Preparing your Home for a Carpet Cleaning and Pest Control Service
How To Prepare Your Home for a Carpet Cleaning and Pest Control
Carpet cleaning and pest control will need to be done on a regular basis to prevent bacteria from forming on carpets and pests from harbouring within our homes. For a list of suburbs for Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast that Best 1 covers (click here).
Possible Consequences of Hiring a Cheap Carpet Cleaning Company
One of the worst things that a cheap carpet cleaning company does is not to put carpet protectors under furniture after the cleaning has been done. If the carpets are being cleaned under furniture, it is important to place plastic mats under table legs etc. This will stop the dye in the wood from bleeding into the carpet fibres.
If the dye from furniture comes in contact with the carpet and it is left to dry, it is almost impossible to remove. The only way to remove it is to dye the area with a carpet dye. It’s best not to let this happen from the start. A professional carpet cleaner would use protectors to stop this from happening. In the picture below, you can see the plastic pads used to prevent the dye from getting to the carpet after it has been cleaned.
In some cases, underneath furniture a dry stroke can be used. This means that the carpet there will be dry almost straightaway and be safe for the furniture to be placed back there. With lounge suites that sit low to the carpet, it’s important that underneath it is as dry as possible. If these areas are left to wet, it can cause mould to form and damage the carpet and the upholstery.
When doing a steam clean to get the carpet to dry faster, a double pass process is used. This means that the first pass is a cleaning pass and the second one is to dry the carpet. By using this type of method, the carpets can be dry in half the time. This is especially important when steam cleaning wool carpets. If woolen carpets are left to wet, it can cause discolouration and permanent damage.
24-Hour Emergency Response for Flooded Carpets
We service your local area 7 days a week and also have a 24 hour emergency response for wet carpets from accidental flood damage to carpets. With wet carpet, they need to be dried as soon as possible. But before the drying can start the water must be extracted. This is done with high powered carpet extraction machines designed to remove the water at a high rate. To prepare for an extraction service, it’s best to remove as much of the furniture from the effected rooms as possible. This will allow the carpet to dry much faster and limit the risk of mould from forming.
Walk On Dry Carpet Cleaning
Carpet cleaning and pest control go hand in hand these days and can be done by one company. This will save you time and money. When having a combined service done the pest control would generally be done first and then the carpet cleaning. It is done this way around so that once the carpets are cleaned, they don’t get walked on again until they are completely dry. This is usually around 1-2 hours, depending on weather conditions.
Preparing Your Home for Carpet Cleaning
Most people get their carpets and pest control done once a year. This can mean a few hours out of the day. In order to make the process as efficient as possible, it’s best to be prepared for when they arrive. The basic things to do for the carpet cleaning is to have all the small things like kids toys clothes and small ornaments up off the carpet and make the rooms as accessible as possible. Don’t forget there will be hoses run through the house, so it’s important to have it as clear as possible.
For pest control these days, you don’t need to empty out all the kitchen cupboards as these days gels are used. The gel is placed on some of the door hinges and the cockroaches will feed on it. The roof void will be dusted using a blowing machine to bump the dust into the edges and this will help to control cockroaches, silverfish, spiders, ants, bird lice and more. The dust stays active for over twelve months, giving a long lasting effective control to that area. Then all the kick boards and skirting boards are sprayed with a liquid pesticide. The pesticides these days have no odours and they dry within 10 minutes of contact to the surface, making it safe for small children and animals.
A good time to have both services done at the same time is when moving out of a rental property at the end of a lease agreement. The landlord will require the carpets be cleaned by a professional company and for the pest treatment to be done at the same time for cockroaches and fleas. The fleas will need to be done if the tenant has had pets on the premises – this involves internal and external spraying.
When vacating a rental property the end of lease. Cleaning will have to be done first the entire house or unit will have to be cleaned. All the rooms must be completely empty for when the carpet cleaning and pest control is done. The tenant should understand that the carpet cleaning company should be the last people inside the house. This is so that no one walks on the carpets until the property manager does their final inspection. If the landlord sees foot prints over the carpets, they will ask for them to be re-done and this may be at the expense of the tenant. In order to maintain your guarantee with the carpet cleaning company, it is vital no one walks on the carpets after they have been steam cleaned or dry cleaned.
In order to have the bond returned in full from the RTA, the landlord will require a full receipt of the services carried out by the cleaning and pest control company. On the receipt will have to be stated the rooms that were cleaned and pests that were treated and the pesticide use. Once the property manager has the receipt, they will then go and do a final inspection and pass off the works.
Things Homeowners Can Do to Prepare Their Homes for Carpet Cleaning
Preparing the home before a carpet cleaner arrives is the best way to have a thorough deep steam or dry clean. It’s best if the customer removes all the small things from the carpets prior to the cleaner arriving. These items include things like kids toys and small ornaments. With bigger items like book cases, these are best left where they are. The same goes for televisions and their stands. Have rugs rolled up and moved to another room that isn’t being cleaned. But if the rugs are being cleaned along with the carpets, it’s best to leave them where they are and the technician can decide where it’s best to clean them.
Remove Unnecessary Items and Store Them Away Temporarily
Removing as much of the things out of a rooms for when a cleaner arrives will give them a good clear run at the job, and will also show up any stains in the carpet that can be treated prior to the cleaning process. When all the furniture in a room is moved, it’s amazing how dirty the carpets look. It will show up all the walkway dirt and wear in the carpet. In most cases, the lounge suite can be left in the room and so can beds, as these items can be moved around whilst doing the cleaning. Beds can be moved from left to right in the bedroom if they are on casters. If the beds are not on casters, then the cleaner can go as far under them as they can reach without damaging them.
Keep Kids and Pets Away
Once the cleaning company arrives, it’s best to leave them to do the job and keep kids and animals away, as there will be hot hoses and working machines in the house. Cleaning solutions are also sprayed onto the carpets to remove the dirt and stains, and until they have been cleaned off they are very slippery, especially when walking from the carpets to a tiled surface.
It always pays to use a reputable and professional company that will do the job right, and one that will also deodorise and sanitise the carpets at the same time as the steam or dry cleaning.
Using a company you can trust that will do their best to remove all the stains from the carpet and do an effective pest treatment is very important, because the release of the bond will rely on it. So choosing the cheapest carpet cleaning company will not mean you get the best job done or your bond back.