Flu season is here, and while we cant control what others will do, it’s important that we look within our homes to see what can be done to prevent the flu. It’s no surprise that during the fall and winter months we are more prone to illnesses because we are spending more time indoors. The flu virus spreads very quickly, so without taking proper precautions, you are putting you and your family at risk. Shared close living spaces are a hotbed for germs, so we’re sharing a few steps you can take to make your home as germ free as possible.
This is the easiest and most important step you can take to prevent the spread of germs. We go to work, school, the store, we touch so many things throughout the day. So when you first enter your home, immediately go wash your hands. This will help prevent the virus from even entering your home in the first place.
Forget what you’ve been taught by your parents or your teachers about sharing. Flu season is not the time. Members of the same household should use their own bath towels and wash cloths. Make sure you have paper towels out to dry hands after washing instead of everyone using the same hand towel.
Use a Humidifier
Using a humidifier in your home will help slow the spread of those tiny particles of influenza that can spread in the air. The virus does not survive well in warm and humidified air, so it's a smart idea to invest in one this flu season.
Clean Hard Surfaces
Keep the cleaning in your house simple and focused on high touch points. Viruses can land on hard surfaces and stay for hours. Countertops, sink faucets, light switches, remote controls, fridge handles, toys, anything that is frequently touched should be disinfected daily. Use a microfiber cloth or a paper towel, and any cleaner that has bleach or antibacterial product will work.
It may sound like a lot right now, but following these steps and being consistent could keep you and your family safe from the flu this season. Getting a flu shot each year is the best way to prevent the flu and protect those around you. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months or older.
Have you been thinking about deep cleaning your home this fall? Many of us focus on deep cleaning during the spring , but fall is also a perfect time to give our home some TLC and get it clean and cozy for winter. We put together a fall cleaning checklist to help you get ready, so you can enjoy the season more and worry less about the messes and clutter.
Are you ready to have a clean home this winter? Call us today, our team is happy to assist you with any of your cleaning needs.
The monsters you should be worried about aren't living under your bed, but are lurking in your ceiling and behind the walls. Your air ducts could be harboring dust mites, insects, rodent feces and even mold. These containments and critters are then recirculated into the air in your home anytime you are running your air conditioning or heat.
According to the National Air Duct Cleaner's Association (NADCA), a six-room home creates over 40 pound of dust annually just through everyday living. A typical family generates a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants such as dust and dander. These are then pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated into our homes.
Air duct cleaning is usually not a priority on people's to-do list. Out of sight, out of mind right? However, just because you cant see it, doesn't mean you aren't breathing it in. It's natural for dust and dirt to accumulate into our homes. We track dirt and allergens in everyday. But do you ever clean your home top-to-bottom, and then find a new layer of dust the very next day? That could be an indicator that your air ducts are due for a cleaning. Some other indicators that your air ducts may need professional cleaning is if your vent covers are dusty and dirty. Maybe there are variances in air flow in different parts of your home. If you just remodeled your home or it's a new build, lots of dust tends to settle even after construction is done. If you have pets or someone in your home smokes, this can also cause an excessive amount of allergens to buildup in your ducts.
Our customers have reported that they can physically feel the affects of cleaner air ducts. Clean air ducts means clean air to breathe. We always suggest to customers to have their air ducts serviced before winter kicks in. You will be spending a lot more time inside, and this is the time when indoor air quality really takes a beating. Call our office to schedule an air duct cleaning estimate and give yourself the confidence that the air you and family are breathing is fresh and clean.
Do you mop your tile floors, but afterwards they STILL look dirty? Of course, sweeping and mopping should be done on a regular basis. But if you want your tile and the grout to look clean, it has to be done properly. Surprisingly enough, one of the biggest mistakes is using too much floor cleaner and no rinse. Using to much floor detergent can actually cause build up that will make your floors look even dirtier. What many people don't know is that it is actually beneficial to "rinse" your floors. That just means every other time you clean your floors, to use only pure water.
So what about the dirty grout? Those thin little lines between your tile can be very difficult to clean, and cleaning them with simply a mop, is next to impossible. The grout lines dip down below the tile, which causes your mop to never even come in contact with the grout. If there is severe soil build up, using a brush could be required to clean the grout. However, using a tiny little brush to brush to clean each grout line can be incredibly time consuming.
