Recent Cleaning Posts

Why Hire a Green Cleaning Company?

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

It may seem like a luxury to hire a house cleaner, but sometimes you need that extra deep clean, especially after a home remodeling project or for a home that has been vacant for a while. When you need all the window framing, baseboards, and even the insides and outsides of cabinets scrubbed, why not consider hiring a green cleaning professional. In addition to getting your home the deep clean you seek, you’re also doing your part to be environmentally responsible and take care of the earth. Read on to find out the benefits of hiring a house cleaner that’s planet-friendly and how it’s actually easy to be green.

  1. Green Cleaning Is Safer for Your Family and Pets

Certainly there are times when one needs to disinfect an area (like on surfaces that have had contact with raw meat or when someone has a contagious illness), but the chemicals in disinfectants can trigger asthma, allergies, and create other health issues. Exposure to living bacteria is actually good for us and according to some research may actually strengthen immune systems. For the most part, when you clean with products that don’t contain toxins, pollutants, or suspected carcinogens such as VOCs, solvents, chlorine, ammonia, sulfates, or irritating dyes and perfumes, you’re making sure your children and pets are living and thriving in a healthy and safe environment.

  1. Green Products Are Better for Your Health

Most common household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can have an adverse effect on your health, which is why the biggest advantage giving your home an eco-friendly cleaning is that everything will be cleaned with all-natural products. There are tons of household cleaners that can keep your home fresh and clean that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources. It is true, however that sometimes it can take a little more time and elbow grease to get green products to work because they are typically gentler and less abrasive than chemical products. Chemicals may make cleaning easier, but they don’t make it any better.

  1. Green Cleaning Companies Provide the Products

In order to ensure your home is being cleaned with non-toxic and environmentally friendly products, most green cleaners provide all of the cleaning equipment and products, though they will use your products if you specifically request. SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is happy to provide a data sheet about the products we use in your home.

  1. Green Cleaning Companies Are Committed to Being Green in All Areas

While using green house cleaning products is a huge part of taking care of the earth, SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike knows it goes further than just that and make an effort to save water, reuse bottles, reduce waste, and implement sustainable business practices.

  1. Green Cleaning Is Also Safer for the People Doing the Cleaning

A sustainable cleaning philosophy means that our crew members are not exposed to toxic chemicals that could adversely affect their health. We like to take great care of all our employees, so they can take great care of you!

Call SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike today to have us make your home Green Clean! 216-464-4498

Tips To Quickly Remove Pet Stains From Carpet

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Even the best trained pets can still have accidents!

When you think of SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike, you probably know that we are experts when it comes to fire and water damage. But did you know that we can also help with less catastrophic messes, like the kinds your pet leaves behind?

That’s right, we can help with carpet cleaning and deodorization. We’re experts at odor removal and have been trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors that come from inside and outside your home.

Maybe you have a pet odor cleaning job that doesn’t rise to the level of needing professional help, though. SERVPRO team of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike has you covered in that case, too. Here are a couple of easy, inexpensive solutions to pet stains and odors that only require a few products you probably already have in your home.

For urine stains that are still wet, blot the excess dampness with paper towels – the sooner after the mess is made, the better. Once you’ve absorbed as much excess as you can, mix a solution of 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Use a spray bottle to spray directly onto the stain. Let it sit for five or ten minutes and then use more paper towels to dry.

You can use the baking soda and vinegar method with heavier or older stains, too. Instead of lightly spraying, you’ll first want to pour just enough vinegar to soak the stain directly onto the carpet, followed by a small amount of baking soda. Make sure you apply vinegar first, then baking soda. Cover the area with a bowl (to prevent your pet from walking in it or ingesting it – otherwise you could have an even bigger mess), and let it sit and dry completely for a day. Uncover, sweep, then vacuum, and your pet’s bad stain should just be a bad memory. See the link below for more information and a how-to video.

https://lifehacker.com/use-vinegar-to-get-rid-of-old-stinky-pet-odors-1520292441

For cleaning and deodorization jobs that will take more than vinegar and baking soda, call SERVPRO team of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike to learn how we can help fix all of your pet odor problems. 216-464-4498

’Tis The Season… For Projects!

