Safety around Flooding/Water problems

 There are numerous dangers when you encounter flooding or any standing water in your home or basement. The most obvious is electrical shock and all precautionary steps need to be taken to ensure this doe not happen. Some key steps are:

  • Examine the area without getting near the water
  • If electrical outlets, electrical cords or electronic equipment is touching the water use extreme caution
  • Turn breakers to the off position prior to going into the area
  • Pump water out of the area using a pump system with electrical shock safety equipment
  • Thoroughly dry out area including any contents
  • After using a dehumidifier in the area or air-movers, add oil back into the wooden furniture to prevent drying cracking, etc.

Safety is always the first priority in job analyzation! Do not sacrafice yours or others safety to clean up flooding or water problems. If you need assistance, our professional associates at Master Clean will be glad to assist in any way needed. We have trained and certified technicians and we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service. Our company is bonded and insured and our primary focus on service resides in the following areas:

  • Mold Remediation
  • Water Restoration
  • Fire Restoration
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning,
  • Air Duct cleaning (Commercial and Residential) 
  • Pressure Washing (Commercial and Residential)
  • Commercial Janitorial Services 

Please call us at 877-231-0038 if you need assitance



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Holiday Safety Tips

To get things started, all of our employees at Master Clean would like to express our appreciation for feedback to our articles and we hope everyone receives many blessings during this joyous holiday season. We know times are tough at home or within your own emerging buisiness, that is why I want to encourage you to reassess your goals and continue to press forward in 2013.

During the fall and winter seasons, be careful to review your home or business to ensure that the electrical capabilities are  up to par to handle the influx of adding additional lights around the home or commercial dwelling. Additionally, any outside outlets need to be checked to ensure that they are grounded properly. Inproper grounding and faulty wiring are leading causes to home or building fires during the holidays. While placing any lights on an outside structure or around a christmas tree, ensure that you use a ladder and make sure that it is anchored or locked out. If you need any pressure washing after the holiday seasons when removing the lighting, please do not hesitate to contact us at Master Clean and we will be glad to come out and give you a free estimate at your home or business.

Master Clean is a “Total Service Solutions” company with emphasis on carpet & upholstery cleaning, fire and water restoration, mold remediation, concrete or dwelling pressure washing, and commercial or residential air duct cleaning. We handle contracts for commercial janitorial services or we can do this on an as needed basis. We are insured, bonded and guarantee our work.



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Safety First

Most home and business owners conduct spring and fall cleaning. In the fall, we have to worry about leaves, limbs and other debris which is a off set of a beautiful fall season in the south. Here are a few tips to consider when looking to conduct outside cleaning:
Check the weather before going out to rake leaves. Make sure that you have the proper clothing attire to include proper foot protection and gloves.
Be cautious if the weather is warm and you are working in wooded area. It is important make sure that there are no snakes embedded in the leaves.
When cleaning leaves out of gutters, use the proper safety attire to prevent from falling off of a roof.
On warm days, there is potential for wasp nests to be inside gutters. If you stir up a nest, do not panic while on the roof and make a quick step in the wrong direction.
After leaf clean up, you may encounter dirt that runs off of the gutters onto the outter structure of your home or business.
If you do not like to take on these tasks, feel free to contact our professional personnel at Master Clean. We will be glad to give you a free estimate for all of your cleaning needs.

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Driveway and Sidewalk Clean-up

It is important to keep your driveway and sidewalk cleaned, free of debris at your home or office. The appearance of your home or office is vital to beautifying the area or attracting new customers. Prior to taking on the task, assess the situation and break down the process in small steps.

What are the major obstacles to handle? surface cracks, grass, dirt, oil or grease?

  • Prior to cleaning the surface, remove the debris by mowing or edging the areas near the concrete. You can use an edger (weedeater). If you do not possess a mechanical tool, you can use a “spade” to clear the surface.
  • After edging and removal of debris, use a blower or broom to clean the surface.
  • Identify the stained areas to be cleaned. You can purchase various concrete cleaning agents from your local home improvement center or you make your own cleaning solutions. (I will go more into detail below)
  • Apply the cleaning agent to the surface area that will be cleaned. If you have a brisk brush, move this back and forth to allow the cleaning agent to penetrate the surface or stained area.
  • Use a pressure washer if possible. If you do not have one available, you can rent one at a local “rental or home improvement” store.

