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4 Tips for Removing Odors

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It’s easy to become nose-blind to odors in your home if you stay inside for a while. But at some point, you’ll start to notice that certain areas have developed a rather unpleasant smell. Luckily, there’s no reason to worry because there are simple tricks you can use to get rid of the smell entirely. Take a look at these 4 tips for odor removal we recommend.

Baking Soda for Odor Removal

Did you know that baking soda is great at odor removal? It can be used in many areas of your house. For instance, you might notice that your trash can has a certain smell to it, even after you take out the trash and the liner. To help get rid of the smell, clean the interior of the trash can and then add some baking soda in between the can and the new liner you put in. This will deodorize your trash can from future odors. For carpets and mattresses that start to smell over time from use, sprinkling baking soda onto the surface and allowing them to really sink in will do wonders for the smell in your home. You only need to let it sit for about 15 minutes and then it can be vacuumed away.

Keep Bleach on Hand

Another household item that will help with odor removal is bleach.  Along with cleaning your toilet regularly, adding a half cup of bleach to your toilet bowl will help to kill bacteria and get rid of any odors. You can pour bleach down your sinks and shower drains as well. This will prevent sewage odors and any bathroom bacteria odors as well. Bleach is handy because it gets to the source of the smell instead of just masking it.

Odor Removal with Sewage Maintenance

Sewage carries an unpleasant odor. When it starts to build up in your pipes, that odor makes its way inside your home. That’s why sewage maintenance is so important. Keep an eye on your drains and the area surrounding your home. At the first sign of any damage or other issues, call a restoration company to take care of the odor removal.

Change Your Filters

Heating and cooling devices in your home accumulate a lot of dust, dirt, and other allergens out of the air. If left alone long enough, this accumulation can make your home start to smell. You should plan to change out the air filters in your home every few months for odor removal and to have better air quality. This will also help to decrease the risk of mold, which also causes an odor.

A clean home is a healthy home, and the right smells will help you to feel your home is in good shape. Doing the above will really help you keep on top of any odors. For bigger problems or smells that just won’t go away, call a restoration company to come to take a look. At Kelley Klean, we know a thing or two about cleanliness and will be there for you no matter the issue. Call us today at 573-214-0990.

How To Clean Your Tile and Grout

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Tile cleaning is probably part of your maintenance routine in your home, but do you know how to do so properly? The tile may look clean after a general washing, but what about the grout in between tiles? It’s time to take your tile cleaning seriously and follow these steps for a more sanitized and sparkling floor.

Mop the Tile Once A Week

The part you probably do already is mopping your floors. At least once a week, use a mop or other tile cleaning device to remove the dirt, dust, and other particles that accumulate on your floor throughout the week. This will sanitize the tile itself and can also remove some of the accumulation inside the grout as well. Keeping up with weekly maintenance will also extend the life of your tile.

Check for Mold

Mold can grow in between the tile where the grouting is. Especially when you have tiled bathrooms where there is a lot of moisture from showers and perhaps a leaking toilet, you need to be careful of creating an atmosphere fit for mold. If the mold is still small enough, cleaning products and a mop should remove the mold from your tile. But large amounts of mold could mean that it has spread to other areas of your home as well. This means you need to call a restoration company to safely and properly repair the damage.

Hire a Tile Cleaning Service

Your local restoration company offers a tile cleaning service that does a much deeper clean than what you can do with your mop. Using chemical solutions and the proper tools, a restoration company can dig deep into the tile and grout to remove the dirt that is really ground into your floor. There is often a wax sealing on your tile to prevent dirt and dust accumulation, but the longer you have your tile, the more this layer will wear and tear. Professionally cleaning your tile yearly will help to diminish this process.

Replace Tile as Needed

Eventually, your tile will need to be replaced. When this happens will depend on how often you actually clean your floors yourself and when a professional gets involved. Once that wax layer is mostly gone, your tile is at risk of higher damage. Tile replacement is important for the health of your house, especially when it becomes hard to keep clean.

