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Hiring a Pro: Carpet Cleaning Planning for Homeowners

By Michael Hilton

Home remedies like water and vinegar, bleach, and ammonia can do wonders for your carpet. But for large spaces and tough stains, sometimes hiring a carpet cleaning service can be your best bet.

Keeping your carpet clean and maintained takes a few things, but the first is consistency. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional carpet cleaning service, regular cleaning can extend the look and life of your carpets. If you decide to go with the second option, keep the following in mind.

Carpet Pre-Cleaning Questions for Homeowners

Hiring a carpet cleaning company can be the right answer for caring for your carpet, especially if the space is large and the stains are difficult to treat. As with any professional home improvement or repair company, you should consider a few things before you hire a company.

1.      What spaces need to be cleaned?
Having a company clean more than one room can improve the value for the overall cleaning cost.

2.      What is your budget?
The home improvement site Service Magic reports an average carpet cleaning cost of $.30 per square foot. The average home has 1,000 square feet of carpet, bringing this cost to around $300. The site also notes that if homeowners hire a service to clean less than 1,000 square feet of carpet, the price per square foot often increases.

3.      Have you done your pre-cleaning?
Regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning is half the battle. Make sure you go through these critical steps before hiring a professional, as they can decrease the overall carpet cleaning cost.

Key Questions for Professional Carpet Cleaning Services

Certified and licensed carpet cleaner Mark Briody recommends a few key questions for homeowners who are researching carpet cleaning companies:

1.      Is the work guaranteed?

2.      Does the company belong to a carpet cleaning association?

3.      Does the work come with insurance?

A guarantee and an insurance policy can give you the confidence you need to proceed with a professional carpet cleaning company. Most jobs usually go smoothly, but if you encounter any challenges, a signed agreement and the protection of insurance can ensure your investment and let you rest easy with your choice.

Sources

Carpet Steam Cleaning Companies and How to Choose the Right One for You by Mark A Briody

Service Magic, Carpet Cleaning Costs

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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