Carpet Cleaning When Moving

10 Helpful Tips to Clean Your Carpet Right & Keep it Looking Great

This post was kindly written for us by Andrew Rohr at MSS Cleaning


Moving presents a rare opportunity to fully clean a living space without furniture being in the way. Thus, scheduling a home carpet cleaning when you move is a perfect time. These are some helpful tips to get your carpets cleaned during and after your move, so that they look great, and stay that way.

  • Hire a Certified Carpet Cleaner – Look for an IICRC Certified firm that uses modern, truck mounted equipment. This will ensure you hire a reputable company that knows what they are doing and has the equipment to do the job well. Check the status of any firm here.


  • Ask for Hot Water Extraction While there are many ways to clean carpet, hot water extraction (AKA Steam Cleaning) is regarded as the most thorough method and provides a deep, restorative carpet cleaning.


  • Schedule your Carpet Cleaning Properly to Coincide with the Movers – If you are moving out, schedule the carpet cleaning once the movers have finished their work. If you are moving in, schedule your carpet cleaning for the day before the move to ensure the carpets are fully dry by the time to movers arrive to bring in your furniture. Cleaning carpet in empty areas is easier and allows you to do a more thorough job than trying to clean around furniture


  • Carpet Pet Stains and Odor – If you have pet stains or odors that you can’t pinpoint, the last thing you want to do is put furniture on top of them. Pets often mark areas along walls. You don’t want to move a couch or a dresser on top of that odor and then always wonder where the smell is coming from. Odors become far more intense in warm months, so you may not realize there are pet odors until it gets hot outside. A professional carpet cleaner will have many tools at his/her disposal to diagnose pet issues (such as a black light and well-trained eye) as well as to treat them. Treatment can be as basic as a topical enzyme treatment or as severe as needing to treat the subfloor and replace the carpet pad. All of this is easier (and less costly) without furniture being in the way


  • Carpet Have a Bubble or Wrinkle? – Over time, carpets can develop wrinkles or bubbles in them as the carpet ages, or due to poor installation. This can usually be fixed by stretching the carpet. You can’t do a good job of stretching the carpet when it has furniture weighing it down. The room needs to be empty to do the job right. When are you otherwise going to have the opportunity to have a completely empty room but when you are moving?


  • Is Your Carpet Depressed? – We’ve all seen it; once all of the furniture is moved out of a space, there are little depressions everywhere from table legs, chairs, dressers, beds etc. Hot water extraction often removes or lessens these depressions. Another great trick that often helps is to leave an ice cube in each depression. As the ice melts, it can help pop the depressions back up!


  • Traffic Lanes Trashed? – Once all that furniture is out of the way, dark, dirty traffic lanes can be really obvious. Look for a company that has a counter-rotating brush machine or a rotary extractor. While a standard carpet wand in the right hands can do a great job, these heavy duty machines really help go the extra mile to bring a carpet back to life when restorative work is needed.


  • Get Protected! – While the home is empty without any furniture, it’s the best time to apply carpet protectant. Applying Scotchgard, Teflon, Maxim or other quality protectants will keep your carpets clean and looking great. These are applied after the carpet cleaning, while the carpet is still damp. When you inevitably spill that soda or glass of red wine, clean up will be easier and the carpet will be far less likely to have any permanent stain.


  • Choose the Right Vacuum and Use it Regularly – For ongoing Maintenance, get a quality vacuum cleaner with an electronically driven brush (also referred to as a beater bar). This is especially vital for homeowners with pets. Adjust the vacuum so that it doesn’t grab or pull on the carpet, but still makes contact with the carpet.


  • Schedule Periodic Carpet Cleaning – For most households, getting an annual carpet cleaning is adequate to keep your carpets looking great and to extend the life of the carpet. Most carpet manufacturers require a carpet cleaning every 12-18 months in order to uphold a warranty as well.


Follow these tips to get your carpets looking great and help keep them that way!

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