At Kelley Klean, we are here to help you with tile floor maintenance and repairs. We guarantee a professional cleaning job with every visit and will help you keep your floors for a long time. Give us a call today at 573-214-0990.

Commercial Contents Cleaning for Your Business

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Natural disasters in the workplace can cost a business a lot of money. Stores can be overtaken by a fire, basements flood, and mold can shut a building down. When commercial contents are damaged, this leads to a further loss of money since the inventory can’t be sold. That’s why commercial contents cleaning is so important to a business. Almost everything damaged can be cleaned and restored, saving a company time and money that would have been used to make new products.

Investigation and Inventory

At Kelley Klean, we want to save as much of your commercial contents as possible. That’s why our technicians will come on-site to investigate the damage. Everything will be inventoried, including what isn’t salvageable. We’ll make a list of what can be cleaned. After that, we’ll take photos to ensure 100% return accuracy after cleaning. Then we create another list of what cannot be salvaged. After cleaning, this list goes to your insurance company to be included as a loss. We handle all of your inventory carefully and thoroughly.

Safe Transportation to Cleaning Facility

We transport all of your inventory to a cleaning facility. We don’t clean on-site. Because of our detailed inventory, we guarantee that nothing will be lost during the transportation process. In addition, we guarantee no further damage to the items.

Restoration Process

We clean and deodorize your items to get rid of damage from smoke, fire, water, mold, and any other covered disaster. The use of special equipment means that our commercial contents cleaning is much faster than other restoration services that wash everything by hand. We have Ozone machines and ultrasonic cleaning equipment. Technicians can explain to you how these machines work and which will be best for your inventory. Our equipment is gentle and up to 75% faster than hand-washing.

Cleaned Products Back on Shelves

Finally, our technicians will return your commercial contents in great condition, putting then back where you specify. In addition, our inventory lists will help ensure accuracy and you will be able to verify what should be returned. Everything will be back in its place.

Commercial contents cleaning is the best thing you can do for your business after a big natural disaster. You’ll save so much money by not having to replace all of your inventory. Call Kelley Klean today and we’ll have one of our technicians take a look at your inventory. You can reach us at 573-214-0990.

Types of Storm Damage and Repairs

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Storm damage to your home can come from a number of factors. The bigger the storm, the more likely for a large amount of damage. In order to properly prepare, you should know the difference between the storms and their damaging effects. Below, we’ve highlighted the top four damaging storms and their effects.

High Wind Damage

Whether from a thunderstorm or hurricane, high-force winds can cause damage to the exterior of your home. 50-60 MPH winds are sufficient cause for concern, but the winds can get up to even 100 MPH – or higher. High winds pick up debris and anything surrounding your home that isn’t anchored down. If something is large enough, it can break into your home through a wall, window, or roof. Your safest bet is to bring inside anything not anchored down. And if the winds are supposed to get really high, board up your windows.

Tornadoes

With tornadoes, not only do you have to worry about the high winds, but there’s also the chance a twister can pick up debris and spit it back out. In Missouri, we are well versed in tornadoes. Unfortunately, sometimes tornado damage can be considered an “act of God” and is not covered by insurance. To prepare for a tornado, one of your steps should be calling your insurance company to see what will be covered and what might come out of your own pocket.

Debris Damage

You secure your items the best you can before a large storm, but sometimes the storm damage is out of your hands. We’ve seen the damage caused by outdoor furniture, large toys, and even vehicles. Sometimes the damage is caused by debris that isn’t even your own. There’s also the possibility of tree damage, water damage, and ground damage. With these things, you can’t really prepare for the unknown, but it’s good to have an exit plan in case your home becomes uninhabitable.

