Get your tile cleaned before the semester starts

Posted Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

It’s more than just a dirty grout and tile problem

We spend a lot of time cleaning school districts in the Lansing area, and that means we see a lot of tile: in kitchens, bathrooms, and sometimes even classrooms. These are large areas, and they’re usually too big for thorough treatment by the in-house janitorial staff. If you haven’t checked in a while, your tile could be due for some special attention. Here why you should add professional tile cleaning to your back-to-school checklist.

Cut back mold, mildew, and other allergens

Grout doesn’t get dirty just from dirt: because it’s a porous material, it can grow mold, mildew, and harmful bacteria. This can lead to allergy trouble for both your students and faculty. While a good mopping can get rid of a lot of grime, it doesn’t cut down on the mold. And by adding moisture to the environment, it can even make the problem worse. A professional cleaning can rid you of this problem, ensuring your students have a healthy start to their year.

Prevent small problems from becoming a big issue

Right now your tile might just look a bit scratched and worn. But with school back in session, your tile is about to experience a lot more traffic. As in most situations, a bit of preventative maintenance now can keep you from having to close off parts of your facility for repair work. At Modernistic, we always finish our tile cleaning by putting down a layer of sealant, which prevents staining and makes the floors easier to clean in the future. We can also draw attention to any cracks in the tile or grout work so you can address them before they get worse.

We can help Lansing area schools get their tile cleaned before the semester starts

Our powerful, truck-mounted extraction system can remove all grime and other contaminants from your grout and tile in a fraction of the time it would take anyone else. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


How to Get Wine out of Your Carpet

Posted Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Get a little zealous with your pouring Detroit? Now, how do you get wine out of your carpet?

I mean, we get it, the Tigers had won last night and you just bought a nice Pinot from House of Pure Vin. Sometimes you get a little over excited, right? You then wake up the next morning to find more than a few drops on your carpet. So, fellow Detroiters, how do you get wine out of your carpet?

What You Should Have Done

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure right? Well, in this case 2 minutes of blotting it immediately could save you time and money down the road.

Always blot your wine stain up and down, and never side to side. Blotting side to side will push most of the wine down deeper into the rug or carpet. It’s also best to start from the outside and work your way in.

Next you should add water. This is not just helpful in hydrating after all that wine you drank, but will dilute the wine and add moisture once you’ve blotted out all that you can. This is also necessary if you’ve let the wine stain dry out overnight.

Last, you can add salt. The salt will soak up the remaining moisture, wine included. This is especially helpful if the wine stain has already dried. Let the salt dry, clean it up any excess that you can and vacuum up the rest.

But Since You Let It Go Too Far

Try creating a vinegar solution. Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water. Don’t use cider or balsamic vinegars, they’re just going to make their own stains.

Next soak a towel in that mixture and dab the affected area. (remember the rules from above) Use another dry towel to soak up the new moisture you’ve created. Then grab some regular water and wet the entire stain down and begin drying.

Like washing your hair:  soak, rinse, repeat until the stain is gone.

Last, But Not Least

Sometimes it’s necessary to call in a professional. If you’ve tried all these other methods and it’s still not coming out, save your carpet and let one of our trained cleaning specialists take care of you and your rug or carpet. Our folks know how to efficiently and effectively get wine out of your carpet.

While they’re there they will make sure the whole room is spotless. Because remember, while it may be baseball season now, it will be football season soon. You want your rooms as clean as possible when everyone is over to see our beloved Lions do what our beloved Lions do. Give us a call and we’ll make sure that your carpet is cleaner than the team’s record.


Top tips for hardwood floor maintenance

Posted Monday, August 15th, 2016

Hardwood requires extra attention

We see a lot of hardwood floors in the neighborhoods near Rochester and Rochester Hills. Their durability and classic aesthetic make them a perennial choice among many home owners, but they require special care. Here are some tips to cut down on the wear and tear and keep them looking their best between cleanings.

Be careful how you walk on them

Yes, we know we just described them as durable, but that doesn’t mean they won’t get scratched. Be especially cautious if you wear high-heeled shoes: a broken heel tip on your stilettos can do a lot of damage. If you have pets, be sure to keep their nails trimmed.

Keep the dirt out

Sand, dirt, and gravel can scratch the surface of your floor and get lodged between the cracks. Use entrance rugs in the doorways to keep dust from being tracked in. This will save you a lot of cleaning time in the long run, and help your floors maintain their finish.

Vacuum or sweep regularly

Make sure you use a soft-bristled broom or a vacuum without a beater bar. Another option is to use a dry flat mop with a microfiber head. Clean weekly, or daily in high-traffic areas, to keep any outside particles from being ground into the floor.

Avoid water

Hardwood floors can absorb water, causing them to warp. Not only do you want to avoid cleaning your hardwood with water, but you should also take care to soak up any spills as quickly as possible. In a kitchen area, keep cotton floor mats near the sink and dishwasher. Avoid using vinyl or plastic mats, as they can trap water underneath.

