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19
Mar

It’s That Time Again. Spring Cleaning Tips!

STAY TUNED FOR OUR SPRING CLEANING CONTEST!

CHECK OUT our 10 tips for a do it yourself spring cleaning below.

  1. A great way to clean sponges: mix 3/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water, and soak the sponge for at least five minutes. If you don’t want to use bleach, microwaving the sponge is one of next best options for killing germs (this method may not kill all e-coli bacteria and certain strains of bacteria)
  2. Try to vacuum carpets and area rugs weekly. Remember to maintain a carpet’s warranty; you may need to have it cleaned professionally every 12-18 months! We find the best time is in the spring after sitting over the winter season.
  3. A microfiber or lint-free cloth is the best way to dust fixtures and bulbs you can reach. Try an extendable duster for ceiling fans. To clean grimy bulbs, lightly dampen your cloth with vinegar. Make sure light bulbs are off and cool to the touch before cleaning. Spring cleaning is also the perfect opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!
  4. For wood furniture, use a homemade recipe to make an all-natural cleaner and polish: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/2 cup of vinegar or lemon juice in a plastic spray bottle; shake well and spray onto a microfiber cloth.
  5. Try to wash windows on a cloudy day. If it’s too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and may leave streaks.
  6. Sliding door tracks can catch a lot of dirt and dust from winter which can track into the home. Try scrubbing the tracks with an old, dry toothbrush to loosen debris, then using your vacuum hose to remove it. Finish with a wet sponge.
  7. Grab someone to help move your sofa and chairs, pick up area rugs, and then vacuum the floors. Move your kitchen appliances away from the wall and wash/vacuum behind.
  8. Give your baseboards, door frames, and walls a good scrub-down at least once a year. Wash them with a sponge and a few drops of dish washing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.
  9. If window curtains have not been washed for over a year; it is best to give them a good clean if possible. It is always good to vacuum over curtains with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. To remove dust from sheer curtains, put them in the dryer on low with a fabric-softener sheet.
  10. Rotate and flip mattresses. Have Professionally Steam cleaned to eliminate dust mites! Wash blankets and comforters, or take them to be cleaned. Have pillows professionally cleaned; hang them outside in the fresh air.

 Have a great spring season and if you would like a break from spring cleaning this year, feel free to give us a call!

Do you have a spring cleaning tip?

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2
Nov

PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR A CANADIAN WINTER

READY FOR THE CANADIAN WINTER?  HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME!

The trees have been switching into their autumn attires of oranges, yellows and reds. While still thinking about how to spend the last of your days without snow and freezing temps, be conscious of the cold winter months lurking just around the corner, and with it, plunging temperatures and shorter days that make you want to curl up and relax, warm by the fire. As the coldness looms and you prepare to turn on the heat, it’s important to protect your home from potential damage and address heat and water leaks.

Organizing your home for winter can seem like a hassle and an added chore, but the financial benefits will outweigh the effort put forth. Winter heating costs can skyrocket if your windows are poorly insulated, your plumbing breaks, or if the heating system is out-of-date or not properly maintained. A large checklist can be discouraging, but as a fun little tip, split certain chores among family members, or turn it into a little game with kids, “Let’s protect our home from Mr. Jack frost” easily assigning each person a room to inspect and report back on whether it’s ready for winter.

Protecting your home is essential. A frozen water pipe can burst and flood your house or basement. An ice jam with leftover fall leaves and debris in your gutter can cause water to seep into and saturate an interior wall, damage your home’s foundation or surrounding  landscape. Taking a few days over the next up and coming weeks will help you prepare for the harsh Canadian winters!

Our steps to a winter safe home!

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  1. Prep and check the Plumbing

 Disconnect  and drain the water from your outdoor faucets and garden hoses and arrange to have any in-ground sprinkler pipes blown out. Roll up the garden hoses and store them inside. Identify any “problem” pipes that are prone to freezing in the house and consider using heat tape or foam sleeves to keep them warm during extremely cold weather. If water left in the faucet freezes, it can cause a buildup of pressure that could make a pipe burst inside or underneath your home. If the worst happens, ensure everyone in the family knows how to turn off the water at the source.

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2.)  Have your Furnace checked.

If your furnace quits on you in the middle of winter, your home will be without heat until it’s repaired, leaving your water pipes vulnerable to freezing temperatures. Have a professional perform a routine check on the heating systems before the cold weather arrives. This should include, checking  your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked (This will save energy and may prevent a fire), vacuuming the vents and if your furnace has a filter, check to see if it needs replacing. For more energy savings, consider installing a thermostat that keeps the home cooler when you are asleep or away.

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3.) Seal the Leaks and Cracks!

