Get Ready for Party Season: Residential Cleaning in Mankato, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides residential cleaning in Mankato, MN to help you get ready for party season!

The weather is finally warming, and while the grass may not be totally green, the party season is fast approaching. What parties you ask? Well, if you don’t use your home for socializing with friends, if you don’t have birthday parties planned for this spring, if there isn’t a bridal shower or wedding planned, then there may be the prom. Yes, junior or senior proms are on the way and they are becoming a bigger celebration each year. Parents are holding pre-prom parties, post-prom parties, and receptions for parents before and after proms. Let ServiceMaster of Mankato provide you with pre-party and post-party residential cleaning services in both Mankato and Waseca, MN.

Carpet cleaning, hard surface floor cleaning, furnishings, textile cleaning and deodorizing may be what’s called for depending on the condition of your home after the big evening is over. On the other hand, it may be something you want to do before the guests arrive so that you’re pictures have a beautiful backdrop. Have us over the day before and we’ll get the entire house ship-shape and smelling fresh and clean. More likely than not you’ll want your carpets cleaned of stains, pet odors and seasonal grime before your guests arrive. You want people to comment on the fragrance of your flowers or the aroma of the food, not silently sniffing and trying to guess what your household cleaners left behind!

Consider dust, dirty windows, and did we mention hardwood floors? We’ll take care of those as well. Hiring a professional residential cleaning service in Mankato and Waseca, MN is a good investment since they are experts in all that they do. With ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca, you can be confident in the quality and results of your residential cleaning service. Call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca today for your party cleaning solutions in Waseca and Blue Earth counties and surrounding communities. Let us take care of the cleaning tasks, and then let the festivities begin!

Spring Brings Carpet, Tile and Grout, and Hard Floor Cleaning in Mankato, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, and hard floor cleaning in Mankato, MN and the surrounding communities!

As the seasons shift, we’re reminded that the difference between winter and spring in Minnesota can sometimes be a gray area. Sometimes it’s hard to tell just what season it is, given spring snowstorms and multiple thaws that may precede them. At ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca we know how those shifts in weather can cause havoc with the appearance of your business, whether it’s your hard surface floor cleaning, tile, grout, or carpeted floors. The gray area we mentioned may also describe the layers of built-up filth on those surfaces after the long, long season of snow and grime we’ve endured this year!

If your facility or business includes one or all of these flooring types, consider how much better it will look after ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca performs an expert and thorough floor cleaning on all of your rooms in one day. We can do that during a time that will cause the least disruption to your operation. With our state-of-the-science grout cleaning techniques, we will get the mud and gravel particles out of your grout and get your tile floors shining again, letting the original color come through. The severe weather this year has kept many people from making non-essential shopping or business trips, even locally. As the climate improves, be ready for new customers with a clean building.

Commercial carpet cleaning is one of our specialties. The long winter season may have left your carpets mottled with patches of mud, crud, sand, or salt, and the stains they can cause. Your once beautiful beige carpet may now be an unbecoming shade of pastel gray or brown. We can make your carpets bright and clean again with one visit. Whether it’s cleaning a single office, an entire floor, building, or complex, we can handle your needs with our commercial floor cleaning and carpet cleaning services. Contact ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca today.

The Toughest Carpet Cleaning in Mankato

Carpet Cleaning by ServiceMaster of Mankato in Minnesota

A friend told us about what she considered a “worst case” carpet stain scenario. During the house warming party for their new home, a toddler spilled orange soda on their new white carpeting. Unfortunately, the spill was not discovered until long after the party, and the stain was well set. Drinks with artificial colorings as well as red wine with its naturally dark pigments can be challenges when it comes to carpet stains. For stubborn stains, call ServiceMaster of Mankato to knock out those stains with our professional carpet cleaning service.

For small spills, the best response is to act while the carpet is still wet and before the stain sets into the fibers. Had our friend blotted up the soda right away and then used a soap and enzyme-based cleaner, she would have been better off. If you have carpeting it’s not a bad idea to have a spray bottle of water handy and a supply of paper towels or an absorbent cloth stored with the sprayer. With your “stain extinguisher” you can dilute the liquid and minimize the damage. Then immediately blot up the liquid.

