Hiring a A Cleaning Pro

Posted by: on March 29, 2017

Relax and let the professionals take care of cleaning your carpet. Sounds easy and convenient right? But first, you need to find out what to look for in a carpet cleaning professional to ensure you get the best service. To keep your carpet at peak performance, it is recommended to get your carpet professionally deep cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months.

 

HIRING A CLEANING PRO

Regular professional cleaning is just as important to your carpet as having a trained mechanic perform routine tune-ups on your car. Many of the Seal of Approval Service Providers have received special training from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The combination of IICRC training with Seal of Approval Service Provider status is a surefire way to keep your carpet looking good.

ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Ask the cleaning representatives whether they vacuum before they clean. Then, ask what they do next and what equipment they use. They should apply a pre-spray following the manufacturer’s label, and agitate the carpet’s pile yarns to loosen and suspend soil. There should be a rinse and extraction procedure to remove soil and detergent residue from the carpet yarn. Find out how long the company has been in business in your community. Ask for client references or search the business on the internet and read reviews.

GETTING AN IN-HOME INSPECTION AND ESTIMATE

You shouldn’t always go strictly by television advertisements or newspaper ads or even jump to the lowest bid. Having a cleaning representative come to your home isn’t always necessary.  In some instances where they need to evaluate damages or severe stains, it may be needed, but many companies have pre-set charges and are happy to give you a price quote over the phone. Obtain a written agreement (usually these will be on the invoice they will provide you) and be aware of any extra charges for moving furniture, routine spot removal, deodorizing or preconditioning.  Most final estimates should be discussed with you when the technician arrives and pre-inspects the home.

TIP: SHOW the technician the problem areas and spots or pet stains that need special attention prior to them beginning.

WAITING FOR THE CARPET TO DRY

As when cleaning carpet yourself, you must stay off the carpet until it is completely dry. And don’t move furniture back until you are sure it’s dry. If the furniture goes back too soon, rust or stains (from paint or finishes) could mar the carpet permanently.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND EXPECT OUT OF YOUR CARPET CLEANER

Above all else, look for professional, clean, respectful and knowledgeable technicians and office staff.  They should be able and willing to ask you questions, answer your questions, book an appointment, be on time, respect your home and have the proper tools and skills to perform the service you ask for. Research the company you are interested in having come out to your home and make sure they are an accredited source. “Your cleaning and carpet decisions are decisions about your health, environment, and style.”

 

 

 

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