How to Keep Your Place of Business Clean in Mankato and Waseca, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato & Waseca provides top-notch commercial cleaning services.

Winter months are tough on facilities when appearance, safety, and customer service are integral to your business. The last thing you need is a bad impression due to dirt, grime, or worse, illness-causing germs, in your office complex, customer areas, or food areas. The snow combined with freezing and thawing may offer up water, salt deposits, or mud on your floors day after day. If the floors aren’t dirty, then your carpeting or runners will be, and no matter how conscientious you are about mopping or vacuuming, your focus should be on providing products and services, not being your own janitor. Let ServiceMaster handle your regular commercial cleaning needs in Mankato and Waseca this winter season.

After discussing and assessing your needs, we’ll provide a scheduled janitorial service at times when it’s least disruptive, and tackle all the cleaning jobs that are wasting your valuable time. Professional cleaning, especially this time of year, is important, and should be viewed as an investment. In a way, an experienced commercial cleaning service is a form if risk management. Any time a customer talks publicly about the condition of your business – whether the floors, the restrooms, or the air quality – you’re taking a risk unless you know their comments will be positive. With the speed and spread of social media today, it doesn’t take long for one bad impression or critique to show up all over town.

As we move into flu season it’s even more important to keep high traffic areas clean and disinfected. A recent study by the University of Arizona showed that a virus on an office door handle or conference table can thrive for many hours in your facility and easily spread to half or more of your staff. You want to have a professional janitorial service on your side to keep bacteria and viruses at bay. We know where to concentrate the cleaning to keep germs from getting out of control. We use the right solutions for the job and get it done right the first time. Contact ServiceMaster today for the best in commercial cleaning in Mankato, Waseca, and the surrounding area.

How to Detect Mold in Your Mankato, MN Home

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides mold removal throughout the Mankato, MN area.

Standing water, condensation, or merely the presence of damp air is all it takes to leave your home or business subject to mold. Mold spores are light enough to blow in from any source and lie dormant until being activated by the combination of water and food. Food in this case can be almost anything that contains paper, wood or wood byproducts, including wallboard, wallpaper, two-by-fours, or plywood in your subfloor. It’s not hard to determine if you have mold. Just inhale. If you smell something dank and damp, it’s probably mold, and you definitely want to get rid of it. It’s not only a health risk for those living or working in the structure, but it lowers the property value. It won’t go away by itself; it will only get worse unless you contact a professional mold removal service like ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca.

Visible clues for mold include black smudges on baseboards or discoloration on wood surfaces. It’s not always noticed because it occurs in low-lying areas that are often in darkness or shadow. If you’ve experienced water spills, sewage or drainage backup into your basement or crawlspace, leaks from pipes, washing machine overflow, seepage from wall cracks or from basement windows during storms, or periods of high humidity, you may well have mold. If you have put off buying a dehumidifier for your basement, it may already be too late. If you’ve endured a flood, without immediate water removal, it’s a certainty that mold is around you.

We can test for mold in areas that can’t be viewed and analyze the extent of the damage. Once we undertake mold removal in your home, we can also provide suggestions and plans to keep mold from returning. Mold removal is something to consider, especially as we move into the winter months when the house will be closed more tightly, with less fresh air in circulation. You don’t want your family to be breathing mold all winter. For the best in mold removal, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato/ Waseca and let us make your home healthy again.

How to Prepare Your Fireplace for Winter in Mankato, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides some fireplace tips to help you avoid fire and smoke damage this winter.

As winter approaches and the weather cools off, you might be using your fireplace or wood stove as a substitute for your traditional furnace. That may be an economical choice, but make sure you have made the proper preparations before striking the first match. Anything with an open flame in the home demands extra attention and precaution or the result may be an unwanted home fire. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca wants to make sure you don’t have to face dealing with fire and smoke damage in your home this fall.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the greatest threat from flame-based heating systems is from creosote buildup on interior surfaces of stovepipes, exhaust ducts, and chimneys. The best prevention is to avoid burning the wrong materials, such as woods with excess oil and sap, or kindling materials that leave chemical residues. Have your chimney cleaned regularly by a chimney sweep. Yes, they’re real, and they’re in the telephone listings. Use proper fire screens or doors to ensure sparks from popping wood don’t reach your carpets or other furnishings. Does your chimney have a cap on it? Chimney caps will prevent birds or squirrels from building nests in your flue during the summer that can act as a fire risk in the fall. They will also keep leaves from blowing in and disrupting airflow.

Be cautious with portable fireplaces that you may be using to warm things up on your deck. Make sure they are safely designed, placed away from building walls, and ensure that they’re extinguished before you leave them. Whether using portable or permanent fireplaces, avoid building an oversized fire. Excess heat can crack your chimney and also increase risk of a fire spreading. Use extreme caution when using flammable liquids to start any fire, indoors or out.

If you do experience a home fire, no matter what the cause, call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca. We are your best choice for fire damage cleanup and fire restoration services. We’ll give you prompt professional help when you need it the most.

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