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.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Home Maintenance Checklist For Fall

Fall is the perfect time to take care of any big home projects you’ve been putting off. You don’t have to worry about sweating buckets from the summer heat and it’s not quite cold enough yet. With that in mind, we’ll go over everything you need to know to prepare your home for the cooler weather. 
1. Rake leaves
If you’re a homeowner with trees on your property, take this time set a schedule for raking the leaves on your lawn before they begin piling up.
2. Check your gutters
The fall leaves can make their way in there too. Get them cleaned and check for any other damages that may have happened since the last time you checked! 
3. Schedule HVAC maintenance
You don’t want to wait until that icy blizzard comes to find out your heater is broken in the dead of winter. Schedule an inspection by an HVAC expert near you.
4. Seal open gaps
With the chilly weather coming through, small critters may seek shelter in your home. To avoid these unwelcome guests, close and cover any holes around the house. 
5. Get your chimney cleaned and inspected
Now that it’s autumn, you’ll want to start firing up the fireplace. A clean and working system will ensure safety and a warm living space. Pro tip- add a chimney cap to stop rodents from crawling down the top.  
6. Take inventory and stock up on cold weather supplies
It’s a good idea to go through all your winter supplies including snow shovels and ice scrapers and make sure they’re in tiptop condition. Also, use this time to make sure that all emergency kits are up to date and haven’t expired. 
7. Make an appointment for attic cleaning
You’ve heard about spring cleaning - now it’s time to introduce you to fall cleaning. It’s not often you remember to get this space cleaned, but ignoring it can lead to poor indoor air quality and other home problems. If you’re in Long Island, contact us for professional attic and crawlspace cleaning.
Fall can often be summed up in one idea - leaves (or Pumpkin Spice Lattes for some of you out there). Most everyone can agree that fall foliage is a sight to be seen, but remember that once the leaves come down winter is coming. Tick these 7 items off your list and treat yourself to a warm apple cider. 
At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we’re here to help you get your home prepared for the upcoming season. Contact us today: 631-940-8100.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Signs that Your Property Has Poor Drainage

Without proper drainage, your property is at a much higher risk for damage caused by flooding and erosion. Poor drainage can even negatively affect your home from the foundation up to its roof. This is why it’s vital to keep an eye out for signs of drainage problems in your yard and around your home.
Here are some of the most common red flags to watch for.
1. Soil Erosion in Your Yard
When soil encounters a large amount of water, it can start to move, drop, and slide if the water does not have a drainage avenue. This movement of the soil is what’s called erosion. This type of erosion frequently occurs in flower beds, but you may also see it occurring in more problematic areas, such as around your patio/deck, your walkways, or even your home’s foundation.
2. Water Pools Under Your Downspouts
Your downspout is the part of your gutters located closest to the ground, and its main purpose is to direct the water exiting it away from your home. However, if water pools right underneath your downspouts, this indicates that your downspout is not ideally positioned to direct water away from your home and might even contribute to a water damage issue.
3. You see soil on your sidewalk after it rains.
If water is allowed to accumulate, it can lift topsoil on your property and carry it to other locations. Some common signs of this are soil or mulch left on your sidewalk or clogging the drains in your yard after a rainstorm. This indicates that your property needs a better drainage path or paths to prevent water from accumulating and carrying off your soil.
4. Your crawlspace has puddles or is consistently damp.
Ideally, you never want water to enter your crawlspace because the excess moisture can lead to a number of issues. A moist crawlspace provides a prime environment for mildew and mold, and it also attracts rodents and insects. If your crawlspace contains any unsealed ductwork, mold spores and pest leavings and can infiltrate your air supply and have a negative effect on your indoor air quality.
If you suspect that your home may have water damage, don’t hesitate to contact GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration for a water damage evaluation.

