How Do Steam Cleaners Work?

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When we are attacking a particularly dirty area of a home, including a stubborn stain or somewhere different that hygiene is of critical importance (such as a hospital), we often find that using a steam cleaner is the best option. A steam cleaner will ensure that you get an area really clean, whilst also killing bacteria and other nasties that might be lurking around.

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What’s the Benefit of Using a Steam Cleaner and How Does It Actually Work?

Using a steam cleaner has a number of benefits thanks to it’ unique cleaning powers. Water is heated to a temperature of over 200°C and the vapour is then dispersed through an attachment much like a vacuum cleaner.

The water vapour leaves at a sufficient temperature to be able to weaken the chemical bond between the surface and piece of dirt or stain, and then the moisture can then be used to scrub, wipe or wash away the dirt.

The steam can also go into the pores of any hard surface therefore giving it a really good, deep clean. A steam clean can even make surfaces smoother to the touch, as it penetrates and cleans the pores, meaning that there is no dirt or bacteria trapped inside them.

Another bonus to using a steam cleaner is that although it gets everything really clean, it doesn’t require cleaning chemicals – which is great for everyone – but especially for those with allergies or young children. It is natural, sanitizing and de-odorizing without using any chemicals whatsoever.

Steam cleaners can be used on a whole manner of surfaces and situations including:

  • Wall paper removal
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Cars
  • Dust mites and mould removal
  • Grout Cleaning
  • Clearing our clogged drains
  • Window cleanings
  • Glass and mirror cleaning
  • Cleaning up after pets – including bird cages
  • Removing toxic dry cleaning solvent, and other odours from clothes.


Buying a Steam Cleaner

If you were to think about buying a steam cleaner for your own use, there are a number of factors which you should consider. The first and most important aspect is the issue of security. Remember that you are potentially carrying around a huge amount of extremely hot water. So you need to be able to ensure your own safety and that of others by making sure that it is well contained and that the body of the machine is strong and reliable.

There are a number of different attachments that can come with a steam cleaner to make the process easier for its user. You should also look into the temperature that water is heated to – the hotter the water being, the more effective that it will be to cleanse – for a really effective clean, look for temperatures about 285°C.

You will also have to decide whether you want a continuous fill steam cleaner, or a ‘tank style’ cleaner – the difference being that the tank style stores and heats the water, whereas the continual version just passes the water through and heats it on its ‘journey’. A lot of this depends on the amount of time that you are expecting to have your steam cleaner on and working for.

When it comes to getting surfaces really clean, a steam cleaner is definitely the way forward. Whether it is a floor, car or kitchen, knowing that you have steam cleaned it, you can keep your mind at rest that your sparkling surface not only looks spotless, it IS spotless;

If you”re interested in having you home or business steam cleaned then Book an Appointment with Kleen Rite.

Installing Carpet on Your Stairs

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There is nothing better than getting out of bed on a cold morning and stepping onto a warm, cozy carpet. While wood may be beautiful to look at, your toes will be happier snuggling into a luxurious carpet that keeps them off the sting of a frigid floor. Carpeting not only looks good, but it adds warmth to a room, provides a quieter environment and avoids an echo in a room with wood floors.

Home Carpeted Staircase

But putting down carpet can be daunting for the novice homeowner, but the process isn’t that difficult if you have the right tools. If you hire a pro, installation should include the initial measurement and suggest the best places to hide seams.

For homeowners that want the comfortable warmth of carpeting on their stairs, but love the beauty of wood, you can choose both. A carpet runner is a practical solution because it gives you the beauty of wood as well as the decorative and practical benefits of carpeting.

You don’t have to sacrifice the comfort for the beauty by implementing this clever compromise. The runner runs down the center of the staircase, leaving some wood exposed on each side of the tread. You get all the benefits of carpet, such as additional grip, shock absorption, and noise reduction.

