Recent Cleaning Posts

Keeping that Office Clean Checklist:

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Keeping that Office Clean Checklist: If you need help with your cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington at: (803) 755-9774.

Keeping that Office Clean Checklist:

If you are anything like me, your office sometimes gets the best of you! Well here is a great checklist to help get you started on cleaning, decluttering and getting that office looking and feeling tidy again.

  • Clean the bookshelves: Remove all books and belongings off your bookshelf and dust them, starting from the top to the bottom. Don’t forget to dust stuff off before placing them back on the shelf.
  • Clean the desk: Dust off any accessories on your desk, with a damp cloth, top to bottom. Make sure to dust off the top and bottom surface of your desk.
  • Clean your computer: Working from the top to the bottom, dust the screen and then move to the keyboard. Don’t forget to dust off the printer, fax machine, and any other electronics.
  • Dust off any other furniture: Such as filing cabinets, tables, and chairs.
  • Vacuum: Move furniture and chairs- vacuum and mop under everything.
  • Sanitize your telephone.
  • Clean the light fixtures: Dust the light fixtures with an extendable duster or a damp cloth; also, dust-off ceiling fans.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Clean the curtains or blinds.

Photo Credit: http://www.vaporclean.co.uk/cleaning-services/office-cleaning-services

Why yes, SERVPRO does clean Upholstery!

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why yes, SERVPRO does clean Upholstery! To have your upholstery cleaned call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington at (803)755-9774.

Why yes, SERVPRO does clean upholstery!

You might not know this, (I know I certainly didn’t) but SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington cleans upholstery!

They actually clean lots of stuff ?? (Like carpet, drapes, blinds, and upholstery)!

Another thing you might not know is that having your upholstery cleaned at least once a year can extend the life of your furniture. Not to mention it will help rid it of dust, allergens, and help give you back that new couch look!

SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington offers several cleaning options to match any type of your upholstery needs, so give us a call so that we may get your fabric looking brand new again!

Air ducts/ HVAC System

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Air ducts/ HVAC system

When was the last time you had your air ducts or HVAC system checked or cleaned? SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington, is the right company for the job. We will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns.

If your HVAC system has been operating for some time, without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odor, and other contaminants. Keeping your HVAC system and duct work clean can extend the life of your equipment, which could potentially save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington today at (803)755-9774.

Why Have a Professional Clean Your Carpet?

6/26/2014 (Permalink)

How often should you have a professional clean your carpets? The cleaning frequency for a home depends on several factors, such as the number of persons living in the home, number of children and pets, and whether any occupants are smokers. Outside factors also determine cleaning frequency, such as weather conditions, industrial pollution or dusty conditions, humidity, type of surface on outside entryways, etc.

A combination of conditions may require your carpets to be cleaned professionally more often. The main consideration is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. The dirt hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile is what causes most damage to a carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals employ six methods of carpet cleaning. The best method for a carpet cleaning situation depends on the type of carpet, type of fibers, age and condition of the carpet, how the carpet is soiled, the type of soil, and other factors including your own needs as a carpet owner.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals follow the highest quality standards and workmanship. You need not worry about shrinkage, over-wetting, mildew, rapid resoiling, and many other problem areas.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals remove the loose grit from the pile of the carpet. The sharp edges of gritty soils cut the carpet fibers - this dry, loose grit must be removed before cleaning solution is applied.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals remove the atmospheric soil created by cooking, smoking, heating, auto exhaust, etc. Removal of this oily, sticky residue will brighten your carpet color.

You Can't Clean Everywhere, but WE CAN!

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

SERVPRO'S PROVEN DUCT CLEANING SYSTEM IS COST EFFICIENT!

Unlike many duct cleaning services, Servpro of Cayce/ West Columbia/ Lexington uses a portable ventilation and Air Duct Cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

CLEAN SWEEP FOR DUCTS
*Improve the Air Quality of Your Business When addressing air quality inspecting the ductwork is your SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia/ Lexington first order of business. Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminats like mold and irritating dust throughout the building. Servpro uses a proven Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning system to help improve the air quality of your business.


Sweeping Away Years of Dust and Dirt- Reducing Potential Health Risks
Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. Often times the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building. A routine part of a SERVPRO service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit. Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potientially extend the life span of equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which can in turn save you money!

Check Your Home!

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

HEALTHY HOME CHECKLIST 

[ ] DO YOU SMOKE IN YOUR HOME?

[ ] Do your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans?
[ ] Do you change your air filters once a month?
[ ] When cleaning or doing laundry, do you use bleach, ammonia or aerosol spray cans?
[ ] Is your gas fireplace and or gas stove checked yearly for emissions?
[ ] Was your home built before 1978? If so, has it been checked for lead-based paint?
[ ] Do your bathrooms have carpet?
 Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the home. SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia/ Lexington uses a proven portable ventilation and duct cleaning system to examine duct work and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. We can eliminate embarrassing offensive odors in your home. 

SERVPRO Duct Cleaning Process

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Proper Maintenance Saves Money

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production.

Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers and students who work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could cause illness or health concerns. A SERVPRO® Franchise Professional is available when it matters.

Learn more about Indoor Air Quality on the web at servpro.com or www.epa.gov.

Minimize Vacancies. Maximize Income

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

Property owners rely on you to enhance the value of their rental property by maintaining occupancy rates and increasing revenue.

The fact is, tenants will come and go. The longer it takes to clean a space after they move out, the longer it takes to move a new tenant in. Each day the space is empty is one less day of income.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer a variety of services to help bring the unit to move-in condition quickly: 

  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning
  • Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods

Clean Air in the Home

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

  • Children in homes with high levels of mold show persistent, cold-like symptoms - 300% more than those in clean environments.
  • Every year about 40 pounds of dust is generated per 1,500 square feet in a home.
  • Roughly 80 percent of the particles you see floating in your home in a ray of sunshine are dead human skin.

Ducts

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

It's the season when homes have their highest energy demand of the year. Heating accounts for 34% of all annual utility usage and is part of what makes an average home twice the emitter of carbon dioxide emissions as a vehicle. Here is a way to reduce the demand for expensive space heating.

Check the ducts. To ensure that as much warm air as possible is delivered through your central system, check the ductwork and wrap any leaks with duct mastic. Distribution losses (what's lost while air is transported from your furnace through ductwork to the vents) often amounts to 30%. So, sealing ductwork could increase efficiency and the warm air you receive considerably ... keeping you warmer and lessening the burden on your furnace. 

Tips: Spot Cleaning

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

  1. Always blot or scape up as much material as possible before it soaks into the carpet. 
  2. For scraping solid matter, use a table knife or a SERVPRO scraper. Never use a sharp instrument.
  3. For blotting liquids use white paper towels or tissues instead of a cloth. If a cloth is used too long, the fibers may be re-deposited in the carpet and spread the stain. 
  4. Never use soap. This frequently leaves a sticky residue that causes rapid resoling. 
  5. Do not allow solvent- based products to penetrate to the backing of carpets. Solvents may damage and soften the latex compounds used to strengthen the carpet. 

Spring Cleaning Tips

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning Tips: 

Clean your work space. It doesn't take long for clutter to pile up. Begin spring cleaning by decluttering and organizing your work space. Sort files and determine what you really need. Removing excess clutter will not only allow you to find things easier, but will also create a more productive environment.

Start an archive. While organzing your work space, you may come across files you dont use daily but still need to keep. By creating an archive, you can save these files and keep your desk clutter free. Maintain your archive by scheduling one day a month to sort through files and keep files organized. 

Organize your inbox. Is your inbox overloaded? Organize e-mails by creating folders within your inbox. Organizing files may require an initial time investment but will be a tremendous timesaver in the future. Consider backing up important electronic files and programs as well. 

Deep Clean your facility, including the floors. Over time, floors bear the brunt of your daily business. If not properly maintained, they can become dull and dingy. Having floors deep cleaned can improve the overall look and cleanliness of your facility. 

Hit the hidden areas. We all avoid the hated, hidden area in our areas in our homes, but now is the time to face the monster dust bunny under the bed. Be ruthless! 

Tackle the big projects first. We start with the best intentions to scrub down our down our homes from top to bottom, but somewhere in the middle we run out of stream. Tackle the biggest projects first, or you may never get to them. 

Yard sale time! Dont just chuck your unwanted items. Put them up for sale! You may be surprised to see what could bring in a couple bucks. 

When life gives you lemons, CLEAN YOUR SINK!

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

1. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. 

2. Wash it down with 1/2 cup of vinegar and spritz of lemon. 

3. Let this set for a few minutes while it fizzles. 

4. Rinse with hot water. 

National Rivers Month

6/25/2014 (Permalink)

Cleaning National Rivers Month Photo Credit: http://dirtyhippieproductions.tumblr.com/post/88385460772/june-is-national-rivers-month

June is National Rivers Month!

Did you know that more than 250,000 rivers and streams run throughout America? Together, these waterways flow for nearly 3.6 million miles, providing drinking water to over 65% of Americans. The Outdoor Industry Association reports that nearly 175 million Americans ages six and older participated in outdoor activities on local waterways. Together, they pump more than 86 billion dollars into the economy every year!

But the truth is you can’t put a price tag on a river-especially when illegal dumping, litter, sewage and industrial runoff threaten the communities and ecosystems that depend on them. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 290 million scrap tires are produced in the United States each year. That’s enough tires to circle the Earth 1.6 times! Unfortunately, many of these tires, along with other unwanted items, are dumped into rivers every year. To give you an idea, National River Cleanup®volunteers removed more than 36,000 tires from local waterways in 2012 alone.

In honor of National Rivers Month, we’re calling all paddlers, fishermen, outdoor enthusiasts and humans alike to organize or volunteer with National River Cleanup. By participating in a river cleanup, you help preserve these invaluable resources that make life on Earth possible. So what are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time to give back to the rivers that do so much for us!

Credit to: National Rivers Month