Steam Cleaning Grout

Using steam when cleaning grout make the job much simpler and leaves the area sanitized and bacteria free. It’s also the best technique to use before your are sealing or re-sealing your grout. Royal’s powerful truck mounted equipment can get steam much hotter than rental / consumer machines, and will prevent any unfortunate injuries that occur when people attempt to do steam cleaning on their own. Why is steam so effective? Well, before the grout is steamed, a preleminary mop of the floor or tiled surface removes loose dirt and residue recently deposited. However, dirt, grime and bacteria have become embedded in the grout over time, and therefore remain even after mopping with very hot water. Steam serves to loosen embedded dirt, creating an almost “muddy” liquid from the released grime, dirt and bacteria. Once this “shushy” muck is loosened, it can be mopped up using sanitizing solutions, leaving your floors truly clean and freshened. The frequency of steam cleaning grout is determined by the traffic in your home, whether you have kids and / or pets, and your family’s lifestyle. Contact David at 580-324-0919 to learn more about industrial steam cleaning, the safety and effectiveness of hiring a licensed professional, and the frequency of services. Royal Means...

Certain Types of Mold Can Cause Severe Health Issues

Common Types of Household and Office Mold Alternariais one of the more common molds found indoors and outdoors is alternaria. Alternaria usually appears in areas that are damp like the sink, shower, or dark and dimly lit areas outside the home. Health problems associated with alternaria include asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Aspergillus This mold incredibly common and does minor damage to those that inhale it. Severe reactions include respiratory infections, allergic reactions, and inflamed lungs. Aureobasidummold is most often found on wooden furniture, surfaces, painted walls and wallpaper as well as around windows and in caulk. If you notice a spotty substance that is pink and black in color in those areas, it’s probably this type of mold. Since aureobasidum is so common, most people do develop allergic reactions to it and it has been known to cause more severe reactions than other molds. Chaetomiummold is found in drywall that has experienced water damage. People typically identify its presence when they smell a musty or old odor in their home. Cladosporiummold is often found inside both cool and warm areas like carpet, wood floorboards, wooden cabinet and older fabrics. Being around the cladosporium mold can leave homeowners with breathing problems and respiratory issues. Fusariumis a mold that tends to grow in colder, wetter areas. The typical homes for the fusarium mold are carpeted areas and similar fabrics. Fusarium can cause the standard allergic reaction as well as respiratory infections and inflammation. Penicilliumis a mold that can found indoors inside insulation, furnishings, water damaged furniture, carpeting and more. Penicillium is known for spreading quickly throughout the home and can...
Keep Air Free of Rodent Allergens

Keep Air Free of Rodent Allergens

It’s getting cold, and who can blame them for seeking a little comfort? We may all find the little mice in “Frederick” adorable as they winter in the stone wall, their droppings can spread disease and increase allergens.  So we definitely don’t want them in our homes or crawlspaces to contaminate the air. Here are 5 Tips to keep Frederick and his Rodent pals in the stone wall and out of your home.

Groundwater Intrusion

Groundwater Intrusion

Thanks to advances in construction and building codes, groundwater intrusion flooding isn’t usually a problem for most homeowners.  This is because builders know how to create a constant flow from the roof of a building, out the gutters and away from the foundation.  Homes and other buildings sit on the highest part of a graded slope, ensuring water runs away from the structure, not towards it. However, extreme weather events can still cause flooding and groundwater intrusion is possible through seepage into basement or crawlspaces and leaking through thresholds at exterior doorways.  If you have experienced groundwater intrusion into your home or office due to recent heavy rains, there are a few things to consider. The first and most important step is to check if surface water is draining at the foundation or next to the basement.  Your insurance company can help by sending someone to assess the situation, but the more you understand, the more you will be able to make the right decisions to restore your property after a flooding event. Second, check to see if gutters are overflowing or not channeling water properly during rain storms.  Malfunctioning gutters can cause water to seep along the walls of the structure, draining it near the foundation or basement.  When gutters overflow, water can intrude higher up in the structure as well. Evaluate downspout distance and slope if you can.  As you’re watching how water drains, see if the downspouts are hindered at all from sending water away from the structure.  Ideally, water should be discharged about 10 feet away from the foundation or basement wall.  If water is...
Hardwood Floor Flooding

Hardwood Floor Flooding

Drying Out Hardwood Floors After a Plumbing Leak or Flood A plumbing leak or flood can quickly have a detrimental affect on hardwood flooring. Salvaging wood floors after water damage is a difficult process. In some cases, flooring cannot be saved and has to be replaced completely. The key to minimizing damage to your floor is quickly extracting water as well as hiring a professional water damage restoration specialist who can accurately assess the extent of the damage and then restore, repair or replace any materials that have experienced extensive damage. First things first—immediately turn off the water in your home to prevent further water accumulation and call a local water damage restoration company for a free estimate. Only then should you move forward with drying out the space while you wait for professionals to arrive. Step 1: Prepare the space for water extraction. Before you can begin drying the space, you should move all furniture to another room to avoid further damage to your hardwood floors. Limit all foot traffic in the space to avoid harming vulnerable, wood soaked flooring. Step 2: Use professional techniques for water extraction. If you want to increase the chances of salvaging the hardwood floors in your home, you have to dry the space as quickly as possible. The longer water is left to sit, the greater the risk for mold and mildew growth in the space. Water extraction can be performed using multiple, proven techniques.The water damage restoration specialists will arrive with professional grade equipment, but in the meantime you can use items around your home to begin the drying process. Use...
The Value of Professional Steam Carpet Cleaning

The Value of Professional Steam Carpet Cleaning

Professional Steam Carpet Cleaning removes the dirt and water that rental carpet cleaners leave behind. 580-324-0919 Our professional carpet cleaning equipment reaches much higher temperatures than a rental can, and has more power to extract dirt, oil, pet stains, odors, and microbes that rental machines can leave behind. Make sure your home is “Midwest Fresh and Clean.” Call Royal Today!