Carpet cleaning probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when you start thinking about ways to keep your home protected. However, then you stumble an online article like this – Is your carpet making you sick? – which raises these concerns:

  • Over the course of a year, carpets can accumulate 40 pounds of dirt.
  • The virus responsible for the stomach flu, Norovirus, can live on an uncleaned carpet for a month.
  • One of the five dirtiest places in the home, in terms of germs, can be the output from a vacuum.
  • Falls around the home are often caused by loose or worn carpet.

Now, before you rush to tear out your carpet and turn your home into a cleanroom worthy of scientific research, consider a couple of points.

First, as I noted in February, carpets help to trap dust, pollens, and pollutants just like the air filter in your furnace. In other words, that dirt is already in your home and your carpet is actually keeping it out of the air, and in turn, your lungs.

Second, a combination of regular vacuuming (with a well-maintained vacuum) and professional carpet cleaning can help to mitigate the first 3 points. For example, our hot water extraction method is designed to provide the ultimate in cleaning power without over wetting the area. The last point is a legitimate concern but easily identified and remedied. (We can assist with carpet repair and installation.)

The bottom line is, like most things in and around your home, your carpets require some care and maintenance. If you aren’t sure about how to find the best carpet cleaner in your area, start by looking for an A+ BBB Accreditation. Our guide for how to pick the right carpet cleaning company offers a downloadable checklist.

Questions? I am always available to answer your stain removal questions and concerns. Call us today at (513) 777-8770 to learn more about our carpet and upholstery cleaning services. Or email us at to learn about this month’s cleaning special.

Elliott S. Fishman, Co-Owner
Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc.


About Elliott S. Fishman

Elliott Fishman, along with his son Brian, is the owner and operator of Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc.   We serve the residents and businesses of Greater Cincinnati to include West Chester, Mason, Maineville, Loveland, Wyoming, Fairfield, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Hyde Park and Anderson Township. Elliott started this company in 1984, based on the belief that it takes Extra Effort to make each job a success. The father/son team puts the extra time, extra care, and extra effort go into every task they undertake – no matter how large or small the job. Extra Effort’s quality equipment, trained technicians and safe products have made the company a top choice for residential and commercial carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, water damage / water extraction, fabric protection, odor control and spot removal.

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Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

8303 Darlene Dr

West Chester, OH 45069

(513) 777-8770

IICRC Certified