Hire a professional or do it yourself?

 Shampooing is one of the oldest and successful methods of carpet cleaning. Mechanically operated machine brushes work a cleaning solution into the carpet. Excess moisture and soil are then suctioned away. When the carpet has dried, it is thoroughly vacuumed.
         Technology today has yielded various methods as well as a specialized carpet cleaning machines. One of the most popular methods is using do it yourself carpet extractor machines (available for rental in grocery stores.) However, this method is usually a poor choice for several reasons.
          Rental or home machines have their “brand name” carpet cleaning solution for purchase. These solutions are formulated to be neutral ph, so that no damaging can occur. However, neutral ph detergents are very soapy. Even when used as directed they leave a lot of residue that acts like a magnet; quickly re-soiling the carpet. It then usually takes 2-3 clear hot water rinses to properly remove the soapy residue. Unfortunately, rental and home machines put a lot of moisture into the carpet; their vacuum power is not strong enough to effectively extract it.
           Some homeowners may not be aware that every carpet manufacturer has strong recommendations for the care and maintenance.  Manufacturers also recommend professional carpet cleaning at least once per year; more often for high traffic and heavy soil conditions.
           The overall best bet is to take advantage of the services of a trained stream cleaning professional. Some people may be discouraged at professional carpet cleaning prices, but professional carpet care services are well worth the investment; insuring many years of extended carpet life.

Bacteria, Dust mites, and Mold, Oh my!

Carpets and upholstery can act like a big sponge for settled mold, bacteria spores, dust mite allergens and other biological as well as chemical contaminants. These contaminants can cause respiratory problems, especially in children. Bacteria, dust mites, and mold can be associated with a number of respiratory problems including:  coughing and wheezing, Respiratory infections, allergic asthma and bronchitis, as well as eye and skin irritation, fatigue, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

When a carpet is vacuumed its contents become disturbed, contaminants become airborne and are small enough to be inhaled into the lungs. All these contaminants are all different from one another. Molds are larger than bacteria and have more than one cell that grows together, sometimes making it easier to see. Molds tend to grow on anything that can collect dust or moisture. Bacteria are single celled organisms which cannot be seen with an unaided eye.  Different kinds of bacteria can always be found on everything.

Dust mites are everywhere and love to live in mattresses, upholstery and carpets. Dust mites are microscopic in size and feed on our dead skin cells. It doesn’t help when the average human can lose a million and a half skin cells per hour. These little “bugs” play a huge role in causing allergy and asthma symptoms. Health Canada has recognized that dust mites can also cause asthma symptoms in people whom are otherwise healthy. For more information visit Health Canada-

The best thing anyone can do is to maintain a regular household cleaning routine and to start steam cleaning! Steam cleaning is known to kill and remove dirt, bacteria, mold, dust mites, viruses, biological/chemical contaminants and more from carpets and upholstery. This will not only leave your home feeling healthy and clean it will also reduce the chances of experiencing respiratory symptoms related to harmful contaminates.

Try to start a cleaning routine if possible, if not, we are always here to help!


Welcome to our new website!

Thank you everyone who has helped to launch our new website for Exact Extract Professional Steam Cleaning. We are very excited for the new and improved look we are sporting. Thanks to our designer,  we have been able to arrange to have our future goals displayed, a helpful and informative blog, photo gallery, pages on Exact Extracts location, contact information, prices, and our current cleaning specials.

If you have not met us yet at our new location in Guelph Ontario, we are looking  forwards to meeting you and hope that Exact Extract’s new website will also help everyone feel that they will be in good hands. Please feel free to contact us for any questions or even just to say hi.

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