Recent Cleaning Posts

Does your Summer Home Need Sprucing up?

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today to have your vacation home cleaned at 518-885-2620

Does Your Summer Home Need Sprucing Up or Need an end of year cleaning?

Summer homes provide an excellent way to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. But often these homes may not get the regular cleaning and care they need to keep them fresh and odor-free, especially when used heavily during the hottest months of the year. Whether you spend a lot of time at your summer cabin, or just a few weekends a year, the home may become dirty and smelly from heavy usage, especially with kids. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has experience in working with many types of summer cabins and vacation homes to complete cleaning and odor removal services.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Before Your Summer Vacation

When you leave your summer cabin locked up for the fall and winter, it can become dusty, dirty, and musty smelling. A team of professional cleaners can come in before the first visit of the summer season so that it's ready for your family to enjoy. No one wants to spend the first few hours of their precious vacation time cleaning and deodorizing. The best option is to call in the professionals at SERVPRO to do a thorough cleaning and complete deodorization of your home so that it's ready for relaxation upon your arrival.

Professional Cleaning at Season's End

A complete cleaning and deodorization can also be beneficial before you close up your vacation home once the summer is over. This will help to reduce the dirt and grime for your return to the vacation home the next year. Plus, having professionals do the job means that you can spend your last days at the property relaxing, rather than cleaning. A heavily used summer cabin has likely been through a lot of wear and tear, especially when children are involved. SERVPRO can clean carpets, flooring, and upholstery to remove dirt and grime, which helps to protect your property in the off-season when it's not in use.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County works with clients all around the Saratoga area. Whether you're a homeowner who needs your vacation home cleaned before your use it, or someone who is preparing to sell a vacation property, SERVPRO can remove dirt and odors, making the property look and smell clean and fresh. They do everything from air duct cleaning to complete odor removal to ensure that the air in your property is clean and fresh so your family can enjoy your vacation property. 

Eliminating Odors vs. Masking

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Eliminating Odors vs. Masking Odors

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County in Saratoga County can address problematic smells in the home, but it’s important to understand that eliminating them goes beyond spraying a fresh scent. The difference between removing and masking scents can have a big impact on your home when the problem is more than a passing stink.

Odor removal and deodorization targets the source of the smell. Whether it’s from mold, leaks, or whatever might give off a smell around your home. This can be inside or outside, and there can be multiple spots and sources involved. This will often call for special training or equipment if the source is serious. A few home staples like vinegar and baking soda can help, but the more powerful and long-lasting the smell, the more likely you’ll need a professional to tackle the issue. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to eliminate odor.

Lingering stenches, as described above, are usually indicative of a bigger problem. Masking smells with air freshener could mean missing a dangerous health risk to your home and family. Additionally, air fresheners can’t eliminate the smell. It might make an area smell nicer for a while, but unless the source is removed, air fresheners simply deposit a scent that won’t last. Overpowering the bad smell won’t clean any affected surfaces, either, so it’s better to address whatever is causing the issue.

Air fresheners offer a quick fix when you can’t identify the source of a smell, but they can end up mixing smells instead of eliminating the bad one. There’s usually more to a stench than the odor itself, so careful consideration of the problem can spare you a lot of unpleasant stinking. In short, if the odor is coming from a place like your garbage can or dirty laundry, air fresheners can offer a temporary improvement. However, when the problem is larger, older, or worse, seek out professional removal and deodorization to get rid of the smell for good. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is the choice in the Saratoga Area for odor elimination services. Give us a call today!

Did you know SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Handles Vandalism Cleanup

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County handles vandalism cleanup? Some forms of public art are beloved and celebrated in neighborhoods as they help identify a well known attribute of the area.  However, not all forms of "public art" have beautification or identification as its intent.

It is not an everyday occurrence, but when it happens in your neighborhood or to your home or business, it can be upsetting.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's team of cleanup experts know how to get your business or home free of any graffiti. We can fix many examples of vandalism, such as broken windows, tear gas. We can also do this  in a timely manner to minimize the amount of anguish the situation may cause. SERVPRO can remove spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls and driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.

Hopefully, your place of business or house will never experience the effects of vandalism. However, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is available to cleanup in the event you are the victim of a property crime. So keep our number close and we'll be on the scene in an emergency.

Skunk Deodorization in your Saratoga Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

You know the smell as soon as it assaults your nostrils. That nauseating scent causes you to reach for a tissue, napkin or anything to cover your mouth and nose. It’s bad enough when you’re driving along roads and it forces you to roll up your windows. Can you imagine that offensive aroma in your home? We can and we know how to handle the situation.

Firstly, many people are not aware that skunk deodorization could be covered by insurance. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County first to assist you when talking with insurance to have it at least partially and potentially all of the costs covered if you decide to file a claim.

Typically, calls pertaining to skunk deodorization range from: 

1. “I let my dog out and he got sprayed by a skunk and came back in and rubbed against our carpet and upholstery and it smells horrible.”

2. Skunks are known to spray under a house - wherever their nest or living space is located. They could also spray in a crawl space for any number of reasons.

3. The skunk is simply near your house and the smell is pulled in through the air duct or in cracks found near doors and windows.

We’ve heard it all and we know how to handle all of these situations and more! Our first step is to remove the source - I.e. the skunk. We do not recommend you doing this yourself so definitely call an animal professional!

Our second step is to determine what needs to be cleaned - furniture, carpet, clothing. The spray oils can cover multiple surfaces and they will all typically need to be cleaned. Also, if insulation in a crawl space has been affected, it may need to be replaced.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County uses proven technology for deodorization allowing them to not just mask the odor but completely eliminate the problem at its source. In the past, this process could take several days, but with this technology, this process can be fixed in a much more timely fashion...even as short as one day in some circumstances. 

