Fun Activities to Get Kids Moving

Posted Friday, August 10th, 2018

Summer means freedom! Finally, a chance for kids to release all that pent-up energy from the school year. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for the couch to look a little bit better than some actual fun in the sun. Here are some ways to beat boredom and get kids moving that you might even enjoy.

Outdoors

Nature Walk
Take a walk around your local park, neighborhood, or even your own backyard! See how many plants, animals, insects, and birds you can identify. Bring a magnifying glass to get a closer look at pretty plants and insects. If you have a child that likes to collect nature souvenirs like rocks, sticks, or flowers, bring a bucket or backpack to fill with treasures. Take the time to explore at your child’s pace.  You will be surprised how much learning can happen on a small walk outdoors!

Sprinkler Obstacle Course
Sprinklers are a great way to get kids moving, occupying them for hours running and jumping back and forth over it. So why not make it a little more interesting? There are so many things laying around your house that you can incorporate into your obstacle course: Kiddie pools, slip in slides, more sprinklers! If you have a trampoline or a plastic play house you can make the course go through, around, or under these! Involve your kids in planning the course and get creative!

Water Fight
Classic summer fun. All you need is a few squirt guns and water balloons. Fill up lots of water balloons and store them in large plastic totes or buckets, or even a kiddie pool! Get a large number of kids together (your own or even some neighborhood children) and split everyone into teams. Water Guns versus Water Balloons could be a fun challenge, or even the playing field and give each team a few guns and balloons. Remember to provide proper eye protection to avoid any accidents. Let the fun begin!

Indoors

Karaoke Dance Party
You can have a Karaoke Dance Party even if you don’t have a Karaoke machine! Youtube has tons of karaoke videos you can sing a long too. Find your kids’ favorite songs and make a playlist. You could even have your own little American Idol competition! If you have any dancers in the family encourage them to choreograph a dance to go along with their song, help them come up with the moves! If you wanted to go all out you could even create a stage with some curtains and pick out fun and crazy costumes to sing in.

Yoga
This activity can be indoor or outdoor, depending on the heat. Getting kids in “quiet mode” can be a bit of a struggle. Yoga is a fun activity that engages children and helps them to slow down their mind and body. There are many yoga videos geared towards child audiences available online. Many of them focus on animals or story telling along with the poses. Explore with your child so you can choose one that you both will enjoy! If you do not have yoga mats just do your practice on a carpeted area or area rug. It can be very slippery on hardwood!

Floor is Lava
You might remember this game from your childhood. The bigger the room the better for this particular game. The rules are simple: The floor is lava, everything else is not! Use pillows or couch cushions to create paths across the room and choose a large piece of furniture to be home base and the out zone. If you step on the floor you get burned and you are out for 10 seconds. One person can play “Lava Monster” and stand or crawl on the floor and try to catch other players. If the lava monster catches you become a lava monster yourself!!

With these fun activities up your sleeve you should be able to remedy your little ones’ couch potato syndrome and get kids moving. Remember to have fun and to be creative, none of these games are set in stone!  Soon your kids might even be bothering you to get off the couch!

Summer activities are fun, but they also can be very messy! Trust the cleaning experts at Modernistic to keep your carpet, upholstery, tile, and hardwood floors looking their best this summer. Click or call today for more info!


Simple & Quick Recipes to Make With Your Grandkids

Posted Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

The kitchen can be a great place to build lasting memories. You can made healthy snacks, wholesome desserts, and spend some quality time together with your grandchildren. It can be an excellent opportunity to get eyes off of screens, measuring ingredients, looking at old cook books, or learning cutting skills. But, you can also use the Internet to find some recipes you and your grandkids will love making, sharing, and eating. Here are just a few Simple & Quick recipes to make with your grandkids that will help create those bonding memories.

Ants On A Log
Celery sticks filled with peanut butter (or the nut butter of your choice) or cream cheese, topped with raisins, craisins, berries, or even goldfish crackers. If you use goldfish crackers, consider changing the “Ants On A Log” name to something fishier… like Nemo snacks.

