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Design and cleanliness story illustration by Gabrielle Archuleta for 360 magazine

COVID GUIDANCE: The importance of TOP-DOWN CLEANING

Robin Wilson launched Robin Wilson Home in 2000 and created a conglomerate that covers eco-design, licensed products, interior design, and real estate development. Her brand has generated over $82 million in wholesale revenue from sales of cabinetry and textiles. She became the first Black woman with a line of hypoallergenic textiles sold nationwide at Bed Bath & Beyond (now in Wal-Mart), among other retailers. Her book, CLEAN DESIGN: Wellness for your Lifestyle was #1 on Amazon and focused on eco-friendly designs and hypoallergenic products for consumers.

Recently, the lifestyle expert introduced the practical aspect of Top-Down Cleaning. In this era of quarantines and lock downs, the last thing anyone wants to do is add to our work load – and a few simple tips will help you maintain a clean and healthier living space!

The Statistics

Sixty million Americans – that is one in five of us – have asthma and allergies. We sneeze, sniffle, and itch. Expose us to a whiff of dust, a gust of pollen, a sniff of perfume, or an encounter with an inquisitive dog or cat, and before we know it, our airways start to close up, and we begin to cough, wheeze or struggle to breathe.

With COVID in the air, the last thing we need is an inflammatory response. So cleaning your space has never been more important. Remember that asthma and allergies cannot be cured, but they can be managed. We can reduce symptoms by avoiding the allergens that trigger them. Unfortunately, the average home is full of allergy and asthma triggers, which means the place that should be your sanctuary can be a major source of allergenic triggers.

What is Top-Down Cleaning?

Most people create twice the cleaning work by first cleaning the floor, softa, tabletop or countertop and then cleaning the lights, ceiling fan or cabinets – only to see dust drift downward.

Solution: Clean from the top-to-bottom. In fact, if you have a second level, start upstairs and then work your way downstairs. Start at the highest point and make sure you have the following tools: paper towels, microstatic dust mitt/cloth, microstatic duster/floor sweeper, HEPA vacuum and a non-toxic cleaning solution. Cleaning solutions should include: baking soda, vinegar, toothpaste and Coca Cola.

Starting at the Top

We forget that walls are one of the largest surfaces in our spaces. Use a microstatic duster cloth/mitt to rub gently along the walls starting at the ceiling line and let the dust fall. As well, make sure to swipe over light receptables, ceiling fans or chandeliers.

Surfaces

Then clean the surfaces, starting with the highest-level lamp, bookcase, window treatments, cabinet or closet shelf. Allow dust/dirt to fall. As you work you way down, you will find that you need to vacuum or wipe down surfaces.

As mentioned earlier, there are a few tricks that involve cleaning solutions that are non-toxic.

1.       Toilet Ring Solution: Pour Coca Cola into your toilet overnight, and use toilet brush in the morning and the stubborn ring will disappear (may have to be repeated dependent on the level of stain) by morning.

2.       Crayon Marks: Use toothpaste. Smear on the mark and let sit for about 20 minutes. Using light brush strokes, and the crayon should be removed, or at least diminished.

3.       Stained Baking Sheets: to make them look new, use vinegar and baking soda. Coat pan with baking soda. Pour a layer of white vinegar on top. You may see slight bubbling. Let sit for 4 hours. Use gloves and a brush in circular motion. Watch the surface start to look new.

Finish at the Floor

The last thing that you need to do in your space is clean the floor.

1.       Make sure to invest in a HEPA filter vacuum as the dust and dirt is stored in a chamber (unlike older vacuum units that sometimes-added dust back into the space), and the canister can be emptied outside.

2.       Before you clean, you might want to make sure that you remove rugs and shake them outside.

3.       Run a microstatic dust cloth over the floor before you vacuum so that you can ensure that minimal dust flies around.

One tech solution that many working from home families are investing is an electronic robot vacuum that can be programmed to work during the day in various rooms. Some floor robot vacuums have HEPA filters, and can be a great option if you have a pet and want to make sure to limit buildup of dander and hair on your floor.

