Does your home reek of tobacco smoke? Here are tips on how to remove the odor
It’s one thing to bring home smoke odor on your clothes and in your hair after a night of partying in Bardstown or Shepherdsville, but when that smell invades your home thanks to inconsiderate guests and their furtive smoking breaks, you must act quickly once they’re gone. Unfortunately, that smoky odor will permeate the fabrics in your home and will hold onto that odor, leaving you to smell it for days and weeks later.
You may not be able to easily remove all of the fabric from your home – particularly furniture, like a large sofa – but it’s very important to move all fabric items to an area unaffected by smoke, no matter how inconvenient. These items can include any decorative pillows, bedding, blankets, and especially curtains and drapes. If you have a washing machine that can handle large loads you should be able to run all of these items through a cold wash cycle with two (2) cups of vinegar added to the load.
Be sure to not use high heat to dry these items. The heat appears to reactivate the smoky smell, setting it permanently into the fabric. Instead, use a low heat or fluff cycle; if you can, line dry the items in the sun, which will be even more effective in removing the odor. And any light breeze along with the sunshine will be a bonus.
If you have a large, bulky item like a comforter, you may need to take it to your local dry cleaner. Put all of the smelly items into a trash bag and bring them to the cleaners; be sure to inform them that you require help in removing smoke odor. They can then use all of the professional techniques in their arsenal to banish the smoky smell. You may also want to include delicate items like curtains and window treatments. Window treatments can be expensive, so you don’t want to risk ruining them in your washing machine.
Once all of the items are washed and rid of the smoke odor, you don’t want to start the process all over again by returning them to a smoky home. Instead, put all of those clean items into fresh trash bags and store them in your garage or other area unaffected by smoky odor. You can return these items to their rightful locations once you have removed the odor from the home itself.
Remember that time is of the essence and these steps must be completed rather quickly. If you do one step without doing the others, the odor will simply redistribute itself around the home. If multiple rooms are affected, you’ll have to work on one room at a time. Once a room has been cleared of smoke, be sure to seal off the clean room as best you can. You don’t want smoky odor traveling to other areas – particularly an area you’ve just cleaned.
If you ever need help removingtobacco odors from the home, or need help mitigating a fire damage be sure to contact us as soon as possible. Dealing with carcinogens is never something that should be shrugged off as not a big deal. SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties prides itself on being a qualified home restoration company.
Water and fire disasters come in many different experiences and there is nothing more devastating to a homeowner in Bardstown than to see their home damaged. Anger, fear, disbelief, and shock are just a few of the emotions that you and your family will go through after a disaster. More often than not, these disasters can cause severe damage to your property and personal belongings. That is where professional content and restoration companies come into play.
What is content cleaning?
Content cleaning is the detailed cleaning, drying, sanitizing, deodorization, and resurfacing of most household items that have been affected by a disaster. The content cleaning process helps to return your personal items back to their original condition. Content cleaning can help salvage family mementos, valuable art items such as painting, jewelry, and treasured pictures.
After any disaster, it is important to secure your property to minimize any further damage. Inspect personal property only if it is safe to do so. Take inventory so you can determine what can be saved and what must be replaced. This process can be overwhelming and it would be more than beneficial to contact a professional content cleaning company to do this for you. The professionals have an eye for what can be restored to pre-damaged condition. There may be more of your belongings that can be salvaged than you expect.
There may be some situations that require that your personal belongings be removed and relocated for immediate and thorough cleaning, restoration, and decontamination. If your home has suffered from extensive water or fire damage it is often easier, safer, and more cost-efficient to have your belongings taken to a secure facility to start the cleaning and restoration process.
Most content cleaning companies will provide what is called a pack-out service. This is where they will inventory and record your belongings, safely package and transport your belongings to their secure facility where the cleaning and restoration process will take place. Reputable companies will require meticulous documentation of your belongings to ensure that nothing is misplaced. In some cases, if your belongings cannot be returned home immediately after the cleaning and restoration process, the professionals will safely package and store your belongings in their facility until they can be delivered to your home.
Artwork and Antiques
Documents and Books
VHS and DVD media
Here are just a few of the ways that professionals clean salvageable items.
Methods of content cleaning.
Dry cleaning is used for removing light to medium non-grease soils, or per-treating to remove excess soil before wet or immersion cleaning.
Wet cleaning, an aggressive method of removing medium to heavy soiling on items that can be cleaned with chemicals.
Spray and wipe, a method used when items may be damaged by chemical cleaning products.
Abrasive cleaning consists of agitation of the surfaces before being cleaned.
Immersion cleaning, effective for items that can be submerged in the cleaning chemicals.
For immediate help after a water damage disaster, contact a certified and insured restoration company like SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties. 502-904-0710.
If you are living a very busy lifestyle that you do not have the time to maintain the drill of making your house clean, you should hire cleaners employed by companies since they offer very comprehensive cleaning services specifically to homeowners and organizations. Cleaning companies are committed to providing highly professional services that include household chores. You are assured that you can get an excellent service for money with their flexible service at a very low-cost.
Below are tricks that company cleaners will do to ensure your house remains clean always:
Ensure Your Bed Is Made
Some individuals are too lazy to make their bed in the morning as they get up. The best action to take is to employ cleaners from cleaning companies that will be servicing your house daily. The cleaners will ensure that your bed is made neatly. The bed is the most important place to keep neat as it will reduce chances of any harmful organism from hiding in between the blankets and sheets ensuring that you live in a very safe environment. Try The London Cleaners, who is committed to provide exceptional domestic and commercial cleaning service.
Wipe Your Bedside Table
You might forget to wipe your bedside table each morning either because you have a very tight schedule or because you are a lazy individual. Your cleaner will ensure that your bedside table is wiped spotless clean so as to make your bed look tidy. This is very important as it gives your room a clean look which gives a good impression to any visitor who might enter your room.
Clean Your Dishes
Most people are afraid of washing dishes even if they have a dishwasher. There are two different types of cooks: those who clean while they are cooking and those who cannot do the latter. Employ cleaners who will clean your utensils daily and leave your kitchen sink clean and sanitized with upmost perfection.
Wipe Your Cooking Surfaces
Failing to wipe your cooking surfaces is very hazardous to your health as it will act as an excellent breeding place for disease-causing organisms. Worry no more as house cleaners are just the right people for this kind of work. They will ensure that your countertops and cooking surfaces are wiped to ensure your kitchen is spotless leaving no breeding ground for bacteria.
Do Your Laundry
If you have the habit of throwing the clothes that you’ve on a chair making your house living room look filthy, then the best action to take is to employ a cleaner. The cleaners will do your laundry, dry the laundry then fold it for you and if there are clothes that will need to be hanged in your closet they will do the same after ironing the clothes making your closet look neat and attractive.
In conclusion, cleaners that are practically employed by companies are the best option you should consider to do your household chores. The cleaners will offer a flexible and affordable service that will satisfy all your requirements. They are highly-trained and well – experienced cleaners that even fully vetted and most importantly, insured to suit your peace of mind.
There are many people that try to clean their very expensive carpets and rugs all by themselves. What happens is that instead of cleaning these carpets, people often destroy their carpets when they try to do it themselves. This is why there are professional cleaners for this purpose. These cleaners will clean your carpets for you in the best way possible.
Here are some reasons why the professional cleaners are the best.
There is no doubt that you will get your carpets cleaned a lot quicker if you ire the professionals to do it. These professional cleaners know that your time is precious. So, they make sure that they get your carpets stain free as quickly as possible. This is why you will not have to wait a long time to get them to clean your carpets and rugs.
Another reason why these professional carpet cleaners are the best choice for your carpets is that they charge reasonable rates. You can get the professional cleaners service to clean your carpets at a very affordable price. This is why more people are going towards the option of professional cleaners. You will get your carpets look as good as new and that too at a reasonable price. What more can a person ask for!
One of the greatest fear that people have regarding their carpets is that the cleaning crew will destroy the quality of the carpet. With the professional cleaners you will have no such problem. All you will need to do, is to call them. They use the most modern and harmless products to get your carpets super clean and stain free.
For those of you who are cleaning up after your party, here are a few tips that SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties found. For those stains that you cannot remove, be sure to call us and we'll come give your home a professional clean for the New Year!
We spend weeks planning the perfect holiday party hoping that it will go without a hitch. The night of, candles are lit, food is prepared, glasses of wine are poured, and dance parties are started in the kitchen. The result: You wake up to broken glassware, lipstick stains, water rings, floor scuffs, and worst of all, a raging hangover.
How do you bring your house back up to snuff with minimal effort? To learn all the best post-holiday cleaning tricks, we tapped Jacqueline Yardan, an elite cleaner for TaskRabbit in New York City. Having cleaned up after many eventful parties in the city that never sleeps, she knows a thing or two about what needs cleaning—and how to do it well and efficiently. Did candle wax melt all over your dining table? Is your garbage disposal smelling like ten rats died inside? Did your bestie spill her red wine all over your new ivory carpet?
We have all the easy and unusual solutions to whip your house into shape in no time—so you can get back to watching The Holiday.
For Water Rings
No need to panic when you wake up to a series of water rings on your wooden furniture, says Yardan. "For the guests who couldn't find a coaster, rub a little bit of non-gel toothpaste onto the water ring, and buff with a clean cloth."
For Broken Glass
So things got crazy, and a couple of glasses were broken. "First, you want to sweep up as much of the glass as you can with a dustpan and brush," Yardan says. "Then, use slices of bread to clean up any little shards that may be lingering. Wrap the bread in newspaper and toss it."
For Lipstick Stains
Your girlfriends may have decided to rock their hot new holiday lipsticks, but that's no reason to scrub your wine glasses all morning. "Use half a cup of white vinegar and warm soapy water to wash your glasses," Yardan says. The stains should come off instantly.
For Floor Scuffs
Did your living room or kitchen turn into a late night dance floor? "Most scuffs on a polyurethane hardwood floor can be buffed by rubbing the area vigorously with a soft cloth," Yardan says. "If your guests' high heels left a stubborn scuff, use a dab of floor cleaner, and rub the area with a soft cloth vigorously."
What You'll Need
For Leftover Wine
The thought of emptying half-full bottles of wine down the sink might make you want to gag, but Yardan says there is an alternative. "Save any half empty bottles of wine your friends may have left behind by freezing the wine in an ice cube tray," she says. "Frozen wine is perfect to use in recipes that call for it."
For Carpet Stains
The sight of a red wine stain on an ivory carpet may send you into hysterics, but this professional cleaner has an easy solution: "You can use any leftover beer you may have to remove carpet stains if you run out of stain-removing liquid," she says. "Rubbing a few drops of beer into a stain can remove it."
For Garbage Disposal Smells
After a night of entertaining guests with your lavishly prepared meals, the last thing you want to fix is a stinky garbage disposal. "Simply run citrus peels through the disposal followed by cold water to get rid of any odors," Yardan says. You can even use the leftovers from last night's cocktails.
For Melted Candle Wax
Did your dimly lit centerpiece melt all over your dining table? There is no use scratching at it just to ruin that mahogany. "Instead, put a couple of ice cubes in a plastic bag and let the bag rest on that stubborn wax," Yardan says. "The wax will become brittle and you will be able to peel it off with a spatula or a credit card."
It’s that time of year again, the kiddos are headed back to class and we bid farewells to our summer break.
SERVPRO specializes in professional deep cleaning. Over the summer, the kids have spilt drinks into the carpet or your upholstery, tracked in mud on your carpet after a summer rainstorm, or maybe didn't take the dog out like they were supposed to; so now you have pet stains in your carpet.
The residential cleaning services performed by SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson County professionals will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.
As the kids get back to school, give yourself the gift of a peaceful home with a deep clean from SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties. We're just a phone call away! 502-957-1956 We service Louisville, Hillview, Shepherdsville, Brooks, Mt. Washington, Bardstown, Springfield, Bloomfield and the areas in between!
Here is an after photo where we stripped and waxed the floor.
Most people think of SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties being the leader in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and mold remediation. But we also offer professional cleaning services for residential and commercial buildings. We can do a deep clean to your home or office, post construction clean up, and trauma cleaning.
We recently received a call from Lifepoint Church in Louisville that their church was vandalized. The vandals sprayed the whole church with fire extinguishers and the fine dust remanence was everywhere! SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson County quickly arrived to clean up so church services could be held on the following Sunday.
Here's what Jerry, from the Flynn Group had to say:
"SERVPRO of Bullitt & Nelson Counties arrived promptly and delivered on their promises. The techs were quick, efficient and courteous. Our church was vandalized in the middle of the week and SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties thoroughly cleaned up the building without interruption to the Sunday services."