Wednesday, Jan. 27th 2016

3 ways to prepare before your carpet cleaning service

I remember when I was a kid, whenever my mom brought in help around the house, she cleaned furiously for hours before they got there. I always asked why, if we had hired someone to help clean, we had to clean BEFORE they came….to clean. I totally didn’t understand at the time, but, as I grew older, it began to make sense.

Now, when I bring in help around the house, I clean ahead of time. I’m always trying to do the last two or three things that will clear away the clutter and allow my housekeeper to do a really, really good job. Because it’s difficult for her to do her job when she’s vacuuming around piles of dirty laundry, right? At ten years old, that didn’t make sense to me. But now that I’m older and a little bit wiser, I can appreciate my mom’s wisdom.

Many of my clients think along the same lines as my mom. One of the most common questions I get is, “What should I do before your crew gets to my house?” It’s a great question, and one that I’m always happy to answer.

It’s really simple to get ready for us to come visit. Here are three super simple things you can do to make sure that you’re totally ready to get the most out of your dry carpet cleaning.

  1. Clear the carpet. Make sure that the carpeted areas (or, at least, the areas you want cleaned) are clear. Anything that normally sits on the carpets, like lamps, tables, and chairs, will need to be moved out of the way. The more carpet the technician can easily access, the more carpet will be cleaned. (And that’s what you’re paying for, right?!) For larger furniture items, the carpet cleaner will let you know in advance what furniture they’ll move. Some companies charge an extra fee for heavy items, but you should definitely be sure to ask beforehand, just to make sure you’re prepared. Remove any items that are fragile or easily breakable, too—just in case.
  1. Find the stains. If you haven’t already, you should take inventory. Inspect your carpet, and find any trouble spots you can identify. Your technician will also inspect your carpet when he arrives, but it’s a good idea to get a quick lay of the land first. Pay particular attention to anything that was covered up by furniture. Make a list of spots and stains and their locations. Now, you’ll be in a great position to give your technician a “tour” and indicate exactly what you want to be cleaned.
  1. Make an appropriate pet plan. You should let your technician know that you have kids, so that your technician can come prepared to treat pet-related spots. You’ll also want to make a plan for your pets while your carpets are being treated. As much as our technicians love pets, it’s difficult to do an awesome job with Fluffy hanging out right in the way. Our chemicals are super safe and the carpets are immediately dry (because we don’t use a ton of water to clean them), pets will need to be safely kept away until after cleaning is complete.

It’s easy! Just those 3 things will go a long way towards maximizing your technician’s level of efficiency. It’s a lot easier to prepare for a dry carpet cleaning company to come in, because you don’t have to make room in your driveway for a lot of big, heavy equipment, worry about lots of strong chemicals being used in your house near your kids and pets, or make an alternate plan to avoid walking on or using high traffic areas that were recently treated. You also won’t have to deal with a bunch of fans drying to dry out the wet mess in your house, or an icky slick residue left on your carpets (which attracts MORE dirt and grime after you’ve paid to have your carpets cleaned).

Three simple steps, and you’re ready for us! Ready to get started? Call us today at (816) 454-1010 to schedule your free estimate, in-home or by phone. Visit our website at to get a 10% coupon for all dry carpet cleaning.

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