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.

Rethink Carpet

Carpet CleaningCarpet is a durable and long-lasting floor covering that serves many useful purposes in the home. While many people think carpet only collects stains and dirt, it’s positive benefits include reducing noise, trapping allergens, and preventing slips and falls. Before replacing your flooring, here’s a few things you should know:

 

Regular cleaning extends the life of your carpet. According to a leading carpet manufacture, Shaw Floors, “Carpet in a typical household should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months, depending on the number of residents and amount of activity.” They also recommend this cleaning to be done through a professional with a hot-water extraction system to keep the carpet warranty intact and to avoid accelerated re-soiling which can happen when other cleaning products are used. Carpet can take a lot of abuse when it is professionally cleaned regularly, and can ensure your investment lasts for years.

 

Not all carpet fibers are equal. Previous, bad experiences with carpet may have been because of cheap fibers. There are four main materials used to make carpets: nylon, polyester, PTT and polypropylene. Nylon is always going to give you the best selection, soil and stain resistance and texture retention, but it is typically the most expensive. But keep in mind, this is an investment in your home and it is better to pay a little more now, instead of paying for a costly replacement later on.

 

If you or your family suffer from seasonal allergies, carpet can make a huge impact on your health and may reduce some of your symptoms throughout the year. Carpet, unlike hard surfaces like wood or tile, trap allergens in its fibers and hold them in place until extracted. Foot traffic on hard surfaces stir up dust, pollen, dander and insect excrement lying on top of the flooring. Carpet, when vacuumed regularly, can help eliminate allergens from your home or office and maintain optimal indoor air quality.

 

At Bishop, we can help protect your carpet with additional Scotch Gard® treatments and keep it looking its best with regular cleaning.

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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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