"Every Carpet Cleaning Company I Recommend
is IICRC Certified or Equivalent"
Most Carpet Cleaning Businesses are honest and reputable. But I never trust online service Directories that list every Carpet Cleaning Business. They list the honest and reputable carpet cleaners together with the bad carpet cleaners and leave you at risk to inadvertently hire one of the bad carpet cleaning businesses.
I don't trust any online reviews because I don't know who is writing them, and if they are real. You would be better off with a recommendation for a locally-owned Carpet Cleaning service from The Carpet Professor!
Finding a competent Carpet Cleaning Service can be risky and time consuming. The last thing you want is to have your new carpet ruined by an incompetent or inexperienced carpet cleaning employee. That's why I have been building my own special hand-picked list of Carpet Cleaning Service Companies to help make sure my readers are not taken to the cleaners!
Do you want to avoid common Carpet Cleaning Scams? I personally review each and every Carpet Cleaning Company before I place them in my Carpet Cleaning Service Directory! Every Carpet Cleaning business I recommend is IICRC certified (or equivalent) which means you can rest assured your carpet will be cleaned according to strict industry standards.
The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit certifying body for the carpet cleaning and restoration industry.
Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?
price you’ll pay for carpet cleaning depends on the type and condition of your
carpet and the amount of time and effort it will take to do the job right.
Rule # 1 - The dirtier your carpet is… the more it’s going to cost to have it cleaned properly.
not cleaning your stove top for a week, or a month or a year! How much more
difficult would it be? If your stove top was just dirty from last night’s meal
then it might take just a few quick swipes with a damp cloth or sponge to get
the surface clean. But if you had not cleaned it for a week or more, then can
you imagine how long it could take to clean it and how much more difficult it
same goes for your carpet. If you haven’t your carpet cleaned in years, no
matter who you call it’s going to take some extra time and effort to do the
Don’t expect miracle results from low-cost or discount carpet cleaning
If your carpets are in serious need of a thorough deep-cleaning, don’t go searching for a Carpet Cleaner Coupon that says “Two Rooms Cleaned for $29.99!”. You won’t be happy with the results from a light surface cleaning.
Carpet Cleaners that advertise super cheap prices are notorious for luring you in with an amazing low price special and once they arrive, they surprise you with an estimate so high it will knock you off your feet! You don’t need this type of aggravation!
Typical Carpet Cleaning Prices
The typical cost to clean your carpet ranges from 15 cents to 45 cents per square foot.
carpets take longer to clean and you must understand that. This means if you
have your carpets professionally cleaned every 18 to 24 months like you are
supposed to, then the cost to have your carpet cleaned should be on the low end
of the scale. That's because it will not take very long to clean your carpets.
But if you seldom have your carpets cleaned, then expect the price you are asked
to pay to be on the higher end of the scale.
If you haven't had your carpets professionally cleaned in 6 years, don't be surprised when the estimate is twice or three times as much as you expect. The fact is, all carpet cleaners must charge a reasonable price for their services or they won’t be able to stay in business. If it will take twice as long to thoroughly clean your dirty carpet then expect the job to be priced accordingly.
Example 1: Cost to Clean One Room:
common bedroom size is 10’ X 14’ or 140
Carpet Cleaning companies prefer to charge by the room or by the job. It still
ends up being pretty close to the same price as it would be if calculated by the
square foot, so if you know about how many square feet you need to have cleaned
it will be easy for you to calculate an approximate cost.
Example 2: Cost to Clean Whole House
Most 3 bedroom ranch-style homes are about 1000 square feet.
Please remember: It's NOT a scam for a professional carpet cleaner to charge you accordingly.
Carpet Care and Maintenance
It's up to you to make sure your carpet is maintained and cared for according to the carpet manufacturer's guidelines. Failure to do so will void your new carpet warranty and cause your carpet to wear out prematurely. Regular vacuuming and professional cleanings every 18 to 24 months is usually required and will help your carpet last as long as possible. Read your new carpet warranty and follow the recommended guidelines for periodic cleanings.
Rule #3 – Have your carpets cleaned before they start to look dirty.
Abrasion is what causes carpet to look ugly and worn out. If you wait too long between cleanings, your carpet can become permanently damaged. Dirt and grime can easily cause abrasive wear that cannot be undone. Once you reach this point there is nothing any carpet cleaner can do to restore the “like-new” appearance your carpet once had. Sure you can have your carpets cleaned, but you won’t be happy with the way your carpet looks when it’s done.
Rule #4 – Make arrangements to have your carpets cleaned regularly.
There are plenty of "poor quality" carpet cleaning companies that you need to avoid. So instead of clipping out a carpet cleaning coupon from a weekly mailer and rolling the dice hoping you get good service, visit Alan's Best Carpet Cleaner Directory and see who I recommend near you.
All the companies on my list are IICRC certified and personally hand-selected by me. They must pass my test before I will recommend them to you. Call and make an appointment and be sure to ask about their Carpet Maintenance Plans.
What is a Carpet Maintenance Plan?
a special price for purchasing your future carpet cleanings in advance at a
discounted price. Perhaps they offer four cleanings for the price of three or
three cleanings for the price of two. Either way, it is in your best interest to
invest in a carpet maintenance plan to keep your carpets cleaned on a regular
and ongoing basis.
think it is a very smart move and you have the option of setting the date of
cleaning whenever it is convenient for you. You will save money in the long run,
your carpet will last years longer, your home will always look nice and be a
healthier place to you and your family to live.
Carpet Cleaning Extras
Spills, Spots and Stains
Some carpet stains need special treatment and require extra time, treatment and effort. You should expect pre-treatment of most spots and stains to be included as part of the basic price, but in some cases, especially with pet accidents or biological spills and stains there may be an extra charge.
impossible to predict how much extra it might be without knowing the type of
stain, size and disposition of the affected area.
Carpet Damage, Restoration and Repairs
Carpet Cleaners may be able to repair or restore your damaged carpet. Carpet is often damaged from floods, accidents, burns or pets, but may be repairable or restored by a competent carpet Cleaning technician.
Some spots and stains are impossible to clean but other options may be available. In some cases, depending on the type of carpet you have, carpet dyeing may restore the color to a faded or bleached out area.
Burns can be cut out and replaced with leftover carpet or by using the same carpet taken from a “less critical” area (like a closet).
Some carpets may need to be re-stretched or re-installed. The cost for these extra services will depend on your situation. If the cost is too high or if the carpet is not repairable you will have to decide if it's time to start thinking about buying new carpet.
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