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.

Prepare Your Home and Carpets for Winter in Mankato and Waseca, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides winter carpet cleaning services.

Airflow is important in a home, whether to keep it cool in the summer or well heated in the winter. To help make your home more energy efficient you may have had your utility come out to check for leaks in your walls, ceilings, and windows. Perhaps you “winterized” by caulking around windows and doors and adding weather stripping. That special effort is great when you’re trying to save on heating bills, but let’s go back to the air that’s already in your home. If you’re going to spend three, four, or five months indoors with that same air circulating, you want to ensure that it’s clean. You can clean your furnace and ducts, but what about your carpets? It’s time for a professional carpet cleaning by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca, before you close up your house for the winter!

Plenty of bacteria, spores, and pollen can be resting in your carpets, not counting any of the smallest insects that you can’t easily see that may have already entered the house to avoid the cold outside. Add to that the food spills from parties and meals over the last few months and any kind of dust or dirt that the kids and your visitors have tracked in. Your regular cleaning, no matter how diligent you may be, doesn’t capture everything. Also lingering in the carpet may be dander and hair from pets as well as residue from pet accidents. The chemicals, organics, inorganics, and dust may interact with each other, causing further deterioration and damage to your carpet. Now consider what all that may be doing to the air inside your home. That’s not something you want your family inhaling for weeks on end. And, if anyone in the house has an allergy, it’s probably going to get worse.

Take the time now, when there’s not any snow on the ground, to have a thorough, professional carpet cleaning in your Mankato or Waseca, MN home. Trust us, as you breathe easier, you’ll be glad you did! For a winter carpet cleaning that will last you until spring, call us today!

Mold Removal in Waseca Homes and Businesses

ServiceMaster of Mankato provides mold remediation services and black mold elimination in Waseca, MN.

To most people, mold may not seem like quite a threat. It’s just an organism that helps with decay and breakdown in nature, isn’t it? While that is true, when mold gains a foothold in your home, it becomes more of a nuisance than a help. Mold can cause health problems for those in your building, so remediation is necessary, always. Be sure to call ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca for mold removal services in Waseca, MN.

Mold can cause health problems for your family and friends in two ways. First, exposure to mold spores can cause an immune reaction with the body’s defensive system, producing antibodies to combat the allergens. Once the exposure is over, the antibodies remain, leaving the immune system sensitized to mold. Any time the slightest contact with mold reoccurs the person can suffer allergy symptoms which include itching, watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, and respiratory discomfort.

Secondary concerns lay with the far more serious illnesses mold can inflict upon a person at the time of exposure. The Mayo Clinic states that mold can also have a toxic or poisonous effect where mold irritates the airways and lungs. This irritation not only causes the above listed allergy symptoms but also pneumonia, flu-like symptoms, headaches, extreme fatigue, dizziness and problems thinking. It all depends on the type of mold, the extent of the exposure, and the individual’s original health.

Anyone can be at risk for health issues from mold, but risk is more likely when they live or work in a structure that has been damp for some time. If not properly and immediately attended to, floods and water damage almost always leave moisture behind in a building. This allows mold to grow and thrive behind dry wall and other contained areas where droplets can be trapped and the spores can find food, such as wood or paper.

Mold can also thrive in any home in a humid climate. If the humidity in an enclosed space exceeds 60 percent, it’s enough to support mold colonies. Moisture can also come from condensation on water pipes, seepage, leaks, or poor drainage. Poor ventilation can also cause mold, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Basements are almost always suspected because that’s where most of the exposed piping is, along with open drains and cooler temperatures. Mold can also crop up under carpets or padding, wallpaper, baseboards, on ducting, wood supports, or in crawl spaces.

The best protection from mold is prevention by using dehumidifiers and creating ample ventilation. The second step is mold removal and remediation, where a professional team locates the mold, removes it, replaces the damaged parts of your building, and then takes protective measures to keep it from recurring.

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca is the professional mold removal company that you need in Waseca, MN. Proper remediation includes removing mold, treating the source of moisture, and making sure that mold spores are also removed. Contact ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca immediately for mold removal and to keep your building (and its inhabitants) healthy.

Water Removal and Floor Drying in Mankato and Waseca, MN

 ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides water drying and removal services in the Mankato, MN area.

If the last few years have taught us anything in Minnesota, it’s that the weather is becoming less predictable than ever. Near record-breaking rainfall earlier in the year gave way to a dry spell, both extremes causing problems for farmers and others. This climate uncertainty is all the more reason why you should keep ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca’s contact information handy. Heavy rains and flash floods can mean an overnight disaster if your home isn’t completely prepared. If the worst does happen, we are your best bet for water removal and floor drying in Mankato and Waseca, whether it be vinyl, hardwood or carpet.

The best time to inspect your property and perform preventative maintenance is while the weather is relatively warm and dry. When folks hear the words flooding or basement water, they generally think about sewer backups, failed sump pumps, or nearby rivers overflowing their banks. It’s just as likely to be caused by cracks in a foundation, damaged or lose water pipes or faucets, or openings in basement windows, vents or uncovered window wells. Check the drainage and slope in your yard. Any changes in landscaping or erosion in the terrain from last year may spell trouble during a rainy fall season or a quickly melting snowfall later on.

You don’t need much water in your home to cause damage. An inch or less can damage flooring and cause mold and mildew if not removed quickly. The longer materials remain saturated, the greater the damage. Soil or sewage in the flood water just makes things worse. If you encounter home flooding this season, act fast. Call us right away for water extraction and drying of your floors in Mankato, Waseca and surrounding communities. We have all the right equipment at hand and can respond and be working in far less time than it would take you to rent equipment and try to manage a disastrous situation on your own.

