Using Essential Oils for Green Cleaning
Essential oils are a great way to tackle some cleaning projects!
Using Essential Oils for Green Cleaning
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant-derived oils. These oils are extracted from plants and contain the natural scent and property of the plant which they derive from. Essential oils are frequently diffused into the air for aromatherapy, and can also be used in cleaning. Because they are solely plant-derived, they are 100 percent all natural and contain many beneficial properties.
How to Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are strong, so it is important to use them correctly. They should never be applied topically or ingested, as they can cause adverse reactions and irritation.
There are many different ways to clean with essential oils, but one of the most popular and versatile methods is to create an all-natural spray. In an eight-ounce bottle, combine 4 ounces of water, 4 ounces distilled white vinegar, and 12 to 24 drops of your preferred essential oil (or use a mix). For tougher jobs, adjust the recipe and use a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to water.
Together, vinegar and essential oils are a powerful combination that creates an environment where microorganisms have difficulty growing. Depending on the essential oil(s) you choose, your all-natural spray will have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal qualities. Essential oils are also deodorizing due to their strong scents.
Below are some of the most popular essential oil choices.
Known for its bright, fresh scent, lemon is a popular choice for aromatherapy, as it has been shown to lift people's mood. It is also one of the most effective choices for surface cleansing. Its antiseptic, antimicrobial, and bactericidal mean that it cuts through germs and grime with ease. Lemon essential oil is also a great choice for odor removal due to its scent.
Sweet orange (or just orange) essential oil is antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial. It is also a powerful degreaser. Sweet orange is great for dirty cutting boards and other places where raw meat has been as it has been shown to inhibit the growth of E. coli.
One of the most popular oils for diffusing due to its relaxing scent, lavender is also a worthy disinfectant. With antiseptic, antiviral, fungicidal, bactericidal, and deodorization properties, it is a must-have in your essential oil arsenal.
If you have odors in your home or workplace that essential oils cannot handle, give us a call. Our deodorization techniques are the best on the market!
Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home
Don't tackle mold without professional help
Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home
Black mold is one of the worst fears you might have as a homeowner. Toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) grows in common household features such as carpet, drywall, insulation, and sub-flooring. It grows when these household materials have been in contact with moisture. As it grows, it releases spores into the air. These spores can be harmful or even fatal to humans. At low levels of exposure, spores can cause respiratory problems and irritation; at severe levels of exposure, it can cause bleeding in the lungs and severe nausea and vomiting.
Where to Test for Black Mold
Testing for mold is essential, and you should have a dwelling inspected for black mold before you buy it or sign a lease. If you suspect there may be black mold in your home, or you have never had your home tested, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade for professional mold remediation services in the Nashville area. While many aspects of home-ownership can be handled in a D.I.Y. fashion, black mold is not something to be messed around with.
Black mold loves to live on the carpet. Dust collects in carpet fibers and those same fibers trap the humidity and dampness that enables mold to grow. Carpets in below-ground levels are especially susceptible to mold as there is more humidity there.
Carpet mold is often not visible from the surface, except in severe cases, which makes testing for it necessary even if you don't see any evidence.
Air Conditioning and Heating Vents
Air conditioning and heating vents actually create ideal conditions for black mold to grow. Dual-purpose vents that both heat and cool your house raise that risk as they are in constant use.
When you have mold in your air vents, those spores are being circulated throughout your home. The sooner you can perform mold remediation procedures, the better. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has a 24-hour mold emergency service hotline to quickly begin the process of cleaning your air vents.
Mold is unfortunately common in drywall, as it traps humidity. This is especially common as the seasons change from winter into spring. Because of the nature of it, mold in drywall is rarely visible except in severe cases. For this reason, it's imperative to have a potential home be tested for mold in the walls before you sign a lease or put down a deposit.
Spotting Water Damage Early
Be on the lookout for these signs of water damage!
Spotting Water Damage Early
Water is one of the most important natural resources. However, when there is a leak in your roof or plumbing system, water damage will make for one of the most stressful problems you will face as a homeowner. Before water can cause damage to your property, you will need to identify the problem and request professional help.
If you notice standing water around your property, you should suspect a problem with the plumbing system or flooding. Regardless of the source of the problem, stagnant water will weaken the foundation of your home if allowed to stand for a considerable period of time. The water will also form a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Water spots and stains
Another common sign to look for is water spots and stains on your walls and ceilings. While there will be no visible water in such cases, any leaks that manifest in this form could damage your drywall or wooden flooring. Once you notice this sign, you should consider assessing the extent of the damage to take the necessary measures.
If part of your home is damp and has been out of sunlight for a while, mold may start growing on the surface. While it is possible to treat and remove mold that grows on these surfaces, it would be important to hire the best experts in Nashville.
