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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of East Louisville today at  502-244-7985 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Cleaning Hints and Tips

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Helpful Cleaning Tips from SERVPRO of East Louisville

Cleaning Hints and Tips

Crayon on walls: Pour a little dry-cleaning solvent on a soft towel (terrycloth works best). Start my blotting. If stain does not completely gone, rub gently, ensuring you feather outward from the center. This will work on most surfaces except antique wallpaper. You can also try one of the Mr. Clean sponges- the type you dampen before using. These sponges work great on many soils on both flat and semi/gloss painted surfaces.

Blood Stains (washable fabrics, carpet and upholstery only): Soak with cold water for about 30 minutes. If stain remains mix a little water with some unseasoned commercial meat tenderizer (this breaks down the protein in the blood). Soak for about 15 minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Allow to air dry- do not use a hair dryer, it may cause fabric to shrink.

Glass Cleaner: For best results use either crumpled newspaper or pages from a phone book.

Lightly Soiled Glass: ½ cup lemon juice, 1 gallon distilled water

Extremely Dirty Glass: 1 tablespoon household ammonia, 3 tablespoons denatured alcohol or vinegar, 1 quart warm water

All Purpose Cleaner: Dampen a sponge in the mixture, wipe surface. This is a mild abrasive, do not use on glass, chrome or other polished type of surfaces.

¼ cup baking Soda, 1 quart of warm water

Furniture Polish: Use a spray bottle to apply to wood surfaces, wipe clean with a soft cloth.

1 teaspoon lemon oil, 1 pint mineral oil

Brass and Copper Cleaner: Apply paste to item and let stand for 15 minutes. Wipe/buff clean using a soft white cloth. Make sure you turn the cloth so you are using a clean area at all times.

1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup vinegar, Enough flour to make a paste

Red Wine Stains: First try step 1, if stain remains try step 2. Remember, always blot, never rub the carpet or faberic. Rubbing damages the fibers, which may cause the stain to set. Once the stain has stopped transferring to the cloth, blot area with ¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid in one-cup water. Follow up with a clean water rinse. Always allow the area to air dry.

Step #1: Soak area with either club soda or white wine. Allow to set for 5 minutes. Blot area with clean white cloth until the stain stops transferring to the cloth.

Step #2: Mix ? cup white vinegar and ? cup water. Blot in the same manner as above.  

Coffee or Fruit Juice Stains on hard-surface flooring (not for wood or laminate flooring): Soak a clean white towel in the mixture below. Place the towel over the stain for several hours. Repeat up to 4 times. Rinse area clean with warm water.

1- part Glycerine

3- parts warm water

BBQ Grill or Oven Racks: Place rack in a large black plastic trash bag. Pour enough ammonia to cover all areas. Tie bag closed and allow to sit for at least 24-hours. It is best to do this outside to prevent the smell of ammonia from entering your living areas. Remove bag and hose off. Wipe BBQ grill racks with the rinsing mixture listed above for red wine stains (This is to remove any remaining ammonia residue). 

Smoke Alarms: When you vacuum your carpet, vacuum the outside of all your alarms. When you change the batteries (Spring and Fall), vacuum the inside of the alarm.

Ballpoint-ink Stains: Place the garment stain side-down on a clean white towel and blot the area from the backside with a clean-white cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol can remove ink stains on cloths. By blotting from the backside of the fabric, the stain is pulled away from the surface, which increases the chance of its removal.

Mold or Mildew:  Spray mixture on surface and allow to set for 10 minutes. Wipe surface with a cloth damped with mixture. To remove residue and odor of bleach, rinse surface with warm soapy water.

1 part bleach, 10 parts warm water

Candle Wax on Carpet: First try step 1, if stain remains try step 2. Remember, always blot, never rub the carpet or fabric. Rubbing damages the fibers, which may cause the stain to set. Once the stain has stopped transferring to the cloth, blot the area with ¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid in one-cup water. Follow up with a clean water rinse. Always allow the area to air dry.

Step #1: Fill a pot with ice and place on the wac until it is frozen solid, and then hit the wax with a hammer. Use a vacuum to remove the small pieces of wax.

Step #2: Place a brown paper bag or clean white towel over the wax and heat with a warm (not hot) iron. Move the towel or bag to a clean area a few times. Continue until the wax is gone.

Pet Stains (Urine or Vomit): Nature’s Miracle. You can find it at most large pet stores.

Need Cleaning Services?
Call SERVPRO of East Louisville Today – (502) 897-3608

Summer Office Declutter Check

6/30/2016 (Permalink)

Clean desks lead to more productivity, more productivity leads to raises, raises lead to island vacations!

Put Some Clean In Your Summer 

Tips and tricks to help declutter your office.      

Divide Your Workplace Into Zones: Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

Keep Only What You Need At Arm's Length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've established for them.

Create A Daily Paper System: Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled "To Read", "To Do", and "To File". Establish set days for each, so that you don't get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

Sort Your Catch-All Drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.

Eliminate Digital Clutter: Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files - with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

Disinfect Regularly: Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

Information courtesy of SERVPRO's Restoration Newsline Volume 26, Issue 4. Serving local residents, property managers, and business owners for over 20 years, SERVPRO of East Louisville offer fire and water restoration, water removal, biohazard cleanup, mold remediation, air duct cleaning, inventory services, carpet and hard floor cleaning and care.