Mankato Carpet Cleaning by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Mid-summer is a great time of year to assess the state of your carpets. In Mankato, that can mean noticing the residue of family picnics, softball games, beach or lake outings, and parties, or simply the collection of meals that have left evidence beyond the table. If you have any type of pet that lives indoors, you’ve probably experienced some accidents as well. Now is the time to schedule a professional and thorough carpet cleaning for your Mankato home with ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

Carpet cleaning not only makes your room fresh again, but it also preserves the life of your carpet. Some people think a professional carpet cleaning service isn’t for them. They vacuum daily, there are careful about spills, and always remove their shoes. Even so, it’s sometimes helpful to take the sniff test: lay face down on the carpet in three different locations with your nose just touching the fiber. Breathe in deeply. You may be surprised at what you smell or at how different the smell of each spot can be.

Some people are hesitant to get that close to their carpet. That’s a strong clue that something isn’t as clean as it should be. Carpeting is made of fibers that absorb odors as well as liquid spills and stains. Much of the air in your living room reflects what’s in your carpet. If something smells off in your house, odds are your carpet smells the same way.

On the other hand, it may be obvious that you need carpet cleaning services, but you just haven’t contacted anyone yet. If you’re reading this, you’ve come to the right place. We’re experts at getting dirt out of any carpet, ranging from those dark discolorations known as traffic patterns to the bright and difficult stains caused by wine or food spills. We also mentioned pet stains earlier: we will remove them completely, both the stain and the odor, to make your carpet smell clean and fresh once again.

Now is a great time to schedule an appointment with ServiceMaster in Mankato to get your carpet cleaning out of the way and prepare your home for the next round of guests.

Carpet Cleaning in St. Peter by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

How often should you clean your carpets? There is no simple answer, just as no two households are the same. A recent article on CNN says you need to have a thorough carpet cleaning performed at least once a year. That takes into account normal wear and traffic. If you have children or more than two adults in the family, and especially if you have pets, regular cleanings of your carpets in your St. Peter home are probably warranted. Vacuuming frequently is certainly a good practice, but it doesn’t reach all the dirt, dust, insect droppings, pollen, or the soakedin food spills. And no vacuum removes chemicals, pet urine, or any kind of odor. If you can’t recall the last time you had your carpets professionally cleaned, now is a great time. In St. Peter, your best choice is ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

You may have a particular spot in mind that, despite your best efforts, you haven’t been able to really clean. Perhaps there is a heavy traffic area that is noticeably darker than the rest of the floor. Have you moved a large piece of furniture and discovered the carpet beneath has a rather high contrast in brightness compared to the rest of the carpet? Maybe you finally found a pet stain in an out-of-the-way area that is now well saturated and much more noticeable due to the warmer weather. Do you live in a neighborhood that is particularly windy or dusty? Perhaps you were waiting until after the last summer time visitors have left or the final patio party before you opt for a professional cleaning service to do your carpet cleaning.

Professional carpet cleaning restores the luster of the fiber, resiliency to the pile, and makes your carpet easier to maintain. You’ll see the difference right away, and you’ll also note how our trained technicians manage to reach all the areas that you missed the last time you tried to clean them on your own.

We can arrange an estimate and schedule a time that works best for you. You want to spend more time in your air conditioned home now that the warm weather is here. Don’t let dingy carpets drive you outside. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will meet your residential carpet cleaning needs in St. Peter, MN and surrounding communities.

Mankato Residential Cleaning by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Time and energy are two critical elements that seem harder and harder to come by in today’s busy society. People in Mankato are not immune to these pressures. Everyone in your house may be working full time outside the home. Or, perhaps during the workweek, your house is a “bedroom district” – someplace you get to at the end of the day merely to sleep and then go again. Maybe you travel extensively and when you’re home you want to relax and not spend your precious free time cleaning. Residential cleaning is a popular and high-value service we offer at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca. Once you try it, you’ll see why the extra hours it adds to your personal life make it so worthwhile.

When you finally get home, you want to relax – whatever that means to you and your family. In general, people can’t relax in a cluttered, messy, or dirty environment. Research conducted at Princeton University Neuroscience Institute and published in 2011 showed that people can’t focus on things they want to do and experience increased stress in a cluttered environment. Translate that into your home: If you can observe tasks that need to be performed or can easily see items out of place as you sit on your living room couch, you can’t relax. Conclusion: Your environment is stealing some of your “down time” whether you realize it or not.

