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Kicking Germs to the Curb

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Kicking Germs to the Curb Kicking Germs to the Curb

Back to school unfortunately also means back to spreading germs.  I love the recent local campaign by Jim Feighery State Farm Insurance and the Washington School District, “Kick Germs to the Curb” and the national “Germs are Scary” campaign. Both programs highlight how communicable diseases increase when our kids go back to school. 

We all know how quickly viruses spread when schools back in session.  This is true for numerous pesky afflictions from colds to norovirus to strep or even C-diff, and don’t forget lice and scabies too! The “Kick Germs to the Curb” and “Germs are Scary” programs and others like them stress the importance of germ control. The Washington School District’s campaign is collected hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes to be used at the schools to curb the spread of germs. 

An important part of these programs include education on the proper ways to wash your hands, cover your sneeze or cough, and other prevention facts. Prevention education and the right products go a long way in the decreasing of the spread of germs.   

In our line of work, we get called in quite often to schools, nursing homes and businesses to clean up after outbreaks of influenza, scabies and even c-diff.  Prevention and education are key to stopping outbreaks, and it all starts at home.  Now is the time to get that important cleaning done after a long hot summer.

This summer, your home has been more open and susceptible to the outside air and all its allergens. Germs have been brought in from all that increased foot traffic that summer brings. Cleaning floors, carpets and air ducts is a good place to start to zap some of those germs. A thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the rest of the house is the next step.

Give us a call if you need help for any of these services. We currently have back to school specials going on right now.  Help do your part in “Kicking Germs to the Curb.”  


Please have a great school year and remember, we are here to help!  

Like summer never even happened!

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Like summer never even happened! Back to school cleaning

It’s back to school time, which means the kids are finally out of the house! With your nest empty, it’s a perfect time to have restoration services done on your home.

SERVPRO of Franklin County offers several services to get your home back into pre-summer conditions, before it was torn up by your children. Have your kids spent the summer tracking in dirt, mud and other unknown substances into the house?

Then it might be time to get your carpets cleaned. SERVPRO offers a three-room special for $125, and just $25 for each additional room.

If you are noticing the air quality of your home is less than stellar – whether the air circulated is full of dust, dander or other chemicals -- an air duct cleaning may be in order.  According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, it is recommended to have air ducts cleaned every three to five years.

Getting your air ducts cleaned will not only improve the quality of air in your home, but it can also help decrease the cost of energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

SERVPRO’s pricing for home duct cleanings are $375 for 1-8 openings, and $475 for 9-17 openings.

Another service you might need is mold mitigation. If you have noticed mold in your home, it’s important to stop the spreading immediately.

Containing mold spores is vital to preventing mold growth, as well as getting wet surfaces dry. Mold begins to set in after two days, so there’s no time to wait.

With the kids out of the house, it’s the perfect time to get your home back in order. Give SERVPRO a call, and we’ll make your house look like summer never even happened!

Back to School Restoration

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Back to School Restoration Back to School Restoration

It’s back to school time, which means the kids are finally out of the house! With your nest empty, it’s a perfect time to have restoration services done on your home.

SERVPRO of Franklin County offers several services to get your home back into pre-summer conditions, before it was torn up by your children.

Have your kids spent the summer tracking in dirt, mud and other unknown substances into the house? Then it might be time to get your carpets cleaned. SERVPRO offers a three-room special for $125, and just $25 for each additional room.

If you are noticing the air quality of your home is less than stellar – whether the air circulated is full of dust, dander or other chemicals -- an air duct cleaning may be in order. 

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, it is recommended to have air ducts cleaned every three to five years.

Getting your air ducts cleaned will not only improve the quality of air in your home, but it can also help decrease the cost of energy bills.

According to the U.S Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

SERVPRO’s pricing for home duct cleanings are $375 for 1-8 openings, and $475 for 9-17 openings.

Another service you might need is mold mitigation. If you have noticed mold in your home, it’s important to stop the spreading immediately.

Containing mold spores is vital to preventing mold growth, as well as getting wet surfaces dry. Mold begins to set in after two days, so there’s no time to wait.

With the kids out of the house, it’s the perfect time to get your home back in order.

Give SERVPRO a call, and we’ll make your house look like summer never even happened!

Back To School Cleaning

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Back To School Cleaning Back to school cleaning with SERVPRO

Now that the kids are heading back to school, it presents a great opportunity to get your house cleaned before the cold winter weather sets in. With the kids being home for the summer and coming in and out your house was exposed to dirt and pollen. Now that the kids are back to school, it’s a great time to clean up your home and get ready for fall.

Create a checklist

We tend to get lax on our chores while enjoying summer activities. It’s time to get the household chores in line by creating a list for your children to help get them involved. Start by having them clean their rooms at least once a week to prevent clutter from building up. Then give them a few chores throughout the rest of the house. You can motivate your kids by establishing an award system.

Declutter

Clutter can accumulate quickly and take up a lot of space. Objects you no longer need or use and eliminating it can help your reorganize in a better way.

Clean Your Carpet and Upholstery

Now that the summer activities are over, it’s a great time to get all of that grime, dirt and pollen that have settled throughout your home. Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. 
IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet. 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 really 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.

Doormats

The best way to keep outside dirt out of your home is by establishing a “no shoes” rule in the house. Placing a doormat or shoe basket near the entrances of your home will encourage others to follow the no shoes rules.

Appliances

While we use our washing machines and dishwashers regularly, can you honestly say this is something you clean as needed? These items pick up residue and foul odors and should be cleaned out. It can also help them be more effective. Wipe down these machines and use white vinegar to help eliminate any odors. Be sure to check with your user’s manual to learn more about their regular maintenance.

If your busy schedule prevents you from doing thorough fall house cleaning, you should contact SERVPRO of Franklin County for your cleaning needs. We are always “Here to Help”!  

Give us a call today – (636) 583-5200

Does your Sullivan, MO home need duct cleaning?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Does your Sullivan, MO home need duct cleaning? Duct cleaning Sullivan, MO

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality?

Inspecting the ductwork in your Sullivan, MO 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 Franklin County's service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO® of Franklin 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 help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork. In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, we 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 Franklin 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 on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact your local SERVPRO® of Franklin County today. 

Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO Carpet Cleaning Franklin County. MO

It’s completely possible to get affordable carpet cleaning that is also highly effective. While to some extent, you can expect to get what you pay for. It is important to make sure the cleaner you choose is certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 


With a certified professional, affordable carpet cleaning really means treatment that will preserve the carpeting for much longer, ensuring that the homeowner doesn’t have to waste money on follow-up visits. For example, a cheap crew might do the job for less, but they aren’t going to be as thorough, and they may even cause problems of their own with overwatering or poor soil extraction. In this case, the carpet will accrue new soils much faster, or may retain much of the soil the crew was supposed to remove. Worse yet, if excess water is left behind, it can possibly promote the spread of mold and other microbes, both of which can risk the health of those living in the home.


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:

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

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

Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage Affordable Carpet Cleaning Franklin County, MO

Cheap carpet cleaning services might save a homeowner some money, but it may not save their carpeting. Although we always recommend regular maintenance, often homeowners wait until their flooring is heavily soiled. An untrained technician will be unable to give the service needed. In fact, an uncertified professional can make the carpets condition worse, forcing a homeowner to spend more than they planned.

