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All the Secret Places in Your Home We Catch With Residential Cleaning in Oelwein, IA

June 20th, 2018 · No Comments

The time for spring cleaning has passed, but many homeowners are enjoying a cleaner home for the start of the summer because of the hard work they put in to vacuum, scrub, sweep, dust, and shine their houses inside and out. However, while your home might feel great and your efforts are important in keeping a clean indoor environment, your house might not be as clean as you think. To get a truly immaculate home from top to bottom, calling in a professional cleaning company is key. ServiceMaster Cleaning Services provides the high-quality deep clean that can truly benefit your home with our comprehensive residential cleaning in Oelwein, IA.

Even with the vigorous cleaning efforts, there are often places that are missed by the average homeowner. When you take advantage of the training, powerful equipment, and cleaning products our cleaning technicians offer, you’re giving your home the gift of a truly deep clean.

When our cleaning technicians take on a residential cleaning project, we often see that there are common areas that are forgotten, hidden, or difficult to clean. These areas are frequently in need of special attention to complete a cleaning job in full.

The places that often get missed in the regular cleaning routine most homeowners implement include:

Trim: Dirt and dust tend to collect along the tops of baseboard trim, molding, and paneling. These accents can add a lot to interior decoration, but if they look grimy, that quickly detracts from any cosmetic value they might have. Our cleaning technicians can remove even the oldest dirt from the deepest crevices in your home’s trim.

Appliances: Refrigerators, washing machines, and stoves—all of these appliances are frequently only given a superficial treatment on cleaning day. Dirt often lurks beneath and behind, sticks to the sides, and creeps into the cracks or lining of all household appliances. For a truly clean home, every appliance should be given the care a ServiceMaster Cleaning Services deep clean can provide.

Fans and fixtures: Lights, fans, and other fixtures will inevitably collect dust. Because most homeowners focus their cleaning attention to eye level and below, these parts of a house can get missed in the regular routine. We tackle the cleaning process from floor to ceiling so fans, fixtures, and more can shine too.

Window sills: The gaps between windows, screens, and winter seals are often missed along with the window sills of a home. Clean glass doesn’t mean much when your window sills don’t match. Our cleaning technicians give your windows and sills the attention they need to look great.

The bottoms of things: There are many areas of your home that have a bottom. Underneath countertop edges, door frames, cabinets, sinks, furniture, and more can be dust free with our comprehensive residential cleaning services.

For more information about our professional residential cleaning in Oelwein, IA, contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980 and place a service request today.



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Revitalize Your Old Carpets With Professional Carpet Cleaning in Independence, IA

June 4th, 2018 · No Comments

Carpets can be a great way to accent an indoor space while adding comfort and warmth. They can even act as natural air filters, catching particles in their fibers and improving indoor air quality. When carpets start to age, however, they pose a number of problems for homes and businesses alike. Replacing carpets is expensive and complicated, but with ServiceMaster by Knipper, you can revitalize your old carpets with our professional carpet cleaning in Independence, IA for a fraction of the price of a new installation.


When carpets age, they often look unclean and can create health risks if the dirt that buildups deep in the base of the fibers isn’t addressed. Our professional carpet cleaning technicians have the experience, training, and state-of-the-art equipment your carpets need to reverse their aging process and to look clean and pristine.


Old Carpet Issues


Some of the biggest problems that occur when carpets begin to age can be treated and reversed with our professional carpet cleaning solutions. This includes:


  1. Stains from pets, food and drink, road salt, mud, oils, and more
  2. Indentations and crushed fibers from furniture and heavy traffic areas
  3. Uneven areas caused by poor cleanings, lack of vacuuming, and level of use
  4. Odors caused by stains, mildew and other mold growth, bacteria, and age in general
  5. Dirt ground in over time that can’t be picked up with the household vacuum
  6. Ripples and folds in the carpet from overstretched sections
  7. And much more!