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year to finally get the household projects done that have been piling up. Many of these projects involve paint, stain, and/or gasoline. Aside from the obvious dangers most don’t consider that rags that contain these chemicals can also catch fire. “The oils commonly used in oil-based paints and stains release heat as they dry. If the heat is not released in the air, it builds up. That is why a pile of oily rags can be dangerous. As the rags dry, the heat is trapped. The heat builds up and finally causes a fire.” 

Did you know?

“An Average of 800 home fire per year are started when oily rags catch fire or are ignited”

If your home project involves stains or chemicals that get onto rags here is a few tips to keep you safe:

  • “Never leave cleaning rags in a pile. At the end of the day, take the rags outside to dry.
  • Hang the rags outside or spread them on the ground. Weigh them down. Do this so they do not 
    blow away. Make sure they are not in a pile. Keep them away from buildings.
  • Put dried rags in a metal container. Make sure the cover is tight Fill the container with a water 
    and detergent solution. This will break down the oils.” 

For more tips to keep you safe during your projects visit: http://www.nfpa.org//~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/oilyragssafetytips.pdf

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike. We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe. 216-464-4498

It’s GRILLING SEASON!!

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Who’s hungry for some burgers? I know we are here at SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike! 

Before you get your grilling on there’s some important things to keep in mind with grills. Grills pose a unique risk especially when dealing with propane tanks. For instance, “Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.”

Also to prevent fires it’s important to “Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.” 

For more tips to keep you safe while grilling delicious BBQ check out: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/grilling_safety_tips.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike .  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Proper Garbage Disposal Cleaning

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Not everything is meant be thrown in the trash, here is a guide that will help you better understand the do’s and don’ts of proper garbage disposal. “When used, stored and disposed per label directions, most household products like cleaners, beauty products, medicines, auto fluids, paint and lawn care products pose little hazard to people or to the environment. However, these products may become dangerous and hazardous when used, stored or disposed of carelessly.

When thrown in with the regular trash, household hazardous waste can injure sanitation workers. In addition, the hazardous waste may end up in landfills not intended or permitted for those type of wastes which could in turn impact groundwater. When poured on the ground, household hazardous waste may seep into and contaminate our groundwater or the ocean we swim in.” For more information, please continue reading at: https://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/hhw/dangers.cfm

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498

Cleaning Your Carpets After Winter

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Now is the time of year you want to start thinking about the carpet in your home for the warm weather months. “Carpets get a lot of abuse during the winter months. With dirt brought in from snow and outdoor debris now is the time to give them some attention before the spring cleaning bug hits. The first step to good cleaning is frequent and thorough vacuuming. “Frequent” means at least once a week. “Thorough” means going back and forth six to eight times on each section of the carpet.

If the carpet is left untreated, dusty airborne particles can dull the colors. Fortunately, the original color is usually under the soil, but if left untreated for a long time, soil is absorbed into the fibers causing a yellow cast that can be difficult if not impossible to remove.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/living/columnists/keep-carpets-clean-after-winter-months

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498.

Is Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer?

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

During these hot summer days, escaping into your home to enjoy the A/C can be a real teat. Before you crank the A/C this summer, here are some steps to take first. “Before you start tinkering with the system, it's important to understand the basics of how it works. Central air consists of three main parts: the condenser, the blower unit, and the ductwork.

The condenser is the large outdoor unit that is probably tucked behind your garage. Its role is to manage the temperature of the refrigerant, usually Freon, which travels back and forth from the house. The condenser does this by pressurizing the Freon gas as it arrives, turning it into a high-temperature liquid. The Freon in its new state then travels back to the house and to the blower unit.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/a7669/get-your-central-air-conditioning-ready-for-summer-8509353/

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498

Keeping Your Home Bug Free

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

“Before you go after your bugs, you have to know what they're after. Some bugs, such as ants, hunt for overlooked crumbs on your floor and countertops. Moths like to munch on your sweaters. Silverfish like to go through a good book, but not the way you do. And some bugs, like fleas and mosquitoes, simply want your blood. Your job is to keep insects from getting the food they want.

