Spring is on the horizon, and that means it’s the perfect time to get your home looking, smelling, and feeling fresh, clean, and healthy. After being shut in during the winter, spring presents the perfect opportunity to air out the stuffiness, remove dust, and make your home shine, just in time for longer days. That’s why more than 90% of Americans spring clean each year. But no spring cleaning is complete without professional carpet cleaning. Here’s a list of carpet cleaning tips to help you get your home looking its best in time for the Spring Equinox.

Carpet Cleaning Tips: Before the Professionals Come

1. Declutter Your Space

Before you dive into deep cleaning or schedule a professional carpet cleaning, it’s smart to take time to declutter. After months indoors, it’s common for homes to accumulate clutter. So, this Spring, schedule time to throw out items, box up items to donate or organize items you may sell in a spring or summer garage sale. Removing excess clutter can make it easier to thoroughly clean your home and for professionals to clean your carpet.

2. Focus on Nooks and Crannies

If you didn’t clean as thoroughly during the winter as you do in spring, you’re in good company. After all, with fewer less daylight hours, most people prefer not to spend them wiping down windowsills or vacuuming cobwebs from ceiling corners. By spring, it’s time to get the nooks and crannies of your home clean, so you won’t waste sunny days in summer doing it. Plus, any dust or debris that falls into your carpet while you’re cleaning will ultimately be removed by your professional carpet cleaning team.

3. Dust Thoroughly

Before the professionals come to deep clean your rugs, carpets, furniture, or drapes, be sure to thoroughly dust and wipe down all surfaces. This is smart because try as you might to capture all the dust, pet hair, or dirt in a rag, some of it will inevitably wind up on your floor. So, it only makes sense to have your carpets cleaned after you’ve dusted and wiped down all surfaces.

Day of Carpet Cleaning: Steps to Take

Follow these carpet cleaning tips the day of your scheduled appointment to get the best results from your deep cleaning.

1. Vacuum Your Carpet and Rugs

On the day of your scheduled cleaning, vacuum all carpets and rugs. This will help the professionals to focus on the deeply embedded dirt in the carpet. Note any stains that especially bother you on carpets or rugs so you can point them out to your cleaners. They may opt to pre-treat certain high traffic areas before steaming and deep cleaning the carpet.

2. Put Pets in Safe Areas

If you have pets, be sure to put them in a safe place before your carpet cleaners arrive. You may want to put them in crates if you cannot close off the kitchen, bathroom, or basement where they will be out of the way, and/or less likely to react to newcomers to your home.

Keeping Your Carpet Looking Its Best After Being Cleaned

After you’ve had your carpets cleaned, follow these after-care carpet cleaning tips to keep it looking its best all season long.

1. Avoid the carpet for 24 hours

Allowing at least 24 hours for your carpet to dry after cleaning can protect your carpet and any furniture that goes in the rooms that were cleaned. Putting heavy furniture on damp carpet can affect the carpet fibers, so it is best to wait until the carpet is completely dry before putting furniture back on it.

2. Wear socks

Shoes bring in dirt and debris. Likewise, the oils in the skin of bare feet can also leave an oily residue behind. Socks are best for keeping your carpets clean.

3. Vacuum Once Carpet Is Dry

Once your carpet has dried, it doesn’t hurt to run the vacuum over it again. This can pick up any residue that was pulled near the surface during a deep cleaning. It will also help you see just how much cleaner your home looks once you’ve had a deep carpet cleaning.

Professional Carpet, Drape, and Upholstery Cleaning in Oregon

ProKleen provides Southern Oregon with premium carpet, upholstery, and area rug cleaning, using safe, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly products. We also offer 100% Green Sealed Certified and Hypoallergenic organic cleaning solutions upon request. To schedule professional carpet cleaning this spring, contact us today at 541-857-1818.