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7 Ways to Go Green in Your Home Office

7 Ways to Go Green in Your Home Office

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nowadays, managing a home requires a functional home office space. Home offices present a few challenges, however, when it comes to being eco-friendly. "There are really two key issues for the office: energy and paper," says Jennifer Roberts, the author of Good Green Homes, who has been working from home for the past 10 years. Roberts has come up with a few simple ways to save trees, conserve energy, and reduce the carbon footprint of her home office. Here are her pro tips: 

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An Unfinished Basement Gets a Masculine Makeover

An Unfinished Basement Gets a Masculine Makeover

Friday, March 20, 2015
Even the most die-hard family guy needs some alone time. Take Kirker Butler. The Los Angeles–based writer longed for a quiet retreat where he could craft his TV scripts while still being close to his wife and young daughter.
"I wanted some bells and whistles, too," admits Kirker,
who hoped a big flat-screen TV, a leather recliner,
and shelves for his sports memorabilia and collectibles
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 Spring-Cleaning Checklist

Spring-Cleaning Checklist

Monday, March 9, 2015
There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished.Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable -- and even enjoyable.  read more ...

How to Melt Snow on Concrete Steps

How to Melt Snow on Concrete Steps

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Climbing snow-covered steps can be awkward at best, dangerous at worst. Snow obscures the steps and makes for slippery footing. If left in place, it can turn to ice, creating even more of a hazard.
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How to Attach a Tarp to a Leaking Storm Damaged Roof

How to Attach a Tarp to a Leaking Storm Damaged Roof

Monday, February 9, 2015
Watch this video to find out how to attach a tarp the right
way to a leaking or storm damaged roof to reduce water
damage in your home.
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How to Protect Your Home During Extreme Cold Weather

How to Protect Your Home During Extreme Cold Weather

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
How to Deal with Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can be hard on both you and your home.
Here are some tips to put into practice when freezing weather,
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35 Items In Your Home That You Can Get Rid of Right Now

35 Items In Your Home That You Can Get Rid of Right Now

Friday, January 9, 2015
One of the biggest reasons we hold onto clutter is because we’re not sure when we can get rid of stuff. Most items don’t come with an expiration date, and once we take something into our home, we tend to want to make use of it--even if we clearly have no need for it.
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Small Bathroom Ideas

Small Bathroom Ideas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A small bathroom can be: Half-Bath: A toilet and sink, just a place for guests to take care of their basic needs and wash their hands. While it might not seem logical,laying ceramic or resilient tile at a diagonal makes small bathrooms feel less cramped.

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Winter Tips for Your Business and Employees

Winter Tips for Your Business and Employees

Monday, December 8, 2014

Investing in clean parking lots during the winter months is key to reducing winter injuries. Whether you have workers and resources on hand to clean you parking lots and sidewalks or work with a snow removal business, keep these areas as clean as possible during the heaviest trafficked times for your business and as much as possible in between

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Prevent a Roof Collapse: Remove Ice and Snow

Prevent a Roof Collapse: Remove Ice and Snow

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heavy snow and ice accumulation, coupled by a wave of roof collapses, have left residents of theNortheast rushing to remove enough snow before their rooftops give way. The demand is so great that snow removal tools like roof rakes have become winter's version of Tickle Me Elmo --a hot commodity flying off of stores shelves.

 
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What Causes Ice Dams?

What Causes Ice Dams?

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Ice dams form when melting snow on a roof refreezes at the edge of a roof. Why does snow melt on your roof when it’s freezing outside? OK, fair question. Well, it melts because the underside of the roof in the attic above 32 degrees Fahrenheit enough that it warms the outside roof surface to the point that snow melts. Now here’s the weird part. Ice dams start or get worse after a heavy snow because of its insulating properties. read more ...

 How to protect hardwood floors?

How to protect hardwood floors?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Consider that dirt, sand and grit are major enemies of good-looking hardwood floors. If any of these are allowed to sit on the floor they just get ground int...

