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Riverside Restaurant Owners, SERVPRO is here to HELP Reopen your Business!

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Blurry background showing table number siting on the table. Reach out to SERVPRO of West Riverside City if you have any questions regarding the steps necessary to reopen your restaurant.

As Riverside begins to reopen, your restaurant will be able to open for dine-in service. It will not go back to the way it was before COVID-19 right off the bat, but it is important to take precautions to protect you, your staff, and your customers to get back to normal. Here are some tips from the National Restaurant Association to help prepare you for reopening:

  • Understand the rules and limitations. Not all states will be following the same limitations, follow up on Restaurants Act to find California's reopening rules.
  • Follow established guidelines for reopening safely. Ensure you are following protocols for safe food handling, cleaning, and sanitizing. Implement employee health and hygiene as well as social distancing.
  • Deep clean and sanitize your restaurant. Hire a specialty service to deep clean every surface in your restaurant such as SERVPRO. We are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your restaurant according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 
    • Do not forget to sanitize the drive-thru station and all equipment if you have one. You can check out the CDC guidance and cleaning for more information.
  • Rethink the dining room. Space out tables and chairs, even your bar stools. Look into putting barriers between booths.
  • Get the word out. Communicate your plans so customers know you are taking proactive measures to provide a safe environment to dine in.
    • Update your websites and social media platforms
    • Have a sign outside your restaurant or in your window.
    • Email blast your customers.
    • Implement a “We’re back!” campaign.

We are also happy to announce a new service!!

We are proud to launch Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned—a cleaning and disinfecting program that SERVPRO offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is a level of clean that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. When businesses chose SERVPRO, your employees, customers, and community can rest assured that you’ve selected a “higher standard of clean”—Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Protect your staff and customers with a thorough deep clean from SERVPRO. Our team has been called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. We will even provide you with signage to hang in your window for your customers to see. Restaurant workers are serving our friends and families. Allow us to help protect what matters most.

Visit our website for more information or call us at 951-351-8033.  We are available for questions.

Can you Clean Porous Materials as you do Non-porous Surfaces?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Room with tables and chairs being sprayed a fine mist Here we use we used a ULV fogger that can mist the disinfectant to as small as 20 microns in size to get into hard to reach areas.

The CDC describes cleaning as removing germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects.

The CDC describes cleaning as removing germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using a detergent and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Some materials cannot be cleaned with detergent and water without being damaged. For this reason, paper and paper products are not able to be cleaned and/or disinfected. Cleaning methods typically used on water sensitive materials such as vacuuming or dry sponging would not be capable of removing enough soil and residue to be effective.

Porous materials like carpet, area rugs, upholstered items, and draperies that are not water sensitive, can be wet cleaned using a Hot Water Extraction or Deluxe Preconditioner and Rinse method. Carpets can also be sanitized with SERVPROXIDE™ (product #100) following label directions, if needed.

Non-porous materials like hard surface floors, cabinets, countertops, doorknobs, and plumbing fixtures can be wet cleaned using a variety of SERVPRO hard surface cleaners (general purpose cleaners) and cleaning methods. 

Disinfecting of Non-porous Surfaces

The CDC describes disinfecting as killing germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Not all surfaces can be disinfected. Because of the porosity of some materials, disinfection is not possible. This includes carpet, area rugs, upholstered items, and draperies.

Non-porous materials like hard surface floors, cabinets, countertops, doorknobs, and plumbing fixtures can be disinfected using a variety of disinfectants within the SERVPRO product line. 

Currently there are no disinfectants that have been tested specifically for this particular emerging viral pathogen. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled Hospital Grade disinfectant with claims against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2.

SERVPROXIDE™ (product #100) is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Per the CDC, this product can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions for use against Norovirus Feline Calicivirus and Canine Parvovirus, Strain Cornell-780916, ATCC VR2016 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has EPA-approved claims for Feline coronavirus (Strain WSU 79-1683, ATCC VR 989) and Canine coronavirus (Strain 1-71, ATCC VR-809). As with all emerging-type pathogens, proper PPE use is of the utmost importance.

