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Why Fall is the Best Time to Take Advantage of Professional Carpet Cleaning in Newton, IA

September 18th, 2017 · No Comments

As winter quickly approaches and the final days of summer fun are spent outdoors, most homeowners start to turn their focus back towards the state of the inside environment in their houses. While cleaning is not usually totally neglected during the summer, many homes receive less attention from their inhabitants as more time is spent outside. However, with cold weather on the way, it’s the best time to start making your indoor environment the most comfortable and healthy as possible as you and your family spend the winter cozily inside. ServiceMaster of Newton offers professional carpet cleaning in Newton, IA, to provide your family with contaminant-free carpeting this fall.

While spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition, and there are valid reasons for a deep carpet cleaning during the summer and winter, fall is the truly optimal time to take advantage of a professional carpet cleaning service for several reasons.

  1. Actual Dirt: While there are many kinds of contaminating particles we consider “dirt” when it comes to your indoor environment, soil from the earth is one kind of dirt that can collect more rapidly during the spring and summer than any other time of year. This dirt contains heavy minerals, abrasive large particulates like sand, and bacteria clinging to fertilizer, and decomposing natural materials. By the time fall arrives, the soil content in your carpets is at its peak. Taking advantage of a professional deep carpet cleaning during the fall will protect your carpets from an increase in fiber damage during the winter, and it will keep you and your family safe from potentially toxic particles while your home is sealed from the cold.
  2. Mold and Plant Matter: While mold spores are present virtually everywhere, even during winter months, the spring and summer are when the possibility of mold growth is increased as the environment becomes more conducive to fungi survival. These mold colonies may be growing in your carpets by the time fall comes around. Mold toxins in combination with accumulated pollens and plant particulates can cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and several other health issues if they’re allowed to remain in your carpets over the winter. With a professional carpet cleaning in the fall, these contaminants will be removed from your carpet fibers, significantly decreasing your exposure to health-damaging substances gathered in your home during the spring and summer.

A professional deep carpet cleaning is most effective during the fall when natural dirt and contaminants in your carpet fibers are at their highest levels. For more information about our comprehensive carpet cleaning in Newton, IA, contact ServiceMaster of Newton at (641) 792-9580 today.

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Eliminating Common Indoor Bacteria With Professional Floor Cleaning in Newton, IA

September 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Although we can’t see it, we live in a world swarming with bacteria. Thousands of microbes crawl in our eyebrows alone, not to mention the massive amounts of bacteria covering the rest of our bodies. Fortunately, most of these types of bacteria are harmless. However, for every hundred thousand bacteria that don’t pose a threat, there are several that can negatively affect human health. These dangerous bacteria might be lurking in your home or business, and the dirtier your indoor environment, the more likely the presence of these harmful bacteria. Fortunately, ServiceMaster of Newton provides floor cleaning in Newton, IA, to significantly reduce the risk of infection from bacteria indoors.

Of the thousands of bacteria in your home or your workspace, there are several common types found in indoor environments of all shapes and sizes.

  1. Staphylococcus: This type of bacteria ranges in strains that can cause a number of different health problems. Staphylococcus doesn’t need oxygen to reproduce and can thrive on any types of flooring from hardwood to carpeting. Common afflictions caused by Staphylococcus infections include food poisoning and infections on the skin. More severe infections can lead to toxic shock syndrome, and persistent Staphylococcus strains (MRSA) are not treatable with common antibiotics.
  2. Bacillus: This type of bacteria is a two-sided coin. While Bacillus is often harmless and can be found in the soil, the dust in your building, and even in your digestive system, there are times when it can be just as dangerous as Staphylococcus. Certain strains of Bacillus cause severe food poisoning in humans and can lead to life-threatening infections. A clean floor can eliminate the dust and dirt that may expose your indoor environment to Bacillus.
  3. coli: While E. coli is commonly associated with fecal matter, and you may be hoping there isn’t excrement on your floors, it’s common for tiny particulates of animal waste to be tracked indoors on shoes and pets. Exposure to any E. coli clinging to those particles can lead to bacterial infections with symptoms like severe diarrhea and anemia. Acute E. coli infections can cause kidney failure and death. The dangers of any E. coli lurking in your indoor environment are virtually erased with a professional, sanitizing floor cleaning.
  4. Salmonella: Although Salmonella is commonly found in foods like raw chicken and eggs, it’s possible for it to linger on your floors on certain particulates like pet feces and rodent dander. Exposure to Salmonella will likely lead to food poisoning and long-term infections with symptoms such as fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. A clean floor will prevent exposure to Salmonella in most cases.