If you need SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to handle your skunk stink, SERVPRO will properly ventilate your home to ensure you and your family return to a clean and safe environment. 

Is there a lingering odor you just can't figure out?

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to help eliminate that odor today at 518-885-2620

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here when you’ve tried everything but the smell still lingers.

Nasty odors like cigarette smoke, pet urine and food permeates into our furniture, carpets, walls, windows, and just about every other nook and cranny in our homes, making it particularly difficult to eliminate.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is able to pull the odors out of carpets, drapes, furniture, clothing and bedding. We are also able to work on your car or recreational vehicle, pulling the odors from the carpet and upholstery.

SERVPRO eliminates odors for a sanitized, pure, and healthy clean.  Odor removal … We got this.

We literally clear the air and penetrate surfaces and objects within the space. Not only can we eliminate odors like cigarette smoke and strong food smells. We can also kill, eliminate & neutralize bacteria, allergens, viruses and mold.

SERVPRO can come to your home, office, vehicle, recreational vehicle and anywhere else to remove lingering odors including:

  • Cigarette/tobacco smoke
  • Pet odors
  • Smoke and fire damage
  • Food smells
  • Stale smells
  • After water damage
  • Mold and musty smells
  • Allergens & Air Quality

Keeping Your Carpets Clean Can be a Chore

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Your home or businesses nightly checklist has to be followed to the letter in order to keep it in great shape and ready for the next day. Every item has to be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis; the kitchen flooring, carpeting, dishes, and don't forget about the bathroom. 

Flooring in a busy homes or businesses can be a challenge.  Many  choose to install hardwood floors, which have to be treated regularly to avoid damage from high heels, spills, and scratches from table and chair movement.

Perhaps, however, your home or business has carpeting. A nightly vacuum and spot cleaning will go a long way towards preventing potential mold growth and other issues that can cause unpleasant odors, but your carpeting will still need a regular deep cleaning to keep floors looking the way you want them to. With carpeting, spills on carpeting don’t come up quite as easily or as completely as those on hardwood flooring, and a carpet in need of deep cleaning can look dull and worn, with the colors no longer as bright and fresh; that can reflect negatively on your guest’s experience. Make sure a deep cleaning is on your cleaning checklist!

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County we are equipped to handle the toughest carpet cleaning jobs. Our business is experienced with cleanups from fire and water damage in both homes and large commercial enterprises, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Call us today at 518-885-2620.

Hoarding Cleanup

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Ready for a cleanup? Call SERVPRO Professionals today!

You'd probably be very surprised at the number of jobs we get for cleaning out homes where an occupant has developed a hoarding disorder, through various events in their life.

Often, the occupant has been a victim of stressors in their life.  The stress manifestation in these cases we have seen have come from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from military service; anxiety issues; and depression from a loss of some kind - of a job, a death, a divorce; and other times from mental illness. 

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has seen many of these cases.  We get the calls generally when the hoarding is discovered and the occupant is in immediate peril of losing their home - either being condemned or losing their lease, or some other imminent peril - like another household member is critically ill and needs to come home to a clean and safe environment.  

People who hoard are terribly embarrassed by their situation and are often apologetic on the initial call.  They have found it has become more than they can manage.  At the same time, they are anxious that a team will be in their space, cleaning and moving their "stuff".  Hoarding is a health hazard, particularly if it involves pets, has attracted rodents, insects, involves hypodermic syringes, or involves animal or human waste.  People do live in these terrible conditions - often with other family members and children.  These conditions need to be corrected in order to have a healthy household. 

At SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County, we remove trash, move items to storage facilities or discard, clean and sanitize.  The result is not just a clean space - it usually has a dramatic uplifting effect on these clients.  We get multiple calls after these jobs in particular are completed - from overjoyed people who feel freed of their chains in a way and are marveling at how different and clean their home now is. Many say that they plan to maintain their spaces, and with their raised spirits, we hope that they do.  We are happy to have helped by giving them a fresh start.  

If you or someone you know is ready for a clean out, in the Saratoga area, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here to help.  Call us at 518-885-2620

Post Construction Cleaning

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Even the most conscientious construction crews leave dirt, debris, and dust at the end of a construction project. With a professional construction cleaning, you can ensure that you'll see the full value of your renovation at the end of the project. With SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professional Construction Cleaning we'll take care of the four major components that can prevent your newly renovated property from looking its best:

  • Debris/Trash –Trash is an eye sore to your property and loose debris can cause problems with your neighbors. It can also leave a negative image with future clients or potential buyers. Debris pick up at each stage of the project will make a work area look organized and tidy.
  • Exterior construction clean up – Walkways, entrance ways and patios are the first image visitors see of your new construction area. A typical construction worksite will leave hundreds of construction nails and potentially dangerous metal fragments in the yard. Sweeping, power washing and general exterior organization will help keep the site organized and safe.
  • Interior clean up– A professional cleaning will include a wipe down of walls, floors, windows and appliances. HEPA Vacuuming and cleaning of all flooring and carpets will safely remove all of the potentially dangerous particles. An extensive detail cleaning will bring out the shine of all windows, lights, door knobs and hinges ensuring that every surface of your project “show ready.”
  • Duct Cleaning - After construction, the inside of an HVAC system can be a scary sight. During construction ultra fine particles collect on air duct surfaces and fall into the crevices of your air duct system. A professional cleaning company will use a “state of the art” portable duct cleaning system using a powerful HEPA vacuum and an air compressor. This service will eliminate irritating dust, remove offensive odors, and improve HVAC operating system efficiency.

Take the final step to truly transform your property by having SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County professionally cleanup your construction project. Reduce stress, maximize the beauty of your property, and enhance the likelihood of a sale with our help.

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