Mold Removal in Mankato, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides Mold Removal Services in Mankato, MN

It seems odd that a particle less than half the width of a human hair could cause so much damage and distress. Yet, every year, mold takes its toll on property and health in homes and businesses across the country. With the degree of moisture present in Mankato and Waseca, MN this summer, mold spores are growing and spreading behind walls and in damp, lower-lying areas in your home or business. ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca is your best option for mold removal and remediation.

Temperature, moisture, and a food source are all it takes for mold spores to propagate. It eats almost anything organic or made from organic components. That includes cardboard, paper, wood, and many types of building materials, as well as many textiles and fabrics. Mold can even survive and grow on stainless steel if there is organic residue on the surface. Temperature is less of a factor. While warm and humid conditions are ideal, mold can still grow in the cold. Mold detection, removal, and mold damage repair are specialties of ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

You can usually detect mold with your nose. Spore colonies are distinguished by a damp or musty smell, especially in basements and close areas. You may or may not see any signs of mold – patches of black or dark green on mopboards or drywall – but it may already be causing allergies among your family members or employees. Let ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca handle mold removal in your house or facility. Call us today to schedule an inspection. We’ll find the mold and make your surroundings healthy again.

The Challenge of Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup in Mankato and Waseca, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca provides Fire and Smoke Restoration in Mankato, MN and surrounding areas

Whatever is not charred or destroyed by fire can often be saved and restored. Yet in many instances, when the actual fire damage is minimal, smoke damage can be extensive and require a variety of techniques to make an interior and its furnishings like new again. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is ideally suited to take on fire and smoke damage restoration.

Why is smoke damage so difficult to restore? Every surface is different. From wood to plastics to fabrics and textiles to metal, each has a different molecular structure that determines the surface geography. To that, add the additional variables of the smoke itself. Smoke particles come in a range of sizes and shapes depending on the molecular makeup of the fuel mixtures that fed the fire. Often an electrical fire will contain plastics from wires, while various chemicals stored in close proximity will reflect whatever was in that potentially caustic cocktail mixture.

It’s important that smoke and fire restoration begin as soon as possible because the damage doesn’t stop when the fire is out. The longer smoke residue is allowed to seep into a surface, the harder it is to clean. Plus, the chemicals may continue to react with each other or with the chemistry of the surface material and make the damage much worse.

If that isn’t complex enough, consider that smoke permeates everything, including the inside of appliances, cupboards, closets, HVAC systems, vents, and ducts. The odor will remain unless all surfaces are effectively cleaned properly. No matter one’s diligence, it is difficult to reach all the nooks and crannies with the right cleaning materials using the right technique. The best solution overall is to use a professionally trained restoration company, qualified to tackle smoke odors and residue. If your home or business has been hit by a fire, even a small one, consider the long-lasting detriments of smoke particles. Contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for a prompt response and the best possible solution.

Janitorial Services Can Improve Productivity in Mankato and Waseca, MN

ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca provides janitorial services in Mankato, MN and the surrounding communities

In a cost-saving measure, a company we know of cut back on its office cleaning. Employees were asked to empty their own wastebaskets and be more careful not to drop things on the carpet because they would be vacuumed less frequently. Some employees put off their trash duties because they were too busy. Others delayed because they felt it wasn’t something they were hired to do. There was also a morale impact: Consciously or unconsciously, people felt the company thought less of them because of the change. The result was dirtier offices and a decline in productivity. For optimum efficiency and clean facilities, consider keeping or adding a professional janitorial service in Mankato and Waseca on call, like ServiceMaster of Mankato.

That may be one case study, but the concept of a clean work environment enhancing productivity has been proven. Freeing the indoor air of dust, pollen, and other allergens and contaminants can improve worker efficiency from 4 to 16 percent, according to studies by the Environmental Protection Agency and other research organizations. A productivity study published by researchers at Brigham Young University showed 88 percent of those surveyed had better concentration in a clean office space. The perception of orderliness throughout a company is important to send the message that everyone is on the same page and that a well-organized environment is a priority.

Then there’s the health issue. The biggest lag on productivity is time away from work. Regular cleaning, disinfecting of surfaces, and removal of trash where bacteria can linger will help keep employees healthy. If modern, professional cleaning services keep one virus from spreading, you may save one workday per employee per cold season, not to mention bacterial infections or allergies.

If you want to keep your employees motivated and on the job, keep your business clean. Contact ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca today for professional janitorial services in Mankato and Waseca, MN.

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!

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!

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.

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