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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Carpet Cleaner

MISTAKE No. 1: Choosing a carpet cleaner based on equipment alone.

Certainly your carpet cleaner needs first-rate equipment, but he also needs skills to operate that equipment.  The best way to know that the carpet cleaner’s employees have been properly trained is to make sure the cleaner has been certified by a carpet cleaning association body. Before you choose a carpet cleaner, ask to see written proof of their certification.

MISTAKE No. 2: Choosing a carpet cleaner based on low price.

Low price may be a problem in three ways:

  1. It can be the bait that attracts your phone call, but once the cleaner gets into your home, he pressures you into a much more expensive job.
  2. Low price can be for ‘single-process’ cleaning. Rarely does the consumer know what this means and, when told, asks for ‘dual-process’ cleaning instead, which costs MUCH more.
  3. Low price means the carpet cleaner has cheap equipment (perhaps even a unit they rented from their local grocery store), which cannot match the cleaning performance of the superior machines designed to remove the most soil and contaminants, and leave the least residue behind.

MISTAKE No. 3: Choosing a carpet cleaner based on a single telephone call.

Instead, invite the person to your home and ask for a specific written quotation. Then you’ll know exactly what the carpet cleaner recommends – and you won’t be the victim of high-pressure tactics when the technician steps into your living room. This also allows the carpet cleaner to see the type of carpet, the level of soil, and measure the exact square footage so he is able to give you a more accurate quotation.

MISTAKE No. 4: Choosing a carpet cleaner who doesn’t offer a money-back guarantee.

Every carpet cleaning company should be fully accountable for its work. If you aren’t pleased with the results you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Full stop.

MISTAKE No. 5:  Choosing a carpet cleaner without getting comments from his other clients.

Any carpet cleaner can say anything about his past jobs. And, sadly, some of what he says may not be true. Make sure you ask for references or read comments from current customers so you can depend on the carpet cleaner and his work.

Four Steps to a fresh, clean, healthy carpet

Four Steps to a fresh, clean, healthy carpet

If you’re thinking about having your carpets cleaned, we encourage you to follow these four steps:

1 Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned.

The longer they remain dirty, the sooner they’ll wear out. Tests show that you can have up to one full pound of dirt in a square foot of carpet before it looks dirty. This dirt is abrasive and wears down the fibres and substantially shortens the life. Many warranties require at least an annual cleaning by a professional to be honoured (check your own warranty to see your requirements, and if they specify the type of cleaning method to keep your warranty in effect).

Another necessity of regular cleaning is to remove the contaminants besides the ‘dirt’ that gets trapped in your carpet’s fibres.  The longer you wait to clean, the longer you have to breathe all the pollen, fungus, pet odours, dust mites, and chemicals that hide in your carpet.

2 List your objectives.

Is the health of your indoor environment high on your list, so that you would want a company that is using the proper equipment and method to address your concerns?  Do you want only the dirt removed – something you could do with a rented shampooer – or are you concerned about removing other contaminants (bacteria, pollen, dust mites, mould spores)?  Do you want to work with an honest, reputable company – or are you willing to risk working with the company that offers you the lowest price – knowing that the company might not be in business tomorrow and might not be safe to let into your home?

3 Ask questions.

The way you learn about a company is to ask specific questions and listen carefully to the answers. Here are nine questions to ask a carpet cleaner to help you feel more confident about the one that you choose:

  1. What method of carpet cleaning do you recommend for my needs?
  2. What type of equipment do you use to clean carpet, and what are your cleaning steps?
  3. How often should I get my carpets cleaned?
  4. What training have you had in cleaning carpets?
  5. Are you a member of a Trade Association or other professional organization?
  6. Are you and your technicians certified and can I see your certification certificates?
  7. Do you guarantee your work?
  8. Are you insured?
  9. Do you have any references of clients or businesses who I can call regarding your work?

4 Obtain a quotation

Once you’re satisfied that you’re working with an honest, competent professional, invite him to your home and ask for a specific quotation in writing. A written quotation gives you the assurance that you know exactly what your job will cost – no surprises.

The purpose behind these steps is to give you the information you need to make a wise decision in choosing a carpet cleaning professional.  The proper care of the carpet in your home (and all coverings in your home for that matter) is essential to creating a healthy indoor environment for you and your family, and this decision should never be taken lightly.  These guidelines will help you to locate an ethical and excellent carpet cleaner in your town.

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