 
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Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wow, people. Where in the WORLD did the summer go? And Starbucks will soon sell their pumpkin spice lattes, so, you know, that’s a true sign that the seasons are changing! read more ...

How to Convert 2 Small Rooms Into 1 Large One

How to Convert 2 Small Rooms Into 1 Large One

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
When you have a home with small bedrooms, and don't happen to need every room, you can easily convert those two rooms to one large room. This might be a good idea when the kids have moved out and you just don't need the extra bedrooms.
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Go From an Old Deck to New in 4 Steps

Go From an Old Deck to New in 4 Steps

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Barbara and Phil Johnson, of Mobile, Alabama, faced the same
problems other deck owners do. Over the years, the elements 
as well as their kids and pets took a toll on their backyard deck.
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What Does Black Mold Look

What Does Black Mold Look

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Black mold can spread really quickly in a home, sometimes without the
owner even knowing that there is a mold problem. Knowing what the black
mold looks like will help home and business owners recognize the signs of black mold and take action.
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10 Green Home Cleaning Tips

10 Green Home Cleaning Tips

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Keeping your living space presentable and sanitary can sometimes
feel like a daunting task -- it seems as if there are always more 
cleaning projects than time in the day! But don't despair! 
The Fantastic Four cleaners -- vinegar, salt, lemon juice, and baking soda... 
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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Hopefully, you'll never experience a disaster such as a flood or fire striking your home. But if you do, these tips and advice can help you quickly get life back to normal.  read more ...

Hiring a Qualified Contractor

Hiring a Qualified Contractor

Sunday, June 29, 2014
In a country where there are so many companies with varying degrees of experience and expertise, homeowners are not always able to find a good contractor quickly and easily. There are several paths that can lead you to quality workmanship and affordable rates, but knowing the best route for your situation is crucial in making your search a pleasant one. read more ...

How to Clean Grout

How to Clean Grout

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Grout, the mixture of water, sand, and cement that keeps tiles in place, can be difficult to keep clean. Grout lines easily pick up dirt and stains, and before you know it they turn from white to black. Learn how to clean your grout so it's sparkling white again and maintain it so you don't have to clean it as often. read more ...

Natural Products to Clean Black Mold

Natural Products to Clean Black Mold

Monday, May 26, 2014
Kill mold with hydrogen peroxide. This is effective on all types of surfaces, and it's completely nontoxic. Pick up a big bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drugstore, then do the following:
  • Fill a spray bottle with 3% hydrogen peroxide.
  • Spray the moldy area.
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Wipe the surface clean.

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How to Clean Smoke Damage

How to Clean Smoke Damage

Monday, May 12, 2014
After the devastation of a fire, there is a sizable secondary task after replacing all destroyed property. This entails cleaning up the tremendous amount of damage caused by the smoke from that fire. Read the following article to learn how to clean smoke damage in everything from carpets to clothing. read more ...

How to Avoid a Basement Water Leakage

How to Avoid a Basement Water Leakage

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
If you need to have a basement waterproofing job completed for reasons of water leaking in your basement, moisture, or smell, there are mainly two ways that basement water proofing repairs can be done.

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 Maintain Beautiful Brick & Masonry

Maintain Beautiful Brick & Masonry

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Brick, concrete, stone and other masonry products are porous; therefore, water can be a menace to its longevity. These surfaces are at some risk of cracking and spalling due to the freeze/thaw cycles. Waterproofing the porous surface with a dependable waterproofer can extend the life of the surface and help keep it looking great longer. read more ...

How to Clean a Skylight

How to Clean a Skylight

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Skylights should be cleaned at least once per year, though they may need two or more cleanings per year. It is best to clean the skylight on a cloudy day, as the direct sunlight can cause the water to leave streaks. read more ...

Old Home Remodeling Tips

Old Home Remodeling Tips

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
You really need to know about the home's infrastructure. A qualified home inspector can go into the attic and crawl space to look at deeper issues. read more ...

