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SERVPRO Helps You Through the Clean-up Process in Clinton Township, MI

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Helps You Through the Clean-up Process in Clinton Township, MI Explaining the Process in Clinton Township, MI

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes
  • Our crews are on standby 24/7 to help you if an emergency arises. We are Always Here to Help (586) 741-5050.

21 Priceless Ways to Spread a Smile This Holiday Season

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

21 Priceless Ways to Spread a Smile This Holiday Season by Diane MacEachern-Women’s Day

Here's a list of ways to put your own special stamp on the gifts you give this holiday season. In most cases, they involve spending very little money or time at the mall. But they're so creative and considerate, they're guaranteed to make your loved one’s smile. And isn't that the point?

  • Check their smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace if necessary.

Fire safety is of the utmost importance during the Christmas season and all year round!

  • Download the First Aid App and the SERVPRO App. The American Red Cross has a great app that provides essential information needed to handle common first aid situations. SERVPRO.com also has an App that you can use in case of emergencies. This stores all emergency numbers you may need – including your insurance company, police/fire dept. and the SERVPRO Professionals. Shovel their snow (or water their garden).

If you live in a region that gets a lot of snow, offering to shovel for someone else could be a godsend, especially if they're incapacitated or too busy with kids and work to squeeze in shoveling time, too. If you're in a warm, dry climate, pitch in by watering porch plants or the garden, especially when someone goes on vacation or has to go out of town on business or for an emergency.

  • Offer to watch kids so their parents can get a much-needed afternoon or evening out.
  • Feed their cat (or walk their dog).

Most pet owners need at least occasional help with their animals, especially when they can't be home for long stretches of time during the holiday.

  • Make them a meal.

Cook up a stew or casserole that can be frozen for a future dinner, or provide a "coupon" that can be redeemed when an emergency arises.

  • Bake them a cake.

Is anything more fun than getting a delicious cake made especially for you?

  • Give them an amaryllis bulb, already potted.

Amaryllis bulbs are wonderful because they start growing as soon as they're watered and within 6 weeks produce a gloriously big and beautiful flower. But don't just give someone the kit the bulb comes in. Actually, pot it in the dirt for them and wrap a sweet little bow around the pot. All they'll have to do is put it in a sunny window and water it once a week.

  • Help them wrap presents.

It can be almost as time consuming to wrap holiday presents as to buy them. Why not lend a hand?

  • Sharpen their knives.

Dull knives are the bane of every cook's existence. Use a sharpening stone to sharpen them yourself, or pick them up and take them to the local hardware store to get a better edge on them.

  • Knit them a scarf.

Find out their favorite colors, then buy a few skeins of yarn that combine them. If you're just learning to knit, you can still make a beautiful scarf knitting one row and purling the next.

  • Curate their closet.

Help your friends clear out their closets by helping her decide what's worth keeping and what should be donated. Hint: If they haven't worn something for at least two years, they probably won't wear it in the future. Take the discarded clothes to a local thrift store or make arrangements with Purple Heart or Salvation Army for a pick-up.

  • Put things they don't want on eBay, Craigslist or Freecycle.

From hiking boots, sports equipment and instruments to paintings, tools, and furniture, most people have a lot of stuff lying around. They might want to sell it online but don't know the first thing about how to do that successfully. Why not help them out?

  • Compile a one-of-kind mix CD.

Who are their top 10 favorite musical acts or musicians? Pull together two songs or performances from each one for 20 "greatest hits." Or, make a mix of music you've listened to together over time. A special mix for an upcoming road trip would be fun, too.

  • Detail their car.

Lots of people drive their car through the car wash but don't take the time to wipe up the frame, vacuum out the interior and trunk, or wash the inside windows. Give the gift of a clean car inside and out!

  • Change their lightbulbs.

This is a two-fer: one for your friend or family member, and one for the planet. Get a package of energy-saving LEDs and change out the bulbs in the most frequently used lights in the house, usually the kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom and porch.

  • Recycle their electronics.

Most people have a lot of old electronic gear just cluttering up their basement, attic, or home office. Pick it up for them, wipe the hard drives, and take it to the nearest e-waste center, which you can find on Earth911.com. Best Buy and Staples accept used gear as well. Mobile phones can usually be recycled at phone stores, or traded in at Gazelle.com.

  • Contribute to their favorite charity...

What cause is near and dear to your loved one's heart? Make a donation on their behalf. If they care about a cause but don't know which organization to support, get some 4-star recommendations from Charity Navigator.

  • Volunteer for their favorite charity.

Many organizations need volunteers as well as donations. Can you help your loved one staff a pet adoption day, run a toy or coat drive, hand out water at a fundraising race, deliver Meals on Wheels, or visit people in a nursing home? You can find more volunteer opportunities at VolunteerMatch.org.

  • Frame a meaningful picture.

It could be a photo of you and them together, an image of one of their accomplishments, or some shots of a place you visited together that will bring back fond memories.

  • Record their oral history.

Listen to some of the wonderful oral histories available online at StoryCorps.org for a sense of the kind of story your loved one might want to tell. Dohistory.org has put together a very helpful step-by-step guide to help come up with questions, record interviews, and edit the recording to be as long and in-depth as you'd like.

The entire team at SERVPRO of St Clair Shores would like to wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays. May you be safe and joyful during the holiday season. We are always on standby Hero Ready for your emergencies at (586) 741-5050.

13 Weird Tricks to Clean Your Car

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

General 13 Weird Tricks to Clean Your Car 13 Weird Tricks to Clean Your Car

13 Weird Tricks to Clean Your Car

We found simple, cheap, unexpected tips on how to wash your car to keep it cleaner for longer.

By Diane Dragan   

Hair conditioner for shine

iStock/ThinkstockWash your car with a hair conditioner containing lanolin. You'll become a believer when you see the freshly waxed look, and when you find that the surface will repel rain.

Fizz windshields clean with cola

iStock/ThinkstockWhen it rains after a long dry spell, a dirty windshield turns into one big mess. Get rid of streaks and blotches by pouring cola over the glass. (Stretch a towel along the bottom of the windshield to protect hood paint.) The bubbles in the cola will fizz away the grime. Just be sure to wash the sticky cola off thoroughly or your cleaning efforts will end up attracting dust and dirt.

Vodka on the job

Hemera/ThinkstockWhen your windshield-washer reservoir needs filling, raid the liquor cabinet to make your own washing fluid. In a screw-top gallon jug, mix 3 cups vodka (the cheapest you can find) with 4 cups water and 2 teaspoons liquid dishwashing detergent. Screw on the cap and shake well, then pour as much fluid as needed into the reservoir.

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Shine those car lights

 Keep your headlights polished (and yourself, safe) by applying window cleaner and rubbing vigorously with an old pair of panty hose.

A one-step window cleaner

iStock/ThinkstockClean your windshield and car windows by rubbing them with baby wipes stored in your glove compartment. What could be easier?

No windshield washing fluid?

iStock/ThinkstockIf the reservoir is empty (and doesn't it always seem to be?), use an unlikely substitute to clean your windshield: feminine hygiene maxi-pads, a box of which you could stash in the trunk. Hold a pad on the sticky side and rub the windshield vigorously. The glass will really shine once you've wiped it to the max.

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Clean your blades

 If your windshield wiper blades get dirty, they'll streak the glass instead of keeping it clean and clear. Make a solution of 1/4 cup household ammonia to 1 quart cold water. Gently lift the blades, and wipe both sides with a soft cloth or paper towel soaked in the solution. Then wipe the blades with a dry cloth before lowering them into place.

You can see clearly now

 Add 1/4 cup household ammonia to 1 quart water, pour it into a plastic bottle with a water-tight cap, and keep it in your car for washing the windshield and windows. As soon as your windshield begins to get dirty, take out the solution and apply it with a sponge; then dry the windshield with a soft cloth or paper towels.

Baking-soda car cleaner

 Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into a gallon-sized jug, then add 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and enough water to fill the jug almost to the top. Screw on the cap, shake well, and store the concentrate for later use. When it comes time to wash the car, shake the jug vigorously and then pour 1 cup of cleaner base into a 2-gallon water pail. Fill the pail with warm water, stir to mix, and your homemade cleaning solution is ready to use.

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Banish back-road dirt

iStock/ThinkstockIn many rural areas, so-called oil roads (some unpaved, others semi-paved) are sprayed with oil to control blowing sand and dust. If you find yourself driving along one of these back roads, your windshield may end up coated with oily grime. To cut through the muck, sprinkle cream of tartar over the windshield, and then wipe the glass down with soapy water, rinse well, and dry.

A surprising no-wax washer

iStock/ThinkstockAdd 1 cup kerosene to a 3-gallon pail filled with water and then sponge the solution over your car. You won't have to spray the car before washing or rinse or wax it once you're done. And the next time it rains, rainwater will bead up and roll off the car, lessening the likelihood of rusting.

Watch the heat

 Washing your car when it's too hot—right after you've been driving it, for example, or when it's been parked in direct sunlight—can result in soapy splotches and deposits, says Consumer Reports.

Free Winter Cleaning Checklist

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

General Free Winter Cleaning Checklist Free Winter Cleaning Checklist

Basics

These items are cleaning tasks that I rotate through 4 times a year or seasonally.  Some of these items (dust, vacuum) are on my weekly cleaning checklist, so I do those on that day of the week, but I do a more thorough job.  For instance, instead of just vacuuming the family room I move the furniture and vacuum under the couch.  I dust all surfaces, but I also dust the corners and corners at the ceiling.  If this is the only portion of the checklist that you complete, you have still done a great job.  These 18 basics will make a big difference in your home!

Deep Cleaning Extras + Bonus Points

If you’ve never done a deep or thorough cleaning and you have extra time on your hands, you’ll want to check these items off your list.  If you just washed the insides of your windows last month, you probably won’t need to wash them, check your home and see if any of these tasks should be completed.

Traditional Winter Cleaning Tasks to Add If You’d Like

Seasonal cleaning goes back generations, these tasks are ones that are generally associated with winter cleaning.  If you’d like to complete them and it makes sense for you it will be time well spent.  If you don’t have time and have never completed them, no need to feel bad – they are just suggestions

Free Spring Cleaning Checklist

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

General Free Spring Cleaning Checklist Spring Cleaning Checklist

FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist

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I’m a big fan of spring cleaning in March.  Why?  I like to get it out of the way early so when the weather gets nice (we live in the midwest, so it takes a while) we can head outside and enjoy the much-awaited spring weather.  This year I’ll be doing the majority of my spring cleaning in March and finishing up in Mid-April.  If you want to follow along and get some spring cleaning done around your home too, start with this FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist.  Print it out and put it somewhere where you’ll see it and be reminded of your list and you can work on it when it works for you.  It’s divided up into 3 sections – do one section or all three – any way you look at it you’re making progress and getting your home ready to welcome spring.

Free Fall Cleaning Checklist

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

General Free Fall Cleaning Checklist Fall Cleaning Checklist

Basics

These items are cleaning tasks that I rotate through 4 times a year or seasonally.  Hence the fall cleaning checklist.  Some of these items (dust, vacuum) are on my weekly cleaning checklist, so I do those on that day of the week, but I do a more thorough job.  For instance, instead of just vacuuming the family room I move the furniture and vacuum under the couch.  I dust all surfaces, but I also dust the corners and corners at the ceiling.  If this is the only portion of the checklist that you complete, you have still done a great job.  These 9 basics will make a big difference in your home!

Deep Cleaning Extras + Bonus Points

If you’ve never done a deep or thorough cleaning and you have extra time on your hands, you’ll want to check these items off your list.  If you just washed your windows last month, you probably won’t need to wash them (you can still put a check mark on your list), check your home and see if any of these tasks should be completed.

Traditional Fall Cleaning Tasks to Add If You’d Like

Fall and spring cleaning goes back generations, these tasks are ones that are generally associated with fall cleaning.  If you’d like to complete them and it makes sense for you it will be time well spent.  If you don’t have time and have never completed them, no need to feel bad – they are just suggestions. 

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Follow us on Instagram & Twitter & Facebook

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

General Follow us on Instagram & Twitter & Facebook We are now on Instagram & Twitter & Facebook

You can now add us on Instagram and see what new projects we are currently working on.  Also find ideas and tips for working around your house!  Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @SERVPROStormy

Follow us on Facebook at SERVPROscs and 'Like' our facebook page to keep us in your newsfeed in case of emergency!