The major issue with cheap carpet cleaning is their inconsistent quality of treatment. With certification comes knowledge, so when you choose a certified firm such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, you know you are getting someone who knows what they are doing. Inconsistent treatment though, can cause problems once the technician leaves. In addition to poor soil removal overall, improper cleaning can leave the carpeting open for quick re-soiling, forcing additional treatment right away. Also, if a technician doesn’t apply water or cleansing agents properly, it can cause health problems for the home’s occupants. Specifically, excess water will allow molds and bacteria to fester, and it may also attract pests. Untrained crews may also employ low quality cleaning agents as well, and if any residue is left behind, it may cause breathing problems or illness if it is ingested or inhaled.

Saving money can be a good thing, but not when it comes to carpet cleaning. Opting for a cut-rate firm can lead to more problems. 

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 properly clean your carpets.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

6 Summer Cleaning Ideas

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning 6 Summer Cleaning Ideas Summer Cleaning Ideas

These long days and warm weather are great for spending time outside. Kids have a blast playing outside and enjoying the weather. Unfortunately, this can also mean more work for you as kids, pets and guests bring in all sorts of dirt and mess! Although you may find yourself with some extra time with an empty house while everyone is outside, so summer can be a great time for specialty cleaning projects.

Here are 6 cleaning ideas you can accomplish this year:

Pantry & Refrigerator
Start by checking the dates on foods. If its expired, throw it away! With growing kids, there can also be a lot of half eaten items that have spent some serious time on the shelves. Now is the time to purge and organize! If there’s items that you never use, but isn’t expired, it might be a good idea to just get rid of it. You can always donate the food so it doesn’t go to waste!

Clean your upholstery
When was the last time you cleaned your sofa or recliner? With the family outside playing, it can be the perfect time to get your furniture cleaned.

Learn more about upholstery cleaning.

Clean the garage
 If you park in the garage, the winter has probably left it filthy from the road dirt. If you don’t park in the garage “out of sight, out of mind” may be why it could use some serious cleaning. Take items out of the garage and into the driveway. Organize, get rid of things you don’t need or are broken. While putting things back, give everything a place. Consider overhead storage, bins, etc. to keep things tidy.

Rearrange the kids rooms
 This can have a lot of benefits. Most kids will enjoy the excitement of a new arrangement of furniture. You may even consider adding some new items and getting rid of the older furniture. The major bonus of this is finding the hiding spots for dirty clothes and getting the dust and allergens that have been building up in some harder to clean places.

Clean the carpets
It can be a great time to have the carpets cleaned. We recommend cleaning your carpets at least once a year.

Learn more about carpet cleaning.

Air ducts & HVAC Cleaning
 With the summer heat, chances are your air conditioning system will be working hard. Be sure to get it cleaned out so it can work properly and efficiently and so it’s not spreading dust or bacteria into the air.

 Learn more about duct cleaning.

 SERVPRO of Franklin County
 When you decide it’s time to have some extra cleaning done, give the professionals a call. You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

April showers bring May flowers…….and allergies!

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning April showers bring May  flowers…….and allergies! Spring Cleaning Franklin County, MO

A good way to lessen those horrible spring allergies is to do a little spring cleaning.  There is a lot of helpful cleaning that you can do on your own. A little extra vacuuming goes a long way.  Don’t forget to get into all those hard to reach nooks and crannies. Wipe down those window sills and baseboards and door trim. All of those places that love to collect dust and usually escape routine cleaning. Get those windows and window treatments clean, they love to gather dust. Finally, strip those beds and clean the sheets, comforters and give the mattress a good vacuuming.  All of these things that you can do yourself will greatly help you with your allergies. 

Now for the next step, you’re going to need to call in the professionals with the green trucks.  Air duct cleaning is going to substantially help your indoor air quality, removing dust, debris and mold. These are all things that trigger your allergies.  When we clean duct work we clean both sides of the system, which are the supplies and the cold air returns. In addition, we clean the furnace including the A coil and the squirrel cage.  The process is simple but takes some time.  We set up the vacuum unit outside and connect just above the furnace.  We run plastic “whips” with compressed air down each of the supply and cold air returns, pushing the debris to the vacuum hose and then out to the vacuum bag. At the end of the whips we use attachments based on what is required. These attachments can be brushes or other agitation tools that get all of the built up dust and debris loose so it can be vacuumed out.  Lastly, we HEPPA Vacuum the furnace, A coil and squirrel cage, removing the build up dust.  The result is a much cleaner system and much cleaner inside air.  You will automatically notice the difference in air quality and dust build up after we are complete.  Sometimes there’s an added bonus where we find your lost ring or that beloved child’s toy that mysteriously went missing. 

The next thing you will want to have done is cleaning of your carpets and upholstery. So much dirt, debris, pollen and mold can lie lurking in these textiles.   A good HEPA Vacuuming and a deep cleaning is the best way to combat those allergies.  Our most common method of carpet and upholstery cleaning is the Hot Water Extraction method.  First we HEPA Vacuum, than we address any spots, we than treat all of the surfaces with an emulsifier and lastly extract with hot water and a neutralizer. You won’t believe your eyes how good everything looks and, more importantly, your nose will thank you.  Good bye built up allergens!

If you haven’t cleaned your carpets or upholstery in a while, don’t worry.  The hot water extraction method works really well, or we have other deeper cleaning methods.  One way or another we can handle what you send our way. 

Still have some household odors?  Don’t worry, we have several different services that will work for you depending on the source of the odor.  For smoke odors, the Hydroxyl generator or Ozone works well. 

The Hydroxyl generator is a little more people friendly. It’s breathable, so people and pets can co-mingle while the Hydroxyl generator is in operation. The Hydroxyl generator works best for odors such as smoke, bio hazards, skunk, pet and VOCs.  In short, the Hydroxyl generator uses three bands of UV light to cleanse the air.  We have found them very effective. 

Ozone is not breathable and therefore much more limited.  It is very effective for the same types of odors, but just remember people or pets cannot be present.  In general the Ozone machine converts O2 to O3. O3 is well known for its disinfecting and deodorizing properties.

Lastly, we can thermal fog a room or area.  Both of these methods apply odor counteractive used to neutralize odors in the air. They do a great job for relatively minor to moderate odors and there are a number of counteractives we can use depending on the odor source. 

Performing any or all of these tips will go a long way in combating your seasonal allergies. And best of all, your friends in the green trucks have pricing specials available for you.  All you have to do is ask. 

Until later. Stay Green.

Jerry

Improve Your Air Quality

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Improve Your Air Quality Improve your air quality; Air Duct Cleaning; Franklin County, MO

Duct Cleaning Can Help!

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but you can help change that!

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 Franklin County's service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary.  SERVPRO of Franklin 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 help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process.

In these cases, SERVPRO of Franklin 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 Franklin 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. n 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. n 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 on duct cleaning or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Franklin County today. (636) 583-5200

HOARDING: A Serious Situation

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning HOARDING: A Serious Situation Hoarding in Franklin County, MO

According to The Mayo Clinic, “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem.

Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging. Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded.

Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.

SERVPRO® of Franklin County encounter hoarding situations several different ways. Often,
SERVPRO® is called for a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when they arrive on-site. The SERVPRO® Professional will communicate with the insurance company regarding their contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be packed out and possibly cleaned, dried, and stored by SERVPRO®, or relocated to a storage facility so work on the fire or water loss can begin.

Another way SERVPRO® can encounter hoarding jobs is through calls from landlords, case workers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance while they clean the job. Sometimes, family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well.

Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations, but SERVPRO® of Franklin County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

If you encounter a hoarding situation, call SERVPRO® of Franklin County today. (636) 583-5200

Benefits of Duct Cleaning this Spring

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Benefits of Duct Cleaning this Spring Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Spring is often the most anticipated time of the year. It signals that the long winter is finally over. Flowers are popping up everywhere, grass needs to be cut and the pollen is in the air. To a lot of us spring also means the onset of allergies and the dreaded spring cleaning.

You’re on your own with the grass cutting but we can help you with your allergies and spring cleaning. Consider having SERVPRO of Franklin County clean your air ducts. Some of the benefits of having clean air ducts may surprise you.

1) Improve air quality. When your heating and cooling system is running, airborne contaminants are being drawn into your duct system. Over a period of time, these harmful contaminants will eventually build up inside your air ducts. Indoor contaminants may include: dust mites, tobacco smoke, household mold, chemicals, airborne allergens, bacteria, animal dander and carbon monoxide. These contaminants are then circulated throughout your home or office and effect the health and comfort of you, your family, or your employees.

2) Reduce Dusting. Source removal duct cleaning can help to reduce household dust by removing the dust where it travels most - through your air duct system

3) Save Energy and Money. According to the EPA, a buildup of only .042 inches of dirt on a heating coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%. A clean air conveyance system may help to increase efficiency and therefore may help to reduce heating and cooling costs.

4) Extend Life of Equipment. 9 out of 10 system failures are caused by dirt and dust. One of the functions of the fan, located inside of your air handler, is to keep the heat exchanger cool. Accumulated dirt and debris can reduce the CFM (cubic feet of air per minute) as much as 50%. This is the most common cause of cracks in heat exchangers. By having your system cleaned, you may prevent pre-mature breakdown & aging of your heating and cooling system.

Air duct cleaning for an average size home usually takes 4-6 hours. Our two man crew will set up the equipment outside. The only equipment you will have inside your home is an 8” vacuum hose and a small compressor hose. The vacuum hose is attached at your cold air and supply trunk line just before the furnace. The compressor hose is attached to long flexible whips with various scrubbing attachments. The whips are placed in each register and cold air return of your home and snaked all of the way back to the vacuum hose which carries out all of the debris.

Schedule one of our uniformed and highly trained crews today. We can provide you before and after pictures and you will be amazed with all of the debris that we find in the vacuum bag. Of course there is lots of dirt and dust, but we often find the occasional toy, saw dust, and once even a valuable piece of jewelry, which was of course handed over to its owner.

As always please call SERVPRO of Franklin County for all your clean up and restoration needs. We will make it, “Like it never even happened.” ... Jerry Alvey

Does your Franklin County, MO home or business have dirty ducts?

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Does your Franklin County, MO home or business have dirty ducts? Duct cleaning for your Union, MO home or business

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality?

Inspecting the ductwork in your Franklin County, MO 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 Franklin County's service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO® of Franklin 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 help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork. In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, we 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 Franklin 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 on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact your local SERVPRO® of Franklin County today. 

Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage Union, MO Carpet Cleaning

Cheap carpet cleaning services might save a homeowner some money, but it may not save their carpeting. Although we always recommend regular maintenance, often homeowners wait until their flooring is heavily soiled. An untrained technician will be unable to give the service needed. In fact, an uncertified professional can make the carpets condition worse, forcing a homeowner to spend more than they planned.

The major issue with cheap carpet cleaning is their inconsistent quality of treatment. With certification comes knowledge, so when you choose a certified firm such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, you know you are getting someone who knows what they are doing. Inconsistent treatment though, can cause problems once the technician leaves. In addition to poor soil removal overall, improper cleaning can leave the carpeting open for quick re-soiling, forcing additional treatment right away. Also, if a technician doesn’t apply water or cleansing agents properly, it can cause health problems for the home’s occupants. Specifically, excess water will allow molds and bacteria to fester, and it may also attract pests. Untrained crews may also employ low quality cleaning agents as well, and if any residue is left behind, it may cause breathing problems or illness if it is ingested or inhaled.

Saving money can be a good thing, but not when it comes to carpet cleaning. Opting for a cut-rate firm can lead to more problems. 

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 properly clean your carpets.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Renting Home Carpet Cleaners Could Cause More Issues

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Renting Home Carpet Cleaners Could Cause More Issues Carpet Cleaning, Franklin County, MO

Although it may seem like a smart alternative, do-it-yourself home carpet cleaners can’t match professional services. Our certified professionals use a variety of cleaning agents, equipment, and other tools that enable deep and effective cleaning. We also have valuable skills and knowledge that helps us determine when the job has been done right. It is possible for an untrained person to actually damage the carpet further if they are not careful, and also the process can be physically strenuous and stressful. 

Home carpet cleaners are not as powerful, and this does not mean that the DIY varieties are safe to use. A person may not know to select the right detergent for their carpet fibers, leading to discoloration... or worse. An untrained person may leave too much detergent behind, or not extract enough water, and this can possibly provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold to grow.

We will get the job done right. 

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Franklin County have 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.

Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.

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

Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO Carpet Cleaning Union, MO

It’s completely possible to get affordable carpet cleaning that is also highly effective, a homeowner just needs to know where to look. To some extent, a homeowner will get what they pay for, but certified crews, and particularly 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.


With a certified professional, affordable carpet cleaning really means treatment that will preserve the carpeting for much longer, ensuring that the homeowner doesn’t have to waste money on follow-up visits. For example, a cheap crew might do the job for less, but they aren’t going to be as thorough, and they may even cause problems of their own with overwatering or poor soil extraction. In this case, the carpet will accrue new soils much faster, or may retain much of the soil the crew was supposed to remove. Worse yet, if excess water is left behind, it can possibly promote the spread of mold and other microbes, both of which can risk the health of those living in the home.


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:

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

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

How Do Professionals Use A Carpet Extractor?

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning How Do Professionals Use A Carpet Extractor? Carpet Cleaning Extraction

To extend the life of carpeting and keep it smelling fresh and looking brand new, professional cleaning services will often use a carpet extractor. But many wonder just how this method works. A cleaning solution is injected into the fibers via a wand. The solution then adheres to the dirt and soil, and the use of pressure and suction brings the soil to the surface. The machine then extracts the remaining water, solution and dirt. Professionals use a carpet extractor in conjunction with other methods for the most effective results.

Dry extraction is a method in which a dry solution is used on the affected areas. The solution brings the dirt to the surface and then is removed through vacuuming.

Dry foam cleaning involves adding a foam detergent to the affected areas. The foam is worked into the carpet fibers and is then extracted, trapping the dirt in the foam.

Steam cleaning, also known as hot water cleaning, uses different rations of water and cleansing agents. Sometimes the carpet is preconditioned and then a cleaning wand applies the solution using high pressure to remove hard to reach dirt. The cleaning equipment then removes the water, solution mixture and the dirt.

Any of these methods can benefit professionals because they produce effective and high-quality results. Using cleaning equipment with proper techniques and cleansing agents can extend the life of the carpet.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org/blog/carpet-extractor-176.html

Why Use A Professional Carpet Cleaner?

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Sometimes it can be handy to run up to the store and rent a carpet cleaner or even hire the guy who goes door to door soliciting work for cheap.  But there are several factors you need to consider before using this method of cleaning of your carpets.


