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VOL. 37 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 06, 2013

A cure for what ails 1111 Petri Dish Lane

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It’s not unusual to walk into a house that’s listed and on the market and be floored by the stench. Many times this is the result of neglect and filth that allows organisms to flourish in the environs created by sloppy pet owners or leaking pipes.

Placing odorous wax in an electrical plug until it melts in a fashion that emits unidentifiably bad odors is not the cure, nor is a brigade of scented candles, a quick spray of Lysol, or, for the children of the ‘60s, is incense.

The problems are perplexing and many Realtors’ and homeowners alike are lost in their efforts to make houses more sellable.

Enter Autumn Key, the chief executive officer of CleanBeyond, a cleaning service that goes beyond the “mop and a bucket” traditional service. Key owned a janitorial service and observed that she was no different than her competition and that most offered the same services although some performed better than others.

She soon realized that while many companies clean dirt and debris, they do not eliminate germs and bacteria. In fact, many cleaning techniques such as carpet cleaning, a process that often soaks the pad beneath the carpet inviting bacteria to congregate and grow, a “bacterial breeding ground” she calls it.

Key’s father was in the intravenous infection control field and, after consulting with him, she decided her company would “clean not only for appearance, but for health.”

She learned that that there are “growing concerns about healthy environments and increasing awareness of the dangers of ‘super bugs’ such as MRSA, E. Coli, H1N1, and Staph infections.”

Key says her products are “green,” even though most “green” products don’t kill germs.

“Our hospital-grade, non-toxic disinfecting spray treatment kills 99.999 percent of bacteria and viruses on surfaces,” she says.

And she boasts that CleanBeyond’s HEPA filtration system eliminates more than 100 percent of airborne particles such as dust, mites, pollen, dander, and mold with cleaning material that contain no chlorine, no ammonia, and no harmful chemicals unless you are a mite, some pollen, etc. Their vacuuming system is endorsed by the American Lung Association.

CleanBeyond has partnered with epidemiologists, allergists and electrostatic experts to refine the cleaning process and her solutions with the mechanisms engineered for the cleaning can find their ways into desk drawers and under tables.

Recently, Battle Ground Academy was hosting an open house and, only four days prior, a loving family arrived early. The bad news for BGA is that this group was a family of skunks – curious skunks that entered the ductwork of the HVAC system and showed the administration their spraying skills, hosing the entire building with the fruit of their glands.

CleanBeyond was summoned and eliminated the odors in minutes, and the academy was no longer a battle ground for the skunks that have been denied further admission.

Another local academy had a flu outbreak among its students and enlisted the CleanBeyond services. The outbreak was stopped and, after indoctrinating the program, attendance is up considerably.

Sale of the Week

The sale of the week in this the final week of the college football season is 3616 General Bate Drive in Green Hills off Woodmont Boulevard near Franklin Road, or Franklin Pike for those of the GPS generation.

General Bate was named for William Brimage Bate who obtained the rank of major general in the Confederate Army. Following the Civil War, General Bate was elected governor of Tennessee and was re-elected once before seeking a seat in the United States Senate, where he served from 1887 until his death in 1905.

Therefore, the street could have been named Governor Bate since, as governor, Bate led the state from Depression-like times to a position of financial well-being. Or, it could have been named Senator Bate for his 18 years in the Senate.

The house sold for $305,000 after being listed for $325,000 by Nancy Poe of Worth Properties.

Poe mentioned that the owner of the house had served in the military, working under Gen. George Patton, who also has a Nashville street named for him.

While General Bate obviously had an allegiance to the South, the listing agent has an allegiance to the SEC.

One of Poe’s sons played for the University of Alabama, and another for the University of Tennessee.

So who else would buy the house but Zach Rogers, a UT receiver who signed, and later released, by the New York Jets?

Rogers’ agent was David Dorris of Village Real Estate, who was standout receiver with the University of Mississippi.

Richard Courtney is a partner with Christianson, Patterson, Courtney and Associates and can be reached at richard@richardcourtney.com.