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.

Fire Damage – When Disaster Strikes Your Home

Roof fire in Albany GAIt’s amazing what damage even a small fire can have on a home. A hail storm or rain storm can destroy a roof and get water inside the home, and windstorms can be very damaging. At Bishop Clean Care in Albany, GA, we have seen a lot of homes that have suffered through disasters, and we know that it is important to get them cleaned up quickly and professionally. […]

Cleaning Tips For Home Sellers

Cleaning Helps Increase SellsWhen a house is for sale, the goal is to make it as attractive as possible to potential buyers, and the most cost-effective way is a professional cleaning. Spruce up your home and clean it thoroughly.
 
Clean, Don’t Replace Carpet
Potential buyers might take one look at stained carpet and start running for the door. At a fraction of the cost for replacement, you can get the existing carpet in sellable condition quickly with a professional clean. Bishop Clean Care can save you money down the road by making what you have look its best while avoiding costly replacement or an allowance for new installation.
 
Time to Clean
Focus on the rooms buyers are most interested in – living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Give major attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, but be sure to check labels on cleaning products to make sure they are appropriate for the surfaces to be cleaned. Kitchen floors often become cloudy from cleaning solution residue. To prevent this, use a no-rinse product or rinse the floors well after each cleaning.
 
Combat Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are especially problematic in bathrooms, and prospective buyers are more sensitive than ever about its presence. If you are unsure whether to tackle this yourself, give Bishop Clean Care a call so we can point you in the right direction to keep your family safe.
 
Don’t Forget To…
–       Wash the windows.
–       Dust thoroughly.
–       Vacuum regularly, using long strokes.
–       Carefully clean surfaces to remove dust, grime and fingerprints.
–       Make a habit of making a nightly “sweep” just before bedtime to nix clutter build up.
 
Bishop also offers a variety of services that can help your home look it’s best for potential buyers. Services include, carpet cleaning, floor cleaning for wood, stone and tile, mold and mildew removal, as well as a comprehensive cleaning service designed specifically for home sellers.