How to Prepare for a Professional Carpet Cleaning

So, you’ve decided it’s time to hire a pro. Naturally, you’ll want to get your money’s worth and make the most of the time it takes to prepare your home for a professional carpet cleaning. 

With over 68,000 very-low moisture (VLM) jobs under our belt, we know precisely how to unlock the full potential of professional carpet cleaning. We’ll help you navigate each stage (booking, day of, and aftercare) to ensure your home receives the care it deserves and hopefully save you some money. 

Technician cleaning an area rug with a buffer machine that uses the very-low moisture method.

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During the Booking Stage

The booking stage is your first step towards a successful cleaning experience. It’s about laying the groundwork for a smooth service appointment. In this phase, choose a reputable vendor who aligns with your quality, safety, and budget standards. Clear communication about the scope of work, pricing, addressing health concerns, and providing detailed access information are essential. This stage establishes the cleaning tone, ensuring we understand and meet your needs.

Choosing a Professional Carpet Cleaning Vendor

  • The cornerstone of a successful cleaning is partnering with a vendor that aligns with your values of quality, safety, and trust. Remember, this company will be entering your personal space.
  • Research customer reviews, ask for recommendations, and check insurance to ensure their credibility. 

Communicate The Cleaning Scope

  • Specify which carpeted areas, area rugs, and upholstery pieces need cleaning. Include material type and size when possible, or send photos.
  • Ask the service provider about their policy on maximum room size and the materials they have experience cleaning. Some materials may require hand cleaning or special care, which can be more costly.
  • Highlight specific issues, like pet accidents in carpets or stains on upholstery, as these will require additional work, products, or specialized equipment. It is important to know that professional carpet cleaners use a UV light that illuminates the proteins in pet accidents, bodily fluids, mold, or mildew. So, once onsite, your technician can easily identify these areas and will require that the proper treatment be added (at an additional cost).
  • Ask if the Service Provider will move furniture and if vacuuming is included.

Clarifying Pricing

  • Stains, Odors, and Contamination: Ask how the vendor will address specific issues like stains, odors, and other types of contamination. Be aware that assessing the severity of pet soiling, for instance, may not be possible over the phone. Therefore, it’s essential to understand their pricing structure for additional treatments to avoid surprises.
  • Pricing Structure: Inquire about the pricing model – is it by the square foot or the room? Ask about the maximum square footage covered per area if it’s by the room. 
  • Specials and Bundle Packages: Ask about current specials or bundle packages, especially for a whole-house clean. These offers can provide significant savings as most cleaners are willing to offer package deals as it saves them time on a return trip.
  • Additional Costs: Ensure you understand all potential costs, including those for moving large furniture, hand cleaning delicate materials, adding additional items such as area rugs, upholstery, stairs, and mattresses, and adding additional services such as pet treatment, deodorizer, and stain Guard protection. 

Address Health Concerns

  • Discuss allergies or sensitivities to ensure safe cleaning products are used. This is especially important for high-usage areas, like living rooms, bedrooms, or upholstery.

Access and Location Details

  • Share details regarding parking and access codes for doors and gates.
  • Let your technician know if your residence is on a higher floor and whether an elevator is available. Not all cleaners can work on the 3rd floor or higher, so ask about additional fees associated with highrise buildings.

Professional vacuum cleaner on light carpet

The Day of the Professional Carpet Cleaning Appointment

Your preparation and interaction with the Service Provider are pivotal on the appointment day. It’s also a time for you to prepare your space well — from clearing items to managing pets and children. This stage is crucial for a harmonious collaboration with your Service Provider. Now is an ideal opportunity to discuss additional services and get a comprehensive quote that can save you big bucks.

Schedule Arrangement

  • Be available to guide the technician at the start of your appointment so you can point out any areas of concern and review the scope of work. If you cannot be present, clearly communicate entrance instructions and any other special requests such as photos, phone calls, or texts during the service to ensure your expectations are met even without being on-site.
  • Stay reachable throughout the cleaning appointment.
  • Plan to be present for the final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction with the work performed and receive aftercare instructions.

Preparing Your Space

  • Clearing Items: Remove personal items, toys, blankets, and pillows from upholstery and other areas that are included in the scope of work. This will ensure the maximum amount of carpet square footage can be accessed and cleaned during your appointment/
  • Furniture: Every vendor has a different policy regarding furniture. If you have booked with Be Green, your Service Provider will attempt to move all furniture that is safe for one man to do so. Removing personal or breakable items from the furniture you anticipate being moved is important. For larger furniture items such as sectional sofas, beds, dining tables, buffets, etc., your Service Provider will do their best to clean around and under them, so clearing these areas is also suggested. 
  • Vacuuming: Depending on your selected vendor, vacuuming may or may not be included in your service. If you are working with Be Green, you can skip vacuuming, as your Service Provider will rake and use a high-powered vacuum during the dry extraction stage of the very-low moisture cleaning process.
  • Pets and Children: Ensure they are safely away from the cleaning areas.

Collaborating with the Service Provider

  • Request a Whole House Quote: If you haven’t already, now is your last chance to ask for a comprehensive quote for all your cleaning needs. Most cleaners are willing to offer steep discounts for adding more items or additional services.
  • Learn About Additional Services
    • Discuss the specific benefits of DeoGerm as a dual-purpose solution for deodorizing and disinfecting.
    • Explore the option of adding a stain Guard for its protective qualities that help extend the life and appearance of your furnishings.
    • Ask any outstanding questions regarding the VLM cleaning process.

Before and after results with professional dry carpet cleaning services

After the Service is Complete

The post-cleaning phase is about ensuring satisfaction and maintaining the pristine condition of your freshly cleaned areas. The final walkthrough is your opportunity to review the results and address any areas needing extra attention. Understanding drying times and post-cleaning maintenance, such as the recommended waiting period before vacuuming or walking on the carpet, is crucial for sustaining the cleaning benefits. 

Final Walkthrough

Review the professional carpet cleaning results to ensure they meet your satisfaction. If you notice any areas not cleaned to your standards, inform your Service Provider so they can address them. Additionally, your technician will inform you of any issues encountered during the cleaning process and suggest appropriate solutions.

Drying Time Considerations

With a very-low moisture cleaning process that uses 70% less water, your carpets will be ready for immediate use after the service. Typically, drying time ranges from 2 to 4 hours, but some areas, especially those heavily soiled, might take longer to dry.

Post-Cleaning Maintenance

  • For optimal results using a very-low moisture encapsulation cleaning process, you should wait 48 hours before vacuuming. This pause allows the encapsulation polymers in the cleaning solution to fully harden and set, ensuring the effectiveness of the cleaning.
  • Upon vacuuming for the first time after the service, you might notice a fine, light-colored dust in your vacuum’s canister. This is a normal part of the VLM process. These particles were encapsulated by the polymers in the cleaning solution, and they are designed to be easily removed during post-service vacuuming. 
  • If possible, use a carpet grooming tool before vacuuming to loosen the dirt trapped in the carpet. It also prolongs the life and look of your carpet.
  • We recommend scheduling professional carpet cleaning every 12 to 18 months, though your home’s specific condition and needs may vary this frequency.

Addressing Future Spills

  • Simplified Cleaning with Stain Guard Protection: If a stain guard or protective treatment has been applied post-cleaning, managing future spills and spots becomes much more manageable. In this case, most spills can be effectively cleaned with just a damp rag.
  • Immediate Response: It’s crucial to address spills as soon as they occur. Prompt action prevents the spill from setting in or reaching the backing of the carpet, which can cause more permanent damage.
  • DIY Solution for Tough Spots: A homemade cleaning solution can be effective for stubborn spots. Mix a small amount of enzyme-based dish soap, like Dawn detergent, with vinegar and water (about one teaspoon of Dawn per cup and one cup of vinegar) to create a powerful cleaning solution. This mixture doesn’t require rinsing out after application.
  • Assistance for Complex Issues: For challenging or persistent problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to your trusted professional. Here at Be Green, we are happy to offer complimentary phone or video consultations to assess the situation and advise if professional intervention is necessary.

Red wine and glass spilled on light beige carpet

Embracing the journey of very-low moisture (VLM) cleaning for your carpets, area rugs, and upholstery isn’t just about achieving cleanliness; it’s a commitment to rejuvenating your living space and enhancing the ambiance of your home. By preparing for each phase of the cleaning process, from the initial booking to the final post-cleaning care, you ensure that your home enjoys the enduring beauty and comfort of professionally refreshed furnishings. 

For a more comprehensive understanding of VLM professional carpet cleaning, including its process and benefits, interested individuals can find additional resources here. These resources provide valuable insights, helping you make well-informed decisions for your home’s professional carpet cleaning needs.

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Does Carpet Cleaning Extend or Shorten the Life of Your Carpets?

When you install carpets in your house, you hope they’ll last forever. Unfortunately, carpet manufacturers anticipate that you will need to replace your carpets eventually. So, how can you keep your carpets looking soft and fluffy for years to come?

Carpet is one of the most expensive investments we make in our homes. Therefore, it’s crucial to choose the carpet cleaning method that will make your carpets and area rugs last.

Carpet Cleaning Methods and Their Effect on Carpet Life

Traditionally, people have cleaned carpets using wet methods like hot water extraction and steam cleaning. However, these methods have drawbacks such as higher costs, the potential for mold and mildew, and longer drying times (up to 24 hours).

On the other hand, there’s VLM (very low moisture) carpet cleaning. Our VLM method is a five-step, eco-friendly, sustainable, and incredibly effective process. Using a dry foam cleaning solution, you can cleanse your rugs and carpets thoroughly, and they’ll be dry within two to four hours of the cleaning, making this method much less disruptive.

Wet Cleaning

Wet cleaning methods, including hot water extraction and steam cleaning, use pressure and hot water to release stains and debris hidden in your carpet. While cleaning your carpet is always a smart move, there’s the risk of creating mold or mildew due to operator error with wet cleaning methods. If you end up with mold or mildew in your carpets, that can actually reduce your carpet’s lifespan.

Dry Cleaning

DIY carpet shampooing might feel like an attractive option, but it often leaves behind residue that attracts dust and dirt. This can reduce your carpet’s lifespan. The best method of cleaning your carpets is VLM cleaning. Our pretreatment solution is made from all-natural enzymes, so it’s safe for children and pets. It loosens residues trapped in the carpet fibers so they can easily be vacuumed up with dry foam encapsulation. And the best part of all? Quicker drying times.

Choosing the Right Carpet Cleaning Company

Not all carpet cleaning companies are created equal. If you’re looking for a safe, all-natural solution for your carpet cleaning, look no further than Be Green. But no matter which method you choose, it’s crucial to find a professional, high-quality carpet cleaning company. Anything less can end up doing more harm than good.

How VLM Carpet Cleaning Makes Your Carpets Last Longer

When you get your carpets or area rugs professionally cleaned, you will be able to remove any built-up dirt or debris that can cause wear and tear. Leaving your carpets without the proper maintenance is not just a neutral solution – it’s actually hurting your carpets.

If you give dirt and dust the chance to take up residence in your carpet for a prolonged period of time, they will rub against the carpet’s fibers, deteriorating them and degrading the look and feel of your rug. That’s why working with a professional carpet cleaner is essential when it comes to extending the life of your carpets. 

While other carpet cleaning methods can be helpful, VLM stands out as the most effective. With wet cleaning strategies, there is a high risk of error if you end up with an inexperienced technician or a less-than-reputable cleaning company. Improper wet cleaning can actually leave your rug with the potential for mold or mildew, doing more damage in the long run. 

DIY cleaning methods are another strategy that can easily go wrong. While shampooing your own carpet might seem like the most cost-effective solution, it’s likely that at-home carpet cleaning products have high levels of harmful chemicals. But that’s not all: When you use DIY methods to clean your carpets you actually might be setting them up to get dirtier even faster.

DIY carpet cleaning methods can leave behind significant residue, altering the feel of your carpets and actually attracting dirt and dust. That means your carpet will re-soil more quickly, and dirt and debris will degrade your carpet’s fibers faster than ever before. 

At the end of the day, VLM carpet cleaning is simply unparalleled. Our VLM carpet cleaning methods use all-natural chemicals that preserve the health and safety of your home. With quick dry times, you’ll never have to worry about mold or mildew. Plus, our five-step process will get all the dirt out of your carpet, making it last longer than you ever imagined. 

Why VLM Carpet Cleaning is the Best Option

The Method

Our VLM cleaning process involves five steps carried out by an experienced technician. First, the technician will begin with a dry extraction using a rake to dislodge any particles trapped at the base of the rug’s fibers. 

Next, we’ll use a high-powered vacuum to remove any freed debris. Stained or soiled areas will get a special pretreatment using our eco-friendly enzymatic solution, which will help stains and dirt detach from the carpet’s fibers. The VLM cleanse comes next, using a rotary machine and a powerful dry foam cleaning solution. 

When we massage the dry foam into the rug or carpet, it doesn’t drench the rug like traditional wet cleaning methods do. There’s no water that has to be sucked out, meaning that the carpet will dry much faster (within two to four hours of the initial cleaning). 

The final step in the process is grooming, during which our technicians reset the carpet’s pile back to its original height. That leaves your rug looking fresh and fluffy again so that you can enjoy it. The effective cleaning and the environmental friendliness of this method make it stand out as the best option in the business.

Advantages of VLM Cleaning

When compared with traditional steam cleaning, VLM carpet cleaning comes with a number of standout advantages. It generally offers a more affordable price point, it’s an effective cleaning method, and it’s much less disruptive due to its shorter drying times. Plus, when you use an all-natural cleaning company like Be Green, you can have the peace of mind that your family and pets will always be safe after a carpet cleaning. 

Carpet is a serious investment, and it can add so much to a room. Did you know that replacing carpet costs an average of $8 per square foot (and luxury brands can cost much more)? That means that to carpet a medium-sized living room that’s around 200 square feet, you’ll be out about $1,600. That’s over 10X what you’d pay to clean your carpets instead.  

Dirty, dusty carpets aren’t doing your house any favors in the look or smell departments. That’s where all-natural VLM carpet cleaning comes in. If you’re looking to protect your carpets – and your investment – look no further than Be Green Carpet Cleaning. 

Have you been putting off cleaning your carpets due to cost, inconvenience, or worries about finding the right technician? There’s no better time than now – and we’re here to help. With our safe, environmentally friendly VLM carpet cleaning methods, we’ll have your carpet in tip-top shape in no time. Schedule your cleaning today!

FAQs

Does carpet cleaning shorten the life of your carpet?

If done properly, carpet cleaning can actually extend the life of your carpets. In order to reap this benefit, you will want to choose an effective carpet cleaning method like Be Green’s all-natural VLM cleaning. 

How often should carpets be replaced?

You should generally replace your carpets every 10 to 20 years. The average life expectancy of a carpet in a family home is just 12 years, but that can vary greatly. When you clean and maintain your carpet, you can extend their lifespans significantly.  

What factors affect carpet lifespan?

There are a variety of factors that affect carpet lifespan, including fundamentals like stitches per inch and face weight. Carpets that are well-maintained by owners who stick to a routine professional cleaning schedule are more likely to last longer. 

What type of carpet lasts the longest?

Nylon carpet normally lasts the longest, as it is the most durable and stain-resistant fiber material available. You can make nylon carpets last even longer through professional cleaning and stain protection. It’s a great carpet material for heavily trafficked areas like hallways. 

How can you extend the lifespan of carpets? 

You can extend the lifespan of your carpets by committing to a routine cleaning schedule using a professional, high-quality carpet cleaning company. When you clean and maintain your carpets on a regular basis, you will keep trapped dust and dirt from wearing down the fibers. 

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