Methods for Stairs

When carpeting stairs, there are two basic ways to attach the carpet. The traditional cap-and-band method involves running the carpeting down the riser, across the tread, and then tightly wrapping it around the nosing of each tread. To hold the carpeting in place, use an electric stapler to tack the carpeting to the underside of the nosing of the treads.

The second stair-carpeting method is called the waterfall treatment. This method allows the carpeting to flow from one step to the next without being tucked up under the nosing. The carpeting is tacked down along the rear edge of the tread, right where it meets the riser. The waterfall method imparts a more modern look and works best with carpeting that has smaller patterns.

Choosing Carpet

Once you’ve determined what type of style you want, it’s time to choose a carpet. When making your selection, keep in mind that a machine-hemmed, prefabricated stair runner is the most convenient choice for easy installation. If you opt to go for a carpet from a big roll, each side must be stitched with a border to prevent fraying and this hemming process requires a special sewing machine used by carpet professionals.


Next, you have to take all of your necessary measurements to get the width and length necessary for your runner. Pre-hemmed runners are usually sold as 27 and 32 inches wide. Choose the size that fits your tread size with as much wood showing as desired. Calculate the length of your stair runner by measuring the depth of the stair tread and the height of the riser. Multiply this sum by the number of stairs.

Installing Tack Strips

Prepare your stairs by installing tack strips. These are thin pieces of wood resembling yardsticks with tacks pointing upward for gripping the carpet. Cut your tack strips into lengths four inches shorter than the width of your runner. Count out two strips for each stair. Nail one on each riser, centered, ¼ inch from the bottom, and one on each tread, ¼ inch from the rear, also centered.


For extra comfort when stepping down on the carpet, lay down a roll of carpet padding for cushioning. After cutting the padding into rectangles that are the same width as the length of each tack strip, secure it in place with hammer tacks. These pads should not cover any of the tack strips.

Carpet Installation

Working from the bottom of the stairs to the top, center the runner so that there are equal amounts of wood on each side, and then press it into the very first tack strip at the bottom of the riser. Use a carpet awl to get a clean look and then secure the runner to the riser just beneath the next tread with staples that are spaced roughly three inches apart.

Center the runner again and push the carpet back over the nosing and toward the next tack strip. Place the front part of a knee kicker about two to three inches from the second riser, then give it a jolt with your knee to tighten the carpeting along the edges. If the runner begins to buckle, pull it up from the tack strip and begin again.

Once you are satisfied with the runner’s position, use a carpet awl to push it tightly into the seam between the tread and the riser, and into your tack strips. Staple the runner into the crease where the riser and tread meet on either end of the strip as well as each outer edge, two inches from the bottom of the riser.

Repeat the Process

For each stair, until you reach the landing or top riser, repeat the process over again until the carpet installation is complete.

For those of you who have carpeting and are thinking of replacing it because they are stained and dirty, there’s another solution. A professional carpet cleaning process can potentially breathe new life into the carpet. Contact our team of experts at Kleenrite today and we’ll be ready to help you with all your carpet cleaning needs.

What’s the difference between wet and dry carpet cleaning?

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There’s just some dirt that regular vacuuming can’t remove, and after years of use, your carpet can retain a substantial amount of grime. That’s when a more thorough carpet cleaning is in order. You’re not limited to just one type of carpet cleaning, as there are both wet and dry cleaning options, and below you’ll see what sets the two methods apart.

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The use of carpet cleaning chemicals

First off, it’s worth noting that both wet and dry carpet cleaning methods will use some form of chemical cleaning solution. Wet cleaning, which is sometimes referred to simply as steam cleaning, can sound like it’s a chemical-free cleaning option. That’s not exactly the case. Steam cleaning systems do indeed use hot water to create steam, but the steam itself isn’t what cleans the carpet. The cleaning machine will spray detergent into the carpet, and that detergent is then activated by the hot water. A wet-vacuum will then be used to remove the water from the carpet.

Some people take a pass on dry carpet cleaning out of concerns about chemicals, but both wet (steam) and dry carpet cleaning methods will use detergents to some degree. The only real way to clean a carpet without chemicals is to vacuum it, and as noted above, that comes with its own set of limitations.

