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  1. What Everyone Should Know About Carpets . . .

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    Just as clothes need regular washing, so do the carpets in our homes. Soon after being installed, the grit and grime of everyday life begin to take a toll on carpet wear; breaking down tightly knit fibers, increasing the visibility of stains, and decreasing the overall “life expectancy”of a carpet.

     

    Think about it, what we see on the surface level of our carpets, is just the tip of the iceberg! Bacteria, ground in food stains, dirt from shoes, pet dander, and even the tiniest of mites can be found deep within the pile of carpeting, causing allergens and unpleasant odors to lurk around the very rooms where our families feel the most comfortable to curl up on the floor and lay their heads. Sometimes, the rooms that look the cleanest to the human eye, are the ones in need of the deepest cleaning of all!

     

    Although regular vacuuming is a must, it’s just not powerful enough to maintain a deep cleaned, allergen free, well preserved carpet. That’s why professional carpet cleaning is not an option, but a necessity, and that is where Duraclean Services comes in:

     

    -Preliminary Inspection of your carpet to determine the best cleaning method

    -Pre-treatment of spots and stains

    -Pre-application of cleaning products to loosen ground in soil

    -Rinsing your carpet with clean, hot water

    -Post-treatment of any residual stains

    -Carpet grooming for efficient drying and a uniform appearance

    -Placing pads under furniture legs to protect carpet and furniture while it dries

    -Final Inspection and walk thru to ensure your complete satisfaction

     

    Realistically, you should strive to have your carpet professionally cleaned every 6-12 months. Keeping up to date with this schedule will not only preserve the longevity of your carpet, but also keep it looking and smelling it’s best; helping to make family life a little less stressful . . . especially when the kids lay their heads on the family room carpet! Remember, whether you’re facing a water, fire, or mold disaster, or in need of professional carpet cleaning, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to get the job done! So call today 410-838-7330.

  2. Summer & Home Problems

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    With the kids officially out of school and the sun shining a little bit more these days, it seems as though Summer is ready to make it’s Grand Entrance . . .  but along with the beauty and casualness of the season,  you  may also face a myriad of weather related home problems that can make life a little overwhelming. So here are a couple of helpful tips to help you protect your home and your wallet during the good old Summer time!

    Pest

    As summer heat and excess rains increase, they force insects and rodents to find cover, and the coolness and dryness of your home make it an attractive place for them to “hang out.” Bees, wasps, mosquitoes, ants, and other insects are also on the look out for ways to get into your home, so it’s important to take some steps to prevent a “pesky problem”!

    Take a look around your house, both inside and out. Be especially aware of holes or deep crevices where little “visitors” can come and go. Take the time to plug up holes, properly install screens in doors and windows and be sure to keep ALL food stored in proper containers ( because every “critter” in the world is always ready to do a little eating!)  If you take these preventitive steps and still see pesky pests or the remains of them, be sure to call in a professional ASAP! You don’t want to become a hotel to a bunch of unwanted guests!

    Mold

    Mold can be a HUGE problem for homeowners, and unfortunately, you don’t get a break from mold in the summer time. Rising temperatures and excessive moisture team together with higher humidity causing the perfect habitat for mold to grow and spread. Mold can not only cause costly property damage, but also severe health issues, which left untreated can be totally devastating!

    Properly maintaining a home’s ventilation and preventing spaces from collecting moisture, will greatly reduce your chances of having mold in your home.

    If for some reason mold does begin to show in your home, the best chance for eliminating it is to call a professional right away. Duraclean Restoration Services is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to get the job done! Specializing in water mitigation, mold remediation, full reconstruction, and So much more . . . .

    Flooding

    Basement flooding can also be a problem in the summer time. Broken sump pumps and extra summer rains can cause a myriad of unwanted problems that must be addressed in a timely manner. Sump pump alarms and regular walk thru’s around the basement (both inside and outside) will help you to recognize a problem immediately, saving not only family belongings, but extra money that could be used for something fun, rather than something necessary! 

    As the days become longer and the sun continues to shine brighter for the next 3 months, be sure to take the time to enjoy each and every day with those that you love. Have fun, be safe and make as many memories as you can!

    If you should have a household situation arise that requires a professional . . . Remember, “No One is Faster to the Disaster!” and give Duraclean Services a call 410-838-7330, ANY time to start the Restoration Process.

