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What To Do About Protein Fires

What is That Smell?

Protein fire            It happened a few weeks ago.  You were cooking some chicken, when out of nowhere the doorbell rings. It was Betty, from down the street. It wasn’t anything important.  She just wanted to talk.  She’s old, her kids all moved out years ago, and they never call her, and she wants to tell you all about it.

At length and in excruciatingly unnecessary detail.

When she finally leaves, you’re so relieved you sit down by the TV to relax.  Only, what’s that smell?  It turns out, you forgot to set a timer on the chicken and now it’s burned.  Well, that sucks.  You clean up the mess, throw out the burned meat and decide to order take out.  You don’t think much of it at the time.  Two weeks later, there’s a smoky reek in the kitchen, but you can’t see anything smoke damage.

 

Protein Fire

A protein fire results from burning any protein rich fibers, such as those you find in most meat, or eggs. What’s so remarkable about protein fires is that they don’t actually look like fires.  They don’t have large flames and they don’t produce visible smoke. This is a result of the slow-cooking process used to cook protein rich foods.  The animal fat in protein burns down to a fine, nearly invisible mist. While you can’t see it, the mist will coat everything in a sticky, rancid residue.  It gets everywhere, coating your stovetop, clothes, carpets, tiles, and penetrating the paint on your walls.  Any porous surface soaks it up.

 

It Won’t Go Away!

The worst part of a protein fire is that the residue cannot be cleaned by normal means.  Ordinary household cleaners won’t get into pores the residue sinks into, so the stink lingers.  Months down the line you’ll find yourself wondering what the smell is and how to get rid of it.  What do you do?

You Need Professional Assistance

Because of the way the residue penetrates into porous materials, standard cleaning job won’t do.  You need a thorough cleaning.  Only specialized cleaners will break up the residue and you need special cleaning techniques to get deep enough to scrub that smell away.  In some cases, even that may not be enough, so it’s necessary to apply a sealing agent.  You may also need to repaint tainted surfaces. The process is lengthy, taking several days and multiple cleanings to completely remove the scent.

 

Exercise Kitchen Safety

The best way to deal with a protein fire is to avoid having one in the first place.  For that, you just need to follow some basic kitchen safety rules.

Remember to set a timer whenever you cook something. It’s very easy to forget something in the oven, especially if you get distracted.  A timer with a loud alarm will save you from this mistake.

If you are frying something on the stovetop, such as eggs or meat, do not ever walk away with the stovetop still on.  If the phone or doorbell rings, or one of your kids starts shouting at you from the basement, turn the stove off.  It only takes a few minutes for something to burn, and a few minutes is often how long distractions will take, so don’t take the risk.

These two simple steps will reduce your chances of a protein fire – or any kind of fire – to almost 0.

 

What To Do

If a protein fire does start, there are a few things you need to do right away.

First, extinguish the fire.  Turn off the stove and remove the pan from heat.  Remove the burned meat from your house as soon as possible.  Don’t throw it away inside, or it will continue to spread the smell.

Second, remember to keep your hands clean.  If you get the residue on your hands, you will spread it to everything you touch.  Put on some good cleaning gloves before you do anything so you don’t get it on your hands.

Third, cover your furniture, rugs and carpets, and upholstery with old sheets, or plastic covers.  This will help prevent the residue from spreading around your house.

Alpine 100% No Smoke Smell Guarantee Seal            Finally, call us as soon as you can.  Remember that this job requires special chemicals that only professionals can get a hold of and special cleaning techniques only we know.  If you try to clean it yourself, you’ll most likely just end up spreading the residue – and the smell – around.  The longer you wait, the more the residue will sink in and the more chances there are of the people who live in the house spreading it by accident.

So, don’t hesitate; call the experts at Alpine Cleaning and Restoration right away.  Our fire restoration team will get on the job ASAP.  We’ll have it cleaned up as quickly as possible.  By the time we’re done, there won’t be any trace of the smell left behind.

 

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs: What To Do

“Good night.  Sleep tight.  Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

My mother used to say this to me every night before bed when I was a child.  For a while, I actually ended up thinking that bed bugs were just an old wives’ tale; something mothers say just because their mothers said it.  But no, bed bugs are real and they are one of the biggest nuisance pests in the world.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed BugsBed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. The species Cimex Lectulariusin in particular feeds exclusively on human blood.  The insect requires blood to complete each of its stages of metamorphosis.  They use body temperature, moisture, carbon dioxide, and visual cues to locate a sleeping host to feed on.  Bed bugs were almost completely eradicated in the developed world in the 1940s.  In the mid-90s, they began to reappear, most likely because of increased international travel, bans on certain pesticides, and increasing poison resistance.

 

What’s The Danger?

If you’re worried about diseases, you can relax – at least a bit.  So far, all research indicates that, although they can carry a number of human pathogens, they do not transmit them.  While this makes them less worrisome than fleas or ticks, they are still a nuisance.  Their bites cause swelling and redness often mistaken for rashes, and scarring.  Most bites show no symptoms at all, but occasionally they can cause moderate to severe allergic reactions.  If the bites are left untreated, or are scratched, it is possible for them to become infected.

