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Eliminating Long-term Soot Exposure with Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Manchester, IA

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Building fires are one of the most detrimental events that could occur in your home or business. Even small kitchen fires that leave little visible damage can expose your indoor environment to soot and smoke damage that will negatively affect a building for years to come. If you’ve experienced a fire in your home or business, the best course of action for maintaining the integrity of your building and the health of those exposed to the indoor atmosphere is to call on the help of a professional. For commercial and residential buildings, ServiceMaster by Knipper offers comprehensive fire damage restoration in Manchester, IA.

The largest danger of fire damage is the residual material left behind with inadequate cleaning and restoration. These residues are often toxic and acidic. Exposure to fire damage residues like soot and smoke can pose serious health risks after long-term exposure.

Smoke particulates left behind after a fire in your home or business are made up of many different chemical compounds. This can include carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, benzene, polycrylic aromatic hydrocarbons, toluene, styrene, heavy metals, dioxins, and acid gases.

This cocktail of toxins occurs in smoke after a building fire because of the many manufactured plastics, metals, paints, and sealing products found in standard buildings. Even most other types of smoke, like wood and tobacco smoke, are less damaging to your health than smoke residue left behind after a building fire.

The health effects that occur within a few days of exposure to building fire smoke can include eye, nose, and throat irritation. Odors left behind can also cause nausea and headaches.

If exposure to smoke and soot residues continue for longer than a few days, more severe health risks can occur. This can include chronic respiratory problems that may lead to lung cancer, chronic cardiovascular problems that may lead to cardiac arrest, and potential neurological and nervous system problems that could lead to strokes or seizures in adults.

If infants or young children are exposed to residues of a building fire, they may develop life-long health problems including asthma, angina, predisposition to respiratory infection, or heart disease.

After a fire in your home, it’s important to fix the visible damage, but it’s even more important to remediate the hidden damage. For complete fire damage restoration, ServiceMaster by Knipper is on call 24/7/365. Our professional fire damage technicians work to reverse the effects of a fire and return your home or business to pre-loss conditions. For information about our emergency, comprehensive fire damage restoration in Manchester, IA, contact us at (866) 999-1980 today.

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Maintaining Quality in Your Leather Upholstery With Professional Residential Cleaning in East Dubuque, IL

October 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

One of the most valued pieces of furniture in many homes may not be the expensive dining room table or the antique desk with hidden compartments. In fact, it might be the old leather armchair and couch set, the most comfortable seats in the house. Old or new, leather furniture can add a cozy spot or a rich touch to the interior of a home. Without proper care using the right cleaning solutions and equipment, your leather upholstery can quickly deteriorate. The longevity and quality of your leather furniture can be perfectly maintained if you choose to take advantage of what ServiceMaster Cleaning Services provides with our professional residential cleaning in East Dubuque, IL

Our cleaning technicians have expert experience in the treatment of all types of upholstery, including virtually all grades of leather used for furniture. It may be possible to keep your leather upholstery clean and in an acceptable condition without the help of a professional upholstery cleaning service, but it can also be easy to make mistakes in the care of your leather furniture.

Top Two Leather Care Mistakes

  1. Choosing the wrong cleaning product is a mistake made by the vast majority of those attempting to clean leather furniture in their own home. Cleaning products that aren’t specifically designed to treat leather are often abrasive, burning, or otherwise harsh on leather upholstery. Even most leather cleaners are actually detrimental to leather upholstery because they are designed to treat automotive interiors or leather in hardened forms (for example, shoes, equestrian tack, and belts). ServiceMaster Cleaning Services uses high-quality cleaning solutions for all aspects of upholstery and residential cleaning. Our leather cleaners are specific to each kind of leather upholstery and they’re designed to extend your leather longevity and protect your leather investment.
  2. Cleaning stains and spills out of leather upholstery with any brushes or pads that are abrasive is another common mistake made by at-home cleaners. Upholstery leather is a delicate material, and the gentle cleaning equipment our cleaning technicians use is an important aspect of optimal leather care with our residential cleaning services.

Additional mistakes many make in leather care are the use of silicone oils or waxes, bleach or other highly alkaline cleaners, vinegar or other highly acidic materials, and allowing leather upholstery to air-dry after a cleaning.

For more information about our leather and general upholstery cleaning services, or to learn about our other aspects of comprehensive residential cleaning in East Dubuque, IL, contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980 today.

