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Permanent Marker Stain Remover

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these cleaning techniques to remove permanent marker:

White Board – Dry erase marker or pencil rubber eraser

  • This is a common one during school

Ceramic or glass – Toothpaste & Baking Soda

Skin – Sunscreen

Clothes – Hand Sanitizer

  • This usually happens during a project

Walls – Toothpaste or Hairspray

Carpet – White Vinegar

Furniture – Milk

Wood – Rubbing Alcohol

You do not have to refrain from using permanent marker around valuable possessions. There are different cleaning methods and products that are used to remove the stains.

Proper Disposal of Fats, Oils, & Grease

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Properly Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease

Properly disposing of fats, oils, and grease is important to avoid clogging sewers and having them back up into yards and streets. Be a good neighbor in your Austintown city and properly dispose of butters, sauces, dressings, and other oil based products that can clog sewers.

 

Problem

Pouring oils and grease down the drain cause sewer pipes to clog which leads to an overflow in neighborhoods and can run into nearby drinking water such as rivers and streams. These oils and grease back up in sewers creating globs that get stuck to the walls and cause the sewage backups that create health problems.  

 

Proper Disposal & Alternatives

  • Pour oils and grease into covered containers and then throw away
  • Throw food scraps in garbage
  • Reuse most oils for cooking and baking
  • Reuse bacon grease

 

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How to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays  

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Greetings fellow readers

I am here to help your homes smell festive and delightful. I personally enjoy a more natural smelling house instead of store bought fragrances containing chemicals.

Listed below are different pot recipes to enhance the smell of your home naturally:

Fill a pot with water and simmer for all of these recipes.

Sparkling Winter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Christmas

  • 3 sprigs evergreen or handful pine needles
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 2 pieces orange rind
  • 2 lemons, sliced

Christmas Dream

  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cloves, whole or ground

Winter Fresh

  • 1 cup dried lavender
  • 1/4 cup dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried eucalyptus leaves
  • 1 1/2 cup dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup dried peppermint or spearmint

These recipes are great for removing unwanted odors in your Austintown home. The recipes will keep the house smelling fresh for the holidays. 

 

Giveaway Event

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

This month we are giving you a chance to win a free lunch for your office! Like us on Facebook now through 11/01/16 and you can be entered in a drawing to win a free lunch for your office. Stay connected with us on social media for more tips, updates, giveaways and promotions. We are active on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook; each social media platform includes information about our services and a wide range of tips. We are locally owned with a main objective of providing services to our community such as, Canfield, Boardman, Fredericksburg, Austintown, Craig Beach, Starrs Corners, Cornersburg, Sebring, Ellsworth, and Greenford. Learn more about us on our social media sites and have multiple opportunities to win giveaways.

Candle Wax Remover

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

During the fall season many of us enjoy lighting a pumpkin scented candle. While your intentions to spread a pleasant smell throughout your home was pure, the melted wax spilled to the floor. No worries! There are always solutions and restoration methods provided by SERVPRO of West Mahoning County. Follow the given instructions below to achieve effective results.

Candle wax carpet remover

  1. Fill a plastic bag with ice
  2. Lay it on top of the wax stain
  3. Let this sit for a couple of minutes
  4. Scrape the wax off using a dull knife
  • For remaining wax:
    • lay paper brown bag or cloth on residue
    • use a warm iron to slowly press down

This will absorb the remaining wax

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Canfield
  • Boardman
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austintown
  • Craig Beach
  • Starrs Corners
  • Cornersburg
  • Sebring
  • Ellsworth
  • Greenford

Contact us at (330) 609-8543 for any professional carpet cleaning services.

PREP YOUR HOME FOR FALL

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

  1. Drain gasoline and oil from your lawn mower and weed eater. This will prevent some of the chemicals in gasoline from destroying the plastic in rubber parts in the fuel system.
  2. Rake and mulch your yard to prevent the grass from suffocating.
  3. Pressure wash your deck to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
  4. Clean your chimney! A neglected chimney can result in uncontrolled fires that could spread into your home.
  5. Another way to prevent a fire is by cleaning the lint trap that is in your dryer. The heat from the dryer could set fire to the lint in the exhaust tube.
  6. Fall is the best time to prepare for winter! Make sure to keep these three things available in your home:
  • Rock Salt
  • Shovels
  • Anti-freeze

Visit the SERVPRO of West Mahoning County website for more tips! We proudly serve our local communities:

  • Canfield
  • Boardman
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austintown
  • Craig Beach
  • Starrs Corners
  • Cornersburg
  • Sebring
  • Ellsworth
  • Greenford

How to Have a Great Night Without Worrying About Stains!

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Problem: RED WINE STAINS ALL OVER YOUR WHITE BLOUSE.

