With 20 years of experience cleaning carpets and air ducts in the GTA area, our professionals field questions on a regular basis. Here are some questions and answers that come up on a daily basis:

How long have you been in business?

We have been operating since 1995 and have been serving the Greater TorontoArea, and surrounding areas for over 20 years!

Are you insured?

Yes! All of our work is insured by $2,000,000 liability insurance. This means you can rest assured that in the unlikely event we do damage any property; you are covered.

How can I trust the person coming to my home or business?

We are very specific on who we hire!

Every employee undergoes a rigorous screening process that includes extremely thorough criminal background checks. Additionally, all of our employees are fully insured and bonded.

Our employees are all given top-notch training to meet our demanding standards, and we regularly conduct quality inspection checks.

Trust is a vital component of our business. We pride ourselves on having earned the trust of thousands of happy customers for over 20 years.

Do you guarantee your work?

Yes. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures that our technicians will return and re-do any job not deemed satisfactory by you.

What training and accreditation do you have?

  1. We are IICRC certified. The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international tradeassociates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries with offices in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. You can learn more about this accreditation here: http://www.iicrc.org/
  2. We are BBB accredited business. “BBB Accreditation is an honor – and not every company is eligible. Businesses that meet our high standards are invited to join BBB. Businesses meeting BBB standards are presented to local Boards of Directors (or designees) for review and acceptance as a BBB Accredited Business”. You can learn more about this accreditation here: http://www.bbb.org/kitchener/get-to-know-us/about-us/

What if I have pets?

We love pets. We do like to be notified of pets so our cleaners are not leaving windows and doors open for them to escape. If you have special requests regarding your pets, or special circumstances we need to be aware of please let us know at time of booking.

What type of cleaning method do you use?

We use the only warranty-approved method by carpet manufacturers, the Deep Hot Water Extraction Method or Steam Cleaning Method. Using pressure and steam from truck-mounted and portable systems we are able to extract harmful bacteria and dust trapped within your carpet fibers.

Do you use truck mount or portable machines?

Our technicians are equipped with both portable and truck mounted hot water extraction systems. The appropriate system will be used based on the accessavailable for your home. Truck mount is not available for apartment and condo steam cleaning.

How long do carpets take to dry?

Dry time varies by carpet style and other factors such as ventilation and heat flow, however most carpets dry within 3-6 hours.

What type of chemicals do you use?

We use a hypoallergenic formula that is kid and pet friendly as a pre-treatment for your carpets before steam cleaning. This formula will loosen dirt and debris so we are able to extract it. To learn more please visit www.benefect.com

Do I need to vacuum before your crew comes?

A light vacuum in high traffic areas does help but is not required. If needed our crew can vacuum prior to steam cleaning.

How long does it take?

On average, it takes about 20 minutes per room to thoroughly cleanse. This time can vary depending on the condition of the carpet.

Do you move furniture?

Yes. Our technicians will move all furniture that can be safely moved. However we will not move big-ticket items such as pianos, china cabinets, large mirrors, shelves, etc.

Do you remove all spots and stains?

We cannot guarantee removal of all spots and stains. Our technicians are trained to assess bad areas and use a specialized solution to remove stubborn stains and spots. However, many substances cause permanent discoloration of carpet fibers and cannot be removed. In most cases, these bad spots are lightened and disinfected so that you can still enjoy your carpeted areas.

How can I ensure my carpets stay protected?

Regular cleaning with HEPA certified vacuum and tending to spot and spill immediately is generally a good a way to maintain your carpets. Furthermore, you can protect your carpets by employing our Carpet Stain Guard after steam cleaning. This protective seal will ensure your fibers will resist future oil and water based spills, allowing you to simply blot away spills.

Do I need to supply any cleaning equipment or supplies?

No. Our professional cleaners are well equipped with the latest equipment and supplies available.

What if I am sensitive to cleaning products?

Not a problem. If you have any allergies or sensitivities to our cleaning product or scents, we will happily use the products provided by you.

Will the same person clean my home or business every time?

Generally yes. Unless you have an issue with the employee or we have a scheduling issue we like to keep it consistent.

Do I have to present for the cleaning?

You do not need to be home, although of course you’re welcome to be. Many of our customers provide us with a key to their home and, when necessary, alarm codes. We keep your keys and access information extremely secure.

Do I have to sign a contract for daily, monthly, or yearly cleanings?

