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DIY Carpet Cleaning vs. Professional Carpet Cleaning – A Tale of Two Mankato, MN Homeowners

May 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Have you finished your spring cleaning yet at your Mankato, MN home?

If not, you might be thinking of a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach when it comes to cleaning your carpets this year.

Does a DIY approach have some benefits? Sure, but professional carpet cleaning can make a world of difference plus save you time and money in the process.

Allow us to paint a picture for you to help you decide whether a DIY approach or professional carpet cleaning is right for you.

A Day in the Life of a DIY Carpet Cleaner

You head to the store to buy some carpet cleaning products. You buy the powder cleaner that you vacuum to help your carpet smell fresh and you also buy some spot stain remover because you have some problem areas on your carpet that need addressing too.

You get home and you’re ready to go. You apply the powder first, let it sit, then come back to vacuum it. You go over the carpet several times and it picks most of the powder up, but it seems like there’s still a bit of residue left over. You go over the carpet again and again, but a small bit of residue remains. “No worries,” you say to yourself. At least the carpet is fresher than it was previously.

Now it’s time for the spot stain remover. There are four serious problem areas on your carpet. The spot stain remover handles two of them well. The second to last stain gives you some trouble, but you’re able to get rid of it for the most part. It’s still visible, technically, but it’s in the corner of the room where shade usually hits the floor through the window, so it’s okay.

The last stain, however, is a handful and then some. No matter what you do, the stain won’t come out. Your reservoir of elbow grease has run out.

You’re not one to give up easily, though. You’re already tired from the first round of cleaning, but you’re determined to give your Mankato, MN home the fresh spring cleaning it deserves.

You go back to the store. It’s time to call in the big guns. You inquire about renting a steam cleaner. They say you need to use a credit card to rent the machine. You ask why you can’t just use cash. Well, with the credit card you’re on the hook for damage done to the machine. They must protect themselves against your vigor and enthusiastic use of the machine getting out of hand.

You grudgingly hand over your card and rent the machine. Now your heart, soul, and money are invested into cleaning this carpet.

You finally get home and use the machine on your carpet. That stubborn stain you nearly removed in the corner? Gone. The stain you couldn’t defeat whatsoever the first round? You get rid of it to a degree, but there’s still the faintest hint of it—a hint one would only see when glancing at a certain angle in the right light.

But you know it’s there.

Oh well. You did the best you could.

A Day in the Life of Someone Who Hires a Professional Carpet Cleaning Company

 There are four serious problem areas on your carpet and you decide it’s time to get it cleaned. You call ServiceMaster of Mankato for professional carpet cleaning services.

They show up to your home, set up their top line machinery, and get to work.

While they eradicate every stain on your carpet, you sit outside on your deck sipping lemonade while watching your kids play in the yard.

They let you know they’re finished. You say “Wow! My carpet looks new again!”

You enjoy the rest of your day.

Choose ServiceMaster of Mankato for Professional Carpet Cleaning Services

 Why roll up your sleeves for do it yourself carpet cleaning when you could simply pick up the phone and get professional carpet cleaning at an affordable price with outstanding quality?

To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment in Mankato, MN, please contact us at (507) 388-6339.

 

3 Reasons to Vote for ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca for Best of Mankato 2017

April 20th, 2017 · No Comments

It’s that time of year again.

The 2017 Best of Mankato awards are fast approaching, and we want to make our case for why you should vote, and why you should vote for us!

First, let’s talk about why you should vote.

If you’ve been a Mankato, MN resident for a while, don’t you think you should participate in community activities? When each member of a community participates in its events, it makes the community stronger as a whole. Show some love to Mankato this year by participating in the awards!

Also, you can win a prize if you vote! If you vote for one business in each category, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card! A few minutes of your time for a chance to win 100 bucks sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?

