Preparing for Spring cleaning?
When is the last time you have had your carpets cleaned at your home or business? Spring-cleaning brings visions of dusting off shelves, organizing closets, and decluttering from winter’s hibernation tendencies. Although we don’t want to admit it, most of us can’t remember the last time we’ve had our carpets cleaned!
Our carpets are the most obvious offenders when we think about what makes our home messy or unclean. Unfortunately, according to some recent microbiology research, the average carpet is 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Gross!
When broken down, that means there is an average of 200,000 bacteria per square inch
Sounds like we need to clean our carpets! Although it may seem like bacterial infections are the risk here, it is allergies.
Springtime itself brings a fresh onset of allergies, but one way to combat those is to have your carpets cleaned (we can help you!).
When shoes from outside and brought into the house, bacteria, pollen, and dust can be tracked into the carpet fibers.
These allergens can later be kicked up into the air, causing household allergy symptoms. Not to mention thousands of dead human skin cells have settled into the carpet fibers, along with pet hair.
This makes for a dust mite buffet, as dead skin cells are their primary food source. Dust mites can inflame allergy symptoms.
So what can you do? Vacuuming is important, so be sure to do this at least weekly. This will help with the dust mites and the pet fur, but you do need to get your carpets deep cleaned for the best effect.
Although you can clean them yourself with an at-home system, it’s not recommended. Water that can be left behind from cleaning may form mold, which may cause health effects. When you’re ready for a thorough spring cleaning, give us a call! We’ll be over in no time to clean your carpets.
When a Leak Goes Undetected
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SERVPRO of Washington/Woolwich. responded to a call for mold remediation in Woolwich, New Jersey. The ice maker line in the refrigerator was leaking for an unknown length of time. As a result, the floor and cabinets were wet. As soon as the homeowner discovered the floors were wet, he called SERVPRO of Washington/Woolwich.
Upon tearing out the kitchen floor, our technicians learned that the subfloor was also effected by mold and had to come out, along with the cabinets. The wood in the subfloor and the cabinets is a food source for mold. In order to grown, mold requires an organic material to feed on, sustained moisture, and time. This Deptford kitchen met these requirements.
The kitchen was approximately 150 square feet. SERVPRO of Washington/Woolwich. set up an air scrubber and dehumidifier within the containment in order to properly clean the space. The family could not use their kitchen for the three days our company was working, but they were not displaced from their home. After the tear out, we vacuumed the space with a HEPA vacuum to catch any errant mold spores from the remaining surfaces in the kitchen.
So as you can see, a small leak that goes undetected for a period of time can cause major damage! Make sure you have someone to call as soon as you notice a problem. SERVPRO of Washington/Woolwich. responds to all emergency cleanups 24/7.
The Difference When Your Ducts Are Clean..
SERVPRO of Washington/Woolwich will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork. 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.
TIP:Do you want to get rid of unusual odors that linger in your kitchen sink? Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays before running them down the disposal. The ice will sharpen the disposal blades and the vinegar will kill odor-causing bacteria.
- For more information on duct cleaning, or to set up a written inspection and estimate, call SERVPRO of Washington/Woolwich @ 856-241-9997