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Saving Your Carpets From Abrasive Dirt Particles With Professional Carpet Cleaning in Platteville, WI

August 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Because carpets act as a passive air filter and gravity causes most particulates to settle at ground level, carpeting can quickly become one of the dirtiest places in the building. From pet hair to Cheetos dust, your carpeting may hold a wide range of dirt types. While none of these types of dirt are desirable to have in your carpets, there are certain kinds of dirt that are more damaging than other. ServiceMaster Cleaning Services provides professional residential and commercial carpet cleaning in Platteville, WI, to prevent all dirt from damaging your carpet longevity.

When it comes to your carpets, no dirt is good dirt. However, there are some kinds of dirt that are more detrimental to your carpets because of their abrasive quality. Large, hard dirt particles that can be ground deep into your carpets and dull fibers over time will leave more significant, permanent damage than any other kind of dirt.

The common types of abrasive dirt that can severely damage your carpets include:

Earth: Sand particles, mineral dust, small rocks, and earth, in general, can all be easily introduced to your carpeting from the outdoors. All it takes is one muddy foot—human or pet—to bring abrasive earth particles into your home. Once those particles are in your carpets, they begin to grate against fibers, damaging their structure and integrity.

Food: In homes and businesses alike, your carpets are continually in the presence of food. While some solid foods are malleable or seem too soft to degrade your carpet fibers with abrasion, the majority of foods are abrasive or will become so as they dry out, clump, or stale. Crumbs, chunks, crusting, or general food buildup will quickly abrade your carpet fibers if they’re allowed to remain.

Bugs: As clean as your carpets may appear, there may still be the presence of several kinds of common indoor insects. From dust mites to ants, small pests will always leave behind their fair share of debris. This waste includes excrement, eggs, exoskeletons, and food debris. The out-of-site daily activity of these kinds of pests will leave behind small piles of abrasive soil that will damage your carpet fibers over time.

Dust: The term “dust” is a general way to talk about a combination of decomposing and degraded dirt and particulates. While dust is often a filmy, fine material, it can still be abrasive to your carpets. Layers of dust can accumulate in your carpets, causing a mirrored accumulation of fiber damage over time.

Professional carpet cleaning allows your carpets to breathe. When your carpets are free of abrasive dirt particulates, their life is extended and their quality is maintained for much longer. Don’t hesitate to give your carpets the deep clean they need. Contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980 today for professional carpet cleaning in Platteville, WI.

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Flash Flood Warnings in Jo Daviess County May Demand Emergency Water Damage Restoration in Galena, IL

August 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Each summer brings cycles of rain and storms across the Midwest, and while these weather patterns are helpful for keeping droughts at bay, they pose problems for urban areas along the Mississippi River. Rapid, rising waters in the river and its tributaries can become dangerous for cities even a few miles from the river edges. The dangers of flooding and other causes of water damage in Illinois areas along the Mississippi River increase during July and August and this year has been no exception. If you have experienced recent flood, storm, or rain damage in your home or business, ServiceMaster Cleaning Services provides comprehensive water damage restoration in Galena, IL.

This summer in Northwest Illinois has seen several heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms, yet more will come. Severe thunderstorm warnings spread across Jo Daviess County, Southeastern Carroll County, Northeastern Whiteside County, Stephenson County, and several surrounding areas.

The dangers of thunderstorms and heavy rains in these locations with such a close proximity to saturated river lands is at an increased risk of flash flooding in Northwest Illinois.

Dangers With Flash Floods

Besides the obvious dangers to the safety of those in the proximity of flash flood regions, severe thunderstorms and heavy rains creating flash flood conditions create a number of other problems for homes and businesses exposed. Saturated earth surrounding building foundations can lead to cracking and flooded basements and lower levels. Unexpected floods in urban areas can leave damage to the exterior of a building, and leaks through windows, doors, and other unsealed areas can cause significant water damage indoors. Lingering humidity after floodwaters have been introduced to an area can lead to mold growth, and unclean floodwaters can leave bacteria and other contaminants in a building. The force of a large-scale flash flood can damage siding, gutters, windows, doors, roofs, and electrical systems of a home or business. Heavy rains accompanying flash floods can damage roofs, flood crawl spaces, leak inside walls, swell wood, and leave drywall rotting away.

The dangers of a flash flood are numerous, but even if your home or business has been severely affected by summer flash flood conditions, our expert restoration technicians can help.

