How to prepare for carpet cleaning
Many customers ask how something is done or how to prepare. So let me take
you through a walk through of a typical job so some of these questions can
be answered (in excruciating detail).
First we usually park in the
driveway with the van side door towards the front door (not required but is
typical), this is to keep children from getting into the van and hoses from
crossing the sidewalk avoiding a tripping hazard, so Its good to have
driveway clear and your car out of garage in case you need it. I then come
to the door and introduce my helper and I. We walk through the job and I
usually ask when it was last cleaned and how it came out. This is to figure
out if it usually comes clean and wheather there is residue or if there are
special problems like pet odors. If you had a good experience I want to
recreate it, if a bad one I want to know what they did wrong to correct it.
I then have the customer sign the invoice.
We set up the truck mount
by moving hoses from the truck towards the farthest point usually the master
bedroom we use corner protectors and attach the hose to top of the stairs
(to prevent the hose from falling and rubbing back and forth). A fresh water
hose is attached from the customers outside hose bib to the truck (water is
heated and pressurized on demand and is vacuumed into a waste tank as we
work so water from wand is the customers drinking/tap water). My Assistant
starts to vacuum and spot the bad areas. If we are dual processing he also
starts the scrubber. I start the truck mount and begin working behind him.
Furniture that is moved we replace on plastic tabs but furniture that we go
around is fine if left on dry spots. This is to keep rust or furniture
stains from transferring to the carpet. In bedrooms most furniture is gone
around smaller items is usually on the beds (usually done by home owner but
we will do if they haven't). In Common rooms more furniture is moved
especially anything going into the center of the room. Furniture should not
be moved until carpet is dry.
To help dry carpet we sometimes open
windows and turn on ceiling fans. Depending on weather and soil changes
drying times. Its best to assume the full day to dry. If the customer left
while we were working they usually ask when I estimate we will be done. Some
will leave a check if they can't make it back or its close, and some will
come back about a 1/2 hour before we get done. I walk the customer through
the job, collect the payment, give a copy of the invoice and thank them, woo
So you can see all the possible odd things that can happen. Like a customer
has water turned off. Can we connect to neighbors? Power off? Was it
prevacuumed and not need a scrubber (the truck mount is engine driven so we
still can do). Can't meet us? I can call when I get there and talk to them
about what I see (They usually have hidden a key and left payment). Has a
pet that will get out (hoses will prevent front door from shutting so move
dog to a room or outside). Gets delayed to come back to pay us and didn't
leave a check (we sit in the driveway and miss our lunch) and so on. We
try to foresee these odd issues so if something seems odd I would ask a new
question or arrange for another solution as someone who has done this
thousands of times there usually is.