What is the best way to CLEAN and restore OLD VINYL upholstery?

What is the best way to CLEAN and restore OLD VINYL upholstery?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Vinyl is the most durable upholstery, but it is not the easiest to keep clean. 
Unlike cloth or leather, the surface of vinyl generates static, which attracts dust.
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Salt, Friend or Foe?

Salt, Friend or Foe?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Salt is a tried and true agent in fighting winter slips and spills. However, the core properties of salt that make it useful in battling snow and ice are the same properties that can damage the indoor surfaces of your business.

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Best Way to Clean a Laminate Floor

Best Way to Clean a Laminate Floor

Monday, December 02, 2013

You are most likely to find laminate floors in the kitchen of your home. However, you can find them in other rooms also, including the bathroom or laundry room. If you're not sure how to care for laminate flooring, then you might find the cleaning...

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Quick Tip: Winterize Your Home

Quick Tip: Winterize Your Home

Friday, November 15, 2013

 Eliminate Winter Surprises 

While you were having fun in the sun this summer, it was no vacation for your house. Sun, wind and rain can cause as much wear and tear as snow and ice. A fall checklist will tip you off to some problems before they become nasty mid-winter surprises.

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ServiceMaster to Recognize First Responders During the ServiceMaster 200 at Phoenix International Ra

ServiceMaster to Recognize First Responders During the ServiceMaster 200 at Phoenix International Ra

Thursday, November 07, 2013

 As the race entitlement sponsor of the Nov. 9 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, ServiceMaster will honor the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Each worthy charity will receive a $10,000 donation to directly benefit the families of the 19 firefighters who were tragically killed in the line of duty June 30 in Yarnell, Ariz.

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 How to Rake Leaves Without Hurting Your Back

How to Rake Leaves Without Hurting Your Back

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

If you're getting ready for the lawn and garden care that comes with the Fall season of the year, chances are you are going to be getting out your rake and/or trusty leaf blower, and raking, blowing and bagging leaves to keep your yard clean and healthy. Raking can be tough on your lower back though if you're not careful.

 
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Fall Cleaning Chore Checklist

Fall Cleaning Chore Checklist

Sunday, September 22, 2013
Use Autumn's brisk and breezy days to conquer deep-cleaning chores for a clean and comfortable winter home, and wrap up summer's outdoor areas.

Our Fall Cleaning Chore Checklist will help you prepare home and hearth for the coming of winter:
 
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How to Get Rid of Ants the Safe (and Cheap) Way

How to Get Rid of Ants the Safe (and Cheap) Way

Monday, September 02, 2013

 If you see one ant in your home, it will not be long before you see a dozen more. Protect your home from ant infestations and take care of any ant problems that already exist by utilizing natural and cost-effective ant control methods. These methods are safe for homes with children and pets, and they are typically much less expensive than commercial pest killers. If you would like to get rid of ants for good and keep your family safe while doing so, try out a few natural ant control methods.

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What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs

What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs

Sunday, August 25, 2013

 Infestations of common bedbugs ,Cimexlectularius L.,are not directly related to sanitation levels. The cleanest living area can have a very large infestation , and improving sanitation alone will not eliminate an established bed bug population. Cluttered conditions can offer the bugs a lot of excellent harborages very near their human blood-meal hosts.  Almost anyone is at risk of having an infestation if bed bugs are brought into their home.

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 Allergy Treatment Begins at Home

Allergy Treatment Begins at Home

Saturday, August 03, 2013

The good news is that you really don't have to strip your house down to the bare bones to make it allergy proof. Thorough and regular cleaning generally makes a huge difference in keeping your house as mold and dust free as possible.

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How Can Molds Affect My Health?

How Can Molds Affect My Health?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Generally, the majority of common molds are not a concern to someone who is healthy. However, there are some individuals, especially those who have existing health concerns, who may be sensitive to mold exposure.