SERVPROXIDE™ should be used in accordance with label directions.

These disinfectants are normally applied using a spray bottle, pump-up sprayer, electric sprayer, or ULV Mister and must dwell on the surface for 10 minutes. Once again, follow label directions for the specific disinfectant being used.

The CDC encourages the use of disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. Pay close attention to the directions for using disinfecting wipes. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time. Make sure that the electronics can withstand the use of liquids for cleaning and disinfecting. Consider Benefect Botanical Disinfectant Wipes for this purpose.

For more information about our Proactive Cleaning Services, call us at 951-351-8033!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table.  Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City today at  951-351-8033 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can SERVPRO Help Senior Living Facilities in Riverside City

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

A nurse standing over two elderly women sitting a couch and an elderly man sitting in a wheelchair with a nurse behind him Assisted living workers are serving and caring for our families. Allow us to help protect what matters most.

With our most vulnerable citizens at risk, SERVPRO and Disaster Recovery Teams have been mobilizing cleaning crews to assisted living and senior nursing homes throughout the state.

Recently, a new strain of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has been in news outlets all over the world. What exactly is COVID-19? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The disease has spread across the world since 2019, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that is found over a wide geographic area and affects a substantial segment of the population.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that older adults and people with severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at a high risk of developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

SERVPRO of West Riverside City recommends that everyone protect themselves and others by following the advice of the CDC. The CDC urges people to immediately incorporate the following practices into their daily lives.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with hands that are unwashed.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Obtain medical assistance if one becomes sick. Stay home to avoid infecting others.
  • Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If a tissue is not available, use the inside of the elbow.
  • Wear a facemask.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces, at least one or more times daily.
  • Typically, nursing homes and assisted-living centers take very proactive measures to prevent the outbreak and spread of infectious diseases such as the flu. Nursing homes all over the United States have been put on lockdown to keep COVID-19 out of the nursing home environment. Elderly patients who have contracted the virus have been put in quarantine or taken to the hospital. Workers are on high alert during this national state of emergency.

    When is it time to call in a professional cleaning service to clean, disinfect, and sanitize a nursing home or assisted living facility?

    Seek advice and assistance from a highly trained, well-informed, and experienced cleaning expert to answer this question. The most vulnerable are the elderly who have underlying ailments that compromise their immune system and their respiratory system. A competent cleaning professional can provide prevention strategies for a care facility, as well as a business, daycare, or residence.

    People recognize SERVPRO as the industry frontrunner for water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and disaster recovery. The SERVPRO team also specializes in commercial and residential cleaning at a level that exceeds other cleaning services. Their enhanced cleaning goes beyond the general practices of the janitorial staff. Using advanced cleaning tools, technologies, and techniques, the SERVPRO professionals clean to the deepest level. They follow CDC guidelines and use only safe, hospital-grade cleaning solutions that eliminate germs.

    When SERVPRO comes into a facility for a deep clean to address germs and infection, they offer services that include disinfecting all floors and flat surfaces. To remove dust and mites that can cause or worsen a reaction, they clean air ducts, the HVAC system, and blinds. COVID-19 causes inflammation throughout the lungs, so removing dust and other particles that exacerbate inflammation creates a safer environment. Also, SERVPRO can clean drapes, upholstery, and carpet where dust, dirt, and germs hide.

    When there has been repeated sickness in a home, sometimes a professional deep-clean response is needed. Removing pathogens (COVID-19) and allergens (dust) might be just what is needed.

    When a SERVPRO team leaves a facility, the client can rest assured that their business, home, school, or church is clean, disinfected, and sanitary. SERVPRO professionals have received advanced training in restorations, cleanups, and cleaning maintenance. They are the pros who know how to serve.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City can help with following facilities.

    Types of Facilities:

  • Hospitals
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Outpatient Surgical Centers
  • Electronics and Machine Restoration
  • Hospice Facilities
  • Senior Living Facilities
  • Medical Office Buildings
  • Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility. 

    We are here to help!  Call us at 951-351-8033.

    How can SERVPRO of West Riverside City Help you as Many Remain Isolated?

