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Does Your Saratoga Home Smell a Little...Funky? We Can Help With That!

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Cleaning takes experience 

At SERVPRO of Saratoga Springs/Gansevoort, we're experts in odor removal and deodorization! Odors can come from a number of sources, inside and outside. At SERVPRO, we're trained to handle any! 

Lets talk about some of the different kinds of odors we can tackle (or help you tackle) here at SERVPRO of Saratoga Springs/Gansevoort!

Pet odors 

Pet odors are most often caused by waste and sometimes their glands will produce more oil during allergy season. Sometimes pet odors are something you just can't seem to get rid of the DIY route. If that's the case, give us a call, we'll make sure your home is smelling fresh! (We love animals too...so that's a bonus for us.)

Kitchen smells

Your fridge, dishwasher, or garbage disposal can all be sources of that funky smell. When it comes to these 3, it's quite easy to DIY it/ Clean your garbage disposal blades, clean up any spills in the fridge ASAP, and wipe down the inside of your dishwasher once a week! 

Food and debris can be hosts for mold, and your dishwasher holds in moisture, promoting mold and mildew growth. 

Smoke 

When you think of smoke damage you probably think of smoke after a fire, right? Cigarette smoke also causes damage to your home, whether you notice it or not! Smoke, no matter the source, can get ingrained into your clothes, carpets, and walls! Yes.... the walls!! 

Sewage 

If you smell something putrid coming from your bathroom, it's in your best interest to call a plumber before it can get worse. Smells like this can be caused by a clogged pipe or broken sewer pipe. You don't want to deal with a full on sewage loss...that's quite the stinky mess...nevertheless, at SERVPRO of Saratoga Springs/Gansevoort, we can take care of getting rid of that smell and cleaning up the mess if needed! 

Musty

A musty smell could be a sign of mold or mildew. 

If any odors are too much for you to handle or control on your own, give us a call at (518) 580-1111. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Handle Moldy Paintings and Artwork

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Paintings are a staple of home decoration. When mold strikes your home, your paintings may become infested and risk mold damage if left alone. With proper mold cleaning, these cherished assets can be protected and treated.

Why Does Mold Loves Paintings?

Artwork is an ideal location for mold. It is often porous and is comprised of one the materials mold desires as a food source:

• Paper
• Wood
• Fiber textures like canvas
• Vinyl

If you have artwork susceptible to mold, it should be relocated away from water. This means it should be kept away from pipes, bathrooms, kitchens and sinks. If your home is too small or the painting is unable to be relocated, it should be inspected regularly for mold damage to treat the problem early.

Removing Mold Off Paintings

Great precaution is necessary with artwork and mold cleaning. The type of paint used should be evaluated initially. For example, oil paintings are durable but can be damaged by chemicals. Acrylic paintings can be damaged by moisture. Watercolors are extremely delicate and very sensitive to water.

As a typical mold remediation, surfaces like a frame, once removed, can be rubbed with a heavily diluted bleach solution and left to dry.

Light applications of a rubbing alcohol and water mixture can remove most mold from the actual artwork without the dangers of chemical cleaning agents like bleach. You should test this solution on a small location of the painting beforehand for potential damage to the artwork.

Experts Stand a Better Chance

As a warning, every painting is different and should be evaluated by a professional if you do not want to risk unnecessary damage. The expertise of a mold damage cleanup service in Saratoga Springs, NY, can be consulted for the best chance of painting preservation and recovery.

Treatment of the painting doesn’t have to be as expensive as a nice painting itself. Even if the painting isn’t expensive, it could be sentimental. Mold cleaning is capable of saving the painting regardless of why you keep it.