If the first thing that hits you when you walk in the door of your home is an unpleasant odour, it sounds like it’s time to have the home properly steam cleaned. Because let’s face it, recarpeting your home can cost thousands so finding the best carpet cleaner who actually knows what they’re doing should be on the top of your priority list. By Australian standards it is definitely recommended that you should have your carpet cleaned at least once a year however there are a few things that you should think about before doing so:
- Professional carpet cleaners are few and far between and most haven’t received any type of certified training.
- Don’t go for the cheapest solution look for value for money. Look for a company which has good reviews.
- When possible choose someone, who is certified.Try and gather a few quotes from various carpet cleaning companies. That way you can get a grasp of what the market is actually charging to have the service done.
Do they belong to any type of training Association?
Check to see if the carpet cleaners fall into a code of practice or if there remember of any type of carpet cleaning Association.
What type of qualifications do they hold stop a lot of the time professional carpet cleaners will carry qualifications such as certificates in restoration and stain removal work. They may carry some type of training certificate in chemical handling or how to identify a particular stain plus how to remove it.
What’s the cost?
Time and time again people get stung by choosing the lowest possible price when it comes to carpet cleaning. Remember if the price is low, the carpet cleaner is going to cut corners; this is inevitable. Remember time is money and if the money is low the time on the job will be short. The carpet cleaner won’t go that extra mile because he/it she isn’t being paid for it. Sometimes they will bait you in by offering a cheap price. Once they’re in your home they will start adding on all the hidden fees for example: extra stain work or sanitisation. A good company will be upfront with fee’s from the very beginning and generally what they quote over the phone will be the price when they arrive in your home, taking fair wear and tear into account.
When you do want an estimate over the phone make sure you give the correct measurements otherwise when the carpet cleaning company arrives you may have under quoted yourself, purely based on the measurements that you’ve given to the phone operator. A lot of the time carpet cleaning companies will charge per room however square metre does come into play.
Once again condition of the carpet will play a major factor when it comes to the price so be upfront and honest when booking over the phone. If you carpet soiled, say it soiled. If it’s stained, explain what type of stains they are. There’s no point in hiding the truth when all that will do is make you frustrated when it comes time to paying the bill.