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The Benefits of Ergonomic Desk Footrests

Most office desks & workstations are not outfitted with ergonomic footrests. This often-overlooked accessory has many health benefits that you may not know you’re missing. Yes, a comfortable office chair is the first step to keeping your legs and back from strain, but resting your feet on the floor or allowing them to dangle all day can also cause pain or circulation problems.

A good footrest has two components: it keeps your feet at a comfortable angle (to reduce stress on the knees) and keeps your feet off the floor (to avoid pinching nerves in the legs and improve circulation. Your body is meant for motion, not 8 hours of sitting still, so many models also have a rocking element or rollers to keep your legs moving and avoid fatigue. The result is a posture and motion similar to driving a car, and will help you remain more alert and pain-free at work.

BSN62881   Business Source Adjustable Footrest Non-skid – 17.8″ x 14.0″ x 3.8″ – Gray, Black

  • Footrest is ergonomically designed to reduce muscle strain and fatigue
  • Design allows height adjustment
  • Footrest features a rubber surface with nonskid grip
  • Overall dimensions: 17-3/4″ W x 14″ D x 3-3/4″ H; Black
The footrest showcased above is a popular basic model, but EON has many types of footrests including those with heating/cooling or foot massaging elements. Whatever your preference, we can help you find a footrest that will make a difference to your health and comfort.  To browse them all you can find “Furniture Accessories” under the Furniture tab of our online store.

Clean Winter Salt From Floors & More

Spring has finally come to Colorado with its alternating wet, heavy snowstorms and warm, sunny days. The mix of slush and salt left on roads and sidewalks is corrosive and can damage everything from cars to carpets, so it is good to be aware of how to clean salt from various surfaces. Offices can be especially affected by salt because of increased foot traffic. Here are some helpful ways to keep salt and deicer from ruining your floors, clothes, and vehicles.

 

Floors:

The important factor in cleaning salt from floors is to use plenty of water- when dry, the salt crystals can act like sandpaper and scratch a floor’s finish. It is recommended that you use warm water with 2 tbsp of ammonia and 1 tbsp borax, but a mixture of warm water with a splash of vinegar will also do the trick. Spray or splash the floor with the water and wait a few minutes for the salt to dissolve before mopping.

The best mop for the job is one that absorbs the most water quickly, such as a microfiber mop. Sponge mops may not absorb quick enough and allow the dirty water to settle in grout or other crevices. If you are noticing an extreme amount of dirt and residue on your floors it may be time to buy new or better mats to place in all the entryways to catch grime before it comes inside.

Clothes and Shoes:

Unlike floors, clothes cannot be scratched. This means you can allow the salt to dry on the fabric (you will see a powdery white residue) and you can brush off most of it using a clothes brush or any soft bristle brush. Any mud mixed in with the salt should also brush off easily, but make sure it is completely dry before attempting it or the mud will get ground deeper into the fabric. Any remaining salt or dirt can then be laundered away.

Shoes, especially leather shoes, should be wiped down immediately after contact with salt residue. Saddle soap or other leather cleaning products should be used to clean and protect leather shoes on a regular basis to keep them shiny and moisture-resistant. Olive oil works in a pinch to condition the shoes against water. If the shoes are very wet or soaked through, avoid drying them with heat (which can lead to shrinkage and further damage). Instead, fill the shoes with dry newspaper and replace the paper as necessary until the shoes are dry. Suede is trickier to clean, but try blotting it with a soft towel soaked in white vinegar to take out the worst of the stains. Once it dries you should then buff the suede with a dry cloth to renew the surface (the “nap” which makes suede soft).

Cars:

Salt and deicer can seriously damage a car’s paint and exposed metal surfaces. Again, water mixed with vinegar (1/2 and 1/2) can be used to spot clean, but the best way to protect your car is to take it to your local car wash. Car washes are more environmentally friendly than doing the same job at home because they filter the dirty runoff instead of letting the salt run into drains where it can run into streams and rivers.

 With (hopefully!) nothing but warm weather ahead, these steps can help keep your floors, clothes, and cars protected from corrosion until next winter. Unsure of what cleaning products to use in your office? Contact EON for recommendations.

Credits: How to Remove Winter Salt Stains from Pretty Much Anything>rodale.com, How to Clean Salt from Tile Flooring>howtocleanstuff.net

 

10 Things to Do Before Year End – In the Office and at Home


  1. Consult your tax advisor – Tax laws change frequently, so contact your tax advisor to make sure you take advantage of loopholes or rearrange your finances for maximum gain. Looking at your records early can help pinpoint problems that will arise at tax time while you can still resolve them.
  2. Say Thanks – Appreciation doesn’t have to mean cash bonuses or physical gifts, but it does mean you should take the time to reflect on the year’s successes – big and small – and show your appreciation for those that helped make it all happen. This includes your customers, fellow employees, your vendors- anyone who helped you get where you are.
  3. Refresh your space – If that old chair is starting to give you aches and pains or your paint is peeling, consider an office facelift! A new office design and new equipment can increase productivity and make a good impression on both old and new clients.
  4. Clean up your files – Start the year fresh by deleting or shredding old documents or digitizing paper files that take up too much space. Make sure everything is where it should be so that you can better review your progress over the last year.
  5. Set new goals – Not just New Year’s resolutions, but goals you want to achieve in your business and personal life over the next year. You should be able to see what worked over the past year and what didn’t- and you can resolve to try new methods this time.
  6. Year-end contributions – If you’ve had a great year financially, why not give back? Charitable contributions are a good way to reconnect with your community and the tax deductions don’t hurt either.
  7. Renew subscriptions – Magazines? Contracts? Whatever it is, December is a time filled with many bargains and promotions. Take advantage of them by spending wisely on things you will appreciate for the year to come.
  8. Don’t forget about your health – As everyone knows, starting a new year is a great excuse to start a new health regimen. Healthy bodies mean healthy minds and more energy to focus on the important things, so take time to review your exercise and eating habits and resolve to make some better choices.
  9. Reconnect – If you’ve lost touch with friends or associates in the past year, December is a great time to reach out and reconnect. Dust off your contact list and send a greeting to those you’ve drifted away from and delete the contacts you no longer recognize.
  10. Celebrate! – No matter where you are, take the lessons of the old year with you into the new and leave behind the old year’s troubles.  Celebrate with people you care about and support each other in their new endeavors. After all, resolutions are easier to keep when you attempt them together!

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