“Keeping It Clean” Blog

Finally, we’ve made our move…!

Hopefully soon, you will see a “Purity Cleaning & Restoration Services, Inc.” sign gracing the side of Highway 93 north of Sheafman Corner.  That’s right, we’ve moved down to 93!  Check out a few pictures of our newly leased shop and office space.  No signs yet, but they’ll be up shortly.

10 Tips for Flood Cleanup

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Steps for avoiding scam artists and limiting health risks during the restoration process

— As we look forward the big Spring Snow Melt, we at Purity Cleaning & Restoration Services, Inc, an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-approved organization, would like to offer you the top 10 tips home or business owners should keep in mind when cleaning up from a ground-source flood.

When the runoff stops and water tables recede, businesses and home owners need to act immediately to limit property damage and health risks.  From mold growth to bacteria exposure, risks are numerous so early action is the best key to ensuring full recovery.

Purity Cleaning & Restoration offers these tips to clean up after flooding:

    1. Use caution when entering buildings. Make sure electrical power is off and the structure is sound before entering and inspecting a flooded building. Small animals or reptiles may also seek shelter inside a structure, so be cautious when repositioning contents or removing materials.
    2. Protect yourself. Wear an organic vapor respirator, available from paint or building supply stores or the local Norco, along with rubber gloves, eye protection and protective clothing. Ventilate affected areas by opening windows, and eventually, by placing a fan in a window. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
    3. Know what items to throw away. Porous items that absorb contaminated flood water shouldn’t be restored. Drywall, carpet and pad, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particle board normally should be discarded if wet. Remember that ground water is not sanitary. This water can pick up contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, animal feces, petroleum-based products, bacteria, and many other potentially harmful substances.  Don’t take any risks with structures affected by ground-water intrusion.
    4. Know what items to save. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable. Machine washing, including at least a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, should remove most contamination and stains.
    5. Examine saturation pockets. Open pockets of saturation by removing base molding and portions of damaged walls and wet insulation. Locate the water line and measure 15 to 20 inches above it. Everything below that should be removed and discarded. Flooring, such as hardwood, laminate or sheet vinyl, should be removed to expose pockets of saturation underneath for cleaning, sanitizing and drying.
    6. Clean aggressively. Wall cavities and exposed durable materials (e.g., studs and joists) should be cleaned by aggressive and/or agitative procedures with detergent solutions. After thoroughly cleaning and flushing salvageable materials, apply a disinfectant solution liberally. Consider using a certified water restoration professional to perform this service safely and effectively.
    7. Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives in a moist environment with organic material (e.g., paper or particle board), and temperatures between 68° F and 86° F. Keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures as possible.
    8. Dry before you rebuild. To prevent dry rot and on-going structural damage, don’t reconstruct or cover wood materials until its moisture content falls below 16 percent.
    9. Consider hiring a professional like us. As professional water damage restoration specialists, Purity has trained technicians, specialized cleaners and antimicrobial agents, and extraction, drying, dehumidifying and moisture measuring equipment. Call us at (406) 642-3545 or visit our website at puritymontana.com for more information.  Call the IICRC toll-free hotline at (800) 835-4624, or go to IICRC to search by zip code for our certification status.
    10. Beware of scam artists. The IICRC requires Certified Firms to have proper licensing and liability insurance, to adhere to a code of ethics and to employ trained technicians. When approached by any company for water restoration services, ask to see the technician’s certification and training credentials. (Like these!)

IICRC Certs RyanIICRC Cert Firm 2016

2016 Home & Ranch Expo Trade Show Pics

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We had a great time at this year’s Home & Ranch Expo, put on by the Bitterroot Building Industry Association!  Thanks to all to helped and to all who came and visited!

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips

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There’s few things in a home more beautiful than a sparkling hardwood floor.  But how do you properly care for your floor so you will enjoy it for years to come?  Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Protect it:
  • From traffic:  Use entry/walk-off mats and area rugs/runners in high traffic areas such as hallways and in front of chairs and sofa’s.  If you use a rubber-backed mat, or a rubber non-slip pad, check with the manufacturer, as some of these may discolor the finish on your floor.
  • From the sun: UV rays from the sun can damage a floor and cause discoloration.  Use UV filtering shades or blinds to keep the sunlight from hitting your floor.

  2. Maintain It:

  • Daily Cleaning – Dust mop with a microfiber mop and a gentle, neutral pH cleaner.
  • Intensive Deep Cleaning – Contact Purity Cleaning & Restoration Services, Inc. to remove tough dirt and surface contaminants with the Dirt Dragon cleaning process.  We would recommend doing this yearly.
  • Refinish – When you notice wear, schedule us to deep clean and refinish.  Make sure you don’t wait until the floor has worn down to bare wood.  If it has, you will have to…
  • Resand/Refinish – If the floor has been worn to bare wood, it may need to be sanded.  With proper cleaning and refinishing when needed, the average homeowner will never have to go through this process.