Let us help with residential carpet cleaning or hard surface floor cleaning. We can clean any flooring surface, be it tile and grout, marble, hard wood floors, modern laminates, linoleum, stone, or any of the new types of vinyl. While we’re at it, we can do upholstery cleaning so your furniture and fabrics look as good as your carpets. If there is an odor of any kind that has been bothering you, we’ll identify it and deodorize your home. We’ll also come in to do a onetime general home cleaning – much like an auto detailer does to a car – so your Mankato house is a comfortable landing spot after a long trip or hectic work schedule. Don’t make your homecomings be “hard landings” – let ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca help with your residential cleaning.

 

Residential Cleaning in St. Peter by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Are you a St. Peter resident whose agenda is so packed that you have to schedule family events into your work calendar? Do you spend time away from home on business, but still want a fresh, clean environment so you can relax when you’re there? Has it been hectic, but you still need to get the house ready for guests or special events? Consider a professional cleaning service to clean your house in a single day, taking the focus off your surroundings so you can manage the big upcoming event. ServiceMaster of Mankato or Waseca can help with your residential cleaning needs and save you worry, time, and hassle.

First, we’ll make the best use of your time by eliminating dirt on your floors. Whether you need hard surface floor cleaning or carpet cleaning for multiple rooms, we can handle it. Our residential cleaning technicians use the latest equipment so the job is done right and done efficiently. We will clean and buff your hardwood floors, laminate flooring, vinyl floors, or tile. We can even make stone floors look like new. Even the grout between your tiles can be cleaned and brightened. We’ll assess your carpets and large rugs, treat specific areas for spots and stains, and then completely clean your carpets to reach deep-seated dirt, grime, and organic materials your vacuum cleaner may have missed. Some customers have delayed replacing their carpets after seeing the results of our carpet cleaning service.

When that’s done, we’ll clean your furnishings, including the fabric on your easy chairs, couches, and love seats, your draperies, and any other textile-covered furniture. Upholstery cleaning is one of our specialties. It’s also one aspect of your home that rarely gets a thorough cleaning, even though it may represent some of the dirtiest areas of the home. Consider when you bought your couch and then count how many times it’s been professional cleaned since. We’ll take care of any odor removal as well. Animal odors or pet stains will not be a problem anymore.

If you need any of these services, or if you need a general home cleaning, turn to ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the best value in residential cleaning in St. Peter.

 

Mankato Mold Remediation Services by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Why is mold such a problem? For one, it can develop in any moist environment where the temperature is right and the mold has something to “eat.” Mankato is like many other communities in Minnesota in that the combination of rain, drainage water, condensation, and warm weather is very common, at least for part of the year. Mold remediationmold removal and mold damage restorationis one of the major services offered by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

But theres another reason why mold is such a concern. Medical experts have left no doubt about the health risks associated with mold infestations in homes and businesses. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention points out that many people have sensitivities to mold; some would be considered allergies, while other people simply have a predisposition to mold spore irritation. They may develop congestion or coughing as soon as they enter the building, symptoms that could worsen as exposure continues. The more serious concerns are the dangers for people with diagnosed allergies, respiratory problems, or asthma. Even worse is the exposure risk to people with lung diseases such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder). These people can actually develop mold infections in their lungs.

The Institute of Medicine, which offers expert analysis of medical conditions and practices in the United States, bears out the risk in its reports. In fact, the data and concern was so great nationally, that the IOM experts wrote a book on the health dangers stemming from damp spaces. That’s two national health organizations sounding the warning on mold infestations. The Environmental Protection Agency also weighs in on the issue of mold contamination and offers tips for mold prevention, warning about mold spore dangers in the air of homes and businesses.

Clearly, you don’t want mold and mildew in your home in Mankato. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will find it (especially in places where it can’t be seen), remove it, repair the damage that it’s done, and offer suggestions on how to prevent it from growing again. ServiceMaster is your best choice for mold remediation in Mankato and surrounding communities.

