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Maintaining your HVAC unit to keep Indoor air quality

9/15/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Maintaining your HVAC unit to keep Indoor air quality Maintaining your HVAC unit to keep Indoor air quality

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, half of the national schools report poor indoor air quality and ventilation. Ventilation systems are often the biggest cause in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home, business or schools.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following: Dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris and other contaminants. SERVPRO Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean as well as extending the life of the equipment.

When ventilation systems are traded correctly, this can help you save money as well as give you cleaner air to breathe. In addition to:

  • Control moisture within 24 - 48 hours
  • Remedy sources of mold, like leaks
  • Clean HVAC systems
  • Inspect and change air filters
  • Clean duct system regularly and after remodeling or additions.

You can ensure you are taking proper and responsible steps to provide a healthy learning space. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals offer several services that can help you reduce Indoor Air Quality-related health risks and triggers for asthma and allergies.

When you contact us regarding your HVAC unit, we will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

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 air duct cleaning, call us today, (772) 334- 8762 

Lack in your ventilation system is often the biggest offender in poor indoor air quality

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Lack in your ventilation system is often the biggest offender in poor indoor air quality Poor indoor air quality

Have you been experiencing bad odors at home or business, or as simple as being uncomfy to breathe?

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units combined with dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

When was the last time you inspected the ductwork in your home or business? If you are experiencing the above mentioned, it may be time for some checkup at your HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

Fire or suspect mold growth, as well as bad odors in most circumstances, might be the causes of an inappropriate work of your HVAC system and ductwork. SERVPRO® use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

SERVPRO® can inspect your ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. Keeping your HVAC system and ductwork clean not only provides cleaner, fresher air, but can also extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition. 

When we address this issues, we will make recommendations about the best way to treat any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

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 air duct cleaning, Contact SERVPRO® of Martin County to schedule an appointment today. (772) 334-8762

Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Workplace

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Workplace Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Workplace

Spring has become synonymous with cleaning. In North America, it has become the go-to season for millions to deep clean homes, get rid of unnecessary clutter, and organize everything.

Have you heard the expression… a clean place makes a happy space?  Well its true!  Have you been in certain spaces that are dirty, messy or smelly, and  you just can’t wait to get away from it? You don’t need to have a superpower to  understand that  when you are in these dirty, cluttered, disorganized kinds of places you start feeling stressed and uncomfortable to the point you can’t concentrate and begin feeling irritable.

With clear rules and strategies, a workplace spring cleaning can also declutter your mind and improve productivity.  If you are unhappy and stressed out after getting to work because of the dust, clutter, and disorganization, then it is a good idea to spring clean the area where you work, and possibly even the whole office. Don't be selfish about it – try and get your colleagues on board too, so that together you can improve the working environment for everyone's benefit.

Before you do a complete spring cleaning at work, here are some recommendations that might be very helpful:  

Clean out your office drawers

I’m sure most people have a junk drawer at home—a one-stop spot for all your miscellaneous items. Often, our drawers at the office can turn into these types of storage spaces. Having a desk that appears to be clean and decluttered isn’t helpful if everything you need is thrown into drawers and cabinets. Use the same method you use to clean the filing cabinet; keep only the essentials!

 Organize your filing cabinet

Like a closet is to a room, so is your filing cabinet to your office. If your filing cabinet isn’t organized, your office won’t be organized. Take all of your papers and files out, decide what needs to stay, throw away or recycle what isn’t relevant, then organize what you are keeping.

Take home nonessentials

From a gym bag or unused books to that extra winter coat, most people tend to have nonessentials in their workspaces.  Having extra stuff in and around your workspace can be detrimental to your focus and productivity. Your desk doesn’t need to be completely void of your personality, but it may be helpful to decide what you use during your workday and what can be deemed nonessential.

Dust and air spray your electronics

If you work in an office, chances are you spend most of your time in front of a computer, and unfortunately, the elements of your digital workspace tend to attract the most unwanted particles. Monitors tend to be an attractive home for dust bunnies, and keyboards can also be an unwarranted receptacle for dirt and dust. At the end of each week, take the time to wipe down your computer and spray your keyboard. This is a good habit to form because it also helps keep your workspace germ and allergen free.

