Recent Cleaning Posts

Importance of Clean Carpets

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Dirt, dust, bacteria and other allergens build up in your carpet over time.  This build up causes two issues:  1) it’s unhealthy and 2) it mattes down the carpet fibers, making your carpet look old and worn.

A good professional cleaning will remove the dirt, debris and bacteria that regular vacuuming will not, keeping the environment in your home healthy and your carpet looking it’s best.  The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends professionally deep cleaning your carpet every 12-18 months. 

Here at SERVPRO of Appleton & Winnebago County we have two of the best carpet cleaners in the business.  They both have over 10 years of experience and are dedicated to their craft. 

Brent Smeaton came to us in February of 2017 with 9 years of commercial and residential carpet restoration experience.  He has a very loyal following of property management companies, churches, insurance offices, assisted living homes, residential customers and more. 

Jordan Van Handel came to us in March of 2018.  He too came with 9 years of previous carpet restoration experience.  Jordan approaches every job as if it’s his own home.  His goal is to make the homeowner proud of their clean home.

If the carpet in your home or business needs a good professional cleaning, give our office a call at (920) 832-1110.  Brent and Jordan will make you glad you did.       

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

November 15th is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.  Maintaining your refrigerator will not only keep it looking and smelling good, but it will help keep you healthy as well.  Many experts recommend cleaning your refrigerator at least twice a month to keep mold and bacteria at bay.     

As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, mold can spread.  Once mold starts to grow on your produce or leftovers, it can spread to other items sitting beside or underneath it, or even surfaces of the refrigerator.  It’s important to get rid of moldy items quickly.      

It’s also important to watch expiration dates and dispose of any expired items.  Pay close attention to whether the dates are “sell by” dates or “use by” dates.  For foods without an expiration date, the following website is helpful in determining how long food is good for.    http://www.eatbydate.com/

If you have a manual defrost freezer, you should defrost it once a year or when frost build up covers a large area and exceeds ¼ of an inch. 

Linda Cobb, author of “Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean”, has excellent tips for cleaning your refrigerator and freezer.

"When you wipe out the refrigerator, always use a cloth or sponge moistened with white vinegar.  It leaves a clean, fresh scent and helps prevent mildew.

A dab of vanilla, lemon or orange extract on a small pad of cotton will keep the refrigerator fresh-smelling without a perfume odor.

Many common refrigerator odors may be removed by placing a small tub filled with charcoal in the middle rack in the refrigerator.  I use the charcoal made for fish tanks.

If you are shutting off a refrigerator, be sure to prop the door open a crack for air circulation and put a container of fresh coffee grounds inside to ward off unpleasant odors.. For strong odor removal, a container or nylon stocking with coffee grounds in it works wonders.

For cleaning ease, wipe the inside of the refrigerator, including shelves, with a cloth dipped in glycerin, available in the hand cream section at the drugstore. This light coating will keep spills from sticking.  Even milk or sticky substances will wipe right out.

Try using the glycerin in freezers, too.  That way spills, even though frozen, wipe right out.

Wash out the freezer with a solution of 1 gallon warm water and 1/4 cup borax to clean and deodorize.  Rinse and dry."

Mutt's Day

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

black and white dog lying on floor in front of banner Pictured is our Office "Mutt" Artie. Artie is a Teddy Bear. He's a cross breed between a Shih tzu and a Bichon Frise,

July 31st is Mutt’s Day.  The term mutt is often used loosely to mean any dog that is a combination of different breeds, rather than one identifiable breed.  Some people note a distinction for dogs who are intentionally bred to combine the characteristics of two or more recognized breeds, calling them crossbreeds, versus a true mutt whose breeding was accidental. 

But regardless of whether your dog is a pure breed, a cross breed or a true mutt, he or she is most likely a beloved member of your family.  And sometimes these furry members of our families make a mess in our homes.  If your dog makes a mess you can’t clean up in your home, SERVPRO is always here to help!      