 

Waseca Fire Damage Restoration by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Residential fires aren’t something that happens occasionally in Minnesota; they’re an everyday occurrence. Most are preventable in one way or another, either through checks and inspections, the installation of warning devices, the use of sprinkler systems, or responsible training. Waseca is not immune to the risks of fire and smoke disasters. When fire does strike in Waseca, residents should know that their best option for fire damage repair and restoration is ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

The Minnesota state fire marshal reports that residential fires are the most deadly in the state. People feel safest in their homes, but that can also give them a false sense of security. The fire marshal says that 76% of all structural fires are residential fires and 97% of all fire deaths occur in residential structures. The top cause of home fires (making up nearly 50%) is cooking. People or pets knock things onto open burners. Grease spills catch fire, causing curtains to flare up and spread flames to the rest of a kitchen.

The Minnesota Public Safety Department offers these tips to prevent residential fires:

  • Keep your stovetop clean and free of grease.
  • Don’t leave the room when cooking.
  • Keep flammable cleaning solutions and any flammable items away from heat sources.
  • Don’t use a stovetop to heat a room.
  • Keep a proper fire extinguisher charged and on hand in the kitchen.
  • Never use water on a grease fire. Put it out by covering the pan with a lid.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order and there’s one in each room.
  • Plan an escape route from your kitchen before anything happens.
  • Avoid using candles or any other open flame.

If you do experience a fire disaster, remember that ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca offers professional fire damage restoration, a service that would clean the entire structure and all the contents and restore the furnishings. We’ll also repair any smoke damage and perform complete deodorization, odor control, and ozone treatment. We’ll respond quickly after the fire is out to close any openings with tarps or boardup holes in your walls, window openings, or roof. We are your best option for fire damage services in Waseca, Illinois and the surrounding communities.

 

Mankato Water Damage Restoration by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

It was only two years ago that seven inches of rain fell in a very short time in the Mankato area, causing serious problems with water in people’s homes. Many recall the stories of mud and sludge in basements and the first levels of houses and the days that it took to recover. Statewide television reported on the impact and how suddenly the crisis arose. Even if your neighborhood wasn’t affected, it’s likely you recall the news stories or know someone from your work, school, or church whose home was damaged. Water damage restoration is our business at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca, and we helped many residents then and we stand ready to help with water disaster cleanup and repair today.

It was late June 17th and early on the 18th of 2014 when the water hit Mankato. The rain was so heavy – most of it in just two hours – that sewers could not handle the volume and water was forced back through residential sewers, sending water and sewage into people’s basements. People reported waking up at 2:30 in the morning to find water knee-deep in their home. Carpets were ruined, along with belongings stored in basements and furnishings on lower levels. Wallboard had to be removed and replaced after rooms were dried out, and special precautions had to be taken in many homes to prevent mold from developing. Standing water or wet materials can be a breeding ground for mold, making the disaster aftermath even more costly.

Sewage in your home is a health risk, a potential contaminant to water supplies, and a source of terrible odors that can permeate materials in the home and linger for weeks or more. All of these circumstances are reason enough to be aware of weather forecasts in the summer months and ensure you’ve taken precautions to limit water damage. That may include sloping lawns away from foundations, checking for foundation cracks or loose pipe connections, and installing a sump pump.

ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will do the sewage cleanup for you. We will handle water removal, dry out your basement and home, remove and pack out damaged materials, and perform water damage repairs. Whether the cause is heavy rain, an outright flood, or broken plumbing, we will thoroughly and efficiently complete the entire water damage restoration process for your home or business. Mankato can count on us for water damage repair and mold remediation.

 

Janitorial Services in Waseca by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

The long-term survivability and success of your business depends on a number of aspects, ranging from the quality of products or services it offers, to the continued demand in the marketplace for them, to the marketing and word of mouth you benefit from. Customer service and satisfaction are also major factors. If you think about business in the long term in Waseca, you’ll want to invest in whatever makes that possible. That includes the maintenance of your physical plant or infrastructure and of your operating equipment. If your business depends on employees more than machines and the customers who visit your building, dependable janitorial services will be essential to the success of your operation. And ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is the best choice to provide janitorial services for your office, company, or retail establishment in Waseca.

Any businesses that have been keeping customers happy for years or generations realize the importance of keeping up appearances. Customers and clients comment on the freshness and cleanliness of your interiors, especially when you have older buildings. An older structure can offer a classic touch to a business and say, “we’ve been around for years – you can depend on us.” If your building is rundown or dirty, customers will draw another conclusion and transfer that negative impression onto your products or services. You want people to be surprised at how comfortable they are in your offices and how great things look despite the age of the building. It sends the message that you take pride in your business and care about the details.

