Does Your Building Project Budget for Post Construction Cleaning Costs? Here’s Why It Should.

If you’re planning a residential or commercial construction project and you’re not already thinking about a plan for clean up afterwards, you should be. The professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons have decades of experience in cleaning up after construction projects. You’d be surprised how often we find that customers have forgotten to budget for or schedule a post-construction cleaning until the very last minute.

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Budgeting For Post Construction Cleaning Costs – ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons Chicago – Oak Park/River Forest – North Shore IL

 

If you’re planning a residential or commercial construction project in Chicago, Oak Park/River Forest, or the North Shore, and you’re not already thinking about a plan for clean up afterward, you should be. The professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons have decades of experience in cleaning up after construction projects. You’d be surprised how often we find that customers have forgotten to budget for or schedule a Post Construction Cleaning until the very last minute.

The problem is, customers, don’t realize that post-construction cleaning is an important part of any building project. They don’t understand that Post Construction Cleaning is some of the most important projects a restoration company will take on. These kinds of jobs usually require a company’s entire crew to be onsite for anywhere between a few days to a whole week depending on whether it is a residential or commercial project.

We like to make sure that customers understand the level of care and commitment that goes into each of our post-construction cleaning projects. The professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons are IICRC Certified and well-trained in providing unrivaled and thorough post-construction cleaning. We use products and equipment that meet the highest standards to remove all dust and debris properly. Some of the post-construction cleanup services we offer the Chicagoland area include:

  • Dusting air diffusers
  • Cleaning light fixtures within the construction area
  • Cleaning restroom fixtures
  • Wall washing or spot cleaning walls
  • Ceiling washing
  • Cleaning interior windows
  • HEPA Vacuuming
  • Cleaning carpet areas
  • Damp mopping hard-surface floors
  • Renewing hardwood floors
  • Roto buffing ceramic tile or linoleum

For larger jobs that need further cleaning after construction work has cleared, we often bundle the cleanup with these services:

Our process is one that maximizes efficiency while still delivering the highest level of service. Ideally, our process begins well before the construction project occurs — when a customer reaches out proactively for a quote. No worries if you’re one of the many who let post-construction fall by the wayside during the planning stages; if we can accommodate your dates, we will absolutely still offer quotes to contractors and homeowners who reach out during the construction project. After our professional quote is approved and we are hired for a Post Construction Cleaning, we begin to formulate a scope based on the job’s specific needs and we gather up the necessary personnel and equipment.

Sometimes, we are asked to begin our on-site cleaning for a mid-way cleaning while construction is still taking place. This is helpful for large construction projects that generate so much debris that it creates an unsafe environment and poor air quality for workers. We are available to come in and clean periodically during construction so that waste and dust are properly removed and workers can continue building and renovating on schedule.

Most of the time, though, our on-site cleaning starts immediately after construction concludes. We have two primary objectives during our cleanup: The first, to eradicate and control the dust generated by sanding and plastering before it ends up in the air ducts; and the second, to remove all dust and debris in a timely manner to restore safety to the job site. We do this in five steps:

  1. Schedule air duct cleaning
  2. Wipe down all hard surfaces, nooks and crannies, furniture, and items in renovation space
  3. HEPA vacuum carpet and upholstery
  4. Clean flooring with wet mopping, WoodGlo Renew, or roto tile buffing depending on the floor material
  5. Dispose of all construction debris on-site according to municipal guidelines and regulations in a safe manner

Because these jobs can be so large and costly, it’s important that customers budget for them in their initial construction project plan. Customers are sometimes floored to learn the cost of their site’s post-construction cleanup and are too late in the game to make room in the budget for it. Instead, they choose to DIY the cleanup or, worse, forego it altogether. We never recommend this and we would rather see customers reach out for a quote during the planning stages of a construction project so they can budget accordingly.

Though professional cleanup services are costly, they are always one hundred percent worth it. Here are three reasons why:

  • A professional cleaning increases safety

With construction projects, there will inevitably be debris left behind. From sawdust to nails and broken glass to stray wires, these debris present dangers to both the building crew and those responsible for a DIY cleanup. Accidents during cleanup happen more often than you might think. Hiring a professional crew trained to deal with hazardous materials will ensure the safety of everyone involved. A restoration company is equipped with better equipment than a broom and a dustpan.