    4/1/2020 (Permalink)

    green background white lettering: In Accordance with the CDC, SERVPRO recommends the daily cleaning of the following items: CDC recommends the daily cleaning of: Keyboards, phones/tablets, tables/counters. door knobs, light switches, toilets, & bathroom fixtures.

    We are Cleaning Specialists!

    The SERVPRO franchise network plays a vital role in protecting public health and safety. As the current COVID-19 crisis unfolds, orders have been promulgated to shelter in place and limit movements. All of these orders have recognized the vital importance of service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of critical infrastructure, residences, and businesses. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce dated March 19, 2020, the SERVPRO professional service providers are designated as “essential critical infrastructure workers” under the following provisions:

    • Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other services providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;

    • Workers to ensure continuity of building functions;

    • Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup; and

    • Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities.

    As providers of essential services, the SERVPRO franchise network is prepared to address the most pressing disaster restoration, cleanup, and disinfection issues facing our customers, whether it involves emergency mitigation and recovery, or cleaning and disinfecting homes, schools, healthcare and quarantine facilities, public institutions, and businesses.

    SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

    This is a reminder to our customers in Riverside and surrounding counties that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

    Specialized Training

    We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

    The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevator Cars
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

    Specialized Products

    The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

    We are Here to Assist First Responders

    Our service is free to First Responders!  We have protocols in place and we are here to assist them in any way we can.  We are offering to disinfect ambulances and firetrucks as well as anything else.  

    If you have questions or concerns regarding our Proactive Cleaning, don't hesitate to call us.  We can address your concerns.  

    If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of West Riverside City 951-351-8033.

    Summer guests? Need to clean your house? Here are some Tips

    7/8/2019 (Permalink)

    Spring seems to be the perfect time of the year for a deep cleaning home due to the change of the seasons. However, you may need to prepare for summer out of town guests. 

    The true of the matter is that cleaning could be the most boring task that needs to be done at home or could be the easiest, all depends of the way you arrange this tasks and the actions you take every day in order to have a clean and a cozy home.

    Every Riverside newer home or older home has its own unique characteristics and needs when it comes to straightening things up, there are a few basics that anyone can fall back on when it comes to cleaning.

    Kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas, for washing, replacing, dusting, sorting…not sure where to start? Don’t feel overwhelmed, here are a few handy tips that you can also use as a check list to make your cleaning easier and fun than a summer breeze. We also recommend you have all the cleaning supplies you need beforehand so you won’t be tempted to put it off.

    Kitchen

    We recommend that you start cleaning something you like to see shiny so this task will be more appealing as you will see the results immediately.

    • Start cleaning inside and outside of refrigerator, and take the opportunity to throw out expired food products, since you will be emptying the shelves to clean them.
    • Clean stove and oven and wipe down microwave
    • Clean garbage disposal by freshening it with baking soda and/or citrus rinds
    • Finally Sweep and mop floors with a nice clean fragrance…Your done!

    Bathrooms

    This task could be one of those you would like to leave it to the last, but think of the idea of enter to your fresh and clean bathroom, having a nice bath or listening to your family saying…This is great and smells fantastic!!!

    • Wipe down shower and tub
    • Clean toilet, counter tops, and mirrors
    • Sweep and mop the floor

    Bedrooms

    In case you have many Bedrooms at home you can start with one per day so the task will be easy and you won’t get tired and overwhelm with the rest of the house cleaning.

    • Wash bedding
    • Wash pillows (or replace if needed it)
    • Make space in the closet for your guests

    Living Areas

    This kind of areas are the most used at home so we recommend you leave it for the last task so you can clean it and organize it properly.

    • Vacuum/sweep and mop floor
    • Polish furniture (You can start weekly with a piece so you don’t get tired doing it at once)
    • Dust electronics/media centers other.

    Throughout the House

    This tasks can be done one per day and depending of the amount of work needed it

    • Dust furniture surfaces and ceiling fans
    • Vacuum all carpets

    We also recommend to contact us, SERVPRO have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

    You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! SERVPRO of  West Riverside City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage. 

