Most carpets require professional cleaning at least once every two or three years. When that time comes, it is important to use a reputable carpet cleaning company. How do you know which companies are reliable? How do you know you are not getting ripped off? Here are a few tips you might want to consider.
Tip 1: Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations. A personal recommendation – from someone you actually know and whose carpets you can inspect – is one of the most reliable ways to find a good carpet cleaning. Use the recommendation as a starting point, not an ending point. After all, you may find that the company has undergone significant changes since your friend/neighbor used them.
Tip 2: Insist on a detailed, written, signed estimate based on square footage rather than number of rooms. Any self-respecting organization will be happy to give you a free estimate that outlines exactly which rooms are to be cleaned, what type of cleaning method will be used on cleaning day, and how many technicians will be on hand to do the cleaning. If you have special needs – difficult stains, animal odors, repair work, etc. – discuss these with the company’s representative before the estimate is signed and completed or you may be facing additional charges on cleaning day.
Tip 3: Carpet cleaning costs are a factor of square feet being cleaned. Most companies have a minimum price per square foot cost base. You can often negotiate a better price per square foot by adding square feet rather than limiting them. Many carpet cleaning companies offer other house cleaning services – and price saving incentives for ordering additional cleaning on the same day you are having your carpets seen to.
Tip 4: Do not base your decision solely on price. Carpet cleaning does not have to be so expensive that it breaks the bank. On the other hand, if the price seems too low, it probably is.
Having your carpets cleaned is a great way to freshen-up your interiors and protect your carpets. Do not wait. Have them cleaned today.