  • Professional cleaning ensures debris is properly disposed of

Most municipalities have special rules for the disposal of residential and commercial construction waste, like paint and other chemicals. In general, they must be separated, sorted and eventually delivered to a special facility for lawful disposal. It is important to work with a professional restoration company like or you could face a fine.

  • A professional cleaning promotes efficiency and timeliness

We estimate that a professional cleaning crew will likely be able to complete a post-construction cleanup job four times faster than a DIY-er. Professional crews come with the necessary equipment it takes to clean thoroughly and efficiently. A quick cleanup allows you to move on to the final stages of your construction project. Plus, calling in the professionals for a quick turnaround can mean all the difference for contractors whose agreements include penalties for going overtime on the project.

Here at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons, we understand that every good construction project includes a professional and thorough post-construction cleanup. Our crews have decades of experience clearing construction job sites safely and quickly to ensure peace-of-mind for contractors, homeowners and business owners alike. For a professional quote, please give us a call as early as possible in your construction planning process. As always, your satisfaction is our number one priority!

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving Chicago, Oak Park, River Forest, and the North Shore.  Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the ServiceMaster Achiever Award and outstanding service in disaster restoration by Build Magazine. ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including Water & Flood Damage Restoration, Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation and a wide range of interior specialty cleaning including Hoarder & Clutter Cleaning, Post-Construction Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning and Upholstery Cleaning to residential and commercial customers residing in Chicago, Oak Park-River Forest, and the North Shore.  For more information, give us a call at 773-376-1110 or visit servicemasterbysimons.com.

 

 

 

 

Winter Weather Can Mean Carpet and Upholstery Damage

Winter is here! This means homes and businesses throughout the area will be hit by massive amounts of rain and snow. Though the holiday season is filled with merry times and traditions, especially in such a wonderful city like Chicago, the winter weather conditions can take a toll on homes and businesses in the area, making them more prone to flooding and damage.

Odor Removal – Clearing the Air of Pesky Odors

Odor Removal Services from the Professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons. Benjamin Franklin said, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” Although you probably will likely not experience odor problems from guests, there may be odors from fire, smoke, water damage or biological concerns that are hard to remove from your home or

Lemon Carpet CleaningOdor Removal Services from the Professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” Although you probably will likely not experience odor problems from guests, there may be odors from fire, smoke, water damage or biological concerns that are hard to remove from your home or business. At ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons 855-9-SIMONS, we are experts at removing unpleasant odors that can affect your home.

Our trained and certified technicians understand how to remove and eliminate persistent odors by using a combination of professional products, systems and odor removal technologies. Many commonly used deodorizing products only mask the smells temporarily, but properly removing the odor will ensure the disagreeable scent does not resurface later.

At ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, we use a four-step odor removal process:

1. Identify and eliminate the source of the odor.
2. Clean the affected area to properly remove odor residue.
3. Select the necessary deodorization process.
4. Seal the surface if necessary.

While it may be necessary to perform multiple treatments to eliminate severe odors, the use of neutralizing agents included in our extensive line of OdorGo® deodorizing products, coupled with advanced technologies such as nano-particle air cartridges in our air filters, gives us the ability to quickly knock down odors. This effective combination can help to reduce additional living expenses by allowing you to remain in your home.

With our advanced technologies, extensive training and years of experience, there is no odor too strong for our team to handle.

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is a Woman-Owned and Family Operated Cleaning & Restoration Company. With three locations to serve our customers, ServiceMaster By Simons serves Chicago, Oak Park-River Forest, Elmwood Park, Cleaning Services in Chicago’s North Shore and the North Shore of Lake County to Wisconsin’s State Line.

For immediate service or a free consultation and quote, call us at 773-376-1110 or toll free at 855-9-SIMONS.

Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Company

Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Company can be a daunting task.  ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons provides tips to choosing the right one. Most home-owners and business-owners will only experience a water damage or fire loss once in their life. Because the frequency is low and your knowledge of how to choose a restoration professional is limited, you’ll […]

water damage restoration chicagoChoosing a Water Damage Restoration Company can be a daunting task.  ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons provides tips to choosing the right one.

Most home-owners and business-owners will only experience a water damage or fire loss once in their life. Because the frequency is low and your knowledge of how to choose a restoration professional is limited, you’ll require a professional opinion for direction and/or help on the topic. While choosing a restoration professional may seem like a daunting task for you, your knowledge of the industry will be invaluable. At ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, 855-9-SIMONS, it is our goal to be a trusted partner to you, the property owner. To arm you with the right tools to make the most informed decision possible, here are 10 questions that can help you through the process:

  1. How quickly can the restoration company respond to a crisis situation, and what is their track record?
  2. Have they gone through a certified training program for water remediation, fire remediation and policyholder communication?
  3. Do they follow IICRC guidelines and protocols?
  4. Do they focus on restoration or replacement?
  5. Do they conduct regular meetings with me, the insured, to review program costs/satisfaction levels?
  6. Are they up-to-date on latest information and technology in the industry?
  7. Do they ask me the right questions?
  8. Do they have a procedure for communicating with the agent, adjuster and policyholder?
  9. Do they make make me feel more at ease with the loss, explain the process and answer all questions?
  10. Do they have a system for asking and measuring customer satisfaction and feedback on a job?

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is a Woman-Owned and Family Run company in the Chicagoland area.  We provide professional Water & Fire Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation and Specialty Cleaning Services including Post-Construction Cleanup, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning and Air Duct Cleaning.

For immediate response, Call Us at 773-376-1110 or toll free at 855-9-SIMONS.

ServiceMaster By Simons Comes to the North Shore!

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, Chicago’s leader in professional Water & Fire Damage Restoration, opens North Shore Cleaning location in Skokie, Illinois The ServiceMaster By Simons companies including ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, ServiceMaster Oak Park-River Forest and ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons is happy to announce its new North Shore warehouse facility at 8124 Ridgeway, Skokie, Illinois.  This […]

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons - North Shore, Illinois - Professional Disaster Restoration Services - Professional Cleaning ServicesServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, Chicago’s leader in professional Water & Fire Damage Restoration, opens North Shore Cleaning location in Skokie, Illinois

The ServiceMaster By Simons companies including ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, ServiceMaster Oak Park-River Forest and ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons is happy to announce its new North Shore warehouse facility at 8124 Ridgeway, Skokie, Illinois.  This new state-of-the-art facility will serve commercial & residential customers in Chicago’s North Shore. It offers the same great services that the ServiceMaster By Simons’ companies offer in the city and west suburbs.

The company offers professional services in Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Glenview, Deerfield, Northbrook, Buffalo Grove, Lake Forest, to name a few. “This new facility will help us meet the demand for services that we are receiving from the North Shore area,” said Sam Simon, ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons’ owner.  Our brand name has grown so much over the past two years with radio ads and television commercials. It made sense to open the second location to meet the growing demands for our services.

Water & Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since opening its first location in Chicago at 400 North Paulina Street in 2013, we  remain the leader in Water & Fire Damage Restoration and professional Cleaning Services to homes and businesses in the Chicago-land area.  This includes the newly acquired ServiceMaster of Oak Park-River Forest. The franchise that has offered quality Disaster Restoration and Cleaning Services for the residents of Oak Park and River Forest for over 30 years. “We were receiving so many calls from the North Shore, it made sense to open the second location to serve our customers faster, rather than spend time in traffic,” said Neda Howell, ServiceMaster By Simons’ manager.  “Our reputation not only depends on our quality cleaning services, but on the timeliness of our professional technicians.”

As a result, North Shore businesses and residents can now experience our quality, professional services.  By calling 855-9-SIMONS, you can conveniently schedule your specialty cleaning services.  Our services include Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Hard Surface and Wood Floor Cleaning. It also boast the best in Post-Construction Cleanup, Move in/Move out Cleaning, Air Duct Cleaning, Steamed Carpet Extraction and Hoarder Cleaning services.  If you prefer, you can click here to schedule your services on our website.

 

How Can You Prepare for Commercial Carpet Cleaning in the Near North Community?