  3. 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week, 365 Days a year . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In a perfect world, disasters would only strike between the hours of 9am -5pm, leaving plenty of time for hanging out with the family, visiting with friends, and catching up on sleep…however, we do NOT live in a perfect world, in fact, most would venture to say that the probability of a disaster striking your home after 5pm is more likely than not! That is why it is so important to be prepared at ALL times. Having a plan and knowing what to do and who to call at a moment’s notice enables you to have peace of mind, even in the toughest situations. Even though you can’t control what disasters come your way, you can control how you handle them.  Just as you should have a plan in case of a fire or robbery, you should also have a plan for a home disaster. Major storms, burst pipes, broken sump pumps, flooded basements, water logged carpet, and soggy drywall are just a few of the things that can go wrong for a homeowner. Add in the severe complications from fire and smoke disasters, or the dangers of untreated mold and you have urgent situations that call for fast action, so you better choose the right Restoration Company. Instead of trying to gather your thoughts and make important decisions in the middle of a “surprise” disaster, why not plan ahead, read reviews, gather information, and decide what company you will use before a disaster happens, not during one. In doing this, you will save crucial time, avoid a lot of frustration, and be sure to get your restoration clean up started and done as quickly as possible.

    Although there are other Restoration Services available in our area, the thing about Duraclean is that we work with ALL major Insurance Companies, journeying with you from the time you first call, until your home is fully restored, walking with you each and every step of the way.  From beginning  to end, starting the job immediately, from the moment we speak, until the job is complete. Through clean up, mitigation, remediation, and reconstruction, Duraclean offers top of the line service, excellent workmanship, affordable prices and a friendly disposition to reassure you that everything is going to be alright! Full Restoration, putting the customer first, hiring the most experienced employees and offering the latest techniques and services to complete your Restoration in a safe & timely fashion . .  that’s what Duraclean is all about!

    So take the time to look around, be informed, and feel free to give us a call (even before disaster strikes) ask questions and have a plan. Always be prepared for what tomorrow may hold, but make sure to take the time to enjoy today. Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Duraclean has been servicing the Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil County areas of Maryland for the past 28 years and counting.  Our reputation, service record, and integrity speak for themselves. So have that plan in place and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from laying your head down at night  knowing that no matter what disaster strikes, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to go at a moments notice to meet ALL of your Restoration needs, because  . . . No One is Faster to the Disaster!

    Call today 410-838-7330.

     

     

  4. Tips for Making Sure Your Sump Pump is Working

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    As we get ready to head into another rainy week, it’s always good to be aware that with drastic weather changes, the likely hood of weather related home disasters increases too. In fact, home flooding, particularly in the basement, soon becomes a real possibility. One of the main causes of basement flooding, is from a sump pump failure. These basement disasters can happen from something as simple as the power going out, to the extremes of heavy rainfall and outside flooding,  to the age and deterioration of your sump pump,  to something as drastic as frozen or clogged pipes, or the lack of routine maintenance, or a faulty installation.

    The way a sump pump works is pretty basic. Your basement has a drain system around the perimeter of the outside wall that feeds into the sump pump. In the corner of your basement, there is a hole dug and a sump pump is placed in order to capture and pump out that water. The pit can fill up from rain, for example, and the pump will switch on and pump the water into various pipes that feed out away from your home’s foundation. It is a very simple mechanism.

    The key to avoid failure all comes down to maintenance. Some of these problems can just occur, and are hard to avoid, but the odds are in your favor if it is something you regularly keep an eye on. It is always a good idea to do regular checks on the pump. The best way is to simply lift the float up and the pump should come on. If not, then you will need to find out why it is not working. Here are some other tips:

    1. Try to check the pump for particles and debris by properly cleaning it
    2. There is a float switch on the sump pump, make sure it is not restricted
    3. Clean all the vents and spaces to allow it to function at its best
    4. Have a battery backup in case of a power outage to ensure your sump pump can still run

     

    Again, sump pumps sometimes fail, so always be prepared! In order to have a good chance of it NOT failing, be sure to make regular maintenance a part of your routine, and don’t hesitate to call a licensed professional to determine if you are having a serious issue. Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to get the job done! Call ANY time 410-838-7330. #NoOneIsFasterToTheDisaster #WaterFireMold #RestorationSpecialists

  5. Is a Storm Coming? Here’s How to Prepare

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    Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for a storm:

