Recent Cleaning Posts

What the Smell?!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Odors could be a sign of other issues with your home. Stop using those air fresheners and call SERVPRO today to fix your odor problems at the source.

Do you have unpleasant and embarrassing odors in your home? Maybe you aren’t even sure where the smell is coming from or what it is, but you are running out of air fresheners trying to mask it. At SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties we are odor experts.

We have the expertise and knowledge to identify what these mysterious odors are and where they are coming from. Our highly trained and licensed technicians are equipped with the latest top of the line chemicals and equipment to effectively treat and remove those odors in the toughest conditions right at the source.

Stop buying more sprays that are just a temporary fix to the problem. Give us a call so we can come and evaluate your home. We will have your home restored “Like it never even happened.”

Deep Cleaning Your Home

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

In today's real estate market, you can have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings. You also want the ability to move a sale through quickly to get a commission. Presentation is everything and clean homes sale quicker.

A homeowner in Columbia County was extremely concerned about the cleanliness of her home because she was about to list it for sale. She hired SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties to thoroughly clean their home. Their family had been living there for more than 20 years; they also had 2 small, not so housebroken pets.

The home definitely had a strong pet odor in some rooms. SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties cleaned the house from top to bottom, including windows, window screens; pressure washed the patio, cleaned all the cabinets inside and out, and even completed the duct cleaning. To complete the process, we did a thermal fogging of the entire home with a neutralizing deodorizer.

The homeowner was more than ecstatic by the results of the cleaning and was happy to stage and put their home on the market.  SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties clean on the deepest level and will enhance your home's true value by making you shine and help you sell your home at the highest price possible.

Would you like a deep cleaning of your home? Give us a call today! (386) 754-0261

Should I Clean My Carpets?

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

I Don’t See Anything, Should I Still Clean My Carpets?


What steps should I take to maintain carpet in a high-traffic area on a daily basis, and to deal with spills and stains?

  • Purchase a properly sized entry mat, the bigger the better.  There must be room for at least two steps to sufficiently wipe soil from feet before encountering the installed carpet. A carpet with a nylon face and vinyl back is best for moisture and oils absorption, combined with the resiliency necessary to collect a quantity of particle soil. The IICRC suggests a rental mat, since that guarantees frequent maintenance. Place entry mats on hard surfaces rather than on carpet where they can trap moisture or cause plasticize migration.
  • Use high-efficiency double-lined poly-fiber collection bags. This reduces periodic maintenance such as dusting of furniture, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filter exchange.
  • Make sure the HVAC system is slightly positively pressurized as well, which means that air is going out when doors are opened, rather than being sucked in. Proper air exchange rates can be calibrated according to ASHRAE regulations for the building with a trained HVAC contractor.
  • Be sure to vacuum on a daily basis. Especially after major events. The sooner you collect soils from the surface, the easier it is to remove them. For most carpet, you should use an upright vacuum with brush agitation, unless your canister vacuum is particularly well designed. The wider the head, the more efficient.
  • Typically, deep cleaning should be accomplished on at least a semi-annual basis, with no more than two entry and high-traffic area "rinse" cleanings between the deep cleaning. This is dependent on traffic and daily maintenance as well. At a minimum, some attention should be given to primary entry areas on a quarterly basis.
  • Ensure proper air filtration through the HVAC System. High-efficiency pleated filters, rather than inexpensive fiberglass filters, are recommended.

If spots are treated immediately, most will respond with plain warm water and very little mild detergent added.

SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Give us a call today to find out more. (386) 754-0261

Carpet Cleaning - Spring Cleaning

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Before and after photo of carpet cleaning in an apartment complex located in Florida

SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties can do so much more than water mitigation and fire restoration. We are here to help with any residential or commercial carpet cleaning, duct cleaning and/or furniture cleaning. Have questions on specialty items you need professionally cleaned, give SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties a call today for a quote over the phone. There is no job too big or small.

We can dry clean onsite, clean oriental area rugs.  Pressure wash carports, homes or businesses.  We clean campers and RV's if your getting ready to do some summer camping.  Drapery, Upholstery, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Area Rugs and just about anything else you can think of...... We CLEAN! 

Located in Lake City, Florida for over 12 years we service Columbia County (Lake City, Fl), Suwannee County (Live Oak, Fl), Baker County (MacClenny, Fl), Hamilton County (Jasper, Fl), Union County (Lake Butler, FL) & Lafayette County (Mayo, Fl), in addition to surrounding North Central Florida areas.

Call SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties (386) 754-0261 today! 

Should I have my ducts cleaned?

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Knowledge about the potential benefits and possible problems of air duct cleaning is limited. Since conditions in every home are different, it is impossible to generalize about whether or not air duct cleaning in your home would be beneficial.

You should inspect your ducts if your furniture is excessively dusty or if you notice your registers (vents) are dust filled.  After a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold (no musty odor or visible mold growth), having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. On the other hand, if someone in your household suffers from allergies, unexplained symptoms or illnesses you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned.  It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned.

