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Fire, Restoring

General Cleaning Techniques

Smoke and soot can penetrate paint, carpet, upholstery and clothes. Carpet can be deep cleaned and clothes can be taken to the dry cleaner. However,  properly restoring walls, structures and objects is a different story. Here’s a look at some general cleaning techniques that all Restoration Company’s should be using:
  • Personal protective equipment: Gloves, a protective mask, long-sleeved shirts and pants should be worn on site to minimize contact with ash.
  • Remove contents: Remove contents from the house. While some contents may have to be discarded, others can be effectively hand cleaned. Cleaning contents in an ultrasonic machine is also an option with some items.
  • Ventilate: Open windows and doors to remove odor.
  • Beware of other contaminants: Lead and asbestos can turn a fire restoration job into an environmental restoration job if they’ve become disturbed.
  • Hand scrubbing: Fire damage work is one of the most tedious types of repair work. It involves a lot of handwork, such as scrubbing walls and structures with sponges — and using chemicals and specialized restoration equipment, such as media blasting tools, in the event of heavy residue.
  • Duct cleaning: Following restoration, a duct cleaning is required. That’s because smoke and soot have a tendency to become trapped within a home or business’s duct system. This can spread contaminants — and odors — to other areas of the home when in operation. Hence, a professional duct cleaning is necessary.
 

Choose the Right Company

Where a water damage situation can be restored in as little as three days, it’s not uncommon for a fire damage situation to last several weeks. It can even last for many months if reconstruction is involved. Hence, proper cleaning and handling of a project is all the more important. It is critical that you hire a company that is certified in fire through the Institute of Inspection and Restoration (IICRC). Contact us Today with any questions by clicking here: Fire Damage Restoration  
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Cleaning
Methamphetamine is not a new drug, although it has become more powerful in recent years as techniques for its manufacture have evolved.

The History of Meth

According to DrugFreeWorld.org, Amphetamine was first made in 1887 in Germany and methamphetamine, more potent and easy to make, was developed in Japan in 1919. The crystalline powder was soluble in water, making it a perfect candidate for injection.
In the 1930s, doctors began using amphetamines in the United States to treat asthma and narcolepsy.
Methamphetamine went into wide use during World War II, when both sides used it to keep troops awake. High doses were given to Japanese Kamikaze pilots before their suicide missions. And after the war, methamphetamine abuse by injection reached epidemic proportions when supplies stored for military use became available to the Japanese public causing post-war Japan to experience the first meth epidemic.
In the 1950s, methamphetamine was prescribed as a diet aid and to fight depression. Easily available, “pep pills” or “bennies” were sold as a nonmedical stimulant to college students, truck drivers and athletes and abuse of the drug spread.
This pattern changed markedly in the 1960s with the introduction of home manufacturing of the drug, worsening the abuse.
Then, in 1970, the U.S. government added methamphetamine to the Controlled Substances Act regulating the drug. After that, American motorcycle gangs controlled most of the production and distribution of the drug.
During the 1980s, Mexican drug manufacturers began producing forms of the drug that could be smoked and towards the end of the decade, new ways to cook methamphetamine began to appear.
In the 1990s, Mexican drug trafficking organizations set up large laboratories in California. While these massive labs are able to generate 50 pounds of the substance in a single weekend, smaller private labs were springing up in kitchens and apartments, earning the drug one of its names, “stove top.” Rural locations became ideal for cooking meth because of geographic isolation.

Meth Today

Today, most of our meth in North America comes out of Mexico or is produced in soda bottles known as the “Shake n’ Bake” method. Most of the contaminated properties become contaminated through usage rather than from production. It is estimated that more than 2.1 million Americans are currently using methamphetamine.
The problem is that users can contaminate anywhere from one to 50 properties per year, leading to an estimated 12 million properties contaminated in the U.S. and another 800,000 properties contaminated in Canada. Users move from house, to apartment, to hotel, to car, to new relationship, to the next motel, etc. Everywhere they go, they continue to use or smoke meth.
Nothing inside this drug is natural. Most of the ingredients contain carcinogens and poisons leaving a dirty trail behind that enters into the cold air returns circulating throughout the property. Studies indicate that just smoking meth two to four times can contaminate a property above habitable standards. Meth residue is sticky and clings to surfaces and inside the ducting system until it is physically decontaminated and removed.

The Decontamination Process

Here’s a quick outline of the process:
  • Remove Porous Materials
  • Dry Clean
  • Wet Clean
  • Rinse
  • Test
Decontaminating a property starts with removing all porous materials including furniture, carpet, carpet pad, soft ducts, etc. Next, the furnace and duct work is cleaned using duct cleaning equipment to remove dust, dirt, and debris.
For more information, call us today 541-385-0752
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Here are five easy ways from the book that can help make any tiny room seem larger and look more stylish.

  1. The bigger the better: Conventional wisdom suggests using dainty furnishings in snug quarters, but designers often recommend the opposite strategy: Use bigger pieces — an optical illusion that makes the room read larger. But avoid the urge to overfurnish, and use just a few larger-scale items.
  2. Arrange furniture to create a room-within-a-room: People have a tendency to push their furniture up against the walls, but floating the furniture makes a room bigger – even though it doesn’t feel like you’re maximizing space.
  3. Fake a view: Create the illusion of a more loft-like environment. Consider adding an over scaled mirror. A larger mirror becomes a virtual window.
  4. Hang curtains, floor to ceiling: Hanging curtains floor to ceiling creates an elongated line that makes windows — and thus rooms — appear taller. Matchstick blinds hung just above the windows complete the effect.
  5. Stretch space: Stripes in any direction create visual movement with the suggestion of more space around the corner or ceiling to floor.
To see examples of these great ideas, click here: 5 Ways to Make Tiny Rooms Larger
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Design, Outdoor

DIY Copper Pipe Mini Cabana

This cabana might not be a full sized one, but it is perfect to create a private seating area for two. Just add a shade curtain across the top to act as an awning in sunny areas, or leave it uncovered in shady areas to enjoy the sky above. Add your favorite lounge chairs, outdoor sofa, or dining table beneath this free standing cabana, and enjoy!

