Sometimes we need to shampoo our carpets, but we just do not have the time to do the job ourselves. In these instances, you hire a carpet shampoo service. There are a few things you should remember when choosing a carpet shampoo service as well as some things to remember about how carpet shampoo services work.
First, when choosing a service, call to ask a few questions before hiring anyone. You want to ask them about their process. What kind of chemicals do they use? Is it safe if you have pets and children? What kind of equipment do they use? Do you need to move the furniture out of the way or is that included in their services? How long will you have to stay off the carpet when they are done? In addition, you want to make sure that they ask you questions as well. Never trust someone who gives you a price without getting any information from you. They should ask how many rooms and what the size is. They should also be interested in whether your carpeted rooms are on the first floor or not.
Once you have chosen your carpet service, make sure that you get an agreement in writing and have it signed by both parties. You do not want any surprise charges to come up later. It is better to get something in writing that says what your expectations are and what you have agreed to pay.
Depending on the service, you may have to have the room clear before they get there. Make sure that you take the time to move furniture on the day before or the morning before they arrive. You do not want to be paying for the carpet cleaning professionals to be standing around while you struggle to move furniture.
If it is not included in the service, consider pre-treating some areas of your carpet with stain remover. A lot of stain removing agents need some time to work so you could apply them an hour before the service arrives and then they will be cleaned up when the carpet shampooing commences.
Also, make sure that you have arrangements in case you will need to stay off the carpeted areas for twenty four hours. You should either make arrangements to stay with a friend or stay in non carpeted areas of your house.
If you are getting your carpets cleaned for a special occasion, make sure you do it at least a week in advance. Sometimes if the carpets are not properly rinsed, a phenomenon called wicking will make your carpets look worse the day after cleaning than they looked before you got them cleaned. You want to make sure that you work in a buffer of time in case the professional carpet cleaners need to come back and fix a mistake.