Contact SERVPRO located in Lake City, Florida (386) 754-0261 to have your ducts cleaned today!!

Spring Cleaning Services Offered By your Local SERVPRO

3/17/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning ceiling with dry clean sponges

One thing we recognize is that in the world today we all have busy schedules.  NO ONE has proper time in their life where they easily manage time set aside to clean.  Whether at your office or at home there just isn't enough time.  

Whether is taking your children to dance or baseball practice, work, fixing dinner or everyday tasks at hand.... cleaning is not a priority sometimes.  We understand that here at SERVPRO. 

That's where we come in..... here at SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties we can do it for you!  Whether it is cleaning baseboards and your bathrooms to pressure washing your home or business!   We do it all.  Residential and Commercial we can assist you in your Spring Cleaning or whenever cleaning. 

As we said above, no matter if your in Lake City, Mayo, McClenney, Fort White, Lake Butler or anywhere surrounding this area (we cover several counties)... we can do it.    Our staff has background checks and have experience in cleaning like no others.  SERVPRO offers excellent and reliable cleaning services all-year round to your homes or businesses.

We use only the best products available to us through our professional lab at our corporate office.  They spend hours mixing and providing us with the most efficient cleaners to make our work easier on us.  We also have environmentally "green" products available upon request for carpet cleaning, windows and more.  That is how much we care about our customers.  We have Scotchguard as well as other products to help maintain the "fresh & clean" appearance also!

We provide all sorts of cleaning services - some listed above, but if you have a question you can call our office located in Lake City, Florida at 386-754-0261 and we will be glad to answer any additional you may have.  This is the perfect time to get upholstery, drapery, ceramic tile, carpet, ductwork (HVAC) and anything else you might need done taken care of.  

Duct Cleaning Process

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Duct Cleaning Process:

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape an diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor to microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

Duct Cleaning

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Duct vs. Duck Cleaning...... There is a Difference!

When you hear someone mention duct cleaning you may think “do they rescue wildlife as well?” As much as we love animals of all kinds we mean your Air Duct System. The ventilation system in your home or business is crucial especially in the hot Florida weather. Most times the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) is long forgotten about unless it stops working and you’re left in a pool of sweat. Dirty Ducts can not only circulate contaminants such as mold and dust, it can also circulate odors.

So what is SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties Duct Cleaning process?

Our highly skilled and trained technicians begin by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper. This equipment automatically adapts to the ducts shape and diameter while traveling through the duct work. During this process it is also removing any filth or debris before the vacuuming starts.

The Second step of our process is a powerful push-pull air delivery & collection system which transfers any and all debris to a 16-gallon container. The Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system which removes 99.97% of particles in the airstream.

The Filters in your air duct system will need to be cleaned or replaced to finish the process of removing odor and dirt.

As an optional process we offer to spray a sealant or coating product to address odor or microbial concerns.

If you would like us to come give you a quote to clean those Dirty Ducts and drastically improve your air quality, give us a call (386) 754-0261

Nicotine affects on your Columbia County Home or Business.

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

This is a Vent from a Nicotine Cleaning we did on a Suwannee County Home.

Nicotine is an alkaline chemical that acts as a stimulant by raising blood pressure, which in turn increases your heart rate. It has also been found to act an appetite suppressant. Nicotine is the primary chemical found in most tobacco products. It is absorbed into the body through the skin, lungs, digestive tract, mucous membranes in the nose, and tissues located in the mouth.

While it has been proven that Nicotine exposure can cause some health issues, what most people do not realize is that there can be traces of Nicotine in the home long after the last puff. The residue left by the use of Nicotine products is commonly referred to as “Third-Hand Smoke.”

Third-Hand Smoke is caused by smoke combining with indoor pollutants such as ozone and nitrous acid, in turn creating new compounds. Third-Hand smoke not only mixes but settles with dust and drifts down onto furniture and carpeting. It will also get deep down into paneling, drywall, and any other porous surface. These new compounds are also carried on the body of the smoker, so even if they did not smoke inside of a building they act as carriers. 

Third-Hand Smoke was shown to decrease a home’s value by up to 29% in 2010. According to the U.S. Census, the median sale price of an American home in 2010 was $221,800. Meaning smokers or homes with Third-Hand Smoke could potentially lose about $64,000 on average.

These new compounds are difficult to clean-up, and have a long life span of their own. Research has not figured out exactly how long it takes to completely remove every trace, but it has been proven over 20 years later, Nicotine was still found in homes.

Here at SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties we are trained to handle Nicotine Cleanings in homes, businesses, and cars. We are also highly trained in Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration and Cleanup, Water Removal and dehumidification, Biohazard, Vandalizm, Crime Scene, Mold, Air Duct Cleaning, Carpet and Stain Cleaning, Odor Deodorization, and Upholstery. 

Give us a Call at (386)754-0261 and let us make it “like it never even happened.”