Pie
Think of your favorite pie recipe when you were their age and teach your grandkids how to make it; chances are they’ll love it too! You might have a favorite pie crust recipe that you are hoping to pass down, but if not, the grocery store sells pie crust in the freezer aisle or near the cookie dough. Either way, the pie will be great!

Jam
It can be a lot of fun to pick strawberries, blueberries, or even wild raspberries if you have the chance. And one of the best ways to make those berries last the year is to make jam. If you’ve never made jam before, freezer jam is a stress-free way to go. You don’t have to worry about boiling, pressurizing, pasteurizing, etc that you would with traditional canning.

Cookies
I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t enjoy making and eating. Weather you buy frozen dough balls and plop them on a sheet pan, or you mix up an old family recipe from scratch, you are sure to have a good time. Tollhouse puts their chocolate chip cookie recipe on every bag of chocolate chips.

Kiddy Cocktails
Mix up the always popular Shirley Temple (Sprite with Grenadine) and watch an old Shirley Temple movie. Blend up a thin mint milk shake, inspired by the classic Grasshopper drink, and watch Pinocchio.

Whether you have family recipes you want to pass down to future generations, or you want to build some new traditions, these Simple & Quick recipes to make with your grandkids will help you make lasting memories with the young ones you love most.

 


How To Keep Your Policyholders

Posted Monday, July 30th, 2018

Your relationship with your policyholder

The claims process can make or break your relationship with your policyholder. There’s a good chance that if a claim goes south your policyholder may be shopping for another provider. On the flipside, if your policyholder has an out-of-this-world experience, you may have created a cheerleader, earning you more business from referrals.

A great relationship with your policyholder is the foundation to keeping them happy and wanting to continue to use you as their insurance provider.

Here are 5 ways you can add extra value to policyholders:

Give Them What They Want
Whatever the situation is, filing a claim with your insurance provider always has some level of stress associated with it. Whether it’s a small auto claim or a large property damage claim, your policyholders are looking for reassurance in knowing that you have their best interest in mind. Giving them the attention that they need and helping them in any way will definitely strengthen your relationship and create cheerleaders.

Stay In Front Of Them
Email is an easy and cost effective way to stay in front of your policyholders. Monthly email newsletters, tips, and videos are great ways to stay engaged with your current policyholders as well as follow up on new leads.

Email marketing platforms such as Mailchimp and Constant Contact provide user friendly ways to build, manage, and analyze your email marketing campaigns and most of them come with built in automation features that let you send a series of emails based on how the recipient interacts with your emails.

Be Easily Accessible
This one is pretty self explanatory. Nothing is more frustrating when you are looking for answers but can’t get ahold of who you need to. Being prompt in returning phone calls and emails will build trust between you and your policyholder, even if your response is a quick “let me check on that and I’ll get back with you soon”.

Connect With Them On Social Media
Social media is another communication tool you can use to stay in front of your policyholders and provide them with extra value such as links to interesting articles, blog posts, or even as a way to notify them of flood warnings, cold snaps, and other severe weather that may impact their homes or businesses.  

It’s also a great way for you and your customer to learn about each other. You may share certain interests such as camping or music that you can bring up in a casual conversation. These types of shared interests can only help strengthen your relationship with your policyholder and give them yet another reason for them to continue to use you as their insurance provider.

Choose The Right Restoration Company
You may only get one chance to make a first impression. If your policyholder has a loss, you should make sure the company you are sending out is qualified, reputable, and customer focused. I imagine it would be pretty devastating to spend so much time building this great relationship with a policyholder only to have it damaged by a company who does not meet your or your policyholder’s expectations.

Modernistic has been helping Michigan homeowners and businesses recover from water, fire, wind, and storm damage for over 45 years. Our certified restoration team is dedicated to providing 100% Customer Delight to every customer, every time.
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Here’s How Much Damage Water Can Do To A Basement

Posted Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

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99.99% of the time, you don’t have to worry about water damage in your basement. A dry basement is a fantastic family hangout spot, almost always available for your family’s use. Unfortunately, if you’re one of the 60% of homes at risk for basement water damage (according to the American Society of Home Inspectors), your dry comfortable family hangout room might be at risk for flooding – and it could cost you thousands. You may be asking yourself “How much damage can water do to a basement?” The answer: more than you might think!

Water Categories: Clean, Grey, Black

Floodwater comes in three different categories of contamination:

  • Category 1 – Clean water
  • Category 2 – Grey water
  • Category 3 – Black water

As you can probably guess, Category 1 – Clean water is the least contaminated type of floodwater. Clean water can come from faucets, bathtubs, or fresh rainwater and has been sitting for less than 24 hours.

Category 2 – Grey water has non-pathogenic contaminants. While not immediately dangerous, these contaminants can still cause illness or discomfort. Washing machine overflows, aquarium water, and washing machine leaks are all examples of grey water flooding.

Category 3 – Black water has pathogenic contamination and is unsanitary. Sewage, chemical waste, and any water sitting for over 72 hours are all considered black water situations.

Time is of the essence when it comes to floodwater, because even Clean water can become Grey and then Black water if it sits for too long since contamination happens over time.

Flooded Basement Damage Timeline

The damage water can do to a basement isn’t limited to contamination, however. Water itself can be very destructive. Here’s how a flood will damage your basement over time:

In 60 minutes…
Water begins saturating porous materials, like wood, drywall, and carpeting. Anything made of cardboard or other paper products is destroyed. Carpet and carpet padding become saturated with water, spreading moisture into areas not affected by the initial flooding.

In 4 hours…
Furniture and other wood materials begin to delaminate and swell at this point. The increased humidity begins amplifying any organic odors present in the basement, giving off that telltale “musty” smell. Drywall often becomes unsalvageable after this amount of time.

In 1 day…
Mold and other contaminants can start growing in as little as 24 hours and can spread to unaffected surfaces. Wood will start to warp, leaving hardwood floors damaged beyond repair. Paint and wallpaper will begin bubbling and peeling.

In 1 week…
Mold and other fungi will saturate any porous materials they come in contact with and will become hazardous to an occupant’s health. Category 1 water has become Category 3 at this point, and any materials it has affected will either need to be thrown out or need extensive restorative work. The entire basement becomes a biohazard, significantly increasing cleanup costs.

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wait

Needless to say, the easiest category of water to clean up is Category 1 – Clean water. Cleaning up clean water flood can be as simple as extracting and placing drying equipment. As water moves up the contamination spectrum, restoration costs rise significantly. Extra contamination means extra risk for your family and your home, significantly increasing how much damage water can do to a basement – and your wallet!

To prevent this escalation of cleanup costs, call an emergency water mitigation professional as soon as you notice water damage in your basement! The last thing you want to do is wait too long and end up with a lengthy and costly repair process.   

Modernistic has been keeping Michigan’s basements dry for over 45 years! Click here to learn more about what you can do to prevent water damage in your home, and contact us right away if you have a flood in your basement!


How To Prevent Dull Hardwood Floors

Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

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We are conditioned to secure and protect all sorts of things – from our cell phones to our vehicles, protecting these things is paramount. However, what happens when the screen protector on your phone gets scratched, or if the layer of wax on your car is fading? It would be absurd to just put more wax on top of the old wax, or put a new screen protector on top of your phone’s old scratched one. We replace those layers of protection once they have expired. So why would you want to treat your hardwood floors any different? After all, no one wants to see dull hardwood floors!

It’s no different when it comes to preserving, protecting, and enjoying the hardwood floors in your home or business. More than likely the hardwood floors in your home have a protective coating that was applied to the wood at some point, and, over time, will wear and fade just like anything else that gets a lot of use.

The amazing thing about hardwood flooring is that it can last 25 years or more if maintained properly. This can be a difficult task in Michigan though, where general wear can become apparent very quickly with our harsh winters. Over time, many abrasive particles combined with foot traffic will grind down the finish of your hardwood, leaving it listless and dull.  

