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How to control the germs in your house when someone is sick

Categories: Home Owner Tips, New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: January 19, 2018

 

The flu has become a very scary thing many families have had to face already this year, and all families very well know that if someone in your home gets sick it can easily get passed around and spread like wildfire in your house. Although it may seem inevitable that if one person gets sick more people are doomed to follow, it doesn’t have to be that way. Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares how you can control the germs in your house when someone gets sick to keep them from spreading.

One of the first things you will want to have handy in your house before anyone even gets sick, is a disinfectant spray. You can purchase these at the store or even make your own homemade disinfectant spray with a number of recipes available online if you prefer a more natural route. This will be your go-to item you will want to grab and use several times  day for the places any sick people have visited in your home. Bathroom handles, sink handles, the lever on the toilet, and any other surface or handle the sick one in your house may have touched.

Toothbrushes and hairbrushes are another common germ spreading ground you will want to watch. Keep anyone in your family who is sick toothbrush far from the toothbrushes of other family members. A week or so after the illness has passed, be sure to throw that toothbrush away and get a new one or better yet, use throw away tooth brushes up to two weeks after the illness has passed. You can also boil the tooth brush to kill germs as another alternative.

Towels and clothes are another common place that people sometimes overlook as a way of spreading germs around the home. Clean your towels in hot water once a week or more to keep them germ free. Also be sure that anyone infected with an illness has their own hand, face and body towels to use that are not the same as the ones the rest of the family is using. Even better, just stick to paper towel when it comes to hand towls during this period of time.

Toy bins are something that are a breeding ground for germs outside of the home in public places, but also inside of your home if you have little ones sharing common toys. While you can’t tell your little ones their toys are off limits, try to keep the sharing of toys apart for this period of time and if you can’t keep them apart be sure to disinfect them after use.

You can run toys through the dishwasher as well for another way to disinfect them, just be sure to check that they are dishwasher safe first.

And the age-old saying of washing your hands in warm soapy water still applies and is something your family should be sure to do more frequently when there is a sick one in the house. Be sure to especially have clean hands before touching your nose and eyes, as that is the most common place germs tend to enter your body.

 

 

 

Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

2018 Color Trends for Your Home

Categories: Blog, Home Owner Tips, Interior Design | Posted: January 11, 2018

The new year is here, and it’s bringing a new look in home color trends. Look for colors that boost your spirit with palettes of vibrant color that might remind you of opening that box of 128 crayons.

In 2017, Pantone Color Institute declared “Greenery” as its Color of the Year. The invigorating color aligns with the desire to revitalize ourselves. This year, Pantone is focusing its attention on palettes of colors that reflect different types of energies. Many of these home color combinations feature vibrant shades, which is the direction that will be trending in 2018. “Playful”, for example, blends bright yellow and lime green. “Verdure” takes its cue from nature, with colors like Celery and berry-infused purples.

There’s still room for people who prefer their neutral colors for home décor. But you might find that neutrals are taking on a bit more commitment to color and metallic accents—currently being called “the new neutrals”.

Sherwin Williams has named “Oceanside”—a bold teal shade that the paint company describes as “deep and moody”. Oceanside blends well with the current “mermaids” obsession, but also presents a richness, particularly when paired with a bright white.

House Beautiful’s editor-in-chief Sophie Donelson describes this hue as “a cocoon color”.

“I love a color that’s also a state of mind — that’s what Oceanside feels like to me,” Donelson explains. “We often see similar hues chosen for libraries and studies, because its depth makes it comforting, but also bold and adventurous. It’s like watching a Nature channel deep-sea exploration from the comfort of your sofa!”

Benjamin Moore continues the shift toward bold color by announcing “Caliente” as its 2018 Color of the Year. The vibrant red reflects the royalty of a red-carpet event, “the assured backdrop for a book-lined library, a powerful first impression on a glossy front door The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality,” says Ellen O’Neill of Benjamin Moore & Co.

Behr has jumped into home color trends and announced its first-ever color of the year. “In the Moment” is a soft shade of blue-green that the paint company describes as evoking “a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our always-on lives.”

Behr also presents 19 more color trends that range from the neutral “Wabi-Sabi” and “Soft Focus” to the bold “Spirit Warrior” and “Wide Sky” and the deep “Constellation Blue” and “Nocturne Shade”.

What will you do with your home décor in 2018? Do these trends in home colors inspire you?

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