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Grill Tips for #FireSafety

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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It’s GRILLING season, As Everyone starts enjoying the weather ,  people use outdoor grills – and incidents of grill-caused fires go up. outdoor grilling causes an annual average of 10,200 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That Statistic goes up every single year! 

Gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills, Gas Grills cause more fires mainly because  64% of households own a gas grill, 44% own a charcoal grill and 9% own an electric grill.

Fires can spring up from any type of grill, so we’ve got a helpful tip list for you.

Always Use your Grill Outside

Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only.  Not only could a fire spring up in your home, avoid grilling in your garage, on your patio, or under anything that is flammable. 

Maintain your grill

Making sure everything is secure and undamaged when you take your grill out of storage. Check for rust on the structure and make sure all nuts and bolts are tight. Gas grills should be checked for leaks by using the “Soapy Water” technique. 

A really good deep cleaning of the grill to start of the season is advised, and after each use make sure to wipe down and remove any build up or grease. 

WATCH your grill

Never ever leave your grill unattended

Be ready to put out the fire

It’s always advisable to have a fire extinguisher nearby, and baking soda on hand for a grease fire. A bucket of sand will also do well to quell any fire.

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What Kind of Smoke Detector Do I Need?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

duck in a bathtub with servpro hat and phone number After a Fire, you will have soot everywhere. One common overlooked place is your Air Ducts. Give us a call today to learn more (336) 744-5104

There are 3 types of smoke detector alarms on the market today, They are Ionization, Photoelectric and Combination.

An ionization smoke alarm contains a small amount of radioactive material. The radiation passes through an ionization chamber which is an air-filled space between two electrodes and permits a small, constant current between the electrodes. 

When  smoke that enters the chamber absorbs the alpha particles, which reduces the ionization and interrupts the current, setting off the alarm. 

This type of alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires.

The Photoelectric smoke alarms operate using a light source.

a light beam collimating system and a photoelectric sensor. When smoke enters the optical chamber and crosses the path of the light beam, some light is scattered by the smoke particles, directing it at the sensor and thus activating the alarm. 

This type of alarm is generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering.

Combination smoke alarms feature both ionization and photoelectric technologies. Ionization smoke alarms respond faster to high energy fires, whereas photoelectric detectors respond better to low energy smoldering fires. The best overall protection is provided by using combination smoke alarms.

3 Common Stains you should know how to clean.

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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When we’re talking stain removal TIME is of the essence. The sooner the spill and stain is cleaned up, the better the results. Learn to tackle these hard stains in 3 easy steps. 

  • Red Wine Stain.
    We’ve all been there! Red Wine is notorious for staining carpets and fabrics, but if cleaned up quickly, you should have minimal fuss to deal with. 

Step 1. Blot Gently and remove excess wine
*DO NOT SPRINKLE WITH SUGAR OR SALT*   a common “old wives tale”  tells you to use salt to soak up the wine, all this does is make a crusty mess and let the wine soak into the carpet. 

Step 2. Use Club Soda to lift more of the wine out of the fabric

Step 3. Blot Gently and Repeat until the stain is gone.

  • Tomato Based stain
    Who hasn’t spilled a plate of spaghetti and meatballs? Tomatoes are delicious, but their stains can set and dull carpet quickly.  Make sure to take your time while blotting, you wouldn’t want to press the stain further into the carpet and reach the pad underneath. 

Step 1. Gently Blot the spill, making sure to get all pieces of the meal up. 

Step 2. Spray ethanol alcohol onto the stain.

Step 3. Gently Blot and Repeat until stain is gone.

  • Acrylic/Water Based Paint Spill
    Arts and Crafts get a little out of hand? First time crafters are advised to stick to Acrylic and Water based paints, because they are much easier to clean than oil and grease paints. 

Step 1. Gently Blot up excess paint

Step 2. Spray Laundry detergent mixture (8 parts water to 1 part detergent)

Step 3. Flush with cool tap water and blot  until spill/stain is gone. Repeat as many times is necessary.

There really isn’t a quick fix to most spills and stains. Patience and Practice are what is the key to removing and cleaning up. 

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While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
1105 Fairchild Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27105
Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

What to do if a crime happens on your property.

