When moving day comes around there are a lot of things to go over and bases to cover in your new place as well as the old one. You can’t just pack up and be on your way as much as you’d like to be. Part of being a good tenant is completing the cleaning job once your lease is up, and many times that includes a thorough carpet cleaning. Plus, you want to make sure you get back as much of your security deposit as possible and not have a negative mark on your renter’s record. If you haven’t lived there for very long and the carpets have been kept in good condition, it is possible for you to rent a machine and get your own supplies, but if a deeper cleaning is needed a professional carpet cleaning company may be worth the extra money.
If you have the time and are willing to put in the effort, you can make carpet cleaning a do-it-yourself project. The first step will involve a complete vacuuming of all carpeted areas to eliminate surface dust and dirt particles. Then you will want to try tackling any stains you can see with special carpet cleaning solutions or test out some homemade methods. Baking soda mixed with warm water, vinegar or hydrogen peroxide may work as a basic cleaning solution and deodorizing agent, while liquids like club soda and white vinegar will act as a spot remover to help lift out stains. If you have a tougher job on your hands and this just isn’t enough, you can choose to rent a carpet cleaning machine using either the wet or the dry method. Wet cleaners infuse the flooring with a solution and then suck it back up with the built up dirt and grime. Dry cleaners require you to scatter a chemical powder onto the carpet before using the machine to vacuum it up.
A few important things to keep in mind is that you never want to pour a solution directly onto the carpet and start rubbing, but rather use a gentle blotting motion, different carpet fibers react to solutions in various ways, so it’s good to know exactly what you’re dealing with, and you never want to over wet a carpet, either with cleaning solution or a carpet cleaning machine.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
Most carpet cleaners will offer a basic service, which is perfect for a renter not looking to invest a lot of money into something they’re leaving anyway. A professional carpet cleaning service will have the experience and knowledge to determine the type of carpet fibers they’re working with so as to ensure proper treatment, solution and drying techniques.
For more difficult jobs that require serious carpet cleaning, you may run the risk of having to pay for repairs or new installation all together if you choose to do the cleaning yourself and the job goes awry. Go over your options carefully and make an informed decision before being hasty at the end of your lease.
My name is Tiffany Olson and I’m from Redding, CA. I am a self-proclaimed cleaner and organizer. I love to share useful tips and tricks about cleaning via blog posts and social sharing. One of the local companies that I’ve used is Twice as Nice. They do full service upholstery and carpet cleaning in Redding.