret” to keeping carpets looking new for long time
How would you like to have a dinner party and not even flinch when your overly animated neighbor knocks over his cup of coffee? Or, how would you like to have “pizza night” with the family and not bat an eye when Junior drops his slice of greasy pepperoni face-down on the carpet?
Maybe until now things like coffee and pizza have been banished to the kitchen because of your fears of ruining your beautiful carpet. Well fear not. Today’s carpet protection is the professional carpet cleaner’s best “secret” to extending the life of your carpet.
What exactly is “Carpet Protection”?
When your carpeting was new, the factory had applied a product that coated each fiber and created a barrier of sorts against stains, soils and oils. But with time, wear, and even cleanings this protective coat begins to diminish and needs to be re-applied.
That’s where we can help. We can re-apply a factory-approved product that will keep your carpet looking and performing as good as new. A lot of folks skip this important step and end up with stained, tired looking carpet that looks old before it’s time. If you are one of those people who never saw the value of re-applying carpet protection, just think of it as the “SPF of carpets”. You wouldn’t dare go out in the sun these days without your layer of SPF “protection” to keep your skin looking fresh and new. Well, your carpet needs its protection too! It needs that little layer of protection to protect against everything from dry soils to grease and wine spills.
Of course, when you protect your carpet it doesn’t mean you can just let spots and spills sit there – all spills and spots must be attended to promptly. We recommend using hot tap water with a touch of mild soap (no bleach!) and just blotting with a clean absorbent white towel – never rub or scrub because you’ll only tear up your fibers.
Still, sometimes we hear this…
“I’ve paid for carpet protection before and couldn’t tell a difference.” That could be a good thing. You want your carpet to perform as it did new from the factory. However, there are instances where a cleaner may not be using a good product, may not be applying it correctly, or may not use the proper tools to apply it with. That’s why we guarantee everything – even the performance of our carpet protection – with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Now, to encourage you to remember to protect your carpet we’re offering an irresistible offer for the month of July. Check it out!
A Deal For You-Click on the “MONTHLY SPECIAL” button for our July offer:
- One room of carpet protection for free*! (Up to 200 square feet)
A $42 cash value absolutely free! You’ll see how beneficial it is to maintain
the protection of your carpets!
*Minimum charge always applies. Not valid with other offers. Must be in combination with carpet cleaning.