Use floor protectors on all your furniture

Felt tips on your chair and table legs can keep them from scratching your floor as they get moved about. When moving heavy furniture, always lift and carry—never push it across the floor.

Have them cleaned professionally

Modernistic offers special hardwood floor cleaning throughout southeast Michigan, so if you’re in the Rochester or Rochester Hills area, we can help. We use special, dust-free cleaning technology to cut down on the mess, and we apply a special finish stain or gloss finish at the end to bring back the shine. Our process is quick and efficient: while other services can take up to two weeks, we can be out in a matter of hours, and you will be able to move your furniture back after 24 hours of drying time.

So if it’s been a while and your floors are looking faded, give us a call!


Clean air ducts for a healthy workforce

Posted Friday, August 12th, 2016

Hi, Jackson: how’s your air quality these days?

Michigan weather is notoriously changeable, and we know that many businesses in Jackson rely on their air conditioning to keep the heat and humidity out. But if your air ducts haven’t been cleaned lately, you could be creating more problems for your workforce than you solve.

Dirty air ducts make you sick

Over time, air ducts accumulate a buildup of airborne pollutants including pollen, mold spores, dust, mildew, and bacteria. This means that as you they circulate air through your office, they spread allergens and illness. So your employees get sick, their productivity goes down, and nobody’s happy. Sounds like a nightmare, right?

Big problem, simple solution

The good news is that all you need to do to fix this problem is get your air ducts cleaned. And we can help you with that. We’ve equipped our vacuum trucks with the most advanced cleaning technology in the industry to be sure that your air ducts get the deepest, most efficient cleaning. We also air wash every register and empty your furnace of any accumulated debris. We even provide before and after videos of your air duct system so that you can see the difference.

Clean air ducts come with many benefits

By cleaning your air ducts regularly, you benefit in multiple ways. Your air system runs more efficiently, saving on energy costs. Employees are also more productive and take fewer sick days, reducing health costs for you and increasing your profits. Most importantly, you provide a healthy environment for your workforce, which contributes to everyone’s wellbeing.

We can work whenever it’s convenient for you

Our IICRC certified technicians are ready to accommodate you schedule. We are available seven days a week, and can work evening hours to avoid disrupting your office. Contact us today for a free quote or to schedule a cleaning.


What to do if your basement floods

Posted Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Don’t worry, Kalamazoo, we’ve got your back.

Summers in Michigan are times of extreme weather shifts: scorching hot for days on end, and then a sudden storm barreling through from off the lakes. This leaves many areas around Michigan at risk for flooding, and river valleys such as Kalamazoo face extra risk.

If you’ve dealt with basement flooding in the past, you know it can be messy and expensive to clean up. However, you can mitigate the damage if you act quickly and call a professional. If you find water in your basement, here’s what you should do first.

1. Shut off all power

This is the absolute first priority. Do not go anywhere near flooded water in your basement until you are certain that there is no danger of electrical shock. If you are not certain how to turn off the power in your basement, contact someone who can do this for you.

2. Call a professional and contact your insurance

If there’s any significant level of standing water in your basement, you’re going to want a professional to help. Not only are they better qualified to assess damage and make safety recommendations, but they will be better equipped to handle the cleanup quickly and efficiently.

Also call your insurance company and file a claim. Keep track of all your information so that you can work with your cleanup team more efficiently.

3. Wear protective clothing

Depending on the source of your basement flooding and when you discovered it, the water in your basement could be quite dangerous. It could contain sewage, chemicals, and other pollutants. Definitely wear a face mask as well as rubber boots and gloves if you enter the flooded area.

4. Start pumping water out

Find out the source of the flooding and make sure no more water is leaking into your basement. Use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum, or (if there’s not a lot of water) a mop and bucket. If you don’t have these items, a professional can help.

5. Dispose of anything that could grow mold

Move dry items somewhere safe. Books, cardboard, and electronics are particularly vulnerable. Don’t touch anything that has already gotten wet, as you risk spreading mold to other parts of your house. Clothes and bedding can usually be washed, but will require special treatment to remove mold. You will have to dispose of anything that takes longer than 24–48 hours to dry, or which can’t be thoroughly cleaned once it is dry, as it poses a significant mold risk.

We can help you with emergency restoration if your basement floods

No homeowner wants to come home to a flooded basement. Depending on the damage, it can be a very upsetting time. The best solution, practically and emotionally, is to move quickly and get help as soon as possible.

At Modernistic, we are available 24/7 to respond to your flood emergency, and our aim is to have a cleanup crew at your door within 60 to 90 minutes. Our IICRC- and RIA-certified technicians can handle every stage of the cleanup, bringing you peace of mind and returning your life to normal as quickly as possible.

If you need our help, contact us immediately.