    Before the Storm

    • Look for any potential problem areas, especially along your roof, windows, doors and garage doors.
    • Remove tree branches that could harm utility wires or home.
    • Clear debris from gutters and spouts.
    • Secure or bring outdoor furniture or other items inside. – The Halloween decorations will have to come inside!
    • Go shopping: nonperishable items such as canned food, granola bars, dried fruit, nuts, ready-to-eat cereal and snacks, crackers, and peanut butter are best.
    • Set the refrigerator to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, the food won’t spoil as quickly.
    • Charge your cell phones fully.
    • Move valuables to the upper floors of your house, away from areas that could potentially flood.
    • Check your sump pumps to make sure they are operational. If you don’t have one, and if time allows, install a battery operated back-up in case of a power outage.
    • Keep a list of emergency numbers by the telephone. This includes your insurance agent’s phone number – you may have to turn in a homeowner’s claim.
    • Take inventory of your possessions. Your insurance adjuster will need this if there is damage and your contents need to be repaired or replaced.

    During the Storm

    • Stay inside and off the roads.
    • If you absolutely must be on the roads, don’t attempt to drive through flooded areas.
    • If the authorities tell you to evacuate your home – do it! Don’t be stubborn. Be sure to take all of your important documents with you.

    What if the power goes out?

    • Report outages to your power company immediately. Don’t assume your neighbors have already called.
    • Be sure that ovens, ranges or heaters that may have been on before the power went out have been turned off.
    • Don’t use candles. They can be a fire hazard. Use flashlights instead.
    • Unplug appliances and electronics that can be damaged when the power is restored.
    • Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. Each time you open the door, a significant amount of cold air is lost. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold safely for about four hours. A packed freezer will keep food safe for 48 hours; you have 24 hours if the freezer is half full.
    • Don’t risk eating spoiled food. When in doubt, throw it out!
    • Keep generators and fuel outdoors.
    • Keep your doors closed to prevent warm air from escaping.

    And if it floods?

    • If you’re outdoors, move to high ground.
    • If your basement floods, turn off your pilot light for your basement gas appliances.
    • Turn off the electrical panel box if you can do so safely. Don’t touch electrical switches if they (or you) are wet.
    • Stay away until the floodwaters have receded. Don’t enter your home or attempt repairs until you’re certain it’s safe.
    • Contact a certified restoration contractor and your insurance agent as soon as possible. A fast response to property damage lessens the amount and severity of potential secondary damage.

    If you have suffered any storm damage to your property or are currently experiencing flooding, please do not hesitate to contact us here  or call us @ 410-838-7330 for a free inspection. Duraclean services Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore Counties and the surrounding areas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. . . Remember, “No One is Faster to the Disaster!”

  6. When Disaster Strikes . . . Saving Important Papers and Vital Documents

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    In the event of a disaster, the last thing that you need to be doing is running around from room to room gathering important papers and vital documents. Passports, social security cards, birth certificates, a marriage license, adoption decrees, and a plethora of financial statements, medical records, and passwords (never ever forget the passwords) as well as your favorite family photos, old movies and sentimental keepsakes. . . Wow! That is a LOT of stuff to be gathered, and there is just NO way you are going to be able to grab it all, and safely run out the door at a moment’s notice. So, what can you do to ensure that in the event of a disaster you will have not only things deemed necessary to “starting over”, but also be able to save the sentimental items that you hold dear ? You make a plan. Not tomorrow, but today…right now, at this very moment… you begin.

    Disasters happen every single day, and chances are that in your life time, there will be some sort of emergency that warrants you having to run out of your home quickly. Fires, floods, and an array of natural and sometimes man made disasters can come your way very unexpectedly, forcing you to leave your home immediately  with very little notice (sometimes, with just the clothes on your back).  Although you cannot be prepared for every single thing that may come your way, you can take the time to gather, organize, and put a plan in place for your family to assure that you have the best chance of walking away safely AND still having the important documents necessary for starting over.

    So . . . make a list of things you would NEED to start all over again, then add to that list sentimental things that you would WANT (remember, you don’t have a lot of space, so really think about what is important).  A Social Security card is at the top of the list, followed by a Birth Certificate, Marriage License or Divorce Decree, Adoption or Custody Papers, and even your Will would go in the “necessary” pile. Next, gather your financial statements-numbers of bank accounts, credit cards, or loans. If you are a traveler, find your Passport and throw it into the pile too. Make sure that you have ALL of the passwords to each of your accounts written down somewhere and add them to your ever increasing pile of “necessities” as well. Next comes your medical records. If you battle an ongoing illness, or have reason to keep your medical records at home, add them to the pile too. Now it’s time to tackle the “sentimental” stuff. Favorite family photographs, old movies, or special keepsakes that are irreplaceable, need to find a spot also. By now, your pile should be big … really, really, really, big…and that’s good, that means that you have been thoughtful and intentional to what you would NEED and what you would WANT if you ever have to start over again (which we really, really, really hope that you don’t).

