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The ULTIMATE Cleaning Product

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic, All-Natural, Bleach Free, Disinfecting – all of these are phrases you might see when you are shopping for cleaning products. But how do you know what is true or the “best” option? We’re not here to write reviews or provide a pros and cons list of the thousands of cleaning products currently on the market. But we do have a simple and cost-effective solution to help you in cleaning essentially every surface in your home! In fact, you probably already have it sitting on a shelf.

Distilled White Vinegar is one of the most versatile and cost-effective cleaning products you can find. While it does not contain a perfumy scent, it can easily cut through mildew, bacteria, and grime. It is safe for use on a wide variety of surfaces, and harm your children or pets. Not sold yet? We’ve listed a number of the ways you might use vinegar to clean your home!

Refrigerator: Spills or leaks inside your fridge? You don’t want chemicals where you store your food. Wipe up spills using a cloth dampened with equal parts vinegar and water.

Drains: Pour vinegar on a scrub brush small enough to get inside the disposal or drain grate. Sprinkle the brush with baking soda and scrub to remove built-up grime and odor causing bacteria.

Cutting Boards: spray the surface with 100% vinegar, then rinse to clean.

Microwave: remove those hard-to-clean microwave splatters by putting ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup water in a glass bowl. Microwave on high 2-3 minutes or until it begins to boil – wipe away buildup with ease!

Stained Plastic Containers: coat the container in vinegar, let it sit for a few minutes then wash as usual. If you find that you have tough tomato or high acidity food stains put 1 tsp of dish soap in the container, a folded paper towel and enough water to cover that paper towel. Place the lid back on the container and shake until the stains are gone!

Countertops: spray vinegar onto the surface and wipe it away with a warm, wet rag. However, you should avoid cleaning countertops with vinegar if you have granite or marble.

Toilet:  to clean a toilet with vinegar, pour about a cup of vinegar in the bowl and allow it to soak overnight. For tough jobs, empty the toilet water first. The next day, spread baking soda or borax in the bowl, scrub and flush!

Tub or sink drain: pour ½ cup distilled white vinegar around the closed drain and allow it to sit for several hours, penetrating any build up or soap scum. Scrub to remove, drain and rinse!

Shower:  Bring vinegar to a boil, then carefully use the warm vinegar to wipe down the shower door and walls. Keep them damp by wiping them down every couple of minutes for 30 minutes. Using a non-scratch sponge soaked in vinegar, sprinkle it with baking soda and scrub. Rinse with clean water to wash away soap scum, mold, water spots and germs!

Showerhead: Pour some white vinegar into a plastic bag, then using a rubber band or twist tie, secure it around the showerhead. The showerhead should be completely submerged in the vinegar. Leave the bag on overnight and remove before showering.

Tile: mix ½ cup white distilled vinegar with a gallon of warm water. Mop floors or scrub countertops with the solution and allow to air dry.

Mattress Disinfectant: mix distilled white, a little rubbing alcohol, and some tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Lightly spray on the mattress to help combat general odors, mildew and dust mites.

The list of uses for cleaning with Distilled Vinegar is virtually endless! Keep a bottle of 50/50 Vinegar and Water on hand for all of your quick clean-up needs.

Product Highlight: SERVPROxide

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Products are formulated at our labs with our specific needs in mind. Rather than sorting through the oversaturated market of chemicals and solutions, SERVPRO Industries created their own formulas to do the jobs all our franchises tackle daily. For example, SERVPROxide™ is one of the most used products amongst our franchises.

SERVPROxide™ is a stabilized chlorine-dioxide based antimicrobial agent, it is our primary hospital-grade disinfectant. This product is registered with the EPA, also carrying the EPA’s lowest rating of toxicity. It does not contain a fragrance, only a mild cleaning odor which dissipates quickly, this is a great product for those with sensitivities to smells and chemicals as well as asthma.

It can be applied using several methods:

  • Directly with a rag or towel
  • Misting
  • Spraying
  • Electrostatic Spraying

Electrostatic Spraying allows an even application across all surfaces within a home or business, making it our first choice for our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned services. In homes and businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 or suspect contamination, we use a combination of electrostatic spraying and a thorough wipe-down of all commonly touched surfaces with SERVPROxide™. The CDC recommends the usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar characteristics of COVID-19 like feline coronavirus, canine coronavirus, staphylococcus, E. Coli, salmonella, rotavirus and swine flu. SERVPROxide™ is proven to protect against all of them!

If you would like to have your home or business sanitized and disinfected give us a call – 803-749-0178

There's Water in My Home, What Do I Do?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

One of the most common comments we hear from our customers, after we've wrapped up the water mitigation process, is usually something along the lines of "I've never been through this, I had no idea what to do!"

They're certainly not alone! Unless you've experienced something similar before, it's likely you're unsure of the proper steps to take. At SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork we have a team of professionals available 24/7 to help walk you through the process, start to finish. We'll even handle communication with your insurance agent!

We're here for you, every step of the way. Even if that means calming you down as water pours through your ceiling at 3am (it's happened before!) 

Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we strive to provide 5-star service to every person we come in contact with.

SERVPRO Storm Team Headed to Texas

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

The winter storm that recently hit Texas has left many without power, water and in need of emergency restoration services. Burst pipes, water heaters and leaks, have caused massive damage in the homes of residents unaccustomed to cold weather.

SERVPRO is a national franchise system which provides the opportunity for crews to travel and assist other areas. Currently, there are a number of franchises sending crews to Texas in order to help with the vast number of homeowners in need of our help.

If you or someone you know has been affected by this historic freeze, call 1-800-SERVPRO. Crews are responding as quickly as possible. Or follow this link to submit a claim: 

SERVPRO is always, "Here to Help!"

Days of Rain, Carpet Cleaning Pain!

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

It seems like the rain hasn’t stopped over the past week, with no plans to dry out in the next few days, we know what that means…. muddy yards! If you have little ones or pets you know all too well the fear that comes from the sight or puddles forming in your yard. The carpet and flooring that you’ve spent your quarantine time deep cleaning, is now lacking its luster.

Fear not! We’ve put together a simple solution for removing those pesky mud stains, and it’s much simpler than you’d think! Don’t run to the store for a specialty product or “miracle” stain remover, everything you need is probably already in your cabinets.

You’re probably tempted to start cleaning that mud the moment you spot it, but, practice some patience and allow the spot to dry completely before you touch it. After it has dried, you’ll want to vacuum the area to remove all loose dirt. Next, you’ll want to spray the spot with a mixture of 50% water and 50% white vinegar (keep this handy as it’s a wonderful all-purpose cleaner). Using a white cloth or towel begin to blot up the 50/50 mixture you’ve sprayed on. Continue until all signs of the stain have disappeared.

We don’t recommend following the instructions given by popular blogs and DIY sources that suggest the use of mild dish soap or detergent. While they do clean effectively, if they are not thoroughly rinsed afterwards, a sticky residue is left behind. This residue, may be difficult to feel, attracts dirt particles like a magnet. The clean spot you once had will be quickly discolored.

Having trouble with a stain? Call our office, our Certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians have the tools and know-how to restore your carpets!

Water Damage Help When You Need It Most!

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork we know that accidents don’t typically happen at “convenient” times. Water damage seems to be the king of occurring when homeowners are least prepared – the middle of the night, when you’re away on vacation, or even when you’re packing your things to move! We stand behind our promise of 24/7 service. See water in your bathroom floor in the middle of the night? Give us a call. We can walk you through what measures you can take to best protect your home and belongings.

We understand how stressful any type of disaster can be inside your home, with 20+ years under our belts, we’re proud to say we’ve helped many people through the same situation.

No matter the hour, give us a call at 803-749-0178 – we’re always Here To Help!

Spring Storm Prep

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

As Spring approaches its important to remember that a transition in seasons can bring unpredictable weather patterns. We typically see a fair amount of rain in the Midlands, SC, and this year should be no different. With rain and storms comes wind and water damage. We can’t control what happens outside of our homes, but there are steps we can take to prevent potential damage.

  • Clean up your yard - branches and limbs that hang over your home or other structures pose a hazard, remove dead or sickly trees that can easily fall during strong winds.
  • Free up drains – gutters, downspouts, French drains, etc. Anything that allows water to drain on your property, clean them out and ensure the area around them will allow for proper function.
  • Basements – many of us have them, especially our lake homes. Consider installing a sump pump, they even have models with alarms to alert you of unwanted moisture accumulating in your home.

If water damage does occur because of storms, be sure to call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork to assist. We’ll help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Content Coverage

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Most Commercial Insurance policies provide coverage for not only the building, but the building’s contents. In the event of fire, water, or mold damage, you certainly want to retain the monetary value in both the structure and the valuables you have inside!

Take time to review your policies, their limits, and any stipulations they may include. It’s also important to keep an accurate inventory on hand of anything of value within your business. The more information you can provide, the higher the chances of you recouping potential money lost.

As always, at SERVPRO we do our best to adhere to our “Repair vs. Replace” mentality. If we can fix, restore, or simply clean your items, rather than attempt to get them replaced, we will. This saves you money, keeping your insurance claim low, valuable time.

Is Your Shop Really Clean?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

First impressions are crucial, I think we can all agree, especially when it comes to your business! If a new customer walks in your store or office, what are the first things they notice? Cleanliness? Smell? Visible dirt? All these things might deter a customer from returning or even making an initial purchase, not something you’d want as a business owner.

You can certainly dust, mop or light a candle on your own – but deep cleaning requires a little more effort & know-how. Did you know that SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork offers deep cleaning services? We can clean and sanitize your floors (carpet & hard flooring), clean your duct work – which can help to eliminate odors and provide a cleaner breathing environment. Commercial kitchens? No problem! We can degrease, clean, and sanitize most any surface!

Call for a quote for your business today!

The Fire Cleanup Process

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire restoration is one of, if not the most, intricate forms of remediation we offer. There are several stages to ensure the structure is truly left “Like it never even happened.” We do our best to explain these steps to our customers from the moment we set foot on their property. Because there are so many stages in restoring a fire damaged property, these types of jobs take a significant amount of time. We work with insurance adjusters to ensure that every item that is deemed unsalvageable will be replaced for the property owner. The items that can be salvaged will be cleaned onsite, or in our warehouses using specially formulated products that gently remove soot and smoke residue.

While cleaning, we’re also removing the affected structural materials. That includes drywall, insulation, flooring, and any other burned items. What remains will also be cleaned with our SERVPRO products and equipment designed to remove smoke particles. Once cleaned, our reconstruction division begins working their magic – we rebuild, replace and restore the property to its pre-fire glory!