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Safe Flood Clean-Up Tips

Safe Flood Clean-Up Tips

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Flooding occurs when rising water overflows the natural boundaries of bodies of water, such as rivers and streams, and flows across theground picking up all kinds of contamination. The water can be contaminated with soil bacteria, decaying insects, animal droppings, oils and fluids from roadways, and fertilizers and pesticides from fields or gardens.

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Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist

Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer's here, hot, high and sweaty. Vacations beckon. The garden takes on a life of its own. Busy families don't have much time for home chores these months. School's out, travel's in and it's easy to let life slide on the home front.

 

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Hard Surface Cleaning

Hard Surface Cleaning

Monday, June 10, 2013

Housekeeping Shortcuts

In today’s home decor, hard surface flooring is playing an increasingly important role. Examples of popular flooring materials today include stone, concrete, ceramic/clay, wood, resilient and specialty flooring.

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Clean Your Air Ducts

Top 5 Reasons to Clean Your Air Ducts

Monday, May 20, 2013

The benefits of air duct cleaning  and the severity of the health problems it can prevent make it one of the more important steps to include in a home maintenance routine.

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Stain Buster — Mud

Stain Buster — Mud

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Upholstery
 
1. Let the mud dry, and then vacuum up as much as possible.
2. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.
3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
4. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

 


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How to Celebrate Earth Day at Work

How to Celebrate Earth Day at Work

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Many businesses are beginning to promote procurement, packaging and waste-management practices that are environmentally friendly. One way in which companies are promoting green practices is by promoting the causes of individual employees. You can celebrate Earth Day at work to increase efficiency without increasing costs.

 
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Structural and Commercial Drying

Structural and Commercial Drying

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

 While there are many methods for drying structural components and contents, the “in-place” drying system has been taught in the industry and used by drying contractors since the early ’80s. In those days, this method of drying components, without significant removal of furnishings or fixtures, was somewhat restricted, due to limitations imposed by extraction, evaporation and dehumidification equipment. 

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Carpet Cleaning Basics

Carpet Cleaning Basics

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Carpet is everywhere! People who understand carpet know that its immense success and consumer acceptance is not due to chance. Few construction materials offer the advantages that carpet does. Carpet is colorful, comfortable and yet easy to maintain. Even though it appears expensive, it is often the most economical choice for floor covering.

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Keeping the Ants Out

Keeping the Ants Out

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ants are a fascinating species that have inspired a number of parables and folktales. While the ant may have been an excellent muse for some of history’s most popular fables, these little insects can be downright exasperating when they invade your home.

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How To Remove Urine and Feces Stains From Vinyl Flooring

How To Remove Urine and Feces Stains From Vinyl Flooring

Friday, March 01, 2013

Karen asks: We have vinyl tile in our bathroom. A family member struggles with incontinence at times, and there is a dark brown stain around the toilet. I think if may be due to urine/feces being on the floor. Is there any way to remove the stain without damaging the tile?

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Office Fire Safety Tips

Office Fire Safety Tips

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

If you work in an office building there are basic steps you should take to help ensure your safety andsurvival if you should ever be caught in a fire or other critical situation and you needed to evacuate the building.  Every building has unique characteristics including design, construction, condition and use.  As a result, these fire safety tips highlight only the basics of emergency evacuation.  The State Safety Program recommends that everyone study and apply these basic tips.

 
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Hard Surface Inspection

Hard Surface Inspection

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

IICRC-certified inspectors are qualified through a series of courses on products, performance and specifications, along with the problems that may be related to manufacturing, installation, maintenance, environmental or just inherent product characteristics.