What to Do

So what should you do? Regular maintenance is key to prevent dull hardwood floors for years to come, but you don’t want to do the wrong thing! The safest and most effective natural way to clean your hardwood floor yourself is so Simple & Quick you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner: Vinegar and water (yes, that is all it takes!). Mix this simple household product with water – 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water – and you’ve got yourself an all-natural cleaning alternative to many of the consumer products on the market. Here are a few other hardwood floor safe DIY options:

Safe Hardwood Cleaning Products:

  • Any alcohol based cleaners
  • Mild soap and water mix
  • Vinegar and water mix *1/4 ratio as noted above

What Not to Do

The one thing you will want to do to save you from headaches in the future is to avoid using acrylic based cleaners! This can be difficult because so many hardwood floor cleaning products on the market have acrylic in them. Acrylic-based cleaning products are typically anything with the words refinish, polish, shine, or sheen in the name. These products will look great immediately after application, but their buildup will actually dull your floors over time. Each extra layer of wax or polish over the surface of the wood reduces the original shine of your beautiful hardwood floors.

Regular use of these products creates layers and layers of acrylic over the surface of your floors, making them appear duller and duller with each application. Here are a few of the most common cleaners listed below that you should try to avoid.

Acrylic Products That Leave Wax Buildup:

  • Bona Refinisher
  • Orange Glo
  • Mop n Glo
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap
  • Rejuvenate
  • Bruce products

A Modernistic Pro Cleaning is the Best Cleaning

Many of the surface scratches homeowners hate to look at are NOT ACTUALLY SCRATCHES IN THE WOOD ITSELF! A large amount of these blemishes to your hardwood floor are often just layers of acrylic that are retaining dirt and scratches over time. You would be amazed at what a state-of-the-art professional hardwood floor cleaning can do to dull hardwood flooring!

The best thing you can do for your floors is to call a specialist like Modernistic. We can test your wood surfaces for built-up acrylic and remove it altogether to reach the hardwood below. Our certified technicians then perform an intense cleaning process that will deep clean down to the wood grain, reaching past the seal applied to the hardwood. Finally, we reseal your newly cleaned and revitalized floors. If you’d like to be proud of your hardwood floors again, then give Modernistic a call!


Do I Really Need Scotchgard?

Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

If you have ever had your carpets or upholstery professionally cleaned you’ve probably been asked if you wanted Scotchgard protection applied, right? You said yes because you care about the impression your facility leaves on your customers and employees. But do you know what it does and do you really need Scotchgard? We do, and we really think it’s worth its weight in gold.

WHAT DOES SCOTCHGARD DO?

Scotchgard creates a protective barrier that helps repel liquids and blocks stains. It’s an odorless application that can be applied to any fabric material such carpet, upholstery, cubicle walls, and entry rugs, and it is best applied during a professional carpet cleaning.

READ: Advantages Of A Cleaner Carpet

Helps You Clean Stains And Spills More Easily

Because Scotchgard creates a protective barrier around the fibers of your carpet and upholstery, it makes cleaning stains and spills much, MUCH easier. Instead of the liquid instantly absorbing into the fibers, the Scotchgard barrier keeps it on the surface, so you can quickly and more effectively clean up the mess. It’s a huge benefit, but that’s just one of the reasons you need Scotchgard applied in your business.

Makes Vacuuming Easier And More Effective

Vacuuming is more effective when your carpet and upholstery is protected by Scotchgard because its protective barrier keeps dry soil, like dirt and dust, on the surface instead of deep down in the fibers. This means that every vacuum pass is more effective because dirt and dry soil is on the surface and more easily sucked up. Without Scotchgard, these dirt particles would  work their way into the fibers and cause unsightly wear patterns.

Helps Limit Wear Patterns

Wear patterns, typically called traffic areas, occur when the fibers of the carpeting become damaged by dirt and soil. On a microscopic level, dirt is made up of very sharp particles. When these particles grind against the fibers of your carpet, it breaks down the individual woven fibers, leaving your carpet looking worn and faded.