Now that we’ve established why you should vote this year, let’s talk about the reasons you should vote for us:

  • Over a decade of experience – We’ve spent years keeping carpets in the Mankato, MN area clean. A business doesn’t last that long unless it’s successful. We’re successful because we dedicate ourselves to making sure each customer is thrilled with the results of their carpet cleaning
  • Great deals – If you’ve visited our promotions page or have heard one of our ads on the radio, you know we offer special deals to help you get our top-notch services at a great price. Carpet cleaning doesn’t have to break the bank, and you should vote for us in the carpet-cleaning category because we provide the perfect combination of quality and affordability
  • Engagement and outreach – You can check around town. We bet you won’t find another company in our category as dedicated to outreach as we are. We publish multiple posts just like this one each month because we want to help people stay informed and educated regardless of whether or not they do business with us. Why go the extra mile to keep people informed? Because that’s what caring businesses do

Our “Campaign Promise”

 We vow to continue to serve the Mankato, MN area with the same level of excellence we’ve prided ourselves on for years.

We believe our reputation in the community speaks for itself, and we hope we can count on your vote for this year’s Best of Mankato awards.

You can have the chance to win $100 and support local business at the same time. It’s a win-win scenario!

Visit this page to enter your vote.

 

3 Key Differences Between Do-It-Yourself Cleaning and Janitorial Cleaning Services for Mankato, MN Home or Business Owners

April 14th, 2017 · No Comments

When it comes to investing in any type of service there are some critical questions to be answered:

  • Will this work for me?
  • Does this service provide the right value for the price?
  • Are there better alternatives?

 Today we’re going to talk about the last question. When it comes to cleaning, there’s definitely an alternative to janitorial cleaning, which is “do-it-yourself,” also known as DIY.

Don’t get us wrong. The DIY approach can work when it comes to keeping your Mankato, MN home or business clean, but is it better than janitorial cleaning?

Let’s talk about some of the key differences between DIY cleaning and janitorial cleaning to show why janitorial cleaning is a smart investment that makes a difference.

  • Time – We lead with perhaps the most important difference between DIY cleaning and janitorial cleaning. You can attempt a thorough DIY cleaning of your home or business, but doing it right takes time, and doing it right repeatedly takes a lot of time. Janitorial cleaning saves time in multiple ways. First, you’re not doing the cleaning yourself. Second, our cleaning experts have been trained to provide efficient service without skimping on quality. This means they get the job done better than DIY in less time.
  • Expertise – As a smart and conscientious Mankato, MN business or homeowner, we’re sure you can do a great job of taking care of cleaning on your own. Imagine, however, the cleaning performed by someone who’s sole purpose of their job is making sure to clean as thoroughly as possible. With janitorial services, you’re having your business or home cleaned by someone who has likely put hundreds, even thousands of hours into cleaning proficiently. You have your own job to do or business to run along with your social and family life. It’s hard to make time to give your home or business full attention, which is why it’s smart to have someone else do it for you.
  • Resources – Our janitorial services include a wide range of different services including carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, floor refinishing, and more! We have the resources to give your Mankato, MN home or business the immaculate look it deserves. To even attempt to accomplish the kind of deep cleaning done by a professional, you’d need to rent a bunch of expensive equipment and put in a good amount of ‘elbow grease’ to get the job done. Who wants to go through that much hassle? It’s much easier to pick up a phone and let experienced professionals handle it!

Our janitorial cleaning services can make a big difference for your home or business. To learn more about our services, please contact us at (507) 835-4799 today!

 

Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning for Your St. Peter, MN Home With Professional Home Cleaning Services

March 31st, 2017 · No Comments

Spring is a time for new beginnings. We look forward to enjoying the outdoors, having a barbecue with our neighbors, and participating in activities we can’t do in the winter.

It’s also the time for St. Peter, MN residents do their spring cleaning. What’s more symbolic of new beginnings than a fresh, pristine, and inviting home?

The professional cleaning experts at ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca have a question for you:

  • What if you could enjoy all the benefits of spring cleaning without having to do the work yourself?

That’s where our home cleaning services come in.

