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How to remove superglue from a granite counter top

Well this was a new one for me…I discovered my son had left a superglue tube open right on our beautiful kitchen granite counter top.  By the time I discovered it the tube was stuck to the counter top pretty good.  The tube pried off  for me but the glue didn’t seem to want to budge.   Acetone is something that would work to remove it.  Since it’s in nail polish remover and was what I had at home that’s what I tried.  I applied the nail polish remover to a white cloth and scrubbed at the glue spot.  In just a few minutes it was completely gone!   If this ever happens to you I hope this tip will help! ( And don’t  forget to rinse over the spot real good with water & dry.)

August 22, 2012 Posted by | Alaska, cleaning, house cleaning, Wasilla | 1 Comment

Fall Is The Time To Insulate Pipes

Now is the time of year when Alaskans start preparing for winter. Snowmachines, studded tires and winter gear are usually the top items on that list. But your home should also be top priority too! Those who do not have the foresight to prepare their home for the coming cold months, often end up regretting that they did not. It can be twice as bad to deal with plumbing problems in the winter because pipes in or under the home have frozen and busted. Not to mention the water damage that can quickly happen inside the home.

During warm weather it is so much more comfortable to do maintenance on the home. People get so busy in the spring and summer with gardening and lawn mowing that they probably do not give much thought to the inconvenience that frozen and busted plumbing causes in the cold months. It is a good idea to schedule your plumbing inspections during the warm months. Going underneath your home into the crawl space, if you have one, is essential to be able to inspect your outside pipes for leaks and deterioration.

If the pipes in your crawl space are not insulated, you can do this simple job yourself by wrapping them with pipe insulation or heat tape made specifically for that purpose. It can be terrible to have to get under there and make pipe repairs when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is only 10 degrees (or many times MUCH colder) outside. Why not do it now when the weather is nicer?

Outside water faucets are also prone to more damage in the winter months. If you are using your spigots right now and notice that they have leaks anywhere, do the repairs now and save trouble later. These spigots can also be insulated for the wintertime. When you have spigot leaks, it can cause you to lose a lot of water over time. This is not good for the planet to waste water and it will not be good for your home either if you get water damage inside your home because of it. Your local hardware or department store should have the supplies that you need to insulate your outside and inside water sources and pipes to help you get your home winterized.

October 10, 2011 Posted by | Alaska, Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fall Is The Time To Insulate Pipes

 Now is the time of year when Alaskans start preparing for winter. Snowmachines, studded tires and winter gear are usually the top items on that list. But your home should also be top priority too! Those who do not have the foresight to prepare their home for the coming cold months, often end up regretting that they did not. It can be twice as bad to deal with plumbing problems in the winter because pipes in or under the home have frozen and busted. Not to mention the water damage that can quickly happen inside the home.

During warm weather it is so much more comfortable to do maintenance on the home. People get so busy in the spring and summer with gardening and lawn mowing that they probably do not give much thought to the inconvenience that frozen and busted plumbing causes in the cold months. It is a good idea to schedule your plumbing inspections during the warm months. Going underneath your home into the crawl space, if you have one, is essential to be able to inspect your outside pipes for leaks and deterioration.

 If the pipes in your crawl space are not insulated, you can do this simple job yourself by wrapping them with pipe insulation or heat tape made specifically for that purpose. It can be terrible to have to get under there and make pipe repairs when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is only 10 degrees (or many times MUCH colder) outside. Why not do it now when the weather is nicer?

 Outside water faucets are also prone to more damage in the winter months. If you are using your spigots right now and notice that they have leaks anywhere, do the repairs now and save trouble later. These spigots can also be insulated for the wintertime. When you have spigot leaks, it can cause you to lose a lot of water over time. This is not good for the planet to waste water and it will not be good for your home either if you get water damage inside your home because of it. Your local hardware or department store should have the supplies that you need to insulate your outside and inside water sources and pipes to help you get your home winterized.

September 13, 2010 Posted by | Alaska, Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Insulate Water Pipes Now to Prevent Water Damage Later

Now is the time of year when Alaskans start preparing for winter.  Snowmachines, studded tires and winter gear are usually the top items on that list.  But your home should also be top priority too!  Those who do not have the foresight to prepare their home for the coming cold months, often end up regretting that they did not. It can be twice as bad to deal with plumbing problems in the winter because pipes in or under the home have frozen and busted.  Not to mention the water damage that can quickly happen inside the home.

During warm weather it is so much more comfortable to do maintenance on the home. People get so busy in the spring and summer with gardening and lawn mowing that they probably do not give much thought to the inconvenience that frozen and busted plumbing causes in the cold months. It is a good idea to schedule your plumbing inspections during the warm months. Going underneath your home into the crawl space, if you have one, is essential to be able to inspect your outside pipes for leaks and deterioration.

