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C Diff Cleaning in Dallas Fort Worth

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning C Diff Cleaning in Dallas Fort Worth SERVPRO of North Irving is an experienced biohazard cleanup company. Call us today for a free C Diff cleaning consultation and estimate.

C Diff Cleaning in Dallas Fort Worth

If you or a family member is experiencing a C Diff infection and need your home cleaned, give us a call.  Our franchise is experienced in biohazard and bloodborne pathogen cleanup, and we have helped families impacted by C Diff around Dallas Fort Worth clean their homes and carpets.

What is C Diff?

C Diff is an abbreviation for Clostridium difficile, which is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea. According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Spores from C. difficile bacteria are passed in feces and spread to food, surfaces and objects when people who are infected don't wash their hands thoroughly. These spores can persist in a room for weeks or months. If you touch a surface contaminated with C. difficile spores, you may then unknowingly swallow the bacteria.”

For more information about C Diff, see the Mayo Clinic’s article.  

C Diff prevention steps include hand-washing, contact precautions, and thorough cleaning.  For families looking for professional C Diff cleaning services, our biohazard team is ready to help.

C Diff Diarrhea Cleaning

When we are called to complete a C Diff cleaning, we are prepared to clean up diarrhea from the exposed individual.  Our office has established a procedure to safely and effectively clean an area exposed to C Diff infected feces and immediate surrounding areas.

Carpet Cleaning

Our technicians will clean and disinfect all carpet that has come into contact with infected feces.  We recommend the use of a deep clean, wet wash method with the use of appropriate biohazard cleanup agents and applications to treat the carpet.  After cleaning, the carpet will be deodorized, and, in almost all cases, any stain related to the incident is also removed. The cleaned carpet dries after only minutes of washing, leaving the room free to be used again shortly after being disinfected.  

Bathroom Cleaning

Our technicians will clean surface areas of the bathroom, including the toilet, with an appropriate biohazard cleanup agent.  Surfaces will be wiped clean after application.

C Diff Cleaning Services

Give us a call if you are interested in having other areas of your home cleaned.  We will visit your property for an inspection and provide a free bid. We offer the following services:

  • Full home carpet cleaning
  • Kitchen cleaning
  • Bathroom cleaning
  • Communal area cleaning
  • Vehicle cleaning
  • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning

Free Cleaning Bids

Call our office today to schedule a free C Diff consultation and cleaning estimate.  Bids are free between 8 AM - 5 PM. Our technicians are available to clean your property 24-hours a day, including weekends.  

C Diff Commercial Cleaning

If you are a business or property owner and you are concerned about C Diff spore exposure, we are available to disinfect your facilities 24-hours a day, including weekends.  Give us a call now to schedule a free consultation and estimate.

Biohazard Waste Disposal

Due to the nature of C Diff, our biohazard cleanup technicians will take every precaution to maintain your safety and their own while they clean your property.  Our technicians will wear appropriate personal protection equipment for their own safety. All cleaning instruments will be treated as biohazard waste and disposed of at an appropriate biomedical waste facility.

Trusted Leader in Biohazard Cleanup, Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is an experienced biohazard cleanup company in Dallas Texas.  We have cleaned homes and businesses that have experienced crime scenes, unattended deaths, and other types of trauma resulting in bloodborne pathogen cleanup.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Waxahachie, Midlothian, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years. With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections. You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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Source for C Diff Information: The Mayo Clinic

Winter Weather Pet Safety Tips

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Winter Weather Pet Safety Tips SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas. Photo: Blue Cross Animal Hospital

Winter Weather Pet Safety Tips

At SERVPRO of North Irving, we are all pet lovers.  We even have an office pet -- an African Grey named Gracie.  

Whether it's our own pets or those of our customers, we’re always looking out for our furry (or feathered) friends and making sure their environments are safe and clean.

This is why protecting pets during winter is an important topic for us.

Winter Weather? Bring your Pet Indoors

If the temperature outside is uncomfortable for you, it’s also uncomfortable for a dog or cat.  