March 20th marks the first official day of spring and the vernal equinox. Many of your neighbors are planning their spring cleaning projects or have already gotten started. Join in on the fun and freshen up your office building’s carpets this spring. Here’s what you need to know before you call your commercial carpet cleaning […]

March 20th marks the first official day of spring and the vernal equinox. Many of your neighbors are planning their spring cleaning projects or have already gotten started. Join in on the fun and freshen up your office building’s carpets this spring. Here’s what you need to know before you call your commercial carpet cleaning experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons in Near North, Chicago, IL:

  • The area of carpeting to be cleaned in each room
  • Which rooms and floors require cleaning
  • The size and location of any stains
  • Any sections that have been damaged and are in need of repair or replacement

Keep in mind that a larger area of carpeting will be more expensive to clean. Stains that have had longer to set and cover a larger surface area will also be more expensive because they require additional pre-treatment and extraction. As the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) points out, commercial carpet cleaners often need to do their own walk-through of the site before they can provide you with an accurate estimate.

Get to know your carpet cleaning professionals before you ask them for help. Always pick carpet cleaners who are IICRC certified. This means your carpets will be cleaned according to the highest industry standards by technicians who are experts in every aspect of carpet cleaning, repairs, and restoration. ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons is proud to employ IICRC certified commercial carpet cleaning experts to provide you with thoroughly cleaned carpets whenever you need them, even after a devastating disaster.

Our commercial carpet cleaning experts are equipped with the right equipment and the most current techniques to get your carpets fresh and clean. We start with a walk-through to assess the condition of your building’s carpets so we can choose the best cleaning method for the job. We pre-treat any spots, stains, and soiled areas we find, then thoroughly rinse the entire carpet with clean, hot water. After we groom your carpets for optimal drying, we do a final inspection with you to ensure you are completely satisfied with our work.

Your carpets gathered a lot of dirt, road salt, mud, and slush during the long winter. Call ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons at 773—376-1110 to get in touch with our IICRC certified commercial carpet cleaning experts in Near North, Chicago, IL. We’ll freshen up the entire office and create an inviting environment for co-workers and clients alike.

New Year, Clean Slate: Get Clean, Spot-Free Carpets in Chicago, IL with the Carpet Cleaning Professionals of ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons

2016 has arrived in Chicago, IL and you’re ready for a fresh start! The carpets in your living spaces have seen quite a bit wear with all the fun and messy memories of last year, and there are even a few distinct stains from this past holiday season. ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons can help you […]

2016 has arrived in Chicago, IL and you’re ready for a fresh start! The carpets in your living spaces have seen quite a bit wear with all the fun and messy memories of last year, and there are even a few distinct stains from this past holiday season. ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons can help you begin your new year with spot-free and dirt-free carpets.

New Year’s resolutions are made to start fresh and help break old habits from the previous year. A resolution of having and maintaining a cleaner home includes a clean carpet that will make your home look bright and fresh. It’s a bit of the “out with old, in with new” outlook. With the help of the professionals at ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons, you can achieve a clean start without the cost of a new carpet.

The carpet cleaning services provided by ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons can get rid of the dust and dirt, salt stains, and holiday spills. Our expertise and powerful cleaning equipment will give you cleaner, unsullied carpets in your living spaces. This will uplift your mood, give you a more positive attitude for 2016, and improve the overall impression of your home.

Making the effort to maintain your clean carpets throughout the year will keep the bright, refreshed look of your living spaces:

  • Schedule cleaning days – Scheduling the days for cleaning your carpet will get you into the habit of vacuuming, sweeping, and removing debris that finds its way inside your home. This will keep dust from accumulating and prevent house odors from embedding into the fabric of the carpet. Vacuuming high traffic areas more often will keep the buildup of dirt to a minimum.
  • Take shoes off at the door – Walking into the house with shoes on, especially during the Chicago, IL winter, is a surefire way to quickly soil and stain your carpet. Your shoes will track mud, dirt, slushy snow, and even small stones into your house.
  • Spot clean spills immediately – Spills will inevitably happen, and when they do, clean them as soon as possible. Use warm water, a damp cloth, and mild detergent and the stain should come right out if you get to them quickly enough.
  • Deep clean your carpet – Schedule times throughout the year to deep clean your carpet. Your carpet will experience soiling that no amount of vacuuming can remove because dirt and debris will settle and become deeply embedded into the carpet fibers. Our services will tackle the deep set-in stains to brighten the look and freshen the smell of your carpet.

Starting your new year with a clean carpet this winter in Chicago, IL is a great New Year’s resolution. Call ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons today and we’ll tackle the job of cleaning your carpets!