If the carpets in your home or business are starting to look a little worse for wear, our residential and commercial carpet cleaning technicians are just a phone call away. Installing new carpets can cost you hundreds of dollars that you don’t need to spend when you can revitalize your current carpets with our affordable, stress-free service. We also provide comprehensive upholstery cleaning in addition to our complete professional carpet cleaning package, so you can breathe new life into aging furniture along with your carpets.


Contact ServiceMaster by Knipper today at (866) 999-1980 to place a service request or to learn more about our residential and commercial carpet cleaning in Independence, IA.

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Recovering From Severe Spring Flooding With Expert Water Damage Restoration in Manchester, IA

May 1st, 2018 · No Comments

Every spring the combination of snowmelt and heavy rains leads to flooding in rural, suburban, and even urban areas across midwestern America. Severe floods have already hit a huge spread of land from Colorado to Ohio, and more spring rainstorms are promised to come. Areas in the central Midwest have been hit particularly hard by severe flooding, including cities across Iowa. After the immediate problems with flooding are solved and the waters go down, the long-term difficulties that homeowners and businesses face are the effects of water damage. For these emergencies, ServiceMaster Cleaning Services provides comprehensive water damage restoration in Manchester, IA, and to communities across the tri-state area affected by spring flooding.


Because of the major flooding that has hit Manchester, IA, and many other surrounding regions, most homeowners and businesses are struggling with some level of water damage. Whether it’s a flooded basement or crawl space or severe indoor flood damage, ServiceMaster Cleaning Services can help. Our water damage restoration technicians provide emergency recovery services 24/7/365 at (866) 999-1980.


This spring has been particularly waterlogged in Manchester and the tri-state area, and the US Geological Survey WaterWatch currently ranks the Maquoketa River at critical flood levels. This means most communities will be affected by flooding and water damage. Our teams are working hard to provide comprehensive, high-quality water damage restoration services to residential and commercial areas, including water extraction, dehydration, reconstruction, structure repair, and salvaging of belongings.


If your building is affected by spring flooding, contact the ServiceMaster Cleaning Services emergency line at (866) 999-1980.


Keep up to date with spring flooding information through the National Weather Service Outlook for flooding in Manchester, flooding in Manchester, and stay alert to Flood Warnings and other weather updates. Find emergency resources for flooding in Delaware County and answers to your questions on the Manchester city flooding information FAQs page.


It’s important to remember that water damage has long-lasting effects on health, building integrity, and safety. Eliminate post-flood dangers with ServiceMaster Cleaning Services and the emergency restoration services we provide. Don’t hesitate to contact us today at (866) 999-1980 for emergencies or at (563) 875-2189 for all service requests.


You can count on us for expert, high-quality professional water damage restoration in Manchester, IA, and the surrounding tri-state area year-round!

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How Fire Directly Affects Building Materials and Fixing Them With Fire Damage Restoration in East Dubuque, IL

March 29th, 2018 · No Comments

No matter where you live in the United States, the risk of a building fire is a disaster that could always happen. Even brand-new homes are vulnerable to damage in the event of a fire. If you’re struggling with the aftermath of a fire in your home or business, it can seem like an impossible task to get your building back in shape. With ServiceMaster Cleaning Services, help is just a phone call away. We provide 24-hour emergency fire damage restoration in East Dubuque, IL for residential and commercial buildings affected by a fire.

The process of chemical combustion that occurs in building fires is inherently damaging to any materials it affects. Some building materials are more susceptible to severe, irreversible damage than others.

Soft Materials: Carpeting, upholstery, and even wood fall into the category of “soft” when it comes to building materials. These soft materials are highly flammable, and unfortunately, don’t survive most building fires. However, ServiceMaster Cleaning Services technicians may be able to restore items and materials that are not fully damaged by fire. We provide dry cleaning and soot removal for furniture, carpets, rugs, and drapes. Additionally, we can often restore wood flooring and other wood sections of your building with full construction and carpentry capabilities.