Be sure to sweep your floors and wipe off your countertops to keep ants from marching in. Store cereal, dried food, and cookies in sealed containers. Grain moths love that stuff. Leaving fruit out almost guarantees a visit from gnats, so keep it in the refrigerator, if possible. Clothes made from natural fabrics attract moths, so store them in plastic bags or use moth balls. Since bugs like moisture, look for small leaks under the sink. “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.scotts.com/smg/goART2/InfoHowTo/controlling-bugs-in-and-around-your-house/13400012///

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike 216-464-4498

Keeping Your Carpet Clean

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

“Carpeting is expensive, so you want to maintain your carpet long term. Keeping carpet clean is an ongoing project, but with time and dedication you can have clean carpeting for years to come. Regular cleaning is key. Vacuuming and professional cleaning are important for a clean carpet. Take action to prevent stains, such as removing your shoes in the home. Work on preventing damage to the carpet by avoiding certain habits, like rubbing stains and using carpet powders.

Vacuum regularly. Dirt and debris gets caught in carpet easily, and can cause damage if left in carpet long term. Regular vacuuming is one of the best means to keep carpet clean. Invest in a quality vacuum and regularly give your carpet a thorough vacuuming. “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Your-Carpet-Clean

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498

Spring Cleaning

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Its that time of year to begin spring cleaning fellow Clevelanders.  Where to start has always been overwhelming, so after searching online, we found this online article at: http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/7-spring-cleaning-tips.  Click on the link to read the entire article.  We hope it inspires you too on where to start!

  1. "The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
  2. The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
  3. Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
  4. Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well..."

Spring Allergy Tips

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

“Nobody said spring allergies would be fun, but you never thought it would be this bad. What if you had some simple ways to avoid the sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and runny nose that come in the spring?  People think they're doing everything they can to battle spring allergies," says allergist Stephen Tilles, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "But many still find themselves under siege from pollen and other allergens that appear once the weather starts to warm up. What they don't realize is that by following a few simple rules they can make life a lot more pleasant, and their allergies more bearable."

Sweeping up the cobwebs that gathered over the winter is good for more than just making your house look better. A deep house scrub can help eliminate existing allergens and clear the air. It's especially important to get rid of mold, which builds up in bathrooms and basements and is a major allergen - especially in spring months when there's lots of moisture. Because your pets have spent a lot of time indoors over the winter, fur, saliva and dander have probably collected. Vacuuming frequently and washing upholstery and pet beds can help.”

For more information, please continue reading this online article at: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170224/Five-simple-tips-to-make-life-more-pleasant-during-spring-allergy-season.aspx

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Importance Of Home Dehumidifiers

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

“Don't let your guard down — cold season is still in full effect. The combination of Winter's dry air, a turned-up thermostat, and closed windows can wreak havoc on your respiratory system. The best way to combat dry air and reduce your susceptibility to infection is to invest in a humidifier. If you've suffered through too many colds, it might be time to see what all the hype is about.

  1. Relieve sinusitis: When the air is too dry, sinuses don't drain and function properly. According to many ENT experts, adding humidity to the air is generally good for sinus health — especially if you're regularly suffering from congestion and sinusitis.
  2. Heal faster: Whether it be a cold, asthma, or allergies, a humidifier keeps your nasal passages lubricated, which helps speed up the healing process when you're under the weather. For people with bad allergies, there are humidifiers that are specially designed to purify the air as well.”

For more information, please continue reading online at: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/5-Reasons-Why-Important-Own-Humidifier-14569814

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498

Non Toxic House Cleaning Products For Pets

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

“Pet owners know that cleaning after their furry companions is just one of the joys (read: responsibilities) of having a cat or dog. Sharing your home means sharing everything from the couch and the blankets to the floors and the ceilings (if your pets can reach, which sometimes they can). It's tough work keeping everything clean and tidy for all members of the household, but it's even more stressful trying to choose products that are harmless for our furry friends.

