Maintaining the Cleanliness of your Drapes
drapes and blinds cleaning by SERVPRO of Fontana
The cleaning of your drapes and blinds is very important for many reasons. While frequently overlooked, it is recommended that you deep clean your drapes and blinds at least every two years. Often, soiling may not be visible for two to six years, leaving toxins and allergens inside your home or business while causing the fabric to deteriorate.
With each day that passes, your drapes and blinds are collecting a variety of airborne contaminants, such as dust, smoke, and other germs that are then accumulating and thriving in the sunlight. Without proper treatment, your drapes and blinds will likely show signs of deterioration far sooner than the lifespan they are capable of.
These airborne contaminants that sulk into your drapes hold on tight to several different types of allergens and bacteria that can influence the health of those who live or work on your property. The bacteria builds up and recycles through your air vents and throughout your home. Additionally, the fabric will likely have run-ins with bugs and trapped moisture, allowing for mold to form and expand.
Mold growth, diseases from bugs, dust, dander, and other contaminants can have mild to severe effects on your health. Taking action to clean your drapes every two years or less limits the spread and advancement of such harmful contaminants.
Are your drapes exposed to smoke or pet dander? What type of climate do you live in? Each of these can have lasting effects on your drapes. Mold growth, diseases from bugs, dust, dander, and other contaminants can have mild to severe effects on your health. Taking action to clean your drapes every two years or less limits the spread and advancement of such harmful contaminants.
Additionally, bad odors can form as a result or bacteria growth or the spreading of dust, mold, and other contaminants. Odors can easily be trapped within the fabrics that are used in drapery, creating an unfortunate environment inside of your home or business.
If you are interested in extending the life of your drapes and blinds, call SERVPRO of Fontana today. We excel at cleaning fine fabrics and intricate pieces by using wet or dry methods - whatever is required of the type of fabric. We use state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for cleaning fine fabrics.
COVID-19 Cleaning: Prepare to Safely Reopen
SERVPRO of Fontana offers a deep cleaning to help businesses safely reopen
As businesses in Southern California slowly begin to re-open, many are still hesitant due to the risks of working at or visiting non-essential businesses.
While masks, gloves, and other PPE are great safety contributors, it is important to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 with the re-opening of our local businesses. We want the local businesses in our communities to thrive in a safe manner for the employees and customers/clients.
Cleaning your business in preparation to re-open is an incredibly important step in creating a safe environment, however, consistency in your cleaning is equally important.
The coronavirus goes beyond the usual cleaning to upkeep your business. You will need to strongly disinfect and kill off viruses in bacteria that can be sitting on surfaces, hiding on door handles and small crevices, or recycling through your air vents. In a dangerous time such as this, you must take every precaution necessary.
At SERVPRO of Fontana, we offer a solution to help businesses large and small stay open while protecting those who pass through. Our Certified SERVPRO clean is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond your regular cleaning regimen.
What is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?
Put simply, it’s a higher standard of clean. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning ensures the cleanliness and disinfection of restaurants, businesses, and public spaces in Fontana and the surrounding communities.
Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
Fire Damage Remediation with SERVPRO of Fontana
2020 was an eventful year for Californians, to say the least - from the global pandemic to the domino effect that ensued after, and of course the cherry on top, our destructive wildfires that destroyed plants, animals, and acres of land. Many Californians who faced fire damage in 2020, have been forced to put off fire repair and restoration services due to lockdowns and personal circumstances. As SERVPRO of Fontana is a local company based in Southern California, we understand the importance of restoring your property as soon as possible following fire damage. As we move into a new year, we will undoubtedly find ourselves facing the fire season again in 2021.
What you need to know about Fire Damage in Southern California
Following fire damage, your home or business will need immediate repair and require time to restore the structure and integrity of the space. The air quality is not optimal for staff and residents. Smoke and other contaminants will be present in air vents and filtration and create a dangerous circumstance without proper removal techniques.
- Wildfires create more than surface-level damage
- Wildfires (and all other fires) can create extensive cosmetic damage to your home or business. This can be extremely upsetting to find your property with destruction. In addition to the surface-level damages, you will also find that your property has extensive damage that may not be so evident to the naked eye.
Additionally, your property will likely face water damage from firefighting efforts. This adds to the stress and disappointment following wildfires, brush fires, etc. Water damage can be extremely disruptive to your property, so it is important to take care of your water damage remediation and removal needs as soon as possible following a fire.
