Mankato Janitorial Services by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

One has to simply check the Internet to read about Mankato’s growth and economic development in recent years. If you live in Mankato, you already know that it was selected as one of America’s best small cities in which to do business. That all points to the level of excellence maintained in Mankato commerce and the public’s expectations. Keeping your offices, showrooms, professional center, retail outlet, or restaurant clean and inviting is important, not only for your business, but also for the community. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best choice for reliable, professional janitorial services for your Mankato facility.

A good janitorial service should make itself known by the difference in how your business appears. You know you made a good choice when customers and clients comment on the change. It should not interfere with your business schedule or be in the way. At ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca we do our best to meet your needs with a minimum amount of disruption. We also work to specialize our services to meet your budget. We realize some organizations may need more emphasis on certain types of cleaning or require increased frequency in certain services.

Our janitorial services include a wide range of commercial cleaning. We don’t simply vacuum and empty the trash. We offer hard surface floor cleaning of all types. We thoroughly clean break rooms and restrooms. Dust is a major culprit in many offices, especially those in older buildings or attached to industries. We offer complete dusting services, and use specialized tools to reach difficult areas. A layer of dust can develop in a matter of days, and it’s one of the first things customers notice while waiting to meet with you. It sends a bad message before you have a chance to build a relationship.

Don’t lose business because of the untidy appearance of your building. We can establish a daily or weekly cleaning schedule based on your needs. In Mankato, look to ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the best in professional janitorial services.

 

Waseca Carpet Cleaning Services by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca, MN

If you live in Waseca, MN, you know mid-winter is the time for the annual Sleigh and Cutter Festival, consisting of several weekends of events for everyone from ice sculpting to sleigh rides and, of course, the big parade. It’s also a time when friends and family get together. People don’t spend all their time outdoors. They’ll end up back at your home for dinner, lunch, or perhaps just drinks for an evening. You’ll want to make sure you’re ready. Now is the time to ensure your carpet and rugs are clean. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best choice when it comes to professional carpet cleaning services.

Perhaps your business is planning special promotions for the festival or anticipating an increase in foot traffic to your retail or professional establishment. Whether it’s an office setting, a retail store, or restaurant, you’ll want to leave a good impression on customers, especially out-of-town visitors. Perhaps your facility or organization is planning to offer public tours or an open house. It’s a time when everyone wants to put the best face on the community. Consider your carpets. Are they ready? Commercial carpet cleaning is a primary ServiceMaster specialty. We’ll inspect your carpet and advise on a regular cleaning schedule that meets with your needs and business hours. Commercial carpet cleaning maintains your investment in your floor coverings and makes them that much easier to clean each time if a regular schedule is established.

Winter is an especially hard time on carpets, with people tracking in dirt, mud, and worst of all, road salt that can discolor and actually cut the carpet’s fibers. Continuous foot traffic deeply embeds and crushes the crystals into the threads, causing damage that will decrease the life of the carpet and your investment. More modern chemicals are being used to melt ice, especially at lower temperatures. These caustic chemicals, whether in liquid or solid form, can also be tracked in and damage your carpets.

Waseca, MN is a small community, but its spirit and pride are obvious every year during the festival. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is proud to be part of the Waseca community, and we will do our best for you when it comes to carpet cleaning services  and any of our other services.

 

Winter Carpet Cleaning Services by ServiceMaster of Mankato in Mankato, MN

If your memory had faded, if the pleasant days of summer and a thankfully long fall season had made the impact of winter an uncertain factor on your home, then the recent storms will have brought you back to reality. Winter is messy in Minnesota, and Mankato is no different. The household winter drill is upon us: the snow-covered boots, the wet shoes, the salt tracked in from the walks and roadways, not to mention any remnants of the holidays lingering on your carpets. Take a moment to stand at the entrance to your living room and look at your carpet. Kneel on the carpet in two separate areas face downward and inhale. If you don’t like what you see or smell, give us a call at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the best in professional residential carpet cleaning in any season.

Carpets can be harboring so many things that can create odors, whether you can see them or not: organic matter, bits of food, dust mites, drink spills and sauces from dinners and parties, pet droppings and urine, and dust blown in from a less-than-clean HVAC system. But as this is winter, we’d like to focus on the damage that salt can do to your wall-to-wall or area carpets and rugs.

