5 Tricks to Keep Your Gym Bag Smelling Fresh
While working out is great for your health, dealing with stinky gym bags is important too! Whether we realize it or not, our gym bags can gather bacteria over time from our dirty gym clothes and accessories. Not only is it unhealthy, but the smell can become gross! Fortunately, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville has some tips for you to use when it comes to the deodorization of your smelly gym bag!
Disinfect the Bag
The most logical approach to odor removal would be to disinfect the bag whenever you get the chance. Take some disinfecting wipes and scrub the insides of the bag thoroughly to properly remove any bacteria that’s been festering. Do this at least twice a week to keep the germs out of your bag and to eliminate nasty smells that can build up.
Don’t Keep Dirty Clothes in the Bag
One of the first things many people do once home from the gym is allow the bag to sit full of dirty gym clothes. Even when you come back later to remove the clothes, the more time they’re allowed to sit in a damp environment, the more chances the germs have to spread and create a nasty smell. As soon as you’re home, dump your gym bag out into the dirty clothes hamper to avoid this problem.
Let it Breathe
You’ve scrubbed the inside, kept the dirty clothes out, what more could you do to keep the bag clean? One of the best methods is the simplest: let it breathe. Any time is a good time to let your bag stay open to let it breathe in some fresh air. This will allow any odors to be released into the air, and fresh air to fill the bag.
To ensure that your bag stays fresh for longer periods of time, use protective measures to eliminate smells. Dryer sheets, essential oils, and more are fantastic ways to help keep your gym bag smelling cleaner. There are dozens of methods to use to stay proactive on the deodorization process, pick which method works best for you!
Keep your Shoes Out of the Bag If Possible
Finally, keep your shoes out of the bag if possible when it comes time to leave the gym. Shoes contain a mass amount of bacteria and can transfer germs to other items, or even fabrics inside of the bag. While it can't always be helped, do your best to keep the shoes separate from the rest, and it will help with your odor problem!
Ways To Brighten Your Winter Landscape
It can be easy to feel depressed during the short, cold and dull days that often occur in the winter in Nashville. However, with some thought and a bit of effort, you can brighten the appearance of both your outdoor and indoor living spaces. Simple steps can help lift moods and bring smiles to the faces of your family and guests.
Most people don't give their typical brown and gray yard a second thought during the winter unless snow or ice causes damage. If you plan ahead, though, your landscaping can pop with color even on the darkest, cloudiest days.
If you don't already have them, make a conscious choice to plant shrubs and trees that provide fruits, berries or evergreen leaves that will provide color throughout the winter. Hollies are also well-known for their glossy green leaves and bright red berries.
Crabapple trees retain their fruit well into the winter, providing a pop of color as well. Evergreen trees remain green throughout the year, of course, but they have an added benefit. They are more easily decorated with lights, which can be used after Christmas as well.
One landscaping trick many homeowners don't consider is using trees that have interesting and colorful bark. Birch trees, for example, feature bright white bark that stands out among their gray neighbors. Different types of Japanese maple feature bark that ranges in shades from a peach-colored yellow to coral and red.
Lights, of course, add some needed brightness to a home's landscape and offer safety benefits as well as visual interest. Lighting that is focused on interesting plantings or structures add a pop to the winter landscape. Walkway footlights are an excellent way to help you and your guests walk safely while adding interest to the landscape.
Since you spend so much more time inside during winter months, your indoor space is very important. Home maintenance can play a big role in helping you feel that your space is comfortable and safe.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville provides help when your home has been hit by fire, flood or mold damage. However, sometimes what your home primarily needs is some extra cleaning that will make your home comfortable and safe while easing the extra burden holiday cleaning can bring.
Deep carpet and furniture cleaning are two important ways to prepare your home for holiday entertaining. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can help you deal with home maintenance needs by removing deep stains from carpet and spot clean accidental spills left behind in upholstery. Your guests can then see your home at its best.
4 Alternatives to Air Fresheners to Deodorize Your Home
Nothing is more off-putting than a foul smelling home!
After taking the trash outside, flushing the toilet, and washing smelly clothes, and still odor lingers. Instead of eliminating the odor, air fresheners cover it up, which can worsen the problem. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville offers a few alternatives to tackle bad smells. We also offer deodorization services that eliminate odors while still being eco-friendly and budget-friendly.
While it's easier to open a window during the spring and summer than fall and winter, a window relies on the outside air to eliminate odors inside the house. A good wind creates necessary ventilation that your air conditioner and your lungs will appreciate. During warmer winter days, open the window for a few hours and let the chilly breeze circulate throughout the house. The more windows that are open, the better the circulation.
