Have you called around trying to get a quote for carpet cleaning and found that pricing is “all over the board”?
Here are a few things to understand about carpet cleaners pricing and what to look for.
- Does the quoted price include pre-vacuuming? The majority of soil in your carpet is dry soil. Pre-vacuuming with an industrial grade vacuum will remove the majority of this soil, therefore eliminating the soil from just being “pushed down” into carpet & pad.
- Is pre-treatment included in this quoted price? If cleaning carpets with water only was effective, there wouldn’t be a need for carpet cleaning equipment. To be effective, you must have some type of pre-treatment solution, paired with time, hot temperatures and some type of agitation.
- How long will it take for you carpets to dry using the equipment and knowledge they have? Over-wetting carpets causes carpet backing de-lamination, pad damage, mold and wicking(stains returning not long after the cleaning).
- Are there pet stains and how will they be addressed? Urine will travel from carpet to pad and down to sub-floor. Any “topical” treatment is not going to resolve a pet stain problem. Urine must be addressed in the same manner as it made entry into the floor surface.
- Is the company or individual going to further dry and groom the carpet helping the carpet maintain its original shape?
- Will the process of moving furniture be included in cost?
- Is the company or individual using CRI approved products? Some carpet manufacturers may void your carpet warranty if any type of product is used other than a CRI approved product.
- Is the company Clean Trust Certified(IICRC)? If not, where has he/she gotten the education to clean carpets?
- Is the company or individual insured? If there is an accident on your property, who will be responsible?
- Is there a guarantee with the work if you are not satisfied?
- Is the company or individuals cleaning based upon proper techniques or time? Many companies cleaning is based on quantity, not quality. Flooring must be cleaned in a determined amount of time, rather than cleaned properly.
Do your research, ask for references and ask questions before making a decision. When choosing a company to clean your carpets, make sure you are comparing “apples to apples” with regards to service. Check with the BBB, CRI, IICRC and local search engines reviews.