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How to Remove Rust from Chrome Fixtures

Chrome is a very popular choice for vehicles and homes due to its timeless, reflective finish. However, its aesthetic appeal can become tarnished by rust over time. Fortunately, with the right tools, techniques, and a bit of ...
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  • Step by Step Guide to Drying a Wet Book

    Water damage is a common and annoying nuisance that affects property owners all over the world. Forming from multiple sources, natural disasters, leaky pipes, and malfunctioning appliances.  Here at SERVPRO®, we make water damage “Like it never even happened.” That includes drying any books that have been affected by water damage. Moisture and books are not a winning combination, often resulting i...
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    Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Commercial Business: What You Need to Know

    Spring cleaning is not just for homes. Commercial properties work hard every day to keep their businesses in pristine condition as they put their best foot forward to the public. This is especially wise in springtime, one of the most volatile seasons of the year.But why is spring so active? Here are some spring cleaning tips from SERVPRO® to help get your business ready for customers.The history o...
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    3 Warning Signs of Clogged Air Ducts

    Air ducts are found in just about every home and business, and are used to filter air through your furnace system. In fact, Energy.gov states the purpose of an air duct is to “[carry] the air from your home's furnace and central air conditioner to each room” by acting as “a branching network of tubes in the walls, floors, and ceilings.”But like any machine or appliance, air ducts require regular m...
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    Food Safety After the Power Goes Out

    During or after a disaster, including power outages, you might be wondering what you’re supposed to do with all that food in your refrigerator or freezer. How long does it stay good, anyway? When is it no longer edible? Are certain kinds of foods more likely to go bad quicker than others? These are all important questions to help ensure you don’t get sick from eating something you shouldn’t, becau...
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    Steam or Shampoo: Which Type of Carpet Cleaning is Best?

    Beyond vacuuming and spot-cleaning, you can clean your carpet a variety of ways. From steam cleaning to using shampoo and soap, the method can vary just as much as the carpet itself. A common question when it comes to carpet cleaning is whether steam cleaning or cleaning with shampoo is best. Lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place to find out, because SERVPRO® is Here to Help® settle this d...
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    Let SERVPRO® Clean Your Home This Holiday Season

    The holiday season is just around the corner! You might be wondering where you are going to go, or even how you are going to fit everyone into your home for all the celebrations. You might even find yourself thinking, "How am I going to get everything clean before all the celebrating begins?" Before you panic and start hiding things in closets and storage units, call SERVPRO. We can help you get y...
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    Post-Construction Cleaning: When to Call a Professional

    After a construction project is complete, there is still a lot of work to do before the area is ready for use. Post-construction cleaning is essential for creating a safe and healthy environment for occupants and visitors. But who is responsible for cleaning up after construction? What are the steps for post-construction cleaning for both interior and exterior areas? When do you need to call in a ...
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    Surge Protector or Power Strip: What's the Difference?

    A surge protector is an important part of home and business safety. These handy devices help prevent short-circuiting, and perhaps even more importantly, help to prevent fires. But did you know there are multiple types of surge protectors? Or that there is a distinct difference between a power strip and a surge protector? When deciding what option is best for your property, this article can help y...
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    Getting Mildew Smell Out of Carpet

    After water damage, drink spills, rowdy pets, or more, you may find yourself with an all-too-common issue: a wet, mildew-like smell coming from your carpet. To add insult to injury, your carpet may be made of expensive material, or was a gift from overseas, like a Persian rug. Is the carpet ruined? And how do you get that wet dog smell out of your carpet? Thankfully, there are some tricks you can ...
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    Love the Pet, Hate the Smell? Here's how to Remove Pet Odor from Your Home

    We love our pets, but we don’t always love the smells that come along with them. If you are looking to get rid of pesky pet smells in your home, SERVPRO® professionals are Here to Help®. We understand it can be an uphill battle to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. We’ve put together some tips to help keep your house free of pet odors.Before diving into solutions, it is crucial to understand...
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    Home Protection: Four Types of Home Safety Devices

