Recent Cleaning Posts

Packout Services

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

packout in progress

If you need to pack out items for a renovation, restoration, construction move etc., SERVPRO of Great Neck/Port Washington is here for you!  

We do inventorying and pack outs all the time for loss jobs, and can do yours too - whether delivering to a storage facility, an onsite temporary trailer or portable storage unit, or our own facilities.  

Packing out an entire home, office or business is a huge job.  We've had years of experience and the project doesn't scare us - we've got it down to a science.  

When you are ready to bring back your boxes, we'll return them when you've scheduled them. We can help categorize and inventory possessions as well as label so they all are returned to the correct spaces. 

Water in School District Buildings

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

remnants of a flood in a LI school district

Water damage to a school district in session can be an emergency.  SERVPRO of Great Neck/Port Washington is up for the job!  We know that schools have state mandates for how many days in open and in session they need to have, and disruptions due to unforseen events can be a problem. 

We are up for the job, securing the area and prioritizing areas so that public areas open to children are ready as soon as possible.  Utility and mechanical areas that pose a danger are also prioritized.  In the end, all spaces will be cleaned and restored.   

We'd like for you to know that we've had plenty of large loss experience, and have the capabilities to handle your school, college, library, church or other commercial or industrial space professionally and deftly.  Call us at 516-767-9600

Cleaning out Excessive Clutter for Hoarders

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

cleaning out clutter

We've truly seen and cleaned it all.  Did you know that SERVPRO of Great Neck/Port Washington does big cleaning?  When excessive clutter or hoarding is an issue - we can help you with a monumental task efficiently and compassionately.  Often this is a high pressure situation where the client is being forced by either apartment management or the fire marshal.

At times hoarders will request their possessions be moved entirely to storage facilities.  This creates a cycle where the empty space refills but the client is paying ongoing storage fees that they'll never get out from.

We recommend they choose to keep absolute essentials, and let go the items like never opened items still in boxes and bags, old expired papers, magazines and food as well as collections of clothing and collectibles that don't suit you, fit you or help you.  Valuables can be sold, used items donated, and broken, soiled or trash items will be discarded.

Hoarding Clean Outs Give A Fresh Start

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Clutter can lead to hoarding.

You'd probably be very surprised at the number of jobs we get for cleaning out homes where an occupant has developed a hoarding disorder, through various events.

Often, the occupant has been a victim of stressors in their life.  The stress manifestation in these cases we have seen have come from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from military service; anxiety issues; and depression from a loss of some kind - of a job, a death, a divorce; and other times from mental illness. 

SERVPRO of Great Neck/Port Washington has seen many of these cases.  We get the calls generally when the hoarding is discovered and the occupant is in immediate peril of losing their home - either being condemned or losing their lease, or some other imminent peril - like another household member is critically ill and needs to come home to a clean and safe environment.  

People who hoard are terribly embarrassed by their situation and are often apologetic on the initial call.  They have found it has become more than just they can manage.  At the same time, they are anxious that a team will be in their space, cleaning and moving their "stuff".  Hoarding is a health hazard, particularly if it involves pets, has attracted rodents and insects, involves hypodermic syringes, or involves animal or human waste.  People do live in these terrible conditions - often with other family members and children.  These conditions need to be corrected in order to have a healthy household. 

At SERVPRO of Great Neck/Port Washington, we remove trash, move items to storage facilities or discard, clean and sanitize.  The result is not just a clean space - it usually has a dramatic uplifting effect on these clients.  We get multiple calls after these jobs in particular are completed - from overjoyed people who feel freed of their chains in a way and are marveling at how different and clean their home now is. Many say that they plan to maintain their spaces, and with their raised spirits, we hope that they do.  We are happy to have helped by giving them a fresh start.  

If you or someone you know is ready for a clean out, in the Long Island, NYC area, SERVPRO of Great Neck/Port Washington is here to help.  Call us at 516-767-9600 

5 Spring Cleaning Ideas to Improve Indoor Air Quality

4/18/2014 (Permalink)

This article was written for UL by Mother Nature Network, 2013

Ah, springtime! Time to throw open the windows and sponge, sweep, swab, squeegee, scour, scrub and scrape your home into a speckless state of perfection. Or, at the very least, it’s probably a wise idea to stash away the snow boots and give the contents of your fridge the seasonal once-over.

Spring cleaning also provides us with the opportunity to zero in on and ideally improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of our homes. For many, the aim of spring cleaning is to achieve a state of spic and span nirvana that’s capable of knocking the socks off even the most fastidious mother-in-law or anyone else who relishes nothing more than detecting – and gleefully pointing out – spots that, whoops, you “missed.” 