According to the Carpet Institute of America, salt—no matter what kind—is bad for your carpets. Some people will use salt in an attempt to get rid of pet urine odors, or in some climates even use it to kill fleas in the carpets. In Mankato, salt is most likely to be dissolved in the melted snow that is tracked into the house on footwear and on the paws of pets. Once on the carpet, it might be visible when dry as a white powder. But even when it dries, it might not be visible as the moisture may have been absorbed deeper into the pile.

When that happens, salt stays hidden and is ground further into the fibers, breaking them down every time someone walks over the area. Short of small gravel and other small, sharp abrasives, nothing does as much damage on carpet fiber as salt. Chemicals can damage carpet, yes, but salt is both a crystal and a chemical. It can fade colors and react with other solutions in your carpet when dissolved and tear it up when in a dry form.

For winter residential carpet cleaning and care in Mankato or nearby communities, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca throughout the winter season and the rest of the year.

Tips for Preventing Ice Dams from ServiceMaster in Mankato and Waseca

You rarely see a flat roof on a single family dwelling in Minnesota. For natives the reason is obvious. Unless there is a reasonable slope and access to shovel it free from snow, the weight of the snow itself, or the seepage potential of the melted snow, can cause extreme damage to a home. Most houses have slanted roofs so snow slides off and water runs off—unless there is an ice dam. That’s when the snowmelt freezes before it can run off, creating a trap for subsequent snowmelt. Eventually, with more snow, there is a subterranean lake on the roof that is trying to flow somewhere. Given gravity, it seeps through anything it can to reach a lower point. The damage can be extensive and range from flooding to wall damage and fallen ceilings. If this happens to you, remember that ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best solution for water removal and cleanup, and flood damage repair and restoration.

According to the University of Minnesota Extension Service, ice dams can happen because of quick changes in temperature, which have become more common in recent seasons. They can also be caused by insulation problems that make for inconsistent heat distribution under the shingles. Warmer spots, perhaps near heating conduits, melt first, and areas near the edge of the roof and the gutters may not melt at all. The ideal is to have the entire roof well insulated so it is the same temperature overall.

If you see uneven melting patterns on your roof, you may be able to add insulation in your attic or crawl space to keep warm air from rising through to the snow. If you suspect you have an ice dam you can carefully try to remove snow from the edges of the roof, though it’s always safer to call a professional so you don’t damage your gutters or have an accident.

Potential risks of ice dams include damaged wallboard and insulation, direct leaks through the roof and shingles, and the obvious damage to ceilings, electrical systems, and contents below. Have a safe season, but keep our number nearby. For residential water damage repair and reclamation, call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

Avoiding Winter Water Damage with ServiceMaster in Mankato and Waseca

It’s always amusing for Minnesotans to search the Internet for home cold weather tips, discover advice suggesting that they cover exposed pipes and consider adding a heat line to pipes in a crawl space, and then see that the report is from a newspaper in North Carolina or Virginia. It’s true that the greatest percentage of frozen residential pipes occur in the South, especially in those areas where very cold temperatures rarely occur and building codes reflect moderate temperatures. Still, the result of a frozen pipe is the same whether you’re in the South or the North. You’ve got a wet mess, the risk of mold, probable damage to furnishings, and a spoiled winter season as you work your way through cleanup and reconstruction. In central Minnesota, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca offers you the best option for water removal, water damage repair, and restoration.

It was just over a year ago that cities all across Minnesota were contending with frozen water mains and connecting lines, and homeowners were faced with two choices: running a slow stream of water constantly and running up their water bills or risking a frozen pipe. The lengthy subzero temperatures that wreaked havoc on heating bills also dropped the frost line, endangering water lines that were normally safe from extreme cold. With this in mind, here are the best steps you can take to prevent freezing pipes:

  • Insulate all pipes near external walls, in attics, or in any place that may be prone to lower temperatures.
  • Run water until it’s cold. If it’s colder than 45 degrees, you may be at risk for ice developing in the line.
  • Raise the temperature with space heaters in areas of risk.
  • Keep your house at least at 65 degrees on all floors.
  • If you go away, even for a weekend, consider turning off your water and draining the lines.
  • If ice develops in a line, make every effort to thaw it (studies show you could have a break in two to four hours otherwise), but don’t use an open flame of any kind.
  • If your house is at risk for a frozen line, let both the hot and cold taps run a very small stream in a sink at the far side of the house from the entry pipe.