That's where SERVPRO of Fontana comes in. At SERVPRO of Fontana, our goal is to serve our community in times like these. We understand that fire and water damage can be extremely upsetting and detrimental to your business - if steps are not taken to properly solve the problems that exist following natural disasters.
Our technicians are highly trained and provided with state-of-the-art technology to ensure that we have a great team who is equipped to take on all jobs — big or small. Call us for your fire damage repair and restoration needs at (909) 357-4337.
Cleaning and Decluttering for the New Year
Wouldn’t it be nice to start the year off with a clean and decluttered home? You can, by decluttering now and getting your home sparkling clean – a great way to begin the new year and this year the new decade. Here are some tips for getting your home in tiptop shape for 2020.
Go ahead and donate those items you’ve been preparing to donate.
If you are like most people who binged on Marie Kondo's Tidying Up on Netflix, you probably obsessively purged your closet and got rid of all those nick knacks and clothes you never wear. Chances are, you probably have a bag (or two) of clothes ready to give away, as well as some boxes of kitchen items, toys, or other household items. Donating gently used items to a worthy charity’s thrift store, means not only getting your home decluttered, but also reducing waste and
possibly getting a tax deduction (tax-exempt organizations only).
Get rid of older model tablets, computers, and mobile phones.
Once you’ve upgraded, consider donating or recycling your old gadgets rather than tossing them in the trash.
Lose the unnecessary paperwork lying around your home.
You know, like those instruction manuals you’ve never opened, printouts from the doctors office (that are easily available on the office portal should you need it), old receipts and credit card statements, and such. Keep only what you need – birth certificates, car titles, social security cards, and paperwork you’ll need for your tax preparation.
Declutter your closet by ridding it of those items which no longer fit, are no longer on
trend, and you haven’t worn recently.
You’ll also want to toss stained or damaged items and pack away seasonal clothes for the winter.
Toss away items that are past their shelf life.
Start in the bathroom and get rid of over- the counter medications, old makeup and nail polish, and prescriptions medications. Remember to drop expired medication at designated collections sites for safety. Next, onto the kitchen where you will toss out expired items in the refrigerator and then the pantry (salad dressing, condiments, stale crackers and cereal, etc.). You might know, but cleaning supplies should also be tossed when they have passed their effective shelf life.
Once the decluttering is done, it’s time to clean. Since this is the busy season, it’s the perfect time to call on the SERVPRO of Fontana professionals to get the job of cleaning done for you. SERVPRO of Fontana’s team will see that your carpet, upholstery, walls, ceiling, floors, drapes and blinds are cleaned beautifully, and unwanted odors are removed successfully.
How to Keep Restaurant Floors Clean
How to Keep Restaurant Floors Clean
Controlling kitchen grease, especially on the floors, is critical for maintaining a safe work space and protecting your bottom line. Slips and falls can be seriously hazardous to employee health, and cost you heavily in litigation as well. That’s not even to mention the potential for significant inventory loss if food is being frequently dropped.
As most of the grime on restaurant kitchen floors is organic material, long-term build-up can pose a bio hazard risk for your cooks, dishwashers, and waitstaff. Frequent cleaning keeps this under control, and will also prevent grease (and other contaminants) from being tracked into the dining area, where customers could be impacted.
How to Clean a Restaurant Kitchen Floor in 7 Easy Steps
- Sweep the area clear of debris.
- Dilute your commercial kitchen cleaner according to the label’s instructions.
- Mop the floor with the diluted cleaning solution.
- Scrub the area with a stiff-bristled brush, to loosen up grease and dirt.
- Let the solution sit for 5-10 minutes. Make sure “wet floor” signs are clearly visible, and minimize foot traffic in the area as much as possible.
- Rinse the floor with hot water. Use a hose if floor drains are present, otherwise a mop and a clean water bucket will work.
- Remove any excess water and grease/dirt. If your kitchen has floor drains, you can squeegee the remaining liquid towards them. If not, a wet vacuum will get the job done.
Commercial Restaurant Cleaning Services
Running a busy restaurant is hard work, and you don’t always have time to attend to every little spill or drip right away. When grime, moisture, and odor accumulation becomes a real challenge, turn to SERVPRO of Fontana for professional janitorial services.
