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Professional Carpet Cleaning Company
SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your professional carpet cleaning company. Call to get your carpets cleaned at your home or business.
Friend 1: I’m looking for a professional carpet cleaning company. Any recommendations?
Friend 2: Yes, SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties.
Friend 1: Really? I didn’t know they did carpet cleaning. I thought they were just a fire and water restoration company.
Friend 2: Yes, they are that, but they are also a professional carpet cleaning company. They’ve even been voted #1 in Carpet Cleaning for the Southeast Missourian People’s Choice Awards. I’ve used them for years. They are the only company I will use.
Friend 1: Wow! That’s awesome and good to know. I had no idea. Thanks for letting me know, friend. I will give them a call now.
Friend 2: You’re welcome. Keep me posted.
You may know SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties as the leading fire and water restoration company, but that’s not all we are known for. We specialize in other areas, such as carpet cleaning. SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your professional carpet cleaning company.
Did you know SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties was voted #1 in Carpet Cleaning in the Southeast Missourian People’s Choice Awards? We received this prestigious award multiple years: 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.
Professional carpet cleaning can add value to your home and/or business. The SERVPRO® carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but it will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t see. Professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.
Have you ever dropped food on the floor, then picked it up to eat it? Five-second rule, right?! Maybe spilled a drink on your carpets? Do you have children who play on your carpets? Did you answer yes to any of these or perhaps all three? Think of all the things that may occur on your carpets. Has it ever occurred to you what is actually residing in your carpets? You may not want to know. And that reason alone -- amongst numerous others -- is why it’s so important to have your carpets cleaned.
Professional carpet cleaning reaps many health benefits.
- Eliminates trapped pollutants
- Clears out dust mite infestations
- Helps prevent mold growth
Now that you are informed that SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties does professional carpet cleaning, let’s take you back to the friends at the beginning of this blog. Our heroes went out to that friend’s home and made those stains Like it never even happened.® And she’s a happy customer.
Friend 1: Hey, I just wanted to call you to let you know SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties came out to my home yesterday and cleaned my carpets. I was completely amazed at the results. I’m a loyal customer for life now. Thanks for recommending them to me.
Friend 2: Awesome. I told you-you wouldn’t regret it. They do fantastic work.
Friend 1: Yes, you did. Thanks. You’re such a friend. I’m so pleased with the results, I’m going to have my carpets cleaned by them quarterly, especially since my nine-month-old baby crawls on my carpets all the time. And I do not want my baby crawling around on those dirty carpets, potentially inhaling contaminants from the carpet.
Friend 2: Wonderful. Let me know if you need anything else.
The next time you need your carpets cleaned at your home or business, go with the professional carpet cleaning company, the company that’s been voted #1 in Carpet Cleaning. Choose SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. Just give us a call at 573-339-1948.
Summer Break. Summer Messes.
Ahhhh! Summer break.
School’s out. The kids are excited. You’re excited. Life’s good.
For a split second, parents, you think your schedule may become a little less hectic. Think, again. Your Summer will soon (if not already) be filled with your kids’ sporting functions on your already jam-packed calendar.
Here are three summer activities that can lead to a higher probability for messes in your home over the Summer break. In the event that it does, SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties will put you on their calendar to come out to your home or business to make those Summer messes "Like it never even happened."
Baseball and softball games are a good opportunity for you to get outdoors, soak up the sun, parents to converse with other parents, kids to chat it up with their teammates, and more. However, it’s not so fun when you have to clean all the dirt and mud being tracked through your home.
Summer means increased foot traffic on your home’s carpets and floors. Cleats, equipment, and uniforms can track in dirt and mud from practice or a game. And those cleats can wreak havoc on your grout of your tile floors.
On top of that mess, before you departed to run some errands for a few hours, you decided to throw those filthy uniforms in the washing machine. When you returned, surprise! Water damage. Now, you have two problems on your hand. But, there’s one solution: SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We’ll make that carpet and floor stains and water damage "Like it never even happened."
Swim Lessons/Pool Time
Your kids return home from swim lessons. They learned the backstroke and a new dive. Nothing like that fun pool time. They’re super excited, so they run in to tell you all about it. As they’re running to you, they leave their soggy towels, bathing suits and swim trunks on the carpets in the corner of their rooms. More days, more swim lessons go by, which means more drenched swimming attire lingering in their rooms. Now the moisture has made its way to the walls.
