Monday, October 28th, 2013
My name is Bill Radke, originally from Menomonie Wisconsin. I have been married to my wife Kelly for 11 years – how blessed am I?! Together we have 3 beautiful children, Laney (7), Brett (3), and Isabel (1). Approximately 12 years ago I worked for ServiceMaster for about 3 years. I pursued some other dreams for a time and realized that I needed to come back. Thankfully I was able to. I feel so blessed. God is good! Thank you ServiceMaster by Ayotte for being a part of my return and for your prayers! It is great to be back!
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
“I simply could not help enough people with my small team,” he said. “After looking at several large service providers, I was attracted to the ServiceMaster corporate values, national footprint and business model,” said Paxton. At the same time, ServiceMaster was looking for an opportunity to create a service extension in the hoarding market.
Compulsive hoarding is a disorder characterized by difficulty discarding items that appear to most people to have little or no value. Hoarding was previously considered a subtype of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), but as of May, 2013, hoarding disorder is now included in the “American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”.
Read more by visiting this press release!
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Don’t miss out on the fun this Halloween! Enter our costume contest and you could win a CASH prize! There are TWO ways to enter! Upload your photo to our contest page on Facebook or visit us in person at the office in Northfield! Happy Halloween everyone!!!
Monday, September 30th, 2013
October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ServiceMaster by Ayotte is stepping up to support the cause. This month for every Residential Carpet, Upholstery, Hard Surface Floor or General Cleaning appointment scheduled using the code PINK, ServiceMaster by Ayotte will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen Minnesota non-profit corporation. Help us contribute to the mission “To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to the find the cures.”
Call ServiceMaster by Ayotte today to schedule your appointment – 877-945-0993 or online at smbyayotte.com
Thursday, September 26th, 2013
My name is Dagan Steffen. I am 38 years old. I have been married to my lovely wife Dawn for 16 years. We have three children, Emily (14), Isabella (11), and Tyler (9). We live near Medford. We spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the winter, snowmobiling.
As a child I lived in Owatonna, Grand Marais, and then New Prague. I have a sister (Dawn), a brother (Dallas), and my parents Dannie and Nancy.
I have been farming for as long a I can remember, and am currently farming for my neighbors. Right after graduation I started my own exterior siding installation business with my wife’s brother. In 1997 I started working at Lull building forklifts. I started out in production and then became part of the Research and Development Department building the prototype forklifts. Then in 2003 the company was sold and moved to Pennsylvania. After they closed the doors I went into the carpenters union as a journeyman carpenter for Frana and Sons. I worked there for 3 years until I got laid off due of lack of work. Next, I framed houses for Countryside Construction for about a year. Then I started my own business, DDS Services LLC, which consisted of a lot of remodeling for Metro Home Improvements, and for DCI.
In April I started working for ServiceMaster by Ayotte as the production manager. I am learning a lot about the this company and the many different ways to restore and clean structures. I am proud to be a part of the ServiceMaster Family!
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Just a few weeks ago ServiceMaster by Ayotte traveled to St. Louis to participate in ServiceMaster Clean’s 2013 International Convention. Our convention ended with big news on the marketing front, as this year ends a 5-year partnership that ServiceMaster Clean has had with NASCAR.
There is no better way to end our partnership than to go out in style – check out what NASCAR.com VP of marketing, Eric Eurich is talking about: http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2013/08/06/nascar-nationwide-series-phoenix-servicemaster-200.html
Monday, August 19th, 2013
If you’re all too familiar with the unmistakable, slightly pungent, smell of an unclean refrigerator, this blog post might be right up your alley. We’ve all done it before. We’ve left those once-delicious bagels in the back of the fridge too long. Or, we’ve opened a container full of macaroni to find it (sadly) looks greener than our front lawn. But, let’s be honest, cleaning out the fridge is such a task, and it’s extremely time consuming! The fridge can also get a little stinky, depending on how dirty we let it get.
