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Declutter Your Home Using The 5 Box Method

Declutter Your Home Using The 5 Box Method

With this simple-to-follow method and a little willpower, it is possible to conquer the clutter in your home.

Find 5 boxes and label them with the 5 categories:

- KEEP

- DONATE

- SELL

- STORE

- TRASH

Work room by room and focus on one item at a time and determine its proper place. When you come to a stopping point, be sure to throw out the trash immediately. Close up the storage boxes and place the donate/sell boxes in the garage, or out of sight.

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The Nicotine in Tobacco That Stains Skin and Teeth Will Also Stain Your Walls

The Nicotine in Tobacco That Stains Skin and Teeth Will Also Stain Your Walls

Homes inhabited by smokers may have brown or yellow stains or streaks on the walls from years of cigarette smoke. While heavy nicotine staining may require priming and repainting the walls or applying new wallpaper, less-porous materials such as wood paneling often come clean with a good scrub. Cleansers that cut grease help cut through nicotine stains as well.

Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can help.

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Bubblegum Removal Guide – Carpet & Fabric

Our team at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle has outlined a quick and simple guide for removing bubblegum from carpets and fabrics.

FREEZE

  • Place ice cube on gum area until it hardens
  • Use a butter knife to gently scrape off the gum

WD-40

  • Spray onto gum area
  • Using fingers work into gum and remove

HOT VINEGAR

  • Using a toothbrush, scrub gum area with hot vinegar
  • Using fingers work into gum and remove

HEAT

  • Apply heat to gum using a blow-dryer
  • Once gum softens use fingers to remove

Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

How to Clean Swimming Pool Toys

Our team at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle has outlined a quick and simple way to clean your pool toys this summer.

  1. Mix the two cups of household bleach together with one gallon of water.
  2. Using a sponge, wipe down your pool toys with the bleach water.
  3. Lightly scrub away any remaining dirt and grime built up with a soft bristled brush.
  4. Hose down your pool toys to remove any access bleach.

To avoid mold, mildew, and bacteria to growth, let them dry thoroughly before storing them away in an enclosed space. 

Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Clean Your Dirty Windows and Mirrors with Newspaper

For a streak-free window or mirror, spray glass cleaner onto the glass and rub with newspaper in a circular motion. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to make use of old newspapers.

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Clean the Grill with an Onion

Get your grill cleaned and ready for the warm weather with just a few simple steps.

  1. Turn the grill on high or light the charcoal to get the grates hot.
  2. Spray white vinegar onto the grates to help loosen the residue.
  3. Scrub the area firmly using half of an onion. The acid from the onion will rid your grill of any leftover remnants.

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

How To Remove Sharpie Marks

Permanent markers have their name for a reason, Sharpie stains are no exception. This SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle guide will help remove Sharpie marks from pretty much any surface.

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

How to Clean Your Shower Head with Vinegar and a Ziploc Bag

Fill a Ziploc bag with vinegar. Now, submerge your shower head in the bagged vinegar and twist a rubber band around it tightly. Let stand overnight, then rinse by running a hot shower.

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Deodorize & Clean Your Microwave with a Lemon and Kosher Salt

Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle it with kosher salt and use it to scrub the interior of your microwave. The lemon’s scent combined with the citric acid will clean the mess and neutralize the bad odor.

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Remove Funk & Filth from Your Flip Flops With Baking Soda

A simple combination of water and baking soda is great for removing stains and odors from rubber flip flops.

STEP 1. Form a paste with baking soda and water.

STEP 2. Apply liberally to your flip flop.

STEP 3. Use a toothbrush to scrub.

STEP 4. Wipe clean with a wet cloth and let air dry.

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Create a Slug Barrier With Crushed Eggshells

Crushed eggshells sprinkled around your flower beds or veggie gardens will prevent slugs from passing through. Slugs hate anything that is sharp or rough, so they will slink away when they get to the shells

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Did an Ink Pen Bleed Onto Your Shirt?

Spray the ink stain liberally with hairspray and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Wash the shirt with your normal washing machine settings. 

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Save Drying Time and Fluff Your Pillows

Place your pillows in the dryer with a couple of tennis balls. The high heat will also kill any germs.

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Everyday scissors not cutting it anymore?

Keep them sharp by occasionally cutting through a piece of 150-200 grit sandpaper.

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Tips & How-Tos

Tips & How-Tos

Strengthen your broom bristles with the help of salt!