No. We do not have any type of contract. We do have discounts for daily, weekly, and yearly packages but you are free to cancel at any time.

Can I hire a cleaner directly?

No. Our employees are not available for direct hire. It takes a lot of work and effort to find and train the right person for the job. You can however get the same cleaner back as often as you would like.

Do you wash laundry and dishes?

No. We do not provide such services at this time.

Do you clean windows?

Yes. Cleaners will wipe and clean all windows within reach. Please note outside of windows and glass doors will not be cleaned.

Do you clean all type of rugs?

Yes. We do clean all types of rugs but the methods vary. While most rugs can be steam cleaned in home, specialty rugs made from fine materials such as silk may need to be picked up and taken to our warehouse for a more thorough clean.

Do you clean all types of upholstery?

Yes. From cloth microfiber to leather we clean it all. We use steam cleaning for upholstered furniture. Steam cleaning does not penetrate leather and alternative methods are used to clean your fine leather pieces.

What will happen to my protective coating I purchased with my furniture?

While having your furniture professionally cleaned will impact the coating, dust and debris that builds up on the surface due to daily use is already causing this coating to deteriorate. To keep your upholstery protected ask our technicians to use Upholstery Stain Guard after the cleaning to add another layer of protection.

How long will my furniture take to dry?

This really depends on the composition of the upholstery itself. Typically dry time is usually 4-8 hours.

How often should I get my rugs and furniture cleaned?

Manufacturers recommend you get your rugs and upholstery professionally cleaned every 12-24 months.

Why should I get my leather professionally cleaned?

Like any skin, leather needs regular care to retain its moisture and softness. Most store-bought leather cleaners and conditioners provide immediate relief but end up causing long-term damage. Professional products applied by professional technicians will keep your leather looking and feeling great for a long time.

What is the difference between my household leather cleaner and the one Toronto Steam n’ Clean uses?

Household cleaners contain silicones and lubricants that provide an outer layer of protection but end up dehydrating and damaging your leather. Our professional leather cleaners, moisturizers, and protectants provide long-lasting rejuvenation without the harmful side effects.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is the method in which to clean the ducts and ventilation system that delivers heat and air conditioning to your home. Over time these vents andpipes become dusty and harbor potentially harmful contaminants. During our thorough cleanings, all ductwork passageways will be inspected and sanitized. To clean the supply, intake, and return ducts throughout your home, we use specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes. We then clean any air handlers, registers, grilles, fans, motors, and coils in your HVAC system.

Why should I get my air ducts cleaned?

The EPA says if not properly installed, maintained, and operated, components of forced air systems may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. When moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth, mold, increases and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.

How often should I get my ducts cleaned?

Every 4-6 years or immediately after renovations. Please do not get your ducts cleaned annually and be skeptical of any company advising as such.

How long does the process take?

It take anywhere from 2-3 hours on an average home. New homes with high efficiency units may be quicker and older homes may take a bit longer.

Why do your prices seem higher for air duct cleaning than some others?

Our prices are fair for the work we do. If you have been getting your ducts cleaned for $99 or less, please understand that in all likelihood your ducts have not been cleaned properly. We have seen a rise in duct cleaning companies in the GTA in the last 7 years advertising $99 duct jobs in less than 40 minutes. No duct job will take less than 90 minutes even for a small bungalow.

There are some companies that characterize themselves as air duct cleaners, yet the services they provide are limited to Dzvent cleaning.dz Rather than use compressed air and air agitators to clean the return and supply duct lines, in conjunction with cleaning inside the air vents, these companies will simply remove the grills/vents and clean inside the vents with a basic vacuum.

Will the duct cleaning process leave a mess in my home or commercial property?

No. Our technicians are equipped with the highest quality and most state of the art duct cleaning equipment. All vacuum devices used in our process utilize HEPA (high efficiency particulate air). This filtration is rated at 99.97% at .3 microns—meaning there will be no mess left behind once the duct cleaning job is complete!

Is it necessary to cut holes in the ductwork?

Yes. We typically have to cut two holes per system in order to clean it properly. One hole will be cut on the supply plenum as close to the furnace/air handler as possible. The second access is made on the return duct near the filter rack/section.

What is Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Dryer vent cleaning is an important yet simple solution to many common dryer problems. Here are a few ways to identify if you need a dryer vent cleaning service:

  • If your dryer takes longer than 35-40 minutes to dry one load of laundry, you might have a clogged dryer vent.
  • If you’ve noticed that your energy bill has increased from $18-$24 each month without a change in electrical use, you might have a clogged dryer vent.
  • If your vent is hot to the touch or emitting a burning smell, you definitely have a clogged dryer vent.

