Looking for a carpet cleaner can be a challenging process. Most people decide to clean their carpets on the spur of the moment. This leads to several phone calls to numbers found in the Yellow Pages, and one question over and over, “how much do you charge to clean carpets?” This is the most often asked question; however, it is not necessarily the right one.
Everyone wants to get a good deal when it comes to products and services. However, cheap carpet cleaning rarely works out in the favor of the consumer. There may be some very good carpet cleaners that are the cheapest in the area; however, this is rarely the case.
When a cleaner is significantly cheaper than a competitor, there is usually a reason. Most of these cleaners are cutting costs in some way or another. This may be the use of inferior equipment, cheap chemicals, or rushing through the job. There are a variety of ways that a carpet cleaner can reduce expenses to undercut the competition.
These cost-cutting measures usually result in buyer’s remorse for the customer. It may appear that you are saving money by going with cheap carpet cleaning. However, more than likely, the job will have to be redone at a higher price to correct the cleaning.
As mentioned before, one of the biggest ways the carpet cleaners can cut costs is through labor. Rushing through job to get to another one is one of the most common complaints heard. Cleaning is a service that relies on taking the time to do a good job. Good cleaning solutions need time to dwell on the carpets to loosen soil to be removed. When a carpet cleaner rushes through the job they may be leaving the majority of soil behind. This type of fast cleaning typically also leaves the carpets soaking wet for possibly days.
When searching for a carpet cleaner it is wise to not choose the cleaner based on price. One of the safest methods of choosing a carpet cleaner would involve getting referrals from friends and neighbors. Anyone who has had a good experience with a carpet cleaner will be more than happy to pass their name along.
Also, when calling cleaners ask for the processes they will be using to clean your carpets. A good carpet cleaner will perform a walk-through with the customer, a good pre-vacuuming, pre-spray of heavily soiled traffic areas, a good extraction method, groom the carpet with a carpet rake, and perform another walk-through with the customer to confirm their satisfaction.