If the pipes in your crawl space are not insulated,  you can do this simple job yourself by wrapping them with pipe insulation or heat tape made specifically for that purpose. It can be terrible to have to get under there and make pipe repairs when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is only 10 degrees (or many times MUCH colder) outside. Why not do it now when the weather is nicer?

Outside water faucets are also prone to more damage in the winter months. If you are using your spigots right now and notice that they have leaks anywhere, do the repairs now and save trouble later. These spigots can also be insulated for the wintertime. When you have spigot leaks, it can cause you to lose a lot of water over time. This is not good for the planet to wastewater and it will not be good for your home either if you get  water damage inside your home because of it.

Your local hardware or department store should have the supplies that you need to insulate your outside and inside water sources and pipes to help you get your home winterized.

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Alaska, Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Cleaning

Wow!   Hasn’t this weather been AMAZING in Alaska???  This is the time of  year where many of us do Spring Cleaning around our homes so we can get out and play and enjoy our beautiful Alaskan summer!  It’s when we go through closets, cupboards and drawers and start getting rid of things we no longer need. It’s also a good time to do a very thorough, deep cleaning  of your entire home.

If your time is too valuable to spend cleaning then you should seriously think of hiring a housecleaner to do a Spring Cleaning for you. If you are in the Wasilla area our Cleaning Crew can take care of all your Spring House Cleaning needs. For those of you who have the time and enjoy doing your own Spring Cleaning I thought I’d share with you some tips from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ease the burden of Spring Cleaning:

Develop a task list.

Clean carpets, upholstery, draperies and even your mattress.

Clean oven, refrigerator and other appliances.

Clean fireplaces.

Wash inside of windows.

Wash woodwork.

Clean out cupboards and closets.

 Change HVAC filters.

Clean efficiently. Avoid going back and forth around a room. Instead, work using a systematic approach. Think in terms of left to right, top to bottom. Begin with ceilings and walls, and work your way down to windows and furniture, finishing with the floors.

Hire cleaning service providers. For those tasks that require a specialist (i.e. carpet, upholstery and hard flooring cleaning), hire only certified professionals. Before hiring anyone, confirm that they are trained and certified in the type of work to be performed, informally interview the company representative or technician, obtain a written estimate of the work to be completed and receive a written contract or invoice confirming the total price and any statements or guarantees.

Hope you find these tips very helpful!   Happy Spring Cleaning!!

May 5, 2009 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, cleaning, house cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , | 1 Comment

January Thaw in Alaska

It is close to 50 degrees right now!  How crazy is that for January??? 

We have been super busy with taking care of  flooded homes.  Some were from frozen pipes breaking right after that awful cold spell we just had…and now some are homes we are taking care of are flooding from ground water and all the rain we are getting.

If you or someone you know is experiencing  flooding in your home right now there are  4 Immediate Steps you must take. 

If you are  having water damage in your home TCM Restoration can expertly dry and restore your home & belongings for you.  We have expert trained restoration teams ready to go and  will get your home back to normal. 

January 16, 2009 Posted by | Alaska, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tis The Season…

Your home and carpets cleaned and ready for company.  The house is beautifully decorated…Christmas music playing… the Christmas tree is a masterpiece with lights, ornaments and all the trimmings…it smells so Christmasy and just perfect….
And then you notice…. Pine Sap stuck in the carpet!

Unfortunately even with a tree skirt around the Christmas tree… carpet is not always protected!

No need to panic!  No need to call in for an emergency cleaning…

You can use some glycerin to get the sap out. (Available at most drug stores).  Use a 50/50 mixture with warm water and apply directly to the sap.  Let the mixture disolve, then use a paper towel and gently pull the sap away from the carpet.

Sigh of relief…back to “perfect” for the Holidays!!

PS.  For any other carpet emergencies like spilled wine or candle wax that often occur during the festive season…check out these other stain tips.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | | Leave a comment

4 Immediate Steps in a Water Emergency

When water damage occurs, even a few hours can make the difference in saving expensive carpets and furniture.  If you are ever in an emergency situation with water running everywhere here are some steps you should take to minimize your losses.

1. AVOID HAZARDS!  Be extremely careful of the deadly combination of water and electricity.  Also, be cautious of slippery wet carpets and floors.  Stay away from Raw Sewage backups, which contain nasty bacteria and can be harmful to your health.

2. STOP THE SOURCE If you haven’t located the source of the water, call us immediately and we will guide you through this (it is very critical to know what to do.)  373-7410 in Wasilla or 562-7410 in Anchorage.

3. TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION! Call TCM Restoration 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You will always be answered by friendly staff.  No answering machines here!  Our dispatchers will have a water damage expert contact you immediately.  Call us now!  After you call us, were on our way.