Indoor Pet Care

  • Keep your pet in a safe environment away from poisons or other items they might be tempted to chew when they’re not being supervised (e.g. exposed electrical cords or your favorite loafers).  Pet gates are great -- if your pet can’t jump over them or just push them out of the way!
  • Keep your pet in a kennel when you’re away from home.
  • Have an extra supply of cleaning supplies should an accident happen.  If the accident is too much for you to clean up or becomes a mess on your carpet, just give us a call.  We’ll take care of it.

Pet Exercise

  • Make time each day to take pets out for a walk.  This is a great time to release some energy.
  • Dry your pet’s paws and in between their toes with a towel after a walk.  The cold and any chemicals used to melt ice or snow can be irritable to their skin and poisonous if they lick it off.
  • Short haired pets may need to wear a sweater outdoors.

Pet Food

  • Place your pet’s water and food in a plastic bowl.  Their tongues may stick to a metal container.
  • If your pet can safely spend a lot of time outdoors, they also may need to consume more food since their body will need more energy to stay warm.  
  • Outdoor shelters should be big enough to allow movement but small enough to contain body heat.  They should also be a few inches off the ground and the door covered with a heavy plastic to prevent precipitation from getting inside.

Carpet Cleaning Dallas

With so much time being spent indoors, more dust and dander will accumulate in your carpets than usual.  We recommend vacuuming at least twice a week to keep your carpet clean and prevent it from getting damaged.  

For deep carpet cleaning services, give us a call.  We can wet wash your carpet and spray down a sanitizer and deodorizer to leave it smelling the way you like it.  We recommend at least one deep carpet cleaning per year.

Our carpet cleaning bids are free and cover all possible spot cleaning.  We will not give you a low bid for your carpet cleaning only to surprise you with upcharges.  We’re happy to schedule a carpet cleaning any time.

Upholstery Cleaning Services

If your pets have been taking a nap on the family couch, it may be time to get it cleaned.  We can either come to your home and clean your upholstery on the spot or we can take it back to our cleaning facility.

If your pet’s bed needs a wash but is too big for your home washer, or if you just want them professionally cleaned, we can also provide you with this service!

Our Esporta Wash System is a specialized wet wash that handles large pet beds and cleans them to food grade clean.  Our cleaning system is something commercial laundromats and dry cleaners cannot replicate. The Esporta uses hydraulic pressure to push detergent laden water through each layer of fabric in the pet’s bed.  It literally pushes all contaminants out of the fabric! This leaves your pet bed fresh and as clean as the day you bought it.

Our technicians will pick up all the pet beds you’d like cleaned and deliver them as soon as they’re done.

Air Duct Cleaning

With your pets spending more time indoors, you’ll want to make sure you change your HVAC filters more frequently.  At the most, change your filters every 3 months. They’ll need it!

If your family is sensitive to dust, odors, and other contaminants, consider an air duct cleaning.  This service will remove the dust in your air ducts and will help push only clean, filtered air through your system.  It takes only a few hours and the resulting improvement in air quality is worth it.

Give us a call.  We can inspect your home’s ducts and make a recommendation to keep your home’s air quality safe during the winter.  

Trusted Leader in House Cleaning Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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What Are Textiles and How to Clean Them

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning What Are Textiles and How to Clean Them An ATP Meter measures the Relative Light Units given off by microbes and helps us determine the contamination level of textiles.

What Are Textiles and How to Clean Them

Contaminated textiles happen at almost all water damages and fires damages.  Our team at SERVPRO of North Irving routinely packs up contaminated items and takes them to our in house cleaning facility for sanitation.  

What Are Textiles?

Picture your home being flipped upside down.  Everything that is not attached to the house itself will fall down.  Those items that fall are called contents.  Now imagine going through all those fallen items and sorting them by what broke versus what did not break.  The items that did not break are most likely textiles.

Textiles include items like:

  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys
  • Sports equipment, including helmets
  • Hats

We take all of these kinds of items from your property and get them ready for a specialized sanitation wash in a machine called the Esporta.  We are one of the few Esporta certified businesses in North Texas, and our technicians have successfully cleaned over 100,000 items that otherwise would have been thrown away.  Our success rate is over 85% -- among the highest in the textile restoration industry!