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Tips For Prolonging The Beauty Of Your Upholstery

Tips For Prolonging The Beauty Of Your Upholstery

Thursday, January 10, 2013

To keep your furniture clean, it’s necessary to conduct routine maintenance, including periodic cleaning by a cleantrust certified technician every one to two years. Furniture and fabric manufacturers recommend that consumers not wait until severe soiling occurs before cleaning because the greater the soiling, the less the likelihood of restoring the fabric's original color, appearance and texture, and the greater adverse effect on indoor environmental quality

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“Green” New Years Resolutions

“Green” New Years Resolutions

Thursday, January 03, 2013

“Green” New Years Resolutions“Green” New Years Resolutions“Eco-friendly Cleaners”- By using green cleaning products (or hiring a cleaning company that does) not only are you helping to keep the environment outside of your house clean from chemicals, you’re also protecting yourself and your family from those harsh chemicals inside.

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How to Test for Mold in the Air

How to Test for Mold in the Air

Friday, December 14, 2012

 Mold is a potentially harmful problem in many homes. Mold can cause allergy symptoms to flare up and aggravate asthma in those suffering from the disease. Mold spores are common in the air both inside and out. The spores float throughout the air until the find a surface to land on.

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What is the best way to clean soot off a light coloured carpet?

What is the best way to clean soot off a light coloured carpet?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Vacuum up what you can with the nozzle, not the beater bar!! The goal is to remove as much of this soot-residue as possible. Candle wax soot for instance is a bunch of unburnt petroleum products combined with carbonized particulate matter from the wick,it has some wax content.

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Bob Vila's 12 Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Tips

Bob Vila's 12 Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Tips

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Now that Hurricane Sandy has wreaked its havoc on some 50 million people living along the northeastern coast, the storm cleanup begins. If you're in an area that suffered serious damage, take cues from local authorities and FEMA. For everyone else, consider these helpful storm recovery tips.

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Natural Disaster Recovery: Flood Cleanup

Natural Disaster Recovery: Flood Cleanup

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Floodingcan cause the disruption of water purification and sewage disposal systems, overflowing of toxic waste sites, and dislodgement of chemicals previously stored above ground. Although most floods do not cause serious outbreaks of infectious disease or chemical poisonings, they can cause sickness in workers and others who come in contact with contaminated floodwater. In addition, flooded areas may contain electrical or fire hazards connected with downed power lines.

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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That's why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan. This year’s theme,“Have 2 Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

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Avoiding Wind Damage: A Checklist for Homeowners

Avoiding Wind Damage: A Checklist for Homeowners

Friday, August 10, 2012

Once a hurricane or major storm hits, it’s too late to protect your home and property. But there are things you can do now to limit future wind damage. Some are fairly simple and inexpensive; others will require a contractor. You’ll need to consider the characteristics of your home, your financial resources and the building codes in your community.

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Structural and Commercial Drying

Structural and Commercial Drying

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

While there are many methods for drying structural components and contents, the “in-place” drying system has been taught in the industry and used by drying contractors since the early ’80s.

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Bust the Dust in an Earth Friendly Way

Bust the Dust in an Earth Friendly Way

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Feel like being a little more environmentally conscious this spring? Here are some earth-friendly cleaning recipes to help:

All Purpose Cleaner

  •     4 tablespoons baking soda
  •     1 quart warm water

 

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Carpet Cleaning Basics

Carpet Cleaning Basics

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Carpet is everywhere! People who understand carpet know that its immense success and consumer acceptance is not due to chance. Few construction materials offer the advantages that carpet does. Carpet is colorful, comfortable and yet easy to maintain. Even though it appears expensive, it is often the most economical choice for floor covering. Carpet and rugs found on the floors of residences and commercial buildings still represent a substantial investment. In light of this, is it not wise to maintain them correctly?

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Taking Good Care of Wood Furniture

Taking Good Care of Wood Furniture

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
  • Shoe polish and felt tip pens work well in hiding small scratches in furniture. Shoe polish applicator bottles work well for furniture touch-ups, when filled with stain.
  • Color rings left on tables by cups and glasses by roughing slightly with an abrasive pad or paper and then rubbing with cigarette ashes mixed with cooking oil.
  • Have furniture deluxed (buffed and polished) by a professional once or twice a year.
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Odor Control

Odor Control

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Pet urine decontamination normally requires more specialized deodorizing techniques. To remove musty odor associated with moisture, ultimately it's important to identify and correct the moisture (high humidity) intrusion problem. Odor associated with disaster contaminates (smoke, trauma events) requires highly specialized procedures and techniques.