While both wet and dry carpet cleaning involve the use of chemicals, both methods use chemicals safely, and that’s the big takeaway here.

Wet cleaning methods for carpets

Using a steam cleaning machine or carpet shampooer can leave your carpet wet for one to two days after cleaning. Not only does that make getting around your house tricky, but it also has the potential to spur mold and mildew growth. Leftover soapy residue can attract more dirt and cut down on the time your carpet looks clean.

That’s why it’s good idea to opt for professional carpet cleaning services, which use powerful machines than the ones available for homeowners to rent. Professional carpet cleaning will come with a shorter carpet drying time and a more thorough removal of the water and cleaning solution used.

Dry carpet cleaning

Dry cleaning carpets involves the use of dry chemical compounds or cleaning solvents. These chemical solutions get into carpet fibers and break down any soil they find. Dry carpet cleaning may not always be an entirely dry process, as a small amount of moisture from application solutions may be used.

One advantage to dry carpet cleaning is that floors can be used again almost immediately after the cleaning job is done. Depending on the extent of the dry cleaning service, carpets could be dry and ready to use again in anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. The short drying time not only offers convenience, but reduces the possibility of mold and mildew forming, as they might within a carpet that remains wet for a time after the cleaning work is done.

Our choice

At Kleen Rite, we use a deep cleaning steam method to get your carpets clean. We feel the high heat kills off bacteria and micro-organisms lingering in your carpet, giving you clean results with minimal drying time. This eliminates pet stains, spilled milk or juice odours and hard to remove grime, all without damaging your carpet. Contact us today to book a carpet cleaning appointment, or to learn more.

Preparing Your Home for the HVAC, Furniture or Carpet Cleaners

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You’ve decided to hire the professionals but having someone else come in to clean your carpets, furniture or air ducts isn’t as simple as picking up the phone.

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There’s a reason why you procrastinated for so long. Having someone in to do anything home related is a multi-step process. Once you’ve decided on what it is that needs to be cleaned, several estimates must be sought out. References need to be checked and appointments need to be booked. That is not where the work ends. If you know how to prepare your home for those professional cleaners, you can take the guess work out and rest at ease knowing that the job will get done right with a little help from you.


Nobody cleans your carpets better than the professionals. They have the tools, experience and elbow grease needed to get the dirt out and often, years of dander, hair, and bacteria.

There are a few things, however, that need to be done in advance of your appointment to refresh those carpets.


Try to take up as much debris as you can prior to your cleaning. Some cleaning companies will do this for you and others will rely on you to do it. Your answer to this question is just a call away.

Clean areas around your carpets. After your carpets have been refreshed, the last thing you want is the dust and dirt from surrounding areas to re-infest your freshly cleaned carpets. Wipe down baseboards and clean out the floor registers. Think of the treasures you’ll find.

Remove valuables:

Clear away any breakables and clutter. It’s common sense to have a clear free area for the professional to work with. While our cleaning crew is extremely cautious, accidents do happen.

Move furniture:

Depending on the deal you struck with your professional carpet cleaner, you may need to move the furniture. Often just the big stuff will have to be moved by the homeowner. If you are simply paying for a high traffic cleaning, there will be little to move out of the way.

Air Ducts

Having your air ducts cleaned only happens once every few years. It’s important that you make it count and there are a number of things you can do to ensure the process runs smoothly.

Clear the area:

The HVAC professionals that come into your home will be visiting each room of your house. Make sure they are able to get access. Most floor vents are easily accessible but the furnace area of many homes can be like a maze. Good lighting and easy access to the furnace is a must.

Protect children and pets:

Little ears are sensitive and air duct cleaning is noisy. Pets need to be kept safe during what can be a lengthy process. Discuss with your professional’s safeguards for both your children and any pets in the home.

Security and Fire Safety:

Ensure that the technicians know where the fire extinguisher is, in the case of a fire. If you plan to leave during your air duct cleaning, be sure to give lock up instructions to the technicians before you leave.


