The potential of having your children take classes at home again this fall is proportional to the headaches it causes to parents. You probably already had a small taste of this last spring after students were sent home because of the pandemic. If you're again setting up home classes with your kids, just in case schools don’t reopen fully, these home education tips will come handy. Some of them are about keeping your home clean and tidy, but others are about creativity and new ideas to keep your classes fresh (and your kids happy and focused, hopefully).
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- Designate a learning space
To keep your students happy (and your sanity safe), set the rules of homeschooling. Start by designating a classroom, ideally not the living room or any other area that has distractions. Even if you end up teaching in the kitchen and your kids learning on the dining table, it's best to organize everything in one place.
- Set cleaning schedules and goals
Setting a homeschooling routine has many benefits, like creating a lasting habit and making it easy to clean and tidy up. But, routines can be hard to build up, especially with small children that get bored, annoyed, or distracted. Try different types of routines and observe your kids' behavior. Choose the schedule that better suits your cleaning chores and the students' learning habits. Also, teach your kids the cleaning tasks, and they will do their part.
- Buy tools and equipment that motivate
If you're having problems with your kids having to take classes at home, maybe it's time for a little investment. Although comfortable chairs, desk, and bookcase are useful, try to stay creative and think of what will stimulate your children more. A bulletin board, blackboard, play area rug, and lots of paper and colors will build the ideal environment for learning. See what keeps your children motivated and use all these new devices to keep the brain work flowing and attention at full. Most of the days, this could work, but remember to be patient!
- Color code learning
Without the help of teachers at help, you’re going to have to help your kids distinguish between topics and classes at home. Especially for lower elementary grades, color coding can mean a big difference. You can choose a color for each topic, and apply it to every book, notebook, and paper organizers around the home. This will give your classes a more sensory experience, ideal for kids.
- Take the class outside
2020 will be remembered as the year of school at home and outdoor schooling also. Taking classes in different and more spacious locations is a safe measure many schools will implement. For you and your kids, this activity has more to do with maintaining the classes fun and dynamic. Take the books or laptop you need, but most importantly, your energy and creativity. Take advantage of your surrounding and fresh air and combine the class with some stretches, physical activity, or sightseeing.
- Apply the school topics to home chores
As mentioned above, one of the best advantages of homeschooling is the flexibility to translate traditional classes into different settings and activities. Combine the topics with daily activities and physical exercises, like playing board games, writing emails, household tasks like laundering or budgeting, visiting parks, or going shopping to the farmers market. Try to do at least once a week to keep your classes fresh and your kids' motivation up.
These distance-learning tips will help you maintain your home tidy and clean during your classes at home if the need arises again. However, if you need extra help with your home duties, book a cleaning and disinfecting service with Tailor Maid Services.
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Summer is here! And while the Texas’ government is planning to re-open public swimming pools and water parks, many residents are concern about the current pandemic. Water parks’ safety is crucial right now. That’s why we wrote this blog, gathering some of the most important measures—according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)—any Texas swimming pool and waterpark should apply to ensure the welfare of its visitors.
Of course, you have to do your own: wear your face mask, practice social distancing, bring your own towel if you like, and follow the preventive measures inside the facility.
- Trained and protected staff
Like any other business, the water park you visit should have all their team trained and wearing the proper protection items, like face masks. Also, they must follow a strict protocol to guide the swimmers through the safest way possible.
- Essential supplies
As you may know, soap, hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol), paper towels, and no-touch trash cans are necessary to avoid COVID-19 in any public site. Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette—like sneezing under the elbow—must be rules that are easy to follow for everyone.
- Signs and messages
Besides the general guidelines about washing hands and facemask use, your waterpark must use visible signs to guide you through the right process to stay safe inside the facility. The CDC encourages these kinds of businesses to communicate the best way to use the pools, bathrooms, breakrooms, and other communal spaces.
- Proper assignment of duties
Waterparks are encouraged to instruct some of their staff to monitor the preventive measures, but team members like lifeguards are not meant to follow this line of action. Look for the staff that can help you with COVID-19 matters.
- Physical barriers
For communal spaces, the CDC advises the use of physical barriers or modified layouts to separate people and ensure social distancing. The fence can be as sophisticated as plastic and transparent walls to minimal as lane lines or tape on the decks.
- Staggered use of communal spaces
According to the Texas government, indoor and outdoor waterparks must operate up to 50% of their capacity. Also, they are encouraged to stagger the number of staff members working at the same time and even the swimmers that occupy a pool. Every park will have its own unique measures at this point, depending on the spaces.
- Don’t wear a facemask in the water
Although, face-covering is critical to avoid the virus, wearing them while being in the water can lead to difficulty breathing.