[SIDE BAR] For a space that follows CLEAN DESIGN protocols, it is important to replace a few items:

1.       Change your older model vacuum to a HEPA vacuum to effectively limit dust in the space. Especially important if your home is near any location that had recent fires.

2.       Change your vinyl shower liner to a nylon shower liner to minimize mold.

3.       Review the window treatments and find options that can be laundered and are not ‘dust catchers’ or which can be easily vacuumed.

4.       Replace your pillow after 3 years if it has not been washed frequently or covered with a zippered liner.

5.       Think about using your window screens so that you can open your windows for 5 minutes daily.

SIDEBAR

Leading triggers include:

  • Dust mites in beds and pillows
  • Dander from pets
  • Mold growth in walls, bathrooms and basements
  • Pollen from outdoor trees and grasses in your hair that infiltrates your sleep space or living room sofa
  • Fumes from cooking and chemical cleaners
  • Toxic or environmentally unfriendly building materials that permeate indoor air

Remember, you can change that by using the strategies in the book, Clean Design: Wellness for your Lifestyle (Greenleaf, 2015). Create a healthy home environment that manages indoor air quality and protect your family from dust, mold, pollen, fumes, odors, airborne toxins, chemicals and other substances. Create a home environment that nurtures good health.

According to the American Lung Association, “poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer…headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue” in anyone, not just those who suffer from asthma and allergies. We can all benefit from living in a more pure home environment.

More physicians are convinced that there is a link between environmental toxins, indoor air quality and allergies. Chemicals we are exposed to in our homes and offices have the power to make us sick, and we can improve our health and wellness using Clean Design principles.

Shopping for Hypoallergenic Options

The pandemic made both me and my clients realize that the CLEAN DESIGN HOME which sells our retail products is more important than ever – and that we should find non-toxic cleaning options and information for day-to-day living, especially since so many of us are working from home. I have pivoted to focus on building out the product line, and have just licensed our brand. So much information involves simple non-toxic options– the ideas are rooted in my bestselling book, Clean Design: Wellness for your Lifestyle.

About Robin Wilson

Her design projects including the White House Fellows office, a part of President Clinton’s Harlem office, and the rustic beach cottage of Robert DeNiro – each project had a very quick turnaround and exacting standards. She was named to the Top 100 Female Founders List in 2020 by INC magazine. Her eponymous licensed brands of textiles is sold at retail and hospitality. She is also in the process of creating Design+Build projects. She is author of two award-winning books: Clean Design She is the first woman with a branded line of custom cabinetry that was sold by over 400 independent kitchen dealers nationwide (2009-2018). First featured in Oprah’s magazines and extensive media coverage since 2005. In May 2013, her furniture line, Nest Home by Robin Wilson, premiered at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. In 2014, she partnered with consumer products giant Panasonic to promote their latest line of cutting edge products for the home.She is an ambassador to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, and previously served on the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

The Queen Of Fashion: Simonetta Lein

It is a pleasure for us to have updates on Instagram Star Simonetta Lein.

Simonetta Lein is a true fashion icon and a trendsetter. Inspiring millions of millennials and beyond every day, her style is classy and edgy, boho chic and rock at the same time. Ranked as one of the Top 100 fashion influencers in the world – with over 1.8M followers only on Instagram –  Simonetta is a top model and tv personality always on the go. Representing the best brands, she feels how the spotlights are often on her. When she goes on a vacation she knows how to turn in off. Her favorite location is the Jersey Shore and spending time with her family and her little niece.

What she cannot miss once at the beach are her Shahida Parides long kaftan dresses. Obviously from her collection Heart2Heart “You always need a cute, colored, fresh dress to put on, while you go on the beach.” The same dress can easily be so versatile to be perfect for a sweet summer dinner, a bit of lipgloss and Simonetta Lein is ready.

Simonetta also doesn’t feel it is Summer if she doesn’t wear a kimono. They just put you in the vacation mood, she says. They are easy and can be wore on top of your favorite bikini or cute dress. After a day at the beach whatever you wear, just put on a silk kimono and you will feel fashionable in a second. “When I wear my kimonos I know it truly is Summer. Just a reminder to enjoy my favorite season.”

