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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.

DIY Tips for Upholstery Repairs

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We sit on our furniture daily. Whether we’re watching TV, eating dinner, reading a book, or having a gathering, our furniture gets used. As such, spills and stains tend to happen to the best of us. When it comes to upholstery cleaning, however, we don’t do it as often as we should. Is your furniture starting to smell or look dirty because of stains or crumbs? Below are some ways to clean it up yourself.

Spot Clean Stains

Fabric stain remover may work to remove the stain without having to replace the upholstery. With stains, you want to work as quickly as possible to prevent the stain from setting into the fabric. Keep stain remover on hand or use warm soap and water to gently blot and remove the stain. Follow the instructions on the back of the stain remover bottle for any additional information. If you have a stain that’s been there for a while or is pretty big, it may be time to bring in a professional.

Vacuum Between Crevices and Under Cushions

Dust, crumbs, and hair will accumulate on your upholstery after some time. To keep your furniture looking like new, take time to regularly vacuum in between any crevices and under cushions to get rid of anything that’s accumulated since your last cleaning. Things like dust and crumbs can even lead to stains if left unchecked. Regular surface cleaning your furniture will keep them looking newer longer.

Wipe Down Leather Surfaces

If your upholstery is leather, it can be regularly cleaned by wiping it down with soap and water or a store-bought leather cleaner. This will help to keep the leather looking fresh and can remove any odors from the surface. You should use a damp cloth with soap rubbed into it. Do not add water directly to the leather. Instead, gently wipe down the leather with the damp and soapy cloth and then wipe it with a dry cloth to remove the soap from the leather.

Hire A Professional Cleaner

Even after taking the above steps to keep your furniture clean, you should still hire a professional to come in and clean at least once a year. Professional cleaners can do a much deeper clean and have knowledge of the different fabrics used to make sure the cleaning is done without damaging anything. A professional clean will also allow you to keep your furniture longer as it will be a proactive defense against any damage or wear and tear.

Keep your furniture looking like new throughout its use. Call a professional cleaner and start putting these habits into practice. At Kelley Klean, we are a professional cleaning service that can clean your upholstery as well as provide other services for your home. Call us today at 573-214-0990 or 877-604-STOP to set up an appointment.

What To Do If Your Commercial Basement Has Flooded

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Standing water in your commercial basement can be very dangerous. You’ll want to hire someone to do water extraction as soon as possible. Don’t try to extract the water yourself. Wait and hire a professional with the right tools to remove the water safely and repair any damage once the water is gone. Here is what you should do in case of a commercial basement flooding.

Evacuate the Basement

It’s no longer safe to stay down in the basement once flooding has started. According to the IIRC, the flooded water is a Category 3 and could be crawling with microorganisms and other contaminants. Don’t try to wade through the water to save anything in your basement. After professionals remove the water, that’s when you can take care of drying your furniture and soft goods.

Call a Restoration Company Immediately

Restoration companies have the right equipment to remove any standing water safely. Since you can’t know exactly where the water came from, any contact with the water could be dangerous. Allowing a professional restoration company to use water extraction equipment handled by certified professionals will give you peace of mind that the water will be extracted safely and thoroughly.

Come Up With A Drying Plan

Once the water has been extracted, you’ll need to work with the restoration company to dry out your basement and anything that was left behind in the flood. There are many ways to dry carpets, floors, furniture, and soft goods. Find a restoration company that can handle all of these areas so they can restore your basement to the way it was before. Unfortunately, there may be things like papers and files that can’t be restored, and those will need to be disposed of.

Work With Your Insurance Company

Stay in contact with your insurance company throughout the hiring, drying, and payment process to make sure everything runs smoothly. Restoration companies may speak to your insurance provider directly for their payment. It’s always a good idea to do research on restoration companies prior to hiring to make sure they will take your insurance.

Flooding in your commercial basement can be scary. Let the professionals handle all of your water extraction needs. If you have flooding in your basement, call Kelley Klean for 24-hour emergency service. We are an IIRC certified company that can handle all your restoration needs. Call us at today 573-214-0990 or 1-877-604-STOP.

