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Meet Our Franchise Owner Gene Smirnov

With a background in Marketing, Physical Education, and Finance and Investment, his knowledge and diverse competencies are matched by an uncommon generosity. His following of loyal customers are proof of his work ethics and dedication. He joined the Go Green Restoration team in 2016 as Head of Operations and hasn’t stopped over delivering ever since. Managing intense workloads and different projects at once, he is always there for anyone who needs him. A solution-oriented person that goes above and beyond to make sure customers receive the premium service they deserve. He now owns 2 franchise units and continues to work hard to expand the business.

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Meet Our Brand New Franchise Owner Igor Madrit

At 19, he opened his first dry-cleaning business and has been an entrepreneur ever since. With more than 20 years of business experience, he owns 11 dry cleaners in 3 different states, and employs 70 people. His story attests to his resilience, resourcefulness and his passion for building outstanding teams. And because great teams deliver great customer service, we are thrilled to have him at Green Restoration family.

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Reducing Plastic Rain with Fashion Choices

by Kimberley Graham

Micro-plastic particles have been most commonly associated with ocean pollution. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), roughly 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. The plastic debris made up of mostly single-use plastic products, break down into micro-particles that have been found inside fish, birds, and a range of other marine life.

However, more recently, scientists have discovered that microplastics are also found in soils, terrestrial plants, and animal life, as well as in the Earth’s atmosphere. Because plastics are a persistent and lightweight material, they fragment into tiny pieces that can easily be carried by the wind. This means that no location is safe from plastic pollution.

Recent studies by Utah State University have estimated that more than 1000 tonnes of plastic micro-particles fall as rain each year in protected and remote areas of nature, such as in the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree National Park. Meanwhile, London was found to have the highest levels of atmospheric micro-plastic pollution compared to other major cities in China, France, and Germany. Scientists estimate that eleven billion metric tons of plastic are projected to accumulate in the environment by 2025.

So what is the main culprit? When the plastic rain was analyzed, the fibrous micro-particles were found to be caused by the breakdown of synthetic textiles. Fabrics such as nylon and polyester made up 92% of the pollution measured. These findings underline the importance of reducing pollution from synthetic fashion materials. So where to start?

Here are a few tips that can help to reduce the amount of plastic that enters the atmosphere.


1. Choose Clothes Made from Natural, Organic and Recycled Natural Fabrics

Natural, organic, and recycled natural fabrics are the preferable choice in terms of overall sustainability impacts while eliminating the contribution of plastic pollution from fashion into the water cycle and atmosphere. Here are three fabrics to consider next time you are updating your wardrobe.

Organic-Linen: Linen is a natural fiber that has been grown for centuries. It is made from a very versatile crop: the flax plant which requires minimal water and grows in poor-quality soil. Besides, every part of the plant is used in the production of linen – so nothing is wasted. Linen is naturally moth resistant, strong, and, if left un-dyed, linen is fully biodegradable. In addition to being a good choice for people and the planet, linen is also a lightweight, soft fabric that is extremely comfortable and breathable when worn.

Recycled Cotton: Cotton is one of the most used fabrics in the fashion industry, however, it can be a very water-intensive crop, and depending on where it is grown, it can involve the use of a lot of chemicals. Organic cotton is also available. However, check if any organic claims are GOTS-certified to ensure high standards in production. Even better than organic cotton is recycled or up-cycled cotton, which is made from post-industrial and post-consumer cotton waste and is a more sustainable alternative compared to both conventional and organic cotton. Recycled cotton involves less water and energy consumption, keeps cotton clothes out of the landfill, and contributes to zero plastic pollution. On top of that, recycled cotton is still a lightweight and breathable natural fiber to wear.

Organic Hemp: Organic Hemp is one of those natural fibers that seem to tick all the boxes in terms of both sustainability and comfortability. Hemp requires very little water to grow, zero pesticides, and it fertilizes the soil as it grows. Hemp is an ancient fabric that has been used for a range of purposes for centuries and is one of those fabrics that becomes softer and more comfortable each time it is washed. It may not be surprising to find out that hemp is considered to be one of the most sustainable fabrics out there.