This powerful deodorizer doesn't associate with only refrigerators. Baking soda works in deodorizing the entire home or apartment too, yet the deodorization process is different. You can pour soda in trash cans, vacuum bags, and sink drains. Buy several boxes and place each box in a different part of the house. You can also combine baking soda with other ingredients to make air fresheners and oil diffusers.
Store bought or homemade, potpourri is a great deodorization method. In the store, smell different potpourri for the best scents before buying. Homemade potpourri consists of dried flowers, dried fruit, pine-cones, herbs, spices, and wood shavings. Both versions release an incredible, pleasant aroma. Odors naturally fade away after coming in contact with potpourri.
Create homemade deodorization scents on the cooking range. Find a spare saucepan and fill it with water. When the water is simmering, add preferred spices and/or fruits. Possible ingredients are cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, lemon slices, vanilla, orange slices, cranberry, rosemary, mint, basil, and apple slices. Take one to three ingredients listed and experiment. The aroma fills the room and neutralizes odors with ease.
Nashville residents think of air fresheners when they think of eliminating odor. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville knows there are easier, safer, and environmentally friendly deodorization methods. Baking soda and simply opening windows are great solutions. Potpourri and scent simmering rely on fresh, natural, and good-smelling ingredients to deodorize homes. All are worth a try.
Best New Year's Resolutions for Homeowners
2018 is a great time to start improving in your home maintenance!
At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we want to help you get your new year started right. That's why we've put together this list of New Year's resolutions for homeowners that will keep your home and property in tip-top shape all year long.
Resolution #1: I Will Do The Following Things Every Month
For this resolution, you'll need to stay on top of the monthly maintenance around the house. These are all small jobs that can be done relatively quickly. It's January - the best time to start a monthly habit of checking and/or replacing your HVAC filters, cleaning the range hood and checking your fire extinguisher. These tasks are all pretty much self explanatory, but the HVAC job could possibly get pushed back to every other month if you live alone or without pets.
Resolution #2: I Will Do The Following Things Every Three Months
Test your smoke and carbon dioxide alarms. Seriously, every three months. Over half of in-home fire deaths every year happen in houses without working smoke detectors. Feel free to stop reading and go check them now (but then come back and finish reading). Not nearly as urgent but still very important is your plumbing. Cold weather (even in Nashville) can mean frozen pipes. Check the pipes under sinks, in the basement for leaks, and be sure to check the ceilings and walls for discolouring from a possible leak as well. While you're getting in the habit of this quarterly walk-through, it's a good time to check your water softener if you have one.
Finally, there are a few resolutions that don't need a particular time of year to be effective. Take time to enjoy your house more, inside and out. It holds a lot of great memories. Plan for home improvement projects, and then plan again. Nothing is ever perfect. Don't let the quick, routine maintenance turn get put off until it's big, expensive maintenance. That's never fun.
There are plenty of things we could add to this list, but we know you're already busy enough. These resolutions will be a good start, though. Follow our advice here, and your home (and your wallet) will thank you.
Tips On Removing Pet Stains From Carpet Quickly
Even the best trained pets can still have accidents!
When you think of SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, you probably know that we are experts when it comes to fire and water damage. But did you know that we can also help with less catastrophic messes, like the kinds your pet leaves behind?
That’s right, if you’re in the West Nashville area, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville can help with carpet cleaning and deodorization. We’re experts at odor removal and have been trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors that come from inside and outside your home.
Maybe you have a pet odor cleaning job that doesn’t rise to the level of needing professional help, though. SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has you covered in that case, too. Here are a couple of easy, inexpensive solutions to pet stains and odors that only require a few products you probably already have in your home.
For urine stains that are still wet, blot the excess dampness with paper towels – the sooner after the mess is made, the better. Once you’ve absorbed as much excess as you can, mix a solution of 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Use a spray bottle to spray directly onto the stain. Let it sit for five or ten minutes and then use more paper towels to dry.
You can use the baking soda and vinegar method with heavier or older stains, too. Instead of lightly spraying, you’ll first want to pour just enough vinegar to soak the stain directly onto the carpet, followed by a small amount of baking soda. Make sure you apply vinegar first, then baking soda. Cover the area with a bowl (to prevent your pet from walking in it or ingesting it – then you’ll have an even bigger mess) and let it sit and dry completely for a day. Uncover, sweep, then vacuum and your pet’s bad stain should just be a bad memory.
For cleaning and deodorization jobs that will take more than vinegar and baking soda to get rid of, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville to learn how we can help fix all of your pet odor removal problems.
Storage Tips for Holiday Decorations
Don't let storing your holiday decorations get you down!
