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Residential Carpet Cleaning Service on the Way? Here's How to Prepare

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Aug 2, 2021 1:30:00 PM

How to Prepare for a Residential Carpet Cleaning Service

  1. Move your furniture. Maybe.
  2. Vacuum.
  3. Wrangle the 2-legged and 4-legged kids.
  4. Know what problem areas you need to point out to the crew.
  5. Remember they drive a big truck.

So, you’ve done it. Pulled the trigger. Done the deed.

You made an appointment to have your carpet cleaned and the day is coming soon. Yay!

Maybe you’re wondering if there’s anything you need to do to prepare for the heroes known as your residential carpet cleaning service?

The answer is yes.

There are a few things you can do to make sure that we can do our job well and remove dirt, stains, allergens, germs, etc.

Here are five things to think about before our chariot (cleaning truck) rolls up to make your day. 

Prep for Residential Carpet Cleaning Service

1. Move Your Furniture. Maybe.

Here’s the deal. Some residential carpet cleaning services will move your stuff for you, often with a fee. 

Others will request that you move it before they arrive.

The best thing to do in this situation is to ask to make sure you’re on the same page.

2. Vacuum.

You want the cleaning process to be every bit as effective as it can be, right? While it may seem like a waste since you’re getting your carpet cleaned anyway, it’s really not.

Removing as much dirt and debris will help your residential carpet cleaning service focus on the job at hand – removing stubborn stains and getting that deep-down clean you can’t achieve on your own.


When you get rid of the top layer of dust, the work the technicians do will be more effective and efficient.

The company you choose to work with may have a more powerful vacuum that they’ll use before they use the steam, but it never hurts to give your floors a quick once-over before they arrive.

As always, when in doubt, ask!

3. Wrangle the Kids. (2-legged and 4-legged)

Chances are that the crew that comes to take care of your carpets loves kids. And puppies. And kitties. And all the squishy-schmoopy-ness.

But, when it’s time to get down to business and do their job, they need to be able to concentrate on your floors. 

Animals are often frightened of the noise (babies and small children, sometimes, too). 

It’s a good idea to find a room that’s not being cleaned where pets and or little ones can hang out while the cleaning is happening, or make some arrangements for them to be occupied and out of the way.


(Sidenote: After the work is done, your carpet cleaning technicians are happy to pet the dog and say hi to the children!) 

4. Point Out Problem Areas to the Crew.

Okay, so this one isn’t a task to do before your residential carpet cleaning service shows up, but it needs to happen before they start cleaning, so it still counts. 😉 Know ahead of time what you need to tell them!

The crew will do a thorough job, but you should still draw their attention to areas that get a lot of foot traffic or where spills happen frequently. It’s helpful for them to know how long a stain has been there and what caused it, too.

5. Remember They Drive a Big Truck.

Your residential carpet cleaning service doesn’t expect you to leave them prime driveway parking. 

But keep in mind that they have heavy equipment and at least need street access, if at all possible.

Setting Up for Success

Hammond Knoll, before and after, residential carpet cleaning service

(You can get results like this! 👆)

Follow these tips and you’ll be ready for your trusted residential carpet cleaning service to show up and work their magic on your floors.

At Hammond Knoll, our technicians carry a wide variety of special certifications from the IICRC (International Institute of Carpet and Rug Cleaners), and the Association of Specialists of Carpet and Rug Cleaning, as well as other industry certifying bodies. 

Many of our employees have been in the industry for between 5 and 15 years and are screened, insured, and bonded.

Give us a call and let’s talk about how we can help!

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