Days go by, and you start to smell a musty odor. You enter their room and notice discoloration on the wall. Mold has set it. Another mess! Thankfully, SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can make that mold damage at your home "Like it never even happened."
Arts & Crafts
Paint. Markers. Crayons. Slime. What do all of these have in common? They can all create messes on your carpets, floors, upholstery and walls.
Arts and crafts are all fun and games until that mess is on everything but the paper. Your carpets and walls are now painted like the colors of a rainbow. You panic because you realize you have out of town company coming in two days. The heroes at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can ease your panic attack and get your carpets and floors company-ready and "Like it never even happened."
Get the visuals? As you can see, sometimes, the summer break can increase the chances for more messes. SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is here to clean those Summer messes for you. Just call us at 573-339-1948.
Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Gift of a Clean Home
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, 2019. What’s the best Mother’s Day gift idea? The gift of a clean home.
If you’re a mother, ask yourself this question: “What’s one gift I would love and appreciate?” How about more time to do what you want, wouldn’t that be nice? If you didn’t have to spend the whole weekend cleaning your home, would that help?
The heroes at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties are sort of like your personal genie in a bottle, because your wish of that clean home can come true. We can help you gain more time by allowing us to do the cleaning for you. Not only do we provide fire damage and water damage restoration services, we also provide other general cleaning services such as:
- Dryer Vent Cleaning
- Air Duct Cleaning & HVAC Cleaning
- Carpet Cleaning
- Upholstery Cleaning
- Odor Removal/Cleaning
- Ceilings, Floors And Walls Cleaning
- Drapes And Blinds Cleaning
- Post-Construction Cleaning
It’s critical to keep your dryer vents clean. According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. A SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ gift certificate could allow for your Mother to get hers cleaned.
Air Duct Cleaning & HVAC Cleaning
Air duct cleaning & HVAC cleaning are necessary for your health. A clean HVAC system and air ducts improve the indoor air quality. If you have poor indoor air quality, it can have a direct impact and correlation on your health. It’s important what each member of your family (including your animals) breathes in. Your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. A SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ gift certificate could afford your Mother the opportunity to get hers cleaned. Think of it as an investment to her health.
Carpet cleaning can completely transform your home. Over time, carpets become highly soiled. And this can be bad if you have little ones crawling on those carpets, and it can be potentially bad for your health, too. The professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can make those stains on your carpet Like it never even happened.® We’ve been voted #1 for Carpet Cleaning for the Southeast Missourian People’s Choice Awards. We’ve received this prestigious honor multiple years: 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018. Get your Mother that gift certificate so she can experience the feeling of new carpets. Besides, it’s a much more cost-effective option to get your carpets clean versus having them completely replaced. Are you the culprit for some of that dirt? Then help her get rid of it.
Miss that “new” look of your favorite loveseat, rocking chair, ottoman, or couch? Instead of replacing it, because that can be very expensive, upholstery cleaning can resolve your problem. This is a much more cost-effective solution. Upholstery can become soiled over the years, and that’s why upholstery cleaning is necessary. A gift certificate to SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can allow your Mother to get that “new” look, again.
Do you have a stench in your home that’s lingering? You may have tried a number of solutions, but the smell just will not subside. We are specialists in odor removal. As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure. If you or your Mother has an odor problem in the home, the solution? A SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ gift certificate.
Ceilings, Floors & Walls
Your ceilings, floors and walls can become very filthy. Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property. If your Mother would like her ceilings, floors and walls to look like they did when she first moved in, just get her a SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ gift certificate.
Drapes & Blinds
Clean drapes & blinds can help brighten a room. Do you know a good rule-of-thumb of how often to get your drapes cleaned? Every two years. SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties excels at cleaning fine fabrics and intricate pieces using wet or dry cleaning methods as required. We carefully inspect and test fabrics to determine which of our System’s five cleaning methods is best suited to your fabrics. We use state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for cleaning fine fabrics. A gift certificate to the leading fire & water - cleanup & restoration company would allow her the opportunity to see what our professionals can do for her drapes & blinds.