Steps to Take if Your Pipes Freeze

Frozen Pipes

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Winter is far from over. Are you surviving all the snow? Is it possible you have frozen pipes? While it’s cold, you may be tempted to stay inside and leave any restoration services until after the winter weather leaves. By the time warmer weather hits, though, the damage may be vast. If you have any reason to think you might have frozen pipes, follow these steps.

Locate The Frozen Pipes and Thaw Them

Most likely you’ll find the frozen section of your pipe in an exposed area, ones that lead outside or along a wall. Pipes will be blocked with ice and you’ll need to get the ice out to keep them running. Locate any faucets that are connected to the frozen pipe and open them up. Then use hot water or an electric heating device to thaw the frozen area and allow the ice to melt and run out of the faucets.

Check Your Faucets

Once you’ve found one frozen pipe, you’ll probably find more. Don’t stop your search because you think you’ve found the problem. You’ll know there are more frozen pipes if any of your faucets are no longer running. Once you’ve taken care of all of your frozen pipes, let all of your faucets drip slightly to keep them from re-freezing.

Check For Damage

Frozen pipes can often cause damage. The ice will expand and cause the pipes to expand and sometimes crack. While frozen, the pipes will keep the ice inside and prevent further damage. But once things start to heat up, you may have leaks inside your home. Always check for further damage beyond the ice to prevent water damage or broken pipes.

Call a Restoration Service

All of the above can be done on your own, but when in doubt call a restoration service. A professional can locate any frozen or leaking pipe quickly and can repair the damage. If left too long, you risk the possibility of more damage.

Frozen pipes may seem like a common occurrence during the winter, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken care of quickly and efficiently. If you encounter any frozen pipes or other water damage, call us at Kelley Klean. We are a full-service restoration company with a lot of experience in frozen pipe damage, as well as overall water damage. To learn more about us or to get an estimate, call today at 1-877-604-STOP or 573-214-0990.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Solutions

While carpet cleaning is done best by professionals, sometimes it can be more cost-effective or faster to do it yourself. That being said, there are some ways to clean that are better than others. If you are a DIY type and would like to clean your carpets yourself, check out these tips from professionals.

Carpet Cleaning by Hand

The best clean you can get for your carpet is to use a carpet cleaning machine. They are available for rent and you can also buy one for your home. Some people, though, choose to forgo that expense and clean their carpet by hand. Kelley Klean has a step-by-step guide to cleaning your carpet by hand to ensure the best clean possible. You will need table salt, baking soda, a spray bottle, and a bristle brush before you can begin. Take a look and set aside some time to really deep clean your carpet.

Vacuum Often and With the Correct Settings

In between deep cleans, set up a vacuum schedule. Vacuuming high-traffic areas once or twice a week will keep dirt from building up in the fibers of your carpet. Plan for the days ahead of time so you are less likely to forget. When using a vacuum, adjust the height until you can feel it pull forward. Each vacuum pass over your carpet should be done slowly. In high-use areas, go over each section twice.

Spot Clean

Don’t allow stains or dirt to remain for long periods of time. Always have stain remover on hand and react quickly when you see one forming. The longer a stain has to set in, the harder it will be to remove and the more fragile the carpet will become. Blot any liquid from the inside out with a rag or paper towel first before treating with stain remover.

Rotate Your Furniture

If you’ve lived in your house for a long time, chances are your furniture hasn’t moved much. When professional services come in for a cleaning, they often see deep groove marks in the carpet due to heavy furniture. These grooves can lead to tearing and damaging your carpet. To reduce the strain on your carpet, change up the layout of your furniture every couple of months and restore the grooves in the carpet. Steam-cleaning these grooves will have your carpet looking good as new. If you don’t have access to a steam cleaner, use a coin to straighten out the fibers so that they are standing like the others around them.

It’s possible to keep your carpet looking good as new by yourself. With the proper equipment, focus, and schedule you should never have to look at ugly stains or endure a dirt-ridden carpet before the next cleaning. We do recommend having a professional cleaning at least once a year. At Kelley Klean, we are IICRC certified and provide the best carpet-cleaning service in the state of Missouri. Call us today at 573-214-0990 to schedule an appointment.

4 Tips for Clean Carpets

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In spite of your best efforts, your carpet is dirty again. You call a professional to get it clean and enjoy it for a few months – only to find it dirty again. Clean carpets don’t last forever, but you can use these four tips keep them clean just a little bit longer.

