Most people hate getting their carpets cleaned because they have no idea what it is going to cost. Even getting a quote on the phone is no guarantee of an exact price if the cleaner runs into problems on the job. It is wise to try to have a carpet cleaner come to your home in advance to take a look at the carpet and give you a written estimate. However, getting a fairly accurate ballpark price is easy if you keep these simple tips in mind.
Many cleaners will charge depending on how long they estimate it will take to clean the carpet. Extremely dirty carpets will need to be pretreated with a cleaning solution which needs to dwell to be effective. This will add time to the job. Extremely dirty carpets may also require extra cleaning passes to effectively clean the carpet. More cleaning means more moisture on the carpet. The cleaner also needs to spend extra time using methods to speed up the drying time for the carpet. Try to give the customer service rep on the phone and accurate description of just how dirty the carpets are.
Specialty stain removal will also require extra cost. Rust, wine, and candle wax will not simply clean out of carpet. These types of stains take extra time and specialty chemicals to remove. Most of these types of stains will carry an additional charge per stain. Before calling a carpet cleaning company, make a note of each type of stain you have with your best guess of what it is. This will also allow for a more accurate quote.
Decide ahead of time whether or not you may want a disinfectant or protectant added to the carpet cleaning process. Pets and kids can really take their toll on carpet. If either or both are present in your home it may be a good idea to add these services. Protectant especially can add many years to the life of your carpet. Tell the customer service rep which services you would like.
Just follow these simple tips and you can get a fairly accurate quote for carpet cleaning prices over the phone. Your carpets are an expensive investment in your home. Do not simply put off keeping them maintained because you are afraid the price for cleaning may be higher than what you expected.