The “Good Enough” Curse and Three Mistakes for Carpet Cleaning in Chicago, IL

When you get frustrated with your home flooring and just want it clean, don’t fall into the “good enough” trap. The truth be told, what looks “good enough” to you could actually be causing damage to your carpets. Sure, your carpets may look clean on the surface, but deep down they may be a festering […]

When you get frustrated with your home flooring and just want it clean, don’t fall into the “good enough” trap. The truth be told, what looks “good enough” to you could actually be causing damage to your carpets. Sure, your carpets may look clean on the surface, but deep down they may be a festering mess of dirt, dust, allergens, embedded filth, old stains, and more. You may not even realize how bad your carpets look or smell until an outside source points it out to you. ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons in Chicago, IL wants you to avoid the “good enough” trap and these carpet cleaning mistakes:

Carpet Cleaning Mistake #1: Relying on vacuuming. Don’t say “good enough” every time you finish vacuuming, especially when it doesn’t feel completely clean. It is worth the time and money to invest in a professional carpet cleaning. Knowing when to call the carpet cleaning experts and not say “good enough” means the difference between a progressively dirtier home and a cleaner and fresher living environment.

Carpet Cleaning Mistake #2: Scrubbing stains. An instant, panicked reaction to a stain is to scrub it intensely and quickly. This is very bad for your carpets and not effective on the stain. When you find a fresh stain, blot it gently with a wet towel. The carpet cleaning experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons can assist you in getting rid of stains that are not so fresh or have been sitting on your carpets for longer.

Carpet Cleaning Mistake #3: Using harsh chemicals. Cleaning products you find at the store that promise “super stain removal” are meant to remove grease and stains, but they can end up ruining the fibers and colors of your carpets. Don’t tell yourself that you’re saving money and these chemicals are “good enough.” Instead, call the carpet cleaning team at ServiceMaster by Simons for a greener, cleaner, and safer way to clean your carpets.

If you think your carpets might be “good enough,” reassess how clean they actually are. If it’s been awhile since your last professional carpet cleaning, don’t hesitate to call the expert team at ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons for a timely, comprehensive cleaning of your carpets in Chicago, IL.

Common Odors That Occur When Carpet Cleaning Services in Chicago, IL are Neglected

Carpets see a lot of action, especially in areas where traffic passes through daily. Because so much happens to your carpets, it makes sense that they need regular care and upkeep to stay clean and odor-free. At ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons, we provide professional carpet cleaning services in Chicago, IL so you can easily maintain […]

Carpets see a lot of action, especially in areas where traffic passes through daily. Because so much happens to your carpets, it makes sense that they need regular care and upkeep to stay clean and odor-free. At ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons, we provide professional carpet cleaning services in Chicago, IL so you can easily maintain your floors.

Unpleasant odors can quickly appear when carpets don’t receive regular cleaning. These common odors can be impossible to cover up and difficult to remove once they are established.

  • Mildew smells appear when moisture and warmth is consistently present in your carpets. While mildew and mold are both types of fungi, mildew is usually identifiable by the sour, musty smell and pale coloring.
  • Pet odors are the most common culprits of unpleasant scents in carpets. Urine, feces, and other kinds of pet waste are usually the reason for carpet odor, but even pet hair and dandruff can give off a scent if allowed to accumulate.
  • Tobacco smoke clings to soft materials like hair, cloth, and carpet fibers. Smoke odors deeply permeate your carpets, making it extremely difficult to completely remove without the right products and equipment.
  • Dirt and motor oil are slow to buildup, but can eventually cause carpets to smell musky and acrid. Motor oils are actually introduced to carpets often, and the greasy particles aren’t water soluble, so they can be very difficult to clean.
  • Old carpets can get that sweaty smell of old clothing because the fibers in your carpet will break down, and non-plastic fibers will start to rot. It’s best to just replace old carpets because they can give off allergy-forming dusts.
  • Beer and alcohol will stain and crust into your carpet fibers. Old alcohol can start to smell like a hospital in the worst kind of way.
  • Food and grease is present in everyone’s home, and it can be difficult to keep off the carpets, especially with children around. However, regular cleanings can easily remove this inevitable odor source.

If your carpets aren’t regularly cleaned and maintained, it’s likely one of these common sources of odor will start to become evident. Keep odors out of your carpets and contact ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons today for our professional cleaning services in Chicago, IL.