Etching & Staining on Hard Surfaces

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If you’re a home or business owner and you have natural stone floors, counter-tops, bathroom surfaces or all of the above, you know that you want all of those hard surfaces to look their best at all times. The main problems that you may have encountered, whether your hard surfaces are granite, limestone, marble, onyx, quartzite, sandstone, slate or travertine, are probably etching, spills and stains.

Many home and business owners tend to turn to DIY remedies in an effort to remove stains or etching. This can be a costly mistake since what you really need is a professional who is certified to care for your natural stone surfaces. Stains could be from excess sealer that was left behind when the surface was sealed, or spills ranging from wine to acidic drinks like OJ or lemonade and everything in-between. Technicians with specialized training in treating stains on hard surfaces are always your best bet for safer treatment of etching and stains of all kinds.

There are two types of issues to look for on your natural stone hard surfaces and they are:

  • Stains, which are always darker than the natural stone material.
  • Surface damage, which is always lighter in color and is often known also as etching.

There’s no stain removal tip or trick available anywhere that will work on surface damage. They only work on stains and even then there’s no way to be sure that they will be effective and will not cause further damage. But, a professional can easily determine what the problem is, whether it’s a stain or just part of the coloration of the natural stone, and how to effectively fix it.

So, do yourself a favor and don’t try to extract stains from your beautiful floor or counter-top yourself no matter how good you may be at DIY projects. Opt instead for a professional who knows exactly what to do to keep your natural stone hard surfaces looking their best.

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Latest Updates and Videos from SteamMaster

Winter is still here and we have had some great warm days and well as powder days. We like both and enjoy the any great weather nature brings us in the mountains. Our crew has been busy with emergency work, some in-house cleanup of trucks and equipment, some specialty cleaning services and more.

We would like to share some video recently posted on our YouTube and website. The first video show our recent work in Vail where there was a Diesel Spill. The second video is one from our sister company Colorado Crawl Space and the interview with Harrison Ratzlaff.The third video highlights Donna Albani, our Marketing Director sharing about Ice Dams and water intrusion to homes.

We also have been working on a fire restoration project in Wildridge, Avon and several of our technicians are currently in Denver at an Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) Mold Class. The prerequisite for this class is obtaining the Industry’s IICRC Certification in WRT.  The Applied Microbial Remediation Technician course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques to individuals engaged in property management, property restoration, IEQ investigations or other related professions. Emphasis will be placed on teaching mold and sewage remediation techniques to individuals who will perform these procedures in the field. Course graduates will be adequately equipped to perform remediation services, while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants. This is a 4 day course for our Technicians.

SteamMaster takes pride and place a huge emphasis on education in Technical expertise for our staff. To provide excellent service we go out of our way to earn the knowledge and experience needed in all the types of services we provide. Call us to schedule your Cleaning and Restoration needs today at 970-827-5555.

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Tips To Help Reduce Damage During A Flood

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Flood Response Vehicle On The Scene.

 

Next to a fire, almost all homeowners fear flooding, and the damage it can cause. The flood can be caused by many things, from a frozen/broken pipe to an overflowing river, the results can be devastating. In almost all cases, some type of water damage restoration will be required. Most homeowners will find that they will need to rely on a specialist in water damage cleanup.

 

These specialists will have both the knowledge and equipment to rid your home of water, and to minimize the damage of the actual structure. Yet, that isn’t the only place flood damage can occur, losses typically include: furnishings, family photos, pieces of art and books. The following tips can help lessen the damages of items that are irreplaceable. The following safety tips for water damage can all be done before the water restoration team gets to your home.

 

Safety Tips For Water Damage

 

First of all, the homeowner must prevent serious, and even fatal injuries. To do this they should:

Turn off all power to the area before allowing others to enter the flooded area. Next, the homeowner must attempt to find the source of the water, if a plumbing emergency is thought to be the cause. Once the source is found, all water to the area should be shut off to minimize damage. Last of all, remind everyone that the area may be slippery.

These tips should be taken in the order written. Once done, the area may be entered and the water restoration may begin.

