Recent Cleaning Posts
Toothpaste - Life Hacks for Woonsocket Home/Commercial Properties
Cleaning household items with your non-gel toothpaste.
Non-Gel TOOTHPASTE - #LifeHacks
Over the weekend, our marketing manager discovered some wicked cool uses for a very common household item which we use every day - toothpaste. Everyone needs to know about this effective, easy and cheap life hack. Toothpaste is obviously essential for keeping your dental hygiene in-check, so it makes logical sense that it can get stains out of your favorite and most-common items. Non-gel toothpaste is not too different from gel pastes. The non-gel just thicker and creates foam when scrubbing teeth. Non-gel toothpaste has baking soda which helps with stains (That’s why people advise also brushing your teeth with baking soda to whiten).
Toothpaste has so many different uses that many people don’t even know about. Toothpaste is hazardous-free - I mean, we put this stuff into our mouths so it must be great for the environment, right?
- Clean the rubber soles on your white sneakers. Another trick is to apply small amounts of toothpaste to where your white sneaker is stained. You can then leave it out for a few hours and it hardens like powder, so you can just knock the excess powdery toothpaste off and your shoes looks brand new!
- Clean the tiles on your bathroom floor with an old toothbrush or sponge.
- Grab and old tooth brush and scrub the toilet and sinks
- Clean soap scum by using a damn sponge and applying a little amount of toothpaste. A little usually goes a long way, but of course it depends on the severity of the stain.
- Stained clothing can be cleaned with toothpaste too, but it might not. Give it a try because throwing the damages clothing away!
For those huge stains that cannot be gone by means of toothpaste or other household cleaning items, call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, serving areas of Woonsocket, Smithfield, Burrillville, Lincoln, and Central Falls.
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Natural Cleaning Alternatives
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Harmful ingredients in cleaning/freshening products (like phthalates) can be hazardous to our health. Especially if you have children or pets, you might want to reconsider these natural, organic options the next time you're shopping.
Warning: These oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way!
Tea Tree (Melaleuca) - Derived from the Tea Tree plant, this a natural anti-bacterial disinfectant. This is not harsh on the skin and completely safe for children, pets, and your household. It's also perfect for cuts and scrapes. Put a few drops in your laundry machine to help disinfect the clothes!
Grapefruit Peel -This is perfect for cleaning that dirty drain while leaving your space smelling AMAZING. It's powerful, citrus scent is perfect for freshening up your space. Side note: we are referring to the oil from the Grapefruit peel (not the seed extract).
Rosemary - Antibacterial and antiseptic, Rosemary smells amazing and it's not just for cooking! It's perfect for clogged drains!
Peppermint - This oil has a plethora of benefits for the body, mind, and household. Because of it's clean, fresh scent this is a perfect deodorizer. Cleaning with this (perhaps mixing with water or vinegar) will get rid of bacteria. Additionally, it relieves nausea and headaches.
Eucalyptus - This oil is great for freshening the air due to its amazing smell. It opens up the sinuses and it's a natural air freshener. This is a natural germicide, so don't fear - Eucalytpus oil is here!
Consider these options next time you're looking for wholesome, organic ingredients.
In addition, SERVPRO has the most trusted, certified equipment to handle any size job.
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Rhode Island - Say Farewell to Cigarette Smoke!
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Not much is worse than the smell of lingering cigarette smoke in a home or building. If you recently purchased a home that is contaminated by the smell of nicotine, or if you have recently quit smoking and want to free your home from the odors of your past habit for good, there are a few home deodorization tips you need to know. Before you get started, however, there are a few supplies you need to gather:
• Baking soda
• A gallon of vinegar
• Clean towels
• A bucket
• A strainer
• An ozone machine (in extreme cases)
Wash Fabrics With Vinegar
If you’ve ever been to a bonfire or spent even an hour in a smoke-infested environment, you know how badly cigarette smoke can affect fabrics. The first step toward freeing your home of the odors of nicotine is to wash any easily removable fabrics, such as drapes, blankets and bedding, in warm water and vinegar.
While your linens are in the wash, sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda over your home’s carpet and upholstered furniture. The best way to do this is to dump baking soda into a strainer and sprinkle it throughout your home. Let the baking soda sit for 30 to 60 minutes, and then vacuum it up.
Wash the Walls and Hard Surfaces
While you’re waiting for your carpets and upholstery to absorb the baking soda, move on to the next phase of home deodorization: cleaning the hard surfaces. Mix 75 percent vinegar with 25 percent warm water and scrub the solution on all of your home’s hard surfaces. Only file one-third to one-half of your bucket at a time, as the water will get dirty. You don’t need to be meticulous in this step, as even a light layer of vinegar removes the smoke odor.