Testing Cleanliness in Textiles with ATP Testing

One of the first actions our textile team does is test the items for their contamination levels.  

To test cleanliness, we use ATP testing -- adenosine triphosphate.  ATP is found in all living cells. The higher the ATP number something has, the more contaminated it is.

ATP Testing Process

We take an ATP sample of your textiles before and after they are washed.   We test before they are washed to prove that your textile is actually contaminated enough to warrant professional cleaning.  If it isn’t, there’s no reason to pay us to wash it.

We also test after the item is washed to prove our team has successfully decontaminated your item.  This is how we make sure your clothes are safe and healthy to wear again.

Taking an ATP sample is simple.  

First, we use an ATP Sampling Swab and swab the surface area of the affected textile.  The swab is coated with a detergent that lifts ATP from the textile.

Then, we moisten the swab with a bioluminescent reagent, which will make the ATP create light.  The amount of light that is created is directly correlated to the amount of ATP on the textile.

Finally, we insert the wet swab into an ATP meter, which measures the light.  The result we receive is in Relative Light Units (RLU). Using this data, our technicians know the level of contamination.  

A “pass” score on the ATP meter puts the item at a food grade safe level, meaning it is clean and safe to handle or wear again.  If an item receives a fail score, it will be washed again.

How Esporta Works

The Esporta Wash System process is simple.  Our machine uses a combination of up to six environmentally friendly detergents according to the type of contamination the clothing contains.  

Textiles are placed inside the machine in separate compartments.  Inside, they spin in detergent-laden water while staying in place.  Since the items don’t move inside the machine, the textiles are cleaned by hydraulic pressure instead of agitation.  This makes the Esporta system gentle on all fabrics, even as contaminants are literally pushed out of the fabric by the detergent water.

The end result is textiles that are near neutral pH and food grade clean.

We have successfully sanitized items with the following contaminants:

Most textile cleaning projects are packed out, cleaned, and delivered back to the homeowner within two weeks.  

If emergency items are needed, we ask the homeowner what items they need and make sure to wash those on an emergency basis, which cuts down the time of delivery to less than 72 hours.  

We offer emergency items because we understand that everyone needs clothing to continue their day to day living, even in the middle of a disaster.  

Esporta

At SERVPRO of North Irving, we have invested in the most advanced wash system -- the Esporta Wash System.  With Esporta and the ATP sampling system, we can always prove our results.

An independent study by Wonder Makers Environmental took sewage contaminated textiles.  The study concluded that the Esporta Wash System is effective at removing bacterial contamination and that the ATP sampling system is an effective means of field verification.

Since textiles are what we wear, what we sleep on, and what our children play with, cleaning and making them safe to handle again is our top priority.  

We can prove it.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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How to Wash A Comforter

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning How to Wash A Comforter An internal shot of the Esporta washing machine. This shows how our machine's compartments lock items in place to ensure a gentle and efficient wash.

Why Wash a Comforter, Linens, and Bed Sheets?

We’re talking about everything on top of your mattress -- sheets, blankets, and comforters.  All of these items are meant to keep your mattress clean and to keep you comfortable and warm while you sleep.

But if you don’t clean them often enough, they eventually become a bacterial mess.

What’s on Bedding?

What is on your skin rubs off onto your linens.  That includes any ointments, unwashed makeup, and whatever else you’ve carried on your skin and hair and haven’t washed off before bed.  

Over the course of just a few days, this mixture will accumulate on your linens and rub against you as you sleep, possibly causing your skin some problems like irritation or acne.

How to Clean Sheets

Sheets are easy to clean.  Throw them into your washer once a week using the warm/hot water setting.  Don’t overcrowd the machine.

After their wash, throw them in the dryer with a rubber dryer ball to make sure they dry evenly.  

Then, store them in a cool, dry place where dust won’t find them.  This is how they’ll stay fresh and clean for their next use.

How to Clean Comforters and Blankets

Blankets and comforters are usually protected by your top sheet, but eventually, they need some love, too.  These can be washed at home, however, large ones with heavy fibers can be a challenge to wash properly.

For these pieces to be cleaned thoroughly, water should penetrate the fibers to force the contaminants off.

We’ve heard about some trouble people have had at home, and we’ve had this trouble ourselves.  

  • The washing machine can’t properly soak the comforter all the way through
  • The washing machine leaves soap behind

In these cases, you need a bigger and more powerful machine.  Some people find a commercial laundromat that can fit their sized comforters, and others take them to their local dry cleaner.  

Commercial Laundromats and Dry Cleaners

We don’t prefer either of these methods for a few reasons:

  • A traditional machine, even a commercial sized one, will wash your comforter using agitation.  Imagine it in the machine getting tossed and turned. That agitation will eventually damage the fabrics and cause them to fray.  If you are trying to clean a family heirloom blanket, this is a problem.
  • Dry cleaners use harsh chemicals to wash clothing.  This isn’t something many people prefer to have to touch their skin at night.

If you’re having trouble washing your heavy comforter or blanket, we can help.

Esporta

Our Esporta Washing System will not just wash your comforter, but it will disinfect your comforters and blankets.  

Our machine looks like a huge laundry machine, but it has different compartments inside.  We will place your comforter into one of these compartments and tell the machine what kind of cycle to run.  

After we shut the door, the bottom half of the machine fills up with water that gets mixed with up to six different detergents.  Then, the machine’s compartments start to spin rapidly.

While your comforter is locked into place and doesn’t move at all, the hydraulic pressure created by the spinning literally pushes the detergent-laden water through every single layer of fabric in your comforter.  This movement causes over 99% of contaminants to be pushed out.

The lack of agitation inside the machine means your comforter stays in its position and is not rubbed or twisted.  This process makes it a lot more gentle on its fabrics.

One of the best aspects of the machine is that the clothing that comes out of the wash are food grade clean and near pH neutral.  Our detergents are environmentally friendly and safe for your skin.

After its wash, each comforter is dried either in a gentle dryer cycle or air dried in a specialized chamber.  After it’s dry, we test your comforter to ensure it meets our disinfection standards, and you are always provided with a copy of those results.

We’ve successfully sanitized thousands of pieces of clothing and textiles, including those that have been in sewage contaminated water, covered in fire smoke, and even mold infested.  We have one of the highest rates of restoration success in the industry with over 85% of textiles sanitized and completely restored to satisfaction.

We pick up and drop off your textiles anywhere in Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex.  Call or email us today if you have questions or you’d like a free quote.  

We’re ready to help!

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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Esporta Cleaning for Clothes and Textile Cleaning

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Esporta Cleaning for Clothes and Textile Cleaning SERVPRO of North Irving is one of the few Esporta certified firms in North Texas. We clean mold, fire smoke, and water damaged clothing.

Esporta Cleaning

When someone is dealing with a water or fire damage in their home or business, there are a lot of emotions and things to consider.  The idea of handling multiple companies for different parts of the restoration process is a lot to handle. Most customers just want to call one company who can work with them from start to end.

We understand that this is a difficult time and customers need a company who take care of them properly.  

This is why we decided to add clothing and textile cleaning as part of our restoration process.  Another name for this is soft contents restoration. We can now restore clothes affected by Category 2 and Category 3 water damage, mold growth, and fire and smoke odor removal.

Esporta Wash System

Unlike home washing machines or traditional dry cleaning, Esporta is a wet wash system.  Our machine uses a combination of up to six environmentally friendly detergents according to the type of damage the clothing contains.  

Textiles are placed inside the machine, where they spin in detergent laden water while staying in place.  Since the items don’t move inside the machine, the textiles are cleaned by hydraulic pressure instead of agitation.  This makes the Esporta system gentle on all fabrics, even as contaminants are literally pushed out of the fabric by the detergent water.

The end result is textiles that are near neutral pH and food grade clean!

We are one of the few Esporta certified firms in North Texas.  Our business has the unique capability of packing your damaged clothing and taking it back to our in house cleaning facility.  

Our Esporta cleaning technicians have cleaned thousands of pieces of clothing with a success rate of over 85%. This rate of success is among the highest in the clothing cleaning industry.

  • We’ve successfully cleaned over 100,000 items.
  • Most items are ready to be returned within 2 weeks.
  • We also offer a 72 hour emergency item cleanup where we clean clothing you need to continue living your life while the rest of your wardrobe is getting finished.  We deliver all items back to you.

Soft Contents Restoration

Soft contents restoration is a specialized service within the restoration industry.  Since we clean clothing and other textiles that have been affected by mold, soot, and contaminated water, our specialists put on personal protective equipment while they proceed with the Esporta cleaning process.  We have been successful in cleaning the following:

  • Mold affected clothing and shoes.  We have cleaned all types of mold.
  • Smoke, soot affected clothing.  After a water damage, one of the first things we take out of a home is the clothing and textiles to avoid the soot from permanently staining the clothing.
  • Sports equipment, including sports with padded equipment like football and hockey.
  • Water damaged clothing from contaminated waters like category 2 water and category 3 water (gray and black water).

Water Damage Restoration Texas

There are many water damage restoration companies in Texas, but only a few offer in house Esporta services.  Choose a business that can take care of your clothing themselves instead of a company that will take your clothes and give them to another business (and possibly charge you more) to take care of this specialty item.  

The Esporta is special because it can clean items that have been in contaminated water.  You may have heard of gray or black water. This is what those terms mean.

IICRC Water Classification

  • Category 1 Water (Clean)

(Clean): The water is clean and sanitary.  It does not pose a substantial risk. Category 1 water may turn into a Category 2 or 3 water damage if it's not cleaned soon, typically within 3 days.  If your clothing has been touched by clean water, there’s no problem.  A regular washing machine can take care of this for you.

  • Category 2 Water (Gray)

(Gray): This water carries waste products and is not clean, but it also does not contain human waste.  You may choose to put these clothes in your home washer if you use chemicals that can safely kill the contaminants on your clothes, but this still doesn’t ensure that all contaminants will be flushed out of the clothing’s fabrics.

  • Category 3 Water (Black)

(Black): This water poses a significant health risk.  External flooding and sewage backups are both Category 3 and contain gross contamination and present a danger of spreading bacteria and disease.  Do not attempt to put clothing this dirty in your home laundry.

Fire Damage Restoration Dallas

Many customers ask if how to get fire smoke out of clothes.  Smoke particles are tricky to get out of clothing. Home laundry machines do not have enough power to get the particles completely out, and dry cleaners may permanently leave the particles in.  The most successful rate of restoration for clothing with smoke odor is the Esporta.

Our machine uses hydraulic pressure to literally push the smoke particles out of the clothing.  In many cases, the soot that has settled onto the fabric can also be completely removed. Unfortunately, the soot sometimes leaves a permanent yellow stain if it has stayed on the fabric for multiple days.  If a stain is left, we do not consider the item recovered and we report this to your insurance company.

Time matters when restoring soot stained clothing!  This is why our technicians always gather your clothing and textiles and rush them to our cleaning facility after a water damage.  The faster we can start cleaning them, the higher the chance of everything being recovered.  

Mold Remediation Dallas

We’ve successfully remediated thousands of items of clothes with mold spores in them.  When mold is allowed to live on an item long enough, it will eventually eat right through it!  Once that happens, the mold damage is permanent. If we find clothing with mold growth, we’ll immediately get them to our Esporta station for cleaning.  

We Offer ATP Testing

We use ATP testing to prove contamination levels.  ATP -- adenosine triphosphate -- is found in all living cells.  Anything alive has ATP. The greater the ATP level, the greater the microbial contamination.  

We take an ATP sample of different surfaces before and after they are cleaned, and this is how we prove:

1) if your clothing is dirty enough to warrant professional cleaning, and

2) that our team has successfully sanitized your clothing after cleanup

Our primary purpose in testing for ATP is to prove our results and ensure the safety of our customers.  If any item fails to receive a passing ATP score, the clothing is cleaned again at no added cost to you.  Our process is thorough and gives our customers peace of mind.

We Work With All Insurance Companies

We work with all insurance providers to ask for your textile cleaning to be part of your claim.  Since we do not have access to your insurance policy, we can never say anything definitive until we speak with your adjuster.  In many, clothing mold removal is covered.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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