Most rental or portable units do not have enough suction or vacuum to adequately do the job.  The worst possible thing to happen in carpet or upholstery cleaning is to over saturate and under extract.   Rentals and portables are usually guilty of just that.  They apply too much moisture and do not have enough suction to remove excess moisture.  This leaves you with a very wet carpet, which in turn can turn into mold or mildew and will also leave the cleaning solution (soap) in the carpet.  Leaving the cleaning solution in the carpet leads to early soiling because the solution attracts instead of repel soils. 


Often time’s small carpet cleaning companies use portables or underpowered equipment and you end up with these types of problems.  A professional carpet cleaning company will utilize truck mounted equipment which heat the water, allow an even flow of solution, allow the operator to control the amount of moisture and have the proper vacuum to extract excess moisture.  Why doesn’t everyone offer truck-mounted services?  The answer simply is the cost.  Each unit costs in excess of $18,000.  That is the machine itself not including the vehicle, chemicals and accessories.  All together with truck mount and vehicle and accessories the overall cost exceeds $45,000. At SERVPRO of Franklin County we are fortunate enough to have two of these units 


So what should you look for in a professional carpet cleaning company? 


1)     Ask if they pre-vacuum. Vacuuming removes 75% of loose dirt.


2)     Make sure they use truck-mounted equipment. 


3)     Are they a certified company? We prefer the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This insures workers are properly educated and trained and are up to date with the latest technology.


4)     Do they have the knowledge and training to handle stains and problem areas? We use specialized cleaning products based on the type of stain such as enzymes for pet odor and urine odors, anti-microbial for mildew and biohazards.


5)     Lastly, be sure employees have a neat appearance, they are uniformed, background checked and drug tested. After all, you are inviting these people into your home. You deserve to feel safe and secure.  


If you have had to replace your flooring lately, you will agree it’s an expensive investment.   Don’t trust your investment with just anyone. Trust the company that Insurance companies, homeowners and business owners trust with their fire, water and clean up needs.  SERVPRO of Franklin County.  We will make your dirty carpet, “Like it never even happened.”

Spring Cleaning

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air! With the warmer weather comes the tradition of spring cleaning, a time to organize and clean the environments—home, business, office—we encounter on a daily basis. 

We  can assist you or your insured with during spring cleaning—or any season. Perhaps you are selling a home and want to vanquish years of cigarette smoke odor that won’t go away, or want to see if your ducts or HVAC system needs to be cleaned.

We offer the following cleaning services:

  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery and Drapery Cleaning
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
  • Hard Floor Cleaning

Whatever your spring cleaning needs, SERVPRO of Franklin County has you covered. Call SERVPRO of Franklin county today to discuss or  schedule your necessary spring  cleaning services.

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Vent Cleaning

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Vent Cleaning Dryer Vent Cleaning Franklin County, MO

Have you checked your dryer lately? No, it probably the same as the day you installed it. It’s right there where you saw it last, spinning and tumbling and drying your clothes, towels, coats and blankets, and even shoes. Your dryer is indispensable and most people wouldn’t want to live without one. However, there could also be a hidden danger lurking in your dryer. One that may have never crossed your mind: a dryer vent fire.

Did you know that dryer vent fires are actually rather common, especially this time of year when people use, and wash, much heavier clothing, sheets and coats a lot more often. All that extra lint build up can be a real threat to your home and safety. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there are more than 15,000 dryer vent fires every year.

So how does it happen? Thanks to all that extra lint, your dryer vent gets clogged. When the lint clogs the vent the airflow to the dryer is inhibited, which prevents the dryer exhaust gases from getting outside. This creates a serious fire hazard. One of the most obvious signs to look for is clothing that isn’t drying all the way with just one cycle.

So, if you haven’t had your dryer vent cleaned in a while, or you’re not sure it’s ever been cleaned, then don’t wait any longer. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County to clean your vents and air ducts. 

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (636) 583-520

Do You Have Dirty Ducts?

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Do You Have Dirty Ducts? Duct Cleaning for your Franklin County, MO home

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 Franklin County's service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO® of Franklin 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 help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork. In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, we 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 Franklin 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. n 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 on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact your local SERVPRO® of Franklin County today. 

Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster Spring Cleaning for your Franklin County, MO home

Spring is in the air! With the warmer weather comes the tradition of spring cleaning, a time to organize and clean the environments—home, business, office—we encounter on a daily basis. SERVPRO® of Franklin County can assist you or your insured with during spring cleaning—or any season. Perhaps you are selling a home and want to vanquish years of cigarette smoke odor that won’t go away, or want to see if your ducts or HVAC system needs to be cleaned.

SERVPRO® of Franklin County also offers the following cleaning services:  

Carpet Cleaning
Upholstery and Drapery Cleaning
Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
Hard Floor Cleaning

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Whatever your spring cleaning needs, SERVPRO® has you covered. Call SERVPRO of Franklin County today to discuss or schedule your necessary spring cleaning services.

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insured’s home or business, SERVPRO® can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup. Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles. For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact SERVPRO of Franklin County. 

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Get Started on Spring Cleaning

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Get Started on Spring Cleaning Residential and Commercial Cleaning

Have you started your spring cleaning yet?

SERVPRO of Franklin County has some great specials to help you get all your tasks done in no time.

From a whole home cleaning, to just your area rugs, with our affordable prices you can sit back and relax.

Some of our Cleaning Services include:

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Why do we have the urge to clean every spring?

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is just around the corner and with spring comes the spring cleaning. It’s the time of year when people feel the need to take big cleaning projects, indoors and outdoors. But why? Is it because of the cold and general gloominess of the winter? Is it because we are constantly inside that we feel there is no point in thoroughly cleaning?

It could be because the general idea of spring cleaning (moving furniture, carpets, or even cleaning out the garage) is just rooted in the idea to get the house in order. In our past, our houses became more dirty in the winter. Before the furnace, the house was heated with a wood burning stove or fireplace. Getting the sooty mess out of the home every spring could be a ritual we keep today.

One of the things that most people look forward to with the warm weather is opening the windows and letting the fresh air in and the dust from the long winter out. It could be that with the fresh air we want a fresh home.

While the urge to clean is strong, it’s a good time to get your air ducts and carpet cleaned. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. Possibly sooner if you have children or pets. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really 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.

With carpet cleaning being recommended every year, the spring cleaning time is a good way remember to get your carpet cleaned regularly.

The amount of time between air duct cleanings can vary. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris, or other contaminants. If you notice an excessive amount of dust in your home, it may be a good time to get your ductwork inspected.

SERVPRO of Franklin County can help with your spring cleaning. With a long list of cleaning services, we can help you get through the spring cleaning urge and with much less effort. With services from whole home cleanings, to simply just having your carpet cleaned. We will get the job done right. You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Call us today. (636) 583-5200. 

Hiring Rug Cleaning Services Instead Of Attempting DIY

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

 

Choosing to hire certified rug cleaning services rather than opting to tackle a more DIY approach is the best option for any homeowner. While the process may seem as simple as a good vacuum and spot removal job, those alone will not help in prolonging the life of the rug. Many are instead leaving it up to a technician that has been highly educated and trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) will ensure the job is done properly. They have the latest tools and skills to carry out the job with the utmost care and detail.

An increasing number of homeowners are finding themselves with area rugs in one or more rooms of their living space. Typically, they take quite a bit of abuse due to the day-to-day wear and tear done by family, pets, and guests. That heavy foot traffic leaves dirt, dust, odors and stains behind. What started out as a useful, yet decorative piece in a room ends up looking worn, dingy, and full of bothersome allergens. Routine upkeep such as vacuuming and minor stain removal can be done, yet it is imperative to have the piece removed and professionally cleaned on a regular basis. The frequency of this process truly depends on the extent of use the piece has.  