Vacuum Regularly

Maintenance is key to making sure your carpet stays clean after your professional treatment. The recommendation is to vacuum daily, but at least 2-3 times per week is okay for busy schedules. By vacuuming you are removing all of the dirt, pilling, and dust that pile up on your carpet. When you vacuum less often, all of the dirt begins to pile up and you begin to see the stains left behind. You should also make sure you choose the right vacuum. Regardless of brand, be sure your vacuum has a beater bar attachment, rotating brush, and suction-only features. These will remove much more dirt than other types of vacuums.

Move Furniture Around

When you leave furniture in the same spot on the carpet for a long time, it starts to leave dents in the carpet. Without proper maintenance, these dents can lead to snagging and tearing. Change up the look of your room every now and then by finding a new spot for each furniture piece and steam clean each of the dents. If you don’t have time to steam clean, using a coin to straighten the carpet will also work.

Cut Off Snags

If you do find any snags or loose ends on your carpet, don’t pull them. Instead, use a curved pair of scissors to cut the loose ends away. Pulling could lead to further unraveling the carpet and do more damage before a professional can take a look at the carpet.

Use Walk-off Mats

For carpet in a commercial property or in a home with carpet by an outside door, installing a walk-off mat or tile before the carpet begins can reduce up to 80% of dirt tracked in from the outside. You can also keep the area outside your door well-swept to further prevent unnecessary dirt from being tracked in.

Professionally Clean Every 12-18 Months

All that being said, dirt can get buried deep within your carpet without you knowing. And accidents happen, leading to spills and stains. Your carpet will eventually get dirty, and that’s okay. Every 12-18 months, hire a professional to come dig deep into your carpet to remove the dirt that’s dug in deep and pull up any stains that you aren’t able to remove yourself. A professional has the right equipment to get your carpet looking brand new again.

At Kelley Klean, we are certified by the IICRC for carpet cleaning and we have extensive experience in both commercial and home properties. We can help you maintain a clean carpet. If you are in the Columbia, Jefferson City, or Central Missouri areas, give us a call today at 573-214-0990 or 1-877-604-STOP. We guarantee 100% satisfaction for our services.

Preventing Winter Water Damage

Those who have experienced winter water damage know that restoring a home or commercial space can be very difficult. Harsh winter weather can make repair work slow. Ice settling indoors can cause further damage to a home’s structure and prized personal possessions. Normal work schedules are halted until things can be brought back to normal. A lot can be done to prevent winter water damage, though. Simple steps heading into seasonal change, and winterizing homes and other buildings, will save a lot of heartache. Here are a few tips on what you can do to prevent winter water damage.

Winterproof Your Home or Business

Winterproofing your building can help prevent water damage in your home or office. Sealing open doorways and windows will help stop any leaks from coming in. Sealants are readily available at most home-improvement stores. Insulate any exposed water or drain pipes. Pipes should be wrapped with electrical heating tape and then covered with foam insulation. Pipes in unheated areas of a house, like in an unfinished basement, are at greatest risk of bursting. If possible, shut off the water supply to outdoor faucets. Make sure gutters are clean. This needs to be regularly checked in the winter so an ice dam doesn’t cause water buildup. Before any severe winter weather, it’s also a great idea to get your roof checked for any cracks or leaks. If you’re planning on going on a winter vacation, it’s recommended that all water sources are shut off until you return.

Weather Reports Will Warn of Water Damage

Homeowners and business owners should stay on top of weather reports during the winter. TV channels are good at giving weather warnings when floods are anticipated as a result of heavy rain or snow. When heavy snowfall occurs, water damage is possible for a few days after because of higher water levels and runoff when the snow melts. Flood and heavy precipitation warnings will make you glad you took steps to winterize your home or building. If your home or office is at a heightened risk of flood damage during heavy rain or snow, extra precautions like building temporary barriers in doorways and windows will help.

Ask a Professional to Take a Look

A lot of damage restoration companies will help homes and businesses make sure they are prepared for winter. A technician can do a full inspection of your home. They will be able to tell you specific things you can do to prevent water damage and protect your home or business. The restoration team at Kelley Klean has been helping clients avoid water damage for years. Get in touch today if you’re interested in talking about what you can do to prevent water damage this winter, or need water damage repairs.