Hard Materials: Metals, glass, ceramic, and bricks are hard materials in most buildings. These materials hold up to fire damage for longer and at higher heat levels than soft materials, but they still need full professional restoration treatment. Even if these materials appear largely undamaged after a fire, it’s likely they still have structural heat damage or soot damage. Our restoration teams provide full cleaning and repair of hard building materials to bring your home or business back to pre-fire condition.

Fires are a difficult disaster to handle whether it’s affected your workplace or your home, but with the help of our expert restoration teams, it easy to get back on your feet. Knowing how fire affects and damages the materials in your home or business is important to understand how our restoration teams work to return your building to pre-loss conditions.

For more information on how our teams accomplish comprehensive fire damage restoration in East Dubuque, IL at all levels of damage or to place a service request, contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980 today.

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Getting Rid of Holiday Leftovers with Residential Cleaning in Platteville, WI

March 6th, 2018 · No Comments

The holiday season has come to a close, and most of the country now faces the remainder of a long winter. Now’s the perfect time for homeowners to turn their attention to taking down decorations, getting rid of old Christmas trees, and cleaning up from parties and family get-togethers.

If you’ve spent the last week getting your house in order after holiday festivities, you may be satisfied that everything is back to normal. However, there’s often debris and other holiday leftovers hiding in your home, even after a thorough cleaning. ServiceMaster Cleaning Services offers professional residential cleaning in Platteville, WI, perfect for removing the invisible dirt leftovers from the holiday season.

The amount of small particulates that can accumulate over the few months of the holiday season may surprise most homeowners. From decorations to food, most homes see an increase in the contaminants that can be difficult to remove without the help of a professional residential cleaning crew.

ServiceMaster Cleaning Services is certified by the IICRC, and our trained cleaning technicians have access to the cleaning equipment and industrial products that effectively get rid of holiday debris in your home.

Glitter is one of the most pervasive materials mankind has ever produced. Unfortunately, many holiday items are coated with glitter. Christmas baubles, New Year’s attire, and even wrapping papers feature decorative glitter. Though this glitter adds a little extra flair to the holidays, it can stick and become embedded in carpets, upholstery, the cracks between wood floor panels, and even the grout between tiles.

Pine needles (real and fake) can also get accidentally passed over when it comes to a home cleaning. Thin, sharp pine needles and the plastic needles on artificial trees can slip between carpet fibers, stick into furniture, and find their way into more nooks and crannies than you may have known you had in your home.

Food debris is a common byproduct of the holiday season because of the increase in baking, cooking, parties, and families eating together in your home. From Thanksgiving to New Years, your carpeting, furniture, hard surface floors, and countertops are exposed to a large quantity of food debris that often leaves difficult-to-remove stains and smells.

Alcohol is another element common to holiday events. Spilled beer, wine, eggnog, and other alcohol-based concoctions can stain carpets and upholstery, leave unsavory smells, and often create discolorations and damage to wood or tile.

The issues that holiday debris causes in your home can range from unpleasant odors to long-term damage if a deep, rigorous cleaning is neglected. Our expert cleaning technicians can provide that service and restore your home to pre-holiday cleanliness.

For more information about our professional residential cleaning in Platteville, WI, contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980 today.

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Plan Ahead for After the Holiday Season With Professional Carpet Cleaning in Galena, IL

January 24th, 2018 · No Comments

With the holiday season almost at its peak, many households and businesses will soon see an increase in festivities. The number of office parties, family get-togethers, and social occasions are at an all-time high from Thanksgiving to New Year’s across the country. While these events are times when caring and kindness can be readily shown, this time of year can wreak more havoc on your indoor cleanliness than any other time of the year. In particular, carpeting in homes and businesses can accumulate significantly more during these two holiday months than the remaining 10 months of the year. Protecting your carpeting from damage during this time of year is easy when you plan ahead with ServiceMaster Cleaning Services’ post-holiday professional carpet cleaning in Galena, IL.

