Monday, April 29, 2013

How to Find a Reliable Carpet Cleaning Company

Thanks to online resources, it is easier than ever to find out more about a company you may choose to hire. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is one of the best ways to check up on a business.

From the BBB website --- >
  • Type a business name into the search box.
  • Click on the business name or charity to see their BBB review.

Things to look for :
  1. Check the letter grade. Grades of C, D, or F? = "NO THANKS!"
  2. Length of time in business.
  3. How many complaints do they have?

You will also want to see this important reminder from the BBB on Carpet Cleaning Scams.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Keeping Your Pet Healthy and Active

A full and healthy life for your pet includes lots of good exercise. Idle pets can encounter health problems and can have behavioral problems. To prevent this, your pet needs both mental and physical workouts. Try these ideas out to increase your pet’s health and happiness.

• A healthy adult dog needs at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day. Go for a walk or a run with your pet or visit a dog park for some off-leash fun. As an added benefit, you’ll be getting exercise too.

• Encourage your pet to get a good work-out by playing fun, energetic games. Play fetch or tug-of-war with your dog. Your cat can be encouraged to move with engaging cat toys.

• When you are away from home, be sure to leave some active toys along with some chew toys that your pet likes.

• Your pet’s mind can be exercised by teaching him or her new tricks. Dogs love to learn and benefit from lots of repetition. Cats surprisingly can also be taught some skills like coming when called, sitting up, and rolling over.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Could you be saving dollars but sacrificing quality?

We know there are other carpet cleaning companies out there that offer their services at a cheaper price. We also know that you don't want your hard earned money to go to waste on a service that does not do the job how you expected.
Here at Pfeiffer's we take pride in the extensive training we provide our Carpet Care Specialists. This ensures you with consistent high quality cleaning, leaving you delighted with your home's fresh and clean carpets.
So when you think that you found a better deal somewhere else, think about why.  Are they sacrificing extensive training and effective cleaning products in order to provide cheaper prices?

If you want to know what we do for you and how we give utmost care to your home and flooring investment, just pick up the phone and contact us!  We will be happy to tell you exactly what we do to make certain that you are 100% satisfied with our work.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffins

For the past year, Bob and I have been eating gluten free. We made the switch for health reasons and have been feeling so much better since the change in our diets. Every once in a while however, we really crave a good, doughy, fluffy pastry or sweet thing.

Gluten Free baked goods are a little tricky. It's not easy to get a texture that is close to the regular wheat flour varieties. This muffin is the closest I've had to a wheat flour one in a long time and it was soooo wonderful!

Below is the recipe and the adjustments I made to it. Just as a warning... I did learn to bake by following my Great Grandma's handwritten recipes where the measurements were " a handful" of this and a "splash" of that. I'm sorry in advance for not being more specific in areas but here's what I did:
On the back of the Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix there is a recipe for Biscuits. I doubled this recipe and made some adjustments to make about 18 muffins.

2 1/2 cups Baking Mix
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used the regular fat one)
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (regular, not unsweetened)
about 2 tbs Agave sweetener
2 very squishy and ripe bananas
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 400.

I put everything into one big bowl (because I'm lazy like that) and then used a hand mixer on low to get it all mixed up. Then I added about a handful of chopped walnuts and re-mixed them in with the mixer for just a couple of seconds.

Spoon the dough into lined muffin pan and pop 'em in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. My oven runs a little hot so I checked them at 10 mins and then let them stay in there another minute or two.
I didn't want them to be too dry so I didn't let them brown on the top. They were baked all the way thru though and perfectly moist.

They taste best when they are warm from the oven with some butter & honey or jam.
Hopefully this recipe works for you too!


Friday, April 12, 2013

Water Safety for Spring

Now that the weather is warming up and us Washingtonians are seeing some sunshine, we are feeling motivated to do our Spring cleaning. When cleaning with small children in the home, it's important to be aware of the potential hazards of water.
While more than half of drownings among children under the age of one occur in bathtubs, small children can also drown in the very small amounts of water found in buckets. In fact, of all the children between the ages of seven months and fifteen months who have drowned since 1984, almost 90 percent have died from accidents involving five gallon buckets. These buckets are found in many households and are commonly used for cleaning and mopping.

To keep your child from becoming a victim, never leave your child unsupervised near any type of water. Both standing and moving water can be hazardous, and children can easily drown in as little as three or four inches of water. 

It's also good to remember that children should be supervised at all times when bathing or using the toilet. Shower doors and toilet seats should be closed when not in use. Better yet, keep your bathroom door closed. Take care to empty all buckets immediately when you are done using them and always store buckets upside down. It would be wise to check your child’s outdoor environment before he or she begins to play. Empty any water out of buckets, garbage cans, wheelbarrows, or flower pots. By taking these simple precautions, you can help keep your child safe from these common water hazards.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Is re-applying the Scotchgard finish worth the money?

Scotchgard Protector is well know for being best-in-class on carpet. It works by surrounding each individual fiber, protecting the entire carpet for a complete stain and soil shield. This allows a "reaction time" in blotting up spills and prevents accidents from becoming set-in stains. It's no wonder that Scotchgard Protector is the industry favorite (and ours too!) for reducing cleanup time and keeping maintainence easy.
Most new carpet does come with a protectant already applied, however with foot traffic and dirt, this will wear away with time. After having the carpets cleaned in your home, re-applying the Scotchgard finish will keep your investment looking fresh!
We also include a 12 MONTH Spot &amp; Spill Warranty with each Scotchgard application. What a great deal!
Give us a call to have all your questions answered.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Keeping Your Older Dog Healty

Our dogs are very much a part of the family. From the first day we bring the happy energetic pup into our home, we make sure to give them all that they need to stay healthy.
At around eight years of age, dogs begin to show some signs of age-related changes in health. While some of these are avoidable, you can help your dog to stay healthy and active, even into old age.

One of the most important things you can do is realize that when your dog gets older, he needs a change in diet. For small breeds, that change may begin at age seven, but larger breeds need a change in diet even earlier, beginning at five years of age. You should talk to your veterinarian about the necessary changes in diet for your dog.

Some senior diets for dog have reduced levels of protein, but studies have shown that this is not the best choice. Protein levels do not contribute to the development of disease, so you should be feeding your older dog a diet that contains good levels of highly digestible protein. This helps maintain muscle mass and energy levels. Dogs also begin to put on body fat as they age, due to a change in their metabolism and a decrease in activity level. A good diet for an older dog has a decrease calorie level, while still maintaining optimal levels of protein.

A good diet for a senior dog should include an increase in GLA, an omega-6 fatty acid, and FOS, which promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Your dog should also get higher levels of antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Finally, remember that regular exercise is a must for good health as your dog ages. Changes in your dog’s daily routine can cause stress, so make any changes in daily activity gradually.