Cleaning your carpets, area rugs, or upholstery is an excellent step in making your home a healthier place for you and your family. There are simple steps that you can take before your carpet cleaning technician arrives to get the most out of your cleaning.
Below are seven steps you can take before your carpet cleaning appointment.
If you have carpets, vacuuming is incredibly important since it is the most optimal way of cleaning and maintaining your carpets in between professional carpet cleanings.
Some carpet cleaning services vacuum carpets prior to cleaning while others do not. When you book your appointment, it’s best to check if they will vacuum your carpets prior to cleaning. It’s a good idea to vacuum to remove as much dirt and dust as possible, especially in traffic areas, so your technician can focus on the dirt trapped deep down in the fibers.
2. Remove furniture and other small items
Many carpet cleaning services do not remove large or heavy furniture due to insurance liability reasons. The clearer the carpet, the more your technician will be able to clean, unless you plan to clean traffic areas only.
Small furniture such as coffee tables, ottomans, and dining chairs should also be moved out of the way. Other small items such as floor lamps, toys, and shoes should be tucked away so your technician can clean more efficiently. Our technicians can help move small furniture for customers with mobility issues.
You may also want to remove valuable or fragile items from the cleaning areas. Your technician will take great care throughout your home but it’s still a good precautionary step to take. When scheduling your appointment, be sure to ask more information about moving furniture.
3. Inspect your carpets before your technician arrives
Now that your carpets are vacuumed and all the furniture is out of the way, you should do your own inspection. Although your technician will inspect the cleaning areas when they arrive, it’s useful to do your own inspection first.
A careful walkthrough will allow you to identify areas of concern and identify stains and spots. If you can remember what caused the stains, it will help your technician to use the appropriate products to remove the stain.
4. Plan in advance for your pets
When scheduling your cleaning, be sure to mention any pets you have. This helps your technician to come prepared with any specialty products they may have to use for pet-related stains or odours.
For the day of the cleaning, create a space for your pet away from the cleaning areas, preferably in a non-carpeted part of the home, until the carpets are completely dried. This will cause the least disruption for your pet by allowing them to stay away from the noise.
5. Free a parking spot
One of the most helpful things you can do for your technician is to free a parking spot for them on your driveway or at the visitor’s parking lot if you live in a building. Parking close to your home helps the technician when bringing their heavy equipment and products to your home. Your technician will appreciate this kind gesture.
6. Inspect your carpets with the technician
Now that your technician has arrived, they will perform an inspection with you. They may even use a blacklight to identify problem areas if you have pets in the home. Be sure to point out any areas of concern from your inspection earlier. Our technicians are well-trained in removing many different types of stains.
It is important to note that while your technician will do their best to clean your carpets thoroughly and your carpets will greatly improve, but old, worn-out, and heavily soiled carpets will not look brand new. Your technician will discuss these concerns with you.
7. Plan for after the cleaning
Even if you use Chem-Dry’s drier, cleaner, and healthier method of cleaning, your carpets will still be slightly damp for a couple of hours. You can plan ahead to be out of your home after the cleaning. If you cannot avoid walking on your newly cleaned carpets, you can wear clean indoor slippers to prevent resoiling or dirty footprints.
Taking small steps helps to ensure you get the most efficient and thorough cleaning. It helps both you and the technician to provide you with the best carpet cleaning.