bookmark_borderHow Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

Some of the average prices for carpet cleaning are as follows: A small room might cost $35 while a large room might cost $80. A hallway might cost $15 while cleaning the stairs might be charged at $3 per step just because a smaller vacuum attachment has to be manually used. All these figures give a rough idea as to how much it costs to wet vacuum the carpets in a whole house.

It would be nice if a flat fee could apply to every home, but since carpet cleaning involves a fair amount of labor, every square meter of carpeting seems to factor into the total price tag. An experienced cleaner should be able to give a rough estimate over the phone but might later reassess the price after looking at your carpet. The offer will be based on the soil condition and the type of carpet.

Most offers are based on the size of the room, and each room is added to calculate the final bill. It is seldom necessary to measure rooms in order to tally the price. The overall size is the determining characteristic to avoid the extra time it would take to break out a measuring tape and doing some math. They might reassess the size of a room when they look at it or charge extra for a very large room.

It is important to look out for unrealistic offers. Some carpet cleaners offer their services for as low as $20 for a room, but this is unrealistic for the time it takes to work a room. This price might only apply to the smallest rooms, or else the jobs might not be very thorough. There is the old saying that you get what you pay for. Something has to get cut, and it might be detergent or customer assistance.

The rate per square foot tends to favor larger rooms. If a room is very large, then it might be charged at the same rate as two large rooms. Smaller rooms might demand a higher rate per foot because more furniture has to be moved and because a customer that calls to clean a small room tends to create less profit for the wet vacuum business. Fee rates are calculated to help the business be profitable. Long stretches of a rug without furniture are the quickest to clean.

Most businesses are willing to calculate by the square foot if the customer thinks that they can get a better deal this way. This is a particularly good idea if a medium-sized room might be labeled a large room or if a home has a lot of irregular spaces. The company might do this themselves if they are uncertain of how much time it will take. The extra service of measuring might incur an extra fee as well as the need for them to move furniture.

The location of a house might also affect the price. It takes gas and time to reach a location, which will inevitably be factored into the bill if it is enough of an issue. A carpet cleaning service called out to handle a small job at a country home will likely want to charge a premium for the travel rate. They might not and might turn down the job. A vehicle that is constantly on the run also needs regular maintenance.

Thanks to the internet, it is possible to compare the rates of a wide variety of carpet cleaners. The rate might vary considerably depending on the living costs of a city, competition, and who has the best name in the area. A good average is around 30 cents to 55 cents per square foot for an average room. This flat rate will cover all materials and time needed.

It does pay to do a little research. There is actually an industry standard for carpet cleaning, and it is called the IICRC standard. Customers ought to get what they pay for, although they should pay careful attention the same as any major purchase. It pays to do research, such as looking up customer reviews. It is often harder to find reviews of independent workers, but the ones who have been around for a while should have some feedback somewhere.

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Some services charge higher fees because they offer specialized services. There are plenty of variables such as cleaning up after pets or cleaning a deep carpet or just having to lug a lot of equipment upstairs. Cleaning the starts themselves is just more time consuming as it takes a hand-held vacuum extension to do the work that is too fine for a large and cumbersome floor cleaner.

It should be noted that a company with employees will incentive them to work faster or to find reasons to charge a higher fee. Be aware of how workers are paid. If they are paid by commission fees, then they have a reason both to do a faster job and to try to raise the rate. Companies would lose money if there was no incentive to look for extra fees but double-check the bill yourself to make sure everyone is getting a fair deal.

Many of our customers are repeat customers and have relied on us for their carpet cleaning services for many years. We pride ourselves on our positive reputation and satisfied customers, as well as the very best customer service.

And our cleaning technicians have years of cleaning experience and are all IICRC certified, meaning you can be assured the job of cleaning your carpet is carried out properly, efficiently and safely the first time.

bookmark_borderChoosing A Reliable Carpet Cleaner

Incorrect information, along with confusing and false claims, can make it harder to choose a good carpet cleaning company than you might think.

It isn’t surprising that it’s a challenge to find reliable carpet cleaners when you are faced with technicians who have little skill and no qualifications, high-pressure sales tactics, and ridiculously low costs.

Read on to find out how to see past these mistakes, false claims and industry rip-offs and to make a more informed decision.