       3. Other helpful tips:

  • Do not use wax or silicone-based polishes or cleaners.  Some wood flooring cleaners sold at your local store may actually make the floor more difficult to clean and may create problems when the floor requires refinishing.
  • Use a humidifier/dehumidifier to maintain a consistent humidity level.  Wood flooring will naturally expand and contract with changes in outside temperature and humidity.
  • Avoid deep scratches.  High heels, dog nails, and sliding your 300 pound sofa across the wood floor lead to permanent damage!

Clear as Mud: Carpet Care Tips for November

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It’s that time; rain, sleet, snow, and all the wonderful people and pets who bring that good stuff inside!  Whether it’s your children, your pets, or your husband coming back from his hunting excursions, you’ll be fighting the mud demons for the next several months as we slop our way through winter.  Here’s a few tips on keeping your carpets in as good a shape as possible:

1.) Vacuum regularly.  The most important step in keeping your carpet looking great over time is regular, detailed vacuuming.  Try to vacuum at least 2 times a week, and high traffic areas should be vacuumed daily.

Important tip: Check and replace your vacuum bag more often.  A bag 50% full can decrease your vacuum’s efficiency by over 75%!

2.) Allow mud to dry before cleaning.  After mud has dried, it will usually vacuum out pretty easily.

3.) Clean up food spills immediately.  Remove solid materials as gently as possible with a spoon, dull knife, or even a key.  Apply a safe spotting agent, using as small amount as possible.  (Note: We give out free lifetime bottles of spotter to all our customers!)  Blot the area (never rub or scrub- it will damage the fibers); rinse with clear water.

4.) For difficult stains, you can try moistening tufts with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let stand for one hour; blot and repeat until completely clean.

5.) When your carpet begins looking dull or obvious traffic patterns are emerging, it’s time to have your carpets professionally deep-cleaned! All carpet manufacturers recommend having your carpets cleaned by the process known as hot-water extraction at least every 12-18 months to best prolong its life and appearance. We have the best system around; we can deep clean your carpets with high heat and ample vacuum power, so your carpets are left soft, rejuvenated, and dry within a few hours!  And the best part is, we can clean carpets all year-round, so don’t let the rainy blues outside keep you from enjoying a refreshing, clean, and beautiful house inside!

History in the making: Purity’s 1st ever blog post!

10 years ago, if someone had called me a blogger, I would have taken offense; I probably would have thought it was some kind of slang term for an overweight jogger! 🙂 Now, here I am writing our first ever blog on our new website. I just want to introduce myself to you, and let you know just a smidgen about this company. Purity Cleaning Services was founded by my dad back in 1983. As he built it, he dabbled in all kinds of cleaning; hard floors in grocery stores, night janitorial, pressure washing, and carpet and window cleaning. He also did staining of log homes, painting, refinishing/waxing hard floors; just about anything to grow the business. I grew up helping him whenever I was allowed. My first jobs in the business were a couple of night cleaning accounts; Coffee Cup Café in Hamilton and Rhino’s Sporting Goods in Florence (now Cloud 9 Studio). After high school and a year of college at University of Montana, I jumped into full-time carpet cleaning with a new van, new truck-mounted machine, and a lot of excitement. Over the years, I took over more and more management of the different aspects of the business, until in 2012 full ownership was transferred to me. At that time, we changed our name to Purity Cleaning & Restoration Services, Inc. Since then, David Larot, Chris Hale, and Andrew Luibrand have joined the team. We are so excited to serve this beautiful Bitterroot Valley. Each of us grew up here, and most of us have roots that go back generations. (My family came into Stevensville by covered wagon in 1866, and was one of the first white families to settle in the area.) We offer the following specialty cleaning services; carpet cleaning, window cleaning, hardwood floor cleaning, tile & grout cleaning, and gutter cleaning, as well as fire & smoke restoration, water damage restoration and flood clean up, and mold removal and remediation to the Hamilton, Corvallis, Victor, Darby, Florence, Stevensville and surrounding areas. We’re thrilled to serve you, Bitterroot Valley, because we love making this place a little more beautiful every day. Showing you outstanding customer service is the focus and the reason for everything we do. Thanks for giving us the privilege of serving you!

Til next time,
Ryan

President & 2nd Generation Owner,

Purity Cleaning & Restoration Services, Inc.