During cold or windy weather,  if your home isn’t sealed properly too much cold air may enter the house leading to pipes freezing  or extra high heating costs. Older homes may have cracked windows that are not properly sealed, any imperfection can cause your energy bill to skyrocket or your home to freeze. To start, if possible install storm windows and doors. Add or replace worn weather stripping around the doors and windows and caulk any gaps. If doorstops are worn, try to replace them.  If you are in an older home caulking is inexpensive and easy to apply. It is also possible to cover your windows in a thin plastic film and tape it down with waterproof double-sided tape, both are available are most hardware stores. When it gets warmer outside, simply peel the film off and open the window. Air leakage also contributes to moisture problems that can affect an occupant’s health and the homes durability. Following these steps will help ensure you and your family have a safe home during  the winter season.

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29
Oct

Our 3 Step Easy Ceiling and Wall Repair

Here is our quick and easy 3 Step Simple Ceiling and Wall Repair!

From a hole in the wall to a complete renovation package we provide Professional Maintenance and repair work to suit all your needs.

Below we have a kitchen ceiling repair. A small bubble has formed on the ceiling and needs to be repaired. Below we will show you our quick and easy 3 step approach to repair this deficiency.

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Below is our quick and easy 3 Step Simple Ceiling and Wall Repair!

Step – Prepare by scraping the excess plaster flat, remove the bubble and lose debris with a paint scraper.

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Step -Apply plaster in stages with appropriate sized plaster knife, first coat fills in the gaps. This particular spot took three coats of plaster. Smooth and wipe clean to avoid extra sanding. Let your plaster dry and sand smooth. Your finish is only as good as your sanding!

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Step – Paint. Match your colors! Your first coat of paint will be absorbed by your plaster and appear blotchy when dry. It’s best to Prime the plastered areas first then apply two coats of paint.

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REQUIRED TOOLS
– 20 min quick set plaster
 Matching paint and rollers.
– Paint scraper
– 6 inch plaster knife
Sanding block
Drop cloth to avoid spillage.
Broom and dustpan for clean up.
And most important a safety mask to avoid dry wall dust

Approx time- 40+ minutes including dry time between Plaster/paint coats.

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22
Jul

New Home & Office services available

NEW HOME AND OFFICE SERVICES AVAILABLE!


Have an added break this Summer 2017. Exact Extract Professional has created new home and office services to help make your summer more enjoyable and less worrisome!

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We now offer Home and office maintenance and Renovation packages.

Home & Office Maintenance

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Basic maintenance packages include and are not limited to; 

Professional Wall damage repair from weather, accidents or furniture movement. 

All Repair work, plaster, and painting.
Repairing leaky pipes, facets or clogged drains.
Electrical outlets, lights or switch issues.

MOVE IN/MOVE OUT COMBO PACKAGES

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A Property managements dream!  Invoice one company!

Maintenance & Cleaning Combo ( Includes Professional  Carpet Steam Cleaning)

Have all repairs and cleaning done for a new move-in, new home purchase, or if you are planning on listing your home. A pristine clean and move-in ready home can sell or rent much faster on the market and normally above asking price. We can combine all your required repair/cleaning needs into one excellent package and at a great price!

Call for a free quote and home inspection to determine your repair and cleaning needs. Satisfaction Guaranteed!


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Absolutely anything is possible! Please contact us today to discuss your vision. Our team of professional contractors will help create something you will fall in love with!

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19
Jun

Clean Water In, Dirty Water Out!

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Both photos above show a bucket of clean water and a bucket of soiled water. We use Industrial Steam Cleaning Machines to flush a clean hot water/soap mixture through the carpeted areas in your home or office. After the cleaning is complete we remove the water and can show you what was pulled from your carpets and upholstery, we assure you its not pretty. The photo of the soiled water was taken after a carpet was cleaned, one which is normally cleaned twice a year, once during the fall and once during the spring seasons. It really does not take much for your carpets to trap various contaminants throughout the year.

While visually inspecting your home you can only see about 10% of dirt in your carpets. Your carpet acts like a sponge to moisture, trapping in dust, dander, pollen, allergens, smoke, bacteria, etc. the list goes on especially if you have pets. No matter how many times you vacuum or use a rented carpet cleaning machines from the local grocery or hardware store, they clean the surface only, neither are strong enough to flush your carpets thoroughly of debris.

Did you know the human body sheds skin at a rate of 5 grams per day? In order to survive dust mites require food ( flakes of human skin), moisture, and a dark warm habitat. Bedding and upholstery offer ideal conditions for dust mites to live and thrive. When your carpets and upholstery become soiled it can develop odors, lead to excess bacterial growth, mold and even cause health related issues.
Steam Cleaning is a proven effective way of removing high portions of allergens, bacteria,and kills dust mites. Visit us online at http://exactextract.ca/contact/ to book your cleaning today!
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