 

Tips For Beginning The Water Damage Cleanup

 

The homeowner can begin the cleanup before the water restoration team arrives. These steps if done can save many of the most precious of mementos:

  • Remove as much of the water as possible by mopping or blotting. If there is any dripping or leaking, a bucket or empty trash can is an effective way to save a lot of water from further damaging its surrounding areas. A Homeowner should not attempt to vacuum the water, remember no electrical appliances should be used in the affected area.
  • Wipe any excess moisture from unaffected susceptible content in the area. Once dry, removal to an unaffected area is suggested.
  • Remember not to put items that bleed color next to, or on other surfaces that can absorb the colors(such as carpet).
  • Use a clothes hanger to support the bottom of any long drapery/curtains on the curtain rod
  • Remove all area rugs that are in the flooded area.
  • Move all photos, pictures and art works to a dry, and safe area.
  • Remove all books or important documents from the area, if they are wet, place them on a dry area, spread the pages to allow faster drying.
  • Open all affected doors, drawers, closets and pieces of luggage to aid in the drying phase.

 

 

Things That Should Never Be Done

 

There are three things that should never be done. By doing so, people risk serious injuries, and possible death. Learn these safety tips for water damage, and keep everyone safe:

  • Do not use an ordinary or electrical vacuum.
  • Never use electrical appliances in flooded areas.
  • Do not enter severely flooded areas until the electricity has been turned off.

 

I hope these tips are helpful, but mostly I wish you many dry years!

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Happy New Year – We are always here for you!

BoosterClub_pdf“If you want it done right and you want it done right now, call SteamMaster for all of your cleaning and restoration needs.”
When it comes to emergency services involving water, mold and fire damage restoration, SteamMaster not only provides immediate response but has the capacity and expertise needed to mitigate any size loss for residential and commercial properties.

 
SteamMaster provides the best training available for its staff – including office and admin people – and prides itself on having the most professional and qualified technicians in the region. Gary Gilman, owner and president of SteamMaster, is a leading expert in the mold and water industry. He is a Council-Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor. This designation is held by only 5 other individuals in the state. Matt Monica, Jeff Sandoval and Donna Albani hold AMRT certificates. All of our technicians have been trained to be certified in water remediation and cleaning services.

 
Gary Gilman started the business in 1978 in order to have the life style to ski during the day and work at night. By 1995, the business had grown so large he decided to build his World Headquarters in Minturn. Employee housing was incorporated in the building to insure timely 24/7/365 response. The building also houses the first in-plant Oriental rug cleaning facility available to the valley – no more need to go to Denver to get you fine area rugs and other specialty cleaning.

 
Since 1978, SteamMaster has pioneered innovative technologies in the cleaning and restoration industry. It started with Gary introducing the first truck-mounted extraction equipment to the valley. In 1986 SteamMaster expanded its services to include smoke and fire damage restoration. Gary and the management staff attend national conferences to stay abreast on the latest methods and equipment to be able to provide the best possible service for hard surfaces, carpet and upholstery cleanings as well as restoration services in the Rocky Mountain region.
SteamMaster’s sister company, Colorado Crawl Space (formerly Colorado Basement Systems) was set up in 2003 to provide CleanSpace® crawl space encapsulation services. This system can help to control moisture levels and odors from migrating into living spaces above.

 
SteamMaster believes in providing superior customer service based on the principles enshrined in our ‘Values Statement:’ BRIER, which stands for BALANCE, RESPONSIBILITY, INTEGRITY, EXCELLENCE and RESULTS. As a Finalist of the 2013 BBB Torch Award, SteamMaster attributes its 38+ years of longevity to its high ethical standards, dedicated team members and loyal customers.

 
We ARE the Local Experts, providing World-Class solutions. As a reminder to SteamMaster’s indelible jingle, which reinforces our capacity, capability, expertise and longevity, the tune goes…

“For Water and Fire Damage RESTORATION… We’ll Take Care of your AGGRAVATION… One Call Does It ALL… SteamMaster!

CONTACT INFORMATION
24-Hour Response Contact Number: 970-827-5555
Email: info@steammaster.com | www.steamMaster.com | www.facebook.com/steammaster | www.twitter.com/SteamMaster

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The Importance of Having A Professional During A Water Emergency

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When a water intrusion occurs in a home through flooding or leaking, it is important for home and business owners to avoid damage by calling for prompt water removal or pump out services. Unfortunately, water is one of the most destructive forces a home can face, especially if the water comes in the form of a flood. If water removal is carried out promptly, home and business owners can avoid a host of issues that can damage their home and even put their health in danger.