Tile Cleaning in Mankato and Waseca, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca provides tile cleaning, grout cleaning, and other specialty cleaning services

Modern ceramics have made great strides in usefulness and functionality compared to the unfinished stone flooring of many years ago. And, they are the ideal alternative to wood or carpet in high activity areas. Still, tile does become stained and soiled, not to mention the grout surrounding the tile which needs to be refreshed more frequently. As tile is often used in high traffic areas in the home and most areas in business, the need for professional attention can become quite apparent over time. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can be the answer for tile cleaning in your home or business.

Stains can come from organic or chemical spills including solvents, paints, tomato sauce, and other acidic foods. Some can result in surface discoloration, while others can seep below the surface coatings on the tiles and require extra effort to remove. If not sealed properly, grout can readily absorb liquids and become discolored. In the case of bathrooms, the grout can absorb urine and give off a continuous odor as well. In heavy-use kitchens – at home or in restaurants or schools – the grout can retain odors and stains, making for an unpleasant appearance and a distasteful, lingering smell.

Spot fixes can be individually done, but the last thing you want to do is spend time on your hands and knees with a toothbrush. Tile cleaning is a primary specialty of ServiceMaster. We have the range of training and techniques, as well as cleaning solutions and equipment to match any type of hard surface floor. We’ll return your tile to its original color and refresh the grout, providing protection to keep it that way. For the best value in professional tile cleaning in Mankato, Waseca, and St. Peter and surrounding areas, call ServiceMaster today.

Get Ready for Fall with Residential Carpet Cleaning in Mankato and Waseca, MN

SerivceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides Home Carpet Cleaning in Mankato, MN and surrounding areas

Is the residue of summer weighing on your carpet? Stains, smears, drips, spills from food, other organics, oil and chemicals all take their toll during a busy summer. You’ve been on the go to events, the beach, or the woods, and everything you’ve come into contact with has left a little souvenir on your floor covering. Now is the best time to make a clean break with summer and what it left behind. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will pretreat, clean and help preserve your home’s carpets and rugs in time for fall.

The change in season and activities will bring family, visitors, and perhaps business colleagues into your home. They won’t be outside around the picnic table, but inside around the dining table. Fall is a continuous string of events and holidays with activities and preparations that may be headquartered in your home. Things are picking up at church and with your civic groups. With a clean carpet, you can volunteer your living room for small group gatherings or brainstorming sessions. Don’t let the other person do all the hosting. You’ll feel more willing and confident to do your part with a clean home!

Now is a great time to schedule before the pre-holiday bookings begin to fill up. No matter what style or age your carpeting may be, we will treat it as if it were in our own home. From pet stains and odors to unsightly food pigments you weren’t able to remove on your own, ServiceMaster professionals will make your carpet and rugs like new again. Call us today for the best value in Mankato, Waseca and surrounding communities.

Institutional Janitorial Cleaning in Mankato and Waseca, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca provides institutional and janitorial cleaning services in Mankato and nearby areas.

Janitorial services can be problematic, inflexible, and limited. Some companies will do floors and carpets, but not windows. Schedules may not meet your operational needs. And when your need is somewhat special, as in some institutions and schools, limited service isn’t optimal. Those are non-issues when it comes to ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca. Our janitorial services are dependable, professional, and flexible enough to match any schedule. We are sensitive to the needs of differing institutions and can bring sufficient staff to the scene when time is critical.

Now is the time when you may need extra janitorial help, as you make ready for new students, more activities, or special events as we head toward the fall season. Your regular janitorial staff may be limited or not have the equipment for large scale cleaning on a limited time frame. You may be in need of that deep cleaning of carpets, vinyl, tile, or other hard surface flooring that happens once a year. Perhaps you’ve had a turnover in staff and need to accomplish a lot of cleaning in a large building in a short time. We can help. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca employs professionals that have seen and cleaned it all and know how to move through facilities efficiently, with maximum effect.

If you want your stakeholders – whether parents, administrators, school board members, or trustees – to have confidence in their institution and its leadership, let them have a good first impression when they walk into the facilities. Rely on the best in commercial, educational and institutional janitorial services in the Mankato, Waseca, and St. Peter area. ServiceMaster is the name you can depend on for the best in cleaning and value. Call us today for janitorial cleaning services!

Carpet Cleaning in Mankato, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato offers professional carpet cleaning in Mankato, MN and surrounding areas.

When you are preparing to sell or rent a home, there is one thing that can leave a terrible impression with potential buyers and renters: dirty and stained carpets. Often overlooked on a daily basis, your high traffic areas of carpet probably require a thorough professional carpet cleaning. If you have carpets that need cleaning, call Service Master of Mankato, MN and they will ensure your carpet is professionally and meticulously cleaned and restored.

It is very important to properly remove all dirt and oils from your carpet, otherwise you could be just pushing the filth deeper into the fibers and severely diminishing the lifespan of your carpet. A professional carpet cleaning will guarantee that your carpet is systematically cleaned, leaving no dirt, oil, or stains behind. Carpet cleaning is quite affordable and it could be the solution to selling or renting faster, as it gives your home a new carpet look without the high cost of replacement.

Carpet cleaning can also lengthen the life of your carpet. Ignoring proper and timely carpet cleaning will result in premature wear, untreatable stains, and permanent damage requiring costly replacement. Maybe you own an apartment building or duplex and continually have new yearly tenants. You can extend the life of your carpets by making sure they are properly cleaned and restored by the professionals at ServiceMaster of Mankato.

Are you in need of carpet cleaning in Mankato, MN? Do you want your carpets to look new and refreshed? Then please, call ServiceMaster of Mankato today!

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