2. Wash and Tumble Dry Less

As a general rule of thumb, washing clothes less is one way to maintain the quality of the fabric and reduce water pollution. For synthetic fabrics, this is particularly important, as each wash is contributing to plastic micro-particles entering the water cycle. While some fabrics can be safely tumbled dried, it is preferable to hang or air dry where possible, as a natural drying process saves energy and involves less wear and tear. This means each fashion item will also last longer. When in doubt, follow the care instructions on the label and feel free free to chat with us about your garment cleaning requirements.

By being conscious about the care of your clothes and choosing natural, recycled, and organic natural fibers, you can reduce your contribution to plastic pollution and the bio-accumulation of plastic micro-particles in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.

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The Benefits of Green Restoration

by Kimberley Graham

There are many reasons why you may need restoration or a deep clean of a residential or commercial building. Perhaps your property has been damaged due to smoke or fire damage, water from a storm, hurricane, wind or a flood. There are also conditions which need to be attended to regularly, such as mold remediation, roof leak repair, or air quality enhancement services. Particularly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, clean ventilation systems are more important than ever to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the virus.

Green restoration offers many benefits for health, efficiency and overall well-being for people and the planet. Most of the benefits stem from the use of environmentally-friendly products as well as attention to sustainable operations. This article will outline the benefits of environmentally friendly cleaning products as well as a few of the positive impacts of embedding sustainability into day-to-day operations.

Benefits of Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

The market is full of choices when it comes to cleaning products and antimicrobials and botanical products are on the rise. While natural and botanical based products offer many distinct advantages over traditional synthetic chemical cleaning products they are also a sustainable and risk mitigating cleaning option for every green restoration job. However, not all botanical products are created equal. It is important to check the label to make sure the product is an EPA Safer Choice, organic, Certified Green and/ GRAS Fifra 25B.

Using products that carries a recognized environmental labelling standard gives consumers and businesses confidence that the product performs well and contain ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment. There are currently more than 2,000 products that currently qualify to carry the EPA Safer Choice label which are safer for:

  • You, your family, and pets;
  • Workers’ health; and
  • Fish and the environment.

The reason why environmentally friendly products are better for you, your family and the environment are because most standards are placing restrictions on the pH levels and chemical content to ensure that the products minimize the potential for skin and eye irritation or injury. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are also restricted to minimize the indoor air pollution which is associated with respiratory concerns, such as asthma. There are also products available that are fragrance-free, for consumers who are sensitive to smell. All of these benefits do not come with any loss in cleaning quality, as on the contrary, certified cleaning products must perform comparably to conventional chemical cleaning products.

One product that is environmentally friendly and particularly effective in ventilation systems during winter is EnviroCon. With the lowest levels of toxicity EnviroCON also carries a certified safety rating from the EPA. The lowest EPA toxicity rating means there are no harmful dermal (skin), ocular (eyes), inhalation (breathing), or ingestion (swallowing) effects when using EnviroCON. It is also highly effective in eliminating odor-causing microorganisms as well as those associated with mold, mildew, and bacterial growth. With no damaging propellants or flammable ingredients, EnviroCON is also a high quality environmentally friendly product.

The Safer Choice label also requires companies to implement sustainable packaging measures and to improve the packaging profile on an ongoing basis for products that carry the label.

Sustainable Operations

As Green Restoration companies are constantly on the move to service different clients and properties, one of the main ways to embed sustainability into operations is to ensure a green fleet of cars. When considering how to reduce vehicle emissions and increase fuel economy, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it can be helpful to consider:

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV)
  • Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Mild or Full Hybrid Vehicles
  • Low emissions
  • Reduce size of fleet, consider car sharing services, and think about your vehicle function and size requirements
  • Anti-idling

In some states there is a local biofuel projects that recycles old cooking oil, saving it from going to waste while also reducing emissions. For example, biodiesel fuels can reduce CO2 emissions by over 78% compared to petroleum based fuels. This ensures that emissions remain low from car operations. Attention to idling time is also an important area for benefit to the environment and longevity of the vehicle, as idle time wastes fuel and increases engine wear. Small changes in idling time can lead to noticeable benefits, including fuel savings and a reduction in pollution, noise, and engine condition. Other ways to ensure a sustainable and green fleet include regular servicing and safety checks to keep vehicles operating in top condition and with maximum resource efficiency.

