Tips from ServiceMaster by Alpha Restoration in Miami, FL for water damage, fire and smoke damage, mold removal and common household cleaning (e.g., household stains).


Water Damage and Flood Damage

  • Lift draperies off of the floor, loop through a coat hanger and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
  • Open drawers, closet and cabinet doors to enhance drying.
  • Do not enter a room with standing water until electricity has been turned off.

Fire Damage and Smoke Damage

  • Keep your grill clean after every use to prevent grease fires.
  • Have a bucket or water or hose ready to soak or douse any used or defective fireworks before disposing them.
  • Fires are common during the holidays. Check your batteries in your smoke detectors.
  • Place a bowl of vinegar out to absorb smoke odor.

Mold Removal and Mold Remediation

  • Mold can cause illness, even death. Thus, contact a mold remediation provider who is licensed, such as ServiceMaster by Alpha Restoration
  • Bleach does not remove mold.
  • The key to mold prevention is moisture control.
  • Mold thrives on moisture. Thus, if you experience water damage, dry the water out immediately. ServiceMaster by Alpha Restoration has specialized equipment that can dry any surface.

Regular Maintenance – Household Cleaning

  • Use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood from clothing or furniture. Rub gently.
  • Use 3 tbsp of TSP (trisodium phosphate) to a gallon of water to clean scuff marks or crayon marks off walls. Wear gloves
  • Hair spray will remove magic-marker ink from surfaces.
  • Gum can be removed using ice to harden and a dull knife to remove.
  • Use paint brushes to dust cracks and hard to reach places in telephones, stereos, etc. 
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