End of Lease Carpet Cleaning: What You Need to Know Before You Go
Nobody ever said that moving house was a fun and entertaining event. Packing up the entirety of your life and relocating it to another place altogether is a major endeavour and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially considering how much work it is. From finding your new dream home and packing up your belongings to moving dozens of boxes and then setting up their contents in your new space, the entire process is exhausting.
One of the biggest things that get overlooked during this entire event, though, is leaving your old place in good condition. This is especially important if your lease requires you to do so in order to receive your initial deposit back from your landlord. You not only have to remove all your own personal effects but you also have to clean the place from top to bottom — and this includes any carpets that were there when you moved in.
Carpets are Always the Sticking Point
It’s those carpets that are always the sticking point for many a tenant on their way out. You’ve probably experienced this yourself if you’ve been in a similar situation: suddenly that carpet that seemed perfectly clean after countless passes with the vacuum suddenly seem dull, worn, and even downright filthy in the bleak light of an empty or packed-up room suddenly devoid of furniture.
As tempting as it is to just give that carpet one last vacuuming for old time’s sake and ride off into the sunset, that’s not really a risk you should be willing to take. With the already-high expenses of moving into a new home, you’re going to need every last penny at your disposal; risking your initial deposit because you don’t feel the need to clean the carpet properly is the opposite of smart. Unless you’re not responsible for carpet cleaning as detailed in your rental agreement (which is incredibly rare), you’ll be on the hook one way or another.
Always Check Your Rental Agreement
That being said, you do need to go back to your original rental agreement and learn exactly what your responsibilities are for cleaning the carpets at the end of the lease. Most reasonable landlords will allow for some general wear and tear to a carpet, especially if it had been installed several years ago, but even in that case, it’s still likely that you’ll at least need to do some perfunctory cleaning.
In places with newer carpets or with very specific requirements for rug cleaning in order to regain your initial deposit, just a quick vacuum isn’t going to cut it. In these cases, you’re going to need a deep clean to account for any lingering stains caused by food spills, pet accidents, or any other type of damage. If you’re lucky the lease will have specific instructions for cleaning your rugs to the right standard. If not, here’s what you can do.
Follow these instructions to get your carpets as clean as possible at the end of your lease.
Step 1, Clear the area.
Begin with a completely empty room, devoid of furniture or moving boxes. This may require that carpet cleaning is the last thing you do before moving out for good.
Step 2, Vacuum thoroughly.
Vacuum the entire room, paying close attention to areas of the carpet that might have been concealed by furniture. Attempt to remove as much dirt as possible.
Step 3, Pre-treat any stains.
If you have problem areas on your carpet, pre-treat these areas before going further. Over-the-counter spot treatments or homemade remedies can be used according to your preference.
Step 4, Select your deep cleaning method.
At this point, you have two major options when it comes to overall deep cleaning. You can choose a dry carpet cleaning solution, which can be sprayed down and vacuumed up, or you can rent or buy a carpet cleaner and use a special cleaning solution.
Deep clean your carpet.
Using your chosen method, follow all manufacturer’s directions. Begin by cleaning a test spot to ensure your carpet does not get discoloured or damaged. Then, start from a point farthest from the door and work your way backward.
Once finished, evaluate your carpet and examine the results. If using a dry cleaner, ensure you vacuum the carpet thoroughly once more to prevent leaving dry cleaner residue behind. If using a carpet cleaner, open the doors and windows to ventilate the room as your carpet dries. For stubborn stains, you may need to deep-clean the carpet multiple times.
If All Else Fails, Call the Professionals
If you’re still experiencing less-than-optimal results even after your hard work, it may be time to call in the big guns. JDR Carpet Cleaning are professional carpet cleaning contractors, and have access to much more powerful cleaning products and equipment than you can find at your local supermarket, ensuring that they will be able to finally get rid of those annoying stains that you’ve been struggling with for some time. It’s true that turning to a professional carpet cleaning service will likely cost a bit more than it would if you simply attempted to do the job yourself. Yet the extra cash you’ll pay is often well worth it, considering that you can leave the job to your contractor and you no longer have to struggle yourself with the problem.
There are other benefits to this route as well. One example is how you’re less likely to get into trouble with your landlord if you have your carpet professionally cleaned, as you’ll be sure to satisfy the requirements of your lease this way. Yes, this will effectively reduce the overall amount you’ll receive back from your deposit, but think of it this way: if it’s a question of paying a bit more and getting your deposit back versus not getting any of it back at all because your carpet is still a wreck, what’s the smarter option?
At JDR Carpet Cleaning we have a 100% track record with end of lease carpet cleaning, agent satisfaction with carpet cleanliness, and tenants (our clients) getting their rental bond returned in full from real-estate agents.