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DIY Table Top Stain by Bella

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of tabletop stain completed DIY Tabletop Stain Final Results

We’ve had this table for a while now. It’s an oak butcher block top, and honestly pretty great.

But I really REALLY didn’t like the orange-like color of it. Like, at all. So, I decided to change that.

However, it was the middle of the winter when I decided this, and you can’t stain a table outdoors in the middle of the winter. And I couldn’t do it indoors and expose my little kiddos to the fumes. And I definitely didn’t want to wait until it warmed up enough outside to do this!

So, I decided to make my own non-toxic stain. Yes, a DIY stain.

Have I lost my mind? Maybe a little! But I made it and.... it worked! Like magic!

I wanted a beautiful, old and weathered gray look with a hint of warm brown peeking through and that’s EXACTLY what I got. The color is perfect. I absolutely love the results!

So how the heck did I do it? You’re going to love this. It’s so easy and extremely cheap! Plus, you probably already have all these items in your house right now.

Disclaimer: You may love these results and its’ cost effectiveness so much that you may start finding new house projects just to use this stain.

You will need:

  • 1 jar with a lid
  • 1 ball of steel wool (no soap products on it)
  • White vinegar
  • Strong, steeped black tea
  • 2 wash cloths

How to make the stain:

  1. Take the steel wool ball and break it in half (or as close to half as possible), and then rip that half into smaller pieces, placing the pieces in the empty jar. So, you should have roughly half the steel wool ball in the jar.
  2. Pour vinegar over the steel wool until the steel wool is covered.
  3. Place the lid on the jar and let it sit for at least 24 hours before use.

THAT’S IT. Super easy right? The hardest part about this stain is waiting the 24 hours to use it! This allows the vinegar to become ironized from the steel wool, which interacts with the wood tannins, making your wood a darker color. Now, the longer you leave the steel wool in there, the darker it can make the wood. So experiment if you’d like! The possibilities are endless.

Okay, now to apply the stain! Keep in mind that your wood project should be stripped of any pre-existing finishes/stains.

  1. Your stain has sat for at least 24 hours. You can now remove the steel wool from your jar or strain it out if you have smaller bits. (To test the color of your stain, take a scrap piece of wood and follow these next steps before trying on the final piece you want to stain. This way, if you want it to be darker, you put the steel wool back in for a few more hours. Just know: the stain will continue to change shades for a few hours after application.)
  2. Take your strong black tea and use a washcloth to apply a liberal amount to the wood you’d like to stain. Allow to soak in and dry.
  3. Once the tea has dried, use a separate washcloth to apply the stain to the wood. It should immediately darken the wood on contact and will continue to change in shade a bit more over the next few hours. (This is fascinating to watch, actually.)
  4. Protect the surface from use for at least 24 hours to ensure that it is fully dried and to its’ final shade. You may now seal your piece in whatever finish product you prefer.

So, there you go! The secret to a non-toxic stain that works in one application! I actually applied this to our table while holding our infant! It basically just smelled like vinegar with a hint of metal- very much tolerable.

If you try this out, share a picture with us! We’d love to see what projects you’re working on and how this turned out for you.

Here To Help

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians in biohazard suits It's important for us to help the community as much as possible in this time of chaos.

Recent events have businesses closing their doors, schools temporarily shutting down, and nursing homes restricting residents to their rooms for safety.

While all of this is definitely not our norm, it is essential in containing the virus and limiting its’ spread. There’s one more thing that can help and that’s doing a deep clean on your home or business.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is here to help!

Why choose SERVPRO?
Because we frequently clean biohazard and have years of experience dealing with biological contaminants. Our employees go through in-depth trainings and adhere to the highest standards when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing, and we are performing all cleanup and bio remediation in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Over the last few weeks SERVPRO has been assisting individuals and businesses during this time with disinfecting and sanitation. Some facilities that have closed their doors for the time being, such as schools and restaurants, have used our services so that once they’re back up and running it will be a safer and cleaner environment for everyone who enters. We are also able to clean in facilities that are still operating, such as nursing homes, medical offices, apartments, and factories to help keep individuals as healthy as possible.

It's important for us to help the community as much as possible in this time of chaos. Our schools should be safe for our children, our nursing facilities need to be clean for the elderly, and our medical buildings need to be able to continue to function and be as sanitized as possible for anyone who needs to access them.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA approved emerging pathogens claims. SERVPRO’s proprietary cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE, is an EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porous surfaces. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

If you’d like more information on how SERVPRO of Franklin County can help sanitize and disinfect your home or building, please give our office a call at (636) 583-5200. We are here to help!


Viruses in Everyday Life

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

This time of year can be draining because of all the colds and sickness going around. It’s hard enough with the common cold, but add in the flu, RSV, and all the new strains of things…. It’s enough to make you want to stay indoors and away from the public!