Materials

Tools and Extra Supplies

 

For full instructions, click here: DIY Mini Cabana

 
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Save Time and Effort by Learning What you can Clean Less Often

Many people pride themselves on keeping their living space clean. It may be surprising that there are certain items and spaces that actually don’t require as much washing and scrubbing as some may think. These 9 things that may not need to be cleaned as often as once though:.
  1.  Pillows

    Pillow cases need to be washed once every other week. Pillows can go three to six months without being cleaned. When ready to be washed, most pillows can be placed in a washing machine and tumbled dry.

    Comforter

    Similar to pillows, comforters need only to be washed four times a year. This does not include duvet cover.

    Smartphone

    Though tempting to clean a smartphone every day, it is not necessary. Instead, washing hands before tapping on the touch screen, then cleaning the phone once a week with antibacterial wipes will be sufficient.

    Oven

    Auto-cleaning an oven takes it out of commission for a number of hours. Still, it should be done at least once a month. However, a deep clean once every three to four months is a great way to get rid of drips or drops that may cause excessive smoke or smell when using the oven.

    Pantry

    It may be common to reorganize the pantry after each visit to the grocery store. Purging the pantry once every season is a good plan. Dry and canned goods last a long time. Instead of focusing on the pantry, place more efforts on cleaning the refrigerator more often, where food tends to spoil…fast.

    Bath Toys

    Squeeze out any liquid after a toy has been used, then once a month soak the toys in a bucket filled with a gallon of water and a half cup of vinegar.

    Books

    It is not necessary to clean the spines of books as often as the shelves are dusted. A good wipe down on the book spines once a season is enough. This will help protect the condition of the books.

    Furniture Slipcovers

    Twice a year is good enough for slip covers.

    Towels

    Stretch the lifespan of towels by using the same one for up to a week. As long as towels are hung up so they can properly air-dry without getting mildewed, there should be no problems.
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Renovations, Uncategorized
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Over the coming year, homeowner remodeling activity is projected to accelerate, keeping the rate of growth above its long-term trend, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA anticipates growth in home improvement and repair expenditures will reach 8.0 percent by the start of 2017, well in excess of its 4.9 percent historical average. “A healthier housing market, with rising house prices and increased sales activity, should translate into bigger gains for remodeling this year and next,” says Chris Herbert, Managing Director of the Joint Center. “As more homeowners are enticed to list their properties, we can expect increased remodeling and repair in preparation for sales, coupled with spending by the new owners who are looking to customize their homes to fit their needs.” “By the middle of next year, the national remodeling market should be very close to a full recovery from its worst downturn on record,” says Abbe Will, Research Analyst in the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center. “Annual spending is set to reach $321 billion by then, which after adjusting for inflation is just shy of the previous peak set in 2006 before the housing crash.”
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Use These Tips to Make Living Through a Remodel Easier

Allergies will most likely be triggered when construction dust is everywhere in your home during a remodel. Demolition and drywall sanding can cause airborne dust that can be hard to keep under control. If you are planning on living in your home during a remodel, you must be prepared for due diligence and what you are willing to tolerate if you are planning on living in your home during a remodel.
Unless you are tearing your home down to the studs, most people who choose to live in their house during construction can survive the process with careful planning. Don’t wait until the job starts to assign your designated living space and get situated within your home. You also have to be prepared to get ahead of the dust before the remodel begins. Here are some of the ways I help contain the dust and keep my clients’ homes clean. Use these tips and pass them onto your general contractor.
  1. Pack Like You’re Moving
  2. Create a Zone
  3. Zip Up The Walls
  4. Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
  5. Broom Sweep Clean
  6. Spray Down The Dust
For Even More Details, Click Here: Surviving a Remodel
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Garage Organization and Storage

The garage isn’t typically acknowledged for being the most exciting or inspirational space in our homes, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be amazing. A garage has a lot of hard work to do in terms of vehicle storage, tools, maintenance supplies, cleaning items, etc… However, creating an effective organizational system to help with all of those tasks can happen in just a few hours! Whenever I am about to tackle a project, I look for an inspirational image or two to get my creative juices flowing. These images tend to offer up some details I may have overlooked, and also just really light a fire in me to get something done. I tend to gravitate to organizing interiors, and the thought of taking on a garage can quickly feel overwhelming. But when I spotted the image above, I realized that a single wall can hold so much storage value! I also recognized that it wouldn’t take much to replicate all the smart solutions! Read More Here: Organized Garage Wall in Just an Afternoon
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Design, Space Savers
  Whether your space is just too small or your storage options lacking, you might find yourself in the position of figuring out where to store pots in your kitchen. Don’t despair if there’s no cabinet to tuck them away in; there are ways to store your pots out in the open that won’t hurt your eyes. For your storage inspiration files: 14 examples of real homes storing pots stylishly.
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Design, Renovations

Waterfall Edge – Your Kitchen Inspiration

Once considered an ultra-modern decor choice, waterfall counters are popping up in a variety of kitchen styles these days. They add a sleek, minimal look to any kitchen design while helping to hide appliances and protect wood cabinets. They’re often easier to clean. And’ if you really love your counter material, you can you can show it off more of it when you pick waterfall style. Read More About It Here: 6 Kitchens
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