    Now, here is where the work begins, make copies, notice I added an “s” as in several. We aren’t talking one copy of each, but at least 2 or 3. When you have copied everything possible, make 3 distinct piles. Each pile will end up in a different place. Now you can make as many piles as you want, but I think that three is a good number. Here is where you are going to need to invest a bit of money, not a lot, but definitely some. Purchase 2 fire proof safes. One to keep at your home, and one to keep at a trusted family member or friend’s home. You can buy a good safe for less than $100 at any Home Improvement or Retail store. Fill each safe with 1 copy of each thing you would like to save, and then take it to your trusted place and give them a key, and a keep a key for yourself. Now, not that your friend cannot have a disaster as well, but chances are, they probably wont have a disaster at the very same time that you do, so keeping your safe at their home should should give you an extra layer of protection against loosing everything.

    Next, it’s time to fill an envelope and head to the bank and invest in a safe deposit box. Now, you can fit a lot more in these than you think, but still, try to consolidate only what you need, instead of bringing everything but the kitchen sink! Again, have a key for yourself, your spouse, or person that you trust as well.

    Finally, fill that last fireproof safe up and find the perfect spot to keep it in your home. Maybe it’s in your bedroom closet, maybe it’s in the coat closet near the front door, maybe it’s safely tucked under the living room sofa. There is really no wrong place to keep your safe. Just remember, in the event of an emergency, you want to be able to grab it and run right out of the house as quickly as possible.

    Now, chances are, that in the event of a disaster, at least 1 set of your important papers and most likely, even 2 sets will still be be safe and sound, ready and available to help you move forward and start over in rebuilding a new life.  Although it is truly our hope and prayer that you never ever find yourself needing to open these safes and begin again, it is so good to know that the things inside will help make for a much smoother transition in starting over again and moving forward in the rebuilding process.

    Always, be sure to keep watch around your house, aware of anything that could potentially cause an emergency situation. Stay in a routine of regularly changing the batteries in your smoke detector, invest in a carbon monoxide detector, even consider purchasing a flood alarm for your sump pump, and should you ever smell gas, leave the house immediately and call 911. Do what you can to prevent disasters and to be prepared for them, and be sure to pass on your wisdom and knowledge to those you know and love.

    Wishing you and your family safety and protection, at all times. If for any reason you do face a disaster, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days  a year to get the job done! Call ANY time 410-838-7330. Remember, No One is Faster to the Disaster!

     

  7. When the Smoke Clears . . .

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    Each and every day, we turn on the news to see tragic stories of local fires and the loss that they bring to families in our area. Through National Fire Safety programs, we continue to educate and encourage our community to take extreme precautions to protect their homes and families from the dangers of Fire and Smoke. Although we have a long ways to go, we are making strides, each year reducing the number of local fires in our area little by little, and for that we are grateful.

    Fire. . . just the thought of the word evokes fear and trembling. Usually unexpected and fiercely swift, there is often very little time to get your family out safely, let alone to gather much else from your home. House fires can be incredibly devastating, but along with the flames comes some pretty intense Smoke that causes lots of damage as well.

    Smoke/soot is the product of incomplete combustion.  It is made visible through the presence of small particles of carbon. Smoke damage can affect your home in a number of ways. Since the fire that causes Smoke and Soot is non-discriminatory(it will burn ANYTHING which can be burned) it is able to destroy whatever is in it’s path and cause tremendous amounts of damage to a house. Residue that has been created through the fire mixing with flammable materials such as particle board, plastic, laminates, or vinyls, will also produce very complex and overwhelming odors that will affect everything around them!

     

    Three Categories of Smoke Residue and Odors

    Smoke odors can normally be classified into three categories.  These categories also need customized deodorization to restore them:

     

    1. Protein Odors – These are produced from burned meat, flesh and poultry.

     

    The residue is identifiable by a brownish or yellowish color and has a greasy texture. Odor removal and deodorization usually entails a complete cleaning of the affected surfaces.

    1. Natural Substance Odors – Natural burned substances include paper, wood, jute, cork, feathers, and wool, anything that has a plant or an animal hair source.  Identification is made through a gray/black residue that has a dry, powdery consistency.  