Parties and other events during the holiday season can be a wonderful way to celebrate prosperity and quality relationships both in the workplace and at home. However, these occasions increase your carpet’s exposure to damaging materials including:

  1. Food is the number one culprit that can damage your carpets during the holidays at a higher rate than any other time of year. Because most parties feature food and a higher number of people eating that food over the carpets in your home or business, the holiday season festivities increase the risk that spills and crumbs can be introduced to your carpet. Acidic, oily, or abrasive foods can quickly damage carpet fibers without an effective cleaning.
  2. Alcohol is another contaminant that may be exposed to your carpets more frequently during the holiday season than any other time of year. Wine, liquors, and beer are all often present at holiday festivities, and they’re each powerful staining or burning substances that will damage or break down your carpet fibers if not remediated as soon as possible.
  3. Traffic over your carpets will increase at each holiday gathering, imposing more stress on carpet fibers with each footfall. This increase in foot traffic puts pressure on your carpeting, but if you take advantage of our professional carpet cleaning services soon after the holidays, your carpet fibers can be rejuvenated and maintain their quality.

ther damaging materials like abrasive glitter, non-alcoholic drinks, road salt, snow, ice, and even everyday dirt are also exposed to your carpeting during the holiday season more than any other time of year.

Don’t let the holidays damage your carpets for good. Schedule a post-holiday professional cleaning today with ServiceMaster Cleaning Services, or contact us at (866) 999-1980 for more information about residential and commercial carpet cleaning in Galena, IL.

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Top Reasons Your Pipes Are Leaking and Why You Should Fix Them With Professional Water Damage Restoration in Dyersville, IA

December 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Winter is rapidly approaching, and now is the best time to prepare your home or business for the coming months. Ensuring your plumbing system is working efficiently and repairing any water damage is one of the most important tasks to accomplish before winter. Leaky pipes are often one of the leading causes of mold growth and water damage at any time of the year, but changes in temperature and indoor atmosphere during the winter can increase these symptoms. ServiceMaster by Knipper provides professional water damage restoration in Dyersville, IA, if your pipes are leaking for any of the following reasons:

Freezing: In the winter, freezing temperatures can cause serious water damage if your pipes are allowed to have continued exposure to this kind of environment. When the liquid in your pipes freezes, it expands and pushes out against the pipe structure, often leading to cracked or burst pipes that will leak when unfrozen. If your pipes have been exposed to temperatures below freezing, it may be time to replace those you suspect of damage. If your pipes burst this winter from exposure to cold, our water damage restoration technicians can reverse the damage done and return your home or business to pre-loss conditions.

Corrosion: Over time, exposure to moisture and other corrosive materials can degrade your pipes. A variety of materials may cause chemical reactions with the metal, plastic, or ceramic that most pipes are made from, and in many cases, these reactions weaken the structure of a pipe. Rusted or otherwise corroded pipes will often have points of leakage, and this can cause even more problems to the surrounding environment if not remediated with water damage restoration.

Clogging: Plumbing that runs from the drains in your building will often collect debris passing through. Even slowly, particles of hair, food, grease, and soap can clog a pipe. If your pipes have a clog, it’s likely they will begin to leak and could cause severe water damage if left without proper attention. Our restoration teams frequently see water damage problems from clogged, leaking pipes.

Movement: Buildings will inevitably shift slightly as the earth beneath them naturally moves. This shifting will also move around the parts inside, including plumbing systems. Your pipes, however, weren’t designed to move around and connections between pipes or the structure of a single pipe can be damaged with this motion. If your home is over ten years old, it’s possible you may have leaky pipes from building movement.

Your pipes may also leak due to changes in water pressure, age, or other sources of damage from physical force. Don’t wait to fix leaky pipes and water damage before the winter. Contact ServiceMaster by Knipper today at (866) 999-1980 for more information about our comprehensive water damage restoration in Dyersville, IA.

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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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