Your carpets are dirty and stained so you set up a time for a professional carpet cleaner to come to clean your carpets. But, how do you prepare your home? Here are some things you can do to be ready for carpet cleaners:
The professional carpet cleaner will clean your carpet thoroughly. However, it is a good idea to vacuum all the carpet you are planning on having cleaned. This will pick up crumbs, hair, dirt, and debris from the surface of the carpet. As a preventative measure, this is also a good time to dust your baseboards and other surfaces of your home, such as fans, tables, etc. This keeps your carpet cleaner longer.
Declutter and Move Furniture
Moving furniture and decluttering your home is one of the most important things you can do to help your carpet cleaners. But, it is probably the most difficult. It is vital that you declutter every room you intend to have cleaned. This will ensure that your carpet cleaners can actually reach your carpets. If you can move the furniture as well it will save your cleaners a lot of time. We recommend that you remove all the furniture from any room that will be cleaned. You do not want your carpet cleaner to try to work around your furniture as your carpets will not be thoroughly cleaned.
You should also remove long drapes or curtains or at least make sure they are not touching the floor. A simple tip: use a clothes hanger to keep curtains out of the way. .
Provide an Area for Parking
This might be something you have not considered. But, it can be very important. Carpet cleaning companies generally have heavy trucks or vans full of equipment and tools. These vehicles cannot fit everywhere a normal car can. If you need to move your car, do so before they arrive. The carpet cleaning vehicle will probably need to park close to the home since they will need to run hoses into your house from the van.
Move Anything that is Breakable
While decluttering your rooms, be sure you pay attention to any item that may be easily broken. If you have any fragile items on display in areas of your home that may be cleaned, move them to a safe area. Obviously the carpet cleaners will be as careful as possible, but it is still a great idea to be careful and just remove any breakable items as a precaution.
If you have any pets, it is a good rule of thumb to put them in a room or kennel, to prevent them from getting near the cleaners. The cleaning process can also be rather loud in some cases, and this could frighten animals. You may also consider taking them on a walk or somewhere else out of the home.
Write Down the Areas of Concern
If there are any spots on your carpet that you are specifically concerned about, write these down so you can point them out to the professional cleaner. This will allow them to devote special attention to areas that may require extra effort to remove a stain. Those spots could be blood, wine, pet urine, etc.
Cleaning your carpet regularly can extend the life of your carpet drastically. It is shocking how much dirt and dust your carpet can contain. Have your carpets cleaned at least once a year in high traffic areas, to prevent your carpet from wearing out prematurely.