23 May 2014
When it comes to selling a property, attention to detail and cleanliness are key factors. Unfortunately, many home sellers tend to overlook one of the things that makes the biggest difference in a home sale – the carpet.
A good carpet cleaning service, using a variety of techniques and an arsenal of stain removal methods, can help you deal with the toughest of odours and stains, leaving your home looking and smelling as good as new.
Jason Luco from Carpet Cleaners Cape Town says we all know how frustrating it is to get wine or food stains out of a light coloured carpet, but only a few homeowners understand the lasting effect these stains can have long after they’ve been cleaned up.
He says not only do accidents such as spillages and trodden mud leave marks, but they also create unpleasant odours, which you may, after a while, become accustomed to. Only when you try to sell or rent your property – when these smells fall on fresh senses – will these odours become apparent.
However, spillages are not the only thing that can impact negatively on the quality of your carpets – gradual wear and tear, and prolonged exposure to dust can also result in a stale and musky odour taking over your home, leaving your property far from fresh.
Luco believes that a clean carpet can influence the sale of a property, and cites it as one of the best low-cost steps an owner can take to ensuring a smooth sale.
He says high traffic areas such as lobbies and entryways are the most affected areas in the home - and a good carpet cleaning service, using variety of techniques and an arsenal of stain removal methods, can help you deal with the toughest of odours and stains, leaving your home looking and smelling as good as new.
These methods can vary depending on the type of fabric your carpet is made of, but the most popular cleaning techniques incorporate steam cleaning and hot water extraction. These are widely used perhaps due to the fact that they prevent damage and can be repeated until you achieve the desired results.
With quick drying times and an ‘in and out’ service, there’s really no reason not to consider getting your upholstery and carpets professionally cleaned in order to clinch that all important sale or secure long-term tenants. This is one way of ensuring that your property is at showroom standard, is odour free, clean and fresh, and looking its absolute best.