Solution: GRAB THE WHITE WINE. No, but seriously grab the white wine!! The white wine will neutralize the color of the red wine on your shirt.

Problem: BLACK SHIRT AND WHITE DEODORANT.

Solution: … just change it, you ruined your night.

JK!! Just run to your laundry room to grab some dryer sheets and start rubbing in a circular motion. This will absorb the deodorant stain.

Problem: Your heels/flats SMELL.

Solution: Put baking soda into a small breathable baggie and let it sit in your choice of footwear.

Problem: The makeup that you intended for your face only… also made a visit to your clothes.

Solution: Apply some of the shaving cream that was destined for your legs onto the stained area. Let this sit for 10 minutes so the stain will dissolve in the shaving cream and you can wipe it carefully with a light colored cloth. Complete the process by washing it off with cold water.

Visit the SERVPRO of West Mahoning County website for more life hacks! We proudly serve our local communities:

  • Canfield
  • Boardman
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austintown
  • Craig Beach
  • Starrs Corners
  • Cornersburg
  • Sebring
  • Ellsworth
  • Greenford

Tips to Survive the Dark

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Candle Crayons

Break the point off the candle and use the paper label as a wick. Light the paper label at the end of the crayon; the crayon should last about thirty minutes.

Crisco Candles

If you need a long lasting candle substitution, then using Crisco is the answer. This alternative will last for thirty days! Open a can of Crisco all vegetable shortening and insert a wick substitution, such as a mop strand or even a shred of a cotton t-shirt.

Gum Lighter

If you do not have a way to light these candle substitutions because there is no form of electricity or a lighter available, you can create a small fire with gum wrapper and a battery. Use the foil wrapper and a AA battery to create a flame. Tear the wrapper and let the foil touch the positive and negative battery terminals so the wrapper can catch fire.

Turn Your Grill into Nonstick

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

During the summer holidays most people host outdoor events such as cookouts and parties which require a grill. The most unappealing part of grilling is cleaning the spots after. Occasions like the fourth of July and Labor Day will keep a host engaged throughout the event and are incapable of becoming occupied with cleaning when there are guest and multiple activities taking place. There is a solution to avoiding sticky spots of food residue and it requires an onion! The onion should be cut in half in order to rub the cut side on a heated grill grate. This method will turn your grill grate into a non-stick appliance and reduce the amount of cleaning after your grilling experience. The procedure is cost efficient and effective which will leave your grilling experience less time consuming.

When to Schedule Your Cleaning

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

There objects and appliances that need to be cleaned monthly for a fresh and hygienic atmosphere. Staying consistent with a cleaning schedule will prevent allergies and sickness that may occur from bacteria and germs. Appliances such as washers, ovens, and microwaves only have to be cleaned once a month unless extreme food spills take place. Cabinets should be cleaned because they collect dust and become visible after a month. There are certain items in your home that only have to be taken care of seasonally. This seasonal process can be done in the spring. This is the time to search through your cabinets and look for expired food to prevent molding from occurring. Comforter and duvets should also be washed along with windows, blinds, and curtains. Washing all of those items will create a fresh room that does not contain dust or germs.  

Daily Routine

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Everyone needs a set schedule for cleaning, there are certain objects that should be cleaned daily and some that should be cleaned once a month. It is detrimental to your health and well being to keep your environment fresh and clean to prevent bacteria from growing and spreading diseases. Wiping down your counters everyday can minimize the spreading of bacteria that may grow in your kitchen. As the kitchen being the environment where food is prepared, it should be clean at all times to avoid filth from entering your food. Emptying the trash should be a daily routine even though it is not full. There are many germs that lie in your garbage and it needs to be taken care of to avoid viruses from occurring. Adding these simple tips to your daily routine can make a positive difference in your home.

Fast Water Damage Cleanup in Youngstown

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

General Fast Water Damage Cleanup in Youngstown Call SERVPRO for fire or water cleanup and restoration!

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (330) 609-8543

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Canfield Home or Business

7/15/2016 (Permalink)

General Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Canfield Home or Business We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of West Mahoning County

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Check out our certifications here!

Choose SERVPRO for your Youngstown cleanup needs

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County 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." 

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business. 

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of West Mahoning County. 

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call (330) 609-8543 today! 

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How to Be "Ready for Whatever Happens!"

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

General How to Be "Ready for Whatever Happens!" Available in the App Store & the Android Market

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance polivy aimed at a peace of mind. Knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by disaster, they don't have to be.


The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile (ERP). By developing a SERVPRO ERP for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your Youngstown, Ohio business.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect before you experience fire or water damage at your Austintown, OH business is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Find out more about our FREE Ready Plan App here.