Technicians that are IICRC-certified have had the coursework and training necessary to provide superior rug cleaning services. From start to finish they will work tirelessly to restore the piece to its original, vibrant appearance. This attention to detail starts with an initial inspection to establish the type of material that will be dealt with, what debris and allergens are present, and if there is any damage to be addressed. At this time they will be able to give the homeowner an idea of the extent of treatment and time frame required. Typically the piece is removed from the home and brought to the business location, which is fully equipped to complete the job. While the do-it-yourself approach may seem doable to some, a true comprehensive treatment can only be done by those certified to perform these specialized rug cleaning services. It is important for homeowners to do a little investigating prior to choosing the firm to entrust with the job. Personal and online recommendations are a great starting point, as is the IICRC's own website. They provide a database of certified firms that are current on their training and continue to follow the industry standards.

For most, this type of floor covering was an investment in the home's warmth and overall decor. While it is there to be walked upon, it is also important to protect and maintain it regularly.

Why should you choose SERVPRO of Franklin County?
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to respond. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County, MO community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Give us a call today for an estimate on cleaning your rugs. 636-583-5200

Source: http://www.iicrc.org/hiring-rug-cleaning-services-instead-attempting-diy-a-460.html

Post Construction Clean Up - Franklin County, MO

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Post Construction Clean Up - Franklin County, MO Post Construction Clean Up

Whether it’s your home or business, cleaning up after construction can be a lot of work.


Remember when you moved into your newly built home or business? The new faucets sparkled; the light fixtures gleamed; and the appliances shined. More than likely, a cleaning company had come in to ensure that the home was spotless and up to your standards.


When a construction company finishes building a new house or business, all of the beautiful materials and amenities are usually covered in dust, along with footprints on the brand new hardwood floors or tile. A lot of the time, the showers or baths will have dirt and dust from the installation process and aren’t even ready for you to use. The granite countertops that sparkle? They were thoroughly cleaned before you saw them after construction.


As a cleaning and restoration company, we come in and after everyone else has finished. We clean the home from top to bottom; we clean the carpet, floors, counter tops, anywhere that debris has accumulated down to the tiniest detail. We make the construction process “Like it never even happened.”
Post construction cleanup is just as important when it comes to your newly renovated or freshly built facility! When you spend a few hundred thousand dollars (or more!) on a new facility; you want it to look clean.


Post Construction cleaning is essential! It is also very detailed, different from the routine cleaning or maintenance you already have to take care of. As a restoration vender, we know how important your home or business is to you. Give us a call and see how we can make your construction mess “Like it never even happened”.


We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to respond. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 


If you have questions or would like to schedule an estimate, please give us a call: 636-583-5200

Why Should You Use A Professional Carpet Cleaner?

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why Should You Use A Professional Carpet Cleaner? Carpet Cleaning Union, MO

There is no comparison between professional carpet cleaners and the kind of equipment a do-it-yourselfer can rent at a hardware or grocery store. Homeowners who opt for rental equipment may believe they are making the pragmatic choice, but it will likely end up costing the homeowner more in the long run. Rental equipment cannot match professional equipment in any way, and it often causes more problems than it solves. Of course, do-it-yourselfers also deprive themselves of the expert technique that professionals have learned during their time in the field.

The major differences between rental equipment and professional carpet cleaners are precision and power. Technicians work with industrial vacuums that can be effective deep within the fibers, and professional hot water extractors use minimal water for the best results. Rental equipment is hit or miss at removing various soils, and it tends to leave behind too much water following the treatment. The result is flooring that gets soiled again almost immediately. It also means an extended drying time. Excess water can also attract pests or molds, both of which can cause health issues in people and pets.

Perhaps most importantly, though, without professional assistance, homeowners will not be able to get rid of tough odors, stubborn stains or physical damage to the carpeting. Certified technicians are prepared to help homeowners in any way possible to restore their flooring to its peak potential, something that rental equipment could never hope to accomplish. (Source: http://www.iicrc.org/blog/category/carpet-cleaning)

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

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

Why Use a Professional Carpet Cleaner?

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Sometimes it can be handy to run up to the store and rent a carpet cleaner or even hire the guy who goes door to door soliciting work for cheap.  But there are several factors you need to consider before using this method of cleaning of your carpets.

Most rental or portable units do not have enough suction or vacuum to adequately do the job.  The worst possible thing to happen in carpet or upholstery cleaning is to over saturate and under extract.   Rentals and portables are usually guilty of just that.  They apply too much moisture and do not have enough suction to remove excess moisture.  This leaves you with a very wet carpet, which in turn can turn into mold or mildew and will also leave the cleaning solution (soap) in the carpet.  Leaving the cleaning solution in the carpet leads to early soiling because the solution attracts instead of repel soils. 

Often time’s small carpet cleaning companies use portables or underpowered equipment and you end up with these types of problems.  A professional carpet cleaning company will utilize truck mounted equipment which heat the water, allow an even flow of solution, allow the operator to control the amount of moisture and have the proper vacuum to extract excess moisture.  Why doesn’t everyone offer truck-mounted services?  The answer simply is the cost.  Each unit costs in excess of $18,000.  That is the machine itself not including the vehicle, chemicals and accessories.  All together with truck mount and vehicle and accessories the overall cost exceeds $45,000. At SERVPRO of Franklin County we are fortunate enough to have two of these units 

So what should you look for in a professional carpet cleaning company? 

1)     Ask if they pre-vacuum. Vacuuming removes 75% of loose dirt.

2)     Make sure they use truck-mounted equipment. 

3)     Are they a certified company? We prefer the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This insures workers are properly educated and trained and are up to date with the latest technology.

4)     Do they have the knowledge and training to handle stains and problem areas? We use specialized cleaning products based on the type of stain such as enzymes for pet odor and urine odors, anti-microbial for mildew and biohazards.

5)     Lastly, be sure employees have a neat appearance, they are uniformed, background checked and drug tested. After all, you are inviting these people into your home. You deserve to feel safe and secure.  

If you have had to replace your flooring lately, you will agree it’s an expensive investment.   Don’t trust your investment with just anyone. Trust the company that Insurance companies, homeowners and business owners trust with their fire, water and clean up needs.  SERVPRO of Franklin County.  We will make your dirty carpet, “Like it never even happened”.

Tips for Prolonging the Beauty of Your Upholstery in your Franklin County, MO Property

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips for Prolonging the Beauty of Your Upholstery in your Franklin County, MO Property Upholstery Cleaning for your Franklin County, MO Property

You just bought new furniture for your home or business, so how to you keep it looking fresh and new?

To keep your furniture clean, it’s necessary to conduct routine maintenance, including periodic cleaning by a cleantrust certified technician every one to two years. Furniture and fabric manufacturers recommend that consumers not wait until severe soiling occurs before cleaning because the greater the soiling, the less the likelihood of restoring the fabric's original color, appearance and texture, and the greater adverse effect on indoor environmental quality.

Regular cleaning by a trained, certified professional, like a technician from SERVPRO of Franklin County can help restore your upholstery's appearance, extend its life, and keeping it looking "like new."

Tips to help keep your furniture clean:

Control soil by using arm caps and rotating seat cushions frequently to prolong life and appearance of areas prone to wear and tear.

