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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

Keep Your Tile Looking Good With Regular and Professional Hard-Surface Floor Cleaning in Logan Square, IL

Between you, your family members, and your family members with four legs, the tile flooring in your Logan Square house experiences a tremendous amount of use from day to day. Regular, simple maintenance steps (outlined below), when combined with regular cleaning from the floor care experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons, will keep them looking […]

Between you, your family members, and your family members with four legs, the tile flooring in your Logan Square house experiences a tremendous amount of use from day to day. Regular, simple maintenance steps (outlined below), when combined with regular cleaning from the floor care experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons, will keep them looking good for the long haul.

The hard-surface floor cleaning specialists at ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons will get your floors clean and shined up while removing the ground-in dirt that settles in and stains the grout. Your tile floors will look like new after our team is finished working on them.

Taking good care of your tile flooring is a must because it’s created to last a long time. In fact, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) notes the average life expectancy of a ceramic tile floor is 75 to 100 years. (Natural stone such as marble and granite can last more than 100 years, also according to the NAHB.)

Tile, which is also known for its water resistance and easy cleaning, responds well to regular care. Shaw Flooring recommends the following steps to keep it looking good between professional cleanings:

  • Basic Maintenance: Sweep or vacuum floors to remove any dust or debris before using any cleaning products. Damp-mop your tile floor at least once each week to decrease the abrasion from dirt and soil. (Damp-mop more frequently in heavy-traffic areas.)
  • Glazed Tile: Clean regularly with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household cleaner that’s meant for cleaning grout joints. (Use an everyday multi-purpose spray cleaner to remove soap scum, hard-water deposits, and mildew on wall tiles in your bath or shower.)
  • Unglazed Tile: Use concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for regular cleaning. These will safely remove grease, oils, and normal spillsjust check to be sure the cleaner is intended for the specific application, use, and traffic level.
  • After Cleaning: Rinse the entire area with clear water to remove any cleaning solution residue.

Contact ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons at 773-376-1110 for all your hard-surface floor cleaning needs. In addition to tile, we masterfully clean hardwood flooring, marble, vinyl, and stone. We’ll do what it takes to keep your hard-surface flooring looking good for the long-term!

Hard Surface Floor Cleaning for Restaurants in Bucktown

We all know the saying that the first taste is with the eyes. What we often forget is that our customers’ first taste is the appearance of the restaurant building, then the food. Winter is the season of snow, slush, and road salt. All of that mess collects quickly on your hard surface floors during […]

We all know the saying that the first taste is with the eyes. What we often forget is that our customers’ first taste is the appearance of the restaurant building, then the food. Winter is the season of snow, slush, and road salt. All of that mess collects quickly on your hard surface floors during peak mealtimes, and will drive out your post-rush customers just as fast unless you can clean it up immediately. Fortunately, the floors in your Bucktown, Chicago, IL restaurant can be well-maintained all winter long with a little teamwork between your staff and the commercial hard surface floor cleaning experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons.

Entryways are a special challenge because of the high traffic levels these hard surface floors experience all day. More foot traffic is great for sales because it means more customers. Unfortunately, it also means increased wear on this section of your flooring. In the winter, that wear includes scuffing from shoes and boots, scratching from sand and salt applied to your parking lot and sidewalk, and the wintry mix of dirt, snow, and slush that collects on your customers’ feet as they make their way inside.

Walk-off mats are your best defense against erosion in entryways, but they are not the only step you’ll need to take to keep your entryways clean. Sweep dirt and debris from the walk-off mats at least daily, or more often as needed. Roll up your walk-off mats daily so you can mop underneath. We also recommend that you have your walk-off mats professionally cleaned on a regular basis. After all, they contribute to the appearance of your restaurant just as much as the hard surface floors underneath.

Your restaurant lobby also sees the messy impacts of winter weather. Your walk-off mats certainly reduce the amount of debris that gets inside, but they aren’t able to catch it all. A quick look around after a rush will reveal white salt stains and light muddy brown splotches of slush that have dried while your customers enjoyed their meals. Not such an appetizing sight for the guests that arrive after them. Make sure your hard surface floor cleaning routine is thorough so you can catch these wintry stains. As you sweep and mop, make sure to move tables and chairs. This allows you to catch any fallen food and garbage as well as to clean whatever winter mess has traveled farther inside.

Mopping and utilizing walk-off mats are great first steps to protect your hard surface floors and keep them looking wonderful. For optimum hard surface floor protection and maintenance, these techniques must be combined with the help of commercial hard surface floor cleaning professionals in order for you to get the most from your hard surface floors. Regular commercial cleaning will extend the life of your flooring, saving you the expense of replacing it sooner than needed. At ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons, we work closely with restaurant owners and managers to create a regular cleaning schedule that fits their specific needs.

A well-maintained hard surface floor doesn’t just look nice -clean floors also create a healthier, germ-free environment for your restaurant’s guests. ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons provides commercial hard surface floor cleaning services to help ensure your Bucktown, Chicago, IL restaurant looks appetizing from the floor up all winter long. We use the most current test-proven methods to clean your hardwood, ceramic, tile, vinyl, or marble floors.

ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons Are the Go-To Professionals for Residential Hard Surface Floor Cleaning in The Loop, Chicago

Whether they’re tile, hardwood, marble, or laminate, your floors have probably seen a lot of wear and tear this winter season. ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons offers expert residential hard surface floor cleaning in the Loop, Chicago, IL, and the surrounding Chicagoland areas. Cleaning hardwood floors Use a dust mop or broom to sweep away dust […]

Whether they’re tile, hardwood, marble, or laminate, your floors have probably seen a lot of wear and tear this winter season. ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons offers expert residential hard surface floor cleaning in the Loop, Chicago, IL, and the surrounding Chicagoland areas.

Cleaning hardwood floors

Use a dust mop or broom to sweep away dust and debris. Using a vacuum could cause light surface scratches that will become more apparent over time.

Use warm water – not hot water – to lightly dampen a mop or cloth. Do not soak the mop or cloth because doing so can damage the wood flooring. Using vinegar can damage the surface of your flooring. Mop in the same direction the wood planks run, and mop with the grain, not against the grain.

Cleaning tile floors

Tile floors are generally easy to clean. The main issues come from stains on the tile and in the grout. To prevent this from happening, clean up spills immediately, especially if they are notorious for staining like wine, grape juice, or curry. Clean grout with an abrasive pad.

Cleaning laminate

The cleaning of laminate is similar to that of wood. Start with a dust mop or vacuum the floor of dust and debris. It’s recommended to use a microfiber pad for cleaning. Sponge mops or string mops will push the water around and make it easier for the water to seep between cracks. Clean the floors in the same direction that the planks run.

Cleaning marble

Marble is a beautiful and delicate type of flooring. It is porous, so cleaning it on a regular basis is vital to keeping it looking new. Use a mild dish soap or detergent in one bucket of water. Never use acidic substances on marble flooring.

Even with the best of DIY cleaning, all types of flooring will, at some point, require a thorough, professional cleaning. In Chicago, IL, call the experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons. Our trained, certified, and experienced staff can clean and restore all types of hard surface flooring to preserve and prolong its durability and beauty!