The March issue of Jensen’s Healthy Home News is here!  Get five easy tips to keep your carpet looking like new, and learn about the spring equinox and the start of tornado season. Also in the March issue: Joel takes on puppy pee stains in “Flooring Q&A with Joel J,” find out about dancing for health in “Healthy Talk,” check out  cool websites, March Fun Facts and more. Of course, you’ll also find the Mega Trivia Question—the first six people who call with the correct answer will win a $15 gift certificate to Hagemeister Park. Click Jensen’s Healthy Home News to download the complete newsletter. Here are some highlights:

 

Don't gamble with your carpet cleaning!

Do you want your carpets to last longer and look cleaner all the time?

If you answered “Yes!” to the question above then be sure to take a quick look at these…Five easy tips for keeping your carpet looking like new!

  1. Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. Dirt is the number one cause of wear and tear to your carpet. Be sure that you are vacuuming thoroughly at least once per week to keep the dry soils to a minimum and maximize the life of your carpet.
  2. Clean up spots and spills swiftly and properly. To properly remove a spot use a clean absorbent towel (preferably a white one to avoid color transfer) and hot tap water in a spray bottle containing a small amount of a mild detergent – just make sure the detergent does not contain bleaching agents. Next, alternate blotting and spraying the area, DO NOT over wet the spot. You can even place a dry absorbent towel under something heavy like a book to completely remove the moisture from the carpet. Most spots can be removed if they are caught early. Of course the exceptions are, if a spill contains a dye, (i.e. red juice) or a bleaching agent then the spot is usually permanent.
  3. Never scrub or rub spots. The correct method to remove a spill is to scrape the spot towards the middle and then blot with a white towel or cloth. Scrubbing or rubbing the spot will fray the carpet fibers and permanently damage the area.
  4. Clean your carpets professionally every 6-12 months. Carpet manufactures recommend cleaning your carpets professionally with van-mounted steam cleaning. By cleaning every 6-12 months you will extend the life of your carpet and have a healthier, cleaner home.
  5. Re-apply “Carpet Protector” every other cleaning. Carpet protector “seals” the fibers of your carpets and makes them resistant to most household stains. It also makes your vacuuming more efficient. The effectiveness of carpet protector is reduced about 30-35 percent with each cleaning. But, by reapplying at least every other cleaning you will continue to protect your carpet from stains and everyday wear and tear, giving your carpet the longest life possible.

Save money while you extend the life of your carpet–get $20 OFF carpet cleaning during the month of March! Click the “Special Offer” button on the home page for details…

 

Joel Jensen

Spring is coming!

In 2024, the March equinox happens on March 19 at 10:06 p.m. CDT. This falls on a Tuesday and is the astronomical beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox across the globe) occurs when the sun crosses the celestial equator going south to north. It’s called the “celestial” equator because it’s an imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator. The sun rises due east and sets due west everywhere on Earth (except near the poles). Equinoxes are the only two times each year that the Sun rises due east and sets due west for all of us on Earth!

The amount of daylight on this day — 12 hours, eight minutes — is virtually the same everywhere. Although in most locations (the North Pole and Equator being exceptions) the amount of daylight had been increasing each day after the winter solstice, after the spring equinox, many places will experience more daylight than darkness in each 24-hour day. The amount of daylight each day will continue to increase until the summer solstice in June, during which the longest period of daylight occurs.

What does “equinox” Mean? The word equinox comes from the Latin words for
“equal night”—aequus (equal) and nox (night). On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world.

The Tornado Season Starts

March sees the start of tornado season in North America. As winter turns into spring, moist, warm air from the Gulf of Mexico collides with cooler, dry air from the Rocky Mountains and Canada. Tornados form when giant thunderstorms roll in and draw the warmer air into the upper atmosphere; winds feed the updraft and a massive thundercloud forms the tornado’s characteristic funnel shape. The violently rotating winds can reach speeds of 300 miles per hour; tornados can travel 20 to 60 mph. They can reach up to 50,000 feet and have an area of rotation of two to six miles. Most tornados last only two to three minutes.

Tornados occur on every continent except Antarctica. The United States is the country that is the hardest hit, with about 1,000 a year, resulting in an average of 80 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries. There have been tornados in all 50 states, but the five hit most often in order of frequency are Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Florida and Nebraska.

 

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Did you know?

  • The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most stolen from public libraries.
  • Whoopi Goldberg was a mortuary cosmetologist and a bricklayer before becoming an actress.
  • Dolphins don’t automatically breathe; they have to tell themselves to do it.
  • Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he didn’t wear pants.
  • The term cop comes from the phrase Constable on Patrol, which is a termused in England.
  • It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.
  • Every year, the moon moves a further 3.82 cm from the earth.
  • Contrary to urban legend, the cockroach will die from radiation exposure, and would not survive a nuclear attack.