About 1Maids

1Maids Cleaning Service is a fully insured and licensed, professional cleaning company, locally owned and operated, servicing commercial and residential buildings throughout Saskatoon.Whether you need cleaning, our team of reliable efficient cleaners will make your building, office or home sparkle. Also, we provide a wide variety of related services.

1Maids is a locally owned cleaning company. We specialize in residential services in the Saskatoon area. We pride ourselves in using only eco-friendly cleaning products to minimize the impact on the environment. We offer exceptional customer service which is reasonably priced and responsive to each home or business needs. Less time working means more time you can spend with family and friends.

We know Germs! The Germ Basics

The term germs is really just a generic word for four different types of organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa.

Bacteria are tiny, single-celled organisms that are found throughout nature, including in the bodies of human beings. A certain number of bacteria are good for our bodies — they help keep the digestive system in working order and keep harmful bacteria from moving in. Some bacteria are even used to produce medicines and vaccines.

But bacteria can cause trouble, too — ever had a urinary tract infection or strep throat? These infections are caused by bacteria.

Fungi (pronounced: FUN-jye) are multi-celled, plant-like organisms that usually aren’t dangerous in a healthy person. Fungi can’t produce their own food from soil, water, and air, so instead, they get nutrition from plants, food, and animals in damp, warm environments.

Two common fungal infections are athlete’s foot and ringworm. People who have weakened immune systems (from diseases like AIDS or cancer) may develop more serious fungal infections.

Protozoa (pronounced: pro-toe-ZO-uh) are one-celled organisms like bacteria. Protozoa love moisture, so intestinal infections and other diseases they cause are often spread through contaminated water.

Once organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa invade your body, they get ready to stay for a while. These germs draw all their energy from you! They may damage or destroy some of your own healthy cells. As they use up your nutrients and energy, most will produce waste products, known as toxins.

Some toxins cause the annoying symptoms of common colds or flu-like infections, such as sniffles, sneezing, coughing, and diarrhea. But other toxins can cause high fever, increased heart rate, and even life-threatening illness.

If you’re not feeling well and visit your doctor, he or she may order testing to examine your blood and other fluids under a microscope or do cultures to figure out which germs (if any) are making you sick.