    Don’t wait, be ready to enjoy your fresh, clean home organizing the activities during the coming months with this useful checklist or by contacting us, don’t rush for spring or summer time we are here to bring you a hand!

    Call us if you would like your home professionally cleaned by SERVPRO of West Riverside City, we are here to help...let us do all the cleaning for you so you can feel rested and refreshed before your summer guests arrive!  

    Riverside Home Spring Cleaning Tips

    5/1/2019 (Permalink)

    Cleaning is in season and if you need help call the professionals at SERVPRO.

    Spring is here!

    Traditionally, people feel the need to deep-clean their homes once they feel the warm air arrive and can open their windows to welcome the new season. There are many areas in your home that you will want to clean once begin tackling this spring-time chore. Here are a few tips to help you get started that you may not have considered.

    Wash Your Curtains and Drapes

    When you start your spring cleaning, one of the first things you should do is clean your window coverings. This includes blinds, shutters, curtains or drapes. This should be done early on in the process as dirt and dust from the coverings can fall to the floor below, so you don't want to clean your floor before the drapes.

    Test Your Smoke Detectors

    Another step that should be included in spring cleaning is testing your smoke detectors. Most detectors have a test button on them that allows you to ensure they are working. If they don't work, you probably just need to replace the batteries.

    Replace Water and Air Filters

    As part of your spring-cleaning checklist, be sure to replace water filters and air filters. Filters catch debris from water and air. When they get full, they cannot filter as effectively as they should. The filters should be routinely replaced to ensure that they can work efficiently.

    Clean Your Dryer Vent

    Your dryer vent can easily become filled with lint and debris. Clean the dryer vent to help improve drying time and energy efficiency and also to prevent a fire. The vent inside your dryer should be cleaned with each load, but in the spring, you should check your exterior vent as well, making sure there is nothing accumulating in the tubing from the dryer to the outside.

    Clean Your Grill

    Once it begins to get warmer, people start thinking about cooking and eating outside. Now is the perfect time inspect your grill, refill your tanks if it is a gas grill, and clean all the cooking surfaces so it is ready to use when you want to make delicious meals.

    Check Your Windows and Doors For Leaks

    As you spring clean, take the time to check your windows and doors for leaks or air drafts. If you feel outdoor air seeping in, the seals may need to be replaced.

    Check Your Plumbing for Leaks

    Take the time to check your plumbing for leaks. Look for leaks under your sinks and for leaking faucets. If you notice any leaks, call in a plumber to make the needed repairs.

    Make doormats welcoming

    Shake 'em, wash 'em, swat 'em with a broom. Give them the toughest cleaning they can take. They’re your front line against tracked-in dirt—so keep them clean enough to function at peak efficiency.

    Clean carpets and upholstery

    Fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dirt, body oil, and germs will need a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear—and for that close inspection by your relaxing guests. Move furniture just slightly—not out of the room or against the wall, as the old rules dictated—and place the legs of each piece back on top of small wax paper squares after shampooing. The wax paper will protect your carpet and keep the furniture legs from getting wet as the carpet dries. Open the windows to speed the drying process, which can take a day or more. If you’re not the furniture-shifting and machine-renting type, use a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner like SERVPRO.

    Finish your floors

    To protect the floors in your kitchen from another year of wear and tear, wax or apply a sealer following label directions. The simplest method: Use a combination wash-and-wax floor cleaner. No-wax floors don’t need a polishing treatment, but an occasional makeover will keep them looking fresher and add a protective buffer that could help them last longer. Use a floor cleaner that cleans, shines, or both. If you have wood floors, move furniture and rugs aside, then apply a wood cleaner and either liquid or paste polish to clean and add a new wax coating.

    Wash walls, cabinets, baseboards, and woodwork

    The walls may not look as if they need a bath—dust and soot fall to the floor, right? Most of it does, but just enough clings to vertical surfaces to warrant a seasonal or pre-holiday bath. Use a sponge and hand dish washing detergent, washing the surface in sections. A sponge mop makes it easier to reach higher spots. Use two buckets: one for dish washing detergent solution and another for wringing your sponge. Dry the walls and woodwork with a clean cloth.

