How often you need a carpet cleaning depends on whether you have kids or pets, and how much traffic your carpet gets.
As a general rule, you should hire a carpet cleaning professional or consider a carpet cleaner rental for high-traffic areas every 12 to 18 months and for the entire carpet every two years.
However, if you have pets or children, your carpet may be in dire need of stain removal and require a thorough cleaning more frequently.
To get your carpets cleaned properly you should dry clean the carpet for best results we do this by using a steam cleaning method that does not over saturate the carpet or penetrate the padding, preventing mildewing or molding underneath. We will move some furniture if needed but not breakables or large items. Before we clean we must pre-vacuum to remove any pet hair or small particles from the carpeting to clear any heavy debris and to agitate the dirt. Then we will apply our pre-spray application in workable areas to ensure and even spread we will apply traffic lane cleaner and spot treatments as needed. At this point we will extract the solution with an Industrial grade carpet extractor to remove any dirt, urine, or caked in grime from the carpeting to clean it fully. We then can apply a scotch guard
What to Do Before a Carpet Cleaner Arrives
Remove fragile and valuable items
Porcelain knick-knacks, fine china, collectibles and any other potentially fragile or breakable items should be removed from the cleaning area and placed in a safe area.
While many carpet cleaning companies thoroughly screen and vet their employees, it’s also a good idea to remove any items of value from rooms with carpeting you hire them to clean. Store your valuables behind a locked door or in your car’s trunk.
Some carpet cleaners charge to move furniture while others refuse to move furniture. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Move furniture, if necessary
Your carpet cleaner may offer a discount for focusing on high foot traffic areas or cleaning a room that’s empty. 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, and others won’t move your furniture at all, so ask about furniture when making an appointment.
Remove smaller items from the floor
Floor lamps, waste baskets, toys and clothing or shoes should all be moved out of the area that requires cleaning. 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.
Free up a parking spot
If your carpet cleaner uses truck-mounted equipment, they’ll need to park their vehicle as close as possible to an entry door in order to run hoses for their cleaning equipment. Make sure your family’s vehicles aren’t obstructing their work.
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 the carpet cleaner won’t miss those areas during the cleaning process.