Reading between these lines will stop you from going for the so-called ‘pocket-friendly’ and ‘competitive’ prices that some cleaning companies offer. Carpet cleaning is not merely the buzzing of the vacuum cleaner, stepping aside, and thumping one’s chest. It’s cleanliness on a whole different level.
I’m talking about dealing with smells from spills, crumbs, and even pets. That aside, there are notorious stains that need elimination. You’re looking at a move that could improve the air quality or your house, or not, depending on whether you go pro or go low. With that picture, you don’t want cheap since it will get expensive for you.
Here are ten reasons to look away when a cleaning company says they can cleanse (not even clean) your carpet at a price that is too good to be true:
May not Deliver
The prices are only baiting on you, and you’ll have to settle for a half-baked job when it first gets done. Scenarios like these have occurred – companies sign up for ‘affordable’ carpet-cleaning jobs, do them, and a week later, they receive calls that the carpet wasn’t spotless. Then, the nightmare comes. You don’t want to call them, because it could go either way.
The company may go back and do the job again (rarely) or ignore you. There, you lose the money and remain with your half-washed carpet.
May not have Certified Technicians
Cheap companies don’t have the money to employ educated cleaners. All seasoned cleaners have a reasonable price, sometimes prohibitively high ones. So, these cheap carpet cleaning companies bring together any Tom, Dick, and Harry and voila – there go the cleaners.
An experienced cleaner should know the different types of carpets and how different it is to clean each. What cheap companies bring to the table is YOUR RUIN! Some mediocre guy or girl will come and, in their ignorance, destroy the beauty that is your carpet.
May Not have Right Equipment and Cleaning Solutions
Do cheap companies have the financial muscle to invest in high-quality equipment? NO. They’ll gather up some standard cleaning tools, detergents, and agents and started – killing your carpet!
Cheap cleaners will finish the work too soon, and they will leave the soap drying up with the carpet. You don’t want that, do you?
Also, cheap labor will dilute the cleaning products to save money!
May Not handle your Furniture with Care
Once your cheap cleaner leaves, you will start contacting home improvement stores for new furniture. Let me tell you a short story. A few weeks ago, when I was moving out, I decided to get some guys (not pros) to load and offload my items. When they unpacked my things into the new house, my TV got broken! Don’t be like me – don’t hire guys, get pros.
Your carpet may have a furniture piece resting on it, and cheap cleaners won’t have time to organize the workplace. They want to make money by doing the job quickly, therefore doing your wallet more harm than good. Pros will handle your items with love – it’s a standard of practice.
May Not Offer Satisfaction Guarantee
If a company is not reputable, you won’t hear them standing behind their work. It will also be challenging for cheap cleaners to redo the job unless you’re paying them again. If they don’t put their services out with a risk-free label, be advised to look the other way.
A company that has sharper charges but is accountable for their cleaning services is a better option. It’s supposed to be like this: If a job doesn’t please you, you shouldn’t pay for it. When you try to initiate the money-back guarantee discussion, cheap cleaners will start talking about bananas.
May Not Disclose All Applicable fees
The devil is in the details! Cheap cleaners operate under zero regulations, so don’t be surprised when they charge you extra on the job. And this move of theirs is purely psychological; they’ll ask for the money at your office or home – when you can’t tell them off. That’s not how pros operate. A professional cleaner will send you a clear-cut, detailed, and well-explained quotation before the job starts.
May Not have IICRC or CRI Certification
Companies that earn IICRC and CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) certification do so after showing proof of knowledge and gaining experience. Also, the accreditation comes through study and the successful completion of written tests. I can bet you an Elon Musk autopilot car that cheap companies don’t even know such a thing as the CRI.
Also, cheap companies are not part of significant associations such as BBB, the Better Business Bureau. This trade association pushes businesses to promote ethical and honest practices. I don’t even think honesty and ethics are words know to cheap companies.
May Not have Enough Reputation
Does the company talk about previous successes? Does it open you up to forums where previous clients have praised their services? If not, that company belongs to the streets, Future style.
If they can’t talk about where they are coming from, don’t let them into your house.
May have Poor Customer Service
Untrained, inexperienced, and cheap is the combo for bad-bad-bad service. An ‘affordable’ company has no ethical standpoint, and whoever receives your complaint will have no ounce of care whatsoever. It would be best if you got carpet cleaners who have a sense of warmth, and you won’t get that with those too-good-to-be-true prices that were about to mislead you.
Your Carpet May Never Regain its Former Beauty
If you fell prey for the companies small money talk, be prepared to live with a tasteless carpet. Cheap companies offer shoddy work, and when they combine that with inferior products, your carpet comes out of the wash looking awful. You’ll probably need to buy a new one.
As you avoid cheap carpet cleaning companies, get to know how you want your carpet cleaned. Is it the surface dirt you want to get handled, or the fungi, bacteria, and chemicals? Listing your objectives helps you to organize yourself before making any phone call.
A cheap cleaner will pounce on a less-informed client and tell them how they will do the unimaginable to your carpet. Don’t be that client.