Flooding

Finally, hurricanes, flash floods, tornadoes, and large storms can all bring flooding. Storm damage from a flood can lead to damaged foundations, mold damage, and bacteria growth. Before a large storm, check all of your piping and drains for cracks and leaks. Even though you can’t prevent a naturally occurring flood from a lot of rain or an overflowing body of water, you can make sure that your home is safeguarded from storm damage by securing your water sources.

Storm damage is devastating after the fact. You look at your home and wonder how it even happened and what the heck to do now. Let Kelley Klean be there for you. We are available 24/7 to asses and repair your storm damage. Give us a call today at 573-214-0990.

Reasons You Need Removal Services

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Planning to move? Need to get rid of an old mattress? Customers hire removal services for many different reasons. In many ways, we can act as a moving service with the added benefit of disposing of old items or repairing items that need it. Whether you are looking for a furniture removal or mattress removal service, you’ll be happy you went with a restoration company instead of a moving company.

Proper Removal Equipment and Training

A restoration company with furniture removal and mattress removal services has a highly-trained team that will remove your belongings with the promise of not causing any damage. Whether you’re moving to a new house, getting rid of old furniture to update a room, or need to throw away pieces that are falling apart, a restoration company will have the right equipment to handle all of your removal needs. You won’t have to worry about damage to your house, either. This equipment will fit the layout of your home with the proper planning.

Pre-Planning for Safety and Reliability

Before we come in, we’ll ask some pre-planning questions. Where is the location of the item? Is there a direct path to the item? Are there any special considerations our team should know about, such as the fragility of the item or any care instructions? This will help our team plan out how best to take care of your furniture removal or mattress removal request before we even set foot in your home. You will have peace of mind because we take safety precautions and are overly prepared to complete a job well done.

Not Your Average Moving Company

Moving services want to get everything packed up and transported fast. They aren’t as worried about the condition of your property. They can be expensive and are notorious for damages and unreliability. When you call a restoration service for furniture removal, your moving service comes built in with restoration services. You get one company for all of your service-related jobs. This will save you from having to find a new company for each job. And it streamlines any claims with your insurance carrier.

At Kelley Klean, we are an IICRC-certified restoration company that prides ourselves on top-notch service. Our work comes with a 5-year guarantee. We can do furniture removal, mattress removal, and even piano removal services. Call us 24/7 for all of your restoration needs. To speak with our dispatcher, call us at 573-214-0990.

The Dangers of Standing Basement Water

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Flooding in your basement is cause for concern after a leak, a flood, or other types of disaster. Standing basement water is dangerous if not disposed of properly. There are three common forms of water damage to check for that relate to the quality of the water. The darker the water is, the more hazardous it can be for your health. Basement water removal is critical to keeping your home safe and preventing serious illness for you and your family members.

Clean Water

As you can tell by the name, “clean water” is the safest form of water damage. Typically, this type of damage comes from pipes and other water lines inside of the home. Drying the affected areas is the recommended treatment and can take around 3 days to complete. Because the water comes from inside your home, there aren’t contaminants for you to be worried about for health reasons. While you do want to remove the water as soon as possible, it’s not a health risk at this point.

Grey Water

Now, if clean water sits for more than 48 hours, it will then be classified as “grey water.” Though it’s initially clean, water that sits for a long period of time will be contaminated by appliances such as washers and dryers, water heaters, and anything else that might be kept in your basement. As long as the water is cleaned within a three-day window, you can hire a basement water removal company to dry the affected areas without needing to take further action. However, the longer you wait, the more things like carpets and clothing might become unsalvageable due to waterlogging.

Black Water

The most dangerous and toxic form of water damage is “black water.” This is water that contains sewage and other biohazardous materials. This water should not be handled by anyone in your household. You will need to call a basement water removal company right away so they can dry the affected area. Unfortunately, anything that the black water touched will need to be thrown away for your health and safety. Porous materials that were exposed to the black water can still contaminate your household if not disposed of properly.