Why should I get my tile and grout cleaned?

Regular mopping only removes surface soil and not the embedded dirt that causes the grout to be unattractive. Professional cleaning restores the look of your tile and grout and extends its life.

How do you clean my tile and grout area?

We use a high power rotary machine. We also employ the same high-pressure steam cleaning method for carpets on the tile and grout with a specific cleaning agent.

How often should I have my tile and grout cleaned?

This depends on several factors such as foot traffic, children, pets, etc. We recommend every 12-24 months.

How long will it take?

It will typically take 30–60 minutes to clean the tile & grout. This can vary based on a number of factors including the size of the tile, amount of soil in the grout lines, and room configuration. If you choose to have sealant added, it typically takes 2–3 hours to complete the entire process.

Should I have my grout lines sealed?

Grout is very porous, which means it will soak up any spills. With that said it is ideal to have your grout sealed to ensure a protective barrier that prevents any stains from soaking in.

What type of natural stone do you clean?

Travertine, Marble, Limestone, Slate and Granite in most locations.

How can I tell if I have natural stone or porcelain/ceramic tile?

Natural Stone is varied in color and no two pieces look the same. Ceramic/porcelain tile have repeating patterns and colors throughout. If you are unsure of the type of flooring you have, our professional technicians can analyze the materials and determine the type of flooring you have in your home.

How long will it take to have my stone floors or surfaces cleaned?

Time can vary based on a number of factors including the type and size of the stones, amount of soil in the grout lines, room configuration and number of applications of polish or sealer that are applied. Typically you are looking at in between 45-60 minutes for a standard room.

How do you clean hardwood floors?

The process includes initial vacuuming of areas to remove any loose dirt and debris, an auto scrubbing with an alkaline cleaner, followed by auto scrubbing with a neutral cleaner to return the floor to its original sheen look. Edges and stairs and hand scrubbed.

How do I get in touch with someone after hours during an emergency?

By simply calling 416 755 2528 you will be automatically routed to our emergency technician after business hours.

My house is flooded! Should I call my insurance company first?

No. As a matter of fact, your insurance company would prefer you call a waterdamage restoration company to begin water cleanup and fix water damage as soon as possible. The faster our crews arrive, the more destruction we can prevent, which decreases restoration costs and protects your home from further house flood damage. You still want to call your insurance company to make a claim, but you should not wait for an adjuster to arrive before calling a professional company to fix water damage.

What can I expect in this situation?

You will speak with a certified restoration specialist very soon after your call. Then we’ll do the following to help you reclaim your home.

  • Advise you of what to do to minimize damage until our crew arrives.
  • Dispatch certified, trained, and experienced water damage crews to your home within three hours or less.
  • Pump out freestanding water quickly, and then extract water from carpet, padding, and upholstery.
  • Remove carpet and padding if deemed necessary. We will then clean, dry, and reinstall carpet and padding based on IICRC standards.
  • Provide professional grade equipment for a controlled drying process of your home and its contents — this minimizes the possibility of secondary damage and potential microbial growth.
  • Use specialized instruments to locate hidden pockets of water and to technically monitor the dehumidification/drying process.
  • Work directly with your insurance company to process claims and get your home back to normal as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your home’s structure and contents are dry, to the recommended industry standards for your area.

How long does it take for mold to form after a flood?

It depends on what kind of material has been affected. For instance, carpet has a very short period of about two days before carpet pad needs to be removed. Drywall on the other hand usually takes about a week to establish. It is important to keep in mind that the drying process may take several days. Waiting may not give youenough time to dry a specific material within the time allotted.

My insurance company wants me to use one of their approved contractors. Will this be a problem if I don’t use their contractor?

It is your right to be able to choose your contractor. At Toronto Steam n’ Clean, we use the same billing processes and standards as most insurance companies and are accustomed to working with your company to reach an agreement.

What are the major causes of flood damage and water damage?

House floodwater damage can be caused by a variety of factors, requiring you to find a reliable company to fix water damage. Some of these include heavy rainstorms, burst or leaky pipes and malfunctioning appliances. House floods can also occur as a result of roof leaks and from defective gutters and downspouts, which can cause water damage in your basement or crawlspace.

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