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How To Prepare For A Professional Carpet Cleaning Service


Getting your carpet professionally cleaned is a great way of preserving the value of your home. Improved air quality is another benefit of having your carpet professionally cleaned. 

One of the main questions we get asked is “What should I do before I get my carpet cleaned?”

Below is a list of 10 things you can do that will help your carpet cleaning experience go smoothly:

  1. Communicate Areas of Concern – Top Care’s goal is to get your carpet as clean as possible. Having information regarding spots, stains and odors will help us to do so. Additionally please let us know if you have tried to remove the spot or stain and any chemicals you may have tried.
  2. Check for Manufacturer’s Recommendations – If your carpet has specific care instructions from the manufacturer, make sure to share this information with the cleaners to avoid potential damage.
  3. Clear Access to Home – Top Care Cleaning uses truck mounted cleaning systems. Sufficient room is needed to load/unload the equipment. Try to have a clear parking area as close to your home as possible.
  4. Move Small Items – Move as many small objects off of your carpet as possible. Items include: toys, clothes, lamps, magazines, wastebaskets, small tables, chairs. This will enable our professional technicians to move the larger pieces of furniture more easily.
  5. Move Delicate Items – If you have fragile items, valuables, or delicate pieces of furniture near the carpeted area, move them to a safe location to avoid accidental damage. Our truck mounted cleaning system requires hoses to be run from the van to the interior of your home; these hoses can drag across areas and accidentally knock over delicate and valuable items. To ensure the protection of your property, we recommend moving items such as that to safe areas. 
  6. Vacuuming – Prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can damage the carpet fibers. Vacuuming before the carpet cleaner arrives will help to remove much of the dry soil in your carpet.
  7. Secure Pets and Small Children – For their safety and to prevent any disturbances during the cleaning process, keep pets and young children in a separate area while the cleaning crew is doing their work. 
  8. Discuss Cleaning Methods – If you have preferences or concerns regarding cleaning methods or solutions (such as eco-friendly products), discuss these with our technicians before they begin cleaning.
  9. Prepare for Drying Time – After cleaning, carpets usually need time to dry. Plan accordingly so that the area remains undisturbed for the necessary period. Look into what you can do to help your carpets dry faster.  It’s best to either turn your AC up/open your windows in the summer or turn your heat up and use fans in the winter. 
  10. Post-Cleaning Care – Ask our technicians for any specific post-cleaning instructions or recommendations they might have to maintain the cleanliness and quality of your carpet. Every carpet and home is different, so they may have tailored advice for you to enhance the life and cleanliness of your carpet.

Hopefully these tips will aid in your carpet cleaning process being as smooth as possible. Another thing you can do is always ask your cleaning company what should be done before they arrive at your home.

Read more about carpet cleaning and maintenance: 

For those interested in the various benefits of professional carpet cleaning, particularly in terms of health and air quality improvement, this article on health benefits is a must-read. It sheds light on how regular carpet cleaning can contribute to a healthier living environment. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of professional carpet cleaning versus DIY methods, this piece on the effectiveness of professional cleaning offers insightful perspectives, emphasizing the value and efficiency of professional services. Finally, for practical tips on maintaining your carpet’s cleanliness and appearance over time, this article on carpet maintenance provides helpful advice and strategies to extend the life and beauty of your carpets.

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