When Scotchgard is applied, it keeps the loose dirt and soil on the surface, making it more difficult for those sharp particles to grind up against the fibers and cause wear patterns. Fewer wear patterns means your carpet will last longer, look better, and save you the cost of frequently replacing your carpet.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED SCOTCHGARD?

It all depends on how much you use your carpet or upholstery. If you have Scotchgard applied in an area such as a lobby, hallway, or conference room, it’s a good idea to have it reapplied during every professional carpet cleaning (or every 6 months, whichever comes first). If you have areas that don’t have as much foot traffic or usage, you may be able to go longer in between applications.

QUICK TIP: If you’ve recently had new carpet installed, check the manufacturer’s warranty. Believe it or not, some carpet and upholstery manufacturers require regular applications of Scotchgard in order to maintain the warranty.

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How To Keep Your Tile From Looking Dingy

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Tile can be an attractive and durable flooring option for your home. It doesn’t show wear nearly as fast as carpet or wood and is more robust than laminate. However, with time you might notice that it is looking a little dingy, especially the grout. The tiles themselves are easy to clean with any kind of mop or brush – but the grout is a different story. Because grout is so porous, it is very susceptible to staining and is much harder to clean than non-porous tiles. Luckily, there are some options to help keep your tile from looking dingy.

While there are many chemicals available in stores for cleaning all the surfaces of your home, sticking to natural solutions is often safer. Some products can permanently discolor grout lines or leave a waxy finish on the tiles. That’s why using a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% hot water is a great option to use on your grout – it’s a safe, all-natural cleaning solution!

The first step to keep your tile from looking dingy is to sweep your floor to remove any excess dirt and debris. After that, apply the vinegar solution to the floor and use a brush to scrub it into the cleaning lines. Buying a brush with a long enough handle to use while standing can help save your back from working on your hands and knees. Once the solution is scrubbed into your grout lines, use a mop to get as much of the liquid up as possible.

If you have more serious grout stains and do decide to use a chemical product on your grout, make sure to test it in an inconspicuous spot such as behind an appliance to make sure there aren’t any adverse effects.

If you don’t have the time to spend possibly a few hours scrubbing your floors, a professional cleaning company might be the best answer. The skilled technicians at Modernistic will use environmentally safe cleaning products to scrub your grout lines before using a truck mounted system at 1000 psi to blast away and vacuum up any dirt and debris. Our cleaning method also removes the cleaning solution and water right then and, after the cleaning, the technicians will wipe any excess water away with towels to make sure the floor is clean and ready to use right away. Check out the video below for more info about the process!

You don’t have to put up with tile floors that have lost their shine. Whether you choose to DIY or call in the pros, you have options to help keep your tile from looking dingy and dirty!

Click on the video below to see our simple & quick tile cleaning process!

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Simple & Quick Homemade Dog Treats

Posted Friday, July 6th, 2018

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Dog food and treats can get really expensive, and who knows what mystery ingredients are in those brown little bits? Luckily, there are many easy ways to make your own homemade dog treats! And as an added bonus, even if you add a little too much flour to your treats or leave them in the oven a little too long, your dog will never complain!

Before Getting Started

There are some foods you will need to avoid. Some foods are perfectly safe, or even considered healthy for humans to eat, but are dangerous for dogs. Most of us have heard about the dangers of chocolate, but also avoid any other sources of caffeine, such as coffee or tea. Here is a list of foods to avoid:

Fruits & Vegetables: Avocado, Apple seeds, Persimmon, Peach, and Plum Pits, Grapes & Raisins, Onions & Chives, Garlic, Corn on the Cob, Rhubarb & Tomato Leaves.

Animal Products: Raw Meat, Fat trimmings, Liver, Milk & Cheese (not dangerous, but can cause digestive distress in some dogs), Fish, Cat Food, and Cooked Bones.

Other Foods: Salt, Sugar, Xylitol, Candy, Chewing Gum, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Tobacco, Alcohol, Hops (Beer), Marijuana, Yeast, and Macadamia Nuts.

From that list, you can see how feeding dogs human leftovers could be problematic! I can’t think of a meal I’ve eaten lately that didn’t have Salt, Sugar, or Onions.

