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I have a strange odor in my Attleboro, MA house.

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

I have a strange odor in my Attleboro, MA house.

One thing you don't want to happen at your home is to have a usual odor.

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we're experts in odor neutralization and removal! 

Odors can come from both inside or outside the house. When you smell something, sometimes you can identify the scent, but other times you may be clueless as to the scent. Unusual odors could come from air ducts, mold, overheating electronics. 

Our team has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these odors. By identifying the odor, no matter how strong our powerful products are capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize the unpleasant odor thoroughly over time. 

Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros at (508) 223-0505

https://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com/odor-removal-deodorization

Certified SERVPRO Cleaned | Fall River, MA

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Although our local restaurants and stores have been open for a while now, at SERVPRO, we want everyone to be as safe as possible, which is why we offer Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned as a defensive cleaning program!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that we offer for our local businesses and other commercial locations. This is a proactive cleaning program that will go way beyond what your day to day janitorial staff can handle. 

We want you, your employees, and guests to be as safe as possible during these uncertain times, so you can remain open 

As your #1 local choice for cleanup and restoration, we have more than 50 years of experience, training, and expertise to make your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Give us a call at 508-223-0505 with any questions about our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program or any of our other services! We're here to help!

Removing Permanent Marker Stains | Attleboro, MA

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Remove stains like a pro! Tackle those stains and show 'em who's boss!

We've all seen it...the moment when your child, grandchild, niece/nephew picks up that sharpie and writes on the 

  • Wall
  • Counter
  • Window
  • Couch 

(and anything else they can reach)

Panic probably sets in trying to get to the stain before it sets in.

That's what we're here to help with!! Here are some of our favorite DIY stain removal techniques for those marker, juice, and food stains!!

Removing permanent marker from walls

Grab your handy dandy toothpaste for this one! 

Toothpaste method: Put a small dab of white toothpaste with a cloth directly onto the affected area. Don't use gel toothpaste. Run to your local dollar store and grab a tube of regular white toothpaste. Use a circular motion to remove the mark and voila!! No more stain!

Be very careful when you're rubbing the walls, however. You won't want the paint to come off (unless you have the paint handy still, you can paint over it...in that case, paint over the stain itself)

Removing permanent marker from your countertops

So, you noticed some marker on your countertops... easy fix!!

Say you have quartz countertops... luckily for you that's one of the easier types to clean, but not the most stain proof. 

Bring out the toothpaste again!! Use the same method as the wall, let the toothpaste sit for 10 minutes then use a damp cloth to wipe clean! (This works for most tile floors too ;)

If your countertops are a lighter color, use lemon juice and salt.... yes...salt. Let it sit for an hour and wipe with a damp cloth!

Granite countertops: Use hydrogen peroxide... don't let it sit for too long though. 

Laminate countertops (and floors): Here's that toothpaste again!! Use toothpaste mixed with some baking soda, rubbing alcohol, or the handy dandy magic eraser!

Removing permanent marker from glass (dishes/windows...)

You have a handful of options here...

  • Toothpaste and baking soda (MVP's of this blog)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail polish remover 

Take your cleaner of choice, out it on a paper towel and wipe away those marks!! 

Removing permanent marker from your couch or other upholstered furniture

You'll need 

  • Vinegar
  • Water 
  • Dish washing soap 
  • Clean (white) cloths - White so you can see the stain lift! 
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Sponges

Mix together 1 tbsp of the dish soap, one tbsp vinegar, and two cups of cold water. 

Take a sponge and dip it into the mixture and dab it onto the marker spots until they're damp. Not soaked. Let this sit for 20-30 minutes and blot the stain every 5 minutes and watch that marker come out of the couch! 

Using your rubbing alcohol, use a new cloth and dab the alcohol around the stain, working from the outside in. Don't rub it in, dab it! 

If any stains of any kind have proven to be too much for you to DIY, give us a call at 508-223-0505, we're here to help!!

Keeping your tile floors clean and shiny! | Seekonk, MA

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Just like any other part of your house, you want to keep your floors looking clean, shiny, and good as new!! When it comes to tile, most people choose it because it's relatively easy to clean and maintain. Obviously, you still have to take good care of tile floors. 

Vacuuming 

Dirt enters your home every day, from pets, kids shoes, and just opening the door can bring in some dirt/dust. 

