Selling your home? Get your carpets cleaned.

It’s time to move on. Perhaps the family is growing and your current home is bursting at the seams and you just need some more space for the kids to run away (and perhaps some space to hide from them, as well). Or perhaps the kids have finally gone, and your home is feeling a little empty and you just want to downsize.

There are many reasons why you might want to sell your home, but one important thing you must do before bringing potential buyers is clean your carpets. But why? What difference can cleaned carpet actually make to the sell price of your home?

First Impressions Matter.

When people come into a home and see dirty carpet, what do you think their first impressions are? We can be fairly sure that it is not, ‘Awesome, now I get to clean the carpet!

Their first thought is more likely to be, ‘So … what else is wrong with this place?’

For a prospective buyer, having clean carpets is a no brainer; it’s a small detail, something that shouldn’t be difficult to achieve, so the mere fact that your carpets are dull, dusty and dirty is immediately a red flag that you have not taken care of the house. The prospective buyer is immediately in a negative mind set, and it is difficult to turn that around.

It’s a vibe thing, man!

Dirty carpets can make an entire house look old and run down, even if you’ve spent thousands on the new kitchen remodel, or the extra sink in the bedroom bathroom, or timber decking in the backyard.

On the other hand, clean carpets look bright, and they can make the entire house seem breezy and fresh. It changes the atmosphere of the house, and even if you don’t notice it yourself, a prospective buyer will. Clean bright carpets just make people feel happier.

And it’s a smell thing, too, man!

How do we say this sensitively? People can have an … odour. We’re not necessarily saying it’s a bad odour (although if you eat a lot of onions, garlic, cheese, tuna and sardines, then we are saying it’s a bad odour), but it seeps into the very fabric of the house, particularly the carpets. Couple that with pee-happy pets, and you start getting a distinctive smell. Even houses without pets or people with strange diets also get a smell. It’s a kind of  ‘lived in’ smell that all houses have (to varying degrees) that you don’t notice because you’re used to it, but prospective buyers will.

Cleaning your carpets brings in a different kind of smell. Let’s simply call it a ‘good’ smell. One of the joys of life is the smell of freshly shampooed carpet. It too permeates the house and for a while after you clean your carpets, your house smells less of you and your leaking pets, and more of, well, cleanliness.

And this smell triggers more content emotions in a prospective buyer’s brain than the smell of your morning sardine breakfast or little Rover’s untimely accident in the corner.

Lastly, Real Estate Agents think it’s a good idea.

When tenants leave their rentals, one of the things all real estate agents require of them is for them to have their carpets cleaned. Because real estate agents know the benefits of clean carpet to helping them rent out the place again. Real estate agents sell houses daily – it’s kinda their job – and if they think it’s something worth doing, then perhaps it’s something we should do.

Professional carpet cleaning companies in Wollongong can take the hassle out of cleaning your carpets. It is a sensible investment to ensure a good selling price.

A closer look at your carpet

Your carpet has been lying there, keeping the floor warm, keeping your feet warm, and generally not interrupting our lives very much. It might be a shaggy pile carpet in a nice lime green shade. It might be a cut and loop in mundane mauve, or twist pile in turquoise. Whatever it is, if it’s been there any length of time, it is likely to be a receptible for microscopic beings who are very interested in the skin cells we discard.

Microbugs and other things

Yes, skin cells. Every day, without your noticing, you lose skin cells, you might lose some hairs, and mostly you don’t notice this happening. You can sometimes see dust floating gently in the rays of the sun that pierce through your window. But it’s not a totally benign and pretty sight. The scientific word for this is “dander”. And you might get your dander up (get angry and upset) knowing that “dander” accumulates in your carpet, and that the microbugs – dust mites and fleas, etc –  in the carpet are having a feast on our skin cells.

Your average dust mite is tiny, you need a microscope to see them, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the alien monsters in the movies are inspired by them. They have been known to live for 3 months and every day their excretions are surprisingly heavy. The mama dust mites, believe it or not, lay from 60 to about 100 eggs.

Vacuuming Won’t Do It

You must know that the surface of carpet is not flat. The carpet pile rises from the base of the carpet, and does a very good job of trapping the “dander” that falls on it. The microbugs are at the base of the carpet ready to enjoy the buffet presented to them.

But that is why vacuuming doesn’t do what you want to do. Surface dust may be easily removed, and some advertising shows how the top notch cleaner stir up the carpet’s pile, but basically, the vacuum cleaner runs over the top of the carpet, and not every sucker is good enough to clear out all the micro eco-system at the carpet’s base.  It doesn’t go anywhere!

There’s probably only one way to remove the microbugs

You must clean the carpet deep down, to rid yourself of the microbugs. It would be best to get a professional carpet cleaner in Launceston who will bring in their big guns and attack these freeloaders.

Their equipment is so much more powerful than anything you can get. They shoot their powerful cleaning solution right into the carpet fibres, to get to the bottom of the carpet and flush out the contaminants, so that you end up with a sweet smelling, squeaky clean, fresh and bright carpet.

Regular cleaning by professional machines will keep your floors pristine, and improve your lifestyle so that your health and wellbeing are ultimately the benefactors of this particular exercise.

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