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5 Cleaning Myths You Probably Believe Are True

Disinfecting & Cleaning are the same

Although bleach and vinegar are seen as ‘super cleaners’, they have led to many misconceptions about disinfecting and cleaning. Cleaning and disinfecting are NOT the same thing. Cleaning is a way to remove dirt and grime at a surface level to prevent the spreading of bacteria and diseases. The more debris that is removed at the cleaning stage, the better your disinfectant will be able to do its job. Disinfecting makes a surface free and clear of all microscopic organisms by killing things like bacteria, viruses and fungi which can lead to infections or disease. Two common household solutions that get mixed up are bleach and vinegar. Bleach is a disinfectant. This means that it helps to kill bacteria and other viruses on a surface but does not clean it. If you are looking to disinfect an area, it is best to clean the surface with a cleanser to clean before disinfecting. On the other hand, vinegar can act as a great cleaning and deodorizing agent on a variety of surfaces. It can damage porous surfaces like stone and unsealed grout and dull the finish of hardwood floors so be mindful of what areas in your home it’s being used on. Unlike bleach, it does not kill microorganisms that can lead to infections.


Vacuum first

Unless your floors are so dirty that the thought of walking over them sends chills down your spine, always vacuum last. It’s always best to follow the top down cleaning rule for every room in your home. While you’re dusting and wiping down furniture, dust, hair and other particles will collect and fall to the floor. If floors are not vacuumed after you are finished dusting, it can resettle on areas you have already cleaned. Although it’s appealing to get what can be seen as the most time consuming task done first, vacuuming first will require you to do it a second time after you’re done cleaning the rest of the room. So much for a time saver! Did you know… Regular vacuuming helps your carpet last longer. Dirt and grit are abrasive and when they get ground into the carpet, they can ruin carpet fibers.


Use furniture polish every time you dust

Furniture polish is great for keeping your wood furniture healthy and new looking. For regular cleaning, it is best to use a microfiber cloth to remove dust. Polishes tend to contain oils that can create a sticky film that attracts dust. You should either skip it or use it once in a blue moon to get that ‘polished’ look. Our best advice is to use what is recommended by the furniture manufacturer and use it sparingly.


If it smells good, it’s clean

It’s been proven that scented and unscented versions of the same product clean equally well. So why do we assume a surface is clean because it smells good? The sweet smell of pine or lavender comes from the chemicals or natural oils in the product you’re using, not the cleanliness of the surface. The best way to know a surface is clean is to do the touch test. If it feels clean and looks clean, chances are you have sufficiently removed dirt and grime from the surface. ________________________________________

More is better

FALSE. Use the proper amount of soap or cleaner specified. We know how tempting it can be to add more ‘cleaning power’ for a bigger job. But when you can’t rinse all that excess soap away, it’s going to leave a sticky film that attracts more dirt and grime. Follow the directions and you’ll get better results. Extra isn’t always better. Just remember the only thing you need more of is a little elbow grease. So roll up those sleeves, get your trusty rubber gloves and get to work!

WISEGUYS MATTRESS are SASKATOON'S MATTRESS they share a Trusted tip on Mattress Care

Wiseguys Mattresses Saskatoon offer incredible value to their customers through a boutique style shopping experience, customized service and unbeatable prices. They aim to have every customer leave the store confident in their decision to buy, and with a guaranteed good night's sleep on their best SASKATOON MATTRESS.

Mark from Wiseguys Mattress, is Saskatoons Mattress expert and here he shares a Trusted tip on Caring for your Mattress.

A good quality mattress should last you on average 8-10 years.( a bed warranty IS NOT an indication of how long a bed will last!)

Here's a couple of tips to increase the chances of hitting that ten year mark.

  • You should rotate the mattress head to toe ONCE A WEEK for the first two months from time of delivery. This will help the foam break in more quickly and more evenly. Then after that, 4-6 times a year is the average. If you are a very heavy person or have a very soft bed, it could be even more.
  • How do you know when to rotate that bed? When you are changing the sheets and see body impressions (which is normal), this is a good indication it's time to rotate the mattress. The impressions should disappear in a night or two. Proper rotation will add years to the life of the mattress.
  • And of course, always use a good quality mattress pad/cover. Any type of stain voids your warranty, so a mattress pad/cover will help protect your investment. Using a mattress pad is soooooo much more healthy for you than not having one. All that sweat, dust mites, dead skin cells, etc, will be in the matt pad (which can be taken off and washed) and not in your mattress. Skin cells, dirt, sweat, etc, will break the foam down faster, so the more you keep out of the mattress, the better.