     

    1. Synthetic Substance Odors – Synthetic (man-made) burned substances encompass burned plastics and textiles.  Residues from these substances are black in color and smudge easily since they come from petroleum-based sources.  Burned synthetic residue can create smoke webs visible where walls and corners meet the ceiling and in streamers handing from curtain rods.  These smoke webs are called soot tags.

     

    NOTE:  Soot tags are often misidentified as “spider webs” which supposedly became visible because of the smoke/soot residue.

     

    Five Factors That Influence Smoke

    There are five factors that influence smoke damage and can affect the related surfaces:

     

    1. Heat – Warmed or heated air rises and migrates to cold areas such as outside walls and closets.  Heat causes pores in surfaces to expand which then readily accepts the smoke residue and odor.
    2. Pressure – The energy created by the fire produces heat which enables the smoke to penetrate into the most minute cracks and crevices.
    3. Impingement – Burned objects can hit another surface with sufficient velocity so that it will impinge (or splatter) and remain on the surface.  (Think of candle wax.)
    4. Magnetism – Smoke is attracted to metal surfaces such as plumbing pipes, nail heads and metal coat hangers.
    5. Ionization – Opposites attract so smoke webs may form on structural surfaces.  Plastic bags on clothing from dry cleaners retain electrical charges which attract smoke.  More smoke damage can be found on clothing inside plastic bags in a closet as opposed to unprotected clothing!!!

     

    For expert fire damage restoration contact us here @ 410-838-7330 to have one of our experienced professionals come out to assess your situation. Because we offer 24 hour a day, 365 days a year emergency services, you are able to call both day or night to have us start in the Restoration Process. With over 30 years of experience in Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration, Duraclean is always aware of the newest techniques and most up to date treatments to get the Process done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Let us walk with you through the Restoration Process from beginning to end. . . Call today!

     

  8. Spring . . .

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    Spring, the time when the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everyone takes a long hard look at their home both inside and out; day dreaming about the newest trends and future wants, but seeing up close and personal the reality of the flaws that are making your home less than perfect in so many ways.

    From deep cleaning Saturday’s, to re-organizing a little bit at a time through out the week, even so, when you step back to take a look, there is still something missing . . . Perhaps a coat or two of a new color on the wall, maybe even a few new pictures or a couple of throw pillows on the couch will make things look fresh and new for the season. You were right, they do, but still something is missing. Finally, instead of looking up or all around,  you look down and realize that what still needs to be cleaned to make Spring Cleaning complete  . . . is your carpets!

    Carpets, most people have them.  In fact, home owners and renters alike seem to enjoy the warmth and coziness that carpets bring to a room. The way the look, the way they feel, and the way they smell when they are freshly cleaned, all set a tone not only for a room, but for an entire home. Still, somehow we seem to focus on Spring Cleaning the rest of the house first, and put them at the bottom of the list, waiting until the very last minute to get the job done! Now you can always go to the grocery store and rent one of those “contraptions” to clean your rugs yourself . . . but the thought of having to fit it into your car, taking the time to read all of the directions to figure out how to properly use it, as well as exposing your household to harsh chemicals, and then having to dispose of the dirty remains after the cleaning is done can be pretty overwhelming. Personally, I don’t think that it’s worth it, and that is definitely NOT how I want to spend an afternoon off at my house!

    Here’s where Duraclean comes in, we are experts in cleaning carpets. We have over 30 years experience in removing debris, getting out tough stains, and cleansing your carpets from pet dander, and other allergens that can be lurking in your carpets and affecting your family’s health. We bring our PROFESSIONAL equipment, we use environmentally SAFE cleaners, and we know how to PROPERLY deep clean a carpet until you are completely satisfied! Our technicians are experienced, trustworthy, dependable and friendly, always PREPARED to get the job done!

    So as we welcome Spring and make the transition from being cooped up with our families for the winter, to opening up our windows and doors to invite our friends and neighbors to come on in and sit awhile, there’s still a enough time to get ALL of your cleaning done. Call 410-838-7330 to set up a Carpet Cleaning appointment, and then tell us what you think. We are confident that you will have a great Carpet Cleaning experience with Duraclean Services, and that you will make us a part of your annual Spring Cleaning routine!

    Have a safe and Happy Spring and enjoy every moment!