If your building is damaged from flash floods, stormy weather, or heavy rains this summer, contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980 for 24-hour emergency water damage restoration in Galena, IL.

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Furniture Damage After a Fire and Salvaging Items With Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Dyersville, IA

July 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Whether it’s a small kitchen incident or a devastating electrical failure, fires from sources big and small leave damage behind in your home or business. This damage can take the form of burned materials, soot stains, and smoke damage. We witness similar damage simply when a building interior is continually exposed to cigarette smoke, but with a fire that effect is increased tenfold. If you’ve experienced a fire in your home or business, it can be difficult to imagine recovering completely from the damage. ServiceMaster by Knipper is here to help you return your building to pre-loss conditions with our comprehensive fire damage restoration in Dyersville, IA.

The damage a fire can inflict on the interior of your home or business affects more than just the building itself. A fire will also have negative effects on your belongings, and the biggest hit those who endure a building fire take is against their furniture.

Fire and Furniture

While all furniture will take on damage in varying levels when exposed to fire, certain types of furniture are more susceptible to fire damage than others. Wood and wicker furniture, for example, quickly become kindling in the face of a fire. Fabrics and upholstery also have little to no defense against flames, especially unsealed cottons, polyesters, wools, and velvets. Plastics have a nearly equal resistance to fire as woods, and your plastic furniture will often not remain intact after exposure to a fire.

Metal furniture has the greatest chance of surviving a fire. With the highest heat resistance, most furniture made from copper, steel, bronze, aluminum, and other common metals can escape a fire with as little damage as surface charring or minor warping.

Saving Fire Damaged Furniture

Although it’s rare that your furniture will escape without any fire damage, our expert fire damage restoration technicians are trained and experienced in salvaging your furniture as well as your building and other items that can be saved. Our teams are ready for any job, big or small, with the latest products and state-of-the-art equipment. When it comes to saving your fire-damaged furniture, look no further than ServiceMaster by Knipper.

For more information about our services in fire damage restoration in Dyersville, IA, contact us at (866) 999-1980 today.

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What’s Really in Dust and Why Dusting is Important with Professional Residential Cleaning in Oelwein, IA

June 7th, 2017 · No Comments

Have you ever had the realization that no matter how much you clean, you keep finding little nooks and crannies in your home where dirt and dust collect? New or old, your home is full of these small spaces that become the perfect hiding places for accumulated dust, dander, and debris. Dust is a nuisance for the tidy household, but it can also pose other very real problems in your home. With ServiceMaster by Knipper’s comprehensive residential cleaning in Oelwein, IA, you won’t have to worry about where the dust might be lurking in your house.

Dust is a natural phenomenon occurring all over the world. It’s existence is part of the cyclical pattern of growth-decomposition-growth that governs the earth. Although dust, in most cases, is a completely natural material, it can still be a danger if it has an overbearing presence in your home.

Breaking Down Dust

While dust particles vary in composition from location to location (for example, dust in arid regions often contains sand particles, whereas dust in tropical regions contains richer soil particles), most dust found in Iowa homes is made of the same main materials. Residential dust contains a large percentage of human and pet related materials like hair, fur, and skin cells. Dust found in your home also consists of mold spores and particles, bacteria, viruses, food particles, and soil tracked in from outdoors.

Dusty Dangers

The most dangerous parts of dust are often the bacteria and viruses. The dustier your home, the more susceptible you are to airborne diseases. Mold comes next as one of the dangers in dust. Inhaling mold spores and the mycotoxins that mold releases can cause severe respiratory problems and allergic reactions. Even human and pet dander can be detrimental to your health, causing breathing problems and sometimes allergic reactions. It’s pretty much impossible to distinguish the origin of common dust particulates with the naked eye. That’s why it’s best to treat all dust as a dangerous substance that should be removed from your home as often and thoroughly as possible.

The best way to keep your home free of dust buildup is by taking advantage of regular professional cleanings alongside weekly at-home cleaning. For more information about the benefits of comprehensive residential cleaning in Oelwein, IA, contact ServiceMaster by Knipper at (866) 999-1980 today.

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10 Icky Facts About Carpeting and Why Professional Carpet Cleaning in Independence, IA, is a Must

May 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Carpets are often a beautiful addition to your building’s interior decor. Whether you prefer wall-to-wall carpeting or area rugs for your home, carpets can provide a host of specific looks. Carpeting also adds to the professional appearance of a business and offers a welcoming environment to clients. With all the cosmetic benefits of carpeting, however, there are downsides too. Because carpeting is a natural air filter and dirt catcher it requires consistent cleaning and care. That’s why ServiceMaster by Knipper offers comprehensive commercial and residential carpet cleaning in Independence, IA, to keep your carpeting healthy and clean.