Look for waterparks that have proper ventilation. Letting fresh outdoor air circulate through the park is a good measure that can lower the virus spreading.
- Frequent disinfection protocols
Of course, waterparks and all workspaces and businesses must follow strict disinfection protocols to ensure the safety of their employees and visitors. Frequently touched surfaces like door handles or doorknobs, faucets, and railing must be appropriately disinfected several times throughout the day, among other cleaning measures.
Once you research if your water park is following these essential measures, you can have some fun with a calmer mind. Remember that if you need a home cleaning and disinfecting service, Tailor Maid Services is the company that you need to call. Book your service on our website.
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Father’s Day isn’t canceled. If you’re looking for places to go for Father’s Day in McKinney, this is the blog you should read. Currently, the city is going through a staged re-opening and operating to limited capacity; this includes restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Following, We list seven of the best places you can visit with your dad to eat, drink, and celebrate this wonderful day.
Located in 101 N Kentucky Street, Landon Winery is one of McKenney’s most beloved winemakers. Landon focuses on providing a taster experience to every visitor, and they currently are following the preventive guidelines so you can be safer and calmer inside their facility. Or, if you wish, you can choose your favorite bottle for grab & go.
Sometimes, a good cup of joe, a slice of the sweetest cake, and a bonding chat with dad can be the best way to spend Father’s Day. Especially lovers of coffee enjoy the fresh-roasted beans that Layered offer in-house, so consider visiting for the whole experience. Of course, take your face covering with you.
Open from Wednesday to Saturday (as many of the other restaurants downtown), visit Rye to get the full culinary experience of this world-class restaurant. Try the roasted cauliflower or the charcuterie & cheese dinner options while you take a look at the beautiful facade and the well-trained staff, who will surely follow strict preventive guidelines.
“Now open for dine-in seating!” is the announcement The Garage is making in their website banner. Located in Lousiana Street, The Garage serves craft cocktails and tasty bites that will make a great Father’s Day for your dad. Of course, they are following the health recommendation, and you will find limited seating and six feet between every table.
The famous Irish pub in Historic Downtown, The Celt, is re-opened and serving at its 25% capacity since May. Please support your local bars and, besides having your regular beer, try something from their menu, like their tasty feta and hummus, or classic wings with buffalo sauce.
Gamer dads who were young in the eighties or nineties surely know Arcade 92, the perfect site to eat, drink and play vintage videogames. The owners and staff of Arcade 92 take the COVID-19 matter very seriously, and you will find more separation between machines and limited space. The staff will guide you and explain to you all the new rules.
If sports is what is all about, Dempsey’s Place is one of the newest and more successful sports bars in Mckinney. Currently, they are operating from Tuesday to Saturday, for indoor and patio dining and takeout. They have a 2,000 soiree foot patio, so practicing social distancing will be easy.
We hope this Father’s Day outing ideas have been useful for your planning. Remeber to stay safe and follow the guidelines so all of us can overcome coronavirus faster. Also, if you are planning to book a home cleaning service, visit our website and ask for a quotation.
We're entering the first phase after the COVID-19 lockdown. The virus is still out there and we better follow these 7 tips to not get infected.
Now that we spend more time indoors, probably at home with all the family, your bathroom(s) might need a little extra care. Wet towels on the bathroom door, toothpaste glued in the sink: the usual. But, during this current lockdown, a cleaned and disinfected bathroom is crucial to prevent COVID-19 and gain some precious peace of mind at home.
Tailor Maid Cleaning will show you how to clean your bathroom the best way. We usually use mild or natural disinfectants, but you can opt to use stronger ones if you want to.
- Clean: To begin, clean your toilet from the outside in. Add your favorite toilet bowl cleaner just below the rim. Let it sit while you work on the rest of the toilet. With a multi-purpose cleaner, spray the whole outside. Scrub everything from the top down, including the hinges at the base. Finally, clean the inside of the rim and work downward, wiping the remainder of the bowl. Flush.
- Maintain: To keep your toilet fresh during deep cleaning, try DIY Fizzy Toilet Bombs. Not only will they help loosen the soil, but it will help keep your toilet smelling fresh!
- Clean: To clean your shower, remove everything from the shower, including the curtain and liner. Secondly, add one-part vinegar to one-part water to a baggie then place it over the showerhead and secure it tightly. Thirdly, spray your favorite cleaner all over the shower and tub then let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Fourthly, use your preferred sponge or a Magic Eraser to clean away the grime. Finally, remove the baggie from the showerhead and rinse the whole shower and tub clean.
- Maintain: To prevent the buildup of soap scum and mildew, use a thin layer of car wax on the walls. DO NOT apply wax to the tub to prevent slipping. For the shower door, apply Rain-X according to the directions on the bottle.
