The carpet is one of the most common materials used on floors and creates a cozy setting in bedrooms and living rooms. Over time, the fibers can become worn down due to areas of high traffic and spills that can occur. If you’ve hired professional carpet cleaners to visit your home, there are a few important steps to take to prepare for the process.
Vacuum the Floors
Although the professionals that you hire will thoroughly clean the carpets and remove dirt or stains that are present, you’ll need to vacuum up crumbs, pet hair, and debris before they arrive. Cleaning your carpet ahead of time will allow the carpet cleaners to do a more thorough job of removing dirt that has settled deeper into the fibers of the carpet. It’s also necessary to dust the home and wipe down the baseboards to prevent the area from becoming dirty again once the professionals clean the carpet and complete the process.
Write Down Areas of Concern
Most homes have areas where wine has spilled or there are high areas of traffic that look more run down. Write down areas of concern that need extra attention to ensure that the carpet cleaners are aware of places to spend more time cleaning. Point out areas where they should focus on to ensure that the carpet looks new again and is restored to its original condition with the services that are provided. You can also consider placing blue tape on the areas that need to be deep cleaned as a reminder.
Carpet cleaners will request that you move furniture items that are left out to ensure more of the floor can be cleaned and that the professionals won’t have to work around chairs or coffee tables. If certain items are too large to move out of the room, consider pushing them against the wall where they’re out of the way. Consider transporting furniture items that weigh less to the garage or kitchen in areas where the professionals won’t need to access. Toys, small pieces, and other types of clutter will also need to be removed to ensure that the professionals can work quickly without cleaning up objects that are left behind.
It’s also necessary to lift curtains or drapes off of the floor to prevent them from coming in contact with the cleaning equipment that is used. Use a hangar on the curtain rod to secure the fabric stays off of the carpet. Keeping the material off of the carpet will also prevent any dyes from staining the carpet once it’s damp.
Provide an Area for Parking
Some carpet cleaners arrive in heavy duty trucks with plenty of equipment that they must unpack. Make it a point to provide an area for them to park to ensure that they can easily transport everything into your home. Move vehicles that are sitting in front of your home or advise the professionals that they can park in your driveway. They should also be able to park closely to the home to ensure that they can run hoses into the house and keep everything connected to their vehicle.
Remove Breakable Items
There are likely many different items in your home that are on display but are fragile and can easily break. Professional carpet cleaners will be moving around frequently as they clean the carpets and may accidentally bump into vase or a picture frame that is left out. You can remove fragile items to prevent them from damage while having people in your home. Keep the items in a room or space that is away from where the professionals will be cleaning.
Prepare to Leave
Schedule an outing or an activity that you can enjoy with your family while the cleaners are working to ensure that you stay out of their way. Ask how long the process will take to ensure that you don’t return too early. You’ll also want to remove pets that live in the home to ensure that they remain safe and out of the way. Consider using a kennel or a crate for smaller animals or keeping them in the backyard. Cats, dogs, and birds can often become startled by the loud noise of the equipment that is used, making it necessary to keep them away from the home.
Find Your Spigots
Many professionals will request to use your spigots because they’ll need to perform hot water extraction when deep cleaning the carpets. Find the spigots before the professionals arrive to ensure that you can easily show the cleaner where they’re located. Once the carpet cleaners arrive, they’ll connect their garden hose to your own hose to ensure that they can use all of their equipment in their truck.