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Clean and Safe Indoor Air Quality

by Kimberley Graham

Clean and safe indoor air quality are important considerations for commercial and residential spaces, particularly during the global pandemic. Poor indoor air quality may cause health problems in some people, such as irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat, as well as dizziness, headaches, and fatigue. When not enough outdoor air enters indoors, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health risks. As air continually circulates inside, it is important to open the windows regularly to allow for fresh air circulation and break up particle clusters.

 

However, both indoor air and outdoor air may contain airborne pollutants.These include cigarette smoke, asbestos, mould, lead, carbon monoxide, chemical cleaning products, pesticides, radon, pet hair and dust mites. Volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and other chemicals are also present in fabrics and building materials such as paint and coated surfaces. In fact many people don’t realise how common activities are negatively affecting indoor air quality. Children are at greater risk of being negatively impacted, as well as the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma. That’s why regular disinfection, maintenance and cleaning of Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) can be effectively achieved with Ultra Violet (UV-C) light, together with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration systems. So how do they work?

 

Ultra Violet Light

Some types of ultra violet light have disinfectant properties. Ultra violet wavelengths in the photo-biological short-wave spectral band between 200 to 280 nanometers (nm), known as ‘UV-C’ have been shown to be effective for disinfecting air, water, and nonporous surfaces. UV-C light is germicidal, which means it disrupts and deactivates the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. By destroying the DNA of germs, their ability to multiply is disrupted and they do not survive. UV-C light has been shown to destroy the outer protein coating of COVID-19 and is therefore highly effective in preventing the spread of the disease.

UV-C light radiation is commonly used inside air ducts and HVAC systems to disinfect the air. This is actually the safest way to apply UV-C radiation because direct exposure to the skin or eyes may cause harm or injury. It should also be noted, that UV-C radiation needs to be directly applied to the pathogen for it to be effective. This means thorough and regular application is critical. For more information see the relevant USDA web page.

 

High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration

HEPA filters can capture up to 99.7 percent of all air-borne contaminants that are 0.3 microns or greater, including pathogens, fine dust, mould, viruses, and pollen, among other impurities. HEPA filters are usually made from cellulose, glass or other synthetic materials to create a close-meshed network of fibres. This network of filters capture particles through several thin filter layers which are placed on top of one another to offer a large filter-to-surface ratio. Depending on the material used, a HEPA filter can be washed out for reuse. Particle measurement and filter leak tests need to be carried out regularly. Regular cleaning and maintenance of the filters is also essential. HEPA filters are particularly common in HVAC systems inside research, medicine, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in the microtechnology, nuclear, food and semiconductor industries. HEPA filters help to stop the spread of COVID-19, while offering other benefits like fewer airborne particles and contaminants, such as dust indoors. HEPA filters therefore offer better indoor air quality that causes fewer problems for children and people with allergies and asthma.

 

Good indoor air quality is not only critically important now in the time of COVID-19, it is also critical for preventing long-term illnesses.  Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a range of serious and chronic diseases, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease. During the winter months and in consideration of the normal flu season on top of the pandemic, it is highly recommended to clean and disinfect HVAC systems each quarter, at the minimum. So what are you waiting for? Book your HVAC maintenance and cleaning service today and breathe easy in the coming months.

 

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Benefits of Using Plant Based Disinfectants and Cleaning Products Effective Against COVID-19

By Kimberley Graham

Cleaning and disinfecting routines (and concerns) may be forever changed during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are wondering how to ensure an effective clean while also disinfecting against (COVID-19) coronavirus.

