Recent Cleaning Posts

How to Clean Condenser Coils

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Any sort of coiled equipment collects dust. Don't believe us? Go look under your refrigerator. All those coils that are used to keep your food cold collect dust. Some are good about regularly cleaning them, others...not so much. I'm sure the last thing we're all thinking is, "I need to clean the coils under my fridge!"

Fridges, A/C units, and heaters are all notorious for dust. The danger? Too much dust can cause your machine to overheat, and not function as effectively as it should.

How to Clean the Coils

  • Have a vacuum handy, specifically one with an extension hose. Use the hose to suck up any dust the coils are collecting.
  • You may not have a vacuum that fits where the coils are placed. Use a feather duster wand or hairdryer to get the dust. Simultaneously have the vacuum right there to collect any lose dust that might be floating around. 
  • If you want to do a more extensive cleaning, make the piece of equipment you're working with lighter. That may mean emptying out your fridge, unfasten an A/C unit, and tilt the machine for easy access.

Once you're done, your coils will be nice and clean and ready to work at full capacity.

How to Get Rid of Common Household Stains

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

There's nothing more frustrating than getting a stain on a new rug or piece of furniture. Sadly, no matter how clean we may be it's not a matter of if it'll happen, but a matter of when.

The key to getting out any stain is treating it as soon as possible. 

Here's some of the things you'll need:

  • Paper Towels/Cloths
  • Vinegar
  • Laundry/Dish Soap
  • Hydrogen-Peroxide/Rubbing Alcohol
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Hairspray

Wine:

  1. Dab stain with paper towels and soak up as much liquid as possible.
  2. Generously spread salt on the stain.
  3. Use Club Soda to rinse the stain.
  4. Dry and Vacuum stain away.

Use Hydrogen Peroxide for tougher stains. 

Coffee:

  1. Dab stain with paper towels and soak up as much liquid as possible.
  2. Pour cold water on stain to flush out coffee, continue dabbing stain to remove liquid.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap, 1 tablespoon of White Vinegar, and warm water. 
  4. Soak sponge or cloth in solution and blot stain until removed.

Professional Tip: Always dab/blot a stain. Rubbing it in can make it harder to remove.

Ink: 

  1. Dab with Rubbing Alcohol and soak up as much as the ink as possible.
  2. Liberally spray with hairspray.
  3. Use warm sponge or cloth to finish up stain.

Juice:

  1. Dab stain with paper towels or cloth to soak up liquid.
  2. Pour warm water on stain and continue to soak up liquid.
  3. Blot stain again to dry up.

Tomato Based Stain:

  1. Remove excess sauce and run cold water through stain. 
  2. Use small amount of laundry detergent to clean stain.
  3. Cold water, Blot, and Dry.

Aside from the common methods above, retail Stain Removers can also be useful. Be sure to check the instructions so you will not damage any home furnishings.

Document Restoration

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Disasters can take allot from your home. Your belongings, family heirlooms, your furniture, piece of mind, and even your important documents. Our job is to make your house a home again and restore back to you what's possible. 

Many don't realize just because their documents are water damaged doesn't mean they can't be restored. Aside from restoring your documents, we can help you prepare for a disaster by backing your documents up. Whether big or small, we help hospitals, schools, and government agencies to make sure they are protected no matter what disaster may come their way.

Contact SERVPRO® of Downey for more information.

Tip: Store all your important documents in a fire proof file cabinet. Doing so can save you allot headaches.

Cleaning Your Air Conditioner

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

Most of us don't give any attention to our Air Conditioner Unit until it goes out. Then, we give it all the TLC we can to get it back in action again. But our A/C Unit needs our attention, not just when it's not working. Especially during these hot summer weeks/months ahead, we need to give our A/C Unit the attention it deserves.

If you have a large HVAC system, refer to this article on how to check and properly clean it. 

In this section we're going to briefly discuss cleaning Window Units. A quick clean every month will keep your portable A/C unit working effectively.

How to Clean:

  • First, unplug the A/C Unit.
  • Proceed to remove the front cover, or vent. This may need to be screwed off. 
  • Once the cover is off, the filter should be right behind it. Remove the filter from the unit.
  • Take the front cover and filter and clean them with soap & water. 
  • Once every thing is completely dried, put the filter and cover back on.

You A/C Unit is now cleaner and will deliver the best possible results on any setting.    

3 Things You're Forgetting to Clean

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

It's that time of year again...Spring Cleaning. It comes at a time when you're busy getting your Taxes done and trying to readjust your sleep schedule due to Daylight Savings time. 

You may just put off your Spring Cleaning altogether or clean whenever you get the chance. But whether you clean in the Spring or some other time, these 3 things can make all the difference.

1) Dust:

Dust is easily overlooked. We may think, "There's so little, nobody will notice it." But they do! 

- Dust contains animal dander, insect waste, dirt, & human skin. -  

The worst part is that it can be almost everywhere. Counter tops, picture frames, shelves, and glass are notorious for collecting dust.

So grab a few cloths and your choice of dust cleaner. Dust can make all the difference between clean and squeaky clean. 

2) Mold:

This one might seem scary, but we're not talking about the mold that grows from in your basement or that needs to be handled by a Mold Remediation Company. 

                       - Mold Thrives on Moisture. -

Where is moisture found? Bathrooms for one. With all the water and steam, it creates a perfect environment for mold. Kitchens is another place, specifically around the sink and if you have grout tops. Dishwashers too make a great place for mold to hid. 

Look between the cracks in your shower, if you see a black spec, it's probably mold. Check your kitchen area, around your sink and dishwasher, near where the steam comes out. 

Did you find any mold? If you did, don't be alarmed. Grab a thick sponge/cloth and multi-purpose cleaner and wipe that mold away. Better to get rid of it now, then later.

3) Cleaning Supplies:

Most of us neglect to clean the tools we clean with. Ironic right? However, failure to clean our supplies can lead to the spread of more bacteria and germs. 

Cleaning is as easy as letting your supplies soak for a few minutes. A bucket with hot water and OxiClean powder or Bleach, is all you need to soak your Broom Heads and Brushes. 

When it comes to Sponges, you can soak those too. Another option is throwing them in the Dishwasher, just make sure there's no dishes in there.

Any type of Mop Pad or Cloth can be put in the Washer and Dryer. If you have a Vacuum with Bags or Filters, be sure those get changed out. Failure to do so can lead to a clog or malfunction. 

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It's important to be clean. These 3 things can bring on a new meaning to clean and can really impress your guests. Visit our cleaning services page if you're interested in a deeper cleaning for your home.