Don’t risk the exposure of these bacteria to your indoor environment. Instead, prevent the danger of bacteria-covered dirt from remaining in your home or business and take advantage of a professional floor cleaning in Newton, IA, today. Contact ServiceMaster of Newton at (641) 792-9580 for a service request.

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Selling Your House With the Help of Professional Residential cleaning in Newton, IA

August 17th, 2017 · No Comments

If you’re a homeowner, there’s a chance you will one day choose to move into a new home. Whether your reasons involve work, personal choice, or family, moving is a big decision and putting your current home on the market is a part of that moving process. While selling your home may seem like a difficult and nuanced part of moving, there are certain actions that can be taken to speed up the sale time and make the process simpler for all involved. ServiceMaster of Newton offers help for homeowners looking to sell their current homes in the form of professional residential cleaning in Newton, IA.

Professional residential cleaning with ServiceMaster of Newton is a comprehensive service that can get your home in tip-top condition for the real estate market. While removing household clutter and even cleaning your home yourself can be effective motivators to the buyer, nothing beats a professional deep cleaning. With our comprehensive residential cleaning services, your home will get the added benefits we can offer.

Our Benefits

  1. Carpet Cleaning: A professional deep carpet cleaning is a key element in readying your home for sale. Even with carpets that appear clean, there are often abrasive and toxic contaminants ground deep into carpet fibers. Our carpet cleaning technicians are able to remove all visible and hidden debris in your carpeting. Our trained team members also wield state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and effective green cleaning products to remove stains, cleanse fibers, and give an overall “spa treatment” to your carpets.
  2. Hard Surface Floor Cleaning: Another element of your home that demands special attention before you put your home on the market is your hard surface flooring. Whether your floors feature hardwood panels, vinyl, or tiling, they need to be in quality condition to attract the right buyer. We offer professional cleaning and treatment for hard surface floors of all kinds. From delicate woods to natural stone, we can boost your floors back to peak condition before a sale.
  3. Everything Else: Getting a house market-ready is a big job. Dirt accumulates over the years, even with daily attention. Getting the interior of your home in the condition most real estate agents desire for an optimal sale can be an arduous task. Calling in the pros can relieve that burden from your shoulders, and when you choose an industry-leading IICRC-certified company like ServiceMaster of Newton, you get the full package. Not only do we offer all-over surface cleaning and sanitization, we also provide expert deodorization, complete mold removal, upholstery cleaning, and anything else in the realm of residential cleaning that you might need to get your house ready for a sale.

Instead of relying on several different companies to give your home the cleaning it needs for an easy sale, count on ServiceMaster of Newton and our comprehensive professional residential cleaning in Newton, IA. Contact us at (641) 792-9580 today to place a service request or for more information.

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Benefits of IICRC-Certification for Workspace Commercial Cleaning in Newton, IA

August 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Our clients can count on ServiceMaster of Newton for comprehensive services in restoration, damage remediation, and cleaning with the highest quality, attention to detail, and overall excellence in service performance. Our ability to provide such quality service is given by the many facets of our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approved practices, staff training programs, and state-of-the-art equipment. One of our goals as a central Iowa company is to provide local businesses with IICRC-certified, high-quality commercial cleaning in Newton, IA.

When it comes to commercial cleaning for businesses in Newton, IA, and surrounding areas, our IICRC-certified practices are the most important aspect of our abilities to provide expert care and technical quality.

Our IICRC-Certification gives us the tools we need to continue as a leading cleaning and restoration company in the area. Of the many benefits our clients can expect to receive with our IICRC-approved commercial cleaning practices, the following are included:

  1. Continuing Education: Our commercial cleaning technicians are given extensive training based on IICRC official standards. That training prepares our staff for on-site commercial cleaning for virtually every condition our workforce may address. Our staff is also continually trained with up-to-date procedures and information that evolves as new cleaning procedures and equipment are released. The IICRC Continuing Education program gives our cleaning technicians the knowledge and training they need give our clients the excellence in service they look for with ServiceMaster of Newton.
  2. Quality: The IICRC is an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developing Organization and is an industry leader in writing the best standards and regulations for indoor environment quality control and building integrity management. In short, the standards set by the IICRC are the best in keeping homes and businesses safe for consumers. Our certification of IICRC-approved services guarantees quality results for our clients in commercial cleaning, as well as our work in disaster restoration and damage remediation.
  3. Health and Environment: In addition to the quality our IICRC-approved services offer, our commercial cleaning and restoration utilizes healthy and environmentally friendly products and practices. ServiceMaster of Newton cleaning technicians are trained in providing green cleaning services with gentle, health-safe products. For green-certified businesses, our commercial cleaning services can keep the standards set by multiple certification providers.

