Some people look at trying to save money any way they can, and carpet cleaning is one of those things that most people think they can do themselves. If you look at how much time you spend researching, trying to find a decent machine and on top of that learning how to remove stains, it could work out cheaper to actually hire a professional and do it yourself. Another important point to remember is you could actually damage the carpet if you don’t know what you doing or you’re not 100% confident.

As a huge difference between the quality of the machines that you hire let’s say from your local supermarket as opposed to a super powerful machine which a professional works with on a daily basis. The pressure that will come out of a hire or do it yourself machine will be that which a professional carpet cleaner wouldn’t even use on upholstery. The PSI or pressure is so low that it’s almost not worth using.

I’ve spoken with customers in the past to have hired these machines and said to clean one room properly can take hours, purely for the fact that you have to continually go over the same spot in order to get it looking good. With a professional, they barely need to make a double pass because of the machinery and pressure they use is second to none.

Just keep in mind also that a professional has the know-how, training and experience which money can’t buy. Some professionals these days are actually certified technicians. If you speak to carpet wholesalers or retailers in your area, they may know someone who they can recommend. Also, it’s a good idea to run it by your friends and family whether or not they’ve used a service, or if they can recommend someone. That’s why the power of social media is so handy these days. A lot of people will just put a post up on Facebook all Google circles asking if they know someone or a business they can recommend. By doing that, you open up a conversation and it invites more people to join in and give you their experience or advice when it comes to dealing with a professional carpet cleaning company.

Keeping clear of the low pricing cowboys is a must. It’s hard for us to try and explain this to people who are purely focused on price alone. We might say things like “you definitely get what you pay for” or “if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys”. But at the end of the day, it really comes down to if you’ve had a bad experience in the past. If you have, then you know that you definitely get what you pay for. Customers who have had a bad experience with a cheap or inexperience carpet cleaner will never go down that rout again.

By hiring a cheap carpet cleaner, they can actually do a lot of damage to your carpets. It’s not uncommon for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing to leave your carpets extremely wet. This attracts mould and mildew and in the long run, you may even have to have your carpets replaced. This can cost thousands. Now you can see why it’s important to find someone reputable, and who knows what they’re doing.

When the carpet cleaner arrives it’s important to show them around and let them know of any spots or stains that may be present and/or you may have tried to remove in the past. Professional carpet cleaners who know what they’re doing will have all types a spot removers and stain removers for just about any stain. The more they know about the stain, the better. They will then no what type of remover to use on each stain, rather than guessing in trying different chemicals. This speed up the process dramatically.

When it comes to pricing, the carpet cleaner should be able to give you a rough estimate or even a fixed-price once they’ve done the walk-through and assessed any stains or troublesome areas. If they can’t give you a fixed-price or rough estimate, send them on their way. This is a typical tactic that they are trying to rip you off. The last thing you want is a carpet cleaner to do the job and then hit you with a huge bill. This happens on a daily basis and it’s easily avoidable by just asking them the question “what’s it going to cost me”?

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