If you want to keep your tile and grout looking clean, the best preventive measure is to have a professional grout sealer applied. This is something that should be done immediately after installation, however, most installers don't do it for you. The lack of grout sealer and improper grout sealer is a big reason to why your grout looks so dirty. It's important to have your tile and grout deep cleaned BEFORE the sealer is applied so the the dirt is not trapped under the sealer.
When we clean your tile we use a high-pressure hot water system that completely rinses and extract the soils into a holding tank in our van. We also use a professional solvent-based sealer that penetrates into the grout to prevent soiling. Ideally this sealer should be reapplied every two or three years for the best results.
If want to have sparkling clean tile floors again, give us a call at (330) 725-5702 to schedule a free estimate. One of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians will come to your home and determine the best method to meet your cleaning needs.
Memorial Day weekend is approaching us, and it's a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family, and celebrate our country. It's always been one of my favorite holidays because it marks the beginning of summer, and it's always been a tradition in my family to go to our towns parade and host a big cookout afterwards. Like 2020, many of us are celebrating Memorial Day a little differently this year. But it’s still possible to have an awesome cookout, while staying safe. We’re sharing a few tips on getting your home and yard ready!
With our busy work schedules and commitments with family and friends, there just never seems to be enough time in the day. The last thing we want to be spending our free time doing is cleaning our house, but that’s often what we end up doing anyways. That’s why we’re sharing with you some cleaning hacks to help save you time. Work smarter, not harder, and get back to doing the things you enjoy, while still having a clean & healthy home.
Cleaning Your Mattress
On average, humans spend about 227,468 hours of their life sleeping. That’s 26 years total, and a lot of time spent on your mattress. So, when was the last time you cleaned yours? Odds are it could use a refresh. We recommend having your mattress professionally cleaned every year if you can. In the meantime, sprinkle some baking soda on it, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then vacuum it up.
Cleaning Your Dishwasher
Did you know that the dishwasher is one of the dirtiest appliances in your home? That’s because we just often neglect to clean them, but think of all the dirty dishes that have sat inside there. So give your dishwasher a good cleaning, and it’s pretty quick and easy too! Remove the bottom rack from your dishwasher, and sprinkle in some baking soda. Use a cleaning brush to scrub inside. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom (Never pour any soap in your dishwasher or you will have a big mess on your hands). Run the hottest, and longest cycle you have. And done!
Cleaning Your Microwave
It’s always best to wipe down your microwave after you use it, but sometimes we forget and food splatters and stains get caked inside and it can be hard to get off. Add lemon juice and water in a bowl, run the microwave for 3 minutes, then let it sit for 10 minutes. Afterwards you should be able to easily wipe off any grime.
Reducing Dirt and Dust
Do you feel like you're constantly dusting your home? No one wants to be spending time every week dusting their house. If you don't already, make sure you have doormats at all entrances of your home. It’s not a bad idea to implement a “NO SHOES'' rule in the house, so your guests aren't tracking dirt in with them. Another easy task is to change your furnace's air filter every 6 months. We’d also recommend having your air ducts cleaned. This will get rid of allergens, dust, and dirt that are being blown around your home. That layer of dust you’re finding every week could just be a dirty HVAC system.
Cleaning Your Blinds
Sometimes using a regular duster to clean blinds just isn't enough. You'll spend all afternoon dusting, and still be left with dirty looking blinds An easy way to get them clean AND finally put those socks with no match to good use, is to wear a sock on your hand and use that to wipe off the blinds. Spray some multi-purpose on the sock too if you want to give it a good wipe.
Cleaning Your Bathtub
Cleaning the bathtub can be a pretty time consuming chore. Sometimes even after scrubbing, for what feels like forever, it still just isn't enough to give it the cleanliness you’re looking for. Once you’re done wiping it with a bathroom cleaner of your choice, try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Seriously, those things can be a life-saver and a time-saver, and it should help with getting rid of the grime ring that forms around the bathtub without putting in all the elbow grease.