    Vacuum with intelligence

    The old rules mandated that you go through the labor-intensive task of dragging every stick of furniture off the carpet, just so the vacuum cleaner could cover every nook and cranny. Instead, simply move those big items a little to the left or to the right. Vacuum the area previously occupied by the furniture and then move it back into place.

    Clean ceiling fixtures

    Remove dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air-conditioner vents with a cloth and a vacuum with a soft nozzle attachment.

    Clean your light fixtures

    A few minutes with a stepladder, all-purpose cleaner, a sponge, and a polish cloth will give new light to your life. If your home has skylights or tall ceilings, consider investing in a stepladder and extended-reach dust-and-dirt-removal tools, all of which are available at your local hardware store and at home supply stores.

    Check your coils

    You should clean the refrigerator’s condenser coil, usually found behind the toe grille, with a long-handled bottle brush and a vacuum cleaner with an attachment hose to remove dust and lint. Built-up dust can shut down the unit by causing it to overheat. To remove dust from coils attached to the hard-to-reach back side of the fridge, carefully pull the refrigerator out several feet (newer models roll on casters) and vacuum thoroughly; finish by sweeping or vacuuming the floor area you’ve revealed. Expect to rediscover coins, bottle caps, and twist ties that you and the cat knocked over the past year.

    Are you looking to get your home clean for spring but lack the time to do it all yourself? Here at SERVPRO of West Riverside City, we can help you with some of your cleaning needs. We offer many services including fire and water clean-up services, mold remediation, and routine house cleaning, including carpet cleaning. Give us a call at 951-351-8033 so we can get started today.

    When hoarding is a problem SERVPRO can help!

    1/23/2019 (Permalink)

    The way they started hoarding, the items they collect, the reasoning behind it, the conditions it is in.

    What constitutes a hoarder versus a collector?  What is the difference between someone that is thrifty and saves “things” for future use and someone that is a hoarder?  Why are some people so attached to the things they find and store in their homes, while other are minimalists, and even the thought of abundant amounts of “stuff” around the house makes them nervous?

     What Is Hoarding?

    The easiest definition of hoarding is when the amount of acquired clutter prohibits functionality in the home. This means that functional areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and dining rooms cannot be used for their intended purpose. There are 5 levels of hoarding, 1 being minor clutter and 5 being blocked rooms, pathways, animal/human waste, limited ingress and egress, etc. Remember level 5 hoarding cases do not happen overnight, so a level 2 or 3 can quickly become a level 5 if proper methods are not utilized to prevent it.

    Because each situation is different we handle each on a case by case scenario. A hoarder home is one of the most difficult types of jobs to handle. Not only do we need to make sure that the contents are packed and boxed in order for us to do our job (handle the water damage/fire) but we also have to be mindful that these contents more than likely holds significant value to our customer.

    How does one get into the situation where their home is completely full of contents and they are to the extreme buried alive?

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    Hoarding is the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. The behavior usually has deleterious effects—emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal—for a hoarder and family members.

    For those who hoard, the quantity of their collected items sets them apart from other people. Commonly hoarded items may be newspapers, magazines, paper and plastic bags, cardboard boxes, photographs, household supplies, food, and clothing.

     Hoarding can be related to compulsive buying (such as never passing up a bargain), the compulsive acquisition of free items (such as collecting flyers), or the compulsive search for perfect or unique items (which may not appear to others as unique, such as an old container).

    SYMPTOMS AND BEHAVIOR

    Someone who hoards may exhibit the following:

  • Inability to throw away possessions
  • Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items
  • Great difficulty categorizing or organizing possessions
  • Indecision about what to keep or where to put things
  • Distress, such as feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed by possessions
  • Suspicion of other people touching items
  • Obsessive thoughts and actions: fear of running out of an item or of needing it in the future; checking the trash for accidentally discarded objects
  • Functional impairments, including loss of living space, social isolation, family or marital discord, financial difficulties, health hazards
  • I know that embarrassment can keep people from seeking help but REGARDLESS OF THE REASONING WE ARE HERE TO HELP.