For more information about our comprehensive commercial cleaning in Newton, IA,

or to learn about our IICRC-certification and the many benefits it provides our clients, contact ServiceMaster of Newton at (641) 792-9580 today.

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Reasons for Water Damage in the Summer and Recovering with Professional Water Damage Restoration in Newton, IA

July 26th, 2017 · No Comments

With the heat of summer and the interspersed drought across the Midwest over the last few months, flooding might be far from the worries of homeowners and businesses. Even with heat and dry air, however, there are many chances that water damage might occur this summer in your home or business outside of the context of natural flooding. If you’ve experienced recent building damage from unwanted water, no matter the cause, ServiceMaster of Newton can help you recover with our comprehensive water damage restoration in Newton, IA.

While natural flooding can be a major concern for rainy summers, drought-riddled seasons can pose their own dangers. When it comes to water damage, summer offers several possible reasons you may find your building in need of restoration:

  • Failed plumbing is the most common cause of water damage in homes and businesses across Iowa. Anything from a damaged sump pump to leaking pipes can cause severe water damage to basements and lower levels. The danger of building damage is accompanied by increased exposure to bacteria and mold growth if immediate water extraction and remediation action is not taken
  • Storms are a problem, even during drought seasons. Wind and lightening storms can cause damage to water containers and can sometimes even affect indoor plumbing. In cases of the occasional break in the drought in the form of a rain storm, rainwater can collect in crawlspaces, leak into walls through clogged rain gutters, and flood basement areas
  • Flash flooding is a significant concern when drought spells are broken with heavy rains. Extremely dry earth is unable to absorb excess water which forces the unconfined floods to move over land, affecting any urban areas in its path with flash flood water damage
  • Humidity, even in times of drought, can be a problem in the summer. Most homeowners and businesses respond to the summer heat with AC units blasting on high during the day. Unfortunately, AC units collect moisture around the coil, spreading vapor in the surrounding vicinity. Concentrations of humidity in pockets throughout your building can lead to an increased risk of gradual water damage and mold growth

Stay alert to the possibilities of water damage to your home or business this summer, and if you’re struggling with damage recovery, don’t hesitate to give ServiceMaster of Newton a call at (641) 792-9580 for expert water damage restoration in Newton, IA.

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The University of Iowa Fire and Why Fixing Water Damage is an Important Part of Fire Damage Restoration in Newton, IA

July 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Buildings of all types are susceptible to fires, but some—such as laboratories with stores of highly inflammable chemicals—are more prone to the dangers of fire damage than others. In all cases of fires, ServiceMaster of Newton provides professional fire damage restoration in Newton, IA.

On the evening of June 11th, a fire broke out in the Bowen Science Building on the University of Iowa campus. The fire severely damaged one of the most used research laboratories in the science departments. Fortunately, the building’s fire sprinklers quickly put the fire out and kept it contained to the area the fire started.

By the time the firefighters arrived, they were able to completely extinguish the flames and control the lab space within 20 minutes. However, this small fire incident caused more damage than its size merits, bringing a whopping $500,000 in fire damages. This number, as high as it is, only includes the cost of fixing the damage left by the fire alone. It doesn’t include the cost of water damage restoration that will be needed to remediate the problems left by the sprinklers and fire hoses in the process of putting out the fire.

Despite the areas affected by the fire being mostly contained to the first and second floors, even wider areas were exposed to water damage from the sprinkler system. The cost of fixing the water damage to the University’s research facility will certainly add a substantial amount to the final restoration cost, but it’s essential for the Bowen Science Building to make a full recovery.

