Prep for Carpet Cleaning
How to Prep for a Professional Carpet Cleaning Service
Part of the joy when hiring professional cleaners after a prep session includes having someone else do the dirty work. However, taking these proactive steps can help ensure you get the cleanest carpet possible and the biggest bang for your buck.
Some of the benefits when getting your carpet cleaned include:
- Removes dirt and frit from high-traffic areas.
- Extends the lifespan of your carpets by getting rid of abrasive particles.
- Kills and eliminates germs, allergens, and viruses.
- Cleans stains from pets, coffee, wine, and more.
- Destroys, kills, and removes dust mites.
- Minimises moulds.
- Cleaned carpets look newer and more likeable.
If you’re a homeowner or a landlord, a professional carpet cleaning can also help sell or rent your home to new tenants.
Regardless of the reason for your next professional carpet cleaning, preparing your property for a professional carpet cleaning can help you avoid delays or having items get accidentally broken. Most importantly, you want to make it easy for your cleaning technician to make your carpets look brand-new.
7 Steps to Prep for a Professional Carpet Cleaning
With the Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland Service, there are only a few things to do in preparation for your carpet cleaning prep:
1. Move any high-value or breakable items from the area to minimise the chance of an accident.
Valuables heirlooms, a collection of incredibly wobbly lamps, or anything unusual or breakable on display can accidentally knock over during the carpet cleaning. Prep, don’t take the chance. Relocate delicate items.
2. Tell us where you want to focus.
Although our cleaner will do a full inspection before beginning the cleaning process, you may also want to note any stains or areas you’re particularly concerned about. Be sure to tell the cleaner about them during the inspection. Moreover, while we are dedicated to completing a thorough and quality clean across the house, please tell us where you have concerns.
3. Tidy the floor.
If you have children, your floors are probably covered with small or big toys, books, craft projects, and more. Take everything off the carpet so that a lego doesn’t inadvertently get sucked away by the powerful suction of professional carpet cleaning equipment. Most importantly, This step ensures that nobody can damage your beloved valuables.
4. Secure Pets (This is a big one).
While our technicians are pet-friendly, we ask that you have your dog or cat away from the carpeted areas during the cleaning and drying process. As much as we love children, dogs, and cats, it is ideal for our full concentration on our job during the cleaning process. Thus, it also helps ensure your pet won’t accidentally get out while we’re loading cleaning equipment in and out of your property.
5. Dry Vacuum, if needed.
Removing as much debris and dirt from the carpet fibres before a cleaning can help ensure your carpet cleaner focuses on the deep down soiled-in dirt. Vacuuming high-traffic areas before your carpet cleaners arrive helps them get to business. Eliminating dry dirt and debris from the carpet allows the carpet cleaner to focus on the dirt embedded in your carpet fibres. This is especially important if you have furry friends. We offer a powerhead dry vacuum service that helps pull the intertwined fur from within fibres.
6. Pick up small items.
Please pick up the small items from the floor. Removing items like dog toys, kids’ playthings, and socks will make our cleaning process efficient and even faster.
7. Moving Furniture.
Upon request, our staff will move and clean under easily moved furniture. We will move items such as sofas, chairs, coffee tables, end tables, nightstands, and other easily moved items. Also, we ask that you remove any items from the tops of any tables you would like us to proceed with before our arrival. We do not move items such as beds, dressers, heavy desks, china cabinets, electronics, or anything easily breakable. In case you want the carpet under a bed cleaned, if you strip all the bedding before we arrive, we will stand up the mattresses and clean them under the bed for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll be happy to advise.
After the Carpet Cleaning
Avoid walking on the carpet, especially with cut pile carpets, until the carpet is dry. Drying can take 2 to 8 hours. It depends on how humid the air is on any given day. Providing airflow by opening windows, turning on fans, and running A/C or heat will help speed up the drying process. Once the cleaning and other services are complete, it is then up to you to check everything is okay and satisfied with the service.
Another perk of having our team of professionals clean your carpet is you don’t have to worry about our carpet cleaning chemicals being harmful to pets or your children. We use cleaning chemicals that are environmentally friendly and harmless to humans and animals.
Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland won’t consider the job finished until the client signs off. So this is your chance to check anything or point out anything you have spotted. Auckland Steam ‘n’ Dry guarantees a quality service for work done and is fully insured.
When Is It Time for Your Next Carpet Cleaning?
If you want to get the most out of your carpets, don’t wait until they’re in a terrible state before calling a professional cleaner. Your carpets will stay fresher if you maintain a regular cleaning schedule.
For light traffic areas, we recommend cleaning every 12 months. But for your high traffic areas, as recommended by the world’s largest carpet manufacturers. A professional deep clean should occur once every 6 to 12 months to help remove germs, dirt, and girt that prematurely wear fibres out.
Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 35 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.