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Jan
06
2020

Breath easier with air duct cleaning.

Breath easier with air duct cleaning central Florida.

Clean, healthy, circulating air is crucial to everyone, especially those sensitive to indoor air contaminants. If you're an allergy sufferer, you'll benefit from immediate relief after the cleaning of your home's HVAC ductwork.

Here are just a few reasons air ducts should be regularly inspected and serviced:

  • Allergens. A properly cleaned air duct system protects you and your family from harmful dust and other common contaminants. Air ducts make perfect breeding grounds for bacteria, mold, fungus, and other allergens. Children younger than four are particularly vulnerable and often develop allergies or asthma.
  • Mold. Many air duct systems are in areas that hold moisture allowing mold and mildew to grow in and around the ductwork. Air duct cleaning should include an anti-microbial to prevent future growth.
  • Pets. Fur often gets trapped in the vents of your air duct system. Animal hair contains living germs, fungus, and allergy-causing bacteria that can wreak havoc on your ducts and in your lungs. In a newly rented or purchased home, pet dander could still exist from a previous owner. Pet fur and dander hinder the efficiency of your HVAC system. Clumps of hair slow down the airflow for the entire system and cause your air conditioner to work harder.
  • Dust. It's common to perform daily dusting only to find the dust has returned the following day. The reason is that before professional cleaning, dust continues to flow through the ductwork and out through the vents. Newly built homes contain drywall dust and construction debris in the ductwork that should go before the owner even moves in.
  • Lower Electric Bills. Years of dust, fur, insect carcasses, and other contaminants in ductwork hinder the airflow of your HVAC system. Professional cleaning removes the buildup and promotes the proper airflow needed to run your system at peak efficiency. After cleaning, your central heating and air require less energy to run properly, thereby lowering your overall energy costs.

Having your air ducts routinely inspected and serviced is essential. It accurately maintains your home's HVAC system and keeps the quality of indoor air as pure as possible. Please fill out our free request form to have Gator Clean come out and clean your ducts today!

Dec
02
2019

Protecting Floors from your Christmas Tree.

Christmas is finally here, and many families are already decorating for the occasion. Protecting Floors from your Christmas Tree. Of course, no home is complete for the Christmas season without a beautifully adorned tree for everyone to see and enjoy. Some households opt for a fake tree that can be kept in storage for the rest of the year, but there are plenty out there who want the real things, pine needles, and all! Getting a live Christmas tree for your home is a great choice, but if you have hardwood or carpeted floors, it could mean a bit of mess for you if you're not careful. Here we will go over ways to keep your floors protected while enjoying the most of your live Christmas tree!

  • Make use of a tree skirt! These skirts keep the needles all together after falling from the branches. You can easily detach the skirt from the base of the tree stand and carefully scoop it up in a way that keeps all the loose needles inside so you can properly dispose of them. If some needles end up on your floor, do not sweep them up if you have wood flooring! This could potentially damage the finish on the wood, and it's better to use a hardwood vacuum instead.
  • Invest in a tree stand mat. This mat goes under the tree stand itself, not over like a tree skirt. This mat is designed specifically to protect the flooring underneath it from water spills, sap stains, and needle drops. The material is non-absorbent and durable, so it won't soak up any water spills and have the potential to hide mold when it's packed away until next Christmas.
  • Never lay down towels by the base of the tree! When watering your live tree, pay close attention to where you're pouring and how much is coming out. Water left on hardwood floors could easily warp the wood and is even worse if a wet towel is left there for long periods.
  • Clean the floor thoroughly before bringing the tree in. Make sure you have a large enough designated spot for your tree and do some deep cleaning in the area before setting everything up. This ensures that you have a spotless and safe place to set up the tree.
  • Microfiber cloths will be your best friend when it comes to wiping up small messes from under the tree! It's gentle on the flooring and gets up little things you may not see on your first swipe.
  • When bringing your tree inside, do not drag it on the floor! Get some assistance to lift the other end and gently set it directly into the tree stand. Make sure your stand and set-up are already in place before bringing the tree indoors.

Following these tips will make sure you experience the most your Christmas tree has to offer, without having to replace your flooring in the new year!

Nov
04
2019

Household Chores To Take Care of Before Thanksgiving Day.

If you have ever hosted a Thanksgiving dinner at your house, you know how stressful it can be! Household Chores To Take Care of Before Thanksgiving Day. As if making sure everything is cooked to perfection isn't enough, you also have to make sure your home is clean and ready for multiple guests. If you tackle some chores a few days ahead of the big day, it puts less stress on your plate, which leave leaves more room for pie!

Here are a few household chores to remember before Thanksgiving Day:

  1. The first thing to do before you even start is to recruit a few people to help around the house. Even kids as young as two can pick up their toys, hold a dustpan, and help out with the dusting. Older kids and adults can help with vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning the bathrooms. It's fun to make it like a game or contest.
  2. Decluttering rooms that will be occupied the most is a great way to give the home a clean and fresh feel. Look around for things that may seem important to you, but don't look cute. For example, an old coffee can be filled with loose change is useful to you but not very pretty for your guest to look at. Use a laundry hamper to temporarily store away miscellaneous odds and ends that are usually out in the open. Tuck the hamper away in a closet or garage until after the event.
  3. Sweep, mop, and dust the floors, baseboards, corners, and small nooks and crannies. Don't forget to dust under furniture, bookshelves, and even fan blades.
  4. Schedule a professional floor cleaning for tile and carpet. Having your carpets freshly cleaned gets all the stains and odors out while giving your home a stunningly clean feel.
  5. Wash sheets, blankets, comforters, hand towels, and rugs a day or two before Thanksgiving. Throw in some fabric softener and use dryer sheets to get that fresh, clean linen smell.
  6. Clean out your refrigerator and pantry the day before your guest arrives. No one likes mystery food in a scary fridge!
  7. On the big day, make sure bathrooms are clean, beds are made, and re-check for clutter. Sweep the front porch and shake out the welcome mat. It's always a good idea to have extra garbage bags ready as well as to-go containers to send additional food home with your dinner guest.
  8. If you haven't already put out some Fall decorations to give your home a festive feel. Light some pumpkin and apple cinnamon candles to make your home smell irresistible.

Doing the chores a few days ahead of Thanksgiving helps make the day go a lot smoother, so you don't look like…well…a turkey.

Gator Clean can help with a lot of the big chores you don't want to bother with, such as floor cleaning, air vent cleaning, and allergen removal. We can even remove any bad odor from your home and give it a fresh, clean feel so you and your guest can take breath easier. Contact us today for a free quote.

Oct
07
2019

Freshen Up Your Home For Fall In Central Florida.

It may not seem like it yet, but Autumn is in full swing! How to freshen your home for Fall. Autumn in Florida. The evenings are starting to cool down a lot more as the Fall breeze gently rolls over the Sunshine State, getting everyone in the mood for some fall weather. Though it might be a little warmer here than other states, we're starting to experience the cool down as well. Since Fall has made its appearance, it might be time to freshen up your home before the leaves start to fall in Central Florida.

An excellent place to start is what everyone sees before they come inside; the front door! It's not quite time for Christmas wreaths, but some fall colored assortments could work very nicely adorning the main entrance to your home. The subtle decorating doesn't have to stop at the door; it should blend into the entryway and the living areas throughout the house. A perfect light touch is a cinnamon-scented hay broom above the doorway to give a rustic, autumn look as well as give a rich scent to anyone who enters inside. Head to a local farmers market and pick up a couple of small pumpkins, gourds, and squashes to decorate around the outside of the front door as well!

Moving past the front door and into the rest of the house, it's a good idea to keep up the same fall color pattern when it comes to decorating. Stick to warm, neutral shades like browns, reds, oranges, and golds. Gold is an important color to remember when freshening up the home for fall because it automatically adds more warmth and a little more class to any room. If you're more of a pattern person, plaid/flannel is always a perfect go-to for a fall fabric. Whether it's a runner on the dining room table or a blanket draped over the sofa, flannel is a perfect touch once summer is over.

Touching back on the cinnamon-scented broom to decorate with, making sure your home smells like fall can make a big difference as well. Fireplaces give off a pleasant autumn scent, but for those of us in Central Florida, a fireplace isn't something we all have in our homes. Thankfully countless candle makers can recreate those smokey, thick, sweet scents that are typically found in mountain home on a crisp autumn evening. If you're not a candle fan, you can make your fresh fall scents by creating your stovetop potpourri scents with various spices and fruits, mainly cinnamon and apple.

These are just a few ways to air summer out of your home and embrace what fall will bring for us soon enough in Central Florida. So open up all your windows, light your candles, and turn on the fake fireplace on TV and get ready to enjoy a fresh new fall!

If you really want your house to get a fresh new start, now is the perfect time to schedule a whole-house odor removal by Gator Clean. Contact our office today for a free quote. 

Sep
09
2019

How beneficial is it to take off your shoes before entering your home?

Americans remain divided on the subject of wearing shoes inside the house. Should you take shoes off before going inside? We've all seen this scenario on television: An actor enters the room, throws himself on the couch or bed, kicks up his feet…and he's still wearing his shoes. 

Make no mistake. Just like the rest of the world, many of us are thinking the same thing. Oh, gross!
For those who do see it that way, we're correct. Americans realize the dirty costs of tracking all kinds of disgusting stuff into their homes.

The main reason to take off your shoes? Poop.

Most cultures are fully aware that outdoor shoes are unclean, and in many countries, it's considered flat-out rude if you don't remove your footwear. Some hosts won't even allow outdoor footwear inside their homes at all. Except for Hawaii and Alaska, this is a world tradition; the United States has been slow to embrace.

96% of shoes contain fecal matter even if you don't step directly on it. Besides the fact that tracking poop into your home is revolting, it can be a severe health issue for anyone with a compromised immune system, children and the elderly. Shoes make microorganisms reasonably mobile, and you're tracking that all around the house, transfer of bacteria from your shoes to the floor is between 90 - 99%.

If poop isn't enough to get you to unlace your kicks, how about allergies? Footwear carries in a significant number of allergens like pollen, mold, and mildew spores. When allergists have consultations with patients, wearing shoes indoors is deemed a giant no-no.

Still not convinced? How about Ecoli? There are various strains of the bacteria E. coli, and not all will make you sick. But it's easily transferable from person to person, and some strains can make you pretty ill, causing stomach pains, explosive diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, and pneumonia, according to the CDC. Taking your shoes off at the door may be a big help. Consider the fact that a single cell of E. coli bacteria can multiply to over 2,000,000 cells of E. coli bacteria in just seven hours. The fewer infectious organisms you expose yourself or your family to, the healthier they will be.

Spit and mucus, allergens, toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fecal matter, dirt, mold, urine, and public restroom germs are just a smattering of what you're bringing into your home.

In America, the location has always played into the shoes-on-or-off lifestyle. For those in the northeast and mid-west, snow, ice, and mud make the no-shoes indoor policy a part of life. As such, homes are built with larger foyers or mudrooms to accommodate this culture. In sunny California, where weather is more stable, and real estate space costs a premium (lack of foyers), shoes worn indoors is much more common. If you want to implement what you've read, but going shoeless is not your thing, you always have the option of slippers or wearing indoor-only shoes.

Gator Clean can help your floors get off to a new fresh clean slate. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning. 

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