 

How Do I Spot Them?

bed bug eggsIf you suffer bites during the night, it’s a pretty obvious sign that you might have an infestation.  The bites will appear on exposed skin, most commonly the neck, shoulders, arms and other areas of the upper body.  Occasionally, there will be multiple bites in a tight line or cluster.  If you experience any reaction, it will usually occur within 1-10 days.  If you experience bites, they will usually heal within a few days if you don’t scratch them.  Speak to a pharmacist or doctor about getting some anti-itch cream to help.

Since bites often don’t get reactions, you may need to look for other indications.  Look carefully in your mattress and linen for eggs.  They will look like small, pale poppy seeds.  You might also recognize their droppings.  Look for small rust-colored or dark brown stains.  The material they fall on usually absorbs them, but they may also form small beads. Large-scale infestations also begin to give off a noticeable odor described as being like coriander.  At higher concentrations, this odor becomes highly unpleasant.

 

Can Alpine Get Rid of Them?

We get asked this question a lot. Unfortunately, Alpine Cleaning and Restoration does not have the proper training to get rid of bed bugs.  That requires an exterminator.  We personally would recommend 5 Star Pest Control.  They have the know-how and tools to get rid of infestations of all kinds, from rodents, to biting insects.  Bed bugs won’t stand a chance.  It is best to call a pest control company rather than try to do it yourself, as bed bugs can easily stow away on clothing, moving from one room of the house to another as you try to get rid of them, and they can go for days and sometimes weeks or months without feeding, depending on the stage of their life cycle. Without professional assistance, it is very difficult to get rid of them.

 

Good Luck!

While we can’t help you get rid of them, we get asked this question enough that we felt it might be a good idea to give some basic information on how to spot them and what to do about it.  For all your other cleaning and restoration needs, feel free to get in touch.  We will be glad to help you out with any problems we’re qualified to deal with. If it’s a pest problem, contact a local extermination company.

Flood Damage Restoration

Flood Cleanup Services

Flood cleanup

Water Damage Restoration

It’s always discouraging when a flood invades your home.  If not treated quickly, water damage is disastrous to your home or office.  Here at Alpine Cleaning, we have the knowledge skills and professional equipment to put your mind at ease.  From roof leaks to pipe bursts to toilet overflows, we can take care of it all when it comes to flood cleanup and water damage.  We work quickly and efficiently to ensure that water damage doesn’t ruin your walls, floors, or furniture.  We also work closely with your insurance company to cover your claim and make sure that your water damage restoration needs are hassle-free for you.  When you hire Alpine, you can rest assured that everything will be taken care of; We clean up, deodorize, and quickly reconstruct your home or business when water damage occurs

What is the flood cleanup process?

Many people experience flooding in their basement.  A flooded basement usually ruins the carpet first.  It can also damage walls and sheet rock.  Alpine Cleaning and Restoration is a full service disaster company. We work closely with your insurance company to help you with your water damage restoration needs.  We clean up, deodorize, and quickly reconstruct your home or business when water damage occurs.

Fast Response to Water Damage

Response time is critical when dealing with flood cleanup and water damage.  The brick, hardwood, and concrete will absorb water quickly.  This can cause the materials to rot and warp.  This secondary damage occurs rapidly, potentially causing thousands of dollars of damage.  The longer water sits in a structure, the more damage it will cause.  That’s why here at Alpine, we guarantee a 60 minute response time for all emergency service calls in Utah and Idaho. We will do everything we can to save your structure and also guarantee that your house will pass all meter and monitoring tests, verifying your home is completely dry.  Your satisfaction is very important to us!

Rentals for Water Damage Mitigation Equipment

While we are perfectly willing to help you out, sometimes you want to tackle the job yourself.  For the DIY enthusiast, we also rent out our innovative, top-of-the-line, easy-to-use equipment.  We’ve got everything you need to take care of water damage and get your home or office looking great again.

Get In Touch

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any problems with flooding or water damage.  The longer you wait, the more damage it will do and the more it will cost you in the long run.  Give us a call right away at at 1-855-4ALPINE.  We’ll give your flood restoration job top priority and get a team out there immediately.

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Deep Cleaning Your Carpet

Deep cleaning

Deep Cleaning

Carpets can get very dirty without us even noticing.  One day we might look down and ask ourselves, “how did this get so dirty?”  Many people hire a professional to come and do the cleaning for them, others prefer to do it themselves.   But whether you do it yourself, or hire a professional, deep cleaning is important for making your carpets last

It’s Important to Have Your Carpet Cleaned Professionally

You might be wondering why you should hire a professional.  After all, you vacuum once a week, right?  Doesn’t that take care of the problem?  Well, not really.  Over time, it’s normal for carpets to fill with dirt, oils, and dead skin particles.  Even the best vacuum cleaners can leave a lot of this debris behind.   The shampoos used by professional equipment penetrate deep into the fibers to break up and dissolve all those trapped impurities.  

