In a word, yes. While professional carpet cleaning allows you to avoid cleaning your carpets yourself, you will still be responsible for a few things after your carpets have been cleaned. If this has you throwing up your arms and wondering what the point of professional carpet cleaning is if you still have some responsibilities—stop. Professional carpet cleaning does all of the work for you; you just have to make sure you don’t mess it up.
Let the Carpet Dry
After your carpets have been cleaned, it is important that you let them dry before walking on them and replacing furniture. Most professionals suggest that you wait at least 8 hours before walking on your carpet. Obviously some contact with your freshly cleaned carpet might be unavoidable. That’s okay. Just make sure that you walk on it as sparingly as possible, and don’t set furniture back on the carpet until it is completely dry. If some kind of sealant was used on your carpet (like Scotchgard, for example) avoid stepping on your carpet for 24 hours to allow all of the cleaning chemicals and the sealant to properly take effect. Turning on the ceiling fan, placing additional floor fans, opening windows on opposite sides of the house, and turning on the air conditioning are all great options for speeding this process along, but don’t rush it too much! You still want to get the most out of your carpet cleaning, after all.
In the Future
After you’ve let the carpet dry, everything basically goes back to normal. There are a few things you can do, however, to prolong the cleaning’s effects and keep your carpet cleaner. First, if anything is spilled on the carpet, it should be cleaned up immediately. You will get spots and stains on your carpet between cleaning, but they will have less of an impact if you can clean them up quickly. Vacuuming frequently is another great way to keep your carpets cleaner longer. Many professionals suggest that homeowners use a carpet protector on their carpet. While these take 24 hours to cure, they will help your clean carpet last a lot longer and be more dirt resistant. You do not need to apply this carpet protector yourself—if you want the protector, just tell your carpet cleaning technician. They will take care of the sealant and all you have to do is let it dry. After it dries, professionals recommend vacuuming before moving furniture back onto the carpet.
TNT Cleaning Company
At TNT Cleaning Company, we will keep you well informed through every step of the carpet cleaning process. Answering any questions you have is our top priority. You will never have to worry that you are missing a step. We will do everything in our power to ensure that you have a satisfactory carpet cleaning experience—including telling you the best ways to prolong the next one. If you are looking for certified carpet cleaners to get the job done right, call us today and schedule an appointment.