If you were hiring a plumber or an electrician, you wouldn’t just pick one out of the blue or just call one out of the Yellow pages. You would at least check references, see what experience they have and figure out if they are the best person for the job.
Why, then, do so many people just simply pick someone out of a coupon book or off the TV because they like their song to clean one of the most important parts of your home-the carpet?
Literally thousands of dollars are spent on that carpet and most people try to keep it looking as good as the day it was put in for as long as they can. Just having a steamer run over it doesn’t really keep the dirt and soil out of the carpet and cause it to break down over time. You have to specially treat heavy high traffic areas as well as any spots that are in the carpet. Many of us have had carpeting cleaned only to see those same spots show up later on from nowhere.
How do you pick the right carpet cleaning professional? First, do not just pick one for its catchy slogan or name or because you like their vehicles. They might be your best choice, but how do you know that? Remember they are a franchise whose work ethics can have a wide range. Plus, all they do is steam clean.
Get some advice from your friends and family and look on the Internet to get a rating for different services to find a real professional who is in your area. Even if you don’t need the following yet, find out if he provides these services. You may very well need them later on.
- Deep Cleaning. This is important for any high traffic areas and neglected carpeting.
- Dry Cleaning. You may decide on a last minute get-together and there’s no time for your carpet to get dry.
- Spot Cleaning. This is so important. Any good carpet cleaner is like a good dry cleaner in that they can identify particular stains and know how to get them out. Blood, mustard, wine, tomato sauces, and more can be so hard to remove. One cleaner I knew of took care of a spot that had been there for years. He realized it was where dye was missing from the carpet and mixed up some dye to match. The stain was gone finally.
- Heavily Soiled Carpet- A couple of areas that are bad to do this are right outside the kitchen and right inside the front door.
- Water Removal-You may not be in an area prone to flooding, but just remember your upstairs water heater and plumbing may not know about that. You have to get the water out first. This happened to my brother and cost him several thousands of dollars replacing all his carpet.
- Soot Removal-This can cause house fires but also your furnace to back up or your chimney flue to stick.
- Any Extras-Some do offer added services that most would not such as porch cleaning or cleaning your tile grout.
Whenever it is time to get your carpet cleaned, be sure to remember that this is a big investment so be sure to put it in a professional’s hands the first time. Check them out and then try them. You will be so glad you did.