When you want to have a healthy environment in your home, it is important to regularly clean your carpets. If the carpets are left unattended, they gather dirt and begin to lose their natural color. Dirt and fading colors are clear indications that the carpets need cleaning, else you are exposing the health of your family to unwanted risks. Filthy, unattended carpets tend to attract mold bacteria, fleas, dust mites etc., causing allergies and irritation.
The charges for cleaning carpets vary depending on the city, the technique used for cleaning and the company. Typically, the prices charged by franchise companies are more than those of private companies, although this may not be true all the time. To get more customers, franchises often make their prices attractive by making special offers in the form of coupons, but you would do well to go through the details of the special offers, you might find some (unwanted) surprises.
In the absence of any discounts, the average price charged for cleaning is $ 0.25 to 0.30 / square foot, meaning that cleaning a carpet measuring 1000 square feet will cost you $ 250 to $ 300. Usually, that price would include the charges for any pre-treatment. However, it may not cover the charges for moving the furniture, if needed.
Do not get carried away when you see ads from cleaning companies quoting extremely low prices. It would cost any company at least $ 100 for cleaning a carpet of 1000 square feet. Some companies may offer to clean carpets for as low as $ 6.95 per room! Perhaps, they imagine your carpet to be just about 75 square feet in size or plan to bill you for a number of additional petty services. For example, they may charge you extra for cleaning compounds, pre-treatment or maybe extraction. Likewise, they could charge you extra for moving pieces of furniture.
The prices quoted by companies quoting on the basis of per room charges do not include stairs. Similarly, they charge extra for landing. In case of stairs, the charges may vary from $ 2 to $ 3 per stair.
You may also come across companies offering an annual contract for the cleaning of carpets at very attractive rates, meaning that they will come to clean your carpets 3 to 4 times every year. No carpet needs so frequent cleaning. Getting a carpet cleaned once a year or even once every eighteen months would generally be enough. Getting them cleaned too frequently may harm the carpets. When entering into an annual contract, you are required to pay the full price of the contract in advance. You never know if the company would be operating 'till the time of the validity of the contract, or even if it continues its operation, the business may have changed hands and the new owner may not honor that old contract.
Knowing the standard for cleaning of carpets
When approaching a company for getting your carpet cleaned, you should question the company of all that is included in the quoted charges. Do the quoted prices include the pre-treatment needed for removing the stains, or the carpet areas attracting maximum traffic? If the company uses shampoos for cleaning, does it charge additionally for de-foaming and extraction? Do the prices include the movement of the furniture? Is the service provider charging extra for deodorizing the carpet? You need to total up all those additional charges to arrive at the actual amount you'll need to pay for the carpet cleaning.
Yes, you can possibly bring down the total expenditure towards the carpet cleaning by asking the company to provide additional services while working on your carpet. They could clean your sofa or duct work. Of course, the company will charge you extra for providing these services, but you will not be paying as much as on asking for such services individually, because the company will not have to visit your place a second time.