If water damage is neglected in any aspect, the university runs the risk of putting its students and faculty at risk as well as the very high chance that more damage will accumulate in the long term. Without water damage restoration in addition to the $500,000 in fire damage restoration, the science building could face problems including the following:

  1. Mold growth which causes building decay and poses health risks
  2. Material degradation from rotting wood to corroding metals
  3. Cosmetic problems like staining and discoloration that will diminish the quality of the indoor appearance and environment
  4. Undesirable odors from the buildup of mold, mildew, and damaged building materials
  5. Increased risks of students and faculty experiencing exposure to bacterium and viruses

The recent fire incident at the Bowen Science Building will need professional attention to make a full recovery to its pre-loss conditions. Situations like these are best handled by expert restoration technicians, like our teams at ServiceMaster of Newton.

If you are struggling with a case of fire and water damage, ServiceMaster of Newton can help. Our comprehensive restoration services include all you need for water damage and fire damage restoration in Newton, IA. For more information about our services, contact us at (641) 792-9580 today.

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Understanding Allergens and Getting Rid of Contaminants With Professional Carpet Cleaning in Newton, IA

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Having a clean home goes a long way towards keeping contaminating particles like bacteria, soil, and allergens out of your indoor environment. However, even every day cleaning won’t reach some areas of your home that act as a net for catching those contaminants. Carpeting is one of the most likely suspects when it comes to catching and holding on to contaminants. Vacuuming can help keep your carpets clean, but taking advantage of a professional deep carpet cleaning in Newton, IA, with ServiceMaster of Newton is more important than you might think.

A professional carpet cleaning is important during the spring and summer months. It’s a crucial step to preventing the allergen buildup in your home. Allergens ranging from pollen to dander pose health risks and potential carpet damage over time.

How Allergens Work

Allergens are particulates that affect your body in an interesting way. Exposure to allergens invokes an immune system response to fight off what your body sees as a dangerous intruder equal to bacteria and viruses. Allergens themselves generally pose no dangers to your body, but they create an immune response that may be harmful. As contradictory as it is, your body’s attempts to fight off the perceived threat of allergens can be a threat in the form of an allergic reaction. Anaphylactic shock is an extreme example of how an allergic reaction can be life-threatening, but even less acute reactions—such as runny noses and itchy eyes—can become a nuisance.

Common Allergens in Your Carpet

Plant particles like pollen and dead plant cells are one of the most frequent allergens that can catch and stay in your carpets. Another common allergen found in most homes is pet dander. These allergens can easily be removed with weekly vacuuming in combination with a regular professional carpet cleaning to remove the deep-set particles. During the summer, your carpets can accumulate an even greater range of allergens from poison ivy oils to royal jelly. Dust mite and cockroach feces are also common year-round. Mold spores are also microscopic causes of allergic symptoms.

The list may seem long, and the buildup of allergens in your carpeting might seem insurmountable, but a deep clean can be your answer to the question of how to remediate allergens. For more information about our professional carpet cleaning in Newton, IA, contact ServiceMaster of Newton at (641) 792-9580 today.

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The Magic of Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors with Professional Floor Cleaning in Newton, IA

June 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Hardwood flooring is one of the most coveted types of hard surface flooring due to its many attributes. Not only does hardwood flooring work well as a cosmetic and practical choice in a wide variety of settings, there are also many choices within the category of hardwood flooring for your home or business. However, no matter what kind of paneling, tiling, or sheeting of hardwood flooring you choose, your floors need a certain level of care and maintenance to retain their quality and longevity. ServiceMaster of Newton goes above and beyond that level of care with our comprehensive, expert floor cleaning in Newton, IA.

Part of the quality, comprehensive services you will receive when you take advantage of our hardwood floor cleaning is a professional stripping and refinishing process.

Why Refinish?

Most hardwood floors last about 20 years before they begin to show signs of age, wear, and tear. The period of time before the end of those 20 years is when regularly scheduled stripping and refinishing can return you floors to a “brand new” condition. Because the standard thickness of most hardwood flooring is 3/4 of an inch, it’s likely your floors can undergo six to eight refinishing during those first 20 years.

Our professional floor cleaning technicians will clean your hardwood floors before stripping a thin layer from the surface to remove scratches, discoloration, stains, rough areas, and any other signs of typical damage accumulated over the years. After fully stripping your floors, our technicians will restore the surface quality with a high functioning finish that seals and protects your hardwood floors while giving them a brand new look again.

Not only does stripping and refinishing your hardwood floors extend your floor’s life and help maintain its high quality, it also costs you less on flooring in the long run. For more information about the benefits of stripping and refinishing with professional floor cleaning in Newton, IA, contact ServiceMaster of Newton at (641) 792-9580 today.

