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Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Best Types of Floors for Bathrooms



Because of the humidity released by baths and showers, your bathroom is one of the most mold-prone areas of your home. Plus, no matter how hard you try, your bathroom floor is going to get wet, which can increase the chances of a mold problem. Therefore, it’s crucial to choose a bathroom floor material that’s easy to clean and that will repel moisture.
Before moving forward with your bathroom makeover, these are the ideal types of flooring you’ll want to consider.
The Look of Wood Without the Risks: Vinyl Plank Flooring
If tile is not your cup of tea and you prefer a more rustic look, vinyl plank flooring might be the perfect option for you. It looks like wood planks but does not require the same level of maintenance.
All of this material’s surfaces, including its seams, are completely waterproof. Also, this type of flooring is relatively easy to install for DIY-ers and easy to remove and replace. Just keep in mind that the price is going to vary significantly with the look and quality level.
The Most Versatile: Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
Whether your tastes are traditional or contemporary, you can find a tile style to match your taste. Tiles come in a variety of hues, textures, sizes, and shapes, allowing your floor to take the spotlight or blend discreetly into the background.
Porcelain tile is just one type of ceramic tile. Porcelain, in particular, is categorized by the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency (PTCA) as having a water absorption rate of no more than 0.5 percent. Ceramic tile is waterproof—just remember that you’ll have to seal the grout to prevent mold and mildew.
The Best Resale Value: Natural Stone
When correctly sealed, natural stone is an excellent, durable flooring choice for bathrooms (though at a luxury price point). Polished marble has a classic elegance that can suit modern or traditional tastes. Granite and limestone offer an earthier appeal that’s perfect for transforming your bathroom into your private spa.
Though natural stone will last the longest of these flooring options and offer you the best resale value, it will require regular resealing to protect against moisture. Also, to ensure the stone is cut precisely to your bathroom’s specifications, it’s best to hire a professional to install this flooring.
Do you need a water damage survey in your bathroom? Contact GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration today at 631-940-8100.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How to Properly Store and Protect Your Warm-Weather Wardrobe



If stored incorrectly, your warm-weather wardrobe could fall prey to moths, mice, mold, and mildew! To ensure that your clothes make it to next spring intact, stick to these tips during and after packing away your apparel this fall.
1. Wash all of your clothes before storing them.
Moths and mice find dirty clothing much more appealing than fresh, clean clothing. Before storing your clothes for the winter, wash them in water that’s as hot as the fabric can handle. Washing clothes at 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will destroy the larvae that female moths lay into the fabric.
2. Store your clothes in airtight, plastic containers.
Airtight, plastic containers are the best way to keep your clothing safe until the weather gets warm. Rodents can easily chew through cardboard boxes. Plastic garment bags, while effective at keeping out moths, can trap moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew growth.
3. Store clothes with cedar balls or sachets of lavender.
Steer clear of mothballs and moth crystals, as these products contain pesticides that can harm people and pets--and even unborn babies. Instead, opt for all-natural cedar or lavender products. The oils in these plants help repel moths without the use of toxic gas.
4. Vacuum often.
Vacuuming helps to suck out the moth larvae from places where female moths lay them. While vacuuming rugs and carpets is a given, make sure to also vacuum underneath beds and behind radiators, as moths are attracted to the warmth there.
5. Monitor the humidity levels in your home.
Both moths and mold thrive in homes with high humidity. To make sure your clothes stay free of larvae and mold growth, you may need to lower your home’s moisture levels with a dehumidifier. You can also reduce your home’s humidity through other means, such as covering your crawlspace’s dirt floor.
Having trouble with crawlspace mold and moisture? Contact the professionals at GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration for an effective, bio-friendly solution.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Creative Ways to Repurpose Your Attic



Who couldn’t use a little bit of extra space? Adding new rooms to your home is expensive, but you might already have an unused space that’s full of potential right about your head: your attic! 
Here are four creative ways to turn your dreary attic into a great room.

Brand New Bedroom

Are your kids constantly fighting over their shared space and close proximity? Do you have a new bundle of joy on the way? In either case, you can convert your attic into a new bedroom. Of course, you’ll want to make sure it’s a safe and clean environment. You can do this by meeting your area’s building codes and hiring professional attic cleaning services.

Creative Office Space 

Separating your work from your personal space can be difficult, especially when you work from home. Your attic is the perfect place for a private office. If you’re in the creative industry, you can even convert your attic into an art gallery or photo studio. It’s a spacious area that can fit all the furniture and supplies you need. What’s even better is that it’s far enough from the rest of the bustle of your home while still being close.   

