Stains on the carpet are pretty much unavoidable in daily life. Drinks get spilled, foods get dropped, mud gets tracked in by the pets, etc. Now, I am a stay at home mother of four, which is exhausting enough already. But I also happen to be a freelance artist in my spare time, even as little as that is. One morning a few years ago, when my kids were still all very young, I woke up to all four of them hurling my $40 acrylic paint at each other in the living room. My only comfort as I sat on my hands and knees scrubbing the expensive rainbow liquids from my eggshell carpet was that the oldest of my wonderful brood had just enough common sense to take off everyone’s pajamas first.
Unfortunately, this was not the only time this kind of thing has happened, and I’m confident it won’t be the last. Life is just messy like that, especially when you have kids or pets. Or a goofball for a husband like me.
Thankfully, this is where professional carpet cleaning agencies come in. I am in no way recommending this for every mishap or just for daily maintenance, but hiring a professional for deep cleaning every few months might be a fantastic idea.
What Is the Cost of Getting Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned?
Pricing will vary widely among companies, and it might seem like they cost more up front, but think of all the time and money you will be saving by having someone else do the work for you. Just trying to find the right shampoo for your carpet can be time-consuming and a waste of money with how many different types and brands there are to choose from, and don’t get me started on how you actually use them.
Hiring a professional can eliminate a lot of stress. They have access to much more powerful equipment and cleaning products, and they are already trained on how to use them. They can typically lift unsightly stains and annoying odors much easier and faster.
If you’re considering hiring a carpet cleaning company, here are a few things you might want to do beforehand:
Take a few minutes to go over any baseboards and HVAC registers quickly. It won’t necessarily hinder their work but clearing these areas of any debris will help make sure your carpet doesn’t immediately get dirty again with the air flow.
Move furniture if you can. Most companies will move couches and tables and other things at no cost (generally excluding more valuable things such as beds, electronics, china cabinets, etc.), while others will charge a fee, and some will ultimately refuse to move anything. Always be sure to ask about furniture when scheduling an appointment.
Move fragile or expensive items to a safe space, such as in a locked room or your car. Quality carpet cleaning agencies will thoroughly vet their employees, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Try to pin up in bedspreads or drapes with clothespins so that they are not touching the floor and in the cleaner’s way.
One last thing to keep in mind is pointing out areas of concern, such as high traffic spots, any existing stains or smelly areas of the carpet so that they aren’t missed.
Overall, if you can’t find the time or energy deep clean your carpets due to work or familial duties, hiring a professional carpet cleaning service might be a good idea for you.