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Winter Home Care

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Winter Home Care If your home, building or unit is in need of carpet care, don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas a call.

With the holidays approaching and the upcoming new year, you might be looking around at some maintenance projects around your home or place of business that you were putting off longer than you wanted. You're not alone. A lot of us want to get projects done as soon as possible. A great way to start is by cleaning and deodorizing your carpets and rugs with SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas.

Residential Rug and Carpet Service

It seems like spring cleaning gets all the attention, but getting your floors cleaned in winter is also important. Ideally, you'd want to clean those floors before the holidays set in to get them ready for guests coming over to your home for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Maybe you were able to do that in time for the holidays, but maybe you weren't. If not, that's okay!

A post-holiday cleanup is a great idea too because no matter how clean your carpets were before those Christmas and New Year's parties, they still need to be cleaned and deodorized.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas is here to get the job done right. We'll give your home the same amount of attention and TLC that we give to ours. We'll get those floors and rugs looking as good as new. All those spots from spilled drinks and plates of food won't stand a chance against us!

If you're in the real estate industry and are looking for professional cleaners who are bonded, insured and ready to get your properties move-in ready, we're the company to call. Our friendly, experienced staff will get things ready to your specifications in time for your upcoming photo shoots and open house showings.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning and Deodorization Service

SERVPRO of  Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas also serves commercial clients, including retail stores and office buildings. And if you have multiple locations and are in need of a high-volume service, we can still take care of all your cleaning needs.

You want a clean and sanitary environment for your workers and customers, and that's what we want too. Nobody takes carpet cleaning and deodorization more seriously than we do. Once you've worked with us, you won't want to work with any other company. Give SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas a call to set up a quote today.

Call Today – (912) 285-0724

Commonly Missed Cleaning Spots Inside the Home

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Commonly Missed Cleaning Spots Inside the Home From blinds to interior doors. Learn the most overlooked cleaning areas in the home.

Any disaster leaves great destruction in its wake. This is why it is important to clean up once normalcy returns. Thorough cleaning of your home will help you get rid of any items that pose health and safety hazards. If you are to ensure that your space is clean, it is important to be aware of the commonly missed cleaning locations around the home.

Beneath the fridge

While most people focus on making sure that the inside of their fridge is clean, do you know how much dirt can accumulate beneath the appliance? Proper home maintenance requires that you move your fridge and clean this area to prevent a buildup of bacteria and dirt.

Under large pieces of furniture

Since it takes a lot of time and effort to move large and bulky pieces of furniture, there is a good chance you will not clean the area when wiping your floor. As a result, dust is known to accumulate in this area, a factor associated with being unclean. If you want to make your work easier, you should clean such areas regularly.

Light switches, door knobs and handles

These areas of your home are touched on a daily basis. Wiping them will prevent the spread of bacteria and germs.

Under the couch cushions

Some of your activities while at home will result in dirt and debris accumulating in unexpected areas. If you are fond of snacking on the couches, crumbs can buildup underneath the cushions, compromising the cleanliness of your home.

Interior doors

While this area is commonly missed when cleaning, your interior doors attract both dirt and dust over time. This is why experts recommend that you have them cleaned at least once every month. Make sure that the door frames are also wiped if you want to leave your home feeling fresh and welcoming.

Window blinds

Home maintenance is all about making sure that the overall cleanliness of your space is observed and maintained. Window blinds cover a large area, making it easy for dust to accumulate on them. Since this makes it hard to clean them, you should consider hiring the services of a cleaning company such as SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas.

Keeping your home clean does not end with the clean-up exercise. It is a daily routine that requires commitment from all family members. Enhancing the comfort you enjoy at home will also involve making repairs in case of defects.

Need help with your upcoming cleaning projects?

Give us a call – (912) 574-2355

Deodorize kitchen odors naturally before the Holidays

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone loves a clean kitchen, but there are certain areas in the kitchen that can trap odors. Even though you might clean your kitchen thoroughly, you might have a problem with lingering odors that regular cleaning can't get rid of. Here are four common problem areas in the kitchen and how you can deodorize them with safe, non-toxic solutions.

GARBAGE CAN
One of the first candidates for odor removal for any kitchen is the garbage can. One way to keep smells out is to throw smelly items straight into a garbage can outside of the kitchen, such as a can in the garage. If that's not possible, try putting vanilla or baking soda into the bottom of a kitchen trash bag. If the smell persists, you can wipe down the inside of the trash can with a 4:1 mixture of water and lemon juice.