Still wondering what’s the best Mother’s Day gift idea? The gift of a clean home. Having clean dryer vents, clean air ducts & HVAC cleaning, clean carpets, clean upholstery, clean ceilings, floors & walls, clean drapes & blinds and a clean odor-free home makes for a comprehensive clean home. A SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ gift certificate would allow for your Mother to take advantage of these services. This Mother’s Day, allow your Mother to just sit back, relax and enjoy the gift of a clean home. This is the best Mother’s Day gift idea. Just ask her. Call today to get one for your Mother. While you’re at it, get one for yourself. Make the call: 573-339-1948.
Importance of Clean Air Ducts and HVAC Systems
The importance of clean air ducts and HVAC systems reaps many benefits. Allow SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties to clear the air for you.
How do you know if you should have the air ducts in your home cleaned? Let us clear the air for you. Here are a few reasons: If you or a family member suffers with asthma; if you or a family member suffers with pulmonary health issues; if you or a family member could be at potential risk of a respiratory disease; if you or a family member suffers from allergies; if you or a family member suffers from unexplained symptoms of illness. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, perhaps cleaning your ductwork is a good place to start. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has a team of professionals who specialize in air ducts and HVAC cleaning.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ducts are infested with vermin. In other words, infested with rodents and insects. Furthermore, ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris, and particles are released into your home from your supply registers.
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business. Keeping your HVAC system clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can, in turn, save you money and give you cleaner, quality air to breathe.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. The SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ heroes always provide the homeowner or business owner with an honest recommendation if you need air duct and HVAC cleaning. We care about your home, your business, your family, your pets and your quality air. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.
Benefits of servicing your HVAC unit:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
If you have questions about your air duct or HVAC system, contact us, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions for you. We’re happy to come to your residential or commercial property to provide you with a free quote. Your family, your home, your business, your furry friends, your quality air are all reasons the importance of clean air ducts and HVAC systems matter. These are all reasons that are worth it. Call 573-339-1948 today to get yours cleaned.
Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Company
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your professional vandalism and graffiti cleanup company -- for your home and business.
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is well-known for their Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration services, but did you know we also offer vandalism and graffiti cleanup services? If your residential or commercial property is in need of a professional vandalism and graffiti cleanup company, call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties.
Let us “paint the picture” of these different scenarios for you:
Insurance Agent Scenario
It’s Tuesday. You’ve got all your to-do list items for the week completed (and, remind you, it’s only Tuesday!). You haven’t had any claims. You’ve had five new referrals. Your week is off to a phenomenal start. Then, all of a sudden, three of your clients call you back-to-back because they have been victims of vandalism. Windows have been broken at their residential property, and their brick home is painted with graffiti. What do you do?
Business Owner Scenario
Say it’s Wednesday (hump day)! Thus far, you’ve had a productive week. You’ve met all your goals. Your numbers are in the black. Your team is yielding unprecedented results. It’s just been a winning week. Then, you come in early Thursday morning to a not-so-good day. You pull up at your place of business, and, surprise! Unbeknownst to you, your establishment was randomly selected for malicious destruction of your property. What do you do?
Imagine it’s Thursday! You’re going about your day, excited it’s Thursday, because Thursday is basically the new Friday. You had an awesome week at work. Your coworker complimented you on the outstanding job you’ve done. You finished that pressing proposal before the deadline. And to make matters even better, you received a hefty increase in your salary. Now, it’s 5 p.m., and it’s time for the “weekend” to begin. Yeah! So, you’re off to do your normal routine: pick up your children from daycare, head to the grocery store to get some groceries for dinner. On the ride home, your children are voluntarily telling you about their day and everyone is at peace. Everyone is happy. Then, you arrive at home to an unhappy surprise. Your son’s friends thought it would be funny to “egg” your house. Vandalism is never funny! That so-called normal routine turned out to be a not-so-normal day after all. What do you do?
We know what you need to do. You need to call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. Our heroes will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. We can make that vandalism and graffiti mess “Like it never even happened.”
Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water damage and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner, but SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can resolve that issue for you, too.
If your home or business needs vandalism and/or graffiti cleanup services, rely on SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. If we can make fire damage and water damage “Like it never even happened,” imagine what we can do for vandalism and graffiti cleanup. Go with SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties -- a professional vandalism and graffiti cleanup company. Just give us a ring at 573-339-1948.
Holiday Cleaning Hacks for Your Home
With the holidays right around the corner, you’re, more than likely, in the cleaning mode.
Frantically trying to get your home spic and spac, especially for your holiday company. So, as a gift to you, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties wants to provide you with some holiday cleaning hacks for your home.