Getting into the habit of vacuuming, dry mopping, or dusting every day is the fastest way to keep your floor looking clean! Avoid using regular or straw brooms on the tile floor, it can scratch the tile. 

Using a door mat or area rug 

If your entry way has tile flooring, consider placing a door mat inside and outside the door! This will help capture most of the loose dirt and debris on your shoes before you step on the floors. 

Another way to prevent dirt from coming inside the other rooms, have your guests and family members take their shoes off before coming inside, that'll prevent dirt from being anywhere

Having area rugs on flooring that is in a high traffic spot of the home will prevent any scratching of the floor and, again, prevent dirt from being tracked and built up around your home. 

Mopping 

Mopping your tile floors once a week will get rid of the dirt and grime from the week. Use warm water and you can add a mild detergent, or tile cleaner, just be sure to check and make sure any cleaner won't damage your tiles. Be sure to dry mop your floor after wet mopping. You don't want anyone to slip and fall!

Deep cleaning

It's recommended that you deep clean your floors twice a week. Once a week should be good if you vacuum/mop every day or every other day. If your floors get really dirty, twice a week would probably be better. 

To deep clean your floors, mix together a solution of:

  1. 1 gallon of warm water 
  2. 1/2 cup of white vinegar 

If you don't have vinegar, you can also use rubbing alcohol. 

This is a great way to clean your floors without using any harsh chemicals! 

If something spilled and you need to clean up a stain, use a 1:1 ratio of scouring powder and warm water.  

Grout

While we just discussed how to keep the actual tiles clean, we can't forget about the grout! 

To go the simple, easy, at home solution route, you can mix together baking soda and water to create a paste. Spread the paste onto the grout and let it sit for a few hours, or even overnight. After letting the paste sit, use an old (or new) toothbrush and scrub away! Rinse with warm water and see the magic of baking soda right before your eyes LOL!! 

(Seriously, we've tried this and it works amazing!!)

As long as you keep up with cleaning your floors, they'll still look great!! If cleaning your tile, hardwood, carpet, even linoleum floors is too much for you, give us a call at 508-223-0505, we're here to help clean your residential and commercial property!!

Vandals struck my Attleboro commercial business!

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Walking up to your business to see vandals have sprayed graffiti all over the building and have broken windows can be devastating. That's why at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we offer vandalism and graffiti cleanup. We want to help take some of the stress from you and get it cleaned up ASAP! Turn to us for quick and efficient vandalism cleanup and restoration services! 

Vandalism can include: 

- Cutting trees without permission

- Taking up plants without permission 

- Egging

- Breaking windows 

- Arson

- Graffiti / tagging

- Keying 

- Defacement 

It's best to contact us right away when you see any vandalism done to your property. Removing graffiti and physical damage ASAP is important to prevent any secondary damage. For example if you have broken windows, animals, debris and rain/water can get inside, causing mold and other damage that can be prevented!  

If other taggers see your property has been tagged, they will follow the leader and you'll come back to even more. If your property has suffered from physical damage such as broken windows, again, or doors, it is no longer secure. 

By calling the pros at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, you will get professionally trained teams who have tools, experience, and training to get the job done! 

We are trained to use the safest and most efficient cleanup procedures for any type of vandalism you may encounter. Ensuring your school, home, office, gym or other property is restored to it's previous (preloss) condition. 

If you come home or into work and see any vandalism, call SERVPRO of The Attleboro at (508) 223-0505, we'll  try to make your day brighter and make it "Like it never even happened." 

Household Cleaners to Disinfect your Swansea home

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

To properly disinfect your home, using any EPA-registered (environmental protection agency) products is recommended. Be sure you are using products appropriate for each surface! 

If you don't have any proper disinfectants, some household items can work! 

Make a bleach solution with:

- 1/3 cup of bleach per 1 gallon of water

- 4 teaspoons of bleach per 1 quart of water 

Be sure the area you are using this bleach solution in is well ventilated! 

NEVER mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners. This will create very dangerous vapors that should not be breathed in. 

Areas that are "high-touch" should be cleaned often, every day ideally. 

These areas include:

- Doorknobs

- Light switches

- Desks

- Toilets 

- Faucets

- Remotes 

When using EPA registered products, make sure you're checking the time the surface should remain wet to kill all germs possible. Click here for a list of EPA registered disinfectants.

Vinegar is also a natural, household item that you probably already have that is a great disinfecting agent! It has been shown to kill germs. The acid that is in vinegar is what kills the bacteria and viruses. 

Mix water and vinegar at a 1:1 ratio. 

When using vinegar as a disinfectant, it is important to note that it needs to be in contact with the surface for at least 20 minutes. 30 minutes is ideal. The best vinegar to use to kill flu like viruses is white vinegar because it is the most acidic. 

It's also important to note that it isn't recommended to use your vinegar solution on natural stone (marble), cast iron, or aluminum. 

Hydrogen peroxide is also great at killing germs! It's naturally antibacterial! Just be careful when using this, it can stain clothes and porous surfaces (such as marble). Hydrogen peroxide should be used diluted with water.

If you require cleaning and sanitation in your Swansea home, condos, apartments, or businesses, give us a call at (508) 223-0505. We have the resources to help you right away! Check out our website for more!  

Commercial cleaning - Swansea

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Clean ceiling after SERVPRO service After photo of a fire department ceiling that was cleaned by the SERVPRO of the Attleboros team in October 2019.

Commercial Cleaning Services 

Did you know that SERVPRO doesn't just help you clean up after disaster strikes?? Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we know that the appearance of your commercial property speaks volumes to your current and possible clients, even your employees! We're here to help. 

Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros at (508) 223-0505 or visit our website for more information. 

We can clean your restaurant hoods, deep clean the carpets or floor of your office, remove that awful odor that's been lingering for weeks, and even clean the HVAC units & air ducts of your business. 

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros our commercial cleaning services include:

- Odor removal & deodorization

- Ceilings, floors, & walls

- Carpet & upholstery

- Drapes & blinds

- Air ducts & HVAC

- Vandalism

- Bio-hazard & sewage 

- Trauma & crime scene 

Call us now at (508) 223-0505 to get your Swansea business space cleaned and looking good as new!

SERVPRO Spiced Cider Deodorizer - Available Limited Time Only

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

a storm with caption "SERVPRO National Preparedness Month Are you Ready?" September = National Preparedness Month

It will be officially Fall on Monday, September 23rd, so we at SERVPRO of The Attleboros have a new product we want to tell you about. 

This works on all surfaces and has a delightful spiced apple cider scent which is perfect for getting your residence or commercial property smelling great for guests and customers for Autumn. Use this product while you can because it is limited edition. 

How to Use 

Light-Medium Odors - Mix 1 cup of Spiced Cider Deodorizer with 1 gallon of water

Heavy Odors - Mix 2 cups of Spiced Cider Deodorizer with 1 gallon of water 

The warning label says to ALWAYS pretest a small area in case of an adverse reaction to the product. 

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at 508-223-0505 for your residential or commercial restoration needs. We restore properties in North Attleboro, Seekonk, Swansea, Attleboro Falls, and surrounding areas of Massachusetts. We also mitigate mold, soot, and smoke damage as well!

Eco-Friendly Benefect Botanical Disinfectant - Attleboro

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Gallon of Benefect Botanical Disinfectant cleaner Benefect Botanical Disinfectant Cleaner

Benefect Botanical Disinfectant

Many of today's cleaning products have chemicals that aren't exactly healthy for the human body. With pressing environmental issues, it's important to use safe cleaning products that are eco-friendly whenever possible. SERVPRO of The Attleboros uses Benefect Botanical Disinfectant is an EPA-registered product with no wiping or rinsing required. All you have to do is shake before use and then spray the desired area, wait 10 minutes, and then wipe the surface with a rag or paper towel. There are no warnings for use and is totally safe around children and pets. it has a refreshing lemon and spice smell due to the essential oils it contains.

Benefect has multiple uses and protects against blood-born pathogens like Tuberculosis. It can clean surfaces with fungi and deodorize. This product has a shelf life of 3 YEARS and covers 1000-1200 square feet per gallon. It can be stored at room temperature.

Commercial Cleaning Services

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Along with residential cleaning services, SERVPRO of the Attleboros also offers extensive commercial cleaning services. We understand that the majority of your time during the week may be spent either at a desk or table in some sort of enclosed environment. No one wants to work in an area riddled with mold, odor(s), or poor air-quality. We have the technology, crew, and motivated drive to get the job done right and to get it done quickly.

Our crews have the specialized training in a wide range of services that can get you and your property back to business in a matter of no time.

Our cleaning services include the following:

For more information regarding any of these matters, feel free to give us a call @ (508)-223-0505.

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