Below are some simple recipe ideas for homemade dog treats that are sure to get your pup drooling… more than normal… wait, is that a good thing?

Frozen Treats

Puree 2 cored apples with 1 cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt and water, Freeze in ice cube tray, and serve as a naturally sweet and healthy snack. Makes about 2 trays worth of cubes.

Blend 1 cups cooked chicken, 1/2 cup cooked rice, 1 cup chicken stock (ideally homemade unsalted), 1 tablespoon parsley, freeze in ice cube tray, and serve as a savory protein packed snack.

Baked Snacks

Cut sweet potatoes into fries/wedges and bake on parchment at 425F for about 30 min, flipping halfway through the cooking. These things are tasty enough for humans to enjoy!

Mix two cups flour, 1/2 cups peanut butter, 2 eggs, and a little bit of water. Cut using cookie cutters or knife, and bake at 350F for 20 min.

Meal Prep

Think of making this in conjunction with your weekly human meal prep. You will need. 1 1/5 cups brown rice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 pounds ground turkey, 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped, 2 carrots, shredded, 1 zucchini, shredded, and 1/2 cup peas. Boil your rice and set aside. Cook turkey in a pan with olive oil for 3-5 minutes crumbling, then add the veggies and cook another 3-5 min. Mix in rice, cook, and serve in 1 cup portions.

Speak with your veterinarian about your dog’s dietary needs, and you can create recipes for your own homemade dog treats! Your furry friend will love you for it – I mean, more than he already does!

Pet owners have trusted Modernistic to help keep their homes spot and odor free for over 45 years! We all know that accidents happen, which is why you should trust the pet spot removal experts!


5 Tips to Keep Your Workplace Clean

Posted Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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Did you know that if you have a 9 to 5 job, you’ll spend one third of your life at work? It’s true! That means keeping your workplace clean and inviting is just as important as maintaining a clean home. Do you wish you had some ideas on how to keep your workplace clean? A sanitary, organized and comfortable workplace will have a positive effect on productivity and on your employees’ mindsets. Even if your workspace is closed to the public it is important for team morale to maintain a space people are happy to come to everyday. And consider your business’s reputation; customers react better to a clean and organized workplace. It’s easy to get so caught up in day-to-day tasks that office cleanliness slips to the wayside, so here are 5 tips to keep your workplace clean!

1: Make A Cleaning Maintenance Plan

The best way to protect your carpet (and the investment you made in it) is to schedule regular professional carpet cleanings. Dirt and small debris are tracked in every day by your staff, and continued buildup of even the tiniest particles can damage the individual carpet fibers. Regular cleanings will keep your business looking and smelling great. For a small business with only a few employees, yearly cleanings would probably suffice. A larger business or a public space with heavy traffic would benefit from more frequent cleanings on a commercial cleaning maintenance plan.

2: Protect Your Investment

Many professional carpet cleaners offer additional products to protect your carpets. Take advantage of these products! 3M Scotchgard provides additional protection to your carpeting. This is perfect to apply to cubicle areas, break rooms, or areas with heavy traffic such as your lobby.

3: Don’t Forget About Air Quality!

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Air quality is not usually brought up in a conversation about cleanliness, which is why your HVAC system could be the filthiest part of your business! Your air duct system works around the clock to keep your staff comfortable. Over time, dust, dirt, dander, and other contaminants like mold and mildew will accumulate and circulate throughout your building. Keeping your air ducts clean will help your employees who suffer from allergies stay healthy, and the person responsible for cleaning will spend a lot less time dusting. In general, your office will feel much fresher and be a healthier environment for employees and customers alike.

4: Keep Cleaning Products Accessible – To Everyone!

Don’t keep all the cleaning supplies behind lock and key! Even if you have someone who handles general cleaning make the supplies accessible to everyone. Disinfectant wipes are easily kept in office drawers and are perfect for wiping down a desk, keyboard, phone, and most other surfaces. Having these wipes accessible can greatly reduce the spread of disease! Swiffer dusters can also easily be stored in a desk drawer and are perfect for dusting those hard-to-reach places – like behind the desk and up near the ceiling!