Now, let’s get down to business. How often should we clean out our fridge?
What if I told you, your fridge should be cleaned out once a week? Don’t panic! I’m not talking about scrubbing down every inch. But, I am talking about rotating out old food. In order to do that, you can use a trick that most restaurants use when they store their food. Just label your containers with different colored pieces of duck tape that correspond with the different days of the week.
So, it’s Friday again, and you see that “pink” Friday label in your fridge from last week? Throw it out or take it to work for lunch if its still good. If you get into a good habit of rotating out food, you’ll have less food go to waste.
Keeping your fridge organized.
Another good technique that’ll help keep your fridge clean involves keeping it organized. There’s no need to get out the label gun. Just keep leftover food on the top shelf. Your meats, dairies, and drinks can go on the bottom shelf. Then, fruits and vegetables can be tucked away in the drawers. Any food you’re not planning on cooking for awhile, just package it and freeze it.
Once a month, clean out your fridge and give it a good scrub down.
Remove all of the food, grab an old sponge, and use dish soap or a universal cleaner to scrub down the sides. You can even wash the trays and drawers in your dishwasher. Go through all of the food you removed from the fridge and throw out anything that’s old. Hopefully, you won’t have to throw out much.
Keeping your fridge in top shape isn’t that hard or time consuming. It’s all about getting into the habit of rotating food out old food and cleaning it out every so often. Then, whenever your mother-in-law comes over for dinner, she’ll be less likely to wrinkle her nose and more likely to compliment you on your nice, clean fridge.
Monday, August 5th, 2013
How much water do you use a day? When I think about it, I try to use very little. I keep my showers short and turn off the water while I’m brushing my teeth. But, according to the EPA, families use about 300 gallons of water a day. 300 gallons! That’s a lot of water.
Most of the water we use comes from sinks, dishwashers, showers, and automatic washers. But, we also use a lot of water when we clean. Think about it. If you’re using an old mop to wash your kitchen floor, you’re probably filling up a 3 gallon bucket to do so! When you go to clean out your bathroom, do you use a lot of water to scrub the bathtub? The bathroom floor? The sink? With the average person using about 98 gallons of water a day, I can’t help but wonder how much of that water we consume while we clean.
So, in honor of water quality month, I’ve put together a few tips on how to conserve water when you’re cleaning at home.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
After Tuesday night’s unseasonable snow storm, which led to a power outage at our office most of yesterday, I am ready for spring! Playing catch up, I spent a good portion of last night reviewing the day’s emails – I was ready for a mental break. Just then, I stumbled across an email entitled “Spring Cleaning Inside and Out”. I suppose the fact that it referenced Spring Cleaning, or that it described your liver as a Janitor, or maybe the fact that I know the author grabbed my attention. Any which way, this article sparked my interest to read on. I was thinking cleaning inside and out of your house, however, this article adds a new perspective on cleaning – cleaning your body with at Spring Detox. Check out Angela’s blog – http://growinspired.co/blog/connect/blog/2013/04/6-foods-for-a-spring-liver-detox
With spring on my mind we all need to do some Spring Cleaning. While you may choose to ‘clean your body’ after reading Angela’s blog, ServiceMaster by Ayotte has the muscle to help you out with any home or office spring cleaning needs. Windows or floors, high dusting or carpets, we are here to supplement your regime.
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
ServiceMaster by Ayotte is hosting our 3rd Annual American Red Cross Community Blood Drive on Monday April 22nd, 2013 from 1 – 6 p.m. at our office, located at 450 Armstrong Road, Northfield, MN.
We encourage all of our clients, associates and employees to consider the impact your donation can have. New this year – all presenting donors will receive a coupon for $50 off any service!!
Following are some important facts about the importance of donating blood:
For more information on our upcoming Blood Drive or on ServiceMaster by Ayotte, call 877.945.0993 or visit www.smbyayotte.com