Though these steps are effective in milder cases, in more severe cases, you may need to call in the professionals. A smoke remediation team can use an ozone machine to rid your home of the worst of the smell, and a local contractor can seal your home deodorization efforts with a fresh coat of paint.
Call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955!
Cleaning Carpets & Upholstery
SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has the training and expertise to clean your carpets and upholstery, regardless of the situation.
Did you know? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration states that 79% of soil in carpets is dry soil. In order to properly care and maintain the quality of your carpet, some preventative maintenance actions include:
- Regular vacuuming
- Spot removal
- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet
If soil and dirt have made their way into your carpets, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island offers a range of specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning - a less aggressive method for short piled carpets
- Hot Water Extraction – a deeper cleaning method for all carpet types
- Deluxe Precondition & Rinse – Helps restore deeply soiled areas
- Showcase Premier Cleaning – The most thorough cleaning method in the industry
- Dry Cleaning – When color-fastness is an issue
At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we care about our local community as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call (401) 949-9955 or visit our website.
Examples of Cleaning Services
Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, our crew is trained and ready for any sized cleanup, regardless of the severity. Our services include, but are not limited to, the cleaning of:
- Air Ducts & HVAC
- Biohazardous Waste
- Carpet & Upholstery
- Ceilings, Floors & Walls
- Drapes & Blinds
- Odor Removal
- Trauma & Crime Scene
- Vandalism & Graffiti
Air Ducts & HVAC
Often one of the biggest culprits in poor indoor air quality, a standard HVAC system should look to be inspected/cleaned around once a year. Not only can a routine inspection keep your system clean and prolong the life of the equipment, but it can also provide you and your family with cleaner air to breathe.
Even the slightest bit of exposure to biological and chemical containments can pose serious health consequences. Any home or business that has experienced any type of trauma, sewage backups, spills, etc., should look to evacuate the area, and contact SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island IMMEDIATELY!
Carpet & Upholstery
According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), “79% of soil in carpets, is dry soil.” Over time, even the highest-quality of carpets and upholstery begin to show soiling over time. The little fibers in many carpets, act as a filter, frequently trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils that have the ability to ruin carpets if left untouched.
Ceilings, Floors & Walls
Whether you know it or not, ceilings and walls are subject to countless amounts of dirt, dust, pet dander, grease from cooking, and other contaminants that invade your home. If not properly taken care of, these containments can cycle through ventilation units, and be distributed throughout the entire property.
Drapes & Blinds
Similar to the ceilings, floors, and walls of your home, draperies and blinds retain whatever smells and odors are circulating throughout your home. A good rule-of-thumb, is to clean drapes and blinds approximately every two years. If you have questions or concerns about the state of your drapes and blinds, do not hesitate to contact us!
As certified experts, our crew is ready to tackle and remove any and all offensive odors in your home. Although each scent is different, the science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing. In any case, look to take the strain off of yourself, and contact us for any and all questions.
Sewer system backups are no joke. The water that spews out is very unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that have the potential to cause serious illnesses. Look to take care of these spills IMMEDIATELY!
Trauma & Crime Scene
After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning process is the very next step. Many times, blood and other biohazardous pathogens are present and pose major health concerns for those around. Our technicians are trained to follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform these dangerous environments into clean and safe ones.
Vandalism & Graffiti
Here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we act quickly to remove any and all forms of vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. If your home or space requires any type of removal, do not hesitate to contact us!
Keep Your Carpets Looking Fresh
Vacuuming daily will ensure that your carpet is clean.
Keep Your Carpet Looking Fresh
Carpeting is one of the most popular styles of flooring to have in your home. A carpet can dramatically improve the appearance in any room in your house, but it is crucial that you properly maintain your carpet.
Of course a key component to proper care and maintenance of your carpet is vacuuming, but there are other actions you can take to protect your carpet such as:
- Spot removal
- Changing traffic patterns by moving furniture
- Limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet by using walk-off mats
- Professional cleaning
Properly maintain your carpet by:
Vacuuming daily- Doing this on a daily basis will ensure that your carpet is clean. Run a vacuum over your carpet once a day even if it looks clean on the surface. Dirt, soil and other particles can sink deep within your carpet’s fibers. Even though you may not see them, it will affect the look and coloring of your carpet.
Clean spots and spills immediately- Accidents are avoidable a majority of the time, but sooner or later, something will spill. When this happens, you should take action immediately since there are some stains that may never come out if they soak into the fibers of your carpet.
Deodorize your carpet regularly- It’s important to deodorize your carpet regularly since your carpet can hold a lot of dirt and dust particles deep within it. Although this is something that does not have to be done daily such as vacuuming, deodorize needs to be a part of regular carpet maintenance.
Even if you regularly vacuum your carpet, the fibers can still trap in smells. Specialized deodorizing products are available to keep carpets smelling clean.