To help consumers navigate which cleaning and disinfectant products are effective in killing COVID-19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has compiled a list of over 400 products that have been proven to kill the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Of course, some of the products on the list are chemical-based, which can be more damaging for the environment compared to others. If you prefer to use plant-based and natural cleaning products, you may be interested to know that common household items include baking soda, vinegar, lemons and club soda are not on the list of EPA Approved products as they have not been proven to kill COVID-19. Of course, it is fine to continue to use them as part of your cleaning routine, however they do not provide verified disinfectant capabilities.

Chemical-based cleaning products pollute waterways and can be toxic to people’s health. Whereas, green and plant-based cleaning products offer the possibility of a thorough clean without the harm and risks of chemicals, odors and residue that can be left on surfaces and in the atmosphere. Although, it should be noted, labelling standards are not prescriptive in the United States, in terms of requiring disclosure of all ingredients. Labelling standards only require the active ingredient to be disclosed. This means that a ‘plant-based’, ‘natural’, ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘botanical’ cleaning or disinfectant product may not be made from 100% natural ingredients.

So what are some of the main benefits of using plant-based or more natural cleaning products and disinfectants? Here are a few of the main ones.


Safer for Humans and Animal Health

As already mentioned, natural or plant-based cleaning and disinfectant products are more likely to contain much lower levels of alcohol, ammonia, oxidizers and bleach (chlorine-based), which are toxic for the environment and human health, particularly in high quantities. This is a major reason to choose a cleaning and disinfectant product that is as environmentally friendly as possible. One of the most important reasons for using plant-based cleaning and disinfectant products is the immediate health and well-being of the humans and animals that may enter or inhabit the building or area. Chemical ingredients can cause headaches, allergies or respiratory irritation in some people, especially when used in industrial quantities. Fresh air and surfaces without toxins, residues and chemicals has long been known to be important for overall human and animal health and well-being.


A Fresher and Natural Feeling Environment

Environmentally friendly cleaners and disinfectants often use natural astringents and fresh ingredients, such as lavender and citrus. This has the additional benefit of leaving the entire area smelling fresh and clean. These natural aromas also tap into the natural desire of humans to feel like they are close to nature. One disinfectant on the EPA Approved List of Cleaning Products and Disinfectants is the Benefect Botanical Daily Cleaner Disinfectant Spray which uses the active ingredient Thymol. Thymol is derived from herb Thyme and is also known to kill 99.9% of all germs.


Less Streaking on Delicate Surfaces and Improved Air Quality

Natural ingredients often leave less streaks on surfaces and are not as harsh on delicate surfaces. When the cleaning products are natural, they will be less likely to act as corrosive or delicate and porous surfaces. Less wear and tear ultimately keeps furniture and surfaces in better quality for longer and saves money in the long term. A plant-based cleaning product is less likely to contain toxic or chemical residues that get trapped in the air – that then gets recirculated throughout the indoor environment.


Reduce Contamination of Water supply

Often the cleaning process involves using water to clean surfaces in a mix together with the disinfectant or cleaning products. This means that a lot of the chemicals used in commercial products are washed down the drain and contaminate water supplies. When using natural cleaning products there is less, or no, contamination to water supplies. This also avoids toxic chemical entering the natural world, the contamination of soil and ultimately the food chain.


Important Note
: When using a cleaning product, always read the label and follow the directions to ensure safe and effective use. Most importantly, never eat, drink, breathe or inject these products into your body or apply directly to your skin as they can cause serious harm. Do not wipe or bathe pets with these products o

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Mold Remediation With Dry Ice Blasting Technology

by Kimberley Graham

Dry ice blasting technology is environmentally friendly and cost-effective method for preparing, cleaning and restoring surfaces. It works particularly well in removing deposits from metal surfaces. However, dry ice blasting technology can be effective on any material that is sensitive to changes in temperature, including varnishes, waxes, glues, paints, mould, oils, bitumen, plastics, foam, and soot, among other deposits. While dry ice has been available since 1925, the technique of dry ice blasting is relatively new method that is rapidly gaining wider acceptance.

How does it work?

