Household cleaning tips from your local Service Master

Posted on November 18, 2013.

At ServiceMaster we pride our business on being known as one of the top cleaning businesses around.  If you need something cleaned, rely on ServiceMaster to get the job done correctly and professionally each and every time.  However, if you are just looking to get your house sparkly clean on your own, below are some great cleaning tips that I have found very useful over the years.  And, the best part is, most of the supplies are common household items you may have already.

  • Coffee Grounds  – Place coffee grounds in a small bowl or container to eliminate odors in your fridge or freezer
  • White Vinegar – This can be used to clean and deodorize your washing machine or dishwasher.  Pour ½ cup in your appliance and run a full cycle.
  • Bleach – Pour 1 cup of bleach down any drain in your home to eliminate odors
  • Baking Soda – Use a sponge and baking soda to get rid of any dirt on vinyl or tile flooring
  • Lemons – Citrus from the lemons can be used for cleaning and odor eliminating throughout your home.
  • Salt – You can polish copper or other hard surfaces with salt to make them shine like new
  • Mouthwash – Add a capful to a gallon of water to clean vinyl and tile flooring clean
  • Baby oil – after cleaning your shower rub baby oil on the hard surface.  This will help soap scum and dirt from collecting on the shower surfaces

 

 

Those were just a few helpful hints that are useful when cleaning your home.  Nevertheless, don’t forget to call ServiceMaster if you need help with any small or large cleaning jobs.


ServiceMaster Spot Hero

Posted on November 13, 2013.

A few months ago ServiceMaster released a brand new product called Spot Hero.  This product is perfect for any kind of spot or stain.  Spot Hero is safe to use on all fabric, carpet, and even clothes.  When the product was first released the owner of our franchise took it home for his wife to try.  With three young boys who are very active, she decided to use it on grass stains that had been set for a few days.  The results were amazing.  The stains came out and they now use it as their first choice to help with any spot or stain.

Spot Hero works wonders, I have a little puppy at home that isn’t quite fully house trained.  I sprayed this spot and stain remover on an old carpet stain, simply followed the directions on the back and the stain completely disappeared.  I also experienced that Spot Hero works great on microfiber and other types of furniture.  This is my new favorite product!!! #SPOTHERO

Spot Hero can be purchased at the local ServiceMaster offices for $5 a bottle.  You do not need to use very much, a little goes a long way.

 

Contact us to get your bottle of #SpotHero

 


Got Pets?

Posted on November 1, 2013.

On a daily basis I help our customers scheduled their carpet cleaning appointments.  Most of our customers have pets and occasionally those pets have accidents, some accidents are worse than others.  When I’m talking to a customer about a particularly bad pet accident, I’m usually thinking of how lucky I am that my dog is healthy and well-behaved.

Well, all that changed last week.  After a particularly long day, I came home to find a rather disgusting mess in every carpeted room of my home.  I’ll save you the gross details, let’s just say that Gracie had a bad day and I had an even worse night cleaning up (to the best of my abilities) the mess she left behind.  It was hard to believe that such a cute, little dog could have created such a large mess (by the way, that’s Gracie)!

 

Thankfully, I knew the solution to my problem.  Our fantastic carpet cleaning technicians at ServiceMaster!  Luckily, one of our crews was in my part of town the next day and was able to clean my carpets.  I’m very happy to report that all of the spots came clean and my carpets look better than ever.  Also, Gracie is back to her healthy, well-behaved self!

If you find yourself in a similar situation, clean up what you can, and place a wet towel over the affected areas.  Then, grab your phone and call ServiceMaster!  We will be ready to help you when your four-legged friend throws you a curveball, like mine did.


During the winter months

Posted on November 1, 2013.

I know we don’t want to think about it but winter is right around the corner.  For most of us we don’t think to prepare our home for winter.  There are a few simple things we can do to ensure our homes will be safe from water damage.  During the winter months ServiceMaster gets a large volume of claims due to frozen pipes.  Below are some tips to avoid having ServiceMaster come to your home this winter.

Make sure before the outside temps reaches 32 degrees or below you remove your hose from the outside spigot.  Also if accessible shut off the water to the outside spigot.  This will prevent water from freezing in the pipe over the winter months.winter  If the pipe does freeze you will not know until spring.  The water stays frozen in the pipe until temperatures reach above freezing.

Another way to protect your pipes from freezing, wrap each pipe in foam insulation.  Most hardware stores have the foam tubes designed specifically for plumbing pipes.  Installation is easy and takes no time compared to the cost and time it takes to dry out your home from water damage. This is an easy and low cost option to protect your home.

If you are going on vacation like many of us do over the cold winter months, make sure you have someone checking on your home.  Having a neighbor or a friend check on your home every couple of days can be the difference between small or large water damage.  Set your thermoset for 60 degrees.  Your home’s heat should be maintained while you are away.  Have your furnace inspected before you leave especially if you are leaving for an extended time.  If you heat goes out during the winter months the results can be devastating.  Many times people go out of town and come home to large water damage and are in need of ServiceMaster’s services.

These are just a few tips to help protect your home this winter.  Check back for more recommendations from the experienced team at ServiceMaster.


Understanding the devastation of your job

Posted on November 1, 2013.

Jason Sullivan, a longtime employee at ServiceMaster in our fire division, has recently experienced his own devastation from a fire loss. As he stood there and watched his house burn and unable to do anything, he realized the true devastation and helplessness a home owner feels when in this awful situation.

Jason said the day of the fire his wife complained of a strange smell she had noticed throughout the day, so Jason decided to do a little bit of research and realized that it was coming from the air exchanger. As he addressed the situation by removing the cover on the air exchanger flames poured out and in little to no time engulfed the entire house.

The day after a fire is usually the most overwhelming, not knowing where to start or what to do. Without any hesitation Jason involved ServiceMaster to help sort through the confusion and start the slow process of restoring his house back into a home. The ServiceMaster crew arrived early the next morning to try to recover items from the home. Jason, as in most people in this situation, was worried about recovering items that held sentimental value such as pictures and old family heirlooms. He knew from his work experience that it wouldn’t take long for the water and soot to ruin such items.

The crew found many items that will go directly to our facility to begin the restoration process. During this process a list is created of the items that will be salvaged and cleaned and there will also be another list created for any contents that are not salvageable. The non-salvageable list will then be turned into the insurance company for reimbursement. Once the home has been properly inventoried and packed out of any salvageable contents ServiceMaster then moves the contents back to their facility for cleaning and storage until the home has been reconstructed.

Jason’s identified that going through this experience has given him a greater perspective on the emotional damage the fire causes versus being the outsider trying to help. He knows this experience will definitely help to sympathize and show more compassion to his future customers.

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