As a St. Peter, MN homeowner, we’re sure you have a ton of tasks and activities you need to tend to. Yardwork will soon become a priority, as well as many other household errands that take up time that could be spent having fun.

Why not rely on the help of a professional?

Here are a few of the many benefits our home cleaning services provide:

  • Easy maintenance – Once you’ve had professional home cleaning services performed at your home, it’ll be much easier to maintain in the future. You can rely on us for a routine deep cleaning from time to time, leaving you with a home that needs nothing more than minor cleanup on a daily basis
  • Protection against allergies – Springtime can be tough on people with allergies because of the allergens and particulates that circulate in the air and settle onto carpeting and fabrics of furniture. Home cleaning services can help alleviate allergies by removing potentially harmful particles from your St. Peter, MN home
  • Extended carpet and furniture life – Our full range of home cleaning services includes carpet and upholstery cleaning. These services will renew the look of your carpets and upholstery plus extend their life by mitigating wear and tear

Spring cleaning is definitely necessary from year to year because life happens. If you’re looking to give your home the deep cleaning it deserves while still being able to enjoy your spring, give us a call at (507)-388-6339 to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.

 

Janitorial Services in Mankato, MN, Will Help Your Business Thrive

March 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Running a business is no easy task.

You have to take care of your customers, track expenses, keep up with marketing, acquire new customers, handle employees, and make time for high level thinking to push your business forward and increase your profits.

If you own an office space in Mankato, MN, you also have to deal with keeping it clean.

 You can attempt to keep it clean on your own. You can urge your employees to clean up after themselves, which you should. Hiring a janitorial services company like ServiceMaster of Mankato might not seem like a necessity, but what if we told you it could make a world of difference for your business?

Today we’re going to share some reasons why janitorial services can make a remarkable difference when it comes to your Mankato, MN, office space.

Time is Money

 The most important task for your business is making sure it’s a well-oiled machine. The more time you and your employees are able to spend time working on the business, the better it’ll perform. If you use janitorial services, cleaning becomes one less task on your plate, which allows you to focus on business activities.

Environment Matters

 What if we told you that worker productivity could increase simply by creating a cleanlier environment?

The difference seems subtle, but imagine the difference janitorial services could make by giving your employees a better environment.

Their minds will be a little bit clearer. Their moods will be a little bit better. Their productivity will jump just a tad.

 That might not mean much in the span of a day, but having an improved environment day after day for a year or more could mean a significant improvement in overall performance.

Appearance Matters

 If you own a Mankato, MN, business it’s likely you have clients and potential clients visiting your office. When it comes to winning and maintaining business, appearances matter. The way your office space looks reflects your character as a person and as a business owner.

If the place you conduct business isn’t immaculate, what does that say about your operations?

If it doesn’t seem like you take the utmost care of your own space, what will clients think about the way you’ll care for their accounts?

Impressions are the bedrock of sales and client relationships. We’re sure you’re a savvy business owner who knows this, so you’ll understand the importance of janitorial services.

Pick Up the Phone

 It’s time to take the appearance of your business to the next level. You’ll have an office space your employees and visitors will love, with the added benefit of freeing up more time for you to make your business thrive.

Give us a call at (507) 388-6339 to learn more.

 

Janitorial Cleaning in Waseca, MN, with ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

March 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Waseca is justifiably proud of its historic downtown. It speaks volumes about Minnesota and Midwestern America, its values, and its heritage. Keeping the businesses and retail establishments in Waseca, MN clean and properly maintained is a serious responsibility. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca has been serving businesses here for years with our professional janitorial services and commercial cleaning services. We’d like the opportunity to serve your business as well.

We’ll meet with you to discuss your needs and concerns, including the type of cleaning you need, the cleaning schedule that works best for your business, and your cleaning budget. Janitorial services can include, but not be limited to, cleaning break rooms and offices, vacuuming carpets and carpet cleaning, hard surface floor cleaning, as well as waste disposal, dusting, and wall and window cleaning.

If your office or commercial space is in an older or historic building, we’d be happy to talk about hardwood floor cleaning or other cleaning needs to help you maintain the appearance of your property. We can schedule daily or weekly cleaning services, and can also focus on one or two aspects that may have been problem areas in the past. For instance, if you have significant window space that’s important to your displays and sales, we can make window cleaning our priority so potential customers really see what you’re selling and step inside to buy rather than pass by. The same goes for carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning. You may not be aware of it, but in addition to floor cleaning, we also do hardwood floor and hard surface floor polishing and resurfacing of some floors. We can strip and wax floors, and we do all types of hard surface cleaning, from vinyl to stone to ceramics.

Our goal is to serve our customers honestly and provide the best quality cleaning and janitorial services possible. We have the same pride in our work and our business as you do in yours and the Waseca, MN, community. For the best in commercial cleaning services, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca today at (507) 835-4799 to schedule an appointment.

 

Commercial Cleaning in Mankato, Minnesota with ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

February 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Your business in Mankato, MN may already have someone who takes care of daily cleaning or janitorial services. There comes a time, however, when the regular vacuuming, dusting, and waste disposal isn’t enough. You need a professional commercial cleaning service to make sure the floors, walls, and other surfaces in your business are thoroughly clean. That’s where we come in and can make a major difference in your plant, office, or showroom. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best choice for commercial cleaning in Mankato.

We offer a wide range of services, but the fact that we do all of them so well allows you to consolidate your commercial cleaning under one professional service with peace of mind that everything is being done well. It’s quite possible we can accomplish many of your needs in one visit. The quality of our work is not a question. We’ll walk through the area with you when the work is complete to ensure it’s done to your satisfaction.

Commercial carpet cleaning – We’ll clean any type of carpet and any manner of stain with the expertise and professional equipment only ServiceMaster can offer. We want your carpets to be an asset to your business, not a distraction.

Hard surface floor cleaning and refinishing – Concrete, tile, marble, stone, vinyl, and linoleum are no problem for us. We know how to handle each, including hardwood floor cleaning and cleaning of the newest laminates. Note that we also do floor refinishing, something not every cleaning service offers, plus grout cleaning.

Upholstery cleaning – We’ll keep your fabrics on room dividers, office chairs, and window treatments clean and odor free.

All this and window cleaning too? Yes! We’ll clean the windows in your Mankato business so they shine and sparkle! And that’s a service not many offer or do well.

In Mankato, MN, your best choice for commercial cleaning services – for one service or all of the above – is ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca. Give us a call today at (507) 388-6339.

 

 

Commercial Cleaning in St Peter, Minnesota with ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

February 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Keeping your office or business in St. Peter, MN, clean and presentable is your goal at all times of the year. During the winter, however, it’s more important than ever. Not only do you have customers or clients coming in carrying salt and ice melting chemicals on their footwear, they also bring in dirt, mud, sand, and small pebbles that can damage your carpeting and be ground into your floor coverings.

In addition to the chemicals, snowmelt, and filth, winter is also cold and flu season. You need to protect your staff and clients from illness by providing the healthiest environment you can. For the best in commercial cleaning, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your top choice.

We offer expert commercial carpet cleaning and hard surface floor cleaning. We’ll also do grout cleaning and replace the grout if needed. We can provide a cleaning schedule that meets your business needs and your budget. We’ll also take care of your routine janitorial needs such as waste disposal, dusting, vacuuming and floor cleaning, as well as window cleaning.  We’ll wipe and clean those commonly touched surfaces in break rooms, meeting rooms, and other areas where germs can develop and spread. You may have taken steps to distribute tissues and hand sanitizer, but did you think about the areas that are the most likely to host office germs, such as doors, doorknobs and handles, phones, keyboards, sink surfaces, and microwaves? We can also help keep guests and staff safer by doing a thorough upholstery cleaning and cleaning fabric coverings on office dividers.

We offer an analysis of your office and can point out areas that may need extra attention or ways to make cleaning more efficient during the winter season.

Think about it. Have you been experiencing more employee sick days than normal? Have you been ill? The surfaces and furnishings in your business may be providing transfer points for disease and contributing to your sick count. Don’t waste time. Let us help you keep your business clean and safe this winter. In St. Peter, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best choice for commercial cleaning services. Call us at (507) 931-6730.

 

Fire Damage Restoration in Mankato, Minnesota, with ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

January 24th, 2017 · No Comments

The charred remnants of what once was a wall. Kitchen countertops covered with filthy soot. The acrid, lingering stench of smoke where you used to eat or sleep. These are just a few of the disheartening reminders after a fire disaster in your Mankato, MN, home. Don’t dwell on the problem, but focus on the solution. Contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca as soon as the fire department leaves so we can do what we do best – complete fire damage repair and restoration.

Unfortunately, this type of fire disaster is the most common, according to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal. The dollar amount for residential fire disasters in the state, over $130 million, is roughly ten times that of the next category. Residential fire disasters make up 77 percent of all structure fires in Minnesota, far higher than commercial or industrial fires. That sends a clear message that there are fire risks in the home – from electrical risks and heating units to the constant threats from open flames and, the greatest cause of fire disasters, cooking fires. The best way to prevent home and apartment fires is to:

  • Avoid open flames if possible, but observe all safeguards and caution when using gas flames and stovetops, fireplaces, and wood burning devices
  • Install smoke alarms and test them regularly
  • Install a regularly tested, appropriate type fire extinguisher in every room
  • Test your sprinkler system. If you don’t have one, seriously consider installing one. They save lives and structures. There was a home saved by a sprinkler system in Mankato just a year ago

If fire strikes your home in Mankato, you can depend on ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for full fire damage restoration including water removal, debris removal, clean up, smoke damage restoration, full structure restoration, content pack out and restoration, and full deodorization. That includes furniture, appliances, antiques and art, as well as upholstery restoration and document and photograph restoration.

Be safe in your home, and take the proper precautions to prevent residential fire disasters. If you need fire restoration, call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca at (507) 931-6730.

 

Fire Damage Restoration in Waseca, Minnesota, With ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

January 6th, 2017 · No Comments

The problem with fire and smoke damage is that it never seems to end. Fire damage, evidenced by the actual charred remains of a room, is obvious enough, but what about heat damage to machinery or electronics? And what about the damage caused by smoke and soot? Smoke can permeate almost every porous object such as fabrics, carpets, and textiles and seep into spaces and under doors to leave dusty or greasy residue on the contents of your cupboards and closets. If fire and smoke damage strike your home in Waseca, MN, it’s important to hire the right company to perform a full assessment of the damage and deal with it properly. That’s where ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca comes in.

Contact us as soon as the fire department leaves the scene. We should be the third call you make, after 911 and your insurance company. We will take care of any water removal, should the firefighters have used hoses to put out the blaze. We’ll also take care of debris removal, including any elements too impacted by fire damage to be salvageable. We’ll work with your insurance company and any contractors necessary to repair structural damage, after properly boarding up the home to keep it secure during the restoration process.

Our trained staff will carefully box up and pack out the contents of your home in the rooms that will be restored so they won’t be damaged or in the way. We will also remove any items to be restored to a safe environment. That content restoration can include furniture, antiques, art, photos, window treatments, appliances, electronic equipment, and computers—virtually anything of value to you that can be restored rather than replaced. We can even restore paper documents.

What happens next is a simultaneous effort of fire and smoke damage restoration, both in the house and at the off-site location. When it’s all finished, your belongings are returned to their proper places and the fully restored home is ready for your walk-through inspection. What you see should be good or better than how things looked before the fire disaster. A comprehensive approach to disaster restoration offers the best results. In Waseca, MN, let ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca be your best choice for disaster restoration. Call us at (507) 931-6730.