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What to Do Before Your Carpet Cleaning Appointment
Getting your home’s carpets cleaned is a great way to freshen up the appeal of your home and preserve a floor covering’s life span.
While part of the joy of hiring a professional is having someone else do the dirty work, taking these pro-active steps can help make sure you get the cleanest carpet possible:
1. Vacuum, if needed
Removing as much debris and dirt from the carpet fiber prior to a cleaning can help ensure your carpet cleaner is focusing on the deep down soiled-in dirt. Some carpet cleaning services vacuum the carpet prior to beginning their work. Others rely on you, the homeowner, to do so. Ask your carpet cleaning professional whether or not you need to vacuum prior to their arrival.
2. Dust and clean baseboards and HVAC registers
Clearing these areas of dirt and debris can help ensure the carpet isn’t’ dirtied quickly following a cleaning.
3. Remove fragile items
Porcelain knick-knacks, Ming dynasty vases, collectibles, and any other potentially fragile or breakable items should be removed from the cleaning area and placed in a safe area.
4. Remove valuable items
While many carpet cleaning companies thoroughly screen and vet their employees, it’s still a good idea to remove any items of value from rooms with carpeting that will be cleaned. Store them behind a locked door or in your car’s trunk.
5. Move furniture, if necessary
Your carpet cleaner may offer a discount for cleaning a room that’s empty or just focusing on high foot traffic areas. On the other hand, you may want to ensure your carpet is totally clean from wall to wall. Some companies charge a fee for moving furniture, others don’t, so ask about moving furniture when making an appointment.
6. Remove smaller items from the floor
Floor lamps, wastebaskets, toys, and clothing or shoes should all be moved out of the area to be cleaned. It’s also a good idea to lift up and secure things like bedspreads, drapes, or dust ruffles with a clothespin to prevent them from getting in the way of a carpet cleaner’s tools.
7. Free up a parking spot
If your carpet cleaner uses truck-mounted equipment, he or she will need to park their vehicle as close as possible to an entry door to run hoses for their cleaning equipment. Make sure your family’s vehicles aren’t obstructing them.
8. Point out areas of concern
Showing a professional carpet cleaner the stains, spots, or high-traffic areas you’re most concerned with will help make sure they’re not missed during the cleaning process.
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