Preparing Your Home for a Chem-Dry Cleaning

In order to make sure everything runs smoothly when your Chem-Dry technician arrives, there are a few steps you can follow to prepare. That way, your technician can complete the work and allow you to return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.

Preparing your home for a Chem-Dry carpet cleaning

Step 1: Declutter

The first thing you’ll want to do is remove any clutter from the area being cleaned. This includes things like shoes and socks, toys, books, or anything else that may have found its way onto the carpet being cleaned. All of our cleaning packages include a pre-vacuuming, but clutter can be a tripping hazard.

Step 2: Move light furniture

To ensure that everything is cleaned properly, you will want to move light furniture out of the way. Our carpet cleaning technicians are experts at making your home fresh and clean, but they are not licensed to move furniture. Clearing the area of things like plant stands, coffee tables, and floor lamps will allow the Chem-Dry technician to reach all of the out of the way areas on your carpet. You don’t have to move the bigger pieces that are unlikely to move, but the more furniture you have out of the way, the better results you can expect.

Step 3: Put away fragile or valuable items

If you have any fragile or valuable items in the area, you will want to move them to a safe location, out of the way. While our Chem-Dry technicians take the utmost care when cleaning your carpet, it is always wise to avoid any unnecessary risks.

Step 4: Make note of problem areas you'd like the technician to pay special attention to

We do a pre-inspection and spot test before each carpet cleaning, but if there is a specific area you want our technician to focus on, feel free to let us know. It is important to us that you are completely satisfied with your service, so make sure to tell us how to make that happen!

Step 5: Prepare your pets

If you have pets, make sure that they are kept in a place away from the area being cleaned. This will allow the Chem-Dry technician to focus on the work of cleaning your carpet without having to worry about tripping over your pet.

Step 6: Provide easy access

Many of our Chem-Dry technicians use van-mounted equipment, so it helps when they can park as close to the door as possible. Even those not using van-based systems will need to bring their equipment inside, so a clear path to the carpet they are cleaning is essential.

Preparing your home for a Chem-Dry upholstery cleaning

Step 1: Remove clutter

The Chem-Dry upholstery cleaner will need to be able to maneuver around the pieces of furniture he is cleaning, so removing clutter on both the floor and the furniture itself will go a long way towards ensuring that the cleaning goes smoothly. Items like shoes and toys on the floor can cause a tripping hazard, and blankets and other items on the furniture can get in the way. If you set these things aside before the technician arrives, they will not be underfoot, and the upholstery cleaner can finish his job quickly, allowing you to resume your regular routine that much faster.

Step 2: Move furniture away from walls

In order to clean the upholstery on your furniture as thoroughly as possible, our upholstery cleaning technicians need to be able to access the entire piece. Even if it seems like it’s not necessary to clean the entire piece of furniture due to the back being pushed up against a wall, only cleaning one part can lead to your upholstery being discolored and splotchy should you ever move the piece to another location. If you move the furniture a few feet out from the wall, the Chem-Dry technician will be able to reach the less accessible parts of your furniture and deliver a thorough couch cleaning.

Step 3: Take note of particular problem areas

Our cleaners are very thorough, but different factors such as lighting and shadows can disguise  blemishes and hide problem areas from view. Make note, beforehand, of any spots that you believe could use extra care and be sure to point them out to our technician when they arrive.

Step 4: Clear a path for easy access

Our upholstery cleaners need to be able to get their equipment to the furniture, so take a few minutes before they arrive and make sure there is a clear path from the front door to the room where they will be cleaning. Not only will this help the cleaning to go more quickly, but it will lower the risk of tripping on anything as they transport equipment to and from their vehicle.

Step 5: Prepare pets for the visit

While we know you love your pets, a visit from a stranger with big equipment and lots of new smells and sounds can agitate them. Make plans for how to keep them somewhere out of the way, like a yard or closed in another area of the home, so that they are not overly bothered by the technician’s presence. This will also keep them out from underfoot, meaning the technician can finish his job more quickly and allow you to return to your regular routine as soon as possible.

Preparing your home for a Chem-Dry stone, tile and grout cleaning

Step 1: Remove clutter

Shoes, toys, and other small objects can be a tripping hazard and can make it difficult for the Chem-Dry technician to perform the cleaning. If you are having a countertop cleaned, make sure that food, small appliances, and dishes are put away properly, as well.

Step 2: Remove area rugs, mats and other floor coverings

Set any floor coverings aside so that the Chem-Dry technician will have clear access to the entire floor. This will allow them full maneuverability to apply the deep cleaning process to every part bit of stone and grout, providing a healthy shine. Remember, Chem-Dry also offers area and Oriental rug cleanings!

Step 3: Move furniture out of the way

If you have kitchen tables, chairs, barstools, or patio furniture over the area being cleaned, move these out of the way to a safe location. After the cleaning, once the area is dry, you can move furniture back and arrange it as you like.

Step 4: Sweep the area

This does not need to be an in-depth cleaning — after all, that’s why you called Chem-Dry! But quick sweep to remove dust, loose dirt, dropped pieces of food, and other larger pieces of litter from the floor or countertop will simplify the process and lower the likelihood of them getting stuck to the ground once they are wet. With the furniture moved out of the way, you will have a better opportunity to clear out pieces that may have been missed in previous cleanings.

Step 5: Provide clear access

Our Chem-Dry technician will need ready access to transport his equipment to the room where he will be doing the cleaning, so please provide a clear path from the front door for easy access. If you need to move a car to allow them to park as close to the front door as possible, make sure that you do it as soon as possible to prevent any delays.

Step 6: Prepare pets for the visit

A new person visiting can make pets nervous, and if they bring in equipment that may make noises or cleaning products that have new smells, your pet could get either more upset or overly curious. While our cleaning products are safe and your pets are adorable, having a dog or cat underfoot can present a tripping hazard or other complications. Before the technician comes, it is wise to have a plan for where you will keep any pets during the cleaning.


Chem-Dry's professionally trained technicians take pride in providing you with excellent service. We take care to discuss the process and provide recommendations to ensure you have a clean and healthy home. Find your local Chem-Dry provider today!

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