Below are a couple of tidbits to save you time and money!

Creating your own cleaning solution:

  • Mix 1 part bleach to 3 parts water (use proper safety attire). This mixture will lighten the cleaning area on dirt areas and will assist with some oil stains. Keep in mind that concrete is pourus and the oils will penetrate the surface. It will be hard to remove the stains, but this will clean the stain on top of the surface.
  • Do you have grass growing in cracks? After removing the grass or edging and cleaning with a pressure washer, create a mixture of salt and baking soda. pour and brush into the affected areas. This will penetrate the crack and should kill the weeds down to the root.

If you do not want to take on this task, please call our Master Clean service professionals @ 877-231-0038 or click on the “Contact Us” link on the home page. We will be glad to provide you with a “free” quote. Master Clean is your “Total Service Solutions” company.



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Making your Ceramic Floors Shine

If your home is similar to mine, you will have people tracking over the ceramic floors with all types of shoes. This can cause the finish to show scuffs or reduce the gleam on the flooring. There are various chemicals that are used on the market to restore the ceramic back to its natural look. Some of these chemicals are costly, toxic or could irritate your skin. To reduce the risk of getting skin irritation, I would suggest that you utilize proper safety techniques regardless of the cleaning materials used to enhance the shine.

One of the least expensive methods is to create your own homeade alternative. You can combine the following ingredients into a bucket and get the same results for a fraction of the cost of the expensive chemicals.

  • 1 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Gallon Warm Water

After placing these into the bucket, thorougly ring out the mop and proceed to mop the floors until they sparkle. In bad economic times, it is essential to review various methods as a “do it yourself” cleaner. If you do not have the time to handle the tasks or you have additional questions, please call our service professionals at Master Clean @ 877-231-0038. We are a “Total Service Solutions Company” handling virtually all service needs. If we can’t handle the task, we will refer you to one of our preferred suppliers.



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How to extinguish a fire in a home or business?

Have you ever experienced a fire in the kitchen? Was it a grease, gas or electrical fire?

It is important to keep a “charged” fire extinguisher” close to the kitchen area at all times. Kitchen fires can get out hand very quickly, which could result into severe damage to your home or business. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, there are a few methods that can result in putting out a fire

  • If you have a grease fire in a pan, quickly place a lid over the top to choke out the oxygen supply.
  • Keep an open box of baking soda next to the stove. You can dump these onto the grease fire, but “NEVER” use water!

Some common fire extinguishers to use are listed below:

Class “A” Extinguisher – These are primarily used for everyday materials such as wood, paper, cardboard and some plastics. A numerical rating on the side lets you know how much water it holds and the square footage it can extinguish. This is generally used for most rooms in the home or business, with exception to the kitchen.

Class “B” Extinguisher – These are used on combustible or flammable liquids, i.e, oil, grease, gasoline, kerosene and grease. This carries a numerical rating on the side indicating the square footage it can extinguish. This is generally stored in a commercial shop or home garage.

Class “C” Extinguisher – These contain a non-conductive agent, not water, because they involve electrical equipment. Using a Class “C” extinguisher guards against “electrical shock”. These are good to use on electrical devices including outlets, breaker boxes or any electrical appliance.

Class “D” Extinguisher – These are primarily used in an area  with chemicals. These put out fires involving combustible metals, including sodium, potassium, magnesium and titanium. These do not carry numerical ratings and are generally not used in a home environment

Class “K” Extinguisher – These were developed for use in commercial kitchen fires involving deep fat fryers. These are not designed for household use.

“ABC” Fire Extinguishers – These contain monoammonium phosphate, a dry chemical that can extinguish fires of class A, B, and C. It is the most commonly used fire extinguisher found in both homes and businesses.



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Enhance the life of your carpet

Have you ever been told that there is a warranty of 5-10 years on your carpet? Do you know what your responsibilities are as a home or business owner to maintain the carpet? These things are a necessity to keep the warranty intact.