If by chance the mattress does become stained or dirty, They can be saved. Many rug/upholstery cleaning companies also can clean that mattress. Just be careful that they use little, if any, liquids in the cleaning process. Liquids can damage the foams in the mattress.




Listen to Mark...he's " Da Boss"  after all..and he works in YOUR best interests..guaranteed!
Find Wiseguys Mattress , Circle Dr. E. Saskatoon,fan them on Facebook or check out their listing here in the Saskatoon Furniture Category on THE Saskatoon Directory of excellence. They are YOUR Trusted SASKATOON MATTRESS Experts !

TRUSTED SASKATOON USED AUTO DEALER share a Trusted Tip on Buying a used vehicle  auto tips

Trying to find the vehicle

It is always tough to say where you will locate the perfect car or if it even exists. It is always possible to find the best car at the worst place or the worst car at the best place based on the retailer's reputation. It is important to be patient; a rushed purchase can quickly turn into huge headaches. Sometimes it seems easier to settle only to find out after the fact that your hastened purchase was not the right one.

Where to look for your new used car

You can look in all newspaper classified ads. You can also surf the Internet and look for websites such as our own Kijiji.saskatoon or You will be able to browse this large inventory to get an idea of what the average selling price may be for the vehicle that interests you. Also, if you are not certain of your choice, you will be able to compare models side by side, read reviews by owners and professionals. After you have increased your level of knowledge on the vehicles and have found one that fits your criteria, make an appointment to go see the vehicle.

Be well aware of the phenomenon known as the curb-sider or fake private-seller. As a tip, when you are calling an individual, simply ask about the car for sale. Should the person reply "Which one?" chances are you are dealing with an unlicensed re-seller.

Should I buy from a dealer or a private individual?

Remember that by buying from a private individual will allow you to save on taxes but will not permit you to purchase an extended warranty. By purchasing a car from a dealer, you will have the option of purchasing an extended warranty, which can save you money in the long run.

Beware of fraudulent ads that require a deposit before you can see the vehicle that is for sale. In fact, never ever send out any sum of money without first finding out more about the seller or coming into direct contact with him or her.



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Tammy Wandzura a Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage broker expert shares a Great Mortgage tip

Purchasing your home is one of the biggest and most important decisions that you can make. Tammy Wandzura your Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage broker and the team at Elite Mortgage Choice  believe that buying a home should also be an exciting experience with little to NO stress. By trusting your Saskatoon Mortgage Broker, you are ensuring that any stress you may have had in previous encounters can be eliminated!

Tammy truly believes that all you should have to worry about is opening the door to your new home for the very first time.. Heres Tammys Latest Mortgage Tip

Mortgages are not the same as they were a decade ago!

Lenders have created internal policies that allow the flexibilities that consumers need with a fast paced ever changing mortgage market Not all mortgages are created equal Many people shy away from longer terms such as 7 and 10 years because they think there will be a big penalty to pay the mortgage out if something changes As an Accredited Mortgage Professional- I am not only looking at the best rate-- I am also looking at future flexibility.

Each lender is different- however I always structure my clients mortgages with lenders who allow 2 things

1) Prepayment options- allowing you to make extra payments on your mortgage every year to pay the principal balance down

2) Portability-allowing you to move the mortgage to another home That means if you choose a 10 year term and in 5 years decide to move to a new home-We can look into “Porting & Blending” the current mortgage and moving the current rate and term to the new home.

Every clients situation is different It may be that a Line of credit, Open Mortgage, 3 year term, 5 year term, or a Variable rate is the best option.

As a Mortgage Broker, I work for you – the client- not the bank. That means that we can go through all of the options and decide what is best for you and your family With interest rates at all time lows ranging from 2.69% to 3.99% (depending on the term), t’s a great time to look at purchasing or renegotiating your current mortgage. Renegotiating early may mean early penalty fees. I will run your numbers forwards and backwards to see if there is any savings to move your mortgage early. It is always in my best interest to do what is best for the client—as repeat business and referrals are how I grow my client base. If it makes sense to move your mortgage I will let you know- if it is better to wait to your renewal I will give you that advice.

