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Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning is in season and if you need help call the professionals at SERVPRO.

We have been on a #springcleaning drive around the office. Reader’s Digest Editors had a great article regarding how to give your home a top to bottom treatment. These simple tricks will make a big impact.

Ready to give your home a top-to-bottom buffing? Try focusing on furnishings, appliances, and carpeting. Once you’ve covered these major tasks, you’ll have your home spring-cleaned in no time.

Make doormats welcoming

Shake 'em, wash 'em, swat 'em with a broom. Give them the toughest cleaning they can take. They’re your front line against tracked-in dirt—so keep them clean enough to function at peak efficiency.

Clean carpets and upholstery

Fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dirt, body oil, and germs will need a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear—and for that close inspection by your relaxing guests. Move furniture just slightly—not out of the room or against the wall, as the old rules dictated—and place the legs of each piece back on top of small wax paper squares after shampooing. The wax paper will protect your carpet and keep the furniture legs from getting wet as the carpet dries. Open the windows to speed the drying process, which can take a day or more. If you’re not the furniture-shifting and machine-renting type, use a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner like SERVPRO.

Finish your floors

To protect the floors in your kitchen from another year of wear and tear, wax or apply a sealer following label directions. The simplest method: Use a combination wash-and-wax floor cleaner. No-wax floors don’t need a polishing treatment, but an occasional makeover will keep them looking fresher and add a protective buffer that could help them last longer. Use a floor cleaner that cleans, shines, or both. If you have wood floors, move furniture and rugs aside, then apply a wood cleaner and either liquid or paste polish to clean and add a new wax coating.

Wash walls, cabinets, baseboards, and woodwork

The walls may not look as if they need a bath—dust and soot fall to the floor, right? Most of it does, but just enough clings to vertical surfaces to warrant a seasonal or pre-holiday bath. Use a sponge and hand dishwashing detergent, washing the surface in sections. A sponge mop makes it easier to reach higher spots. Use two buckets: one for dishwashing detergent solution and another for wringing your sponge. Dry the walls and woodwork with a clean cloth.

Vacuum with intelligence

The old rules mandated that you go through the labor-intensive task of dragging every stick of furniture off the carpet, just so the vacuum cleaner could cover every nook and cranny. Instead, simply move those big items a little to the left or to the right. Vacuum the area previously occupied by the furniture and then move it back into place.

Clean ceiling fixtures

Remove dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air-conditioner vents with a cloth and a vacuum with a soft nozzle attachment.

Clean your light fixtures

A few minutes with a stepladder, all-purpose cleaner, a sponge, and a polish cloth will give new light to your life. If your home has skylights or tall ceilings, consider investing in a stepladder and extended-reach dust-and-dirt-removal tools, all of which are available at your local hardware store and at home supply stores.

Check your coils

You should clean the refrigerator’s condenser coil, usually found behind the toe grille, with a long-handled bottle brush and a vacuum cleaner with an attachment hose to remove dust and lint. Built-up dust can shut down the unit by causing it to overheat. To remove dust from coils attached to the hard-to-reach back side of the fridge, carefully pull the refrigerator out several feet (newer models roll on casters) and vacuum thoroughly; finish by sweeping or vacuuming the floor area you’ve revealed. Expect to rediscover coins, bottle caps, and twist ties that you and the cat knocked over the past year.

Need help getting your home "spring" clean? How about SERVPRO clean? You can see what services we provide at our website, or call us 24/7 at 803-276-0290 or 864-833-4411. Our team will gladly work with you to get your home fresh and clean for spring!

Get Spring Clean with SERVPRO

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

Call your local SERVPRO to get your carpet and upholstery spring ready!

Life happens and with life comes dirt, gunk and spills. Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.

SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You already recognize SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration industry but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Trying to get your home "spring" clean? How about SERVPRO clean? You can see what services we provide at our website, or call us 24/7 at 803-276-0290 or 864-833-4411. Our team will gladly work with you to get your home fresh and clean for spring!

Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Rental

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

One of the best ways to keep your rental spelling great and looking amazing, call the professionals at SERVPRO.

You've decided to jump on the AirBnB bandwagon or you just invested in a new rental property for the first time. You have the space - it’s perfect. You’ve updated the shades and lamps, added a small fridge, and gotten all new bedding. Now it’s time to start renting!


Or is it?


You’ve started this business to make money, of course. And money in this industry means traffic.  You are going to have groups of strangers in and out of your living spaces all hours of the day or night, from many different parts of the world, with all different types of lifestyles. Which means….odors. If you have a small kitchen in your unit, that presents another odor issue; some types of food when cooked can leave behind strong smells, and sometimes they can be extremely unpleasant.


The first thing a new guest will notice when they step into your AirBnB is odor. It may look really great, but if it smells bad, you might just lose a customer, and they might write a bad review...and then what?


So before you take in your first guest, lay out a plan for deodorizing your space.