5: Provide Organization Options

One of the first steps to creating a clean environment is to reduce clutter. Built up clutter can make even the cleanest and tidiest environments seem messy even though they are not! The best way to reduce clutter is make it as easy as possible to keep your workplace clean. Clean work spaces improve productivity, which is important for team health. It is also much harder for dust and grime to build up on a clean desk than one covered in piles of paper. Provide your employees with desk organizers and encourage them to maintain a clean and organized desk. You may be surprised at how excited people are about organizing their personal workspace!

The office reflects the culture and work ethic of the people who occupy it. Disorganization can result is distraction, disrupted productivity, and eventually chaos. If the staff doesn’t pick up on it your customers will! Using these tips to keep your workplace clean will help will help your business make the right impression on staff and customers, new and old. And remember to lead by example!

Modernistic has been helping Michigan businesses stay clean and organized for over 45 years! To learn more about our commercial cleaning maintenance programs, call us today or click here.


How To Maximize Your A/C Efficiency

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

ways to maximize your A/C's efficiency and save money on your energy bill

Michigan is HOT! With temperatures reaching the upper 90s and humidity still at Spring levels, we’re all reaching for the thermostat and cranking up the A/C. While nobody’s missing those sub-zero winter temperatures, we all need a bit of relief from the heat outside – without emptying our wallets! With that in mind, here are a few ways to maximize your A/C efficiency this summer and save money on your energy bill.

Remove the hot air first
Especially when you’re cooking, venting the hot air from your home will keep your air conditioner from working overtime to cool things down. Before turning on your A/C, open a few windows and position fans so they blow air out rather than in. That way, the hot air starts flowing out before the cooled air begins filtering into your home.

Pay attention to your supply vents
One of the biggest blockages of air flow happens to be one of the biggest things in your home: your sofa! Furniture that sits on top of or in front of air vents blocks cool air from circulating freely. Which would you rather cool down: The back of a recliner or your home’s air? Same with anything conductive that sits in front of air vents: Laundry, books, kids’ toys, etc. Keep your vents clear!

Change your A/C filter
Your A/C filter is your first line of defense against dust and debris from circulating around your home’s air and ductwork. Over time, however, it will get clogged up with accumulated dirt, which will restrict airflow. Change your filter every 3 months to keep your air flowing freely and your air conditioner happy.

Close the blinds
While we all love natural light, it has the unfortunate side effect of bringing even more heat into your home on an already hot day. Keeping the blinds closed will help keep some of that heat out, and drawing the curtains will provide another layer of insulation between the cool air of your home and the hot air outside!

Use your dehumidifier
Let’s face it, Michigan is a humid state! It’s safe to say that 90 degrees in Michigan feels much more oppressive than 90 degrees in a drier place (like Arizona, for instance), and it’s due to all the moisture in the air. If you keep the excess water out of your home’s air, you can set the thermostat higher and it will still feel like a lower temperature! Plus, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep you feeling the same level of cool.

Check your ductwork
Your ductwork is the system that your conditioned air uses to travel throughout your home, and if there’s something blocking the air’s passage or absorbing the cold air, then it’s not functioning efficiently! In our 45+ years of air duct cleaning, we’ve seen all kinds of things blocking up air ducts: toys, plastic bags, bird nests, and even the occasional dead varmint! Needless to say, a blocked duct isn’t pushing cold air through into your home.
The most common thing found in air ducts, however, is dust, and it will absolutely cripple your air conditioner’s efficiency. Dust, debris, and pet hair will soak up cool air on a hot day, meaning you’re paying extra to cool down all the junk inside your ducts instead of your home! Dirty air ducts can cost you hundreds in a single summer in additional energy costs!

Those are just a few ways to maximize your A/C efficiency. Follow these tips to help “chill” your energy bill and stay frosty this summer!

Modernistic has been keeping Michigan cool with expert air duct cleaning for over 45 years! Contact us today if you want to maximize your A/C efficiency and stay comfortable this summer