Deodorizing Your Refrigerator

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

"To deodorize refrigerators, leave a bowl filled with clean clay cat litter or charcoal on the shelf to absorb odors.  This is particularly helpful in refrigerators that are going to be shut off or moved.  Make sure you leave the door partially open at all times to allow air circulation, and put some litter or charcoal in an old nylon stocking and tie the top shut.  Lay this in the refrigerator and it will control odors.  For strong odors, nothing works better than dry, fresh coffee grounds.  Put them in a bowl and leave in the refrigerator until odor disappears.  This can be used in conjunction with the cat litter or charcoal very effectively."  Source:  Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean by Linda Cobb  

Have Your Carpets Cleaned for Valentine's Day

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. The exact origins of Valentine's Day are difficult to determine as there were multiple Saint Valentines, and evolutions of the holiday go all the way back to the Roman Empire.  However, many scholars believe that the saint for whom the modern holiday derived, was a bishop who lived around 270 AD in Rome.

At that time, the Roman empire was in crisis under Emperor Claudius II.  They were facing internal struggles like increased taxation and declining education, as well as external aggression on all their borders. As a result, more soldiers needed to be recruited to protect the nation from takeover.  Claudius believed that married men made weak soldiers because of their emotional attachment to their families. So he issued an edict forbidding soldiers from marrying.  It is believed that Bishop Valentine performed secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to edict forbidding it. Eventually Bishop Valentine's secret marriage ceremonies were discovered, and Claudius had Bishop Valentine arrested and executed.

If you're planning a romantic evening at home for you and your significant other this Valentine's Day, let SERVPRO of Appleton give your carpet and/or home a deep clean before the big day. Nothing kills a romantic mood like a dirty home and carpets.  

Cleaning Your Grill

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Summer grilling season is upon us!  Here are some tips for getting your grill ready for the season.

"To clean the grill surface when it is heavily caked with baked-on food, follow this procedure.  Simply wrap the rack in a peace of heavy-duty aluminum foil, dull side facing out.  Heat the barbecue to high heat and place the rack over the coals or flame for approximately 10 to 12 minutes.  When you remove the foil after it has cooled, all the burned-on grease and food drippings will fall off and your rack will be spotless and ready to grill again."

To clean the outside of your grill, try this fast and easy method.  "It works well on charcoal and gas grills and will make them look almost like new.  Take some Go-Jo Waterless Hand Cleaner (available at grocery stores, hardware stores and home centers) and rub it on the outside of a cool grill with an old rag or paper towel.  Work it into the metal well, paying special attention to any grease or barbeque sauce spots.  Do not rinse; instead, take paper towels and buff the grill surface and watch as the dirt is replaced by a great shine." 

"Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean" Linda Cobb

Cleaning your Refrigerator & Preventing Mold

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Anywhere there is an excessive amount of moisture, mold can begin to grow. This includes your refrigerator/freezer. Keeping your refrigerator clean will keep mold at bay.

"When you wipe out the refrigerator, always use a cloth or sponge moistened with white vinegar.  It leaves a clean, fresh scent and helps prevent mildew.

A dab of vanilla, lemon or orange extract on a  small pad of cotton will keep the refrigerator fresh-smelling without a perfume odor.

Many common refrigerator odors may be removed by placing a small tub filled with charcoal in the middle rack in the refrigerator.  I use the charcoal made for fish tanks.

If you are shutting off a refrigerator, be sure to prop the door open a crack for air circulation and put a container of fresh coffee grounds inside to ward off unpleasant odors.. For strong odor removal, a container or nylon stocking with coffee grounds in it works wonders.

For cleaning ease, wipe the inside of the refrigerator, including shelves, with a cloth dipped in glycerin, available in the hand cream section at the drugstore. This light coating will keep spills from sticking.  Even milk or sticky substances will wipe right out.

Try using the glycerin in freezers, too.  That way spills, even though frozen, wipe right out.

Wash out the freezer with a solution of 1 gallon warm water and 1/4 cup borax to clean and deodorize.  Rinse and dry."

Source: "Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean" by Linda Cobb