There isn't anything more satisfying to bring in the new season then some spring cleaning. Cleaning your home top to bottom is not an easy task. It's important to make your cleaning list as manageable as possible. You aren't going to get everything done in one weekend and that's okay! Make sure to include the whole family in spring cleaning, splitting up the tasks will help make this list a little less daunting. This is a general spring cleaning checklist, so tailor it to what fits the needs of your home.
Stock up on cleaning supplies
Some essential natural cleaners to use are baking soda, white vinegar, and Castile Soap. Get a couple empty spray bottles as well to make your natural cleaning solutions. Also get your favorite all purpose cleaner and dish washing soap. Make sure you have a clean mop, a good vacuum, and microfiber rags.
This is a question we get asked a lot. While commonly referred to as air duct cleaning, another term would be HVAC cleaning and restoration. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The HVAC system helps with temperature control and humidity levels by regulating air movement in your home. Air duct cleaning helps maximize your homes comfort, and efficiency of your HVAC system with regular proper maintenance.
How Mark’s Cleaning Service Cleans Air Ducts
Air Duct Cleaning Estimate
It’s important to have a certified technician inspect your system before cleaning. That’s why we offer free no commitment estimates. First the technician will evaluate your system including supply & return duct work using our telescopic camera. This will help us determine the best way to clean your duct work and the equipment to use. Once the estimate is completed we will schedule an appointment.
Air Duct Cleaning Process
Our Ram Air duct cleaning system uses compressed air and truck mounted vacuums to thoroughly clean ducts. We will enter each individual vent register with a compressed air line and separate vacuum line. We attach our truck mounted vacuum line to your vent register and the compressed air line is then snaked through the same air duct until it reaches your furnace, this creates pressure within the vent. Compressed air and soft whips agitate debris and dust from the duct walls. The pressure from our vacuum carries the particles out to our truck.
Air Duct Completion
Once complete, our technician will make a final inspection to assure that the air duct is thoroughly cleaned. Then we will clean up and leave your home exactly as we found it. Leaving behind only clean air ducts so that you and your family can enjoy your new improved indoor air quality.
There are multiple benefits that come with a professional air duct cleaning. You will improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergens in your home. Remember that your HVAC system is in charge of the air that you and your family are breathing. In addition, air duct cleaning helps you to save money. When contaminants and dirt builds up in your HVAC system it makes the system have to work harder and consume more energy. It could also shorten the life of your system. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have about our duct cleaning process.
It's a new year and a time that many of us are planning out the projects we want to get done this year. One annual project that should be on everyone's to do list is deep cleaning your carpet. We all know carpet is expensive, so it's important to maintain it the best we can. With a little bit of dedication you can keep your carpet in top shape for many years. Experts suggest that carpet is professionally cleaned every 12 months, and even more often in a home with pets and children. So what should you do for the rest of the year between professional cleanings?
When it's time to give your carpet its annual deep cleaning, leave it to the professionals. Our certified technicians use the latest technology to give your carpet the care it needs. Visit our carpet cleaning page to learn more, or give us a call and speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.
Quality Mattress and Furniture Cleaning
At Mark’s Cleaning Service, we provide mattress and upholstery cleaning services. Do you ever wonder why you have nightly allergies? It can easily be caused by lingering dust mites on your mattress! Whether you have king or queen mattresses, at Mark’s Cleaning Service we clean all types of mattresses. Our method of cleaning is safe for family, pets, and environmentally friendly. We go above and beyond cleaning dust mites off your mattress and treat urine stains, coffee stains, red dye, and pet odor issues so you get the full benefits of our mattress cleaning! At Mark’s Cleaning Service, we also clean your upholstered furniture such as sofas, recliners and dining room chairs. Did you know that 80% of the dirt and grime that you bring home often ends up on your carpet and upholstery? Whether you are driving home from work (we clean car upholstery!) or sitting down on your living room couch, the dirt and dust from your clothes ends up on your upholstery. Getting your furniture cleaned can benefit you tremendously. We use hot water extraction via our state-of-the-art truck mounts to remove all of the dirt and grime. The hot water is blasted throughout the upholstery fabric to emulsify soils and contaminates leaving your upholstered furniture fresh and clean!