SERVPRO can help get your facility in tip top shape.  In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, the SERVPRO team is trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization.

A clean environment is a healthy environment!  Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t worry, SERVPRO has the experience and tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!

Have Questions? Call us Today: SERVPRO of Martin County (772) 334-8762

How to Clean and Maintain Carpets and Upholstery after the Holiday Celebrations

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning How to Clean and Maintain Carpets and Upholstery after the Holiday Celebrations Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning

Hosting holiday get-togethers is one of the best parts of the season. But with big reunions, big dinners, and a lot of fun often come big messes. So, what are the most affected areas in your home after Christmas celebrations?

One of the major problems faced by most homeowners is how to clean the carpets and upholstery after a party. The general rule for carpet cleaning is… the sooner the better! …so, this means that if you act fast, the less you will need to clean.

Here are a few DIY ways in which you can clean the carpet and bring it back to its original condition.

Drinks: Some of the most common spills on your carpet or upholstery are soft drinks and wine. If this happens, blot the area with a tissue or a dry cloth to absorb the moisture. Once you’ve completely blotted the area,  you can gently clean the area with warm water and dishwasher liquid.

Food spills: For minor spills, you can use baby wipes to wipe and clean the area.  For solid stains like ketchup or chocolate, dip a cloth in white vinegar and apply it onto the stained spot. Repeat this several times until the stain disappears.

Candlewax and gum: Removing candlewax and gum from carpet or upholstery without damaging the material is a tricky affair. For this, freeze the candle wax or gum using ice. Once frozen, carefully pull it out from the carpet using an unsharpened object like a spoon. If there is any water residue, blot the carpet with a towel.  Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.

Bad odor: To eliminate bad odors from your carpet, sprinkle baking soda abundantly onto the carpet.  Let it stay for a period of time, preferably overnight. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove the powder.

Oil: To remove an oil spill on the carpet, place a paper towel over the spill and iron the paper towel on a warm setting. The oil will be absorbed into the paper towel. Vacuum the area thoroughly and wash with a dishwashing detergent.

The above tips will help you handle spills and accidents that occur on your carpet. However, if you are not able to clean it as thoroughly as you would like,  help is always at hand.

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavily soiled issues with your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type of carpet, and color of carpeting.

A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, 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. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and professionals trained to the highest standards, you’ll want to give SERVPRO a call.

Call us today! Protect your investment by allowing us to clean and maintain your carpets and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers many cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?  Call Today – (772) 334-8762

We also offer a wide 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.

Are You a Street Art Victim? Tips on How to Remove Graffiti:

7/4/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Are You a Street Art Victim? Tips on How to Remove Graffiti: Like It Never Happened

Graffiti can be seen in almost every city in the world.  Unless your property has been the victim of Banksy (famous England-based graffiti artist), you would consider graffiti an act of vandalism that you might want cleaned off or removed.

Most modern signs clean quickly with the use of soap and water or solvents. Nevertheless, paint applied to a rough surface normally causes permanent damage. The character of the surface will change because, in some cases, due to the interaction between the paint and the porous surface, it is nearly impossible to totally clean off these street art pieces.

Here are some DIY tips for removing graffiti from various types of surfaces:

Metal:

  • Try using common paint thinner (ex: mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, acetone), or try graffiti removal products from the market.
  • Try to remove it by rubbing with steel or bronze wool, or light sandpaper.
  • Try power-washing it with a 3000psi pressure washer.

Wood:

  • If the wood is not weathered and is sealed with paint, stain or sealer, try to remove the graffiti by wiping it with mineral spirits.
  • Try power-washing with a 3000psi pressure washer, however, observe carefully to make sure the pressure is not driving the paint deeper into the wood grain.
  • A stronger approach is to sand the wood and repaint.

Glass:

  • Try using a razor blade to carefully scrape it off. This method is 99% effective.
  • Try using ultra-fine bronze wool with water to gently rub the paint off.
  • Finally, you can also try using paint thinners on glass.

Plastic:

  • Do not use paint thinners as they can soften the plastic, causing clouding or permanent tackiness.
  • Try a light rubbing with ultra-fine steel or bronze wool to remove the paint.