Air fresheners are a good idea, such as plug-ins. And refreshing your carpet with baking soda or a dry carpet cleaner with a great scent will really help, too. Many of these products are made with ingredients that fight against mold and mold-damage, which is one of the things that creates bad odors.


If you plan on having guests during the times of the year when it can get wet, such as spring or winter, you will have to keep an eye out for water damage and damp in your unit, caused by leaks and foot traffic. If carpets stay damp, mold sets in, and your AirBnB can get pretty musty with that moldy smell! It won’t make a great impression on your guests, that’s for sure.


During warmer weather, leaving doors and windows open between guests can really help the odor issue. Sunshine is a great deodorizer for many unpleasant smells.


One of the best ways to keep your AirBnB smelling great and looking amazing is to hire SERVPRO professionals to come in and do the job. They can de-odorize your carpets and draperies, check for mold or water damage, and if mold has started to grow and spread they can stop it in its tracks.


The team at SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is waiting for your call! Contact them today. Their website is: http://www.SERVPROnewberrylaurenscounties.com/

This Valentine’s Day Show Your Carpet Some Love

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

A great way to spoil your significant other and yourself is to invest in a professional carpet cleaning.

This Valentine’s Day show your carpet some love with these easy steps.

On Valentine’s Day, according to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights, U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average $136.57, while total spending is expected to reach $18.2 billion. A great way to spoil your significant other and yourself is to invest in a professional carpet cleaning.

  Use doormats. The humble doormat does wonders to reduce the amount of sand and dirt tracked into the home. Invest a few dollars in doormats to expand the life of your carpet and keep it clean longer.

Vacuum daily. Yes – daily. If you have difficulty getting to the daily task of vacuuming, then consider purchasing an inexpensive robotic vacuum like those made by iRobot. Daily vacuuming helps pick up dirt and debris before it sinks deep into the carpet. Less dirt expands the life of your carpet.

Clean spots and spills immediately. Not only will a quick clean reduce the rate of absorption but it also helps reduce the bacteria and other problems associated with a spill.

Avoid the hype. A lot of products on the market claim to remove stains, spills and odors but simply mask them or drive them deeper. The stains eventually re-appear looking worse than ever. Don’t spend your hard earned money on inferior products when for just a little more money you can have your carpets professionally cleaned with top quality products by SERVPRO professionals.

Use deep extraction. Deep carpet cleaning is essential to remove deep set dirt, dust, pollen, and other pollutants but don’t add to the problem by allowing the use of harmful chemicals. Instead, ask us about our environmentally friendly “green” carpet cleaning solutions.

Deodorize. Even when a carpet looks clean it can harbor harmful bacteria that give off unpleasant odors. Ask about enzymatic cleaning products capable of eliminating – not masking – odors.

Grooming your carpet. Over time carpets tends to become impacted due to constant traffic and dirt so it is a good idea to have the carpet raked and groomed after a deep cleaning. You might be surprised to find out how good your carpet looks after it has been professionally cleaned and groomed.

The team at SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is waiting for your call! Contact them today. Their website is:    http://www.SERVPROnewberrylaurenscounties.com/

411 on Carpet Cleaning

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

411 on Carpet Cleaning

 

 

Daily, we use our carpet, not even thinking about how dirty it is. Our carpets are like filters, trapping dust, gases, animal hair, and other soils. There are many preventative things you may do to keep your carpet clean, such as, regular vacuuming, spot removal, and having your carpets professionally cleaned.

 

Here are the top reasons to have carpets cleaned year-round:

 

  1. It prolongs the life of the carpeting. Cleaning your carpet regularly using the extraction method can increase the life of carpets significantly.
  2. Having your carpets cleaned protects indoor air quality. Carpets trap airborne pollutants.
  3. It makes your carpet easier to maintain. When carpets are regularly cleaned, vacuuming will remove most dry soils.
  4. Cleaning your carpet will remove spots and stains. As with other soils, spots and stains can attract more soiling. Removing them promptly protects carpeting from damage.
  5. Moist soiling of carpets can result in the buildup of several unhealthy contaminants. Cleaning your carpets prevents buildup of allergens and bacteria.
  6. It will enhance the appearance of your home or business.
  7. It will make your work environment feel cleaner.
  8. Regular carpet cleaning makes carpeting look and feel clean and fresh.
  9. It removes dust mites and bedbugs that may have found a home in your carpet.
  10. If you have a warranty, it will maintain your carpet warranty. Most carpet warranties require that carpets be cleaned using the extraction method usually every 12-18 months.

 

 

 

SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties offers professional cleaning that can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets.

 

Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing that dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is below the surface down near the base, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged. We will get the job done right!

 

 

We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

 

  • Bonnet cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot water extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe precondition and rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

 

 

 

 

 

For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over forty years of experience and professionals trained to the highest standards, call SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties today!