KITCHEN SINK
If you've cleaned the kitchen sink and it still has lingering odors, it might be caused by rotting gunk in the garbage disposal. A good method of odor removal in the disposal is to cut up any citrus fruit such as lemon or lime, toss the pieces into the disposal, and grind them up. The acid in the citrus will disinfect the disposal with no harmful side effects.

MICROWAVE
The microwave can trap odors from meals you’ve recently cooked, leading to some strong smells. Citrus can be used here as well! You can use a leftover juiced or zested citrus fruit. Put them in a glass bowl, fill half the bowl with hot water, add some lemon juice, and microwave it for three or four minutes. The steam can also help loosen any food caked on the inside of the microwave so that you will be able to wipe it off.

REFRIGERATOR
The final place which can collect odors in the kitchen is the refrigerator. Here, when food goes bad, it can leave behind the smell long after the source is thrown away. You can reduce odors by wiping the fridge walls with a mixture of vinegar and water. Another solution between cleanings is to keep an open box of baking soda inside the refrigerator.

If you have a serious problem removing odors from your kitchen that you can't fix on your own, SERVPRO of Wacross, Hinesville, and Douglas is an expert at restoration and cleaning. Give us a call!

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Freshly- Cut Christmas Tree Care

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

The smell of pine feeling the aroma in your home, truly makes it feel like the Holidays have arrived. Maybe it is your first year with a real tree, or possibly you just want to learn more about caring for the tree. We have you covered by a compiled list of tree care tips!

Keeping the Christmas tree fresh and alive:

1. A freshly cut tree trunk needs to have the spores exposed on the bottom allowing the tree to soak up nutrients. If you buy a tree from a lot before you leave ask them to saw of 2 inchs of the trunk to make it freshly opened spores.

2. According to the Old Farmers Almanac a freshly cut Christmas tree consumes a gallon of water every 24-hours. A helpful tip for keeping your tree watered is to fill the base with a well watered soil.

3. A key for keeping your Christmas tree alive is to avoid placing it on top of heating and cooling vents. 

Along with the fun that a freshly-cut Christmas tree can bring into a home, there is also many dangerous to keep in mind.

Dangerous to avoid with a freshly- cut Christmas tree:

1. Water, water, and more water. The best fire safety tip for freshly- cut trees are water. Without water your tree is producing oxogen and drying out.

2. Avoid placing the tree next to fireplaces, candles, and lights.

3. When your tree starts to shed needles and dry out, its time to toss it out. The longer the tree sits inside the home with falling needles, the risk of a home fire increases.

4. Make sure your Christmas lights have been lab tested and there are no broken lights.

5. Always turn off Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving your home.

For more helpful tips regarding Christmas Tree safety go to the NFPA for a free printable safety sheet.

Hurricane Michael

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Michael SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas setting up board up equipment after Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael was one of the strongest storms to hit the Florida Panhandle to ever be recorded. With sustained winds reaching up to 155mph while making landfall leading it to be the first ever Category 4 Hurricane to reach the Panhandle; while breaking national records for the fourth strongest storm to reach the United States. Sadly, Hurricane Michael was a deadly storm and claimed 6 lives throughout Florida and Georgia.

As the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas wrapped up efforts in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence we were soon dispatched to help bring generators and other equipment to South Georgia after they were hit by Hurricane Michael. After emergency crews cleared roadways and cleared it safe for disaster recovery crews to enter Florida the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas headed for Mexico Beach, Florida. We were truly heartbroken after seeing the destruction that Hurricane Michael brought onto these cities. People without homes, food, and power. We witnessed the grace of our Nation and the unity we all share when we face disaster. Tents were set up to pass out food, shelters were set up to cover those who lost their homes, people came all across the United States to lend a helping hand. The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas quickly sprung into action by setting up drying equipment, tarping roofs, and boarding up windows to prevent further damage.

Thank you to all of the amazing first responders like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Guard, Firefighters, Police Officers, Patrolmen, Linmen, Dispatchers, EMT’s and Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams, and for all of the countless volunteers that gave their time to HELP.

We remain #FloridaStrong in the days ahead of the restoration and recovery process.

Don't Put up Seasonal Decor in a Dirty Office - Let SERVPRO help

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

For your business to look great during the Holiday's you must showcase all of the seasonal decor as well as having a clean office to enjoy it in. With seasonal decor you can often create a  overcrowded environment avoid this by having a clean office. 