Sink & Counter
- Clean: Clear all objects around and off the counter and sink. To clean, sprinkle baking soda on the faucet, handles, basin, and counters. Next, spray the sink and counters with vinegar and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. After waiting, take an old toothbrush and scrub hard-to-reach spaces and built-up areas well. Wipe away dirt and grime with paper towels or microfiber cloths.
- Maintain: To keep the sink and counter’s clean and organized, practice wiping the sink after each use. Organizers, such as the Toothbrush Sanitizer & Toothpaste Holder, help to maintain and organize hygiene. Over-the-door shoe organizers also double as placeholders for hairdryers, brushes, hair products, etc. To keep the faucet shiny and spotless, apply a thin coat of metal polish with a microfiber cloth.
Floor & Rugs
- Clean: Start by removing everything from the floor. For a thorough clean, sweep your floor with a rubber broom to catch dirt, dust, hair, and other well-hidden objects. Next, mop the floor with a flat mop for better accessibility. Then start mopping from the furthest corner of the floor to the door. Let dry. Wash rugs regularly.
- Maintain: To keep the floor clean, keep a Swiffer Sweep and Vac in the bathroom for quick pickups. Also, hang bath rugs up after each use and wash frequently. To discourage mold and mustiness, try using a heated drying rack.
- Clean: Start cleaning your mirror by taking some cotton balls or microfiber cloth and rubbing alcohol and spot clean stuck-on grime and stubborn dirt. Next, use a vinegar spray to clean the mirror and wipe dry with microfiber cloths.
- Maintain: To prevent fogging and smudging, apply Rain-X to the mirror and reapply when water droplets stop beading. After taking a shower or bath, pat the mirror dry with paper towels.
Walls & Ceiling
- Clean: If you have anything hanging on your walls, take them down. Use a microfiber broom to wipe away the dust and cobwebs. With a Magic Eraser sponge, remove any stubborn marks and stains. Next, mop the walls with a wet Swiffer or microfiber mop. Let dry before replacing any hangings.
- Maintain: To keep the walls and ceiling clean, always use the bathroom fan for proper ventilation. Routinely check for water stains and signs of mold. Consider placing a moisture absorbing product in your bathroom to eliminate extra moisture buildup.
There you go! These essential guidelines will help you maintain your bathroom at top shape during the lockdown. But, if you need some extra help or want a professional disinfecting job, don’t hesitate to book your cleaning service with us.
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The last thing anyone wants is to be sick. When the flu comes around it seems almost inevitable to avoid the upper respiratory virus. However, there are ways to prevent the virus and steps you can take to minimize the spread of the sickness during an outbreak. Tailor Maid Cleaning will show you the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.
Knowledge is power. Before you buy the whole pharmacy know what the flu is and how to prevent it first. The flu is a contagious upper respiratory infection. The elderly, young children and those with medical conditions are at a higher risk for serious complications. Look out for fever or feverish chills, a cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. To prevent the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people whether you’re the one who’s sick or not.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your arm or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then wash your hands and throw the tissue away.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces.
- Get the flu shot vaccination yearly.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Quarantine the sick.
- The “CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care...”
“Disinfecting should be part of your usual cleaning routine, whether or not anyone at home is sick,” says Lisa Fields of WebMD. The lead method of spreading the flu virus is through droplets of moisture from coughing, sneezing, or talking. The flu can also be spread by touching any surface with the flu virus on it. To avoid further contamination at home disinfect the house after flu by making sure the following items are routinely disinfected, but especially if someone in the home is sick with the flu.
- Computer/Tablet/Handheld Game Devices
- Knobs and Handles
- Light Switches
- Sheets, Blankets, and Towels
- Hand Railings
At the Office
It’s a difficult decision to make when: you’re sick but need to go to work and it may not be feasible to call in. However, people with the flu virus are more contagious in the first 3-4 days of being sick. Also, keep in mind that the flu virus can live in a person without them having symptoms and still be contagious. So, when you are at work take these precautions:
- Keep hand sanitizer on your desk.
- Wipe down the arms of chairs, the edges and top of your desk, and computer keyboard and mouse with disinfecting wipes.
- Avoid the breakroom/company kitchen.
- Avoid sharing food and drinks.
- Clean the phone and headset with disinfecting wipes.
- Most importantly, stay home if you are sick!
“Better safe than sorry,” according to Samuel Lover, the Irish Novelist. In our overpopulated society, it’s important to be aware of the space around you—of the air you breathe and share. It’s especially beneficial to you and others to sanitize frequently during flu outbreaks. Moreover, with this list, you’ll be ahead of the game!