A higher water bill is probably a small price to pay compared to the costs of a flood in your basement or on your first floor. Some communities and areas offer help repaying water bills in such situations. If you find yourself with a broken pipe, turn off the water, call the plumber, and then contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for water damage repair and flood disaster restoration.

 

 

Commercial Cleaning and Flu Protection from ServiceMaster in Mankato and Waseca

The Mankato Free Press reminded people earlier this fall about the importance of getting a flu shot. Because of a surprise strain last year, Minnesota and the rest of the country had a harder flu season than normal. More than 4,000 people – mostly the young and elderly – were hospitalized, and ten children died of complications of the flu. Health experts expect this year’s vaccine to be more effective and say that some protection is better than none at all. In addition to encouraging employees to get a flu shot, employers can help keep staff healthy by providing a clean workplace. That’s where we come in. The professionals at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca are experts at commercial cleaning, especially when it comes to all the surfaces that can retain bacteria and contaminants.

The flu is just one type of infectious disease that can be transmitted through personal contact. The cold weather season is the ideal time for diseases to propagate as more people are indoors and immune systems are under attack. Bacteria love any surface that is warm, damp, and has organic matter it can feed on. Germs can spread from hands to doors, door frames and handles, desktops, and countertops in mere seconds with the help of human contact. According to Mayo Clinic, germs can survive for hours and live longest on “stainless steel, plastic, and similar hard surfaces.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu strains can survive on flat surfaces such as tabletops and counters for two to eight hours.

Health experts urge you to wash your hands frequently, stay home if you’re ill, and avoid others who are sick. Employing the expert janitorial and commercial cleaning services of ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can provide huge benefits. We’ll thoroughly clean and disinfect common areas such as break area and conference rooms to help maintain a healthier and safer work environment. Keep your employees on the job this flu season by taking the extra effort to keep your business as clean and healthy as possible in Mankato, Waseca, and St. Peter. Call us today.

Fall Carpet Cleaning From ServiceMaster in Mankato and Waseca

The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes maintained that he could pick up any type of soil and identify which section of London it came from. He said that all soil is unique to its origins in formation and color. That skill often led to the apprehension of a criminal in his stories. Now, London is a large city, but it’s much smaller than the area around Mankato and Waseca that your family may traverse in a day or a week. What would Sherlock Holmes find in your carpet? Our job isn’t to analyze dirt beyond what we need to know to get rid of it. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can handle any kind of residential or commercial carpet cleaning with the right skills and equipment to remove the grime and make your home or office clean, fresh, and ready for winter.

In Victorian times, a stroll down the street might have been treacherous as horse carriages were still the main conveyance and the motorized street cleaner had yet to be invented. It was not uncommon to see boot scrapers near doorways and an ample supply of doormats. When you think about it, times haven’t changed all that much. We still have mud, sand, gravel, and dust in every roadway, and even more in rural areas. We also have flyaway organics from fall harvesting and airborne pollen and insects that enter your home as it gets cold. The variable weather also creates a cycling pattern in what people are tracking onto your floors. One week it may be wet leaves, the next muddy smudges or even petroleum-based dirt from driveways or garage floors. That mixture, combined with the higher humidity that leaves your carpets slightly damp through the day, can produce unpleasant odors that don’t require a nose like Holmes’ to notice. And Dr. Watson would be the first to advise that carpets at the change of season can be a breeding ground for mold spores and bacteria.

Now is a great time to let us accomplish your carpet cleaning before you encounter the winds of winter when you have other environmental factors to occupy your time. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best choice for residential and commercial carpet cleaning and deodorizing. As in Holmes’ days, people still have a mixture of hardwood floors and area rugs. We can take care of those as well. With our professionally trained technicians and materials it’s, well, elementary.

The Truth About Pet Carpet Stains and Odor Removal from ServiceMaster in Mankato and Waseca

As you begin to close windows and spend more time indoors along with your pets, you may notice odors from pet accidents that had been masked by other smells or in areas you hadn’t frequented. It’s also quite possible that your cat or dog is now spending more time inside and has greater chances to have an accident. Whatever the case, and whether you live in Mankato, Waseca, St. Peter, or surrounding areas, ServiceMaster is your best choice for residential carpet cleaning to eliminate not just the odor, but the chemicals causing the nasty smell.