4. REMOVE FURNITURE!  Wood furniture will cause stains which cannot be removed.  Rust stains from metal are difficult to remove and may be permanent.  95% of water damage jobs are restorable, and the 5% which aren’t restored, most are caused by not doing this.  So either move furniture that’s even near water or place something under the legs.

If you are ever in the unfortunate predictament of having water damage in your home TCM Restoration can expertly dry and restore your home & belongings for you.  We have expert trained restoration teams ready to go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you in a water emergency.

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dog House Training Tips

As the saying goes,” Dog is a Man’s bestfriend”, that is true except of course when you see your dog peeing on your nice clean carpet. This can be very frustrating to a dog owner. 

Many clients have us clean their carpets because of Spot’s little accidents.  For small accidents we can easily get the carpets cleaned….but for bigger accidents, multiple accidents throughout the house, stains or smells that just won’t go away ….then more extensive cleaning with replacing the padding is most often required.  This can be timely and costly to homeowners. 

So what is a homeowner to do with a dog that keeps making messes ?  

Well….there are really only two choices.  Get rid of the dog or get dedicated and do some training.  And most of us love our cute doggies…. soooo that leaves only one thing to do and that is to train your dog.

I have trained 4 puppies and I can tell you it is a TON of work!   It took some hard work and committment in the early weeks but it paid off quickly.  Training your dog benefits you with keeping your home clean and helps develop a loving relationship with your pet.

For pet concerns  here are some easy tips  I have discovered on how to house train your dog.

1. Observation

First of all, note your dogs behavior when it comes to elimination. At what specific time of the day he usually does “his thing”. Listing down the time would help you remember to get your dog outside.  Observe what he/she does before it happens, so that you can prepare yourself.

2. Go Outside

Allow your dog to run freely.  Let him be free to explore his surroundings and be able to pick a spot where he can relieve himself. Keep doing this everyday, slowly the dog will be more comfortable doing “his thing” outside.

3. Stay With Him

In the beginning of the training, always stay with your dog until he finishes. This will keep him focus on what is right to do. Leaving him alone, will create distractions and disrupt the training.

4. Be Patient

This is very applicable to puppy owners. Usually when you bring home a puppy, he/she is very uncomfortable of his environment. He may tend to cry or do things to signal that he wants to relieve himself. When you see this, immediately pick him up and let him outside. Showing him that going to the bathroom is to be done outside of the house.  Not inside.

5. Never Use Ammonia-Based Cleaners

Avoid the mistake of using these ammonia-based cleaners, it smells a lot like urine. Dogs have the tendency to pee in places where there’s urine. So as much as possible, avoid using it.

6. Don’t Be Harsh On The Dog

As much as you would want the training to be successful immediately, allow some time. Some dogs may take longer to learn than others. And so whenever he makes a mistake, avoid being to cruel or harsh to your dog, such as slapping them with newspapers or harder objects. After all, we all love our dogs and would not want to hurt them. Just be patient, he will learn in time.

Following these simple steps you’ll be on  your way to having your dog trained and carpets staying clean longer!

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, pet stains, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Insulate Pipes Now To Prevent Water Damage

Now is the time of year when Alaskans start preparing for winter.  Snowmachines, studded tires and winter gear are usually the top items on that list.  But your home should also be top priority too!  Those who do not have the foresight to prepare their home for the coming cold months, often end up regretting that they did not. It can be twice as bad to deal with plumbing problems in the winter because pipes in or under the home have frozen and busted.  Not to mention the water damage that can quickly happen inside the home.

During warm weather it is so much more comfortable to do maintenance on the home. People get so busy in the spring and summer with gardening and lawn mowing that they probably do not give much thought to the inconvenience that frozen and busted plumbing causes in the cold months. It is a good idea to schedule your plumbing inspections during the warm months. Going underneath your home into the crawl space, if you have one, is essential to be able to inspect your outside pipes for leaks and deterioration.

If the pipes in your crawl space are not insulated,  you can do this simple job yourself by wrapping them with pipe insulation or heat tape made specifically for that purpose. It can be terrible to have to get under there and make pipe repairs when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is only 10 degrees (or many times MUCH colder) outside. Why not do it now when the weather is nicer?

Outside water faucets are also prone to more damage in the winter months. If you are using your spigots right now and notice that they have leaks anywhere, do the repairs now and save trouble later. These spigots can also be insulated for the wintertime. When you have spigot leaks, it can cause you to lose a lot of water over time. This is not good for the planet to wastewater and it will not be good for your home either if you get  water damage inside your home because of it.

Your local hardware or department store should have the supplies that you need to insulate your outside and inside water sources and pipes to help you get your home winterized.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment