As we go about the business of tidying our homes, vacuuming the cat fur, wiping the counters, and working through the sometimes endless loads of laundry, the house looks clean, but is it really?
Our regular household cleaning certainly tackles the surface dirt, but for a deep clean – one that removes that out-of-sight, out-of-mind grime, bacteria and potentially dangerous build-up – you may need to take your cleaning to the next level, with the help of local experts.
Here’s a look at a few key areas around the home that can benefit from a little extra attention:
Dryer vent – Preventing dryer vent fires is a simple matter of keeping the vent system clog-free. That means cleaning your dryer’s lint trap every time you use it to prevent excess laundry debris from making its way into the exhaust tube. Since a clogged dryer vent is the main culprit, you need to clean it out annually to reduce the chances of the dryer catching fire.
Stone counters – Natural stone such as granite and marble are considered porous, with microscopic holes allowing liquids, air and bacteria to penetrate the countertop exterior. Once these contaminants are harboured in the stone, they can potentially become harmful. Additionally, as one of your home’s highest-trafficked areas, countertop surfaces are susceptible to bacteria and other substances, which over time can cause the counter to darken or stain.
To maintain counters and stone surfaces, it’s recommended to deep clean and re-seal them every 12 to 24 months. However, because different stones have different needs, it’s crucial to hire a trained, certified, professional team, such as COIT, who’ll carefully prepare, pre-clean and pre-seal your surface, before sealing it to prevent unwanted bacteria seeping in. In addition to restoring the stone’s colour, they’ll remove signs of wear and tear, then polish to the desired shine.
Carpet: Below the Surface – Investing in clean carpet is also investing in your health. Of all the materials in your home, carpet is the most effective trap for dust mites, mould, mildew, fungi and more, and your vacuum likely isn’t stripping your carpet of everything you’d like gone.
Why? Cleaning or vacuuming simply removes visible dirt from a surface, but does not remove bacteria. Professional carpet cleaning removes grease and soil that live deep beneath the surface, and more importantly will remove bacteria and germs that might be present on the surface.
Steam cleaning offers many advantages over dry carpet cleaning, both lifting dirt and effectively killing bacteria and removing build-up that may contribute to mould or odours. Of course, results rely on various factors, such as the quality of equipment and technique used, carpet type, fibre integrity and soil level.
With this in mind, it’s wise to invest in a professional service using the most advanced commercial-grade equipment to provide as deep and thorough a cleaning as possible. COIT’s professionally trained technicians tailor each treatment to your particular carpet, paying special attention to high-traffic areas to remove ground-in dirt and stains that carpet shampoos and vacuums simply cannot handle.
COIT Cleaning and Restoration Services’ trained technicians offer professional deep clean services. Learn more at www.coit.ca or call COIT in Nanaimo at