Masonry:

  • Try to power-wash the graffiti with a 3000psi-pressure washer. Be careful in selecting the type of tip you use in the pressure wand.
  • Try sand-blasting.  As with pressure washing, be careful not to allow the sandblasting tip to remain in one spot too long as it can permanently etch the surface.

Other alternatives

1.     Painting over the graffiti.

When painting over graffiti, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind.

  • It is recommended that you paint straight from the top to the bottom of the wall, or that you repaint the entire wall. Matching the paint color of the building- is very complicated, because mismatched colors do not improve the way the building looks, this only serves as continuing evidence of graffiti.
  • If you are using white paint, use enough coats so that the "shadow" of the graffiti will no longer be visible.
  • If the graffiti is a persistent problem, you may want to consider painting your building with a protective coating that makes graffiti removal easier.

1.     Environmentally Friendly Removal

  • Try citrus based graffiti removal agents that contain ingredients such as "natural orange extract". These products are biodegradable, they are essentially the same as graffiti removal agents and they are available at local retailers. Always keep in mind, citrus based products are usually safe to apply to almost any natural or painted surface, however, some plastics may become clouded or discolored.

Graffiti removal is not always a simple “spray it on, clean it off” issue. When approaching problem graffiti, you become very aware of how much more difficult it is to remove it than it is to apply it, especially in the case of rough surfaces. For routinely painted surfaces like fences and some walls, it would be wise to try matching the paint, since painted surfaces turn out best when repainted. But then again for a brick surface, especially red brick, we recommend a professional cleanup.

Remember, a rapid response is the key!

SERVPRO of Martin County will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from residential and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

Spring Cleaning Easy Guide

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Easy Guide SERVPRO is here to help

Spring season is here !!! so are you ready to give your home a deep cleaning blast from roof to floor?  Here is a great, easy and quick guide to start your home cleaning this spring.

First, we recommend you concentrate on the tasks that will require deep cleaning such as furnishings, appliances, and floors. Once you’ve covered these major tasks, you’ll have the rest your home spring-cleaned in no time.

Even though spring season everywhere in the states feels different, regularly it is a season in which we want to enjoy the outdoors more and neat up our porches and patios, install new landscaping, paint doors, wipe the dust off of your outside furniture, and clean those dreaded outside windows.

To make your Florida home sparkle and shine with these tips for getting organizedand cleaning your home with ease, we recommend beginning one section or room of your home at a time so you don’t get shocked along the way.

Kitchen area and appliances ready for family gatherings! 

  • First, we recommend throwing away unwanted items. Discard expired food items in your pantry and refrigerator, and donate tableware and small appliances that you no longer use.
  • Now with more space and most of the stuff reorganized, wipe down the inside of your refrigeratorand wash out produce bins and shelving in the sink, using warm water and detergent.
  • Remove water spots on stainless steel sinkswith rubbing alcohol. On a porcelain sink, cover the bottom of the sink with paper towels and soak the paper towels with bleach. Don’t forget to clean the dishwasher by running an empty load.
  • To get rid of odors in the garbage disposal, cut up a lemon and drop some salt and ice cubes down there; the lemon deodorizes, and the salt and ice get rid of residue.
  • Wipe downshelves, cupboards and drawers. This is also a great opportunity to do some reorganizing if needed.
  • Clean the stovetop and oven, and wipe down the microwave. You can also use the microwave or dishwasher to disinfect that dirty spongewhen you’re done scrubbing.
  • Finally, take out the trashand get a good scrub going in the trash can, where germs and odors can linger.

Bathrooms and shelves, prepare for new breeze!

  • Start getting rid of items you no longer use, safely discardexpired medicines, throw old makeup, and organize the surviving itemsin drawer trays.
  • Throw that moldy shower curtain and liner in the washalong with some towels and hang them up to dry; the towels will help scrub the liner and curtain clean.
  • Clean tileswith a cup of baking soda and water (mixed well). Apply the solution with a mop
  • Clean glass shower doorswith white vinegar if needed. Wipe down mirrors with alcohol and for the metal frames, furniture oil will get rid of those annoying water spots.
  • Unclogyour sink, tub and shower drains using a snake tool to remove hair and gunk, and don’t forget to scrub down the toilet and tub.

Bedroom ready…new mood assures!