    If you know of someone in this situation this website is a very informative website and can help :

    https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/hoarding-basics 

    SERVPRO of West Riverside city is trained in assisting you in getting your life/home back on track.

    You need a company that specializes in cleaning services from packing to biohazard cleaning. SERVPRO of West River side City is first call you should make. Here are the top reasons why you should hire SERVPRO.

    Ensure Safe Removal of Items

    Hoarders typically collect excessive amount of items, including newspapers to trash. As these items pile up in a home. This can create a serious safety hazard, plus offer an environment for unwanted pests. It is best to hire a company with knowledge to remove the debris in a safe manner.

    Avoid Contact with Hazardous Materials

    Hoarder homes become a breeding ground not only for pests, but for possible unsafe pathogens. During a cleanup, proper protective equipment should be worn to protect the body. SERVPRO has the necessary tools to safely complete the job.

    Perform Complete and Thorough Cleaning

    SERVPRO has the knowledge and resources to restore the home to a nearly pristine condition.  By doing so, the company will provide a safe living environment for all that reside in the home.

    We are cognizant of the fact that there may be heirlooms and valuables beneath the surface of trash.   Our professional approach to these jobs is why we are called back time after time and we are pleased to provide this service.

    To prevent and respond to hoarding behavior, be sure to be respectful when communicating with the individual. Instead of acknowledging the clutter, focus on expressing safety concerns for not just themselves but for those around such as neighbors, family members, responders etc. The use of outside outlets to help with intervention can be beneficial and necessary.  

    Types of Hoarders

  • ANIMAL HOARDING
  • BIBLIOMANIA (HOARDING OF BOOKS) / INFORMATION HOARDER
  • SYLLOGOMANIA (HOARDING OF TRASH/GARBAGE)
  • LARDER HOARDING (HOARDING OF FOOD)
  • RECYCLERS
  • COLLECTORS
  • SHOPAHOLICS
  • If you or someone you know has a hoarding situation, give us a call to see if we can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

    How To Clean Your Riverside Home Fast!

    12/12/2018 (Permalink)

    Three of our green cleaning products Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean, All Surface Green Clean, Window Green Clean

    So you have company coming in an hour and the house is a mess?

    Or maybe you’ve just been putting off those chores and want to get it over with as quickly as possible. So, how do you clean your house fast?

    When I was in college I worked a couple summers as a hotel maid and house cleaner.  I picked up a few tricks and I’m telling you that yes, you can clean an ENTIRE average size house in an hour but it takes work-and focus! No getting distracted while gathering up those old magazines, or checking your phone for the latest on Facebook.  If you keep moving and follow this guide you’ll have that house sparkling in no time!

    HOW TO CLEAN HOUSE FAST!

    Start at the Top

    No matter what room you’re cleaning, clean from the top down so that dirt and dust from higher surfaces falls on lower surfaces that haven’t yet been cleaned. Dust ceiling fans, then furniture wiping dirt directly on the floor. Clean all of the floors as your last step to remove the dirt and dust.

    Bedrooms-6 minutes per bedroom

    • Strip linens and remake beds. When making beds rather than hunch over tucking bottom sheets under the mattress use one hand to lift the corner while tucking the sheet with the other.
    • Clear all clutter, if you’re in a hurry gather clutter in a spare basket or bin for later organization and tuck out of sight in a closet.
    • Wipe down furniture with a dusting spray and microfiber cloth, working top to bottom.

    Bathrooms-7 minutes per bathroom

    • I like to clean all of my bathrooms at once-make a quick trip around all the bathrooms in the house to clear counters and spray counters and tubs with cleaner, allow to sit while you clean toilets and wipe down the outer toilet surface.
    • Go back and wipe down counters and rinse tub then clean mirrors.
    • Come back to clean the floors when cleaning the kitchen floor.

    Living/Dining Rooms-7 minutes

    • Clear all clutter.
    • Starting in one corner of the room and working around dust all surfaces top to bottom. (If you have blinds and/or ceiling fans, dust those first.)
    • Use an upholstery attachment and vacuum upholstered furniture.
    • Vacuum floors along with all house carpeting as last cleaning step.