It’s obviously very difficult to completely isolate ourselves. We do have lives after all! We go to work, to the grocery store, out to eat, to the bank, and maybe even have kiddos who attend school - which is just teeming with germs!

So, what exactly is a virus? That’s a long answer! The short answer: They’re like a parasite and can only survive long-term within a host. Viruses attach themselves to their host’s cells and begin replicating, and then (depending on the virus) the infection begins.

Viruses are spread through droplets from a cough, sneeze, or saliva of an infected person getting into another person’s mouth or being inhaled; and by touching a surface that has been exposed to the virus. Sometimes a person can be infected for a period before any symptoms arise (days even), making the chances of spreading the virus even more likely. As for surface areas, they can survive from a few hours up to a few weeks, depending on the virus. Yes, WEEKS!

Sounds awful right? Gives me shivers thinking about it! The key here is that viruses can only replicate within a host! Therefore, hand washing is a big deal and one of the biggest ways to help yourself avoid them. That’s only part of the picture though.

Imagine you’re going out for dinner. You take the precaution of thoroughly washing your hands. However, did you touch the door handle to enter/exit? Did you just spend several minutes flipping through the menu that countless others have touched that day? Still hungry?

Schools are even worse because you’re relying on young children to wash their hands properly, otherwise they’re easily spreading those germs as they walk down the hallways, trailing their hands along the wall after sneezing or coughing directly into them.

The point is YOU can wash your hands as often as you’d like (honestly any little bit helps), but our community and businesses also need to do their part and make a conscious effort in battling these nasty viruses. If we can decrease the surface contamination, cover noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing, and wash our hands regularly it will significantly decrease the chances of these viruses entering our bodies and causing more infections.

We hope that with how hard viral infections have been so far this year and this season, that businesses will increase their cleaning efforts.

We can help minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning! At SERVPRO, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration. Call 636-583-5200 to see how we can help clean your home or business.


How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team in Biohazard Suits Preventive Cleaning with SERVPRO

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:

Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

Diluting your household bleach.

To make a bleach solution, mix:

5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water


4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

Alcohol solutions.

Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.

Germs in The Workplace

3/14/2020 (Permalink)

Technicians in front of green SERVPRO Van Need a deeper clean? Call SERVPRO of Franklin County for all your cleaning needs.

Although the flu season is at its end, reports of influenza and strep are running rampant throughout the community; not to mention the introduction of COVID-19.

What steps can you take as a business to protect your employees?

  • Handwashing
    • While probably the step most skipped over, a recent study states that most people only wash their hands for about 6 seconds. The CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Washing your hands often, before you eat, after you sneeze and regularly are extremely important.
    • Consider setting up hand-washing stations in and out of your facility and request employees wash their hands when entering and exiting.
    • Providing hand sanitizer for employees on their desks who often greet customers would be an additional step to help keep your employees healthy.
  • Sanitizing Break Rooms
    • Does your break room get deep cleaned regularly? The counters wiped off and cleaned with an anti-bacterial cleaner? Consider putting an employee or two in charge of this task a few times throughout the day.
  • Sanitizing Commonly Used Items
    • While each business is different, some employees may share phones, walkie-talkies, computers, etc. Keeping these commonly used items cleaned and cleaned often with sanitizer near by can help prevent germs from spreading.

Are you in need of a deeper clean? Give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call! When bio-hazard, grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Franklin County for prompt service. (636) 583-5200

Proactive Cleaning to fight COVID-19

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Virus image in the background with text "Here to Help" Use proactive Cleaning to fight COVID-19

SERVPRO® professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

SERVPRO® of Franklin County offers cleaning services including the removal of bio-hazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

About Coronavirus
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)i is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Scope of Cleanup Protocol
SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum.
These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:

• Kitchen/Food Areas
• Bathrooms
• Schools/Classrooms
• Offices
• Retail Spaces
• Water Fountains
• Shelving and Racks
• Sales Counters
• Carpets and rugs
• Stair Handrails
• Elevator Cars
• Playground Equipment
• Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures
Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19.
SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more.
Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE™.

We are dedicated to being "Here to Help", please give us a call with any questions: (636) 583-5200.


Be READY for Spring Storms

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Image with text "Be Ready". Inside the text, lightning and storm clouds. When spring storms affect the Franklin County, Missouri area, know you can trust SERVPRO to be "Here to Help"!

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.

Know your risk:
Thunderstorms & Lightning

Develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice your plan.

What can you do when your Franklin County, MO home suffers water damage?  Click Here to visit our blog post covering water damage.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm, know who to call to quickly get help.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial.  You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Franklin County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Franklin County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Franklin County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the Union community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (636) 583-5200

The Power of Hand-Washing

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Image of hands being washed in the sink. The most powerful way to prevent the spread of sickness is to wash your hands as often as possible.