The most wonderful time of the year is also the busiest time of the year. You may be busy wrapping up the end of the year projects at work or attending holiday office parties. To help get your business ahead of the curve schedule a carpet or a tile and grout cleaning service.

Clean and deodorize your office to smell its Holiday best.

With increased foot traffic in your business you need your office smelling fresh. The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Clean your office before the Holidays take-over

Before your favorite office visitor in the big red suit arrives load up all of the office furniture for a deep yearly cleaning. 

No matter your schedule, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas are available for commercial cleaning services. Get in contact with us today if you need a refresh!

Have Questions? Call Today – (912) 285-0724

Keeping Kitchen Safety Top of Mind for Thanksgiving 2018

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Kitchen Safety Top of Mind for Thanksgiving 2018 Take measures to have a safe Thanksgiving in your Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas area home.

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, especially during Thanksgiving. With all of the chefs in the kitchen it’s important to keep kitchen safety top of mind. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Because of this we compiled a list of safety tips to

Safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Keep kiddos out of the kitchen for Thanksgiving by having activities planned like games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

Enjoy a safe holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving from our SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas family to yours!

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Stages of Fire Damage

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stages of Fire Damage Fire damage restoration

Step 1: Emergency Contact

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas is a 24/7 company that never sleeps- we are here for your emergency no matter the time or day. Why is getting immediate assistance better than waiting? The truth is the faster you get to a fire damage minimize further damage or possible secondary damage from the water used to extinguish the flames.  Or if the flames tarnished your roof than you are in a position where you are in need of immediate assistance from a fire damage restoration specialist to tarp your roof; tarping your roof is important to protect your home from rain and other environmental factors.

Step 2: Assessment

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas will then assess the extent of the damage to property. This involves how far the fire, smoke, and soot traveled throughout the home and if any furniture or clothing was affected. This is an important step to understand the damage to better assess the cost of the restoration process.

Step 3: Clean up

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas will then establish power to the home if needed by using a generator and begin the restoration process of removing any smoke, dust, and soot from the surfaces in your home. All while the cleanup process is ongoing the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas team will be extracting any excess water and sanitize and dry those areas of your home. Once the water is extracted and the debris are removed our team will then tackle the stench that the smoke has left behind in the home.

Step 4: Consultation

Following the completion of your fire damage the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas team may request a ‘debriefing’ consultation on how to prevent future fires and to go over all of the work that was completed within the home to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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SERVPRO in the Community

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO in the Community Want SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas come to your public safety event or to host a seminar for your HOA or board leaders?

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas is proud of the ongoing investment in the communities in which they serve. Being apart of several committees, organizations, and community action programs. 

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas is helping our community stay prepared for storms and tips to avoid water damages as well as fire damages. In 2018 we hosted various presentations, seminars, and held a Emergency Preparedness Event to help aid community awareness of key emergency action plans needed in each household and business. 

Want SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas come to your public safety event or to host a seminar for your HOA or board leaders? 

Contact us today at (912)285-0724

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Plan Ahead for Commercial Cleaning

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

When it’s time for cleaning projects to be completed, make sure you have received a checklist from the cleaning company that helps you get ready for the job. Every area of your property is different with unique requirements, and your cleaning company will want you to be ready for them.

When it comes to your business, there are a few jobs that you should probably plan for on a regular basis:

LOBBY OR RECEPTION AREA: Since this is the first area anyone sees when they come to your place of business, it should be kept in pristine shape at all times, undergoing daily cleaning and spot checks throughout the day. In addition to keeping it clean and tidy at all times, a routine deep cleaning should be done regularly, keeping weather conditions in mind. Recessed lighting, high shelves, and carpeting are all items that will need special attention on a regular basis here.

OFFICES AND CUBICLES: These areas can get dusty easily since electronics attract dust, so desks can be cleared of all machinery and work-related items and cleaned thoroughly. They also need to be disinfected regularly to discourage office-wide illnesses. The flooring in these areas needs a routinely-scheduled cleaning, as well, to keep the whole space looking great. HVAC vents will require attention here, as well as windows, both inside and out.

BATHROOMS AND KITCHEN: These areas, like the ones at home, see a lot of traffic, and can get pretty unattractive quickly. Daily maintenance can do a lot to keep things clean, but scheduling routine heavy-duty cleaning will ensure that healthy conditions are maintained. Surfaces used for food preparation, counters in the bathroom, toilets, and flooring are all things people come in contact with every day and should be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas, we’re experienced in commercial cleaning projects, and happy to help. We also handle cleanup jobs after fire and water damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (912) 285-0724