Professional janitorial services can easily fit in your operating budget. Were happy to meet with you and discuss your specific needs and scheduling requirements. By keeping your work environment clean and bright, you also help ensure that your employees are comfortable. Your workforce may be your most important resource and you don’t want to be dealing with hiring issues when you should be focusing on taking care of business. We’ll make sure the break rooms and restrooms are clean and free of bacteria or dust. We’ll handle waste removal, carpet and hardsurface floor cleaning, dusting, and wall cleaning. And yes, we do window cleaning, and we’ll get them clean the first time. For the best in janitorial services in Waseca, daily or weekly, remember ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

 

Fire Damage Restoration Services by ServiceMaster in Mankato

Mankato, like many other communities, has its share of residential and industrial fires. Both can be devastating and fire departments spend an increasing amount of effort on prevention in their respective communities. According to the Minnesota Fire Marshal, $400 dollars is lost every minute due to a fire in the state. And a fire call comes in every 90 minutes. The Mankato Fire Department responded to 127 fires in 2014 alone. It’s no surprise that fire disaster restoration is a frequent need in Mankato and the surrounding area. We hope it doesn’t happen to you, but if you experience a blaze in your home or business, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best option for fire damage repair and restoration.

Prevention, especially in a residential setting, is very important since most fires can be avoided or at least limited in the amount of damage they cause. Take the simple precaution of installing and maintaining fire and smoke alarms. The Fire Marshall says that properly operating alarms are effective in Minnesota at least 80 percent of the time, meaning that occupants are alerted and can safely leave a dwelling. Those are pretty good odds for your family, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to ensure your alarms—whether battery operated or circuit linked—are in good running order. You should have one in essentially every room, as many people are sound sleepers and the risk of smoke accumulating in enclosed areas is fairly high. Smoke and toxic fumes kill more people nationally than flames.

In Minnesota, the cause of the most structural fires is not wiring, fireplaces, space heaters, or furnaces—it’s cooking. Whether it’s a grease fire flaring up to catch curtains and woodwork, burners or an oven left on, or a cooking pot neglected, kitchen fires make up 43% of all fires in homes and businesses combined. In nearly all cases, the fire could have been prevented through proper precautions. Here are some tips from the Minnesota Safety Council:

  • Don’t leave any type of cooking situation unattended. That means don’t walk out of the room when a burner is on and don’t leave your barbeque when you’re grilling on the deck or in the yard.
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Keep it charged and within easy reach. Check to see that it’s appropriate for grease and kitchen fires.
  • Don’t try to put out a grease fire with water. It will only spread the flames. Use a lid to cover a burning pot to remove oxygen.

If the worst does happen, remember that ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will provide the best in fire damage restoration for your home or business.

Water Damage Restoration in St. Peter, MN by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Flash floods are something we hear about every year in Minnesota. They can happen almost anywhere when heavy and long rainfalls occur, especially in a 24-hour period. St. Peter, MN is no exception. Flooding can also arise when local streams or lakes overflow, and when any drainage system is compromised – in your community, your house, or business. If drainage or sewer lines cannot handle the flow, standing or backedup water is the outcome. That’s when ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can help with professional water damage restoration. We can respond promptly to the scene in St. Peter and start to remedy the situation, beginning with water removal and dry out services.

Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management reminds everyone that the state has been the scene of terrible flooding in years past. In 2007, floods in the southeast section of the state destroyed hundreds of homes. Flash floods can impact wide areas or just part of a neighborhood. It’s important to be prepared. The State of Minnesota recommends that you:

Develop a plan in case of a flood disaster, including a plan on how best to leave your home and where to go for shelter.

Keep a first aid kit ready at all times.

Purchase a weather radio so you’ll be able to monitor flood updates at all times.

Consider investing in “check valves” to keep water from backing up into your house.

If water is rising, consider erecting barriers. Your local government or emergency services may be able to help with this.

Make sure you have flood insurance.

If flooding damages your home or business in St. Peter, remember ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for flood damage restoration services, including water removal, pack out, debris removal, and water damage repair. We also provide mold removal and restoration in case the moisture has prompted a mold outbreak. We will also remove furnishings, equipment, collectibles, store them safely, and restore them so they’ll be ready for use when it’s time to move back in. We can oversee the entire restoration process from beginning to end, and work with your insurance company and other contractors to ensure everything is done properly. In St. Peter, you’re in professional hands with ServiceMaster.

 

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