Evidence on walls
If your drywall is sagging or appears to be saturated, this could be a sign that water is causing damage to your property. Some of the other subtle signs you should never ignore include bubbling or peeling paint. Such defects should be repaired before water deteriorates your building material further.
If your home is not well ventilated, odors and smells will be trapped in the space in case there is a persistent leak. The smells will not only be a sign of damp areas but could also be an indication of mold growth.
Sounds of water running
When you are sleeping at night and the house is quiet, you may hear sounds of running water in the pipes or dripping inside the walls. This could be a sign of water damage.
Once you have noticed any signs of water damage, it is advisable to call a reliable company to carry out repairs. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has the expertise and experience to help you address such problems and prevent them from recurring.
Creating Your Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Cleaning Schedules
Use these schedules to keep your house and business in sparkling clean condition!
Keeping your home clean is an ongoing battle, but it's also very rewarding to sit back on the couch and look around to see a spotless environment. When your home is clean, it's like a burden is lifted and you're able to focus on more important things in your life. And the same is true of keeping your office or workplace clean as well. Here are some recommendations for keeping your home clean on a consistent basis.
Daily Tasks Around the House
The key to having a clean home and keeping it clean is to do a little bit every day. Things like picking up those bits of food that fall on the kitchen floor and wiping up those puddles that form around the faucets can go a long way to reduce the need for deep cleaning later on. Many children will be able to clean up after themselves by putting dirty clothes in the hamper, picking up their toys and putting their dirty dishes in the sink. They'll need a reminder from time to time, but once they get in the habit – and as they see you modeling the same behavior yourself – they'll start forming good daily habits.
Bedrooms and Living Room
Bathrooms and Kitchen
- Wipe down kitchen sink and countertops
- Take out the kitchen trash
- Wipe down bathroom countertops
Things to Clean Once Per Week
Now, some of the items below might only need to be cleaned every other week, depending on how quickly dust builds up in your home. And if you have a robot vacuum, you can have it come out every day or every other day if you prefer. Just be sure to tidy up the floors daily to keep items from getting sucked up into your vacuum.
Carpet cleaning and deodorization are really easy to keep up. Just sprinkle some baking soda and let it sit for half an hour before you vacuum. If you haven't done this in ages, then shoot for an hour for the first few weeks to achieve a deeper level of odor removal, especially if you have pets.
Bedrooms and Living Room
- Dust ceiling fans and lamps
- Dust items on bookshelves
- Deodorize and vacuum carpets
Bathrooms and Kitchen
- Clean microwave and toaster interiors
- Disinfect countertops and sinks
- Clean toilet inside and out
- Spray and clean shower walls, tubs, and faucets
- Sweep and mop hard flooring
Things to Clean Once a Month
The monthly tasks and those that are done even less frequently are the ones that put you into deep cleaning mode. The first couple times you perform these tasks might require a lot of work, but once a high level of cleanliness in your home is achieved, it becomes much easier through your daily and weekly cleanups.
Bedrooms and Living Room
- Vacuum lampshades, drapes, and blinds
- Vacuum couch cushions and chairs
Bathrooms and Kitchen
- Clean refrigerator interior
- Clean top of refrigerator and kitchen cabinets
If you live in the Nashville area and have questions about commercial or residential services, please consider SERVPRO of Belle Meade. We'd be happy to answer your questions and help you resolve any of your cleaning needs.
Preparing Your Home for Thanksgiving Guests
We love to see homes decorated for the holidays!
Thanksgiving is a big holiday in Nashville. We love inviting family and friends over for a great meal. One of the most important aspects to welcoming guests is an inviting house. We want Thanksgiving guests to feel at home the second they walk through my door. Part of preparing for the holiday is making sure that all is in order before you begin to cook a meal. As you know, Thanksgiving is a very busy time of the year. There's so much to be done from making your favorite stuffing to cooking a turkey to creating the pies your family likes best. It can be fun preparing for the holiday but also stressful at the same time.
Part of preparing for the holiday season is cleaning the home. Welcoming guests to a freshly cleaned home is a wonderful way to start off the holiday. However, it's not always easy to get everything done. This is why it can be useful to have help for the holidays. Help can make any home smell great and look pleasing. When it comes to cleaning any home, it's best to consider all that needs to be done. Home maintenance requires careful attention to detail. All areas of the home from the basement to the attic must be scrubbed. For many people, it's useful to work with us to help them get all areas of their home in the best shape possible.
