If the carpets in your home are dirty, stained, or merely unappealing next to the rest of your decor, carpet cleaning is likely your best option. While many people believe it to be a hassle to hire a professional carpet cleaner, it’s a painless process. Better yet, a professional is likely capable of eliminating old stains that you gave up on long ago!
The first step in making your carpets vibrant again is to hire the correct professionals to handle the job. Follow the guidelines below to make sure you hire a carpet cleaning service that will do the job right:
1. Select A Carpet Cleaner With A Strong Guarantee
Most professional carpet cleaners guarantee their work for a certain amount of time, during which you can call them to fix any mishaps at no additional charge. Any contractor without such a guarantee is unlikely to be one you want to do business with.
If you’re unsatisfied with the work performed, use your guarantee! Everybody is entitled to an off day, but two in a row is a strong indication that you did not hire the right carpet cleaner.
2. Choose A Trustworthy Carpet Cleaner
The first step here is to ask for a carpet cleaner’s license and insurance. If they lack either, turn them away.
You should also inquire about any given company’s hiring practices. You do not want a criminal or thief in your home, do you? Most professional carpet cleaning services perform background checks to prevent this from happening and are happy to disclose their methods if asked. Anybody who isn’t willing to give you such information should probably be eliminated from your search.
The representatives you speak with on the phone are likely a strong indication of the type of people you will be allowing into your home, so listen to somebody honest and trustworthy. If you get a terrible feeling after talking to someone and you’re not sure why you do not need to figure it out before scratching them off of your list. There are plenty of carpet cleaning services out there, and that one is likely not the fit you are looking for.
Finally, seek out reviews to determine the level of service you can expect. Online reviews are an excellent first step since you can quickly gather them for every company in your local area, but personal recommendations from friends and family are often even more reliable. If nobody in your immediate social circle uses professional carpet cleaning services, try coworkers, your doctor, a receptionist, or anybody else’s opinion you would hold in high regard. Just don’t try asking random strangers you may not be able to trust.
3. Prep Your Carpets
A professional carpet cleaner is likely to use commercial-grade cleaning products you may not personally have access to, but this does not mean that you are entirely off the hook. Dirt particles can obstruct these premium cleaners from working as intended, so make sure the carpet to be cleaned is vacuumed beforehand. Some carpet cleaners start with this service, so there is no harm in asking your technician if it will be provided before you do it yourself.
Carpet cleaning can also damage your carpet, mainly if it includes multiple different colors or is constructed of sensitive material such as wool or silk. To ensure that your carpeting remains unscathed, you should ask your technician to perform a test cleaning in an inconspicuous area 24 hours before the bulk of the work is performed. Alternatively, you may be able to handle the test yourself if you know precisely what your technicians will use.
4. Get And Understand Price Quotes
It often pays to shop around for a carpet cleaner to make sure that you are not getting ripped off, but the process only works if you understand what the companies are quoting you. Some carpet cleaners charge by the room, leaving open what room is until the final bill is in your hands. The best carpet cleaners charge a set rate per square foot, removing all ambiguity from the equation.
Companies that charge the room are excellent if they make clear exactly what they are charging you. For example, if your living room is twice the size of an average room, your carpet cleaner should be completely upfront and say that they are counting the space as two rooms. Only an unscrupulous contractor would wait until the work is performed to break this information to you.
You should also be aware of any up-charges or fees, especially those associated with a service that is usually complementary such as furniture removal or preconditioning.
5. Ask About Upholstery Cleaning
If your furniture is just as dirty as your carpeting, it may make sense to get it cleaned at the same time your carpets are. Most carpet cleaners offer both services, making the entire process cheaper and more efficient if you combine the two.
Technology is not the most critical consideration for either carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning, so beware of any company that stresses technological innovation in its sales pitch. The operator’s skill and knowledge are far more important than the latest gizmo, and these can be challenging to build up if a company regularly “upgrades” its equipment.
Armed with the five guidelines above, you are now equipped to select the perfect carpet cleaner for your needs. Enjoy your reinvigorated living space!
Refresh Carpet Cleaning Vancouver
225 West 8th Avenue, Suite 300 R Vancouver BC V5Y 1N3