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

on left. Carpet with Blood Stain. On Right. New Carpet A bloody crime scene is a large biohazard, and must be cleaned by the proper professionals at SERVPRO of Winston Salem North (336 744-5104

With a total of 39 per 1000 residents,  We are currently only 8% safer than other US Cities across the nation. It will be either violent 6% or property 33%, both will cause damage to your home or business. 

We don’t want to scare anyone, but I do want you to be prepared for  when something happens on your property. We want you to be aware of what to do since it can avoid unnecessary time, money, and headache. You should have a plan in place, and I’ve written this blog to help you. 

First Things First.

A crime occurred. It is a good thing that you are safe. You should know that this will disturb the normal flow of your next coming days, weeks, and sometimes months. We would never wish for that to happen, but you should prepare for it and knowing is the first step for it.

Calm down and Call the Authorities

Call 911 or a non emergency line if there are no medical emergencies

  • For the city of Winston Salem, NC
    • Police & Fire (336) 773-7700

  • For the city of Pilot Mountain, NC
    • Police (336) 368-4725
    • Fire (336) 368-4646

  • For the city of Mount Airy, NC
    • Police (336) 786-3535
    • Fire (336) 786-3570

We know that not everyone can take this situation easily, and some of you will also panic. We are humans, and you do not know truly how you will react until this horrible event occurs.  What I hope you do is act fast and contact the right people to help you. Call the police, and get yourself to a safe well lit area away from the crime scene, but within walking distance, so that the police will be able to speak with you. 

Calming down does not only help you but also assists the authorities in their investigation. If you are calm, then you are better able to assist those in need. You can do this. 

We HIGHLY ADVISE , that you should look for another place to stay temporarily. 

While the investigation goes on, the police will need access to the scene, maybe at hours that you would not be comfortable with. Winston Salem PD and Forsyth County Sheriff's office work tirelessly day and night. 

There could also be other factors, damage to property that causes it to be unsafe (broken glass, bullet holes, blood and other biohazards). These things can not be cleaned up right away, as the detectives will need to search and secure evidence.  Those things can and will affect your health and safety, so we suggest finding somewhere else close by to stay at. If you can not find something, or need assistance, The American Red Cross is always willing to help those in need. 

  • The Piedmont Triad Chapter of the American Red Cross 
    Phone: 336-333-2111

After the Investigation

You now face a new issue, You can finally return home, and start the process of cleaning up.

Nonetheless, you will see a filthy place depending on the severity of the crime, and length of the investigation.  

Call SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

(336) 744-5104

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. Our Motto is “Like it never even happened.” We want to return your home to the happy and healthy place it was in before this crime happened.

Read more about Cleaning and Sanitation in our Blog

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
1105 Fairchild Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27105
Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

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What to do after a suicide happens in your home

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 If you or a loved one are having thoughts of Suicide. Please Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Whenever a loss occurs in your home, it is always difficult to deal with. When it is an unexpected death, even more so. You will be overwhelmed, and there is no real way to prepare yourself for this unexpected event.  I hope that you find this list, and that it helps you navigate this uncertain period in your life. 

What to do first

  • Call 911 or the police .
    When a suicide occurs, police need to be informed. They will have to treat the place of the suicide as a crime scene. Sadly, suicide or suspected suicide is considered a suspicious death, and must be investigated. You will cause a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering, and trouble with the police to those around you, if you do not report the death as such. 
  • For the city of Winston Salem, NC
    • Police & Fire (336) 773-7700
  • For the city of Pilot Mountain , NC
    • Police (336) 368-4725
    • Fire (336) 368-4646
  • For the city of Mount Airy, NC
    • Police (336) 786-3535
    • Fire (336) 786-3570
  • Call SERVPRO of Winston Salem North .
    After the police have left the scene, the body will still be there, along with any chemicals, dust, or remnants of the investigation the officials may have left. Your home is now not only dirty, but dangerous.
    Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers.
    We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Winston Salem North will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.
  • Arrange for a place to stay.
    SERVPRO of Winston Salem North will work as quickly as possible to clean and restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Depending on the job, this could be very quick or take a few days. The trash and biohazard contaminants will need to be removed, and to prevent the spread of cross contamination, you will be happier and healthier away from the location. 
  • If you need help finding a safe location to stay,  The Piedmont Triad Chapter of the American Red Cross is a great place to seek help. 
    • 1501 Yanceyville Street
      Greensboro, NC 27415
      Phone: 336-333-2111

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While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7.
Here in your community. Here to Help.


SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

1105 Fairchild Rd

Winston Salem, NC 27105

Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

We Are Sanitation and Biohazard Experts

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here in your community, and Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of corona virus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home, business, or commercial building, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • High Traffic Areas
  • Required Touch Areas (door knobs, chair backs, etc)
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the corona virus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the corona virus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

336 744 5104

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Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Spring Cleaning Should Include Your Air Ducts

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

infographic on HVAC running unattended If your HVAC has been operating for some time, without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminates.

As spring allergy season approaches, you may hear companies make bold promises to improve your health by reducing allergens in your home. Such boasts may appeal especially to the nearly 25 million American adults and children with asthma and the approximately 50 million who have allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, because the symptoms of both can be triggered by dust mites, mold, and other allergens often found in air ducts and elsewhere in the home.  Allergies, according to the CDC, are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.

But should you believe the hype? Will air duct cleaning help you breathe more easily?

Common Allergy Triggers

1. Your Overactive Immune System
Many things can trigger an allergic reaction. It happens when your body's defenses attack something that's usually harmless, such as pollen, animal dander, or food. The reaction can range from mild and annoying to sudden and life-threatening. In the US, about 30% of all adults and 40% of children have allergies.

2. Pollen
It comes from plants such as grasses, trees, and weeds and can trigger hay fever or seasonal allergies. You might sneeze and have a runny or stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. Treat these with over-the-counter products, prescription drugs, and allergy shots. To help prevent symptoms, stay inside on windy days when pollen counts are high, close windows, and run the air conditioning.

3. Animal Dander
You love your pet, but if you're allergic, you react to proteins in his saliva or in his skin's oil glands. It might take 2 years for that to start. Luckily, you may still be able to live with him. Make your bedroom a pet-free zone, opt for bare floors and washable rugs instead of carpets, and bathe him regularly. A HEPA filter and allergy shots may help, too.

4. Dust Mites
These tiny bugs live in bedding, mattresses, upholstery, carpets, and curtains. They feed on dead skin cells from people and pets, as well as on pollen, bacteria, and fungi. They thrive in high humidity. To cut down on problems, use hypoallergenic pillows, cover mattresses, pillows, and box springs, and wash sheets weekly in hot water. Keep the house free of dust-collecting items such as stuffed animals, curtains, and carpet.

5. Insect Stings
These could cause swelling and redness that may last a week or more. You might feel sick to your stomach and tired and have a low fever. In rare cases, insect bites trigger a reaction that can be life-threatening, called anaphylaxis. If you're severely allergic, you'll need medicine called epinephrine right away. Your doctor may recommend allergy shots to prevent reactions.

6. Mold
It needs moisture to grow. You can find it in damp places such as basements or bathrooms, as well as in grass or mulch. Get air moving in moist areas of your home.

7. Food
Milk, shellfish, eggs, and nuts are among the most common foods that cause allergies. Others include wheat, soy, and fish. Within minutes of eating something you're allergic to, you could have trouble breathing and get hives, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling around your mouth. If your reaction is severe, you will need emergency medical help. So call 911, and use your epinephrine pen if you were prescribed one. 

8. Latex
Found in some disposable gloves, condoms, and medical devices, latex can trigger a reaction ranging from itchy, red skin to anaphylaxis with trouble breathing. Symptoms can include a rash or hives, eye irritation, runny or itchy nose, sneezing, and wheezing. If you’re allergic, wear a medical alert bracelet and carry an epinephrine kit if you were prescribed one.

9. Medication
Penicillin, aspirin, and other drugs can cause hives, itchy eyes, stuffiness, and swelling in your face, mouth, and throat. If you're allergic to a drug, it's best to not take it. Your doctor can talk to you about other medicine options or treatments that may allow you to take a medicine if it's necessary.

10. Cockroaches
A protein in their droppings can be a trigger. Roaches can be tough to get rid of, especially in a warm climate or if you live in an apartment building where they can move back and forth between neighbors. Treat them with bug killer, and keep a clean kitchen. Repair cracks and holes in floors, walls, and windows to keep them out of your home.

Montanaro, a professor of medicine and chief of the allergy and clinical immunology division at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, often talks with patients about their heating systems as he investigates the possible environmental triggers of their allergies.

“If they have forced air, that’s part of the conversation,” he says.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems push air through ducts that run throughout your house in walls, ceilings, and floors. Mark Zarzeczny, who sits on the board of directors of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), calls ducts the "lungs of the home."

