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Vandalism and Crime Scene Cleanup

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Back of SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO of Franklin County is "Here to Help" when it comes to many different types of situations.

Your disaster may not always be fire and water related, but we are are still Here to Help® at SERVPRO of Franklin County when it comes to other situations.

We also provide services for biohazard, crime scene cleanup, and vandalism. These are services you may never think of until a related disaster strikes you or your business. Equipped with the knowledge, experience, and training, SERVPRO of Franklin County will start helping the moment you call.

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line. No matter how big or small, SERVPRO of Franklin County will be ready to help make your Franklin County, MO property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. 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 hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin County today at 636-583-5200 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

The Cleanup Team

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Franklin County office SERVPRO of Franklin County is "Here to Help"!

There is no disaster that hits home quite like a disaster to your property, home, or business.

When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don’t have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property. When disaster strikes, depend on SERVPRO® and our network of over 1,700 Franchises in North America.

Whether the job is big or small, SERVPRO® of Franklin County will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened,” so you can get back to your home or business and on with your life.

It’s good to know SERVPRO® is there if you ever need them. If you’re in need of cleanup and restoration services, call SERVPRO of Franklin County today!

Assisting the Community

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Franklin County featured in the Missourian newspaper. SERVPRO of Franklin County was featured in the weekend Missourian for disinfecting fire trucks at the Washington Fire Department.

For over a month now, SERVPRO of Franklin County has continued to answer the calls of our neighbors who need us most. We have been offering disinfectant cleaning to our first responders – completely free. Over the past month we have cleaned 197 police cars, 144 fire trucks, and 46 ambulances. We also did a free proactive cleaning for some of our local insurance agents and Pasta House here in Union, MO.

We will continue to offer this service to as long it is necessary, to help keep our community healthy and safe.

Responding during difficult times is what we do, it is who we are and what we know. Our business remains open to you as our employees and services are essential during this coronavirus pandemic. If your home or business is in need of cleaning and sanitizing, or any of our core water and fire services, give us a call at 636-583-5200. We are here and ready to serve.

Local Businesses Protect Community with Proactive Cleaning

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle in front of Pasta House in Union, MO Interested in proactive cleaning for your business? Give us a call to schedule an appointment.

SERVPRO of Franklin County recently completed a proactive disinfectant cleaning to help protect the community and employees of Pasta House in Union, MO. This service can be used in addition to your already established cleaning schedule for businesses large or small.

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

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 meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims. 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 are interested in inquiring about our services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home. Call us today: (636) 583-5200

Protect Yourself & Others During the Pandemic

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Everyone Should

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.
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always 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.

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.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectant will work.

DIY Paper Flowers by Bella

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

DIY Paper Flowers Create these beautiful DIY flowers for your home!

Ever see those beautiful paper flowers used for wall décor? You can usually find them in little girls’ rooms or for birthday parties.

I decided to make some for our daughter’s room. I mean we are stuck in the house right now, so why not? Might as well get creative!

Well I did it and I’m going to share an easy step by step on how to make your own!

You will need:

  • Card stock paper in whatever colors and patterns you are wanting.
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Gems (for middle of some flowers)
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Thumb tacks
  • Pencil
  • Thin floral wire

The first thing you will need to do is Google or Pinterest some templates for the flower type you are wanting. This gives you the petal shapes you need! You also need to make sure you find various sizes, if that’s the look you are wanting. Once you’ve got your templates, go ahead and print them!

Next, using your templates, trace the petal shapes onto your cardstock paper and cut the petals out. You will also need a circle (if not included in your template) to glue the petals onto and leaves to accent the flowers.

Once the petals are cut out use your pencil and wrap the end of the petals around it. This will curve the petals to make them look more realistic.

Then you are going to use your hot glue gun to layer the petals. You should lay down your largest size petals first and decrease the petal size as you work toward the middle of the flower.

For the center of your flower you can either use a gem, or fold a thin rectangular piece of paper (2” x 5”) in half and fringe it (leaving about a ½” to not cut all the way through) so when you roll in up it creates a different look for the center. There are so many ways to make the flower center though, so don’t be afraid to look around at different ideas!

Next you will take a small section of floral wire (about 1/2”-1”) and make a small loop. Hot glue the loop onto the back of the flower circle. Do this for all your flowers, as this will be how you hang them on the wall.

Now let’s talk about putting the flowers up! Make sure you’ve given the flowers plenty of time to sit so the glue is dried and hardened. Once the flowers are ready, set them onto the floor or table and arrange them how you’d like to see them on the wall. This is such an important part so that you have the exact look you want and know if you need to add more flowers or leaves!

Lastly you get to put your beautiful flowers up on the wall! (YAY!!!) This is the moment you’ve waited for. The moment you get to see these paper beauties shine! Start with your middle-most flower and use a thumb tack through the wire to pin it into place. Then take the flowers directly around that flower and pin them up. Continue placing the flowers onto the wall from the middle out. Once you only have leaves left, use a few tiny pieces of scotch tape on the backs of them to hold them on the wall.

That’s it! You’re done!

Take a step back and admire your work. Looks great doesn’t it? Yes, yes it does! Great job, you DIYer!

Share your paper flower photos with us so we can see your beautiful designs!

What to Do After Fire Damage

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen with fire and smoke damage Fire damage can be severe, but restoration is possible. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County to schedule a free estimate if you have fire damage.

Safety is a primary concern when dealing with fire damage. Returning to normal may seem impossible, but thankfully it isn’t. After calling the fire department, home and business owners should be aware that the building may be dangerous. Entering the building should be avoided since the environment could be toxic. No one should enter the house or office until the emergency responders approve that it is safe. Roofs and floors could be unsafe and could possibly cave in without notice. Smoke, soot and water are problems that need to be dealt with as soon as possible.

 Home and business owners should take the following steps following a fire:

  • Contact local disaster relief. In some cases, relatives will open their home for their families or friends in an emergency. If that is not an option, local services can help families find shelter, food and medication
  • Contact the insurance company. The insurance company can help home and business owners understand what they must do in order to file a claim and receive compensation.
  • Utilities should not be turned on if the emergency responders have shut them off.  They could be extremely hazardous and should only be used if a professional says it is safe.
  • Call the landlord or mortgage company and inform them about the situation
  • Call the police and inform them that the office or home will be vacant until the building is restored.
  • Receipts should be saved to provide information to the insurance company and to claim losses on income tax forms.

Fire damage can be severe, but restoration is possible. It is important to proceed with caution to prevent any further damage. With experienced restoration professionals and some time, a house or office can often be restored to its original condition.

SERVPRO of Franklin County has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Here to Help Our First Responders

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

Disinfecting Vehicles from the Union, MO Police Department SERVPRO Technician disinfecting Union, MO police department vehicles

SERVPRO of Franklin County recently reached out to our local first responders, including local police, fire department and ambulance districts in order to disinfect their vehicles for free.

This is our way of helping protect our first responders from the COVID-19 pandemic.  While this is just a small way to pay back our responders for their hard work and dedication, we hope that this will give them some peace of mind knowing their vehicles were properly disinfected.

We recently finished completing cleaning for the Union, MO police and the Pacific, MO fire department and have more disinfectant appointments for other area first responders scheduled in the future. If any first responders would like to request information about this service, please give us a call.

If you have questions regarding disinfecting your home or business, we are here to help.

Give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call, 24/7: (636) 583-5200

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.