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Selling Your Home?

Fantastic!  According to Donna Wheeler from Edina Realty we are in the middle of a Sellers Market.

And, as it happens, with the exception of chiropractor, we happen to know a LOT of Real Estate agents.

There’s Donna, Jon, Carla, Sara, Tim and Teresa, just to name a few.  Don’t make us get out the Rolodex.

Now that you have a Realtor your next step should be to call a professional cleaning service.  Why, you ask?  Because every day your home sits on the market is costing you money and one of the surest ways to get it sold faster is to get it cleaned.

As homeowners, we tend to take our homes and our regular cleanings for granted.  Everybody does the basics; clean the bathroom, clean the kitchen, dust, vacuum, etc. but there are areas that tend to get neglected.  Try this: go to your bathroom and pull out any vanity drawer and move everything inside of that drawer out.  See what I mean?  You can also try this with your refrigerator drawers.

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Once you have your home on the market you will most likely do some de-cluttering and once that happens, areas that were neglected tend to pop out.  And let’s not kid ourselves.  The folks checking to see if your home is their next home will be looking in every nook and cranny.

That’s where a professional cleaner can come in handy.  We know where to look and what to do to help your soon-to-be-ex- home shine for the upcoming showings.  Cobweb swinging from the chandelier?  Not when we’re done.  Cotton swab behind the toilet?  Nope!  Toothpaste in the sink?  What toothpaste in the sink?

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So, when you’re ready to put your home on the market, just remember; a good cleaning service can actually pay for itself when it comes to getting your home sold.

What is that orange stuff in my shower?

Have you ever looked around in your shower and noticed pink or orange stains?  These occur usually in the grout or, if you have a shower door, around the edges.  Sometimes they may show up where the shower wall meets the tub.  You may also see it around drains in sinks, the waterline in your toilet or even in your pet food and water bowls.  Did you think it was rust or just wonder what the heck it was?  I have an answer for you.

What you are seeing is a bacteria.  Specifically, it is Serratia marcescens ( sə′rāshēə mär′sesəns ).  Serratia are common inhabitants in the environment; they can be found in human and animal feces, dust, soil and surface waters.  They grow in almost any moist location where there is a food source.  Specifically these bacterium like to feed on fatty, oily substances such as soap residue in showers, feces residue in toilets and soap and food residue in pet bowls.   Although generally harmless to humans, in some cases it can cause urinary tract infections, wound infections and pneumonia in hospital patients.

Ok, here’s the bad news.  Once established, Serratia is almost impossible to get rid of completely.  It has been proven to be resistant to most types of medicines and antibacterials.

You can, however, control it.  One way to do this is to clean your shower and toilets regularly.  In the shower area, use a squeegee to dry your shower doors, walls and floor as much as you can.  Serratia loves standing water and will grow well in it.  Using a squeegee on your shower walls and doors also wipes away soap residue which the bacteria feeds on.  You can remove the bacteria each time you clean; it wipes right off.   The other thing you can do is to use a cleanser containing chlorine bleach.  Bleach will temporarily kill the bacteria, but, as we mentioned before, it will be back.