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No More Dust!

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Vacuuming Carpet. SERVPRO of Mandarin is here to make sure your deep clean gets you the results you need and want!

Spring has sprung and with it a whole host of dust, dirt, soiling, and mayhem. Many home supply stores offer carpet and upholstery cleaners for rental. However, these machines are not  frequently cleaned or sanitized, could harbor harmful bacteria, and typically don’t work well.

Conventional methods of cleaning only scratch the service. It’s time to experience the difference that a SERVPRO clean can make in your life. Our highly trained professionals are well versed in all levels when it comes to soiling on carpets, drapes, and upholstery.

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet. 79% of the soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming – as well as checking and changing the filter on your vacuum
  • Spot removal – this can include dropped food or drinks, or pet stains
  • Using rugs to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet from the outside

“But it doesn’t look that bad.”

The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, the amount of traffic you experience, and the type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months.


  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

In need of a good deep cleaning? Contact SERVPRO of Mandarin today to get started, as nobody should live with dust, mold, and soil buildup.

Can Air Duct Cleaning Help Allergies?

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

External Entry to a Dirty Air Duct When you need your air ducts cleaned, call SERVPRO of Mandarin to ensure it's done the right way!

If you are plagued by allergies, you’re not alone. More than 50 million people across the nation are affected by allergies each year, making it the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Exposure to allergens is not always within your control, since they’re often airborne. Keeping allergens out of your house is a little bit more manageable though.

Let’s first look at some common indoor allergens.

  • Dust: Dust mites are in just about every home. They lurk in beds, upholstered furniture, and other fabric, eating the dead skin cells we shed and creating waste that triggers allergies.
  • Mold: Very common in Florida, mold is often found in damp places like bathrooms and crawl spaces.
  • Pet dander: Pets shed skin cells just like people do, and these discarded cells can trigger allergies.
  • Pests: Cockroaches are common in Florida, and their waste, saliva, and discarded skin can trigger allergies. Rodent hair, dander, urine, and feces are all allergens too.
  • Pollen: While you might think of pollen as an outdoor allergen, it travels easily into homes on clothes, shoes, and pets.
  • Air Pollutants: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases given off by household cleaners, building materials, and furniture. Outdoor pollutants like smog can get into your home making indoor air up to five times as polluted as the air outside!

These allergens are common, but there are steps you can take to mitigate the issues they cause. Changing your air filters regularly, vacuuming frequently, eliminating clutter, using a dehumidifier, and taking measures to deter pests can all help. However, one of the best things you can do to help promote healthier indoor air is to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

Once allergens are in your HVAC system, they can easily circulate through your home and trigger your allergies. Further, allergens are not the only contaminant that could be lurking in your ducts. Bacteria can grow and thrive there, and so can viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you have not had professional duct cleaning services in the last five years, then now’s the time. In addition to improving your air quality and reducing allergens in your home, cleaning your ducts can eliminate odors and make your home easier to clean by lessening the dust in your home. Best of all, clean air ducts lead to greater HVAC energy efficiency. When dust and contaminants clog your air ducts, your home’s HVAC efficiency is reduced. Clean air ducts mean your system doesn’t have to work as hard, so it’s more efficient and will likely have a longer lifespan, which is particularly important here in Florida where the warm summer sun causes our HVAC systems to work on overdrive.

When you need air duct cleaning around Jacksonville, FL, call SERVPRO of Mandarin. For 40 years, our locally-owned-and-operated business has served our community, making it “Like it never even happened,” through cleaning and restoration services. Whether you need commercial or residential cleanup, restoration, or mold remediation, call (904) 636-0044 or contact us to get started.  

How Do You Remove Cigarette Smoke Smell from a Home?

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Mandarin for a Quote to Remove Cigarette Odor, 904-636-0044

Cigarette smoke residue is a yellowish-brown, gluey substance that sticks to every surface in a home, making it difficult and time-consuming to remove. In order to completely eliminate cigarette smoke odor, you must thoroughly clean the tobacco smoke residue from every surface and every nook and cranny in the home.

First, allow fresh air to enter your home and then start systematically cleaning everything in the home. As a temporary solution, try using baking soda to absorb smells from the carpets and upholstery and place bowls of white vinegar, coffee or activated charcoal around the house.

However, the best way to get rid of tobacco odor is to clean your home:

§  Open all windows and doors to let as much fresh air in as possible.

§  Clean or replace the air filters, furnace filters and AC filters.

§  Clean walls and ceilings using products with ammonia and glycol - two ingredients that neutralize bad odors. Let the walls dry and check if the odor persists.

§  If you can still sense cigarette odor after cleaning, repaint the walls and ceilings with latex paint. Use a sealant designed to lock in odors before painting.

§  Clean everything in the home: floors, windows, carpets, furniture, upholstery, draperies, blinds and other household surfaces, fixtures and items. Hire a professional cleaning company if the tobacco smoke is too difficult to remove.

If you want inexpensive short-term solutions, try these tips:

§  Use an air purifier in your home.

§  Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets, leave it overnight to absorb bad smells, and vacuum it the next day.

§  Place saucers of white vinegar around the home and leave them overnight to neutralize the smell.

§  Get indoor plants which can absorb up to 87% of indoor pollutants.

§  Place small bowls of coffee throughout the home.

§  Use scented or non-scented candles.

§  Leave orange peels around the home.

§  Place pineapple slices around the room with all doors and windows closed for 24 hours.

§  Place bowls of activated charcoal around the home.

Completely removing cigarette smoke odor from a home is a very time consuming process. If the situation is severe, call the highly trained professionals with SERVPRO of Mandarin, to remove the odor, 904-636-0044.