Standing water not only causes massive water damage to the porous structures of a home, it can also contribute to the growth of mold and mildew. Since certain types of mold are toxic, it is crucial the mold growth is inhibited as much as possible. If the water stands in a home for over twenty-four hours, it can begin to cause mold and mildew growth on all of the moist surfaces and even in the air.

Flood remediation teams use water extraction processes to remove large amounts of water at an exponential rate. The sooner the water is removed, the sooner the damage can be assessed and repaired. Using various extraction processes, the team will work to remove any standing water, including water that has made its way into the walls. After the water removal has taken place, the team will work to bring the humidity levels down as soon as possible so the growth of mold and mildew is mitigated effectively.

SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning LLC. Provides water extraction services and will not only work to help home and business owners dry out, but they also ensure the home is restore ready after every Water Damage. Through thorough cleaning measures, the removal of damaged materials, and the replacement of drywall and other building materials, a home can be fully restored to the way it was before the waters entered and caused damage. Also known as a “pre-loss” condition.

Home and business owners who are in need of water removal services can count on SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning. We come out 24/7/365 for water emergencies so a home can be protected from the onslaught of damage that occurs after a water intrusion. With a prompt response, home and business owners alike can rely on these services when an emergency occurs.

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Reacting Quickly to Minimize Washing Machine Overflow Flooding Damages

IMG_8562Let’s face it, flooding emergencies are relatively common events that can occur at anytime in a home. Being prepared can make the difference between cleaning up a little mess and paying a significant amount of money out on an expensive laundry room flood problem. Regardless to the situation, it is essential that the homeowner and their families know what to do so that they can recover quickly.

#1 – Concentrate on Safety First
When an individual is dealing with a washing machine that is overflowing, one of the first things that they will need to concentrate on is the family’s safety. Because the water from a washing machine overflow can flood dangerous areas electrical places in the home, the owner or a family will need to cut off the electrical power. To prevent electrical shock, the person should cut it off at the fuse box or circuit breaker. Additionally, because this water is normally slippery from all of the suds, people should make sure that they are taking the necessary precautions to keep from slip and falling. No one wants to add to this problem by having to make a trip to the hospital.
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#2 – Check Washer Hoses for Leaks
Sometimes this kind of problem may be relatively simple to resolve. This is normally in cases where the hose on the machine is too loose. Therefore, all the person has to do is tighten the hoses up prior to turning the machine back on.

#3 – Best Practices for Hard to Spot Problems
If the problem that the owner is experiencing is not easy to identify, there are some best practices that can be used to stop the flooding. For instance, the owner should avoid cramming too many clothes in the machine because unbalanced loads can present significant problems. In some cases, the owner may not know why the problem has occurred, so they will need to contact an appliance repairman to do the job.

#4. Clean up and water damage from washing machine
In some situations, the owner of the home may not discover the problem until it is too late to prevent damage to other floors in the home. When this happens, the family will need to react quickly to avoid unnecessary water damage from the flooding. For instance, if there is a lot of water, the owner may need to contact an outside agency that specializes in water damage services.

In any water damage situation call a restoration company immediately. SteamMaster is a 24-hour emergency restoration company serving 9 counties. A live person will answer the phone at 970-827-5555 when you call.

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Three Pallets of Air Movers arrived!

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Matt Monica, Vice President of SteamMaster just received a shipment of The Phoenix AirMax her ordered. It is the Best-Performing and Smallest Air Mover in its Class.

The Phoenix AirMax is a radial air mover with outstanding performance (925 CFM and 1.9 amps), well known for its numerous superior features, including its exceptional ergonomics and compact size only weighing 21 lbs!

Its compact footprint and 8 7/8″ height make the this air mover the most compact and portable fan in its class.”SteamMaster is constantly looking for the latest technology and tools to provide superior service in any of our water damage and fire damage restoration services” said Matt.

In addition, the AirMax is stable in all four drying positions to maximize flexibility for any water damage restoration jobs.

The Phoenix AirMax Radial Air Mover is the safest fan in its class providing a quality GFCI convenience receptacle that protects not only connected loads, but onboard components as well. The Phoenix AirMax is built to keep the contractor and their customers safe.

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