How can you tell whether your air ducts need attention? Visual clues, like signs of mold and excessive dust around the air vents, can point to a need for cleaning. But when there’s no evidence in plain view, allergist Tania Elliott, MD, advises people to ask themselves the following questions:

  • If your house is more than 10 years old, have your ducts ever been cleaned?

  • Does your house constantly collect dust no matter how much you clean it?

  • Do you notice allergy symptoms when you turn on your heating/cooling system?

  • Do you have asthma that’s not well controlled even though you’re taking your medicine?

Answering YES to any of these questions should encourage you to consider cleaning your ducts.

“It’s better safe than sorry for people who have underlying asthma or allergies or breathing issues,” says Elliott, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and chief medical officer of EHE International, a healthcare management company that focuses on preventive medicine.

Time, Cost, and What to Avoid

Zarzeczny says a typical job on a 2,000-square-foot home will take about 3 to 5 hours and should be done every 3 to 5 years or if the signs described above return. Expect to pay at least $500 to $600.

“Anybody who offers to do a job for less than a few hundred dollars is not going to deliver to you what you need to have done,” says Zarzeczny, who chairs NADCA’s anti-fraud task force. “You don’t want a company that advertises at prices like $79.95 because they’re either going to be in and out in half an hour or they’re going to upsell you and walk out with $4,000.”

In fact, a rushed, inadequate job can do more harm than good. According the EPA, “an inadequate vacuum collection system can release more dust, dirt, and other contaminants than if you had left the ducts alone.”

Some Quick Tips to Help You Breathe Better Inside

  • Outside Air
    Most home heating and cooling systems simply recirculate the air that’s already in the house, including all the dust, dirt, and pollen. When the weather’s nice and pollen counts are low, open windows and doors to freshen things up. This is especially important if there are fumes from painting, cooking, kerosene heaters, or hobbies like woodworking.
  • Simple Cleaning Products
    Some cleaners have harsh chemicals that can cause breathing problems or trigger an allergy or asthma attack. Read labels carefully and stay away from ones that have volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fragrances, or flammable ingredients. You can make your own cleaners with plain soap and water, vinegar, or baking soda.
  • Houseplants
    These can be more than nice to look at, especially if your home is energy-efficient or not well-ventilated. In addition to getting rid of carbon dioxide and boosting oxygen levels, some can even help clear the air of chemical vapors. Of these, the easiest to grow and keep healthy include English ivy, ficus trees, peace lilies, and certain types of palms.
  • Your HVAC
    A dirty filter on your heating and air conditioning unit can keep air from flowing the way it should and lead to mold growth if it gets damp. Change it at least every 3 months and make sure it fits well. If you have asthma or allergies -- or you have pets or a large family -- you might want to check it once a month. It’s also a good idea for a professional to inspect the unit once a year.
  • Bathrooms
    If there’s mold in your house, the tiny spores can float into your nose and even your lungs. That can lead to allergy symptoms, like coughing or sneezing, or other breathing issues. The fungus loves damp areas, so keep bathrooms dry. Turn on a fan or open a window to help move air after you shower, and hang up wet towels and washcloths. If you see mold in the tub or other areas, you may need to clean more often to help keep it at bay.
  • Air Fresheners
    Even pleasant smells can cause problems. Some air fresheners have VOCs in them that may bother your nose and throat. Other aerosol sprays, including some health and beauty products, have VOCs, too.
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    If you keep them too long, mold can grow on them. Check stored fruits and vegetables often, and toss anything that has mold or slime on it. To keep them fresh longer, don’t wash them before you store them -- do that just before you eat them. If you’re not sure if something is fresh, throw it away.
  • Cockroaches
    These bugs can cause problems even after they’re dead. When they die, their bodies break down into small bits, and those can get into the air. The same can happen with their poop. Those bits can get into sheets, pillows, and other fabrics, and may trigger asthma attacks or allergic reactions. If you know you have a roach problem, use roach baits instead of sprays. 
  • Leaks
    These can happen with sinks, toilets, showers, dishwashers, or refrigerators -- even your roof. Pooled water can lead to issues with mold and cockroaches, so any leak needs to be taken care of quickly. Call a plumber if you can’t find where it’s coming from or don’t know how to fix it.
  • Leftovers
    The only thing cockroaches like more than water is food. When dinner’s over, put anything that’s left in airtight containers. And if you throw food away, make sure it’s into a trash can that has a lid on it.
  • Pets
    Dander and other allergens that Fido and Fluffy bring in from outside can cause trouble for your lungs. As hard as it might be, it’s a good idea to keep them out of bedrooms and off beds. If that’s not an option, bathe them regularly and vacuum the areas where they spend time.  
  • Forgotten Areas
    Cabinet tops and vent hoods are a couple of places people sometimes forget to clean, along with behind toilets and under bathroom sinks. Wipe them down every so often with warm, soapy water. Give your pets’ dishes a daily wash, too, and check around for other areas that might collect grease, food, grime, or water.
  • Linens and Rugs
    Wash sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and area rugs once a week in 130-degree F water to help get rid of dust, mold, mites, and other things that can affect your breathing. And get rid of throw pillows that don’t have zip-off covers. They collect dust mites and pet dander and can be hard to clean.
  • Furniture
    Fabrics can trap dust, pollen, and other allergens. The next time you give the living room a new look, consider leather or vinyl furniture instead of cloth. If you have issues with allergies or asthma, you also might want to hang blinds instead of curtains, and dust them regularly.
  • Flooring
    Hard surfaces, like wood, don’t collect things that affect your breathing the way carpet can. If you need some soft areas, use throw rugs you can clean in a washing machine or sink. If you can’t take up your carpet, vacuum it weekly with a cleaner that has a HEPA or small-particle filter. When it needs to be professionally cleaned, be sure to use a certified “asthma & allergy friendly” service.