Fill a bucket with saltwater and soak the end of your broom for an hour. The mixture with strengthen the bristles and keep them sweeping up debris like new.

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Merry Makeovers

Merry Makeovers

New Life for Broken Christmas Ornaments

Before you throw away or donate Christmas decorations you no longer need, see if you can reuse or recycle them for better use year-round or for next year's holiday season.

If you have accidentally broken some of your Christmas glass ornaments that you don’t have the heart to throw away, you can actually smash the glass pieces into a fine glass glitter, and then use that to decorate a new clear Christmas ball ornament.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

How to Clean Your Fabrics

How to Clean Your Fabrics

Read the Care Label to Learn the Best Way to Care for and Fabrics Found in Your Closet

Knowing how to properly care for the different types of fabric in your wardrobe can help keep clothing looking its best and lengthen its life. Always read the garment's sewn-in care label before laundering, dry, and iron common garment fabrics.

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Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Mixing Can Result in an Uncertain and Dangerous Chemical Reaction

There is a common misconception that you’ll get better results if you mix different household cleaning products. The truth is that mixing them together can be very dangerous because the combination you get can produce unexpected chemical reactions that can be very harmful to your health

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HOW TO: Remove Ketchup Stains

HOW TO: Remove Ketchup Stains

The Key to Removing Ketchup Stains Is to Act as Quickly as Possible.

The longer it stays on the carpetupholstery or clothing the more likely it is to set in, and the more work and effort it will take to remove it.

Remove any excess ketchup with a spoon or knife, but be careful not to rub it into the fabric. Avoid dabbing at it as this can spread the stain.  It’s important to read all wash care labels thoroughly before washing and test any stain-removing solutions on a hidden area of the fabric first.

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How TO: Get Your House to Not Smell like Your Pets

How TO: Get Your House to Not Smell like Your Pets

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Can Help You

You may love your animals, but that doesn’t mean you have to love the way they make your house smell. Don’t worry, pet odor is something you can tackle with a few simple actions and changes. The key is focusing on the source before addressing any lingering odors.

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How to Ward off Mischief Night Vandals

How to Ward off Mischief Night Vandals

Taking precautions against Mischief Night revelers will ensure that your property remains untouched.

Move Halloween decorations inside for the night.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE provides these Halloween safety tips so you can have a safe and fun Halloween. If during the holiday season your home is harmed by vandalismwater damagefire damage, or damage from a late season storm, call on us to start the cleanup process.

Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup

Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup

Halloween Mischief: Pranks & Vandalism

While the cleanup from mischievous tricksters who use this night to egg and toilet paper the homes of their neighbors can be stressful and un-enjoyable to clean up, there are also many other vandalism occurrences that are costly as well. 

If you are the victim of vandalism, it is essential to remove the damage as quickly as possible, not just for you own peace of mind, but to discourage future acts of destruction.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE will make Halloween vandalism “Like it never even happened”

Residential Cleaning Services

Residential Cleaning Services

Life Happens!

If you lead a busy lifestyle and can’t find the time to clean your home, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE -  (302) 392-6000

You know SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Carpet Delamination After A Water Damage In New Castle, DE

Carpet Delamination After A Water Damage In New Castle, DE

Carpet Delamination Is A Real Risk.

Carpet has a primary backing and a secondary backing. The secondary backing is the one that is in contact with the floor underneath. Typically, soaked carpets and padding from groundwater flooding requires disposal and then a thorough drying of the floor base.
 
Delamination occurs when the primary backing becomes separated from the secondary backing. There are several causes of delamination, including poor quality manufacturing and improper installation. Another reason is flood damage. Water might cause the bonding glue to break down and the two backings to separate. 

Call SERVPRO of Bear/Newcastle, DE if your carpet has been affected by water damage.

Fall Cleaning

Fall Cleaning

Prepare Your New Castle, DE Home For Your Winter Hibernation.

It’s that beautiful time of year again. The leaves are changing, the weather is colder, and the days are getting shorter. Before you begin to transition to spending more time indoors, get your house ready for increased habitation with this fall cleaning checklist.

Need help with your fall cleaning?  Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000

Get Your Ducts In Order!

Get Your Ducts In Order!

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE Will Help You Get Your Ducts In Order

Make it a priority to inspect the duct work of your Bear, DE Home or Business.

Ventilation systems are the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

Benefits Of Servicing Your HVAC Unit:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on Duct cleaning, call us today, (302) 392-6000