Dry ice pellets are made from frozen carbon dioxide (-102F, -79°C) which are blasted at high speed onto the surface. As the pellets hit the surface very fast, the unwanted deposits become brittle and can be removed easily. As the dry ice pellets are central to the technology, this cleaning and restoration technique is also sometimes known as ‘CO2 blasting’.

The Environmental and Other Benefits of Dry Ice Blasting Technology

Dry Ice Blasting Technology is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are numerous benefits for the environment of dry ice blasting technology, among other benefits. Below are just a few.


No Chemicals

Carbon dioxide is a non-toxic, odourless gas most commonly used in the drinks industry, such as an additive in mineral water, for example. This means that dry ice blasting does not expose the user or work environment to harsh, corrosive solvents or toxic chemicals during the application.  For this reason, dry ice blasting can be considered ecologically friendly. However, adequate ventilation may still necessary while using dry ice blasting technology as carbon dioxide is increasingly toxic at concentrations greater than 1%. Insulated gloves, eye and ear protection are also part of our standard safely equipment and protocols when dry-ice blasting.


Zero Water

Dry ice blasting does not use any water. This means dry ice blasting is not contributing to exacerbating water stress or over-exploitation, which many other cleaning methods do.


Fast and Efficient

As already outlined, dry ice blasting uses the power of freezing cold temperatures combined with immense speed to achieve a high quality clean. The process is by its very nature is fast and efficient and cleaning can be done with minimal or zero disassembly. In addition, dry ice blasting is incredibly versatile and can be applied in just about anything surface or hard-to-reach area. This saves money, labor, time, and materials.


Gentle on Surfaces

Dry ice blasting is known to clean surfaces without etching or causing damage. This means it can be safely used on sensitive machinery and surfaces. Even at high speeds and high impact, the CO2 pellets will not damage the surface.


No drying time

As dry ice blasting uses frozen CO2 pellets, there is no wetness involved and therefore no drying time required. This is a real time saver, as any painting or subsequent application can be applied immediately.


Saves Money

Dry ice blasting generally costs significantly less compared to other cleaning methods and products. This is in part, because there are less storage and maintenance costs associated with the dry ice blasting technique. As a more cost-effective way to clean, you will have more of your budget to spend on things that matter most to you.


Health and Well-Being

As dry ice blasting leaves no residue from the cleaning media it does not affect the working of adjacent equipment or nearby personnel. This also means that dry ice blasting will not contribute to any respiratory problems. In addition, since there is no CO2 creation, dry ice blasting does not add any harmful emissions to the carbon footprint of operations.


Wide Ranging Application

Dry ice blasting can be used in a wide range of situations. For example, dry ice blasting is suitable for use in hospitals as it does not affect patients health or sensitive medical equipment. This saves time as well since the cleaning can be done on site. In addition, due to the non-conductive and dry nature of the blasting operation, this method is particularly suited to the electrical industry. Cleaning of electrical appliances, relays, insulators, cables, inside of panels, switchgear, cable trays, and contacts can be done live and without a costly power shutdown. Dry ice blasting can also be used to clean motors and generators, as there is no requirement for drying which results in shorter down times.

Mold Removal Q&A

Want to learn more about mold removal in Connecticut and Westchester County, NY, or about the remediation services offered by Green Restoration? Here are the answers to the most common questions we receive.

Sometimes, mold remediation is covered by homeowner’s insurance. It can also be included in water damage repairs. However, not all policies cover mold removal related procedures. Get in touch with your provider to see if you are covered or not.

Mold remediation plans vary from one home to another, based on several factors. However, the service always includes:

  • HEPA air filtration;
  • HEPA vacuuming;
  • Demolition, replacement, and removal of damaged materials;
  • Air containment procedures;
  • Crawlspace and attic treatments;
  • Antimicrobial treatments;
  • Disinfecting and cleaning remaining building material;
  • Encapsulating after remediation.

An antimicrobial treatment is very useful when building materials cannot easily be removed. In areas like crawlspace subflooring and attic sheathing, replacements are costly and mold growth is usually superficial. With the use of eco-friendly antimicrobial treatments, such difficult areas are protected. Also, stain-blocking primer can be used after mold growth is completely eliminated.

No. We only recommend relocation for people inside the home when mold growth is so severe that spores already reached all areas of the home. Our antimicrobial treatments are done only using non-toxic, eco-friendly chemicals, which are commonly used in the construction industry and in hospitals.

Usually, mold remediation does not force you to move out of the home. We enclose the work area with the use of plastic sheeting and completely isolate it. However, there are exceptions to this. For instance, when a critical room is affected, like the only bathroom or the kitchen, you might want to consider leaving home and arrange temporary quarters. A full mold remediation project can take 5 to 10 days and the area we work on is not accessible during the time.

We cannot tell you this without performing mold testing. Sampling analysis identifies the mold genus, which we then compare to lists of molds that can produce dangerous mycotoxins.

Mold remediation can be directly started, but it is not recommended. A thorough mold inspection is needed. This includes essential steps, like moisture measurements for ceilings, walls, and floors. Materials that have high moisture content might also have mold growth. The Green Restoration specialists need to thoroughly check the house for mold infestation, discover every affected area, type of mold, and more. We always discuss mold inspection and all steps of the remediation process with homeowners to best fit budgets and needs.

The effectiveness of the mold cleanup needs to be verified. Post-remediation sampling is an important step that guarantees the home is mold-free. This is performed before rebuilding the affected area.

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How to Prevent Mold and Mildew in the Home During Winter

by Kimberley Graham

 

As the weather gets colder, it is natural to want to shut the windows and turn the heater on. However, winter is also the the time of year when mold and mildew may be more likely to build up. With a little care and vigilance, preventing mold and mildew in the home can be easy with these simple steps. But first, what is mold and how can it damage your home?

 

Mold and Mold Damage

Mold is a fungus that plays an important role in decomposition in nature. However, when mold gets indoors, it can cause real problems. Mold can slowly destroy wood, carpets, and furnishings, not to mention leave unpleasant black marks on walls, windows and ceilings. Mold grows where it is moist and emits microscopic spores that are airborne. These microscopic spores can be inhaled and can be harmful to human health, particularly for people with respiratory conditions or pre-existing allergies. That’s why it is important to prevent mold, especially during winter when we are usually spinning more time indoors.

 

Ventilate

Opening the windows at regular intervals is one of the best ways to reduce the particle load (which may contain fungi, bacteria, or viruses) of indoor air and help to regulate the moisture content. This is especially important after cooking, showering and first thing in the morning after sleeping. Also pay attention to the condensation and moisture as it collects on windows, walls, or pipes. It is important to dry any wet surface immediately in order to reduce the build up of water and air moisture content.

 

Use Fans

Make sure all of your indoor fans are working and use them. Particularly the fans in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room as these areas are where moisture and humidity are most likely to build up. It is also a good idea to get the filters inside the fans checked, cleaned or changed at least once a quarter.

 

Dry Clothes Outside

Although this may be difficult during winter, it is best to avoid drying clothes indoors, particularly if your house already suffers from high humidity. Hanging wet towels and clothes on heaters or drying racks is a common practice, but it creates humidity in the air as the moisture evaporates. This increases the risk of mold and mildew build up and damage to the home.

Other Recommendations

The Environmental Protection Agency also recommends that each household:

  • Cleans and repair roof gutters regularly to reduce the decomposing leaf litter.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold-water pipes, with insulation to reduce condensation.

 

Mold Prevention and Mold Removal Servcies

We provide mold prevention, mold removal, fan-filter cleaning and mold remediation services, particularly in the New Canaan and wider Connecticut area. Feel free to contact us if you would like to know how much a mold remediation costs or what is involved in mold removal. We look forward to helping you keep your home, dray safe and mold free this winter.

 

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Essential Oils with Antibacterial, Anti-fungal and Antimicrobial Properties for Cleaning in the Home

by Kimberley Graham

Essential Oils can be used for a myriad of cleaning and cleansing purposes. Some essential oils, like Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil, are well known for their antimicrobial and fungicidal properties. But there are many essential oils that can be added to DIY home cleaning and mold removal solutions. Here are a few essential oils with antimicrobial properties that may surprise you.