Over-the-counter products are often too mild to cut through built-up layers of grease. And for effective results—in an environment where results really matter—it’s important to choose cleaning products that will specifically work for your kitchen. If your floors are made of a porous tile, for instance, cheap soaps and detergents can become trapped in the tiny holes, leaving your work space even more slippery. Commercial-grade restaurant de-greasers, selected and applied by trained professionals, are the key to success.
SERVPRO of Fontana offers commercial cleaning services for restaurants near San Bernardino. From kitchen hood de-greasing, to deep-cleaning carpets, to removing bio hazard contaminants, our technicians have the experience and knowledge to handle it all. Call (909) 357-4337 today and let us know.
California Fires 2020: What to prepare during evacuation
Amidst pandemic season, Orange County encountered several wildfires. In October alone, there were two recorded wildfires in Silverado and in Blue Ridge which affected massive amounts of land and people.
As of October 27, 2020 according to The Sun, 13,354 acres of fire with 5% contained was recorded and there were two firefighters critically injured. It has been difficult to contain this casualty because it is wind-driven, and with the gravity of the situation, they forced to evacuate 90,000 Irvine residents because the Sta. Ana winds continues to push flames toward homes. The chief said that 500 firefighters are deployed and they are moving as efficiently as they can in order to contain the fire. Overall, the fire was contained on November 7, 2020 with a good amount of damage to homes and to the area itself.
Blue Ridge Wildfire
Another fire was recorded just on the edge of Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County engulfing 14,334 acres of land. There are no known cause as to how the fire started but it has been contained pretty much the same time as the Silverado fire.
“We’re dealing with extreme wind and erratic fire behavior, and we have two fires burning simultaneously in the county,” Orange County Fire Capt. Greg Barta said.
Create an evacuation plan with your family and in order to do that, it should include:
- Emergency meeting location - check for evacuation areas designated by your community.
- Learn the escape routes inside your house and within your community. Making sure that you have the route all mapped out allows you to be more efficient in times of quick evacuation.
- Make sure to include your pets and livestock in evacuating.
- Establish a contact to your loved one and keep them updated on your condition and the casualty.
Also you need to prepare:
- Always have a fire extinguisher ready at home.
- Make sure that the family is oriented on how to act during evacuation. Turn off the things that need to be turned off.
- Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit.
- Maintain a list of Contact numbers.
- Make sure to pack all the important documents and secure it with your personal belongings.
And most importantly, make sure that you always listen to the announcement from the fire department. Wildfires are unpredictable. Although in these cases, firefighters are trying to fight it before it can reach any house or any property but if worst comes to worst, do not panic. Keep a level head and keep in mind the things you need to do and move as efficiently as possible.
SERVPRO of Fontana Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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What do People Say About Us: Check Out Our Reviews
Homeowners and business owners know accidents happen all the time. There’s water damage from flooding, broken pipes, faulty hot water heaters, and more. Other issues arise from storms, earthquakes, and fire damage. There may even be mold infestation as a result of other causes. And sometimes, your home or office just needs a deep cleaning, one that you simply don’t have the time or energy to get done well. Whatever the disaster – large or small – SERVPRO of Fontana promises the solution – restoration services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just when you need it!
Here is how Vanessa Y via described her SERVPRO of Fontana experience, “I recently had a water loss at my rental property in Fontana. It was a nightmare. You hear about these things and I guess you never think they will happen to you. Water leaked from my upstairs bathroom through the ceiling downstairs. I was referred to SERVPRO of Fontana by a friend of mine, called them and they were at my house within the hour. They checked the moisture throughout my house to see what areas were affected and they set up right away. The crew they sent out was professional and knowledgeable. They explained the entire process to us, gave an estimated dollar amount and estimated days to complete. They worked directly with my insurance, so I didn't have to go through the hassle. They did a fantastic job, it's truly "Like it never even happened." I will definitely use them again. Great job!”
SERVPRO of Fontana is always standing by to clean and restore your property after a disaster. Whether your home was damaged by flood or fire, or simply needs to be deep cleaned, thousands trust SERVPRO of Fontana to get the job done and restore your home or business – “Like it never even happened,” – as described in this review from Trequitta J. via“SERVPRO of Fontana did an amazing job with the water damage to my home. They arrived within the hour and began addressing the problem immediately. They remained in contact throughout the entire process and monitored the damage daily. Ben and Devon were very polite and courteous. I would highly recommend SERVPRO of Fontana for any restoration and cleaning services.”