Remove dry soil by vacuuming and, depending on the fabric, brushing to remove dust and soil particles.

Increased cleaning may be required when fabric is subjected to heavy use, or when it is located in homes occupied with persons with allergies or respiratory sensitivity.

When it is time to have your furniture cleaned, you want a company that is well trained and will take special care of your property. Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

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

Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Finding Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO Affordable Carpet Cleaning in Union, MO

It’s completely possible to get affordable carpet cleaning that is also highly effective, a homeowner just needs to know where to look. To some extent, a homeowner will get what they pay for, but certified crews, and particularly 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.


With a certified professional, affordable carpet cleaning really means treatment that will preserve the carpeting for much longer, ensuring that the homeowner doesn’t have to waste money on follow-up visits. For example, a cheap crew might do the job for less, but they aren’t going to be as thorough, and they may even cause problems of their own with overwatering or poor soil extraction. In this case, the carpet will accrue new soils much faster, or may retain much of the soil the crew was supposed to remove. Worse yet, if excess water is left behind, it can possibly promote the spread of mold and other microbes, both of which can risk the health of those living in the home.


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:

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

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

Locate Carpet Cleaning Service in Franklin County, MO

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Locate Carpet Cleaning Service in Franklin County, MO Carpet Cleaning Services

When a homeowner needs maintenance done on their carpet, it is important to do your research.

Without experience in the industry, homeowners will have to take professionals at their word when discussing the effectiveness of their treatment methods. Because of this, a homeowner should only rely on reputable technicians, like those certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). IICRC certified firms are held to a high standard of ethics and use industry best practices when performing treatment. Their reputation is more important than securing a single job.


If a homeowner opts for something other than the best carpet cleaning service possible, they may be left with floors in even worse condition. 

Careless technicians make a common mistake by using too much water, and this can leave the floors damp and using excessive cleaning products can make carpet ready to attract more soil. Excess water also fosters microbial growth and can make the floors unsafe to be around, a particular threat to pets and young children. Poorly trained technicians may also leave soil behind, or neglect to do anything but remove loose soil, something that anyone with a vacuum can do.


IICRC-certified professionals have demonstrated their skills to experienced instructors and must take continuing education courses every year to remain in good standing with the organization.

This level of commitment is something that only a focused professional is capable of and is the kind of technician that homeowners should look for when in need.


About SERVPRO of Franklin County:
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

Renting Home Carpet Cleaners Could Cause More Issues

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

 Although it may seem like a smart alternative, do-it-yourself home carpet cleaners can’t match professional services. Our certified professionals use a variety of cleaning agents, equipment, and other tools that enable deep and effective cleaning. We also have valuable skills and knowledge that helps us determine when the job has been done right. It is possible for an untrained person to actually damage the carpet further if they are not careful, and also the process can be physically strenuous and stressful. 

Home carpet cleaners are not as powerful, and this does not mean that the DIY varieties are safe to use. A person may not know to select the right detergent for their carpet fibers, leading to discoloration... or worse. An untrained person may leave too much detergent behind, or not extract enough water, and this can possibly provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold to grow.

We will get the job done right. 

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Franklin County have 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.

Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.

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

Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Using Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services Could Cause More Damage Franklin County, MO Carpet Cleaning

Cheap carpet cleaning services might save a homeowner some money, but it may not save their carpeting. Although we always recommend regular maintenance, often homeowners wait until their flooring is heavily soiled. An untrained technician will be unable to give the service needed. In fact, an uncertified professional can make the carpets condition worse, forcing a homeowner to spend more than they planned.

The major issue with cheap carpet cleaning is their inconsistent quality of treatment. With certification comes knowledge, so when you choose a certified firm such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, you know you are getting someone who knows what they are doing. Inconsistent treatment though, can cause problems once the technician leaves. In addition to poor soil removal overall, improper cleaning can leave the carpeting open for quick re-soiling, forcing additional treatment right away. Also, if a technician doesn’t apply water or cleansing agents properly, it can cause health problems for the home’s occupants. Specifically, excess water will allow molds and bacteria to fester, and it may also attract pests. Untrained crews may also employ low quality cleaning agents as well, and if any residue is left behind, it may cause breathing problems or illness if it is ingested or inhaled.

Saving money can be a good thing, but not when it comes to carpet cleaning. Opting for a cut-rate firm can lead to more problems. 

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 properly clean your carpets.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services? Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

6 Summer Cleaning Ideas

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning 6 Summer Cleaning Ideas Summer Cleaning Ideas

These long days and warm weather are great for spending time outside. Kids have a blast playing outside and enjoying the weather. Unfortunately, this can also mean more work for you as kids, pets and guests bring in all sorts of dirt and mess!Although you may find yourself with some extra time with an empty house while everyone is outside, so summer can be a great time for specialty cleaning projects.

Here are 6 cleaning ideas you can accomplish this year:

Pantry & Refrigerator
Start by checking the dates on foods. If its expired, throw it away! With growing kids, there can also be a lot of half eaten items that have spent some serious time on the shelves. Now is the time to purge and organize! If there’s items that you never use, but isn’t expired, it might be a good idea to just get rid of it. You can always donate the food so it doesn’t go to waste!

Clean your upholstery
When was the last time you cleaned your soda or recliner? With the family outside playing, it can be the perfect time to get your furniture cleaned.

Learn more about upholstery cleaning.

Clean the garage
 If you park in the garage, the winter has probably left it filthy from the road dirt. If you don’t park in the garage “out of sight, out of mind” may be why it could use some serious cleaning. Take items out of the garage and into the driveway. Organize, get rid of things you don’t need or are broken. While putting things back, give everything a place. Consider overhead storage, bins, etc. to keep things tidy.

Rearrange the kids rooms
 This can have a lot of benefits. Most kids will enjoy the excitement of a new arrangement of furniture. You may even consider adding some new items and getting rid of the older furniture. The major bonus of this is finding the hiding spots for dirty clothes and getting the dust and allergens that have been building up in some harder to clean places.

Clean the carpets
It can be a great time to have the carpets cleaned. We recommend cleaning your carpets at least once a year.

Learn more about carpet cleaning.

Air ducts & HVAC Cleaning
 With the summer heat, chances are your air conditioning system will be working hard. Be sure to get it cleaned out so it can work properly and efficiently and so it’s not spreading dust or bacteria into the air.

 Learn more about duct cleaning.

 SERVPRO of Franklin County
 When you decide it’s time to have some extra cleaning done, give the professionals a call. You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Gross Reasons You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes in The House

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Gross Reasons You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes in The House Shoes off for a cleaner carpet

How many times have you walked through your house with your shoes on? Hundreds of times? Thousands? If so, there are some good reasons why you might want to consider taking off your shoes.

Bacteria.

Some bacteria are good for us, some harmful. A study conducted at the University of Arizona examined germs on shoes and found an average of 421,000 bacteria on the outside of shoes, with nine different strains of bacteria. Some of the harmful strains found on shoes included Escherichia coli, otherwise known as E coli, which can give you intestinal infections, diarrhea and in rare cases, meningitis; Klebsiella pneumoniae, which can cause urinary tract infections; and Serratia ficaria, which can cause respiratory infections.

“We walk through things like bird droppings, dog waste and germs on public restroom floors, all of which are sources for E coli,” says Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., a microbiologist and professor at University of Arizona. “The unique thing about the shoe environment is that other things you walk on like leaves and debris, can serve as food for the bacteria and help them grow.” That means potentially harmful bacteria can survive on your shoes for days or even weeks, Dr. Reynolds says. And that bacteria can be tracked onto your floors and carpets. It’s even worse if you think about resting your shoes on a piece of furniture, or on your bed. Gross! 