  • Organize and clean your closet. Be sure todo your laundry first so you can get a better idea of what you’re working with when you organize it. Most everything can be washed cold, but it’s a good idea to use the hottest water for sheets, towels, and unmentionables.
  • Start flipping your mattress and wash all the linens. Rotate pillows and covers, thenmake your bedto instantly create a sense of cleanliness and order. You can even vacuum the tops and sides of your mattress before rotating it.
  • Dedicate one day to going room to room, pulling andsorting out of season clothing. Decide what to donate.

Finishing touches, Welcome Spring!

  • Brushinterior painted walls and baseboards with a solution of warm water and dish detergent. Coverpaint marks, scratches in interior walls.
  • Vacuumrugs, curtains, and window coverings. When vacuuming and cleaning floors, start in a far corner and work your way to the other side so you don’t get trapped in the middle.
  • Steam cleanyour carpets and shake out area rugs.
  • In the office, file important documents, recycle old magazines and shred old bank, mortgage, statements, and some paper that you no longer need.
  • Test and change the batteriesin your smoke detectors!

after all the cleaning is done you’ll be ready to relax and enjoy your fresh and clean home!  Organize these tasks among your daily activities, and put this useful checklist on your refrigeration to remember what to do.  Don’t forget to grab some lemonade to sip while relaxing on your porch while enjoying spring weather!

SERVPRO 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. Mold is very harmful and it is important to contact a professional to perform a proper mold inspection and remediation.

As You know SERVPRO is a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, our staff is equipped with the tools and skills to restore your property. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! SERVPRO of Martin and Saint Lucie County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage. 

Make the Grade in School Indoor Air Quality

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Make the Grade in School Indoor Air Quality Air Ducts Cleaning Machinery

Kids and Clean Air

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, half of the national schools report poor indoor air quality and ventilation.*

You can ensure you are taking proper and responsible steps to provide a healthy learning space. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals offer a number of services that can help you reduce Indoor Air Quality-related health risks and triggers for asthma and allergies.

Control moisture within 24 - 48 hours

• Remedy sources of mold, like leaks

• Clean HVAC systems

• Inspect and change air filters

• Clean duct system regularly and after remodeling or additions

*1995 EPA GAO Report

Spruce Up your Space

4/14/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spruce Up your Space SERVPRO - Spruce Up your Space

Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up—spring is fi nally here! Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.

SERVPRO® of Martin County can help get your facility in tip top shape. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO® team is trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications.Other services include: upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard fl oor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization.

A clean environment is a healthy environment!Improve your living and work spaces this spring.If you need a little help, don’t worry, SERVPRO® of Martin County have the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!

Spring Cleaning Your Workspace!

1. Divide Your Workspace Into Zones: Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

2. Keep Only What You Need At Arm’s Length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.

3. Sort Your Catch-All Drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn’t being used.

4. Eliminate Digital Clutter: Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper fi les–with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

5. Create A Daily Paper System: Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled “To Read,” “To Do,” and “To File.” Establish set days for each, so that you don’t get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

6. Disinfect Regularly: Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fi ngerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

Tips provided by Forbes, The Dangers of a Messy Desk.

ARE YOUR DUCTS IN ORDER?

9/24/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning ARE YOUR DUCTS IN ORDER? Air duct cleaning

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, 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 or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO® of Martin County’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO® of Martin County will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO® of Martin County can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning, and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO® of Martin County uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

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 indoor 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.

For more information or to schedule a duct cleaning appointment, contact SERVPRO® of Martin County today. 

Trauma Cleaning Martin County

2/10/2014 (Permalink)

Trauma Scene Descontamination is a very sensitive job that is best left to professionals. After a crime, death, or accident, the legal matters and emotional toll leaves little room for the people involved to think of clean up. To complicate matters even more, the by products of such scenes are usually classified as bio hazardous materials, and they require special handling that ordinary people are usually not knowledgeable in. To avoid the stress of having to deal with Trauma Cleaning Martin County yourself, call the professionals at SERVPRO. You can rest at ease, knowing that we will take the best possible care of the situation, following all safety and sanitation guidelines. Few people can handle Trauma Cleaning Martin County but at SERVPRO, we will take care of it for you with professionalism while upholding the highest standards of quality.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Trauma Cleaning Martin County, but our expertise can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."