Energy levels are likely at an annual high in your Mankato, MN, area school as the snow is starting to melt and the sun is beginning to shine longer. As the students are getting back into the swing of warm weather, your school building is likely experience a range of new messes to accompany the change in temperature. The good news is that ServiceMaster of Mankato’s janitorial services are just the experts you need to shake off the last signs of winter and transition into a warmer, cleaner school season.
A big part of spring school cleaning in Minnesota is removing all evidence that winter ever occurred. This means cleaning the salt and snow off floors and carpets, ensuring that tiles are free of sand and dirt, and ensuring that any and all slippery remnants of winter have been removed. Once winter has been scraped, swept, and dusted out of the building, prepping for spring can really begin.
Spring is a vital time for effective janitorial services in schools. With spring comes spring sports, outside gym time, allergy season, and dozens of new ways that your school can encounter pollen, dust, and mud. With professional janitorial services, you can ensure that your students have a clean, safe, and allergy friendly environment dedicated to learning and healthy activity without distraction.
Plus, establishing a consistent janitorial team to handle your spring school cleaning is a great way to ensure that your building will be ready for summer activities. Whether your buildings are given a summer-long reprieve or they’re a hot stop for summer learning, you can count on our professional janitorial services to keep the building pristine and ready for whatever summer may throw at it.
Finding janitorial services that can keep up with students can be a difficult task, but ServiceMaster of Mankato’s school cleaning team ensures a clean and safe space for your staff, teachers, and pupils. If your Mankato, MN, area school is interested in comprehensive school cleaning contact us today at (507) 388-6339 or visit our website here for additional details!
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.
There’s a classic old torch song called “When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and when it’s your home that is torched or scorched, the smoke gets everywhere, and it stays there until it’s removed. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, smoke damage becomes worse over time, decreasing the value of your home and increasing the cost of repair. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is on call to help remove any odors in your home, but especially the tough ones caused by fire. Acting promptly is important to save your property and save you money in the long run.
Why is smoke damage such a problem?
Smoke goes everywhere. It seeps behind cupboards, into refrigerators, through your clothes closets, and into dressers. It gets behind your walls, into your ceilings, and throughout your duct system. Those are all areas that you don’t immediately see, but if they’re not thoroughly cleaned, you’ll be smelling smoke for months or years.
That answers the question as to why you can’t “DIY” your smoke odors away. You need someone with the techniques and means to access all those impossible-to-reach places. Plus, smoke can be greasy and smeary due to chemical reactions in the fire or the materials that burned. That requires a special approach to remove or neutralize the residue.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has some tips on cleaning up your interiors after a fire:
- Clean, disinfect, and deodorize all carpets and area rugs
- Clean and disinfect all cabinets and surfaces in every room
- Wash or dry-clean all clothing, bedding, and towels in the house
- Clean all upholstery and drapery
- Wash and clean every dish, glass, pot, and household item, including collectables, vases, art objects, and musical instruments
- Professionally clean all HVAC ducting and equipment, and change filters monthly for the next year
- Power wash decking, windows, and walks so particles aren’t tracked or blown in from outside
It sounds like a lot, and it is. We can make it simple for you. Call ServiceMaster for the best and most comprehensive smoke and odor removal service in Mankato, Waseca, Blue Earth, and surrounding communities.
ServiceMaster Restore franchisees collaborated together Monday, June 8th as the title sponsor for the 2015 ServiceMaster Restore Collegiate Players Tour, presented by State Farm Insurance. The event was held at Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee, MN, and allows competitive collegiate players to compete during the summer months in a one-of-a kind tournament. A total of 60 people participated in the event, a turnout that will hopefully increase at next year’s tournament.
Not only did the tournament provide golf enthusiasts the opportunity to play alongside Professional Golfers Association (PGA) hopefuls, but it was also a fundraiser. Through registration fees and sponsorships, $9,200 was raised for the Ronald McDonald House. Each year, the Ronald McDonald House serves thousands of families whose children are receiving medical care by providing financial and housing assistance. The franchise planning committee was excited to see the event come together for a great cause supported by all the players, agents and vendors who participated that day.
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.
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!
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.
Every 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.