How do you choose the right carpet cleaning company? Is price the best way? If you’re looking for a company to clean your carpets you’ve probably noticed that the prices vary greatly, some will charge £60 for a whole house, while others £60 for just the lounge.
So what ‘s going on here? We have two totally different services being offered here. The cheaper option is a ONE STEP clean, they will set the machine up with a detergent in the rinse tank, and start straight off rinsing the carpet. Stubborn marks are gone over a number of times to try to remove them. The operator will quickly go through the rooms as there is no preparation and it’s a ‘you get what you get’ service.
The second service involves a number of steps starting with a vacuum to remove dry soil, then a pre-conditioning spray to loosen and break down the soiling, then agitation to work the pre-conditioning spray through the pile. Now comes the rinse step, hot water is used to remove all the soil and cleaning treatments, and this is immediately vacuumed away. The more powerful the vacuum the dryer the carpets, then ‘air movers’ or fans are used to help speed up the drying.
So which is best? Firstly it should be pointed out that the cheaper service will mean much less time spent getting the best result and the operator will be in a hurry to move on to the next job, and that the more expensive service does not mean that the company make more money as they spend longer on cleaning your carpets. The second service uses the proven system we use every day for cleaning everything from our hands, our clothes, even our vehicles, that is, water and cleaning agent, agitate, rinse and then dry.
So simply put, you do get what you pay for, if you care about your carpets and you want your carpets clean and returned to almost like new go with the proven method, the method recommended by the IICRC, and by carpet manufacturers, the multi step process.