You Experienced a Fire…Now What?

Smoke replaced pure air as flames engulfed your home. Your family and pets hopefully made it out safely from one of the scariest things that could happen to you—a fire. Your family’s safety is the most important thing after you experience a fire. But what do you do afterward? It’s a shocking experience, but here are the steps you could take to ensure fire restoration to your home.

Step One: Call 911

After making sure your family and pets are safe, you need to call the authorities. Let them know you are safe, and notify them if anyone is injured. Do not re-enter your home until the authorities tell you it is okay. Contact any family members and friends if you want to, to let them know you’re all right.

Step Two: Call a Fire Restoration Company

This step should happen within 48 hours of the fire. Make an appointment with your local fire restoration company to allow professionals to begin the cleanup process right away. Even if the fire was small, still be sure to make an appointment. The sooner you call them, the sooner the company can work on getting your house back to normal.

Step Three: Find Temporary Housing

It is a great idea to find temporary housing until your home is safe to enter. Smoke can linger for a few days, and it can be harmful to your health. Give your family and friends a call to see if they can help. If that is not an option, talk to your insurance company to see if they can reimburse you for a few nights at a hotel.

Step Four: Speak With Your Insurance Company

At some point, you will need to create an inventory list of important things you need to be replaced. According to Equifax.com, your damaged items list should include the item, the brand name, the price you paid, the serial number, model, or description of each item. Pictures of lost items are helpful as well.

In the United States, there is a home fire every minute and a half. Kelley Klean is a full-service restoration company with 30 years of experience restoring properties from fire damage. We are proud to be the restoration contractor of choice in the Mid-Missouri area. If an unexpected fire has occurred on your property, give Kelley Klean a call at 573-214-0990 or 1-877-604-STOP!

Ew! What’s that Smell? How to Eliminate Bad Odor from Your Home

 

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You can clean and scrub your house daily, but you will still notice a smell. A smelly house can make you not want to invite people over – or even worse, you may not want to be in your own home! As long as you live, cook, and play in your home, the smells will be there. The good news is you can eliminate bad odors by using simple cleaning products. Doing the following will help get rid of bad odors in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room.

Trash

Your trash is a common culprit for bad odors in your home. However, you may notice the smell is still there after you take out the trash. If this is the case, then the smell is from your trash can and not the trash itself. To clean your trash can sprinkle baking soda between the liner and the can. After sprinkling baking soda, you should use a disinfecting spray to kill off bacteria.

Dishwasher

How often do you wash your dishwasher? It is not surprising that most people do not wash their dishwasher regularly. But an unclean dishwasher interior can cause a smelly home. The best way to clean your dishwasher is by adding a dishwasher cleaning tablet. To prevent your dishwasher from smelling, also be sure to clean off food from your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.

Toilet

Toilets can become smelly for different reasons. To prevent your toilets from becoming smelly due to dirtiness, then clean your toilet weekly. Make sure you clean your toilets before they look dirty. To clean your toilets use a toilet bowl cleaner. After scrubbing your toilet, add a half cup of bleach to the toilet bowl. Adding bleach will help prevent odors.

Closet

You may notice your bedroom closets have an odor to them. The odor is due to moisture that gets trapped. If you want to eliminate this odor, then do not close your closet. Having a closet door that is open will allow the smell to escape and prevent moisture.

Carpets

Your carpets are not like other flooring in your house. Carpets absorb smells due to the fibers they are made from. To eliminate odor due to carpets, sprinkle baking soda all over your carpet. Let it sit for about ten to fifteen minutes and then vacuum.

Mattress

After a few years, your mattress will start to smell. It is completely normal due to sweat and dirt. The best way to clean your mattress is to add baking soda and let it sit. Once you let the baking soda sit for a little while vacuum your mattress.

Eliminate Odors for Good

Doing the things mentioned will help to eliminate most odors. In some cases, you may not be able to get rid of smells altogether. There are some smells that require professional help. If you have tried to get rid of odors in your home, but have been unsuccessful, then call the professionals at Kelley Klean. Kelley Klean will find the source of your odor problem and eliminate it for good.