Without frequent care and cleaning, your carpet investment can quickly go downhill. Even with weekly vacuuming, your carpets can hang on to a lot of filth. In fact, there are a lot of dirty secrets your carpets are hiding.

  1. Norovirus, the virus that leads to the wonderful symptoms of the stomach flu can survive in your carpets for more than a month.
  2. Three, five, or ten—whatever “second rule” you follow is completely untrue. If you drop something on the ground, it only takes an instant for germs to stick to it. Keeping your carpets clean is the best way to prevent food and air contamination.
  3. In the average home, up to five pounds of dirt can collect underneath carpeting each year. The number is even higher for businesses because of the high traffic rate.
  4. Dander is a common dirt found in carpets. Each person sheds up to 1.5 million skin flakes in an hour alone, so imagine the buildup of dander and dead skin in a household or business.
  5. Indoor air is actually dustier than outdoor air. In fact, around 40 million tons of dust fall each year in the US. On each ounce of that dust, you might find over 2,000 dust mites thriving.
  6. Dust mites live so well on dust because a lot of it lands in your carpet, which is essentially a network of the food and humid warmth those little guys love.
  7. If your carpets are not cleaned regularly and thoroughly, it can actually be detrimental to your indoor air quality. On the other hand, a clean carpet can catch a significant number of allergens and other contaminants, improving your overall indoor air quality.
  8. Dust mites are pests when they’re alive, but when they die, their bodies can cause even more problems, acting as allergens and respiratory irritants if they’re allowed to stick around in your carpets.
  9. Molds spores are prevalent everywhere, and if those spores take root in your carpets, the mycotoxins released from a mold colony can severely damage the health of your home.
  10. Because of all these lovely facts, most carpeting companies and cleaners recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months. And that’s where we come in.

ServiceMaster by Knipper keeps your carpets in peak condition with comprehensive professional carpet cleaning in Independence, IA. For more information, contact us at (866) 999-1980 today.

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Why Even Small Building Fires Demand Professional Fire Damage Restoration in East Dubuque, IL

April 6th, 2017 · No Comments

For homeowners and businesses, flooding and fire are significant concerns. Establishing fire safety precautions is particularly important to lowering the risk of a structure fire in your building. Flood damage can be completely reversed more often than not, but frequently, fire damage leaves behind unsalvageable belongings and building materials. Even small building fires can leave behind damage that demands professional restoration action. ServiceMaster Cleaning Services provides emergency comprehensive fire damage restoration in East Dubuque, IL, for fires of all sizes.

A small fire may not seem like a big deal, especially if the majority of the visible damage to your building is smoke and soot residue. However, the reality is that this damage alone can cause significant long-term building damage and affect the health of those exposed. The best way to truly fix the damage caused by even a small fire is with the help of restoration professionals. 

Smoke residue is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to fire damage of any size. Even small kitchen fires can leave behind significant smoke residue that will continue causing damage for years to come without professional restorative action. Smoke and soot is left behind when a fire does not have a complete combustion rate. The particles in soot and smoke are highly acidic and they will quickly stain, etch, burn, and deteriorate the materials they touch. From cloth to metal, almost all materials will be affected by soot and smoke residue.

Odors are another result of even the smallest fire. Your average soot and smoke leave their own odors, but when most materials burn, there can be a wide range of unsavory smells. Woods, plastics, cloths, and foods burning in small fires can permeate your building with scents that are acrid, toxic, and long-lasting. Our professional fire damage restoration crews are equipped to remove these odors along with the materials that continue to cause the offending scents.

Soot, smoke, and other odor-causing particles left behind after a fire of any size also pose health risks if they’re allowed to remain in your building. Professional fire damage restoration in East Dubuque, IL, with ServiceMaster Cleaning Services is an important step to take even if the fire that affected your building was a small kitchen fire. For more information, contact us at (866) 999-1980 today.