Fun-Filled Recreation Area 

Whether your kids are toddlers or teenagers, they’ll love having a designated recreation area. With just a few additions, you can turn your attic into the perfect playpen. Just add fun board games, toys, and a lounge section. If you want to invest in something larger, you can even get a ping pong table. Your home will be the hot spot where everyone in the neighborhood wants to hang out.  

Entertaining Media Room 

If the living room doesn’t fit your entire family comfortably, transform your attic into a media room. The dark, enclosed attic space will replicate a movie theater’s environment perfectly. Add a comfy sectional, storage for blankets, and a large-screen TV. You can complete your new home theater with a snack bar. 

Feeling Inspired?

Just remember that when it comes to transforming a dusty, old attic into a habitable place, the most important thing is the safety and health of your family. Turn to GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, the experts in attic and crawlspace cleaning, to help you transform your attic into the perfect addition to your home.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Ideas for Organizing Your Cleaning Supplies



Keeping up your home’s cleaning routine is a lot easier when you have well-organized cleaning supplies. The question is: what is the best way to organize your supplies? The answer will depend largely on your home’s storage options, but your personal preference will come into play as well.
Below, we’ve gathered some brilliant ideas for storing and organizing the odds and ends of your cleaning arsenal.
1. The Basics
A lot of us own duplicate cleaning supplies without even knowing it. Before attempting to organize what you have in the smartest way possible, make sure you’re only keeping the supplies you actually need.
2. Lazy Susan
If you store your cleaning supplies underneath your sink, it can be hard to reach the items stored toward the back. A Lazy Susan is a perfect solution. Instead of fumbling through bottles and brushes, simply spin the item you want to the front.
3. Tension Rod
Maximize the space underneath your sink by installing a tension rod. It’s a great place to hang brushes and the handles of spray bottles.
4. Towel Rod
Add a small towel rack to the inside of your cabinet doors for more hidden hanging space. (It’s a great way to store rubber gloves!)
5. Shoe Organizer
Short on space under your sink? Try an over-the-door shoe organizer. Each shoe pocket can hold most standard-size cleaning supplies and keep them all within easy reach.
6. Baskets with Handles
Store cleaning tools and products that you take from room to room in plastic baskets or caddies with handles. This will allow you to complete your tasks around the house more efficiently. If your kids have chores, make a basket for each of your kids with the supplies they’ll need inside it.
7. Broom-Holder
To prevent long-handled cleaning supplies from getting in the way and falling over, mount them on a wall. A broom-holder with multiple slots will do the trick!
At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we're taking eco-friendly cleaning solutions to a higher standard and striving for cleaner indoor air quality for all of Long Island. Contact us today to learn about our “green” cleaning solutions for attics, crawlspaces, and air ducts.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Places Where Water Damage Can Go Unseen


In the best-case scenario with water damage, you’re able to spot the damage right away so that you can immediately work on solving the problem. Unfortunately, homeowners aren’t always so lucky. Water damage can occur in places where most of us would completely neglect to check without a reminder, and when that happens, the restoration and repairs can be costly.
Here are some of the places where water damage can hide in your home.
Underneath a Window Air Conditioning Unit
A leaky window air conditioner can cause big problems for the window sill and wall located beneath it. When the air conditioner is working properly, the condensation that it makes while cooling air drains out through a tube the redirects the water outside the house. If this tube becomes clogged or dislodged, the condensation will drain directly down onto whatever is underneath it.
Behind Your Shower/Bathtub Surround
If your shower or bathtub surround is comprised of multiple pieces, it’s important to inspect the caulk between the surround walls and your tub to make sure it’s in good shape. Old, worn caulk allows water to get in the cracks and collect behind your wall, where it can damage the frame of your house.
Behind or Underneath Your Washing Machine
While you may wonder if your washing machine itself is prone to leaking, leaks are much more likely to occur where your washing machine hooks up to the hot and cold water supply lines in your wall. The trouble is that when leaks occur in this location, it’s hard to spot them because your washing machine usually blocks them from view. In the meantime, water starts to collect behind and underneath your appliance, damaging your wall and your floor.
Underneath Your Dishwasher
Your dishwasher is designed to be watertight. However, as its supply line and drain line age, leaks can form in their joints. This results in leaks beneath your dishwasher that can go unseen for years. During this time, the leaking water can damage your subfloor and lead to terrible mold problems.
If you suspect you have water damage in your home…
  • Do NOT touch wet or damaged items with your bare hands.
  • Do NOT breathe in damp or odorous air. Allow your home to air out with open windows and fans.
  • Contact a certified water damage repair expert.
At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we are experts in water damage repair. Contact us today at 631-940-8100.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Brilliant Products That Make Cleaning So Much Easier