The chemical mixture in pet stains depends a lot on the individual animal’s diet. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, the concentration of certain types of proteins can affect the acid content of urine, especially in cats, making it damaging to carpet and harder to get out. Urine can seep into the backing of carpets, cause deterioration of the materials, and actually combine with other chemicals to create a more potent mixture. Depending on heat and other conditions, the urine can damage the fibers of the carpet, as well as permanently stain the color. The Institute says that unless the urine can be completely removed, the odor won’t completely go away.

It’s best to treat animal stains immediately after they occur. Either a commercial pet stain product or a little non-lanolin dish liquid in a cup of water and then blotted with a series of white paper towels will work. If odors persist, you can try a similar solution with a cap of white vinegar substituted for the soap, and blot again until dry.

Given the cost of new carpeting and installation, cleaning your carpets regularly is your best bet to limit the potential damage of pet urine and of dirt in general. It won’t be long before you have guests coming over for holiday meals and festivities. To protect your investment and keep your home smelling great, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for quality professional home carpet cleaning and odor removal.

Wood Burning Safety Tips from ServiceMaster in Mankato and Waseca

It’s that time again. Temperatures are beginning to fall and you may be turning to some very traditional forms of heating your home or cabin. We’re talking wood here; the tried and true, great smelling, great sounding, even romantic form of combustion. Remember, the fireplace was what people watched before there was television! ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is all for warmth, but we also want you to be safe. Fire disaster and fire damage repair and restoration are a major part of our business and expertise, but we would rather help you prevent home and property loss.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal says fireplaces and chimneys caused 34 percent of the heating-related home fires in 2013. That doesn’t include fires caused by space heaters, wood stoves, or other heating devices. The dollar loss totaled nearly $2.5 million.

Those losses were all preventable. The University of Minnesota Extension office recommends all fireplaces and chimneys be cleaned each season before use and advises using a qualified chimney sweep. Other safeguards include always using a fire screen or curtain on the fireplace whenever in operation, and avoid using any type of flammable liquid to start a fire. Kindling is best, but don’t use evergreen branches. Keep a fire extinguisher in the same room as the fireplace, or no more than a few steps away. All it takes is a single spark or ember to fly onto a carpet or drape to start a fire.

Fires aren’t the only potential risk to your home from wood burning devices. Smoke backing up into a room can damage carpets, drapes, furniture, and textiles. Burning the wrong kind of wood can produce odors plus flue problems that cause soot deposits on your ceiling, walls, and room contents.

Be careful, follow the instructions on any wood burning fireplace or stove, and don’t leave a burning fire unattended. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is ready with any kind of fire damage repair or restoration, soot and odor removal, and smoke damage remediation. Whether you live in St. Peter, Waseca, Mankato, or surrounding communities, remember ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is here to help. Call us today.

Back to School Carpet Cleaning by ServiceMaster in Mankato and Waseca

Why would you want to clean your carpets just before school starts? The real questions is: why wouldn’t you? You’ve just experienced one of the most active twelve week periods of the year. Both people and pets spend much of their time outdoors in the dust, dirt and mud, and then bring a portion of that grime into your home. And you’ll be having people over for activities during the school year. Your home should look its best. A professional residential carpet cleaning service is what you need and that means ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

Summer takes its toll on carpets. You’ve been looking at the rooms in question and, short of a very obvious spill or stain, you may think things aren’t that bad. Consider your family and pets. No matter where they’ve been, they end up back in the house every night and what they bring in isn’t always obvious. A percentage of the dirt enters on their body, not just their feet. It’s the dirt you can’t immediately see, but it builds up, settling as grit and dust at the base of the carpet fibers. Then, as people walk across the carpet, they grind the dirt against the threads, damaging your investment.

All that enters the house is not simply soil. Minnesota summers are known for their insects, and the bugs that don’t enter on their own may hitch rides on pets or on clothing if people have been in the woods or on the farm. That organic matter also falls into the carpet unnoticed and deteriorates. Pollen enters a home as well and provides food for insects that manage to survive. Add to that any residual pet or food stains that you’ve done your best to clean up. There’s always something left behind.

You don’t want that combination to stay in your carpet through the fall and winter months. Make sure your home is completely clean and ready for fall activities and hospitality. Call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the most thorough home carpet cleaning. Then look at your carpet after the job is done. You’ll see the difference.

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