You want to make sure not only that your carpet is cleaned thoroughly and isn’t damaged in the process, but that your family’s health isn’t compromised by unsafe or unskilled carpet cleaning. After reading this, you’ll have a better idea of what proper carpet cleaning really means and the following factors can help you make the right choice.

Reputation

Use the Internet to look at customer reviews on review sites and social media, which can give you an informative idea of what other customers have to say. Any company that has been operating for some time will develop a reputation, and this is a good way of finding that out.

Education and Knowledge

You don’t need to be certified in Australia to provide carpet cleaning services, which means that many carpet cleaners just haven’t had the required training to do the job properly. That often means when the cleaner arrives at your home to get the job done, you have to know whether they are actually cleaning thoroughly, efficiently, and safely. You may want to be aware of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and if carpet cleaners have been certified by this organization, they obviously are better qualified to do a better job.

Experience

A good carpet technician uses his or her knowledge over time to improve the way they get the job done, and experience counts for a lot. However, the experience is meaningless if your carpet cleaner has never actually cleaned a carpet correctly and thoroughly, or doesn’t have the required knowledge, to begin with.

Systems

Using too much water meaning the carpet took weeks to dry is just one of the mistakes we have seen, and it’s all too easy for carpet cleaners to have the right equipment but have no idea how to actually use it. You should avoid the use of some of the low-cost steam carpet cleaning machines on the market. Otherwise, most systems work well.

Look for a company offering a free and no obligation in-home estimate, along with upfront and clear pricing for carpet cleaning services. A reliable company also has a clear guarantee policy and won’t add in any extra or seemingl

bookmark_borderCarpet Cleaning and Grooming

Our carpet cleaning is a five step process

  1. We inspect the area to be cleaned and move all furniture humanly possible.
  2. We power rake and vacuum all carpeted area.
  3. We pre-treat carpet for spots and heavily soiled areas.
  4. We clean carpets with a non-residue enzymic deep cleaning process using “Dry Foam”.
  5. We re-apply the protective coating to help prevent further wear and we assist with year-round maintenance.

About our “Dry foam” carpet cleaning method

After researching the various methods of carpet cleaning, we chose “Dry Foam” as the safest for our customers, the environment, and ourselves. It allows deep penetration of the pile, gentle lifting of soil to the surface, pile agitation, and detergent dwell time that can be varied to suit the situation, and leaves the carpet in good condition for brush (or rake) pile shape restoration. Realizing the operation “common sense” is the prime factor in any cleaning operation, this method leaves the least amount of exposure to equipment limitations.

A minimum amount of water is used in this method. This eliminates most over-wetting problems which can lead to carpet shrinkage or stretching, mold and mildew, wicking and matting. With normal air circulation, a minimum drying time can be assured. Most furniture can be immediately replaced; therefore the customer’s schedule is not disrupted while waiting for the carpet to dry. Dry residue is not left in the carpet, so the customer is not required to finish the job the next day.

A minimum amount of water used also means a minimum amount of chemicals. Since the detergents are biodegradable and non-toxic, the safety of the customers, their children and pets can also be assured. Small amounts of water and safe chemicals make for easier disposal of recovered waste which can be properly and safely disposed of, and not dumped on the job site. By regulation of the PH factor of the detergent, all types of carpet can be cleaned with equal confidence, including expensive oriental rugs.

Our equipment is portable, leading to many advantages. We are not limited to a special vehicle, so vehicle breakdowns do not interfere with scheduling. We can clean basement and top floor carpets, adding only the additional labor of moving the equipment from floor to floor. Doors or windows do not have to be left open; therefore cold air, hot air, flies, or other unwanted changes in the customer’s environment are prevented. Vehicle or auxiliary engines are not required, saving both additional expense and environmental pollution. Off-job storage requires a minimum amount of space. All equipment in operation is within the sight of the operator, so malfunctions can be spotted immediately. Initial investment is reasonable, although this should not be a prime factor in determining a quality cleaning method. Since all of our equipment is within the building during cleaning operations, cold weather operations are very practical. Carpets do not wait for ideal weather conditions to become soiled (quite the opposite is the real world truth) and customers needs can be taken care of on a year-round basis.