Lastly a big cute hat to protect from UV rays and yet making a statement while having it on. Her favorite hat says “out of office”.

Follow the queen of fashion Simonetta Lein at @simonettalein on Instagram and Twitter and check out www.simonettalein.com

 

Credits

Top Model Simonetta Lein

Kaftan Dress Shahida Parides for Simonetta Lein #heart2heart

Kimono Le Superbe via Shop Sixtyfive

Stylist Kate Massih

Photographer Byron Purnell III

MUA Elaina Valentine

Hair Stylist Mecca Jones

Glashütte Original × Senator Chronograph

Senator Chronograph – The Capital Edition: Urban. Striking. Precise. Glashütte Original presents special limited edition in Berlin

Berlin, just a few hours before one of the biggest film festivals in the world begins: the perfect setting for the Senator Chronograph – The Capital Edition. This special edition, to be launched by Glashütte Original during the 68th Berlinale, reflects the urban gentleman’s attitude to life. The stylish and distinctive Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is presented in a stainless steel edition of 100, and a red gold version limited to 25 pieces. With their smoky grey dials in a “Bourbon Grey” hue, both models bring the inimitable flair of the big city to the wrist. A platinum version of the watch, strictly limited to only 5 pieces worldwide, presents yet another style with a striking dial in “Dry Silver”.

Dynamic capital, inspirational metropolis and international stage: Berlin offers the perfect backdrop for the premiere of a special new limited edition, which Glashütte Original is set to launch during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. The Senator Chronograph – The Capital Edition reflects the urban attitude to life in this big, vibrant city, and combines reliable precision with a robust readiness for everyday life.
“Engineering Made in Germany” meets big-city attitude, also check out more German watch brands here

The Capital Edition fits perfectly into the energy-charged atmosphere of Berlin and the Berlinale – since it does indeed give the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date a striking new look.

The dials, fashioned in-house, appeal through their especially developed hues “Bourbon Grey” for the models in stainless steel and red gold, and “Dry Silver” for the strictly limited platinum version. All variants capture everyone’s eye with beige, white and blue details. In the dark, Super-LumiNova highlighting lends an impressive green glow to the white gold hour, minute and stop seconds hands, the Roman numerals at hours 6 and 12, and the hour indexes, assuring optimal legibility throughout those long, long nights in the capital city.

Made for the urban gentleman

The everyday reliability of its functions and its exceptional design make the Senator Chronograph – The Capital Edition the perfect companion for contemporary trendsetters.

As always, the Saxon manufactory has paid particular attention to sophisticated details: the deep blue totalizers around the chronograph displays appear in stylish contrast to the dial’s elegant grey. Shimmering silver rings circumscribe the totalizers, setting additional visual accents. A polished and satin-brushed, 42 mm stainless steel or red gold case frames the “Bourbon Grey” dial, while the platinum case is a perfect match for the dial in “Dry Silver”.

White gold hands sweep stylishly over the dials on all three versions of the watch. The characteristic Glashütte Original Panorama Date is given clear pride of place at 6 o’clock, while the power reserve display is set discreetly within the small seconds. The contrasting white stitching of the calfskin strap in brown or blue is a further, original element of style. The metal bracelet’s patented 8-step fine adjustment mechanism guarantees optimal comfort for the gentleman wearing the stainless steel version of the watch. The red gold and platinum versions of the Senator Chronograph – The Capital Edition come in a special collector’s box, in which an additional strap will be included.

Calibre 37: Robust, reliable and precise

Inside The Senator Chronograph – The Capital Edition one finds, as in all Senator Chronograph Panorama Date models, the manufactory Calibre 37 movement. The innovative flyback chronograph with 4 Hertz automatic movement and column wheel mechanism was developed to assure the highest standards in terms of stability, aesthetics, precision and ease of maintenance. And a look through the integrated chronograph’s sapphire crystal case back reveals all the classic features of a Glashütte watch, including the characteristic three-quarter plate, the screw balance with four adjustment screws, the swan-neck fine adjustment and the skeletonized rotor with its 21-carat gold oscillating mass.