    The Duraclean Family

     

  9. Simple Tips For a Cleaner, More Efficient Home

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    • With Spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for those who want to get a jump start on cleaning (not just straightening up, but actually cleaning),  but don’t quite know where to start. The experts from the Institute of Home Science have some practical advice and useful guidelines to help you get your home in tip-top shape. From the laundry room to the kitchen, here’s  a quick list on how to kick-start your cleaning.
    • The laundry room:  This room sees quite a bit of action in most homes. It’s the place where stains are treated, clothes are folded, and washers and dryers take on the battle of keeping all sorts of fabrics looking their very best. From the smallest, to the largest of families, this room can be a daunting place, but a little effort can go a long way.
      • Organization is key – Make sure to pre-sort your laundry into designated baskets for lights, darks and whites. When you’re ready, your laundry will be too.
      • Less is more – Don’t overload the washer or dryer. Clothes will come out cleaner and less wrinkled when given room to move freely.
      • Go easy on the suds – If you have a high efficiency (HE) washer, use only HE detergents in the proper amount to help prevent over-sudsing and the buildup of odor causing residue. With a regular washing machine, remember that concentrated detergents require using smaller amount.
      •  Don’t over-dry your clothes. It’s actually a lack of moisture that causes your clothes to shrink (which in turn makes people, especially Mama’s annoyed!)
      • Be sure to remember to clean out the lint trap of your dryer after every use, and be sure to have your dryer vent professionally cleaned every 2 to 3 years. This will ensure that your  dryer is working at it’s very best AND protect against a potential fire hazard.

     

    Next the kitchen:  This room is typically both the busiest and messiest room in a home. Often filled with laughter, sweet conversations and 3 or more meals a day, every square inch of this place is covered with hand prints, tasty ingredients and a plethora of dirty dishes!

    • De-clutter the countertops – Rather than displaying your small kitchen appliances, store them in easy access cabinets and take out only when needed.
    • Shield your cookware – To make cleanup a breeze after cooking or baking, line your cookware with tin foil before placing in the oven. Just toss out the foil and wipe down any spilled residue.
    • Stop pre-rinsing the dishes–Remember, most dishwashers are designed to sense the amount of soil on the dishes and will run the cycle accordingly. Scrape food off, but there is no need to rinse.
    • When in doubt, throw it out – Start clearing the refrigerator by putting contents on the counter. No idea how long that mustard has been in the fridge? Get rid of it.
    • Be sure to clean your oven regularly. By keeping the grime in check, your chances of a kitchen fire decrease, and you have the “freeing” feeling of being able to open your oven door in front of company without the fear of any “judgement” (especially from your mother in law!)

     

    When deciding what to get rid of, use the three “E” rule as your guideline – if it’s Expired, Empty or makes you say “Ew,” toss it.

    Keep these tips in mind and implement them over the next few weeks, and soon you will begin to see a huge difference. From de-cluttering to deep cleaning, you’re on your way to a cleaner, more organized home . . . which makes for easier upkeep and peace of mind.  To make an appointment for  carpet cleaning or air duct cleaning  contact us here, or call our office @ 410-838-7330. . . And Remember, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to get the job done!

  10. 5 Tips to Prevent Mold

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    When it comes to mold in your home, we expect there to be many questions. How does it get there? How do I get rid of it? What can I do to prevent mold? Is it dangerous?

    Mold can be beneficial in terms of medicine and some foods, but undetected in your walls, mold is not a friendly foe. Many times, mold comes from a variety of reasons, and we can help you understand how to keep it away from destroying your home. The biggest thing to understand is that mold can grow in places you cannot visibly see, like the backside of drywall, areas inside the walls around moist pipes, or above ceiling tiles.

    Search for Possible Areas:
    Look throughout your home and look for areas moisture or leaks could possibly occur. Is the basement flooding? Is there constant condensation in the kitchen window?

    If it’s Wet, Dry it Now!
    Without moisture, mold has no chance. When there are wet areas, take care of it immediately. When a basement floods after a heavy rainfall, the carpet should be dried within 24-48 hours; the sooner the better to prevent mold.

    Ventilation is Key:
    Giving your home breathing room can prevent the air from becoming humid. Check AC units and make sure they don’t produce moisture by checking them from time to time and cleaning them regularly. Open a window when washing dishes, or use the exhaust fan.

    Direct Water Away:
    The ground around your property may need to be grading away from your home. This simple fix can prevent water from seeping into your house undetected.

    Clean Those Gutters:
    When gutters are full or damaged, the water from rainfall is not being passed, but instead it is sitting in places above your house. Repair them if needed, and keep an eye out for water stains.

    Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Duraclean Services is ALWAYS ready to get the job done! Call us at ANY time to speak to one of our experienced experts to walk you through the Mold Remediation and Restoration Process from beginning to end… for more information on mold remediation and prevention, please visit our mold removal page or contact us.