Having your furniture cleaned can breathe new life into your home and have it smelling great as well. A good cleaning will take your old and tired furniture into a state of renewal. There are, however, a few things that you will need to do prior to the cleaners arriving.

A good vacuum is necessary:

Go over each cushion and under them. Vacuum the back of all furniture. This is rarely done but essential to getting a good clean from those professional furniture cleaners.

Clean out the crevices:

You know there is a world of debris hiding in the couch. With all the change you find, you may be able to finance your cleaning.

There is always work to be done, prior to sprucing your house up with a good cleaning. Taking the time now to prepare your carpets, furniture and air ducts will ensure a great clean at the end of the day.

If your home is due for a deep cleaning, contact our team of experts at Kleen Rite today and we’ll be ready to make your home feel brand new again.

DIY: A Step by Step Guide in Laying Carpet for Your Home

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If you enjoy DIY projects, then laying carpet in your home can be a great way to transform a room. Laying carpet is fairly straightforward, but like most home improvement jobs, you will get the best results if you follow a step-by-step process.

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Before you begin, it is best to make sure you have all the required items and tools. In addition to your carpet, you will also need smooth edge and your underfelt. Tools for this job include a broom and vacuum, floor scraper, staple hammer, carpet tucker, knee kicker and utility knife. It is also a good idea to have a pair of handyman knee pads to help you avoid injury.

Once you have all the necessary supplies, it is time to get started in laying your carpet. The following tips should give you a good overview of what needs to be done:

Step 1

Make sure the subfloor is as clean as possible. Be sure to remove any old staples or plaster with a scraper and go over the entire surface with a broom and vacuum.

Step 2

Go around the perimeter of the room and attach a smooth edge leaving about a finger-width gap where the floor meets with the walls.  Smaller lengths of smooth edge can be used in doorframes and to go around corners. Secure the smooth edge using nails.

Step 3

Working from one side of the room to the other, roll out the under felt so that it fits over the smooth edges. You will need to cut it to the appropriate size, using a utility knife.

Step 4

Secure the under felt around the perimeter of the subfloor using a staple hammer.

Step 5

Roll out the next roll of underfelt ensuring that its edge is pushed together with the edge of the first roll in a “butt join”. Once edges are adjoined cut to size and staple as you did with the first roll. Continue this process until the entire surface is covered with underfelt.

Step 6

Once the underfelt is secure, it is time to lay down your carpet. Roll it out from one side of the room to the other, using your feet to ensure it is squared up. Be sure to walk into the pile so that the edge of the carpet runs along the wall.

Step 7

Use the knee kicker in order to tap the carpet onto the smooth edge and then use the carpet tucker to further secure it. Start about a quarter of the way from the wall and work toward the wall and then go to the opposite quarter and work your way out to the opposite wall. This will help stretch the carpet evenly.

Step 8

Finally, use a nail in order to mark a straight line before cutting the carpet with your knife. Use joining tape to ensure that additional rolls of carpet are butted evenly together.

Step 9

Put away your tools and any excess carpet scraps and enjoy you newly carpeted room!

Once those carpets are all installed, you may wish for a team of cleaners to come through your front door and clean up the whole mess. Well, lucky for you, Kleen Rite specializes in cleaning carpets, weather it be your newly-installed carpets or your old smelly carpets. Contact Us to speak to a customer service representative right away.

How To Tell If Your Carpets Are Clean

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Without a vacuum, we can tell you that your carpets, unless new or freshly cleaned, are the dirtiest part of your house. Want to find out for yourself exactly how dirty your carpets are?  Here’s how you can test:

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Some of the things contributing to the dirty state of your carpets are:

  • Dead skin cells
  • Mould
  • Feces
  • Insect husks
  • Pet hair
  • Pet urine
  • Dust
  • Dust mites
  • Organic matter
  • Dirt

With all these things combined, it’s no wonder your carpet can hold four times it weight in foreign matter. Determining just how much of this “stuff” is in your carpets can be done through a variety of tests.


