If you are planning to sell your home, pay special attention to your carpets. Attractive flooring is the foundation of every room in your house, and is an important factor when presenting your home to potential buyers. If the carpeting is especially dirty or worn, it may need to be replaced, or at least given a thorough cleaning.
You may want to consider renting, or better yet, purchasing a hot water carpet cleaning vacuum. They are more expensive than normal vacuum cleaners, but this is the method of cleaning recommended by many carpet manufacturers, and it does provide a level of cleaning a normal vacuum cleaner cannot achieve. These are essentially systems that spray hot water and a mild cleaning solution out while simultaneously vacuuming up the water, dirt and debris.
It is in your best interest to ensure your carpeting stays as pristine as possible after you move into a new home. Cleaning spills immediately, as well as regular vacuuming, is necessary to prevent a build-up of dirt or stains. Children and pets in the house can make the effort even more difficult. Professional carpet cleaners can be an excellent choice when time is short and you need to ensure a good job. But, for regular cleaning, buying or renting a smaller, portable system is a more economical choice.
But, you will have to keep in mind a few important things if you’re doing it yourself.
- Too much cleaning solution can be worse than none at all, so pay close attention to the directions.
- Not all carpets will react well to hot water cleaning, so test a small area of the carpet first. Most newer carpets are made with synthetic backing and foundation yarns and won’t have a problem. But older carpets and rugs, can shrink after wet treatments.
- Give your carpets time to dry. Not all of the moisture can be vacuumed out of the carpet. Running your HVAC and providing adequate ventilation is required to prevent mold.
Using a hot water extraction vacuum will save you time and money, and should definitely be considered if you plan to sell your house. And, if you need a professional, you can use HomeAdvisor’s search to find one close to you. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.
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