Make Your Grout Great Again

When you buy a new home or when you are looking at tile in your existing home, you might think it’s time to get rid of everything from the tub to the floor because of dirty grout. Before you go through the hassle of a major renovation, consider these tips for your tile and grout.

 

First try to scrub the surface with a neutral tile and grout cleaner. Neutral cleaners do not have acidic solutions which breakdown sealers like bleach or vinegar. These cleaners are available at most hardware stores. You can even use a toothbrush to clean the grout more efficiently. If your tile is still looking dingy, try a professional cleaning. At Bishop, we have special methods and cleaners that can make your tile and grout look great again.

 

After your tile is clean, whether with a neutral cleaner or a professional cleaning, protect your investment with a grout sealer. Sealers can be found at the hardware store or can be professionally applied by Bishop Clean Care. Most sealers dry within 30 minutes and cure completely within 24 hours.

 

If you are in need of a professional cleaning, schedule one at your convenience through our online scheduler or give us a call today.

When to Clean and When to Replace Your Carpet

Winter Home Hazards

We live in a climate that does not receifro-pipe-leakve extreme winter temperatures often, but we can be even more susceptible to home damage when they occur if we are not prepared. One of the most forgotten winter hazards are busted water pipes, often due to the old “out of sight, out of mind” problem. The water inside pipes can freeze when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. As freezing water expands, it causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase, possibly leading to bursting pipes. A few ways to avoid busted pipes are to open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Also, insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest. Lastly, leave your faucets dripping during the night, when temperatures drop, to keep the water flowing through them instead of building up. Another good tip is to identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible if a pipe bursts. And in that event, you should do the following:

 

  • Shut off the water immediately to prevent additional damage.
  • Take proper precautions to avoid an electrical shock from being in or near standing water.
  • Bishop Clean Care should be your FIRST call. Every second counts when it comes to removing the water from your home and saving your belongings. We are a certified water mitigation specialist and can work with you and your insurance company through the process of your claim. The most important thing is to make the call to get the water out first.
  • Take an inventory of any damaged property or possessions.

Bishop can help if you ever find yourself in this situation. We can get your home back to normal again. Call us at (229) 883-1202 if you ever need us.

Preparing For Disaster

 

File Sep 01, 10 56 23 AMThe most devastating loss of property that a family can experience is a house fire. Fires in your home can cause a wide range of damage from just smoke and odor contamination to complete loss of structure and property. Further damage is often incurred from water and chemicals used in the efforts to put the fire out. While you can never really prepare for the emotional pain from a house fire, you can do a few things to limit the long-term impact on your family.

 

Be Prepared to Survive a House Fire

Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Also, half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. This makes it extremely important to maintain your smoke alarms by checking the batteries as specified by the manufacturer. Also, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. This is especially important if you have young children in your home or anyone else with limited mobility. Once you’ve escaped a house fire, it’s important to stay out of the structure until professionals have deemed it safe. Read more about preventing house fire related deaths here.

 

Update Your Insurance

While most fire victims are extremely thankful to have escaped with their health and safety, those feelings can quickly turn to despair and worry when one realizes how much property they have lost. Without proper insurance coverage, the loss can be even more devastating. Renters should always carry Renters Insurance to protect their personal belongings. Homeowners should consult with their agent annually to ensure they have proper coverage for both their structure and contents. Also document high value items such as electronics, jewelry, artwork, and firearms. Collect serial numbers when possible. Keep important paperwork such as passports, legal documents, and insurance in a fireproof safe, or in a safe deposit box at your bank.

 

Prevent House Fires

The best way to prevent a house fire is to know the most common causes of them, which include: cooking (especially frying), portable heaters, failure to maintain heaters and chimneys, smoking cigarettes in the home, faulty electrical systems, and candles. Unattended cooking is a very common source of fire, so never walk away from an active cooktop. Faulty electrical systems can include anything from defective breakers to overloaded extension cords. Do not repeatedly reset a breaker that continues to trip, instead, turn off the breaker and call an electrician. Any heating device or candle should be kept far from ignition sources such as bedding material, draperies, and clothing.

 

Fire Safety Prevention Week starts October 9th. Visit the National Fire Protection Association’s webpage to learn more. Bishop Clean Care offers services for cleanup of smoke and fire damage, and is certified by the IICRC.

 

If you ever find yourself as a victim of a house fire, call us (229) 883-1202.

Janitorial – Commercial Cleaning Benefits

Janitorial CleaningYour workers might be doing their best to keep their work spaces clean, but your office might be in need of a deeper janitorial cleaning. Not only will a deeper clean attract more business and keep existing customers happy, it will make your office more efficient and keep your workers focused.

 

Safer Work Environment
Offices are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. In a recent study by The University of Arizona, the average toilet seat had 49 germs per square inch while a keyboard had almost 21,000 germs per square inch. Also, dust particles build up over time and can affect air quality. To keep everyone breathing easy, clean your ducts every few years to remove dust and allergens from your office. While you may not see the dust, you may see a decrease in sick days taken over the year.

 

Less Stress
When business owners delegate cleaning duties to office staff, morale can sink. Office workers do not want to clean the bathroom, empty the trash, dust, etc. Allow your workers to do what they do best and leave cleaning to the professionals.

 

More Productive Workers
There have been numerous studies on workplace productivity and workplace cleanliness, and they all point towards one thing: a cleaner workplace leads to happier, more productive workers. In a survey by OfficeMax of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, 90% admit that unorganized clutter has a negative impact on their life, with 77% claiming that their productivity is affected the most.

 

Higher Quality Clean
Though you might think you’re doing an adequate job as the full-time manager and part-time cleaner, there’s no one better at cleaning than the cleaning professionals. Why? Because they not only have more knowledge, but they also have more tools, as well as a better understanding of how things need to be done.

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