Take a good look

An obvious sign that your carpets are past due a professional cleaning is visible dirt. If there is visible dirt on your carpet, there is a good chance that this dirt is just the tip of the iceberg. Taking the time to get up close and personal with your carpets will help you determine how dirty they are as well as solving some of the mystery in what the culprits are.


A good old sniff test

It ain’t pretty but if you can stand to get down on the same level as those carpets, a sniff test can go a long way. A professionally cleaned carpet will have a pleasant odor or a neutral one. The farther away your carpets get from a good clean, the stronger and less attractive the aroma will be.


Hang it out to dry

Not literally but taking your lose carpets outside to give them a good shake, will enlighten you as to the degree of the dirt problem. Getting your carpets outside into the sunlight will uncover a plethora of soiled messes. You’ll have the opportunity to bang some of those carpet frustrations out while seeing for yourself just how bad the problem is.


Scrub test

Choose an area of your carpet that is well traveled. Now choose a mild cleanser. Grab a light coloured cloth or rag and some warm water. Take a little time to rug at that area. Take as long as your like. What your cloth unearths can be scary and give you a good idea how far away a professional clean is.

Your carpets have played victim to dropped food and the bacteria that follows and that can remain for up to four days. Children and pets are not your carpets best friend and most of us are guilty of walking on our carpets with our shoes on, therefore tracking the outside in. Carpets in generally are the biggest air filter in your home. While vacuuming regularly will ensure that lose debris is sucked away, too much of the “stuff” that gets on and in our carpets is there to stay, unless they can be eradicated with a professional clean. How often those carpets need to be cleaned will be determined by

  • The age of the carpet
  • If there are pets in the home and how many
  • If you share your home with children. (They are cute but can be filthy.)
  • How often the carpet is vacuumed
  • When the last time your carpet was cleaned.

And finally, if you find yourself moving furniture around to cover stains, this might be the best test in determining how dirty your carpets are. Don’t let soiled carpets make design decisions for you. Get the professionals in to save the day and your carpets.

Have You Gone “Nose Blind” To Smells In Your Own Home?

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After a long day of work, you return home and enter your front door as you are greeted by a mysterious smell that you will now spend the better part of your evening searching for. Chances are, that smell can’t be blamed on just one thing and won’t likely have only one cure. Carpet cleaning, duct cleaning and even furniture cleaning, will go a long way in restoring your nasal sensibilities.

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You’ve heard of going nose blind? Well after spending a long time in a smelly environment, you are likely to become “nose blind” to those smells the longer you remain there, meaning you no longer notice them. However, anyone entering your home will. By simply cleaning the house, hunting down likely culprits and using air fresheners, won’t likely take care of the persistent scent that your home has now become accustomed too.

Carpet Cleaning

The fact that carpets can harbour smells among other nasty things is one of the reasons that so many shy away from using carpet in their home. Carpets and their dust mites, dirt and general allergens, contribute to odours in the home. Children and pets reek havoc on our carpets and like anything our children and pets touch, they need to be cleaned. Vacuuming on a regular basis as well as deodorizers can help but a professional deep cleaning is the only thing that will eliminate the odours permanently. If you’ve ever tried cleaning your own carpets, you know that the professionals do it better and in less time. A professional carpet cleaner will also be able to remove a variety of stains from your carpet.

Duct Cleaning

Investing in a good duct cleaning isn’t nearly as exciting as a great vacation or a new barbecue, but the results seen from doing so are very beneficial. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned can remove years of dust,dirt and smells. All that dust and dirt and the inevitable odours that have been circulating throughout your home can be extradited in just a couple of hours. The air that circulates throughout your home should be kept clean for many reasons. Funky smells are just one of them. Clean air ducts can leave you sleeping better, and more healthy. Investing in duct cleaning is not an exciting purchase but one that will have you excited when you enter your home and smell nothing.