A Fabulous Holiday
The holiday season is all about friends and family. Many families want to think about recreating grandmother's fabulous sweet potato casserole rather than worrying about scrubbing the bathroom floor or cleaning out the fireplace. This is where SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can help. We offer the kind of services that make it easy for clients to sit back and enjoy the holiday. We can clean your air ducts, ceilings, floors, walls, carpets, window treatments and more! This way you can concentrate on the things that are truly important to you as you prepare for the holiday: enjoying great company with your wonderful family and friends.
Get That New Car Smell Back in Your Car
Your car can smell "fresh off the lot" all year long with these tips!
One the great pleasures of buying a new car is the scent. Like many other Nashville area residents, we love how a new car smells when we get into it. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, many company clients want to discover how to keep that new car smell each time they start to drive. Fortunately, we've found there are a lot of ways to help keep any car smelling wonderful for as long as you own it. Doing so can help make it even more fun to drive and even help increase the retail value of the car should you decide to sell it later. Keeping the car's interior in good shape is important as is making sure that you use odor removal services should the smell you like go away.
Keep the Air Fresh
If you, like us, do a lot of driving, you want to keep the air in your car as fresh as possible. Fresh air helps you concentrate on the road at all times. It also helps your passengers feel better. On a hot Nashville day, fresh air in your car can be particularly important so you don't get overheated or dehydrated. An air freshener can also help. Look for air fresheners that have new car scent to them.
Once you buy a new car, you get busy. Sometimes, you forget to clean it. In that case, it can help to clean at least once a week. Take some time early in the morning and look closely at the car. It's a very good idea to remove any papers from the dashboard if you don't need them as well as removing any unwanted items from the truck. Periodic cleaning helps our clients maintain that new car smell much longer. They also find it helps to vacuum the interior of the car to get rid of any particles of food that may have fallen to the floor when they are not looking.
Remove any Odors
Remove any odors as soon as possible can help make sure the new car still smells good. Many clients find periodic deodorization is ideal. Lots of things can cause odors in the car. For example, rain can get inside the car and create a different smell. Try to get rid of any odor as soon as you notice it.
If your DIY efforts are not successful, give us a call and we will handle your deodorization needs!
Chimney Cleaning Tips
Keep your chimney clean to prevent fire damage in your home!
At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we know the lovely warm glow a chimney can add to any home. Sitting in front of a fireplace in your Nashville home on a crisp day is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy an evening with family. There is nothing more important than keeping your home and family safe. To help keep those fires going, it's useful to make sure the chimney is periodically cleaned. Chimney cleaning can help a fireplace stay in good shape and reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in your home. Additionally, the chimney allows smoke, fumes and dangerous toxins escape the home through its ventilation. Read on for some helpful tips on having your chimney services.
Inspect the Brick
All chimneys should be completely cleaned at least once a year. Proper cleaning is important to make sure that the chimney is in good working order. Any homeowner should also perform an inspection on their own. This can help identify any potential problems that must be addressed as soon as possible. It's a good idea to bring a flashlight and have a good look at the floor. All the ashes in the chimney accumulate here. The flooring needs to be kept in good shape to make sure the fire can be turned on. Note any problems with the brick surrounding it. The bricks used in a fireplace are more heat tolerant than ordinary bricks. They need to be maintained to prevent any fire in the fireplace from spreading to other areas of the home. If a single brick is out of place, this can make the rest of the chimney far less functional.
Have a Look Up
After having a good look at the area surrounding the fireplace, it's a good idea to have a look at the rest of the chimney. Put on some old clothes and get in the area surrounding the fireplace. Have a look at the chimney area. You should see if there's any obstruction or other issues. Small birds and rodents often find themselves stuck or you could have a thick layer of creosote and soot sticking to the flue and masonry inside the chimney. When this gets too thick, all it takes is a spark and you have a chimney fire on your hands.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 30 percent of home fires are caused by chimney fires. Be sure your home is not one of them and have your chimney cleaned regularly. If you do run into trouble with smoke or fire in your home, give us a call. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we take pride in making it like it never happened.
How Coffee Grounds Can Help You Get Rid of Minor Odors
Your morning cup of joe can get rid of small odors and get you energized for the day!
Got smells? Did you know that the makings of your daily cup of joe can help you get rid of minor odors that keep your Nashville home, apartment or business from being nose-friendly?
Coffee grounds or ground up coffee, before it becomes drinkable, can help you with deodorization of numerous smells around the house or office. For example, if someone left something in the refrigerator and then forgot about it for a month, a nasty smell might be the result. Simply grind up some coffee and leave several bowls in the fridge. The odor will be absorbed within a few hours or a day. (Do not use these grounds for making your next cup of coffee, however!) Refrigerator smells are a common problem in offices and the workplace, where busy minds might go out to lunch and forget they brought a lunch that morning. Grounds can also be left in the freezer overnight, after a freezer failure, to absorb the food smells.