Did you know that your CMHC insurance premium may be portable? Depending on how long you have owned your home for – and how long ago it was insured, may give us the opportunity to move all of, or a portion of the premium to the next home When you call my office we will always look at every opportunity to save you money.

Call Tammy Wandzura today at 933.3386 for all of your Saskatoon mortgage needs OR visit

Make an appointment with Tammy Wandzura at TMG, 506 Queen Street or check out her listing on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY in the SASKATOON MORTGAGES Category..she is a Trusted SASKATOON MORTGAGE BROKER Expert!     

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Trusted SASKATOON FINANCIAL SERVICES expert share a Tip on Life Insurance

No! I don’t need life insurance! I don’t believe in it! It is a waste of money!

So often I hear people say “I don’t need life insurance. I am single and I don’t have kids what would I need it for, it is a waste of my money?” In fact before I went into the financial industry I think I said those words myself. Then I became a Saskatoon financial advisor and quickly realized that I was uninformed and uneducated about the need for insurance. It is expensive to die!!

Even if there is no one that I want to leave an inheritance for, there are still several costs that someone will be responsible for after I am gone. A funeral can cost anywhere from $5000 - $20,000 depending on the extravagance. Once the funeral is over there is the additional cost of the headstone or marker that people often forget to plan for, another few thousand added to the tab.



Then my estate goes to probate, and even if I was responsible and had a will in place there are still all of the estate costs that need to be covered.

There are:

• Court costs – these are pre-determined costs set out in the Fees Regulations. They are $7 for every $1000 of assets. So for example if my total estate has a value of $50,000 it will owe $350 in court costs.

• Land Transfer Costs – These are fees incurred to obtain the Public Guradian and Trustee’s consent to sell any land that was left to a child and payments to the Information Services Corporation Branch when the title is transferred to the estate and then to the beneficiary. So if I were to leave my house to my niece my estate would incur this cost as well.

• Legal fees – Somebody has to pay the lawyer that is representing my executor (the person I choose to carry out my wishes expressed in my will). These fees are set out in the Rules of the Court and state that when a lawyer does the majority of the work to administer the estate they shall be paid a percentage of the value of the estate. This is how those percentages look:

• $300 on the first $10,000 or any portion

• 2% on the next $90,000 or any portion

• 1.5% on the next $400,000 or any portion

• 1% on the next $500,000 or any portion

 Excess of over $1 million is half of 1% So for example if my total estate is worth $120,000 the legal fees charged to my estate will be: $300 on the first $10,000 2% of the next $90,000 = $1800 1.5% of the remaining $20,000 = $300 Total fees payable = $2400 If the executor does the bulk of the work the lawyer’s fees can be decreased by 80%.

• Executor or Administrator fees – By law the executor or administrator has a right to be paid for their services. The fees vary and some wills define a specific fee. Fees can also be agreed upon by beneficiaries if it is not defined in the will or the court can define the fee if no method for defining is stated. In Saskatchewan the law states that an executors and court appointed administrators are entitled to a fair and reasonable allowance for “their care, pains, trouble, and …time expended in and about the trust estate.” The amount is not defined and is decided case by case. There are criteria used to determine what is considered fair and reasonable. Bottom line is to make it easier I should define how I want my Executor to be compensated in my will.

So I can't strss enough how important it is to have that will...which will prevent and confusion or bad feelings within the surviving family





So those are just the costs for my funeral and dealing with my estate.

That does not include paying off my credit cards or my line of credit or any other loans I may have. Who is going to pay for all of this?

Sure I have some money in my assets but it could take 6 months to a year or more before that money is released from my estate. Sometimes there are not enough assets in the estate to pay off the debts of the estate which further complicates things.

If I have life insurance – even a small policy I can choose a beneficiary and leave instructions in my will that the proceeds from the policy are to be used for my funeral, paying off my debt and paying for any costs associated with my estate. There are not many of us who like paying for insurance but if something were to happen your loved ones will be relieved that you did. I personally do not want to put my aging parents into financial hardship because I was not responsible enough to cover my risk.


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