Furniture Cleaning

Aside from our beds, our furniture is an area of our home where we spend the majority of our leisure time. The more use that couch gets, the more it will take on smells. Cooking odours, pets and children will all transfer stains and smells into the fabric of our furniture. Getting those smells out isn’t always easy. The professionals have the tools and experience to get the job done. Paired with duct cleaning and carpet cleaning, freeing your furniture of all those nasty odours, will leave your home scent free. Furniture cleaning along with these other odour eliminators will also increase your health and reduce your need to clean as often.

If you’re interested in having your home cleaned, we offer Carpet Cleaning, Air Duct Cleaning, Furniture Cleaning and we will always go the extra mile to eradicate any of those pesky mystery smells around your home. A great smelling home is a welcoming and healthy home. Feel free to Contact Kleen Rite Carpet & Duct Cleaning to ask about our services.

What exactly is Scotchgard?

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Anyone who has carpets in their homes knows exactly what a challenge it can be to ensure they don’t get stained or soiled. It can be quite a task (sometimes an almost impossible one), to satisfactorily get stains (like that of red wine, etc.), out of the carpeting. However, in 1952, 3M launched a water and stain-repellant product- Scotchgard™, that took the market by storm.

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This fantastic product protects your precious carpet and upholstery from soiling and staining. If you believe in magic, Scotchgard™ is something akin to it! Once you spray this 3M product on upholstery and carpets, it creates a thin, invisible film that acts as a protective shield on these surfaces; its highly effective in repelling stains. All you need is some water and a rag to clean up the spills; you can bid goodbye to stains, scrubbing and ruined carpets.

What probably makes it an even more fantastic product is that it doesn’t have any effect on the carpet or upholstery, so both stay looking and feeling the same. You will find similar carpet-protectant products in the market, but none of them can stand up to Scotchgard™ in terms of efficacy. Unlike Scotchgard™, many of the products leave behind a glossy, sticky residue on the carpet; that makes it look tacky.

Scotchgard™ – How it works its magic

So, how does it work? How can a product that’s invisible and unnoticeable, provide this kind of protection?

Once you spray Scotchgard™ on any upholstery or carpet, it forms a coating on every fiber and protects it from liquids and all types of oil-based stains. Like most inventions, the Scotchgard™ formula was also an accidental discovery. Two scientists – Patsy Sherman & Samuel Smith stumbled upon it while they were conducting research for another project. In 1973, they got this formula patented.

The primary ingredient in this wonder product was perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). However, the U.S EPA found it unfit for use due to its high toxicity levels; and over the last decade or so, this ingredient has been slowly phased out of all 3M products. Since 2003, perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS) has replaced PFOS in all 3M products; it’s equally effective but has a considerably shorter lifespan.

While Scotchgard™ effectively protects your carpet from dirt and stains, it’s not a fool-proof product. However, using it with regularity provides your upholstery and carpeting a significant amount of protection- keeps them looking cleaner for longer and increases their longevity. The thing to keep in view here is that Scotchgard™ can’t stop liquids or stains from settling into the fibers if you let them stay on the fabric or carpet for long.

It just gives you the time to mop up /clean up that spill or stain and prevents it from becoming permanent. In addition to carpets and upholstered furniture, it can also be used on bath mats, beach chairs, tablecloths, oven mitts, canvas shoes, aprons, and fabric-based holiday ornaments, etc.

For any more information or queries about how Scotchgard™ can be used to protect your carpet, or for any carpet cleaning queries, please call Kleenrite at 1-888-495-8789 or 905-407-8789. You can also use our online form to contact us.

Clean Carpets help Sell a Home

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It’s that time of year again when homeowners start putting their homes on the market and when prospective buyers start looking. The real estate market is heating up. This can be good for you if you’re planning on selling your home, but that also means you will have some competition if you want to get the highest asking price possible.

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Realtors always suggest making your house as attractive as possible before trying to sell it. Making those updates to your home will always help. Updating plumbing fixtures and lighting and repainting rooms to lighter colours will always help when selling your home. But you can’t stop there.