Have you ever been on a long hiking trip or a campout where you didn’t have a shower?  Do you remember the oily, grungy feeling in your hair? Do you remember how good it felt once you got in the shower and lathered up with shampoo?  That’s what it’s like for your carpet if all you do is vacuum.  Even if we take our shoes off, there are dead skin cells, food particles, and other impurities to deal with.  

Once the deep cleaning is done with professional equipment, it will feel refreshing and soft again, just like it was when it was new.  When done on a regular schedule, you will ensure that your carpet will last as long as possible and you will have the peace of mind that the dust mites and every other impurity will be shampooed out with our professional cleaning equipment.

How Often Do I Need To Deep Clean My Carpet?

Every home has different circumstances that determine how often your carpet should be professionally cleaned.  A general rule on warranties is to professionally clean them every 12 to 24 months, depending on use and how many kids or pets you have.  Some families should clean their carpets even more often.  It also depends a lot on personal preference.  Just know that regular deep cleaning is important to making your carpets last longer, which will save you money in the long run.

Our Process

Our process of deep cleaning a carpet is very simple and effective.  We use state of the art machines that deep clean the carpet and remove stains.  We can go as far as moving furniture and everything else out to get your entire carpet clean.  Are you the DIY type?  We also rent out our equipment to save your hard earned cash.

If you hire us, Alpine’s deep cleaning procedure includes many steps that other carpet cleaners overlook.  First, we balance the ph levels in your carpet to give you a long lasting clean. Without balancing ph levels your carpet will become dirtier faster. We focus on the details to ensure the highest quality carpet cleaning in the industry. From corner guards to spotting, the details are what set us apart.  Alpine pre-spots at no extra charge, use Citrus Solv to leave your carpets smelling fresh, and several other important steps that others charge extra for.

In order to get the most longevity out of a carpet we suggest using professional equipment that extracts the gunk and deep soils that nest in the base of your carpet.  The reason carpet prematurely wears, is because of these impurities that start ripping apart the fibers in the carpet.  It’s kind of like using a face scrub to get dead skin cells off, except for carpet doesn’t reproduce its own fibers back after being worn off.

 

DIY Process

Those who do the DIY process can get good results if they are willing to put in the elbow grease necessary.  There are several ways to do this but one of the most popular ways I have heard of is to purchase a few cans of foam carpet cleaner from the local store as well as a hand held bristle brush.  There are just a few easy steps.

  1. vacuum – make sure to do a thorough job, the more you suck up now, the easier the next steps will be.
  2. spray down the entire carpet – with the bottled foam carpet cleaner, spray everywhere, especially high traffic areas.  By doing so, this will soak into the carpet and start dissolving the deposits.
  3. scrub – This is where good work ethic comes in handy! scrub the floor in a circular motion form one side of the room working towards the other.
  4. Let it sit – It’s important to let the carpet sit because this will give the cleaner to break down the grime deposits and allow them to work their way up.
  5. Vacuum again.  This is the most important step because you don’t want your hard work to go to waste! Vacuum again to suck up all of the dried impurities that your scrubber and carpet cleaner brought to the surface.

If this sounds like too much, but you still want to do it yourself, we also rent out our professional equipment for very affordable rates!  Get in touch with us today if you want to know more.

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Upholstery Cleaning

upholstery cleaning

Photo by Benjamin D. Esham

Upholstery Cleaning

Upholstery can be an expensive investment and you want to take care of it as best you can.  If you want your upholstery to last, regular cleaning, either by a professional, or with professional equipment is important.  How often you should have it professionally cleaned varies, but the recommendation is every 12-18 months.  Depending on how much you use it, and how many children or pets you have, you might need to clean more often.

Vacuum

The first step in the cleaning process is to vacuum.  You want to remove debris that might be disolved into the couch fibers themselves.  I would suggest you vacuum thoroughly for several minutes with the upholstery brush tool before going into any cleaning.  This will prepare the fibers and help you get ready for the more deep cleaning.

Spot Cleaning  Your Upholstery

The next step to cleaning your upholstery is to do some spot cleaning.  It’s important to use a spot cleanser that doesn’t change the original color of your couch.  Before spot cleaning, test the formula in an discreet area of your couch first.  Once it dries, check to see if there is any discoloration.   Once you’ve tested the solution, feel free to treat the other spots in the areas that need to be treated.

Cleaning Your Upholstery

You can now dive into the actual cleaning.  If you are on a tight budget, some simple clear dish soap in warm water will work great.  For microfiber-suede, a 50% alcohol-water spray works well to clean and dry quickly.  You will also need some clean white dish cloths or sponges.  Work up some suds, then gently scrub in a circular motion over the entire couch.

After you’ve cleaned your entire couch, you’re done!  Just let it dry and then enjoy your cleaner, brighter furniture!  If you want a deeper clean, we offer top of the line equipment that not only cleans the fibers on the surface but also deep cleans your upholstery fibers for a fresh new living room!

We Can Help

If you’d like to have the assistance of a professional, we are always available.  Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.