    Kitchen-12 minutes

    • Load all dirty dishes in the dishwasher and fill sink with hot soapy water. If your stove top has removable burner pieces that need to be cleaned, place in water as well.
    • Clear counters.
    • Dunk sponge in hot water and squeeze out excess, wipe down cabinets, counters and other surfaces again working top to bottom. Rinse sponge in hot water as you clean-you’ll be amazed how much dirt comes off!
    • Wipe down appliances. 
    • Finish cleaning any stove pieces and replace.
    • Clean floors last along with all hard flooring surfaces in the house.

    Floors-15 minutes whole house

    • When vacuuming carpeted rooms work your way backwards out of the room moving quickly and without too much overlap to save time.
    • Vacuum, don’t sweep hard floors-use an attachment to get corners where dust and pet hair can accumulate. This helps prevent kicking dust into the air that will quickly settle again and aggravating allergies.
    • Steam mops or Hardwood Floor Cleaners  also make cleaning hard surfaces much faster than traditional mops, so I highly recommend investing in one of those to keep your cleaning quick!

    As a SERVPRO Franchise, we have access to SERVPRO Industries, Inc. resources and technology. Part of this includes the large range of cleaning products SERVPRO has developed. Over the years SERVPRO Industries has strived to develop green chemicals that are safe for your home and family as well as the environment. We have been members of the EPA’s Design for Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative for a longtime. This allows us access to resources that help in formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products, known as “Green” chemistry. Our most notable green cleaning products are highlighted below. 

    Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean #251: This product is designed for cleaning both carpet and upholstery. It is truly a “one product does all” in that it can be used as a spotter, pre-spray and in-line cleaner for use with a variety of equipment. 

    All Surface Green Clean #250: This is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional surface cleaners. The product is designed as a one product cleans all for surfaces that can be wiped or mopped. It can safely be used on walls, ceilings, countertops, floors, etc. The exclusive formulation contains both ionic and non-ionic surfactants that are naturally derived and provide excellent multi-functional cleaning.

    Window Green Clean #249: This cleaner is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional glass cleaners. The product is formulated with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking.

    You should be able to handle most of the cleaning around your house, but for any of those tough stains - give us a call! We can help! SERVPRO of West Riverside City has the industry experience and expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic home cleaning service. 

    We're here to make things easier for you.

    Need cleaning services?

    Give us a call today! - (951)351-8033

    Spring Cleaning Tips

    2/16/2018 (Permalink)

    Spring is here, its time to get cleaning!

    If spring is in the air, don't let a musty house spoil it. Here are seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves.

    1. The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
    2. The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
    3. Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
    4. Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well.
    5. If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window, remove the hooks and run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel (to draw off the dust) for 15 minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately.
    6. Clean the blades of a ceiling fan by covering them with a coat of furniture polish. Wipe off the excess and lightly buff.
    7. Sometimes comforters, blankets and pillows don't need to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long winter in your closed-up home. Take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day.

    If your house needs more detailed cleaning than you can handle, please don't hesitate to call us for an inspection!

    Happy Spring Cleaning everyone! 

    SERVPRO makes sure your HVAC system runs smoothly during the Winter season!

    12/29/2017 (Permalink)

    If you experience the need for air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO!

    The nights are getting colder and that means it’s time to switch on the heat. 

    Even in Southern California we do get some chilly nights during our winter and that's when you need your HVAC system ready and working efficiently to heat up those cool nights.

    Here are 6 maintenance tips from SERVPRO that will help you enjoy a warm and cozy home all winter long.

    1. Clean and/or Replace the Air Filter
    2. Clean the Air Vents
    3. Add Some Insulation
    4. Check Your Thermostat
    5. Cover the Outdoor AC Unit if needed
    6. Schedule an Inspection from SERVPRO

    SERVPRO is here to assist you. Through cleaning and repair, the experienced, professional, and friendly technicians at SERVPRO West Riverside will make sure your heating system is ready for the winter season. 951-351-8033