Pet parents should check their cleaning products before purchasing. If any you currently own include the following chemicals, AVOID using them:

–Phenols

–Isopropyl alcohol

–Formaldehyde

–Phthalates

–Bleach

–Perchloroethylene

That said, there are many products on the market aimed at keeping your house squeaky clean and also free from noxious chemicals. Here are 10 non-toxic cleaning products that will keep your pets safe from harm, and your house looking as good as new.”

Please click on this link for the entire list: https://mom.me/pets/19133-non-toxic-cleaning-products-pets/

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities.

Gutter Cleaning Tips

1/22/2017 (Permalink)

“Don’t Ignore Your Gutters

While it’s a job many of us would love to ignore, gutter cleaning is an important twice-a-year ritual all homeowners need to adopt. When clogged gutters overflow, they can cause ice dams on the roof that force water inside your house. They can also get so heavy that they’ll pull the gutters loose and rot the trim and siding. Even if your gutter doesn’t fill to overflowing each season, leaving any decaying debris in there is an invitation to carpenter ants and mosquitoes. If you have a lot of trees around your house, you might want to clean your gutters even more frequently.

Cleaning Your Gutters

There are lots of ways to do the cleaning. You can find inventions like tongs on an extension pole, shop vacuums with gutter nozzles or even a remote-controlled gutter-running robot. But most methods eventually involve getting on a ladder. If you have gutters above the first story or aren’t comfortable on a ladder, you’re better off hiring a pro.

DIY Gutter Cleaning

To clean your gutters yourself, wear gloves, a dust mask, and safety goggles. Make sure your ladder is well-footed at all times and use a ladder stabilizer, or stand-off, to keep from denting and damaging your gutters. Scoop the debris into a garbage bag with a garden trowel, then rinse toward the downspout with a high-pressure nozzle on your hose and scrub it clean. Try to avoid spattering the siding in the process. Next, clear the downspouts with a hose or auger. Installing leaf strainers at the drain tops will cut down on the large clogs."

For more information, please continue reading this online article for more tips at: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/19-quick-tip-cleaning-your-gutters/#.WH-sDYWcFPY

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498

Fall Is Right Around The Corner: Reminders

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

A few reminders to get your home ready for fall:

  • Call your heating and cooling company to service your furnace so it is ready when you are. Need a recommendation? Call us at 216-464-4498
  • Change your smoke alarm batteries when you turn back your clocks for Daylight Savings Time on November 6, 2016.
  • Clean your chimney and have the fireplace inspected for cracks
  • Gutters cleaned after the leaves are all off the trees
  • Space heaters are not placed near furniture or drapery.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Cleaning Clothes After A Flood

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Here are a few ideas from the CDC.  Click the link below to read the entire online article for all the tips provided.

  • “After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands).
    • Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of ? teaspoon [~0.75 milliliters] of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use a solution of ¼ teaspoon (~1.5 milliliters) of household bleach per 1 gallon of water.
  • Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
  • Wash clothes contaminated with flood or sewage water in hot water and detergent. It is recommended that a laundromat be used for washing large quantities of clothes and linens until your onsite waste-water system has been professionally inspected and serviced.”

 (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/cleanupwater.html).

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

SERVPRO Can Help Allergies?

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

According to the article located at https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies

An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin. For some people, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma. In the most serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) can occur.  A number of different allergens are responsible for allergic reactions. The most common include:
•    Pollen
•    Dust
•    Food
•    Insect stings
•    Animal dander
•    Mold
•    Medications
•    Latex”

Please click the link provided above to continue reading the online article as this was just a small snippet to get you started on your research.

SERVPRO of Beachwood can assist with cleaning fine dust and mold restoration.  Call us today before the fall allergy season has begun.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you and your home safe.