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Structural Fires From Spring Tornadoes and Recovering With Fire Damage Restoration in East Dubuque, IL

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Every year, tornado season strikes suddenly and quickly across the Midwest. Spring and early summer weather patterns push warm, humid air fronts north from the Gulf of Mexico. Across the Midwest’s tornado alley, these warm air masses meet with cool, arid fronts traveling south from Canada. When the two contrasting air masses meet, it creates unstable atmospheric conditions where thunderstorms are likely. Because tornadoes stem from thunderstorms, it’s one of the most dangerous times of the year when these air masses repeatedly form storm conditions in Illinois. The building damage that tornadoes leave behind is often devastating. If you experience building damage from tornadoes this spring, count on ServiceMaster Cleaning Services for expert disaster recovery and fire damage restoration in East Dubuque, IL.

When it comes to tornado aftermath, fire damage might not jump immediately to the front of the list. However, there are many reasons why a tornado might cause fire damage to your home or business.

Downed power lines are common occurrences when tornadoes hit urban areas. Not only are downed power lines dangerous for drivers and pedestrians, but they can also spark electrical fires. This can happen either from literal sparks coming from the downed line and catching nearby flammable materials or because of an electrical current flowing through faulty connections into homes and businesses. 

Lightning strikes are also a real danger during tornado season. Because tornadoes primarily occur during thunderstorm weather conditions, the chances of lightning strikes accompanying a tornado are high. The damage lightning can inflict on buildings that aren’t correctly equipped with a lightning rod is often severe, and the high heat of the electricity flowing when lightning strikes can cause its target to burst into flames. In fact, the heat is so high that it can even catch your building aflame if lightning targets a nearby object. 

Gas leaks from building damage are frequently linked to fires in the aftermath of a tornado as well. The extreme winds and force of thunderstorms and funnels during tornado season can wreak havoc on the structure of your home or business. This often includes cracked gas lines and leaking propane tanks. Releasing highly flammable gas into the air in and around your building means that the chances of your home or business going up in flames when that gas is ignited are greatly increased.  

Electrical damage in your building is one of the most common causes of fire, even without the presence of a tornado. The high winds of tornado season only increase the possibilities of electrical damage in your home or business when those winds harm the integrity of the building as a whole.

The 2017 tornado season across the Midwest has already made an explosive entrance, and there is still more to come. Be prepared for building damage of all kinds and remember you can call ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980 for 24/7 emergency disaster recovery and fire damage restoration in East Dubuque, IL.

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Maintaining Grout and Tile and Why Professional Residential Cleaning in Platteville, WI, is Crucial

February 14th, 2017 · No Comments

Tile offers a huge selection of cosmetic variety for your home. Stone tile provides a wide selection of earthy tones, classical beauty, and mosaic styles. Ceramic tile opens a whole new realm of possibilities from faux wood to metallic lusters. The benefits of tile go beyond cosmetic choices as it’s one of the easiest materials to maintain and the most durable. However, the necessity of grouting with tile poses some maintenance problems of its own. When it comes to cleaning your tile and grout, ServiceMaster Cleaning Services offers expert grout and tile cleaning for your home with our professional residential cleaning in Platteville, WI.

Though tile is often made of smooth materials, the grout used to cement and seal your tile is porous with a textured surface. Without routine cleaning and treatment, grout is more likely to collect dirt, mold spores, and stains.

It’s possible to buy specialty grout and tile cleaning supplies in any superstore or hardware store, but cleaning your own tile and grout means you’re missing out on the benefits that a professional cleaning can provide.


With regular professional care, your tile and grout will last longer and stay in far better condition than if you care for them yourself. While store-bought cleaners are effective for killing mold and bacteria and do an adequate job of removing dirt, these solutions are often abrasive and acidic. Long term use of at-home cleaners can damage the surface of your tile, leaving it porous and more susceptible to gathering dirt, mold, allergens, and stains.

Our expert cleaning technicians only use high-quality cleaning solutions and equipment to effectively remove all harmful materials and gently treat and seal your tile and grout. Our methods will keep your tile in top condition for much longer than any other cleaning methods.


If your tile is beginning to decline in quality, it may be the result of certain at-home cleaning solutions or abrasive cleaning equipment. Our professional residential cleaning services are designed to treat every aspect of your home with the goal of restoring and maintaining like-new condition. Our cleaning products are safe solutions that can restore the shine of your tile and keep grout from eroding, while sealing the surface of your tile to prevent exposure from damaging particulates. Our cleaning technicians are trained to treat all types of tile surfaces with the right cleaning techniques specific to the materials.

For more information about why professional tile and grout cleaning is better for your home, contact ServiceMaster cleaning services at (866) 999-1980 to learn about our residential cleaning in Platteville, WI.

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