To reach this state, we often find ourselves employing products to help give our homes a spotless, mother-in-law-proof glow. Yet at the same time, these same products can compromise indoor air quality and, as a result, our health and overall wellbeing. In fact, air pollutants are two to 10 times higher indoors than they are outdoors. The household cleaners that we spritz and spray during zesty spring cleaning sessions – and throughout the year – are among the culprits.

Below are five suggestions on how to breathe easy and improve the indoor air quality of your home this spring, while also leaving it dirt-free and in apple pie-order.

Eau de nothing: Opt for fragrance-free cleaning products

Nothing says spring like inhaling an invigorating whiff of “alpine meadow” after going to town on the kitchen with a surface cleaner. However, those reassuring scents that signal a state of clean are rather dirty in composition: there are more than 3,000 petroleum-based chemicals used to manufacture fragrances found in household cleaners and other consumer products. Overwhelmingly, these chemicals, often responsible for triggering asthma, allergic reactions and a host of respiratory ailments, are not listed on the product packaging.

So how to avoid? When restocking your arsenal of cleaners and laundry products, opt for unscented/fragrance-free varieties. Or, go with an eco-friendly scented cleaner produced by a company that’s transparent about what exactly goes into each bottle. Generally, the scents found in these products are naturally derived and safer. The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning is a good place to start your reconnaissance work to learn more about cleaning products free of artificial fragrances and other dubious chemicals.

Homemade cleaners: Tried, true and grandmother-approved

Just as swapping out synthetically scented products with fragrance-free alternatives can help to improve indoor air quality, so does concocting your own cleaners. Added bonus? You’ll save a few bucks. There are numerous reliable recipes available for effective DIY household cleaners that employ items that you may already have around the house: baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, salt, hydrogen peroxide, and more. And if you’re still hung up on scent, adding certain essential oils not only boost the stain-removing and sanitizing abilities of the cleaners, but also make the proceedings a bit more olfactory-friendly.

And with the cash saved from making your own cleaners using common pantry staples, why not treat yourself to a bunch of fresh-cut flowers that will pretty things up and truly introduce the real smell of spring into your home?

Suck it up: Invest in a HEPA vacuum filter

Is your trusty vacuum cleaner, the most crucial of all spring cleaning tools, about ready to bite the dust instead of suck it up? Use this unfortunate occurrence as an opportunity to invest in a vacuum that harnesses HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) technology.

Although they’re great at removing clumps of dust and dirt, traditional vacuums with standard filters also do a bang-up job of recirculating tiny-teeny fine particles (pollen, animal dander and dust mite feces for example) around your house. This, of course, is bad news for those suffering from asthma and allergies. Vacuums with HEPA filters, however, remove 99.97 percent of allergens of .3 microns. In other words, they suck up pretty much everything. Although more expensive, HEPA vacuums can help to dramatically improve indoor air quality – just be sure to look for true HEPA filter models and not “HEPA-like” models.

Vapor steam cleaners: A multitasking, IAQ-improving powerhouse

Most of us have been there: On our hands and knees with a bucket and bottle of harsh chemical cleaner trying to restore the kitchen floor to its former, sparkling glory. Vacuum cleaner-esque in appearance and Italian in origin, vapor steam cleaners not only de-germ, disinfect and eliminate dirt, mildew, mold spores and a variety of allergens from hard sealed surfaces such as floors, countertops, and tile … many models work their deep cleaning and, most importantly, dust mite-killing magic on upholstered furniture, bedding and carpets as well. Their one not-so-secret nontoxic ingredient: tap water and not very much of it.

Aside from being more effective than noxious chemical cleaning solvents, vapor steam cleaners work fast, zapping household contaminants before there’s any chance of cross-contamination. Plus, as the preferred cleaning tool in hypoallergenic environments, no air quality-compromising fumes or sticky residues are left behind.

Filters, filters, everywhere

To combat poor air quality in your home year-round, a quality air purifier is a solid first line of defense, whether it’s a HEPA model to trap airborne particles or has a carbon filter to eliminate chemicals, odors, and the like. Naturally, no thorough spring-cleaning job would be complete without checking in to see if your air purifier’s filter needs replacement (check with the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding filter replacement or cleaning).

That said, there are other filters and screens around your home in addition to air purifiers that you should remember: furnace filters, air conditioner filters, dryer lint screens, vacuum cleaners, range hood screens, bathroom exhaust fan grilles, etc. And once you’ve finished cleaning or replacing all the filters in your home, why not introduce nature’s preferred pollutant filterer, a houseplant, to your shiny, sparkling and IAQ-improved abode?