In Nashville, the storing process after the holidays generates as much stress as the decorating process. Make sure you dedicate clutter-free space to Christmas storage away from chemicals and flames. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville suggests organization first and storage second with these tips.
Ornaments Go in an Ornament Container
Place ornaments in an ornament container. An ornament container has two to four trays with several square components where each ornament has separate space. Alternatives to an ornament container are an ornament storage chest, egg carton, apple container, and ornaments' original boxes. Cut paper towels or a tissue carton in half; stuff an ornament in each one. Additionally, use cups with lids and gallon resealable bags to store ornaments. Feel free to use more than one idea if the ornaments are different sizes.
Wrap Christmas Lights Right
Detangling Christmas lights can drive you crazy. Solve that conundrum by wrapping Christmas lights around an object! A paper towel roll, a can, and cardboard are all great and cheap items to wrap lights. The strategy is handy to wrap tinsel garland as well.
Stuff Beaded Garland in a Bottle
Much like stuffing a letter in a bottle, you can stuff beaded garland in a bottle! Start by cleaning the bottle and drying it completely before inserting the garland to prevent mold. Don't worry about garland not sliding out of the bottle because it will slide out smoothly. Ensure the lid is on to keep pests out.
Tie and Store Artificial Trees
After use, fold the tree limbs upward and tie it two or three times. If the tree stacks, take it apart and fold tree limbs upward. Tied up trees are easier to store. Place the tied tree back into the original container, place it in a trash bag, or wrap it with plastic wrap.
Wrapping Materials Belong in an Organizer
An under-the-bed storage organizer is a good place to stuff wrapping paper, tissue paper, flattened gift bags, greeting cards, tags, gift boxes, tablecloths, napkins, and linens. Give the storage box a thorough cleaning and reuse it as Christmas wrapping storage. Place it with the seasonal items. An alternative is to reuse a hanging shoe organizer or an unused wastebasket.
Store Seasonal Items in a Large Container
Take the garland bottle, the ornament container, the wrapped Christmas lights and garland, and more seasonal items and store it in one large container. Take it to the reserved Christmas storage space. Label the container and the items inside. Place the wrapped artificial tree and wrapping storage nearby.
Make home maintenance easier by placing great care in storing seasonal items. By focusing on organization now, unloading seasonal decor will be hassle-free next year.
Deep Cleaning Your Mattress
Keep your mattress as clean and inviting as possible!
Deep Cleaning Your Mattress
When it comes to our mattresses, we hardly think about cleaning them. Sure, we may spend some time washing the sheets when they start to smell, but most people at home hardly pay attention to the mattress itself. Dead skin cells and sweat can accumulate inside of the mattress, making it a toxic cesspool of germs over its regular lifespan.
Fortunately, at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville we have some solutions for you to use when it comes to deep cleaning your mattress. Not only will these techniques help with the deodorization process, but it will help improve your mattress’ lifespan. Here are the tips that can help deep clean that mattress in no time!
First Step: Supplies
Before we begin to go over the cleaning process, you first need to buy some cleaning supplies to make this work. 16 ounces of baking soda, essential oils and a standard vacuum cleaner will do. Nothing too fancy here, right?
Step Two: Rotate the Mattress
Now that we’ve got our supplies, rotate the mattress on its backside. You should be doing this every six months or so anyway, but for now we’re going to be cleaning both sides of the mattress. Distribute your favorite essential oils over both sides of the mattress. This will help with odor removal process, but won’t quite remove the germs itself.
Step Three: Apply Baking Soda
Take your 16-ounce box of baking soda and use the entire package on both sides of the mattress. Mix it in with the essential oils, scrubbing deep to ensure that it gets into the mattress. Give it about an hour or so to set in. During this time, clean the areas around the mattress, like the walls or underneath while you wait! Best to get everything in one clean sweep!
Step Four: Vacuuming
After an hour has passed, plug in your vacuum cleaner, and let it do its magic! Make sure to vacuum on both sides, and be careful not to leave any lingering amounts of baking soda behind. After you have deep cleaned your mattress, you’ll be sleeping much better at night!
How to Keep Your Water Bill Low
Keep an eye out for leaks all over your house!
How to Keep Your Water Bill Low
A significant number of buildings that get mold growth in Nashville get it as a result of water leakage. We can tell that the water bills have gone up in addition to mold problems. There are many other areas where water gets lost or is wasted. You can lower your water bills by dealing with these areas. Here are some tips.
Wash full loads with your laundry machine and dishwasher
A partial load uses as much water as a full load. However, you will be required to wash more often. With a full load, you conserve water by washing less often.
