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Flu Season: Prevention Tips
Disinfect your countertops!
Sneezing. Sniffling. Aching. Fever.
It might seem that the flu season should be wrapping up. This year's flu season is up there with some of the worst recorded today. All states in the US have reported widespread flu activity this season – except Hawaii. The flu spreads and strikes quickly, but you're not entirely defenseless.
When it comes to flu prevention, we've got 5 tips for you – and they all involve the place where you likely spend your time: your home.
Wash your hands!
One of the single most important things you can do to prevent the flu virus's spread is to wash your hands. A great habit of getting into is washing your hands first thing when you get home. This will help to minimize the influx of viruses and bacteria that you may be carrying.
Change your dish towels regularly, or use a paper towel.
You and your family share more than you might realize. Stop sharing germs by making sure that you launder your towels regularly, or better yet, use disposable paper towels to minimize germ transfer from person to person.
Take out your humidifier.
The flu virus doesn't thrive in humid, warm environments, so up your defense by utilizing your humidifier.
Wipe down all hard surfaces
Flu germs float in the air, but they have to land somewhere! Disinfect hard surfaces like countertops, handles, faucets, light switches, etc.
Look at your home from 'Kid-Level.'
Be sure to wipe down and disinfect areas your children have access to, including those cabinets you may have overlooked during your cleaning or the floors they may be crawling on.
Follow these tips and stay healthy this flu season. SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is "Ready for whatever happens" should you need a little help cleaning!
SERVPRO can REMOVE Odors in Your Home
Call us today to rid your Tampa home of odors.
Don’t Live a Life Full of Unpleasant Smells.
Odors from smoke, pets, decomposition, or mold can cause lingering odors in your home or business. A simple surface clean doesn’t necessarily get rid of these smells. With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by smoke, mold, or other sources. Our professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the odor's sources.
Once the source is found, we use SERVPRO’s proprietary line of cleaning products to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more. Our proprietary line of cleaning products, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene, uses various techniques and equipment to treat odors.
These techniques are capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. Some of the tools we use include:
Ozone Generator: The Ozone Generator is one of the quickest ways to eliminate odors from a home or office. We use the Ozone Generator to oxidize odor and eliminate odors from mold, mildew, pets, nicotine, smoke, and more without chemicals. Though the room being treated cannot be occupied while in use, the generator works quickly to clean, sanitize and remove offensive odors.
Hydroxyl Generator: The Hydroxyl Generator has several benefits that the Ozone Generator does not. The main benefit is that the room being treated can be occupied during the deodorization process, though it does work slower. The Hydroxyl Generator can be used to treat fire and smoke and biohazard jobs, water damage, crime scene situations, and animal odors.
Air Filtration Device: This piece of equipment, also known as an air scrubber, is used to remove airborne contaminants during water, fire, smoke, mold, and sewage restoration work. These work by pulling air through HEPA filtration to remove airborne particles from the air. This helps clean the air and remove odors.
Whether you are a building manager who needs an apartment cleaned for the next tenant or a homeowner who wants to get your home ready for sale, getting rid of offensive odors is a high priority. Fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Spring Cleaning? Don't Neglect Your Carpet.
Deep clean carpets for a fresh spring feeling and a reduction of allergens, call us today.
When's the Last Time You've Had Your Carpets Cleaned at Your Property?
Spring cleaning brings visions of dusting off shelves, organizing closets, and decluttering from winter's hibernation tendencies. Although we don't want to admit it, most of us can't remember the last time we've had our carpets cleaned!
Our carpets are the most apparent offenders when we think about what makes our home messy or unclean. Unfortunately, according to some recent microbiology research, the average carpet is 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Gross!
When broken down, that means there's an average of 200,000 bacteria per square inch… It sounds like we need to clean our carpets! And while it may seem like bacterial infections are the risk here, it is allergies.
Springtime brings a fresh onset of allergies, but one way to combat those is to have your carpets cleaned (we can help you!). When shoes from outside and brought into the house, bacteria, pollen, and dust is tracked into the carpet fibers.
These allergens can later be kicked up into the air, causing household allergy symptoms. Not to mention, thousands of dead human skin cells have settled into the carpet fibers, along with pet hair.
This makes for a dust mite buffet, as dead skin cells are their primary food source. Dust mites can inflame allergy symptoms. So what can you do? Vacuuming is essential, so be sure to do this at least weekly. This will help with the dust mites and the pet fur, but you need to get your carpets deep-cleaned for the best effect.
Although you can clean them yourself with an at-home system, it's not recommended. Water that can be left behind from cleaning may form mold, which will further irritate allergy symptoms. When you're ready for a thorough spring cleaning, call SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene! We'll be over in no time to clean your carpets.