    Keeping your home in top shape can be a tall order. Between cooking duties, managing children, pets, plants, or just a clean space in general, a lot of time and energy goes into daily upkeep of running a household. The last thing you should be worrying about is whether your home is prepared for such events as fire and smoke damage, or a carbon monoxide leak. Thankfully, with the advent of advanced...
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    The Art of Cleaning Artificial Flowers and Plants

    Artificial flowers and plants can bring vibrant color to your home or business. While they do not require as much attention and maintenance as real flowers and plants, minimal upkeep is still necessary to help prolong their shelf life, as they do get dirty and dusty over time. Here are some great tips and recommended methods to follow when it comes to cleaning artificial flowers and plants.There a...
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    Pool Season: Cleaning and Storing a Pool Cover

    A pool cover is one of the largest investments you will make for your pool. When it comes time to put the cover away for spring and summer, it is beneficial to make sure it is stored correctly. Beyond that, it is also useful to make sure it is cleaned before storage, so when it is dusted off in the fall, you will know you are putting a clean cover over your pool. But how exactly should you go abou...
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    How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

    The word “skunk” immediately conjures up images of a mischievous animal that’s mostly black with a white streak down its back. If you see that tail in the air, be careful—it may be ready to spray!If you, a pet, or someone in your family is sprayed by a skunk, SERVPRO® professionals are Here to Help®. This pesky odor can seep into seemingly every corner of your property. So, what are some recommend...
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    How to Get the Musty Smell Out of Carpets

    Carpets come in many different types and can hold various odors depending on their material. But whether you’ve just moved into a new space and want to freshen it up, or are preparing to sell a property or host a party, removing musty odors is an important part of carpet care. The question is, how exactly do you remove the musty smell from carpets? This article outlines various methods and delves ...
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    How to Clean Your House After a Mudslide

    Mudslides are severe weather phenomena that can be devastating to your home or business. Not only can they cause extreme damage, but they can prove dangerous or even deadly. Thankfully, there are ways you can personally prepare for these frenetic events. However, know SERVPRO® offers various services that can help as you put the pieces back together and navigate the cleanup process, so you don’t h...
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    How to Keep Drapes Clean

    While drapes are a common household item, commonly found in living rooms and bedrooms, they are also located in commercial spaces such as hotels, hospitals, libraries, and more. Any kind of window treatment is an investment in your home or business, and lots of time is spent searching for just the right fabric, color, and texture for your space. But, like any expenditure, without routine maintenan...
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    Renovation Cleaning Guide: How to Clean After a Renovation

    The renovation is complete—now what? A comprehensive and thorough cleaning of the entire space is necessary to ensure it’s safe for people to return. There are several key questions to consider when planning how to tackle the cleanup after a renovation. These include the following: who is responsible for the cleaning—you or the contractor? What are the steps, or what should be cleaned? When should...
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    Spring Cleaning Guide: Tips and Steps to Spring Cleaning

    Spring cleaning is a common activity for many households and has numerous positives. For one, it helps clean and remove clutter. For another, it gives you the opportunity to clean areas that may have gone untouched or unvisited for an extended period, including basements, attics, and crawlspaces. It’s also a great, often fun way to spend time with family and friends as you progress through the tas...
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    Should Air Ducts be Cleaned in the Spring?

    Air ducts are a critical component of homes and businesses, as they assist with filtering and moving safe, quality air throughout your property. In fact, they’re often so commonplace, we may forget they should be cleaned on an as-needed basis. But should they be cleaned in the spring? If not, does the season matter? This article outlines the details of a well-functioning air duct system, and when ...
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    When to Hire a Cleaning Service for Hoarders

    Hoarding is more than a messy house; it’s a form of clutter and build-up that can threaten your family’s safety. It can often be challenging to address the aftermath of hoarding alone. In many cases, emotional barriers can prevent us from cleaning a living space. But, it’s possible to eliminate these barriers and stress by tapping into professional help and using designated cleaning services for h...
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    Is your phone making you sick?

    For many of us, cell phones are like extensions of our own hands. From texting to talking, and surfing to shopping, our devices allow us to do almost anything from pretty much anywhere. And since that has become the norm, our phones have become really dirty. The good news is that it’s simple to disinfect germs from your device. So, the next time you check your email at the dinner table or pass it ...
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    Residential Cleaning Services

    You know SERVPRO as a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. Professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in br...
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