Carpet Cleaning Hacks
- If you have wax on your carpets, place a slightly damp towel on the wax. Next, place an iron on top of the towel for approximately 10-60 seconds (use best judgment). Then remove. Keep checking until the wax is completely removed.
- Got kiddos? If you do, chances are, you have gum or crayon stains on your carpets/floors. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has effective SERVPRO specialized products designed just for those needs. Contact us to see how we will make it “Like it never even happened.”
Choose the company that was voted #1 (multiple times) in Carpet Cleaning for the People’s Choice Awards.
Upholstery Cleaning Hacks
- Need to clean off animal hair from your favorite couch or loveseat? Simply use a squeegee to extract the hairs from the upholstery, then vacuum.
- To get rid of smelly odors on your upholstery, sprinkle baking soda on it. Let is sit for approximately 20-30 minutes, then vacuum.
Learn about the different specialized cleaning methods we offer for carpets and upholstery cleaning.
Garbage Disposal Odor Cleaning Hacks
- If your garbage disposal is giving off an odorous smell, simply place an orange or lemon down the drain. And, voila, it’s like the smell never even happened.
- To get rid of a smelly stench, sprinkle about a half-cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by a cup of white or apple cider vinegar. Let the mixture bubble up and sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, turn on the disposal and run water to distribute the mixture throughout the unit. This is a great deodorizer.
Get more natural ways to clean your garbage disposal here.
Whether you need carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, cleaning of your ceilings, floors and walls, drapes & blinds, air ducts & HVAC system, or sewage cleanup, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can make it “Like it never even happened.” Even if you need odor removal at your residential property, we properly handle that, too.
We hope you enjoyed these holiday cleaning hacks for your home. We strongly encourage you to take a load off this holiday season, and don’t worry about the cleaning. Leave it to us. Sit back, relax and be stress-free for the holidays. Being stress-free is a gift that’s priceless. Allow us to take care of your residential cleaning services for you. You’ll be happy that you did. Just give us a call at 573-339-1948.
Cleaning Services for Your Home or Business
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties offers effective cleaning services for your home or business.
Keeping your residential or commercial property clean can help protect your investment and increase the value of your property. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties offers a myriad of cleaning services for your home or business. We have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.
You may know SERVPRO as the leader in fire & water cleanup & restoration, but know what else we’re known for? Our professional residential cleaning services. We make a dirty, soiled carpet "Like it never even happened." And that’s one of the many reasons we were voted #1, again, in Carpet Cleaning for the Southeast Missourian’s 2018 People’s Choice Awards. We’ve received this prestigious awards for six years (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). We are so honored and humbled. We thank all of our customers, everyone who voted for us. Thanks for making this award possible.
Here are the residential cleaning services that SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties offers:
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will get out the dirt you see and remove unwanted dust. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.
Air Duct Cleaning
Air duct cleaning is crucial for every home and business. It helps to keep clean air circulating and to reduce allergens, pet dander and mold. Consistent duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.
We can help you get rid of odor removal in your home or business with our effective, proven process. Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors today.
Sewage & Biohazard Cleanup
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties does sewage & biohazard cleanup to make your home or business “Like it never even happened.” No task is too big for our specialists. We’re always ready and equipped to assist in the cleanup of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your residential or commercial property.
Anytime you need cleaning services for your home or business, you can trust SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Not only can you rely on the leader in fire & water cleanup & restoration for your home and business needs, you can also rely on us for your carpet cleaning needs. Additionally, we clean ceilings, floors, walls, drapes, blinds, trauma/crime scene, vandalism and graffiti. We’re basically an all-encompassing company. Give us a call today: 573-339-1948.
The “People” Have Voted. Their “Choice” is SERVPRO.
Well, the People’s Choice results are in, and it’s official. The people have spoken and voted SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties #1 in Carpet Cleaning.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us. We attribute our happy customers for this feat, for this success. And we dedicate this award to you. We are so humbled and thankful for this prestigious award.
The People’s Choice Awards is a local award tradition that affords the people of our beautiful, thriving community the opportunity to vote for their favorite company. There are more than 130 categories people can vote for. We’ve received the People’s Choice Awards for a number of years. We are honored to have received the #1 spot in Carpet Cleaning in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. And we are striving to claim it in 2019 and beyond.