Coffee grounds can also be rubbed on your hands to eliminate the smell of onions and garlic after a session of cutting during dinner preparation. Cooks will find this tip very helpful on a daily basis.
The grounds from coffee might even help neutralize the smell of dead animals as well as pet urine smells. Some people have put a dish of coffee grounds in the bathroom to help with deodorization.
You might want to keep a bag of the grounds in your cooler when camping or going to a big game. Sports enthusiasts can fill a sock with grounds and leave it in the cooler.
Another odor that coffee grounds can help with is that from ashes in a fireplace. They help neutralize the burnt smell as well as make cleanup of the ashes easier.
If using coffee grounds doesn't do the trick, you might want to call SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville to address your major odor problems in the Nashville area. We can help you with deodorization and have cleaning services as well as mold remediation. Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville a call to help assess the problem and offer a solution.
Where to Start with Major Cleaning Jobs
We know how hard it is to start over after disasters. Let us help you put the pieces together.
When your home or business is affected by a natural disaster, it creates havoc in every facet of life. We understand how shocking it is to see your belongings in a state of complete disarray, and we do our best to help Nashville neighbors when you need us the most. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is poised to take your call no matter when emergencies arise.
Cleaning expertise you can trust in Nashville
With years of experience helping our neighbors in West Nashville and Belle Meade, we provide high-quality service backed with decades of experience and training. Our licensed and bonded experts can help you clean-up after construction disasters. Have you ever went to show a property to find out a pipe burst and flooded the property? Our commercial cleaning services will help you get rid of the problem by starting with the basics. We remove all the affected material and move it outdoors so that we can clean, treat, or dry the area out depending on the emergency. While the main area is cleaned and sanitized, we inspect the belongings we brought outside to see what is salvageable. We clean, disinfect, and repair damaged items, help prepare insurance forms and statements and get things clean and dry fast.
In cases of fire
Our cleaning services include removing soot and smoke damage from clothing and upholstery. The key in any disaster is to begin to clean up immediately. This is because items begin to retain yellowing from smoke and grow mildew and mold within the first few hours after a natural disaster.
Do you need help cleaning up after a tornado or strong wind damage?
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is equipped with the most advanced cleaning equipment and technologies on the market to ensure that you feel like we were never then when we finish fixing up your home or office. When strong storms strike, we are ready to serve our neighbors in your time of need.
Let us help you get started in the critical hours immediately after a disaster, and we guarantee to restore as much as we can to get you back to life before the storm. We work with your insurance company to help expedite the claim and get things back to normal. Call us when you need help, or to inquire about our daily restoration services at (615) 442-7768.
Preventing Electrical Fires
Electrical fires can get out of control quickly. Prevent them from ever occurring with these tips.
Over 1300 people sustain injuries or death due to electrical fires every year in the United States. And almost every one of those injuries or deaths could have been prevented. The fact is that many fires of this nature happen because of human error. Taking preventative steps now will help you avoid a fire in the future. Here are five ways you can prevent such a fire in your Nashville home or business.
Fix or replace broken plugs and cords
Frayed electrical cords and broken pugs can overheat or throw off sparks. Both of these can cause a fire. It is not difficult to replace most appliance cords or plugs. If you are not able to do the work yourself, an electrician can do the work for you.
Don't overburden electric outlets
Plugging too many appliances or electronics into the same outlet can cause overheating. An overheated plug can spark or blow out completely and cause a fire. If you need to plug more than one thing into an outlet, use a power strip with built-in overload protection.
Have faulty wiring fixed
If you have flickering lights, buzzing outlets, or breakers that constantly trip, you have faulty wiring somewhere. Faulty wiring is often hidden in the walls or ceiling cavities. So, leave faulty wiring to an electrician. He can diagnose and fix the problem quickly and effectively.
Keep flammable materials away from electrical appliances
Your home and business abound with flammable materials, such as paper, rugs, draperies, towels, and blankets. Keep electrical appliances well away from these flammable materials. This includes electric heaters, hair dryers, irons, and lamps. Never hide cords under rugs because they can overheat and cause fires.
Get an electrical inspection done
If your home or business is an older property, consider a thorough inspection performed by a professional electrician. Older homes often contain aluminum wire or even knob and tube wiring, which are both prone to cause fires more than modern copper wiring. It may be time to rewire your century-old building.
Each of these tips will help you prevent an electrical fire from starting in your home or business. Now, if the worst happens, and you do sustain damage from a fire, you need the help of professionals to get your home and business straightened out. Call on the fire damage restoration specialists here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade.