Recent Cleaning Posts

How often should you clean everything?

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your house clean and organized helps promote stress free living.

Here is a brief list of how often you should clean things in an around your house.

EVERY DAY

  • Make beds
  • Sweep floors
  • Clean Dirty dishes
  • Wipe down tables and countertops
  • Clean Coffee maker
  • Wipe down bathroom surfaces
  • Sanitize sinks

EVERY WEEK

  • Mop Kitchen and bathroom floors
  • Scrub bathroom surfaces with cleaners
  • Clean mirrors
  • Dust furniture
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstery (twice a week if you have pets)
  • Change bedding
  • Toss expired food  
  • Wipe down appliances
  • Clean inside of microwave
  • Sanitize Sponges

EVERY MONTH

  • Vacuum vents and woodwork
  • Dust and clean Light fixtures
  • Dust blinds
  • Clean your dishwasher, washing machine and vacuum cleaner

EVERY 3-6 MONTHS

  • Wipe down inside of refrigerator
  • Clean range hood
  • Wash or Change shower curtain liner
  • Clean under and behind furniture
  • Clean patio/Deck surfaces and furnishings
  • Wash pillows and comforters 
  • Vacuum Mattresses
  • Descale coffee maker & tea kettle
  • Freshen drains & Garbage disposal
  • Clean inside oven
  • Clean out freezer

EVERY YEAR

  • Clean Fireplace & Chimney
  • Deep clean carpets and upholstery
  • Deep clean windows
  • Clean around dryer and vent
  • Clean drapery's and curtains
  • Clean gutters
  • Clean dirt and debris from sump pump crock
  • Clean out storage areas and donate or discard any items that have not been used all year.

By following this list you can keep your house neat and tidy all year long.  But remember if any of these things are too large for you to handle SERVPRO of Midland & Gladwin counties will come and help out, Just give us a call (989)835-5015

How Often Do You Need to Clean?

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Are you missing some key spots when cleaning your house.

We live in a fast-paced world. How often do you have time to strap on a bandana, gloves, and grab a squirt bottle?

If you want to keep your home healthy and beautiful, but don’t have the schedule for regular deep cleans, then here are the six main places you need to focus on to eliminate sneaky bacteria, and keep your place shining at a glance.

1. Microwave

Contrary to popular opinion, microwaving your food does not burn away bacteria enough to counterbalance the spray of food from crackling bacon or explosive chili. Leaving your microwave as the last kitchen appliance to clean is setting you up for a bout of food poisoning. Running a heavy sponge over its inner walls, and sending the glass plate through the dishwasher every two weeks will keep your microwave safe and healthy. If you haven’t done in it a while, apply some bleach to a rag for the first clean to burn out those long-term bacteria growths.

 2. Bath Tub

A report by Huffington Post speculates that a bathtub is even dirtier than your toilet. Bacteria lingering in your bathtub can cause more than a surprise bout of flu that takes you out of commission; harmful skin infections can be spawned off a bathtub left unattended, so be sure to give it a once-over with heavy soap once a week. If this is its first cleaning, hit it with some bleach to clear out the existing illnesses waiting to happen.

 3. Floor

The eye is instantly drawn to the floor when entering the room, so even if the rest of your home is pristine, a dirty floor will equate a dirty home. When you see an accumulation of pet hair and crumbs, it’s time to give it a once-over with a vacuum, and mop up dirt as you see it on your hardwood. However, filth can gather out of sight that leave floors unsafe for pets and children. Set a schedule to vacuum, or sweep and mop, once a week, and be guaranteed harmful mildew or grime lingering in your floor is eliminated. This will provide a smoother feel, and make it less of a daunting task when you do get around to a major clean.

4. Table Tops and Pictures

Forgetting to brush off your ceiling fan once in awhile can aggravate respiratory issues such as asthma, and bacteria naturally gathers on coffee tables and bedside stands — things we rarely clean our hands before touching. To prevent breathing problems with guests and to safeguard your health, take a rag with disinfectant to your picture frames and table tops. This leaves them shining, clean of dust, and bacteria free. For your ceiling fans, don’t go for the feather duster — it’ll only spread it around. Take a bath towel and wrap it around the blade, dragging it towards you so that the dust is collected rather than scattered.

5. Computer

You might run your virus scanner every week, but it’s not the insides of this home essential you need to worry about. A study conducted by CNN said that computer keyboards are over five times dirtier than our toilet seats, and while we all make sure to use a paper toilet when opening a public bathroom door, rarely do we put on gloves before using our laptops. Once a week, power down your digital buddy and don’t hold back in rubbing it down with a rag and disinfectant spray, scrubbing over the mouse while you’re at it.

 6. Kitchen Counters

We leave dishes and food on them, use them as impromptu seats, and our pets even have free range of counter tops when we’re not looking. Kitchen counters are more prone to bacteria than any other table top, so set aside a time for scrubbing with bleach and soap once a week. If you do dishes more often, then give the counters a once over with your sponge as you finish, and save the heavy-duty cleaning for once every other week.