Use a low flow shower head and water efficient toilet
A low flow shower-head can cut your water usage by almost half while at the same time offering a similar experience. Water-efficient toilets can reduce the consumption of water by over 40 percent.
Repair leaking faucets
Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville teams encountered a few homes which were damaged by leaking faucets and blocked drainage. Water filled the sinks and drained to the flow. Leaking faucets can cause water damage in addition to wasting water. Do not ignore that drop that is falling every few seconds; it might be making up for up to 10 percent of your water bill.
Attach rain barrels to the eavestrough downspout to harvest rainwater. You can irrigate your kitchen garden and the lawn or wash your car and other outdoor equipment with the water and not pay a dime for it.
Water your lawn in the evening or early morning
Water your lawn before the sun comes up. This way, you will not be losing the water to evaporation. Moreover, do not overwater your lawn. Use a time to set the length of the period that you will water the lawn depending on the soil dryness.
Turn off water when not using it while doing tasks like brushing, shaving or cleaning items
Do not leave the water running when you are actually not using it as you complete the tasks such as brushing your teeth, shaving, or other such tasks. Shut the water off and then on when you need to use it.
At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we believe that you can cut your water bills by almost 40 percent by following the above water conservation best practices. Give it a try!
Quick Home Fixes For a Clogged Shower
Don't call a plumber just yet!
Every so often, we can find ourselves with a clogged shower drain. No matter how often you try to prevent this from happening, there always seems to be something stuck down in the drain. Often, it’s mildew in combination with hair that gets stuck down there, causing a massive backup of dirty water every time you shower. Pretty gross, right?
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville has some quick fixes that will help you with your clogged shower drain. This way, you won’t have to worry about nasty build up and cleaning will become a much easier task for you when it comes time to do the deed. Here are the tips that’ll help you fix that annoying buildup.
Use a Plunger
Before getting into any kind of crazy cleaning methods, one of the easiest things to do would is to use a plunger when there’s standing water in the bathtub. This will help move around any objects blocking the drain, and help drain whatever is down there. Try this first before moving on to the next step.
Use a Hook
The next logical step would be to use a hook to help dislodge anything that’s down there. Oftentimes, you’ll find that hair is the culprit causing the backup down below. Use a hook, such as a bent coat hanger, and work your way down the drain. If it is a big clump of hair that you end up grabbing, remove it and throw it in the trash.
Use Safe Chemicals
Using chemicals certified safe for usage should be your best bet to a DIY de-clogging project. Not only will this help you with flushing whatever is down there, but it will help with odor removal, another nasty side effect of a clogged drain. Gunk can build up over time, and using safe chemicals to clean the drain is needed anyway for proper cleaning.
Contact a Professional
If all else fails, it may be time to hire a professional to help you with your drain. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville in Nashville can help you with your big cleaning needs around the home. You don’t want to wait any longer if you’ve tried everything we mentioned before in the article. Take it from me, these folks are professionals and are here to help. The sooner you can remedy the problem, the better your chances of mitigating long term damage to your drain!
Tips for Cleaning Your Vacuum Cleaner
Even our cleaning supplies need to be cleaned on occasion!
Our vacuum cleaners take a toll quickly. Almost every family out there uses their vacuum cleaner frequently, but often don’t maintain it well enough. This can be bad for both the machine and your household. By not cleaning your vacuum cleaner, dust and other nasty things can get into the air. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville has some tips you can use to clean your vacuum cleaner that will prolong its life cycle.
Make Sure to Replace the Bag
Most vacuum cleaners use a disposable bag to collect dust and other nasty items it picks up from the ground. A lot of people forget to replace this important item, and the dust will sit in the bag while the vacuum cleaner is not in use. This can lead to dust and other nasty particles to seep out of the bag and into the air while the vacuum isn’t in use. Make sure to replace this to avoid anything getting out into the air.
Ensure That the Container/Bag is Attached
One of the biggest hazards of vacuum cleaner usage is not sealing the container or disposable bag tightly enough. What ends up happening is dust and debris will get sucked up into the vacuum cleaner and blown back out into the air. Make sure that these items are attached tightly, otherwise you could be undoing all the cleaning you’re trying to do!
Cleaning the Brush Roller
The “teeth” of the vacuum cleaner is where most of the work is done, and oftentimes items can get stuck down there. Take some time every so often to clean the teeth, and remove any debris that may be lodged. This will ensure that the belt is running optimally, and can prevent it from breaking if there’s a snag in the teeth.
Making sure to vacuum your home regularly is a great way to remove any pollen or dust that can build up in the carpet. With these tips I’ve mentioned, your vacuum cleaner will run much longer and more efficiently. With proper maintenance, you can get the most out of your machines!