Monday, August 19, 2019

5 Facts About Water Damage

Homes can suffer from water damage in numerous ways during any time of year. Whether water damage results from plumbing issues, frozen pipes, roof leaks, or floods, it can end up costing thousands of dollars to control and repair.
Here are 5 important facts to remember regarding the extent of the problems that water damage can cause.
1. Even after water is removed from your home, damage can still occur.
Once water is soaked up or pumped out of your home, there still might be moisture left behind. This moisture can threaten the structural integrity of materials like wood and drywall. Excess moisture can also lead to serious mold problems, which can weaken the structure of your home and also threaten your indoor air quality.
2. Mold can start growing in a few as 24 hours.
It’s never a good idea to put off water damage repairs. The biggest reason why is how fast mold is able to grow. If given the right combination of conditions (oxygen, moisture, darkness, and organic material), mold can start growing in less than one day.
3. Small plumbing leaks can give out a lot of water.
Aging pipes are prone to corrosion, which can lead to cracks and pinhole leaks. However, even a small leak can lead to a water damage disaster. It’s been shown that a one-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water in a single day. What’s worse is that because a lot of your home’s plumbing pipes are concealed behind walls, you are unlikely to notice the leak until water damage or mold growth becomes visible.
4. Some types of water cause more problems than others.
Generally, homes suffer water damage from either rainwater, fresh water, gray water, or sewage. Fresh water comes from your homes water line and is supplied to your faucets. Gray water is dirty water, such as the water that comes from your dishwasher or washing machine, but it is not as hazardous as sewage. Sewage contains a plethora of harmful bacteria that can make humans and animals extremely sick. Water damage from sewage requires special restoration methods in order to make you home sanitary once again.
5. Attics are particularly prone to water damage.
Commons sources of water damage in attics are failing gutters or leaky roofs. It’s important to inspect your attic for signs of water damage on a regular basis and to consult a water damage professional for an inspection if any signs are discovered.
If you suspect that your home has water damage, contact the experts at GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration for an inspection as soon as possible: 631-940-8100.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

3 Ways Weather Can Affect Your Crawlspace

Because many crawlspaces are not nearly as well protected, waterproofed, and insulated as the homes they sit underneath, weather can greatly affect their condition. Unfortunately, if a crawlspace is negatively affected by weather, it can then transfer those negative effects to the rest of your home.
Here are three of the ways that weather can negatively impact the condition of a crawlspace.
High Humidity
It’s easy for humidity to get trapped in your crawlspace if it lacks a proper source of ventilation. The warm air that’s holding all of that moisture rises toward your home, where it can start to permeate up through your floors and walls. This excess moisture can rot wood and drywall and cause black mold growth that can threaten your home’s structural integrity.
If rain ends up entering your crawlspace and pooling there, it can create some of the problems mentioned above, similar to high humidity. However, persistent puddles of water can lead to an additional problem that no homeowner or landlord wants: pests. Rodents and insects are drawn to damp places, and a wet crawlspace can provide these pests with the perfect hiding place.
Did you know that the cold air that enters your unfinished crawlspace will inevitably enter your home and make your home colder? This phenomenon, known as the “stack effect,” occurs whether you’ve insulated the floor above your crawlspace or not.
Here is how the stack effect works in a home:
  • Warm air rises. In a home, warm air rises through the home’s attic (or whatever constitutes the top level of the home). That air can be pushed out through a number of sources: open or unsealed windows, small gaps, vents, etc.
  • As the warm air rises out of your home, air from below (cooler air) moves in to take its place from your home’s lower levels, including the crawlspace.
Cold air and humidity aren’t the only things that can enter your home from the crawlspace. The air that rises up can also bring bad smells, dust mite feces, and mold spores with it. For this reason, it’s important to keep your crawlspace clean and free of excess moisture.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

5 Ways to Reduce the Humidity in Your Home

While a certain level of humidity can help your skin, throat, and sinuses feel more comfortable, excess humidity in your home can lead to a number of problems, particularly mold and mildew growth. Not only can mold and mildew negatively affect the quality of the air you breath, but certain types of mold can even threaten your home’s structural integrity.
If you start to notice wet spots or stains on your walls or condensation on your windows, it's important to take steps to reduce your home’s moisture levels. Here are some ways to get excess humidity under control.
1. Use the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom.
Your kitchen and bathroom tend to be areas where a lot of humidity can accumulate, so it’s important to keep these areas well-ventilated. Run your bathroom’s exhaust fan while you bathe or shower and for at least 30 minutes after you bathe or shower. Run your kitchen’s exhaust fan while you cook and for at least 30 minutes after you cook.
Running your kitchen fan for this additional time will also help it eliminate toxins from your air (such as carbon monoxide) that are produced by your oven or stove while cooking.
2. Cover your crawl space’s floor.
If your crawl space has a dirt floor, make sure the dirt is completely dry (you may need to use fans to dry it out completely), and then install a polyethylene cover over the floor. This will prevent moisture from entering your home through your crawl space.
3. Choose houseplants carefully.
Some houseplants transpire quite a bit and release a lot of moisture into the air as part of that process. You’ll want to avoid these types of plants or isolate them to areas of your home that are easier to control or ventilate. Other plants can be helpful when it comes to excess humidity, such as the Boston fern. This type of plant thrives in high-humidity environments and can help remove excess moisture from the air.
4. Run your air conditioner.
Your air conditioner removes moisture from the air it cools. When you run your air conditioner, you’re not only getting cooler air but air that contains less humidity. When you leave your home, set your air conditioner on a schedule so that it will still come on every so often to help keep humidity levels under control.
5. Invest in a dehumidifier.
A whole-home dehumidifier can monitor and control the humidity levels across your entire house, making it the best option to combat excess humidity. However, portable dehumidifiers tend to be a more affordable choice for most households.
What starts out as a small issue with humidity can turn into a much larger problem if left unchecked. If you suspect that your home has suffered water damage due to excess moisture, it’s vital to get the area in question inspected as soon as possible.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Watch Out for These 4 Attic Issues

Your attic can be a very easy part of your home to overlook, especially if you only visit it every so often for storage purposes. However, even if you don’t use your attic on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to go and inspect it every so often to make sure it’s free of common attic issues.
While most homeowners wouldn’t consider themselves to be home inspection experts, these are some common attic problems that you can spot without any special training.
1. Pest Infestations
Insects and small creatures (including rats, raccoons, and squirrels) can make a comfortable home for themselves in your attic if left undisturbed. When you inspect your attic, be on the lookout for animal droppings or anything that looks like it may have been chewed or clawed, including your attic’s insulation. Rats, in particular, are notorious chewers.
Checking for termite damage is also important. Inspect your attic for weak or hollow wood. If you hear clicking noises, that’s probably the sound of termites chewing.
2. Exposed Electrical Wires
It isn’t unusual or dangerous for your attic to contain electrical wires. However, if those wires have not been properly secured or if their copper has become exposed due to corrosion or pests, those wires can become a safety hazard. If you find exposed or damaged wires in your attic, for your safety, it’s best to contact an electrician to repair and secure the wires.
3. Insulation Problems
Attics are prone to a number of insulation problems. The most common problem is inadequate insulation that ends up causing higher heating and cooling bills. Another problem is damage to insulation from rodents and raccoons that tear it apart to build their homes. In addition, some older homes still contain asbestos, which brings with it a number of health risks. To learn more about the condition of your attic’s insulation and how best to improve it, it’s wisest to consult a professional.
4. Roof Leaks
What starts as a leak in the roof of your attic can eventually become a problem for the rooms below. Water damage from leaks can also contribute to mold and mildew growth, as well as pest infestations.
Bring a good source of light if your attic doesn’t have one already, and inspect the ceiling, beams, and walls. Look for telltale signs such as stains and warped or bubbling spots on the ceiling.
If you suspect that your attic has water damage or if your attic needs to be deep-cleaned, GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration is ready to provide you with an effective, bio-safe solution.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Are Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products Really “All Natural”?

If a product is branded as “natural,” does that mean that it’s made with 100% natural ingredients? Not necessarily. Because there are no federal regulations that set requirements regarding what “natural” cleaning products must contain (or not contain), it can be tricky for consumers to know what it is they’re actually purchasing--unless they look carefully at the list of ingredients.
Are There Harmful Ingredients in Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products?
Unlike some brands, Mrs. Meyers attempts to create transparency on their website when it comes to the ingredients in their products. Each product’s webpage has a section where you can view a breakdown of what ingredients are used, what they are, and what their purpose is. However, some ingredients are labeled and/or described in a way that omits information contrary to the products’ branding.
In the Clean Day Basil Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner, you’ll find ingredients like water, salt, and essential oils. You’ll also see these ingredients:
  • Methylisothiazolinone: This is described as a “non-formaldehyde preservative.” Under “What Does It Do?” the website notes: “synthetic product preservative, < 1% of total volume to ensure shelf life stability.”
  • Fragrance: This is described as a “mixture of high-quality essential oils and synthetic fragrance ingredients” that “smells great and provides an aromatherapeutic experience.”
Aside from being a preservative, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that methylisothiazolinone (MCI) is a standardized chemical allergen. Synthetic fragrances can also cause allergic reactions and worsen indoor air quality. Federal regulations don’t require manufacturers to list the ingredients in “fragrance,” so the term “fragrance,” “perfume,” or “parfum” can mean a few fragrance allergens or a few hundred. Mrs. Meyers does note under the ingredients list that the product “contains fragrance allergens” and includes a list of each fragrance allergen.
Are Mrs. Meyers Products Dangerous?
If Mrs. Meyers cleaning products are used as directed, they are unlikely to cause serious, immediate harm. However, if you have a chemical sensitivity (1 in 4 Americans do), these products could create harmful conditions for you in your home, and the artificial fragrances used in the products can worsen your indoor air quality over time.
At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we promote healthy living. All of our products are bio-safe, and all of our methods are bio-friendly. We do not use any toxic chemicals and our cleaning systems produce superior results.