While some people enjoy cleaning as a way to destress, let’s face it: most people would much rather be doing something else. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make cleaning easier than ever before. If you find yourself short on time, these brilliant products will be a welcome addition when completing your household chore regimen.
Electric Scrubber
Why scrub away soap scum using manual power when you could have a relatively inexpensive power tool scrub for you? Electric scrubbers are designed with rounded nylon brushes that rotate at high speeds to clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces when combined with cleaning formulas. You can even buy cleaning brush attachments that are designed to attach to a cordless drill.
Microfiber Cloths
These inexpensive cloths can be easily found in stores and online. Their superpower is their versatility. Microfiber cloths can wipe up spills, apply cleaning products to a variety of surfaces, and dust much more effectively than a fluffy feather dusty.
Extendable Dusters
While a microfiber cloth makes a great duster on surfaces you can easily reach, it can be a challenge using one to dust things that are high up like ceiling fans and light fixtures or underneath couches and beds. For areas that are difficult to reach, use an extendable duster with a microfiber cover. These dusters have telescoping handles that allow you to dust any area of your home that’s difficult or otherwise impossible to reach.
Garbage Disposal Cleaners
Sometimes a garbage disposal can develop bad odors due to food and grease that builds up under the blades and splashguard, along its internal walls, and in its other components. Getting rid of that stubborn grime can be a challenge because of how hard it is to reach--unless you use a foaming cleaner. This particular foaming cleaner from Glisten comes in a biodegradable packet, uses a bleach alternative, and contains natural ingredients.
Reusable Pet Hair Collector
If you’re a pet owner, you probably go through lint rollers by the dozen to get pet hair off furniture, bedding, and clothing. Instead, invest in a pet hair collector that you can use over and over. Simply roll it over your clothes just like a lint roller--no batteries or electricity required!
When it comes to cleaning air ducts, attics, and crawl spaces, trust the professionals at GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration to provide you with superior results using earth-friendly, non-toxic treatments.

Friday, September 13, 2019

4 No-VOC Paints for Decorating Your Home


Have you ever noticed that a fresh coat of paint inside your home will sometimes bother your sinuses, make you dizzy, or trigger a headache? That’s because many traditional household paints contain harmful pollutants called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds are easily able to transform into a vapor or gas, and breathing in these gases can have a number of bad effects on your short-term and long-term health.
Fortunately, now that there is growing awareness about the dangers of VOCs, there is a variety of low-VOC and no-VOC interior paints on the market. Now you can paint your home to your heart's content without worrying about compromising your indoor air quality.
Here are 4 popular no-VOC paint options for your next home makeover.
1. BioShield Clay
This is the paint of choice for folks with fragrance sensitivity. Even though paints without VOCs will not smell as strongly as their traditional counterparts, if you’re sensitive to smells, you might still get a headache or nasal discomfort. BioShield Clay has a particularly understated, clay-like smell that is far less likely to disrupt your comfort.
2. Benjamin Moore Natura
This big name in household paint has released its zero-VOC line, Natura, and the best part is that it’s available in every color Benjamin Moore offers in their other products. If you have allergies or asthma, an added perk of this paint is that it is certified allergy- and asthma-friendly.
3. Behr Premium Plus
Skip the primer with this amazing, no-VOC paint from Behr. The Behr Premium Plus line contains both paint and primer in one formula, allowing you to skip a step and get right to applying color. Like Bioshield Clay, this is another great, low-odor option for those with fragrance sensitivity.
4. Sherwin-Williams Harmony
Who would’ve ever thought that paint could actually help purify your home’s air? In fact, that is exactly what the Sherwin-Williams Harmony line does. By reducing VOC levels in your home and diminishing common indoor odors caused by things such as cooking, pets, and smoking, Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex paint helps keep your home’s air fresh and healthy. This paint is even resistant to mold and mildew, making it a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we believe that by respecting the environment we promote a healthy, safe, and clean area for your home, workplace, and life. All of our products are bio-safe, and all of our methods are bio-friendly.