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Benefits of Professional Stripping and Waxing With Residential Cleaning in Newton, IA

May 31st, 2017 · No Comments

From tile and wood to vinyl and laminate, hard surface floors can add a lot to the indoor character of your home. Unfortunately, without the tactile fibers and dirt catching abilities of carpets, hard surface floors can quickly become dirty to the touch and eye. Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping are great ways to prevent dirt buildup and work well as a short-term solutions for stains and damage. Neglecting the floor protection that a professional deep clean and wax can provide, however, is hurting your floors more than you know. Take advantage of the great benefits of professional hard surface floor care with ServiceMaster of Newton’s residential cleaning in Newton, IA.

While the comprehensive cleaning and care our professional technicians provide is a crucial part of the residential cleaning process, there’s also a lot to be gained from our stripping and waxing services.

Why Wax?

  • One of the most significant benefits of getting your hard surface floors professionally stripped and waxed is the cleanliness it can provide. When done correctly, the stripping process will remove harmful ground-in dirt and stains that accumulate over time. The waxing process will seal in your freshened floors, keeping them in quality condition for longer and making your flooring easier to clean in the long run
  • Stripping and waxing your floors also protects your flooring material from the potential damage moisture can cause. With our high quality wax sealant over your newly stripped floors, moisture has a hard time reaching your flooring material. This prevents water and humidity from seeping under flooring or saturating materials, which in turn keeps damage like warping, bubbling, cracking, and mold growth from occurring
  • Because stripping and waxing your floors creates a higher surface tension on your flooring material, it’s difficult for dust, dirt, and other fine particles to settle on your floors for long. This also makes them easier to clean and helps prevent bacteria, viruses, and mold from infesting your floors
  • Along with all these great benefits comes the added advantage of cosmetic improvement. A quality stripping and waxing performed by ServiceMaster of Newton extends the longevity of your flooring material and leaves your floors gleaming, pristine, fresh, and beautiful

For more information about why a professional stripping and is important for the hard surface floors in your home, contact ServiceMaster of Newton today at (641) 792-958 to learn about our comprehensive residential cleaning in Newton, IA.

 

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What Professional Deodorization and Commercial Cleaning in Newton, IA, Really Accomplishes

May 10th, 2017 · No Comments

So many things that our indoor environments are exposed to have some kind of odor attached. Whether good or bad, these smells all have some effect on the objects and living things in the vicinity. Mildew odors, for example, are commonly blamed for their negative impacts on building materials and the potential health problems they pose. Finding odors in the workspace may not always be a bad thing, but in many cases, scents give clues about the presence of potentially detrimental substances. With our professional commercial cleaning in Newton, IA, ServiceMaster of Newton provides comprehensive deodorization to remediate any harmful smells and materials that may be hiding in your business.

Commercial cleaning with our expert technicians provides important building maintenance and keeps the workspace clean and healthy for you and your employees. From keeping your floors clean to maintaining your upholstery, our cleaning technicians work hard to give you and your employees a safe environment each day.

An important part of our commercial cleaning services is the process of deodorizing and remediating any unsavory smells. While removing unpleasant odors certainly improves the professional qualities of your business, it also gets rid of the dangerous particulates that cause those smells in the first place. Deodorization means the removal of a wide range dangerous materials including the following:

  • Mold and mildew: Both of these contaminants release harmful mycotoxins into the air. Exposure to these toxins can lead to respiratory, neural, and cardiovascular health problems. Mold and mildew can also damage carpeting, upholstery, drywall, wood, metal, glass, and ceramic materials
  • Bacteria and viruses: Most workspaces see a high number of germs and pathogens pass through each day as employees and customers introduce outside contagions to the indoor environment. This also increases the number of infectious bacteria and viruses present in the building. With deodorization and building sanitation provided as a part of our commercial cleaning services, these germs will be kept in check, improving the workspace as a whole
  • Acidic materials: Many materials that cause odors in the workspace have a low pH, meaning they’re acidic. These acids can include anything from food and drink to printer ink, and they’re often introduced to your office daily. Removing acidic materials with commercial cleaning gets rid of the unpleasant odors they may release and prevents any damage they may inflict on building materials

Deodorization removes a large number of noxious smells that may be present in your workspace, and the commercial cleaning services provided by the professional ServiceMaster of Newton cleaning technicians can remove any remaining contaminants from your Newton, IA, business. For more information about deodorization and the importance of professional commercial cleaning, contact us at (641) 792-9580 today.

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