While everyone may be focused on the new COVID-19, reports of the flu and strep are running rampant as well.  It is a good time to review the ways to keep yourself and your family safe. What’s the biggest step you can take? Hand washing!

Believe it or not, many people do not know the proper way to wash their hands! A quick dap of soap and a rinse will not protect you from germs. Hand sanitizer will help when you need a quick way to sanitize your hands – just make sure it has more than 60% alcohol.

Coronaviruses are encased in a lipid envelope -- basically, a layer of fat. Soap can break that fat apart and make the virus unable to infect you. The second thing soap does is mechanical. It makes skin slippery so that with enough rubbing, we can pry germs off and rinse them away.

Recent studies report that the temperature of the water doesn’t matter – but scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds does. Most people only wash their hands for about 6 seconds, states the study.

Be sure to wash your hands OFTEN, especially after using the bathroom and before you eat. Be sure to avoid touching contaminated surfaces. Use a clean paper towel to open bathroom doors. Disinfect dirty surfaces that you use every day, like the touchscreen on your phone and your computer keyboard.


Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Extracting and setting drying equipment Need affordable carpet cleaning? Give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call.

Searching for the most affordable carpet cleaner?

While it’s completely possible to get affordable carpet cleaning that is also effective, it is also true when they say, “you get what you pay for”.

That’s why when choosing a company to clean your home, it’s important to look at their certifications and training. Certified crews, and those certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), know how to price their services fairly. That’s because they know how to approach every job and allocate the needed resources for it.

By choosing a certified professional, such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, it means treatment that will preserve your carpeting for longer. For example, a cheaper crew may do your carpet for less, but they can cause problems by over watering or poor soil extraction. This may cause the carpet to acquire new soils much faster. If water is left behind, it can promote mold and other microbes.

IICRC certified technicians know how to do the job right the first time, and with sophisticated professional equipment and methodology, the carpeting will be clean and ready to withstand many months of enjoyment before it needs to be cleaned again.

The SERVPRO of Franklin County staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today – (636) 583-5200

Above and Beyond

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Equipment onsite at First Presbyterian Church of Union SERVPRO of Franklin County helped First Presbyterian Church of Union get back to business! Give us a call if you experience water damage.

Water damage is not something anyone wants to see in their home, let alone their business. First Presbyterian Church of Union had to face this when their roof had a leak. We spoke with Mike and Myron of the church to get more of their view on this disaster. They explained that it was not something they expected to see and that it was unnerving. Mike says “It was in sad shape when I called you guys. Rain was still coming in through the roof, but Jerry and Nate came in and really helped!”

One of the employees knew of SERVPRO of Franklin County and mentioned to call us. Myron says, “We decided to Spearhead this thing…. he had worked with SERVPRO and was familiar with the services.” They also note that they were happy to see the wide array of services we offer and that we could handle reconstruction and anything else they might need in the future. Mike included “This was the first time dealing with something like this, but we felt very included. It turned out great- absolutely awesome!”

First Presbyterian had to have the roof repaired before work could begin to ensure that no more water would come in, but then SERVPRO quickly began drying the area. Myron and Mike both gave high praise on the inclusion they had throughout the process and how educated they were on every step. Mike says, “Any questions we had were answered and I especially appreciated the open-door policy with Jerry or Nate. I could ask anything or walk in if needed.”

SERVPRO took care of the needed reconstruction as well, including drywall and painting. They were grateful to have everything restored in a way that seemed true to the church. Mike talks a bit more about how Dan, a SERVPRO carpenter, really made an impact. “When Dan came along and started it helped A LOT. He’s a super guy and was very thorough in all he did. I couldn’t believe how well he was able to blend the new interior in with the old- just a super job!” Mike adds in that anyone coming into the church can’t even tell where the damage occurred because the reconstruction was executed so well. “We are still getting compliments on the job you did to this day. No one can tell where the leak caused damage or where the repairs are- even people who’ve been coming to this church for YEARS. It’s amazing! The whole congregation is happy and so appreciative.”

First Presbyterian Church of Union says they will recommend SERVPRO to other businesses, family, and friends in the future. Mike says, “You all went above and beyond, and truly lived up to the "Like it never even happened," slogan. We will definitely call you for anything in the future.” Mike has even used us to perform a duct cleaning on his own home since the close of this project. “I had you guys come out and duct clean my house. I told Nate that you did such a great job and I trusted you to clean my ducts.”

We love that we could restore the church and gain the appreciation of the entire congregation. SERVPRO of Franklin County hopes that YOU will keep us in mind for any water damage in your home or business!

We are “Here to Help”, give us a call 24/7: 636-583-5200.