Call a basement water removal company right away when you see water damage in your home. The quicker you can dry the area, the more you may be able to save of the damaged materials. Please do not come into contact with the water or try to drink it, even if it’s categorized as “clean,” for your own safety. Kelley Klean is the right restoration team for the job. Give us a call today at 573-214-0990.

Cleaning Services for Hoarding

A person with a hoarding disorder will hold on to items for sentimental or emotional reasons. They keep things that cause clutter in the home. For people with a hoarding disorder, the act of decluttering their home seems impossible and can be a very taxing task. Restoration companies help take the cleaning process off your hands so that you can tackle the emotional and psychological effects that may come of it. Here is what you need to know about hoarding cleanup.

Sensitivity When You Need It

More than 3 million Americans are suffering from a hoarding disorder. A restoration company will come to work without any judgment. In order to prevent causing emotional harm, the company will work directly with their client as well as family and/or a psychologist. Having a service to help can make the process go smoothly and prevent you from putting yourself in a difficult situation alone.

Getting Rid of the Clutter

The first thing a restoration company will do is physically remove the goods that need to be removed. No matter why you hire the company, be it for safety, moving or cleaning an estate, they will do it all. This is the hardest step in the process, and it’s understood that just removing the clutter won’t prevent future hoarding. A restoration company can also help to find long-term solutions, including safeguarding your home against damages that can occur from hoarding.

Disinfect and Restore the Home

Hoarders are probably unaware of any damage in their home. Even just a few years of piling goods into a room can promote moisture or pressure to the structure. A restoration company can disinfect the area and survey for mold, stains, offensive odors, and other biohazards. They also have the correct tools to respond to the damage, leaving your home cleaner than they found it. Damage likely hiding in the floors or walls will affect the integrity of your home and can only be seen after hoarding cleanup.

Call Kelley Klean

Hoarding cleanup is a sensitive and emotional project for the client and their family. At Kelley Klean, we want to do our part to help make things a little easier. Kelley Klean has a lot of experience working with clients with hoarding disorders as well as their loved ones. We can also clean estates after a loved one has passed. Give us a call today at 573-214-0990 to set up an appointment.

How To Prepare for Wind Damage in Missouri

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Wind damage in Missouri is very common. It can lead to costly repairs for your home if the right precautions aren’t taken. Not sure what you should do? Take a look at these tips for preparing for a large storm with wind damage.

Reinforce or Upgrade Your Shutters and Garage Doors

The first thing you want to do is reinforce the outside of your house. You need to make it as hard as possible for wind to do damage inside your home. This means reinforcing shutters over your windows and making sure your garage door closes tightly. These should be done way before a huge storm, so think about doing this in the spring or summer to prepare for the windier months. Shutters can be upgraded through your local restoration company. And when they are installed, make sure they’re held down by six nails to ensure they’ll stay put. Garage doors should be inspected for cracks or damages and repaired as well.

Trim Your Trees and Other Shrubbery

Once your house is secure, you should take a look at your yard for anything that might become airborne in the event of high winds. Look out for low-hanging branches, loose shrubberies, and other things that could fly into your house and cause damage. Take the time to trim your trees, your lawn, and keep your yard as clean as you can. This is a year-round job that you should definitely keep up even during the windier months.

Watch the Weather Channel for Major Wind Warnings

Once it’s the season for high winds, keep an eye on your weather channel for forecasts of windy storms or high winds in general. The best prevention method is preparation. Once you know that a storm is coming, you can do everything in your power to prevent damage. Know, however, that damage may still come. The knowledge of a storm will also make it possible for you to take quick action should an emergency occur.

Bring In Outside Furniture Before a Storm

After you’ve been warned of a storm or a windy day is the time to do the final preparations. Anything that might be knocked over or run into your house by wind should be brought indoors. Wind damage in Missouri can happen from patio furniture crashing into houses – or even something small, like lawn gnomes, being picked up by the wind and flying into windows. To be on the safe side, take in everything you think might cause damage if it hits your house.