Most warranty’s stipulate that a certified carpet cleaning specialists has to clean the carpet once or twice a year. As a business or homeowner, it is a necessity on keeping your carpet looking new. The first thing to do, is ensure that you vacuum the carpet at least once or twice a week. This lifts the soiled particles out of the carpet and keeps it from cutting the carpet fibers. It is important that you take different angles over the high traffic or foot areas to ensure that most particles are picked up.

If there are stains in the carpet, you will need to look at stain retardents to apply to the type of fiber in your carpet. If there are odors associated with the stains, you can add an enzyme that will counter the odor.

If you need assistance, feel free to contact one of our certified personnel at Master Clean @ 877-231-0038 or 256-439-2545.



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Know your contractor

Have you ever contacted a company for your service needs, only to find out that they could not handle the job that they bid for? This is not uncommon with a lot of small businesses today. With the economic situation and unemployment at record levels, more and more personnel are looking for jobs where they don’t have the proper training or equipment. There are times where the general contractor will need to sub out the work. This should be occasional, but not the norm for general business. Prior to awarding a bid, make sure that you know your contractor well. Do not let a company decieve you into providing a lot of up front money until you are sure tha they can perform the task.

There are (4) key items that a contractor should provide on a general job:

  • License
  • Liability Insurance (ensure that it is up to date)
  • Bond (This may be a bid or surety bond; make sure it is active)
  • Reference list of clients (Follow up to get feedback before awarding the bid)

At Master Clean, we ensure that our customers are protected. It is important to be a reputable company by sufficing the needs of your customers. Being bonded protects the home or business owner from unreputable companies and reduces the chances of fraud.



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Job Safety Tips

Master Clean is more than a service company. While we provide an array of services to our residential and commercial customers, our main focus is provding an “excellent customer experience” and ensuring everyone is adhering to all safety standards on jobs.

Whether you are using our company to conduct work at your home or business or doing it yourself; stop and assess the situation prior to starting the task. If you are using power equipment outside, check the surroundings for debris where you will be working. If a lawnmower blade hits a rock, sticks or other objects, the projectile can be carry a long ways based on blade speed and torque of the equipment. This could severly injure a child or adult, or damage a vehicle or dwelling. Make sure that you have the proper safety gear (safety glasses, leg protectors and gloves) when using a weed trimmer. There are numerous eye injuries documented yearly attributed to this type of work.

If you are using large power equipment such as pressure washers, check the fluids prior to using the equipment. pre-inspection of the hose and wand are vital to ensure that there are no leaks (if unit has a heat burner). This will prevent an individual from being burned when while cleaning the concrete or building. Proper eye protection should be worn at all times when using a pressure washer. This will prevent the cleaning solution or other debris from damaging your eyes.

In the event that you have questions on any cleaning solution for you home or business, please contact your Master Clean representative @ 877-231-0038.



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Quality Air Issues

Are you struggling to breath when you walk into your home or business?  Are there pollen or dust issues in your home or work area?  There are ways to clean up the air to make your surroundings more comfortable each day. A few quick tips could lead to a better quality of lifestyle and cleaner air within your home or work place.

  • Check the air filter and ensure it is changed out adequately. This will assist in potentially lowering environmental costs, allowing the air to flow through the system easier. The air filter change will also reduce the ability of most of the dust to infiltrate the system down into the trunk or trunk lines.
  • When changing out the filter, take a cloth and clean the dust and debri in the return area. You can use  shop vac as well if needed.
  • Remove your vents from your trunk lines and look to see if there is visible dust or debris. Do not run a non flexible vacuum into the lines. This may break the line away from the vent causing additional damage.

If you see a lot of dust and debris in the lines, it may mean its is time to get your air ducts cleaned. If there is a mildew smell from the vents, it could be that you have mold or mildew in the trunks or lines. If you detect these things, call Master Clean @ 877-231-0038. We are a fully licensed, insured and bonded company. Our highly trained staff can clean the air duct system and make your home or business a healthier place to live or work.

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