Read more about Cleaning and Sanitation in our Blog

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
1105 Fairchild Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27105
Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

How to Clean and Disinfect to help slow the spread of Bacteria and Viruses .

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

table with small chairs and a person in a yellow biohazard plastic suit with respirator One of our Sanitation Experts cleaning a high touch area during the COVID19 pandemic of 2020

Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Winston Salem North is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

2. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often

Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys. Some schools may also require daily disinfecting these items. 

Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled. If surfaces or objects are soiled with body fluids or blood, use gloves and other standard precautions to avoid coming into contact with the fluid. Remove the spill, and then clean and disinfect the surface.

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3. Clean and disinfect correctly

Always follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. Wash surfaces with a general household cleaner to remove germs. Rinse with water, and follow with an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill germs. Read the label to make sure it states that EPA has approved the product for effectiveness against whatever you are trying to clean.

If a surface is not visibly dirty, you can clean it with an EPA-registered product that both cleans (removes germs) and disinfects (kills germs) instead. Be sure to read the label directions carefully, as there may be a separate procedure for using the product as a cleaner or as a disinfectant. Disinfection usually requires the product to remain on the surface for a certain period of time (e.g., letting it stand for 3 to 5 minutes).

Use disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. Pay close attention to the directions for using disinfecting wipes. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time. Make sure that the electronics can withstand the use of liquids for cleaning and disinfecting.

4. Use products safely

Pay close attention to hazard warnings and directions on product labels. Cleaning products and disinfectants often call for the use of gloves or eye protection. For example, gloves should always be worn to protect your hands when working with bleach solutions.

Do not mix cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels indicate it is safe to do so. Combining certain products (such as chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners) can result in serious injury or death.

5. Handle waste properly

Throw disposable items used to clean surfaces and items in the trash immediately after use. Avoid touching used tissues and other waste when emptying waste baskets. Wash your hands with soap and water after emptying waste baskets and touching used tissues and similar waste.

6. Learn more

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While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
1105 Fairchild Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27105
Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

Local Restaurants Still Operating outside of Winston-Salem

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

We have compiled a list of additional local restaurants and restaurants with multiple locations that are still operating.  

Mount Airy

  • 13 Bones is a food truck offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Barney's Cafe is offering take-out options.
  • Chase and Charli are offering take-out options.
  • Coach's is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Libby Hill Seafood is offering take-out options.
  • O'Dell's Sandwich Shop is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Old North State Winery is offering take-out options.
  • The Loaded Goat is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Thirsty Souls Community Brewing is offering take-out options, as well as selling beer and growlers.

Pilot Mountain

  • All Sauced Up BBQ is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Southern on Main is offering take-out and curbside options, as well as bottles of wine.
  • The Tilted Ladder is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.