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Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Commercial carpet receives many times the traffic of typical residential carpet. That's why it's important to select (fiber, construction, pile design, color) and install commercial carpet that fits a building user's needs. However, once that carpet is properly selected and installed, its durability and lasting beauty is highly dependent on the ongoing maintenance and cleaning programs.

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Spring Cleaning Tips: Make Your Own Cleaners

Spring Cleaning Tips: Make Your Own Cleaners

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

It’s almost time for spring-cleaning, and the folks at the venerable Old Farmer's Almanac have some tips and tricks that will make your chores a breeze and save you money.

Here are a few oldies but goodies:

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Natural Remedies for Kitchen Pests

Natural Remedies for Kitchen Pests

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This past weekend, it was (oddly) about 80 degrees and sunny here in Kansas in March. The weather felt great because I'm ready for May, although it's not nearly May yet! There were even bees and wasps buzzing around. Amid all the springtime glory was a reminder of some of the season's less-than-desirable characteristics when I saw three ants crawling around my bathroom.

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ServiceMaster cleans up at Daytona 500 following crash

ServiceMaster cleans up at Daytona 500 following crash

Friday, March 02, 2012

DAYTONA, FL (WKZO) -- The Daytona 500 featured a late crash by driver Juan Pablo Montoya who lost control of his vehicle and collided into a ServiceMaster Clean jet dryer that was cleaning the track.  According to a release jet fuel from the track dryer leaked down the race track and ignited, sending flames rising approximately 20 to 30 feet into the air.

 
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Basic First Steps To Take Following Fire Damage

Basic First Steps To Take Following Fire Damage

Sunday, February 12, 2012

 It's a devastating thought, the possibility of fire ripping through the family home. Most of us don't even want to think of such a disaster but for an unlucky few it becomes a reality. When it does it requires some clear thinking and some sensible choices in order to minimize the damage that winds up being done to the home and your belongings.

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Cause of Wet Basements and Crawl Spaces

Cause of Wet Basements and Crawl Spaces

Monday, January 23, 2012

Standing water inside and/or seepage into residential crawl spaces and basements can cause frustrating problems for the homeowner. These problems can be both immediate and long term. For example, standing water and mud inside crawl spaces make it very difficult and messy to gain access under the house for inspecting, maintaining, and servicing electrical circuits, drains and water lines, heating and air conditioning, and other utilities. 

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How to Remove Soot from Carpet

How to Remove Soot from Carpet

Friday, January 13, 2012

Connie asked: How can I remove soot from carpet? We had some smoke damage to the carpet. I have removed most of it in the living area, but there is still a black line around the baseboards of the carpet. Any suggestions on what to use to remove that part of the carpet?

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Choose Reliable and Trusted Cleaning Professionals for Peace of Mind

Choose Reliable and Trusted Cleaning Professionals for Peace of Mind

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Finding a reputable, professional carpet and upholstery cleaning company to work for you is important. The right choice will provide peace of mind and confidence about the quality of service they perform.

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Christmas Tree Tips

Christmas Tree Tips

Sunday, December 11, 2011

For many people, decorating the Christmas tree is a favorite part of the holiday. The National Safety Council offers some safety tips to make sure a mishap doesn't spoil your holiday season.

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Ease Your Holiday Clean-up

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cleaning up after the holiday season can be an unpleasant task to tackle. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends these simple tips to get your house back in order.

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12 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

12 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

With the cool air breezing through, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. During the cooler months, your home is at risk for drafts, bursting pipes and increased energy bills. Here are 12 things for you (or the handyman) to tackle to lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

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Pets & People: Protecting Your Carpet

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The United States is home to some 68 million dog owners and 73 million cat owners, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. That’s a lot of love—and a lot of carpet stains. Accidents on carpet require quick cleanup to remove bacteria and odor.