The professionals at SERVPRO of Fontana are trained in restoration of property damaged though IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) training and certification as well as well as ongoing continuing education classes and e-learning. They have the experience as well as the latest tools, equipment, and technology to get the job done right every time for homes and commercial properties.
Zachary W. offered his review on regarding his experience with the SERVPRO of Fontana team, “I had a small kitchen fire that left soot and smoke damage throughout the house. Was referred to SERVPRO of Fontana by my agent. They were able to have a crew on site same day. They sent a good team of guys, very professional and accommodating. Made the whole process a breeze. I would definitely recommend them.”
At SERVPRO of Fontana, you can count on their expertise including services like water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, and professional cleaning services. The team is faster to your disaster with 24-hour emergency service, taking immediate action to reduce any further damage to your property and minimize cleaning and restoration costs.
The SERVPRO of Fontana Ruby M via experienced frightening flood levels and provided this recommendation, “I would recommend SERVPRO of Fontana to anyone! They are quick to respond, have an excellent staff, and helped me tremendously after nightmare level water damage. Very courteous and professional and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone in need of their services.”
As these reviews and recommendations attest, whatever the specifics of your disaster needs - the professionals at SERVPRO of Fontana are ready to get your home back to normal and “Like it never even happened,” with the latest in moisture detection and measurement tools, water extraction and drying equipment, and OSHA-approved deodorization, sanitation, and disinfection.
Why You Should Hire Professionals for Your Fire Damage Repair
Fire Damage in Cali
As a homeowner or business owner, there are few things that are worse than being hit by a fire. The damage caused by a flood or other disasters are less when compared with the damage caused by fires.
With other forms of disasters you can still do some repair, but with a fire the damage could be total destruction, even if you are lucky enough to escape.
Even if the fire that affected you was not excessive, the damage and trouble it would cause can still be substantial.
It's also not as easy task to repair the damage. It presents some complication that make handling it rather difficult.
Why Fire Damage is Difficult to Take Care of
As mentioned, a fire causes some damage particularly tricky to address. It might only burn a portion of a room, but the repair could involve the whole home, office, or business. The smoke might also cause grime to appear on the walls and the ceiling, which could render the entire place a total mess.
Making use of ordinary cleaning methods will not work in removing the damage from the fire and the smoke. Overlooking parts of the house or commercial business which were only partially damaged by the fire can also be dangerous, since you can no longer trust their structural strength.
DIY Fire Damage Repair
Still there are those who insist they can handle the repair of the damage caused by a fire in their homes or business on their own. If you feel confident you can handle it on your own, you will need the skill and knowledge of the professionals like a SERVPRO of Fontana team member.
We can clean up your home or business in no time!
Professional Fire Damage Repair
There are special contractors like those at SERVPRO of Fontana who specialize in handling damages from fires and other disasters.When you need assistance in handling the fire damage in your home then the professionals at SERVPRO of Fontana are ready to help.
Fire and Water Damage
It's not only the fire that damages your property, but also the water used by the firefighters to put it out. The water can cause moisture, damage and mold growth which need to be handled quickly and effectively.
The SERVPRO of Fontana professionals have the right equipment to manage the damage for you.
Safety is also another reason why it's beneficial for you to hire SERVPRO of Fontana professional fire damage technicians. When you do your own cleaning and repair on a fire inflicted home, you may not be able to assess if the property is safe which means you could be putting yourself and others in harm's way.
SERVPRO of Fontana contractors can assess the condition of a building based on their knowledge and experience. Our motto has always been: restoration services "Like it never even happened." We want you to feel safe and secure no matter the damage that's been done, so don't forget to get in touch with us today if you have any fire concerns!
Professional Cleaning Services
There are times in life when your house get dirty, then there are times when it gets so dirty that you need professional cleaning services which deliver a deeper clean than day to day cleaning can provide.
Think about it, while you vacuum regularly to keep your carpet and upholstered surfaces clean - spills, pet accidents, and more often require greater cleaning expertise. Plus, there are other unexpected areas which require professional cleaning services like your home’s air ducts for example. Take a look at all the instances in which you and your home need professional cleaning services like the ones provided expertly by SERVPRO of Fontana.
Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Among the most sought after professional cleaning services include carpet and upholstery cleaning. Regardless of how clean you keep your home, there are times when cleaning your carpeting and upholstery with the help of a professional cleaning team is the only way to restore their earlier freshness and appearance. SERVPRO of Fontana offers customized professional cleaning services including cleaning methods for shorter pile carpets, deep cleaning of extremely soiled areas, and more while ensuring color-fastness of all your fabrics.
Professional Air Duct Cleaning
Cleaning your air ducts probably isn’t on your weekly cleaning list and for good reason. Though they need to be cleaned and properly maintained to ensure your home’s air quality as well as the efficiency of your HVAC system, it isn’t a DIY task. The professionals at SERVPRO of Fontana will inspect your HVAC equipment including the air ducts and keep them clean to maintain peak energy efficiency, eliminate odors, and reduce the potential for mold growth.
Professional Odor Elimination
SERVPRO of Fontana knows how to eliminate unwanted and offensive odors in your home. With specialty training, the SERVPRO of Fontana team can identify the cause and overcome a persistent odor problem whether the source is the interior or the exterior of your home.
Professional Sewage and Biohazard Cleaning
While sewage and biohazard issues aren’t as common as carpet and air duct cleaning, when it is required - biological or chemical contaminants must be removed quickly and effectively to avoid dangerous unhealthy environments. At SERVPRO of Fontana, the professionals know how to safely clean and remove hazardous substances while disposing of them properly whether the cause was a sewage backup, chemical spill, weather incidents, or trauma.
No matter the specifics of your cleaning needs, the professionals at SERVPRO of Fontana, are ready to get your home clean and refreshed – just the way you want it!
Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather
Summer is officially over - as much as we hate to admit it, and winter weather is just around the corner. Colder temperatures pose a variety of challenges for homeowners, and now is the perfect time to start preparing. Learn how to prevent fires this season and ensure you won't run into any fire or water damage.
Here are a few easy tips from SERVPRO of Fontana to winterize your home.
Have your Fireplace Inspected
Those of us who can’t stand cold winter weather can take some solace in the thought of a cozy evening by the hearth. But if it’s been many months since you last used your fireplace, it’s a good idea to inspect it beforehand and ensure that it’s safe to operate.
Check your chimney both inside and out. Shining a flashlight up can illuminate crumbling bricks or mortar, as well as any leaves or other debris that may have collected. You’ll also want to ensure that the flashing on your roof is secure, and that any tree limbs that may have grown too close to the chimney are pruned back. If your roof is difficult to access or if you have safety concerns, call in a professional to carry out the inspection (as well as any necessary repairs).
Clean out your Drain Pipes and Gutters
It’s a smart idea to clean out your gutters and drain pipes at least a couple of times per year, and this is the perfect season to do so.
Your home’s gutters and drainpipes serve an important role - guiding rain and snowmelt off the roof and a safe distance away from the foundation. During autumn, it’s not uncommon for gutters and drainpipes to become clogged, as trees start to shed leaves and twigs. This can cause water to build up and seep into your attic, walls, and/or basement, leading to expensive repairs. An hour or two spent cleaning today can save you a ton of hassle down the road.
Check your Smoke Alarms
How do you handle chilly days and freezing nights? Probably by cranking up the thermostat, boiling up some hot tea or cocoa, and pulling the old space heater out of storage.
Increased use of electrical equipment can lead to a heightened risk of fires during the winter months, so this is a great time to inspect your smoke alarms and ensure that they are working properly. Swapping out the battery periodically is easy enough, but remember that the equipment itself can degrade over time—the U.S. Fire Administration recommends replacing your smoke alarms every 10 years or so.
Install a Water Alarm
Many people aren’t even aware that “water alarms” exist, but these little devices serve an important role in any house. They work similarly to a fire alarm, alerting you to the presence of unwanted moisture and giving you the chance to contain a flood before the damage becomes too serious. Install them in the more flood-prone areas of the home, like your basement or attic.
Fit your Entrances with Door Sweeps
Ever notice those little strips of rubber or plastic you’ll sometimes see attached to the bottom edge of a door? Those are called “door sweeps”, and they’re meant to help seal the entrances to your home—against both cold-weather drafts and minor flooding from melting snow or ice. Door sweeps generally cost only a few dollars, and are easy to install in minutes, making them a very cost-effective choice for any home.
For Southern California water, fire, and mold damage restoration, there’s only one SERVPRO of Fontana. We are Locally Owned and Operated and would love to hear from you. Give us a call at (909) 357-4337 and let us know how we can help.