Elkin

  • Angry Troll Brewing is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Cagney's Kitchen is offering take-out options.
  • Mazzini's Family Restaurant is offering curbside options from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Prime Thai is offering take-out options.
  • Skull Camp is offering take-out options, as well as beer and wine.

Dobson

  • Coach's is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Sue's Kitchen is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.

Restaurants with locations in multiple communities:

  • Applebee's is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Cracker Barrel is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Duck Donuts is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Dunkin' Donuts is offering take-out options.
  • East Coast Wings and Grill is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Five Guys is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Jersey Mike's Subs is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Jim’s Grill is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • K&W Cafeteria is offering take-out options.
  • Krispy Kreme is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Long Horn Steakhouse is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Little Richard's BBQ is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options. Delivery is available within 10 miles of restaurants. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until further notice.
  • Moe's Southwest Grill is offering take-out and delivery, as well as continuing to offer catering.
  • Olive Garden is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options. Delivery is free for orders more than $40.
  • Panera Bread is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Subway is offering take-out options and curbside options.
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Zoe's Kitchen is offering take-out and delivery options.

Note: This is a developing list.

Restaurants still operating in Winston-Salem

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Here you can find local restaurants that are still operating and what they are offering here in Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem

  • 1703 Restaurant & Catering is open for take-out, curbside, and delivery options.
  • 3 Layers Cakery is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Arcadia Family Restaurant & Pizzeria is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Athena Greek Taverna is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Brixx is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Burke Street Pizza is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Café Arthur's is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Cagney's Kitchen is offering take-out options.
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill is offering pick-up, catering and delivery options.
  • Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Cloverdale Kitchen is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Coppola's Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Dewey's Bakery is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Diolis Italian Market is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Downtown Deli is offering take-out and delivery options. Patio available for dining.
  • Elizabeth's Pizza is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Famous Toastery is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options. The restaurant is also offering multi-day meal kits of their signature items for purchase.
  • Firebirds is offering take-out and curbside options, as well as Family Meal Deal options.
  • First Watch is offering take-out options.
  • Foothills Brewing Brew Pub is offering curbside and delivery options, as well as a family-style menu. Delivery is available within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant.
  • Francesco’s Pizza Italian Restaurant is offering take-out.
  • Gigi's Cupcakes of Winston-Salem is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Grandma Ruby's is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Great China is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Hakkachow is offering take-out options.
  • Hungry Howie's (Country Club Road) will offer take-out and delivery options.
  • Jimmy the Greek is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Kickback Jack's Restaurant is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • La Carreta Mexican Restaurant is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Mellow Mushroom is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Midtown Cafe & Dessertery is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options. Delivery is available for orders more than $150.
  • Milner's American Southern is offering take-out options.
  • Mountain Fried Chicken is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Mozelle's is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Mr. Lu's Chinese Restaurant is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • O'Brien's Deli is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Omega House Family Restaurant is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Pancho Villa's Mexican & Seafood is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Paul's Fine Italian Dining is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • PB's Takeout is offering take-out options.
  • P.F. Chang's is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Prime Tyme Soul Cafe is offering take-out options and delivery for orders of 10 or more entrees.
  • Pulliams BBQ & Hotdog is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Putters Patio and Grill is offering take-out options.
  • River Birch Lodge is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Roosters A Noble Grill is offering take-out options.
  • Silo Bistro and Bar is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Sixty Six Grill & Taphouse is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Spruce Street Garden is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Stoked Woodfired Pub is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Taco Mama is offering take-out options.
  • Taste of the Triad is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options. Delivery is available to business locations only.
  • Tequila Mexican Restaurant is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Texas Roadhouse is offering take-out and curbside options, as well as family value packs.
  • The Loop is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options, as well as offering buy-one-get-one half-off pizza.
  • The Real Q is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • TJ's Deli & Grill is offering take-out and curbside options.
  • Trade Street Diner is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • West End Cafe is offering take-out options from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Westtown Restaurant is offering take-out options.
  • Village Tavern is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options, as well as 15 percent off all menu items and 25 percent off all bottles of wine.
  • Vincenzo's is offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Vinnie's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is offering take-out options.
  • Viva Chicken is offering curbside options.
  • Wayback Burger is offering take-out, curbside and delivery options.
  • Zoe's Family Restaurant is offering take-out and delivery options, as well as outdoor seating. Delivery is available for orders more than $25.

Note: This is a developing list.