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- To help direct home owners and businesses during cleanup efforts, IEHA, and its education partners share steps for preventing mold growth after a catastrophic flood.
- TURI's lab tests whether vinegar is truly an effective germ killer.
- How can homeowners undo the mess and ensure their home is safe, clean, and livable once again?
- Where there's fire, there's usually smoke. Although experts do their best to contain a fire, they are all but helpless in controlling the billowing clouds of smoke that fire creates. What can you do once the damage has been done?
- In today’s fiscal climate, there is no shortage of often ill-qualified people offering to clean and restore your valuable possessions, but how do you determine who truly knows what they are doing – i.e., how do you tell the “Masters” from the “Jacks-of-all-Trades”? In a word: Certification.
- Many of today's homes are built with products difficult to clean (stone, ceramics, specialty woods). Also, carpet or leather and upholstered furniture can be expensive to replace if irreversibly damaged by harsh chemicals or techniques.
- In many cases restoration can cost less than replacement.
- There are at least two things that can be done to create a clean and healthy indoor living environment.
- Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, however not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others such a flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. What can you do after the flood?
- Life is full of surprises, and not all of them good! Depending on the severity of the incident, picking up the pieces and putting things back as they were can be a challenge many homeowners would rather avoid.
- Not every job requires professional assistance. However, when a professional is needed, not all professionals measure up. How can consumers choose whom to hire?
- CRI's Seal of Approval (SOA) program uses precise science to test carpet cleaning products to help ensure certified products will get your carpets clean.
- Reusable bags are particularly susceptible to contamination since remnants of meats and dairy products which may seep out of packaging remain in bags unless washed out, resulting in bacterial growth.
- Whether you are the victim of a flood or your plumbing sprang a leak while you're on vacation, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers some helpful suggestions on what to do.
- Naturally, the best way to prevent odor is to eliminate its source (e.g., take out the garbage, smoke or keep pets outside, etc.), but what about existing odors already permeating your home?
- It is time to bring in a professional carpet cleaning service. But which one? Selecting the right professional can make all the difference in maintaining a clean and healthy home environment.
- There are five general principles of cleaning up - or remediating - mold.
- Companies are voluntarily sharing with consumers more information about the ingredients in their products.
- The IICRC provides a consumer referral service to locate trained and certified cleaning and restoration firms and technicians.
- Study found no difference in the improvement experienced by children who lived in homes with carpet versus children from homes with other types of flooring.