Toxins.

Another potential concern: toxins. A study by the Battelle Memorial institute, a nonprofit research group found that toxins from treating your lawn can easily be tracked into the house, and a study from Baylor University found that people who live near asphalt roads sealed with coal tar have an increased risk of cancer from toxins. The toxins, they found, settled inside the house as dust particles. Those particles can be brought in on your shoes. 

“Think about rain water in the street,” says Dr. Reynolds. It can have gasoline in it and chemicals, and those get on your shoes and can be brought into your home.” But, she cautions, the exposure to toxins would be long-term, and you would most likely have to be exposed many times over the course of your life in order to get sick. 

 Dirt.

“Dirt isn’t harmful on its own,” says Dr. Reynolds, but you probably want to keep it at a minimum, especially if you have children who play on the floor. “Kids often put their hands in their mouths, or have toys on the floor and put them in their mouths,” she says. One more plus to keeping your shoes at the door: It can cut down on how often you have to clean. 

Wear and tear

More dirt and grit on hard floors means more wear on their surface; more dirt and muck on carpets means more cleaning and scrubbing. All of this mechanical action on your flooring means more wear and tear, meaning the sooner you’ll need to replace said floor coverings. Kicking off your shoes means spending less money on your floor and ultimately, less flooring in the landfill. Also, although the wear and tear on shoes themselves is relatively minimal when inside, it's still wear and tear.

Getting You Carpet Clean

Wondering what to do after hearing the effects of wearing your shoes inside? Consider getting your carpet professionally cleaned. Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

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

 
Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-you-shouldnt-wear-shoes-in-house_us_55a11558e4b0a47ac15caad1
http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/6-reasons-remove-your-shoes-inside.html

Tips for Cleaner Carpet this Summer

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips for Cleaner Carpet this Summer Professional Cleaning

Carpets can take a beating in the summer. Family visits, BBQ and children home from school all day. SERVPRO of Franklin county can help get your carpet looking great before special events. In-between carpet cleanings in Franklin County, MO you can help keep your carpet clean with these helpful tips.

 Keep Shoes Off Inside
Have family members take shoes off as soon as they come in the door. For social gathers inside, ask guess to remove their shoes. When a majority of the people walking through your home go shoeless, this can greatly reduce the amount of grime, dirt, grass and moisture that gets tracked inside.

 Area Rugs, Runners, & Door Mats
When you’re planning an event which involves people wearing shoes through certain areas of the home, you can put down mats, rugs and runners to reduce dirt and wear on the carpets. Placing a doormat at the entrances of your home gives people a place to wire off and/or remove their shoes.

 Vacuuming
Vacuuming at least once a week helps cut down on dust, dirt and allergens. It also prevents excessive wear on the carpet fibers. If you have pets or children, you may need to vacuum more often.

Hire A Professional
While you could rent or buy a carpet cleaning machine for a deeper cleaning than a vacuum, you will risk damaging carpet fibers with harsh chemical detergents and hot temperatures. Have a professional, such as SERVPRO of Franklin County, clean your carpets twice a year to keep them fresh and extend their use.

Summer should be about having fun. Don’t let keeping your carpets clean keep you from having fun this summer. Trust the Professionals at SERVPRO of Franklin County to get the job done right and keep your carpets and home looking clean. Give us a call - 636-583-5200

Spring Cleaning Sale

3/24/2016 (Permalink)

Have you started your spring cleaning yet? SERVPRO of Franklin County has some great specials to help you get all your tasks done in no time.

From a whole home cleaning, to just your area rugs, with our affordable prices you can sit back and relax.

Some of our Cleaning Services include:

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Hiring Rug Cleaning Services Instead Of Attempting DIY

3/10/2016 (Permalink)

Choosing to hire certified rug cleaning services rather than opting to tackle a more DIY approach is the best option for any homeowner. While the process may seem as simple as a good vacuum and spot removal job, those alone will not help in prolonging the life of the rug. Many are instead leaving it up to a technician that has been highly educated and trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) will ensure the job is done properly. They have the latest tools and skills to carry out the job with the utmost care and detail.

An increasing number of homeowners are finding themselves with area rugs in one or more rooms of their living space. Typically, they take quite a bit of abuse due to the day-to-day wear and tear done by family, pets, and guests. That heavy foot traffic leaves dirt, dust, odors and stains behind. What started out as a useful, yet decorative piece in a room ends up looking worn, dingy, and full of bothersome allergens. Routine upkeep such as vacuuming and minor stain removal can be done, yet it is imperative to have the piece removed and professionally cleaned on a regular basis. The frequency of this process truly depends on the extent of use the piece has.  

Technicians that are IICRC-certified have had the coursework and training necessary to provide superior rug cleaning services. From start to finish they will work tirelessly to restore the piece to its original, vibrant appearance. This attention to detail starts with an initial inspection to establish the type of material that will be dealt with, what debris and allergens are present, and if there is any damage to be addressed. At this time they will be able to give the homeowner an idea of the extent of treatment and time frame required. Typically the piece is removed from the home and brought to the business location, which is fully equipped to complete the job. While the do-it-yourself approach may seem doable to some, a true comprehensive treatment can only be done by those certified to perform these specialized rug cleaning services. It is important for homeowners to do a little investigating prior to choosing the firm to entrust with the job. Personal and online recommendations are a great starting point, as is the IICRC's own website. They provide a database of certified firms that are current on their training and continue to follow the industry standards.

For most, this type of floor covering was an investment in the home's warmth and overall decor. While it is there to be walked upon, it is also important to protect and maintain it regularly.

Why should you choose SERVPRO of Franklin County?
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to respond. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County, MO community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Give us a call today for an estimate on cleaning your rugs. 636-583-5200

Source: http://www.iicrc.org/hiring-rug-cleaning-services-instead-attempting-diy-a-460.html

Time for Spring Cleaning

3/9/2016 (Permalink)

It's that time again.

Yes, it's spring-cleaning time. To make things a little easier this year, consider hiring SERVPRO of Franklin County to help ease the burden.

How can SERVPRO help?

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Residential Cleaning Services include:

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type 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 really 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.

Air Duct Cleaning

We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

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 debri
  • Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Franklin County Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. 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.

Odor Removal

Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor throroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Life happens.

Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Franklin County has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

We want to make things easier on you this year. Put your feet up and give us a call.

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (636) 583-5200

Post Construction Clean Up - Franklin County, MO

1/15/2016 (Permalink)

Whether it’s your home or business, cleaning up after construction can be a lot of work.

Remember when you moved into your newly built home or business? The new faucets sparkled; the light fixtures gleamed; and the appliances shined. More than likely, a cleaning company had come in to ensure that the home was spotless and up to your standards.

When a construction company finishes building a new house or business, all of the beautiful materials and amenities are usually covered in dust, along with footprints on the brand new hardwood floors or tile. A lot of the time, the showers or baths will have dirt and dust from the installation process and aren’t even ready for you to use. The granite countertops that sparkle? They were thoroughly cleaned before you saw them after construction.

As a cleaning and restoration company, we come in and after everyone else has finished. We clean the home from top to bottom; we clean the carpet, floors, counter tops, anywhere that debris has accumulated down to the tiniest detail. We make the construction process “Like it never even happened.”