What about your carpets? Isn’t it necessary to get those changed as well?

The truth is, unless your carpet is in really bad shape, cleaning is more than sufficient to maximize your profit. Most buyers aren’t looking for a brand new house or they’d be talking to a builder instead of you. But buyers do want to be able move into a house quickly and they want that house clean. Not looking at anything else, cleanliness is one of the first things that catches their eye. Your prospective buyer will think the same way. Cleaning the carpet is a great way to help give the impression that the house is clean.

You might think to yourself, “why shouldn’t I just replace the carpet?” Carpet is expensive and you will almost certainly not recoup that cost in the sale of your house. It’s far better to clean the carpet. Even the most well-maintained home will seem dingy if the carpets are dirty.

Cleaning your carpets can make them look great without having to inconvenience your family and life. You will be surprised at what cleaning the carpet well ca do to improve its looks, even if you think the carpet is in bad shape.

Odours are also an important factor for buyers. Pet smells and smoke odors will be coming from the carpets. As we live in our homes and adapt to our environment we become blind to those odors. All houses have an odor, but because we are in it all the time we become accustomed to the smells and it doesn’t seem to bother us. But I can almost guarantee you your buyer will pick up on it right away. Cleaning your carpets are a great way to help get those odors out of your carpet.

Prospective buyers don’t want to feel like they’re walking through your home, they want to imagine it as their own. The most important benefit of professional carpet cleaning before you sell it is that it makes your home look and feel like new. People don’t want to take on the expense of cleaning or replacing carpets after they buy.

Professionally cleaning and protecting your carpets when you’re trying to sell your home makes sense. We are here to help maximize your profit and get the most out of your home. Give Kleen Rite a call to see how we can help sell your home faster and for more profit.

I Have Pets – Should I Get a Different Furnace Filter?

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Pets are often one of the best highlights of our lives. Our house wouldn’t likely agree. Ripped furniture, scratched flooring, pet stains and, of course, dust and fur bunnies that can outweigh our pets themselves come with the package. While cleaning, sweeping and vacuuming help to temporarily remedy these problems from our homes, our furnace will bear much of the burden. This leaves our furnace filter to be the hero of the day.

What kind of filter we use to better control the air quality in our homes when we have pets, matters. But not nearly as much as you’d think.

The options for furnace filters seems to be endless. Finding the one that fits both your furnace and your needs can be frustrating. Understanding how furnace filters work can help to unravel the maze of furnace filter knowledge out there.

Furnace filters use a rating system and are rated 1 to 16. The higher the rating, the more efficient the filter is at doing its job. While we consider our furnace filter’s job to clean our air, in truth, its main purpose is to keep debris from other parts of the furnace. A rating of somewhere between 8 and 11 is generally adequate, but you should check with your furnace manufacturer for their recommendation.


High-efficiency filters remove pet dander. Lower-efficiency filters cannot accomplish this. High-efficiency filters, though very good at cleaning the air of dust, dirt and yes even pet hair, can be too good at its job. High-efficiency furnace filters can reduce air flow and this, in turn, forces your furnace to work harder, shortening its lifespan. Reduced air flow does not promote clean air. High-efficiency furnace filters will cost you more but don’t generally need to be replaced as often.


Low-efficiency furnace filters have a lower upfront cost but because they need to be changed more often, especially because of our furry friends, cost comparison with the premium alternative is comparable. Higher-efficiency furnace filters don’t generally need to be changed more than once every three months. The lower-efficiency filters will need replacing or at the very least, inspecting every month. The lower-efficiency filters will not trap smaller particles such as mold spores or pet dander.

If you own one or more pets, what kind of furnace filter you use isn’t nearly as important as some other factors in the fight against the pet hair.

  • Correct sizing
  • Timely filter changes
  • Properly installed filters
  • Monthly filter inspections.

Our pets are well loved, but let’s face it, owning pets has its downside. Keeping our homes clear of pet dander and fur can be an endless job. But our furnace, when properly equipped, can help in the battle.