Too often people think they have to scrub the spill away. This will actually force fluids and particles deep into the carpet fibers, making it harder to clean later on and perhaps cause permanent damage. Always blot, sop, and absorb; don’t rub or scrub when first attacking a spill. Get as much of the offending material up and then systematically go after the rest, using the appropriate combination of cleaners.

Thanks to today’s carpeting protectants, a gentle soap and water solution will be sufficient. In cases of strong pigments you may try a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide, followed by soap and water. For stains with ammonia content such as pet accidents, absorb as much as possible first, then use soap and water solutions and use baking soda as a final treatment, vacuuming it up later. Always make sure whatever you use on the carpet is not going to harm it. Don’t use peroxide anywhere near its full strength and avoid anything with bleach as an active ingredient.

With bloodstains always spray with cold water or ice water first to help release and dilute the blood before absorbing the liquid.

Do-it-yourself tips are always helpful, but if done incorrectly can actually make the stain worse or permanent. If you are struggling with stains in your home, don’t hesitate to call a professional carpet cleaning service. Employing the expertise of a residential carpet cleaning company is well worth it when it comes to protecting the investment in your home. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can tackle the toughest stains and dirtiest carpets. Contact us today and we will gladly treat, clean, sanitize and deodorize your carpets to renew their original beauty and freshness!

Mankato/Waseca Residential Cleaning and a Healthy Home

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides Residential Cleaning and Carpet Cleaning in Waseca and Mankato, MN

Nobody has to remind you how cold it is. You’ve spent enough time in the house looking out at the frigid conditions, glad to be indoors. It shouldn’t be a surprise then that the coldest time of the year occurs during National Stay Healthy Month. Though each part of the country adapts that theme to their regional conditions, Mankato and Waseca residents are contending with colds, flu and respiratory illnesses. The arctic cold isn’t the cause, but it can negatively impact our immune system, putting us at a higher risk to catching some of these nasty seasonal bugs. ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca residential cleaning and carpet cleaning can help eliminate the spread of the flu bug in Waseca and Mankato, MN.

A big factor working against staying healthy: more people are inside most of the time. The term “cabin fever” may have more to it than a need to be outdoors. The sub-zero climate keeps most people together, exposed to each other and whatever contaminants have settled upon or been ground into their carpets over the fall and early winter. It’s hard to stay healthy in a house that’s not clean. The list of what is lurking in the fibers of your floor coverings may surprise you. Crumbs, spills, decaying food, skin cells, smoke particles and even dust mites may be part of the stuff beneath your feet. The family pets may add to the potpourri in your pile carpet: hair, more dried skin cells, dirt from paws, and traces of the accidents they’ve had in recent months. You can hand clean and spot treat, but you can’t get rid of everything.

You make sure your family eats well, gets a reasonable amount of sleep and gets a flu shot. Why not give them another edge against illness? Call a residential cleaning service. ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca offers expert residential cleaning and carpet cleaning. We will see that your carpets are healthy again and do the same with your hard surface floor cleaning and upholstery cleaning. Don’t let the National Stay Healthy Month be the month you get sick, call ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca today!

Blizzard and Storm Damage Calls for Cleanup and Restoration!

Mankato MN storm and water damage restoration by ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca

It was only last February when severe blizzards swept across the center of the nation, leaving hundreds of motorists stranded, countless accidents, vehicles off the road, and hundreds of airline flights cancelled. Fox News reported over 150 people waiting out the storm at the St. Louis airport, while others were detained by extreme winter conditions at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. From early to late February record snowfalls covered the Midwest and Minnesota was no exception. The storm totals for the 28th ranged from ten to 17 inches. Notes from the National Weather Service described the blizzard in the Mankato area and western Minnesota as “a little snow and a lot of high wind.”

The combination of repeated snows, winds, very cold temperatures and ice can all be factors in disasters for homes and businesses. Whether it be the extra weight of snow on roofs, the burden of heavy ice weakening trees and branches, or the wind itself toppling trees into structures, there seems to be no end to the combination of things that can cause storm damage in extreme weather. Ice and wind can also cause power outages that can contribute to pipes freezing and then bursting, resulting in a flooded basement, extensive water damage or even the need for sewage cleanup should a backup occur.

If you experience a major moisture problem or an outright flood, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can handle all types of water damage restoration. From water extraction to drying the structure and the floors and cleaning carpets and furnishings, contact us for a fast response to emergencies and will soon have things looking like new.

Holiday Party Tip- Use Mankato Cleaning Services for Less Event Stress

Event Cleaning Services for Holiday Parties by ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca

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You’ve volunteered (or you’ve been volunteered) to be the committee to plan this year’s holiday party! YAY! Okay, now what? Well, ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca offers some simple, money-saving tips for putting on memorable and meaningful festivities for your company. No matter the occasion, there are some common things to think about when planning your party: food and beverage choices, set-up/take-down, entertainment options, where to hold the party, and cleaning services, just to name a few. Let’s get right to it!

Where’s the Party? – Venue Variables

A recent holiday party survey by BIZBASH showed that 30% of companies host their holiday parties at the office. There are multiple reasons that this can be a great venue choice:

  • Everyone already knows how to get there
  • Easy on the budget
  • Supplies, facilities, and resources are easily accessible
  • Will accommodate the appropriate number of guests

Also, it may be neat to do something at your facility besides just work, work, work.

However, sometimes you just need a change of scenery—especially when celebrating with your co-workers. If you decide to hold the party off-site, you’re in good company:

  • 25%- Local meeting center/conference facility
  • 38%- A popular local hangout, bar, or restaurant
  • 7%- The boss’s (or another staff person’s) house

The number of guests and available budget will ultimately dictate where you decide to hold the event. Check several local event venues for pricing and availability. Many establishments offer bundled packages which offer one affordable price for catering, beverages, and space rental.  

To Clean or Not to Clean? – Hiring Cleaning Services

Here’s an Idea:  Whether you decide to hold the party at your facility or at another space, think about hiring a company that provides event cleaning services in Mankato and Waseca to clean and prepare the facility before and after the party. A company that knows the ins and outs of event cleaning services as well as set-up and take-down is like a party planner’s dream come true. It’s like having your very own right-hand man/woman. They take a huge portion of the work off of the plate of the party planner who is already incredibly busy (and maybe even stressed).  “So many companies have figured out that this is a budget-friendly, hassle-free solution,” says Ivan DenOuden, owner of ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca. “We come in and handle the facility set up and take down, cleaning services, remove garbage, carpet cleaning…whatever the customer needs from us, and it is a lot less expensive than people expect.”

Whether you decide to hold your holiday party at your office or somewhere else, just be sure to take a few moments to reflect a little, take a few deep breaths, enjoy the celebration, and enjoy the people that you are celebrating with. Overall, most of us can say it’s been a good year.

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca is a full service commercial cleaning and janitorial services company We also offer Special Event Cleaning Services to prepare your facility for parties, meetings, receptions, and other events, year-round. We serve Mankato, Waseca, and all of the surrounding communities. Call ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca today!

ServiceMaster to Honor First Responders at NASCAR’s ServiceMaster 200 in Phoenix

PIR ServiceMaster Clean 200 Logo 6Every fan of NASCAR has heard of the Daytona 500 or the Coca-Cola 600. But have you heard of the ServiceMaster 200? In August of this year ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Restore proudly announced that they will be the title sponsor of the ServiceMaster 200, the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) on Saturday Nov. 9.

During the opening ceremonies of the event, ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Restore will honor first responders by donating $10,000 to both Prescott Firefighter’s Charities and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The donations will directly benefit the families of the 19 heroic Prescott firefighters that died on June 30 fighting the blaze near Yarnell, Arizona. ServiceMaster will also be hosting the family members and fellow firefighters of the fallen heroes as guests at the ServiceMaster 200.

With more than 60 years of providing disaster restoration to homes and businesses throughout the United States, ServiceMaster often works closely with first responders and wants to recognize the work and sacrifices of these public servants. President of ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Restore Tom Coba said, “ServiceMaster has an immense amount of respect and appreciation for first responders nationwide who are willing to risk their lives and sacrifice so much for our nation’s safety. The ServiceMaster 200 will serve as a unique opportunity for ServiceMaster Clean and Restore to recognize and honor the men and women that our team works with closely week in and week out to restore peace of mind during disaster situations.”