When it comes to carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning or any of the other services we provide, we always strive to create happy customers, and our customers always create happy business owners and heroes here at SERVPRO. Our team of heroes help protect your investment with preventative maintenance for your carpets and upholstery.
Foot traffic, food, drinks, animals, etc. are all causes of dirty carpets and upholstery. It’s inevitable, whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, you’ll eventually need carpet cleaning and/or upholstery cleaning. Because even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. It’s a much more cost-effective option to get your carpets cleaned on a consistent basis than to replace it. Because, as you know, new carpets can cost you a pretty penny. We encourage restoring your carpets or upholstery versus replacing them for a number of reasons. One being protecting your investment. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.
Here at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, we offer a myriad of specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning, which is a less aggressive method for short pile carpets.
- Hot Water Extraction, which is a deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse, which helps restore deeply soiled areas.
- Showcase Premier Cleaning, which is the most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
- Dry Cleaning, which is a solution when color-fastness is an issue.
Next time you need carpet or upholstery cleaning for your residential or commercial property, go with the company the people would go with and voted #1 in Carpet Cleaning (thank you to our customers, to the people!): SERVPRO. Make the right choice and call us today: 573-339-1948.
Green Means Clean
We perform a variety of cleaning services that will start you off right this spring!
SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA’s Design for Environment (DfE) program. DfE evaluates human health and environmental concerns associated with traditional and alternative chemicals and processes in a range of industries. These evaluations and analyses empower hundreds of businesses to select safer chemicals and technologies. The EPA/DfE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products, and has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations. As a member company, SERVPRO® can access this listing known as CleanGredients. From the listing, a formulation can be derived that incorporates “green” chemistry. SERVPRO® has formulated three Green Cleaning Products: Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean, All Surface Green Clean, and Window Green Clean. Spring is a popular season for some deep cleaning, and our green products allow us to complete almost any of your cleaning tasks.
Odor Removal and Deodorization
As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.
SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.
We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.
The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (573) 339-1948, and leave the restoration to us. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Dog Days of Summer
So what exactly are the "dog days of summer?"
National Geographic says this about the dog days of summer:
“…the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens. To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever, or even catastrophe.”
I think it’s safe to say that most people today aren’t referencing a star when they talk about the “dog days of summer.” No. We mean it’s hot. Really hot. So hot that doing anything outside is almost inconceivable!
Here in Cape Girardeau, MO, we are definitely going through the “dog days of summer” with temperatures into the 90’s almost every day this month! And we won’t even talk about the humidity… It’s easy to feel lethargic in this weather. Nonetheless, our crew members have been out on the road, in and out of buildings, and hauling heavy equipment in this heat because they are restoring buildings “like it never even happened.”
While you may be spending most of your day indoors to avoid the heavy heat, don’t think you can’t be productive! Use the “dog days” to achieve some *much needed* housekeeping tasks.
Check your washing machine hoses.
We advise that you replace them if you find any cracks or bulges. Ideally, rubber hoses can be replaced with a steel-jacketed hose that can't split open Also check your filter screens to confirm that they are not clogged. If not discovered quickly, hundreds of gallons of water can flood out of a burst hose an hour.
Sort and Organize the Pantry
How does the pantry always become so unorganized? Pull over your trash can and a box to use for food donations. Pull everything off of your pantry shelves and determine its future. Those opened and half empty boxes of food that were lost in the back are probably destined for the garbage. Food that has been in your pantry for over a year might be better appreciated at a food pantry. Secure open items you plan to reshelf in glass jars or ziploc bags to keep them fresh and bug free. Wipe down your shelves and reload.
Clean out the fridge.
How long has THAT been in there? Use your adrenaline from organizing the pantry to clean out your refrigerator (or take a quick cat nap and give yourself a pep talk to keep going). Pull over the trash can and have at it. Completely clear off all of the shelves, throwing away anything that is old or expired. Wipe down bottles or containers that may have gotten sticky and sanitize the shelves. Reshelf any items that are left, and add an open box of baking soda to act as a deodorizer.
Clean kitchen sink disposal.
We recommend using vinegar ice cubes to clean your disposal. Put some vinegar in an ice tray and let it freeze, then run the ice cubes through the disposal. Not only does the vinegar clean and freshen the disposal unit, but the ice also sharpens the blades!
Don't forget to take a cue from the dogs - take time to relax and cool down!