 

Keeping It Clean

A general rule of thumb is to clean once a week, but when you don’t have the time to tackle your whole home at once, you can still have a place that’s beautiful and healthy. By focusing on these six little-thought-of things, you can eliminate the most bacteria and keep your home safe until you can carve out a spring cleaning day.

SERVPRO offers post construction cleanup.

5/26/2016 (Permalink)

We can help get your construction site cleaned up and ready to be a home.

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties has many services available to contractors, homeowners, realtors and property managers.  New construction or renovation can leave things a mess  so let the cleanup professionals come and take care of it for you.  

Here are a few of the services we offer:

  • Site clean up-  We can come in and clean up the house inside and out, Removing debris and leftover materials in preparation for finish work, or we can come in at the end of all work and get the house move in ready.
  • Carpet Cleaning- During a renovation dust and debris can get tracked to areas that are not being worked on.  It is best to have those other areas vacuumed and professionally cleaned to avoid permanent damage.
  • Window washing- Any amount of work done to a home creates a lot of dust.  We can clean the windows inside an out.
  • Washing Walls- We can do a light cleaning to freshen up a home or a heavy cleaning to remove dirt, grease and contaminants before painting.  We also can do dry cleaning of walls if necessary. 
  • Power Washing- Once a house is built and the sod laid you may be left with a dusty, dirty house.  We can come and get it cleaned up and ready for sale.  we can also power wash decks, sidewalks and driveways.  

So no matter what type of cleanup you need SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties can handle it for you.  

Give us a call (989)835-5015

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is taking appointments for carpet cleaning.

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning carpets in a Freeland home.

Here is what the Carpet and Rug Institute says to Keep Your Carpet Looking Beautiful

Vacuuming is great for day-to-day carpet maintenance. But to keep it at peak performance, CRI recommends professionally deep cleaning your carpet every 12 to 18 months. (Be sure to check your carpet warranty for particular requirements.)

Ask Good Questions

There are a number of questions to ask when hiring a cleaning professional:

  • “How long have you been in business?” The answer can speak volumes about a company’s reputation and experience. A quick Google search for customer reviews can also tell you a lot about the company.
  • “Do you vacuum before deep cleaning the carpet?” The answer should be yes. Vacuuming before deep cleaning is critical and makes a difference in the end result.
  • “How is your pricing structured?” Pricing should be based on the area cleaned, not by the number of rooms. Make sure to measure your area before you get on the phone. Room sizes vary, so be careful of any company that quotes price by the room.
  • “How much will it cost?” When you’re on the phone, get an estimate that you’re comfortable with – before the cleaner comes to your house.
  • Are your technicians certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)?
  • Do you move the furniture or should I have it moved before you arrive? If you move the furniture, do you charge extra?

When They Arrive

Here are a few considerations for when the cleaners arrive.

  • Be sure to point out any problem areas, spots or pet stains that need special attention.
  • All major U.S. carpet manufacturers highly recommend the use of SOA products in their residential warranties.
  • Many warranties also require you to check with the carpet manufacturer before allowing additional treatments, such as re-applying stain treatments or anti-static treatments.
  • Finally, wait for the carpet to dry completely before walking on it or moving the furniture back into the room. If you replace the furniture too quickly, rust or stains from paint or finishes could mar the carpet permanently.

Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin @ (989)835-5051 to set up an appointment today.

Family grateful for SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Airducts before cleaning
Family grateful for Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO work

By the Midland Daily News

To the editor:


My husband and I live in Midland with my 16-year-old daughter and our 11-month-old son. My husband served in the military for 21 years. He was in Desert Storm and deployed two more times in Iraq before he decided to retire in 2006.


We were married Feb. 15, 2011, and were blessed with our beautiful son on Feb. 23, 2013. Two weeks after his birth we were notified that he had tested positive for an incurable disease called cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis affects the breathing and digestive system with a thick sticky mucus and is usually life shortening. Our son has also been diagnosed with asthma.


Because of our son’s illness I am a stay-at-home mom in order to take care of his many breathing treatments and make sure he receives all his medicine necessary to help him grow and gain weight properly. It is a full-time job in itself. My husband works full time to support our family but with only one income there is not a lot of extra money.


Due to our son’s breathing difficulties there were some things that were very important to have done to our home in order to keep the air clean. One of those things was to have our air ducts cleaned and since it is a very expensive operation, we were going to apply for a loan through a veterans’ program. One of the conditions to get approved for this particular loan is that three quotes from companies who clean air ducts must be submitted.


On Dec. 30, 2013, Bill from the Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO came to our home to give us a written quote. Two hours after he left I received a call from Bill saying that because my husband had faithfully served our country for 21 years and because our son has cystic fibrosis they would like to come in and do our air ducts for free.


On Jan. 8, 2014, Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO came in and cleaned our air ducts for us and we are so very grateful. What a wonderful and kind gesture to help our family out. A very special thank you to Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO for their very kind gesture!


We would certainly appreciate it if you could let your readers know what a wonderful company Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO is in the community. Thank you.


Mr. & Mrs. Tim Enszer


Midland