Since 2009, ServiceMaster has been the official sponsor of the yellow flag caution period for International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and PIR. Track personnel and the track-drying equipment display the ServiceMaster Clean brand and during NASCAR races they can be seen cleaning the race track, removing debris, and drying the track quickly and professionally to quickly get back to racing action.

For more information on the race, visit the NASCAR Nationwide Series website. Tune in to the ServiceMaster 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at 4:00 PM, Saturday Nov. 9 on your local ESPN 2 channel.

Tile and Grout Floor Cleaning is Cheaper than Tile Replacement

Mankato Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips from ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca

Floor Cleaning, Tile & Grout, ServiceMaster of Mankato/WasecaSometimes tile floors become so deeply soiled that facility managers or property owners believe the floor needs to be replaced, when all that is really needed is a thorough tile floor cleaning.

In the Mankato area, on average, tile floor replacement can be 10 times more expensive than cleaning and restoring the floor. However there is a reason these floors look as dark and dingy as they do… a regular mop and cleaner won’t get the clean you want. At ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca, we use a multi-step process to restore tile floors, transforming dark and grimy grout and surfaces to a newer and brighter appearance.

Step One: Application of an alkaline based tile and grout cleaner to draw grime out of the grout

Step Two: A neutralizing rinse

Step Three: We apply an acid that opens the grout pores allowing stubborn dirt and stains to be freed

Even floors that have been around for decades can be restored to a bright new appearance with our tile cleaning services. Our professional cleaning team can come in after hours and have your facility ready for work the next morning. Already getting your carpets cleaned? Tile cleaning is a good addition to your regular carpet cleaning service.

If you’re ready for brighter, cleaner tiles without having to replace the floor, give us a shout! Call ServiceMaster of Makato/Waseca today.

Mankato Flooded Basement? Year Round Tips to Avoid the Mess

Nobody likes dealing with a flooded or wet basement, but we all know it can happen. If it happens to you it’s important to get the water out and to dry surfaces quickly to avoid additional damage to walls, flooring, furniture and more. That’s why we offer prompt and complete clean up for flooded basements in Mankato, Waseca and throughout our service area.

However, avoiding the need for professional clean up of flooded basements is your best bet and the tips below can help with that. Some of these tips are seasonal, but all of them are worth reading and acting on.

  1. Keep gutters clean & in good repair. Clean gutters and down spouts regularly to avoid build up that can keep them from doing their job. Fix loose or missing sections of gutter or down spout and use down spout extensions to keep water directed away from your foundation.
  2. Keep the sump pump working. Although it’s usually out of sight and out of mind, your sump pump should never be taken for granted. When ground saturation from melting snow and/or heavy rain comes, that’s when you’ll want that sump pump doing its job. If the pump isn’t working the result can be water damage and a big mess. Making sure your home is equipped with a working sump pump is a smart move.
  3. Sand bags for extremes. Sand bagging is too extreme for most property owners, however in areas that suffer from frequent flooding sand bags could be the only way to adequately protect your home or business.
  4. Don’t leave winter snow piled up around your foundation. Removing snow that has piled up around your home’s exterior walls and foundation will help decrease the amount of water that soaks into the ground near the house when the thaw comes.
  5. Remember – water runs downhill. This seems simple, but the point is to make sure that water flows away from your home or business’s foundation. Water allowed to pool next to the building can lead to water damage.

If all these precautions fail and you find yourself with a wet or flooded basement in Mankato, Waseca or the surrounding area, ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca can help. Contact us to learn more!

The Down Side to Summer Showers

Summer conjures up images of baseball, flowers, grilling on the deck and warm rain showers. But there is a sinister down side to those pleasant summer showers, because too often they manifest as summer storms. The summer storm season can cause basement flooding and water damage in Mankato and Waseca area homes and businesses totaling thousands of dollars each year.

When dealing with wet carpets, flooded basements or other water damage it is important to get the water out as soon as possible and to dry surfaces quickly. The longer water and damp remain, the more likely that additional damage will occur. And wet areas can become ideal environments for dangerous bacteria growth and mold.

ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can help. We specialize in water damage clean up caused by everything from ice dams and broken pipes, to failed sump pumps or other basement flooding. If water makes and unwelcome visit to your home or business, call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians will handle the clean up and get your life back to normal… fast.

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