Unfortunately, damage can still happen even when you are prepared. In the case of wind damage, call Kelley Klean to come to repair your home. At Kelley Klean, we see a lot of wind damage in Missouri and are on call 24/7 to lend a hand. You can contact us at 573-214-0990.

Is It Finally Time To Get Rid of that Piano?

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Your piano is a precious and delicate piece of furniture that you should handle with care. But what happens when you need it removed? Piano removal is yet another service you can hire from your professional restoration company.

Determine the Type of Piano

Upright pianos are the most compact, with the strings and frame aligned vertically. They are perhaps the easiest to move, but should still be handled by a professional. Grand pianos are broad, the long strings and frame extending away from the keyboard. As the most complex, you’ll need to let your removal service know in advance so they can prepare in advance. Baby grand pianos are in-between grands and uprights. They still have long strings but aren’t as big as grand pianos. All three should be handled with care and professionalism.

Get An Estimate

Tell the dispatcher of your restoration company you the location of the piano and the path of the piano to the door. They will determine the complexity of the job. Also, note any special considerations like other furniture or walking hazards. When a professional service comes in, they want to do the job well and keep the piano in the condition it was found in, especially if you are selling it or moving it to another house. The more detail you can give, the more they can prepare. When you call to give the details, they also may be able to give you a cost estimate right over the phone.

Why You Need a Piano Removal Service

Moving from one home to another is stressful enough without tackling trying to move a big piano. Even after you hire a moving service, they may not be the best at figuring out how to handle something as delicate as a piano. A removal service will know exactly what to do to protect your piano and remove it effectively. On the other hand, if you have no more use for a piano or find that it’s time to throw it away, a removal service will be able to give you an estimate for just the removal service for that item, and not charge more like hiring a moving service might.

Piano removal is a tricky job, but one that a professional restoration company is up for. Whether you are moving, getting rid of, or selling your piano, let Kelley Klean do the job. Call us today for an estimate at 573-214-0990.

Restoration Services for Property Managers

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As a property manager, you are responsible for the health and safety of your tenants’ apartments. Appliances break, storms cause damage, and accidents happen. Property managers need to know who to call to return their property to being good as new. This is where a restoration company comes in. Take a look at a few services that property managers should be aware of.

Carpet Cleaning

Property managers hire restoration companies to come in and clean carpets between tenants. While tenants should leave their apartments clean, it’s a good idea for property managers to hire out for a deep clean before they fill the apartment again. This standard service can then be advertised to future tenants as well. Cleanliness is a huge factor in apartment shopping.

Flood Damage Restoration

Flood and water damage can happen from all sorts of things. Frozen pipes, storms, leaks, and more. A restoration company will give property managers peace of mind that any damage created by water will be completely restored for the safety of their tenants. Water damage restoration includes ice thawing, water mitigation, interior and exterior repairs, and disinfection services. Having a go-to restoration service will help to mitigate damages that much faster during a crisis.

Sewage and Drain

What happens when the pipes back up in one of the units? Or what if a storm damages the storm drains? This can affect tenants’ health if not taken care of immediately. Restoration companies have the right equipment and disinfectants to remove all of the damage and mess and clean the area to make the apartment safe and healthy to live in again.

Fire Restoration

When a fire happens, you call the fire department. For the resulting damage, you call a restoration company. They can again come in and remove all smoke damage, restore waterlogged furniture, and remove anything that’s been burned beyond repair. Smoke can go much farther than fire very quickly, so you’ll want a fire restoration service to test the quality of the air in all units surrounding the fire, not just where the fire hit.

Property managers should have a close relationship with a restoration company in case of any disaster or even a simple service request. At Kelley Klean, we’ll be your maintenance, repair, and emergency restoration go-to. We are around 24/7 for all of your service needs. Give us a call today at 573-214-0990.