Post construction cleanup is just as important when it comes to your newly renovated or freshly built facility! When you spend a few hundred thousand dollars (or more!) on a new facility; you want it to look clean.

Post Construction cleaning is essential! It is also very detailed, different from the routine cleaning or maintenance you already have to take care of. As a restoration vender, we know how important your home or business is to you. Give us a call and see how we can make your construction mess “Like it never even happened”.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin County is close by and ready to respond. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin County community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

If you have questions or would like to schedule an estimate, please give us a call: 636-583-5200

Why You Should Use Professional Carpet Cleaners Over Trying To Do It Yourself

1/11/2016 (Permalink)

There is no comparison between professional carpet cleaners and the kind of equipment a do-it-yourselfer can rent at a hardware or grocery store. Homeowners who opt for rental equipment may believe they are making the pragmatic choice, but it will likely end up costing the homeowner more in the long run. Rental equipment cannot match professional equipment in any way, and it often causes more problems than it solves. Of course, do-it-yourselfers also deprive themselves of the expert technique that professionals have learned during their time in the field.

The major differences between rental equipment and professional carpet cleaners are precision and power. Technicians work with industrial vacuums that can be effective deep within the fibers, and professional hot water extractors use minimal water for the best results. Rental equipment is hit or miss at removing various soils, and it tends to leave behind too much water following the treatment. The result is flooring that gets soiled again almost immediately. It also means an extended drying time. Excess water can also attract pests or molds, both of which can cause health issues in people and pets.

Perhaps most importantly, though, without professional assistance, homeowners will not be able to get rid of tough odors, stubborn stains or physical damage to the carpeting. Certified technicians are prepared to help homeowners in any way possible to restore their flooring to its peak potential, something that rental equipment could never hope to accomplish. (Source: http://www.iicrc.org/blog/category/carpet-cleaning)

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 
  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

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

Why should I have my carpets professionally cleaned?

11/4/2015 (Permalink)

 We all know that cleaning and maintenance on your home is a major part of life, but do you regularly get your carpets cleaned? Cleaning your carpets is not only about appearance. 

Health Benefits

How could a dirty carpet effect your health? Pet dander, dirt, allergens and even dust mites can become trapped in your carpet. People with allergies or asthma may be particularly effected. Having your carpet professionally cleaned can help rid your carpet of allergens.

 Extend Your Carpets Life

 Dirt and mud tracked in by pets, children and normal activates can ruin your carpets. Once this dirt is embedded, the dirt can rub against the backing of carpet. This can make your carpet thin and effect its appearance.

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming

  • Spot removal

  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting

  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns

  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

    Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type 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 really 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.

    SERVPRO of Franklin County will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. 636-583-5200

Why use a professional carpet cleaning company?

9/10/2014 (Permalink)

Sometimes it can be handy to run up to the store and rent a carpet cleaner or even hire the guy who goes door to door soliciting work for cheap.  But there are several factors you need to consider before using this method of cleaning of your carpets.

Most rental or portable units do not have enough suction or vacuum to adequately do the job.  The worst possible thing to happen in carpet or upholstery cleaning is to over saturate and under extract.   Rentals and portables are usually guilty of just that.  They apply too much moisture and do not have enough suction to remove excess moisture.  This leaves you with a very wet carpet, which in turn can turn into mold or mildew and will also leave the cleaning solution (soap) in the carpet.  Leaving the cleaning solution in the carpet leads to early soiling because the solution attracts instead of repel soils. 

Often time’s small carpet cleaning companies use portables or underpowered equipment and you end up with these types of problems.  A professional carpet cleaning company will utilize truck mounted equipment which heat the water, allow an even flow of solution, allow the operator to control the amount of moisture and have the proper vacuum to extract excess moisture.  Why doesn’t everyone offer truck-mounted services?  The answer simply is the cost.  Each unit costs in excess of $18,000.  That is the machine itself not including the vehicle, chemicals and accessories.  All together with truck mount and vehicle and accessories the overall cost exceeds $45,000. At SERVPRO of Franklin County we are fortunate enough to have two of these units 

So what should you look for in a professional carpet cleaning company? 

1)     Ask if they pre-vacuum. Vacuuming removes 75% of loose dirt.

2)     Make sure they use truck-mounted equipment. 

3)     Are they a certified company? We prefer the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This insures workers are properly educated and trained and are up to date with the latest technology.

4)     Do they have the knowledge and training to handle stains and problem areas? We use specialized cleaning products based on the type of stain such as enzymes for pet odor and urine odors, anti-microbial for mildew and biohazards.

5)     Lastly, be sure employees have a neat appearance, they are uniformed, background checked and drug tested. After all, you are inviting these people into your home. You deserve to feel safe and secure.  

If you have had to replace your flooring lately, you will agree it’s an expensive investment.   Don’t trust your investment with just anyone. Trust the company that Insurance companies, homeowners and business owners trust with their fire, water and clean up needs.  SERVPRO of Franklin County.  We will make your dirty carpet, “Like it never even happened”.

Until next time, please stay clean and green everyone!  Jerry 

Benefits of HVAC Cleaning

6/26/2014 (Permalink)

Spring is often the most anticipated time of the year. It signals that the long winter is finally over. Flowers are popping up everywhere, grass needs to be cut and the pollen is in the air. To a lot of us spring also means the onset of allergies and the dreaded spring cleaning.

You’re on your own with the grass cutting but we can help you with your allergies and spring cleaning. Consider having SERVPRO of Franklin County clean your air ducts. Some of the benefits of having clean air ducts may surprise you.

1) Improve air quality. When your heating and cooling system is running, airborne contaminants are being drawn into your duct system. Over a period of time, these harmful contaminants will eventually build up inside your air ducts. Indoor contaminants may include: dust mites, tobacco smoke, household mold, chemicals, airborne allergens, bacteria, animal dander and carbon monoxide. These contaminants are then circulated throughout your home or office and effect the health and comfort of you, your family, or your employees.

2) Reduce Dusting. Source removal duct cleaning can help to reduce household dust by removing the dust where it travels most - through your air duct system

3) Save Energy and Money. According to the EPA, a buildup of only .042 inches of dirt on a heating coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%. A clean air conveyance system may help to increase efficiency and therefore may help to reduce heating and cooling costs.

4) Extend Life of Equipment. 9 out of 10 system failures are caused by dirt and dust. One of the functions of the fan, located inside of your air handler, is to keep the heat exchanger cool. Accumulated dirt and debris can reduce the CFM (cubic feet of air per minute) as much as 50%. This is the most common cause of cracks in heat exchangers. By having your system cleaned, you may prevent pre-mature breakdown & aging of your heating and cooling system.

Air duct cleaning for an average size home usually takes 4-6 hours. Our two man crew will set up the equipment outside. The only equipment you will have inside your home is an 8” vacuum hose and a small compressor hose. The vacuum hose is attached at your cold air and supply trunk line just before the furnace. The compressor hose is attached to long flexible whips with various scrubbing attachments. The whips are placed in each register and cold air return of your home and snaked all of the way back to the vacuum hose which carries out all of the debris.

Schedule one of our uniformed and highly trained crews today. We can provide you before and after pictures and you will be amazed with all of the debris that we find in the vacuum bag. Of course there is lots of dirt and dust, but we often find the occasional toy, saw dust, and once even a valuable piece of jewelry, which was of course handed over to its owner.

As always please call SERVPRO of Franklin County for all your clean up and restoration needs. We will make it, “Like it never even happened”.  ... Jerry Alvey