Clove Essential Oil

Cloves are traditionally used in herbal medicine and are a common culinary spice. Clove essential oil has antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. The vapor of clove essential oil can be strong enough to inhibit spore germination, while direct application of clove oil has been shown to be fungicidal. In a study on fungal species isolated from environmental air samples, clove essential oil was found to be the most efficiant, in terms of its broad-spectrum fungicidal properties and persistence over time (compared to Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils, which also have solid fungicidal properties). Clove essential oil is definitely one of the most effective essential oils for indoor mold remediation, improved air quality and a thorough disinfection. A dilution of between 2 to 5 percent clove essential oil is recommended in a cleaning solution.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass oil has been studied extensively and a range of properties beneficial for health and well-being have been identified. With antidepressant, antioxidant, antiseptic, bactericidal, and with fungicidal properties, the list of positive effects from lemongrass oil seem to be endless. This leafy, tropical plant has been used for centuries in Asian cuisine, as it’s fruity, citrus fragrance is delicious in curries and soups. When using lemongrass essential oil in a cleaning solution – at least 2.5 percent must be lemongrass oil to be effective. After cleaning with a lemongrass infused cleaning solution, you may even feel a natural mood lift.

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon oil has been used for a long time in India for cooking, as an ingredient in soaps and a flavour in gums. With strong antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, cinnamon oil has been shown to decrease viral factors, have an effect on fungal spore production and growth, as well as being effective against a number of different types of bacteria. The active phytochemical in cinnamon oil derived from bark are called cinnamaldehydes, while the oil from leaves are rich in eugenol. As these chemical compounds are quite strong, it is recommended to dilute the solution to less than 2 percent oil concentration when using cinnamon essential oil for cleaning.

Other Essential Oils

Other essential oils known to have beneficial fungicidal properties for indoor air quality and mold remediation are oregano, thyme and lemon, although more research is needed. If you are looking for a professional to help you deep clean, or would like to know how much a professional mold remediation or removal costs, feel free to get in touch with us via the contact page. We would be happy to give you a quote on our mold related services in Connecticut and Westchester County, NY.

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Need Air Ducts Cleaned? Go with a NADCA Certified Professional

Need Air Ducts Cleaned? Go with a NADCA Certified Professional

People rely on their HVAC system to work no matter the temperature. When the air isn’t flowing right, it may be time to have Certified Duct Cleaning done by a professional. Unfortunately, not all providers are what they may present themselves to be. NADCA is a non-profit organization that has established standards and ethics for the industry. If a contractor isn’t, it may be worth doing more research.

Signs of a Scam

When procuring the services of any contractor, it is recommended to reach out to a minimum of three to get a better gauge on offerings, pricing and to be able to meet one-on-one. After making an appointment, the contractor should come to complete a thorough inspection and assessment, after which they will discuss options. Signs that the company may not be the right choice include:

  • Business is not a member of NADCA.
  • The company hasn’t been in business very long.
  • The contractor won’t provide proof of licensing and insurance.
  • Services don’t include inspecting and cleaning all components of the system.
  • The provider relies on low-price sales gimmicks.
  • Avoid advertisements for “$99 whole house specials” and other sales gimmicks.
  • A reference list is not provided.

Trusted, Certified Service

Knowing how important the air circulating in your property is, ensuring your trust in a Certified Duct Cleaning provider is essential. Established companies like Green Restoration are NADCA certified, as well are all their technicians. The right duct cleaning provider will be more than willing to provide references, encourage you to check them out with the BBB and present documentation of certification and insurance. Along with the upfront peace of mind, being certified means having the expertise and knowledge to handle every facet of the cleaning, along with ensuring the entire system is functioning properly.
While trying to find the right contractor may seem like a headache, knowing the signs and verifying the company provides Certified Duct Cleaning services makes narrowing the choices easier.