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Mold after a Flood

Mold after a Flood

Friday, October 14, 2011

When the power goes off for several days in hot, humid climates, it is difficult to avoid anexplosion of mold growth. Mold growth is common after flooding or water damage.

Under the right conditions, molds produce spores that spread easily through the air and form new mold growths (colonies). These conditions are moisture, nutrients (nearly anything organic) and a place to grow.

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Fall Cleaning Checklist

Fall Cleaning Checklist

Monday, October 03, 2011

 As leaves start to fly, revisit your spring cleaning list and add a few seasonal extras to prepare your house for the winter.

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Keeping Allergies at Bay

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Seasonal allergies affect over 35 million people in the United States, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. To keep your allergies at bay, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends these tips for a fresh, pollen-free indoor environment. 

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Caring for Your Hardwood Floors This Winter

Caring for Your Hardwood Floors This Winter

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Homeowners with hardwood floors are often concerned about damaging their floors during the winter season. Without proper care, winter's harsh elements -- slush, snow and salt -- can dull the varnish of hardwood floors and even cause warping and gapping.

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Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Table 1 presents strategies to respond to water damage within 24-48 hours. These guidelines are designed to help avoid the need for remediation of mold growth by taking quick action before growth starts. If mold growth is found on the materials listed in Table 1, refer to Table 2 for guidance on remediation.

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Handling Smoke Damage after a Fire – Getting Soot and Smoke Out

Handling Smoke Damage after a Fire – Getting Soot and Smoke Out

Sunday, August 28, 2011

You may be anxious to clean your home after a fire, but unless you take the time to get professional advice, you may be wasting your efforts or creating further damage.

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Natural Disaster Recovery: Cleanup Hazard

Natural Disaster Recovery: Cleanup Hazard

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cleanup work of any kind is hazardous, but flood conditions make it even more so. Following the procedures listed below will help to keep you safe and healthy while cleaning up after natural disasters that involve flooding.

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sand, grit and dirt are hardwood floor’s worst adversary. They act just like sandpaper each time you step on it. The best advice for wood floor owners is: remember that when you are cleaning your hardwood floor, you are cleaning the finish – not the wood.

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Basic Carpet Cleaning Approach

Basic Carpet Cleaning Approach

Sunday, July 10, 2011

When it comes to carpet scrubbing most customers are at a loss. The individual inquiry you might distinguish to request is how much is it successful to be? This critique will give you certain basic material on carpet cleaning approaches so that you can choose which one is right for you and so that you can improved interview your possible carpet cleansers.

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Earth Day - Top 10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean the House

Earth Day - Top 10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean the House

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Choosing environmentally friendly cleaning products — and removing toxic ones — goes a long way towards ensuring a home with fresh, clean air. Clean air renews and rejuvenates; it doesn’t pollute our lives or the environment.

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Spring Cleaning Safety

Spring Cleaning Safety

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring is here and we’re getting ready to clean up inside our homes and to work outside in our lawns and gardens. But all that lifting, climbing, trimming and other spring-cleaning activities heighten the risk for home injuries.

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How to Drain a Flooded Basement

How to Drain a Flooded Basement

Monday, March 07, 2011

Major flood damage is unquestionably one of the most destructive events your home can experience and also one of the most emotionally stressful events you may endure.

Floods and water damage from major storms can affect your entire home, from the roof, to ceilings and walls to flooring and of course, your basement.

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Bedbugs Bite Their Way Across the Country,  Philadelphia #2

Bedbugs Bite Their Way Across the Country, Philadelphia #2

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The growing scourge of bedbugs has scientists and entomologists scratching their heads about what to do. Top 5 cities are New York (#1); Philadelphia (#2); Detroit (#3); Cincinnati (#4), and Chicago (#5)

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