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Finding the best carpet cleaner – Top 5 questions to ask

The best carpet cleaner is not necessarily the first one!

Most people go straight to the internet when looking for service people in their local area.  You spill something on the carpet or you have family coming over for the holidays.  Suddenly you are in desperate need of the best carpet cleaner you can find.  Naturally, the first thing you do is a search online. You are then confronted with an often confusing array of businesses all vying for your attention. We have all been there, right?  How do you choose? There are some simple questions you can ask to find the best carpet cleaner for your needs and budget.

There are two main types of questions you should ask when looking for the best carpet cleaner.  Firstly when confronted with the search results, you need to ask yourself some questions to determine which businesses to call for a quote.  Secondly when calling the chosen businesses, you need to have a list of questions ready to ask so as to determine who is best qualified to fix the problem.

Sorting through the search results for the best carpet cleaner

Paid listings

Your first instinct is probably to go with the first three businesses listed in the search results.  However, it may not give you the quality results you are looking for.  Usually in the search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, the first 3-4 listings are paid advertising.  This does not mean these businesses are not worth considering, but just keep in mind that it may mean that they are paid listings and they will therefore have a large marketing budget and usually these costs are passed on to the consumer through carpet cleaning pricing.  Many of these paid listings offer heavily discounted prices, to attract new customers, however they ultimately end up costing more.  They need to cover their marketing costs through pricing so they always find a way to add on “extras”.

Local listings

Next there are the local search results that take into consideration your search location.  These results will usually give you the contact details for carpet cleaners in your local area.  This is great because often local businesses can come at short notice or even often a local discount as they do not have to factor in travel costs.  However make sure you verify where they are based.  Some of the larger carpet cleaning businesses claim to be from every suburb in a wide area, meaning they probably sub contract out to cleaners in many different areas.  This means you may not get the business you thought you were hiring.

Organic listings

Finally there are pages and pages of free or organic listings.  This is were you can usually find the good, the bad and the ugly! I would recommend considering the businesses listed on the first page and narrow your search down the three or four of these listings to call for a quote.  Keep in mind however that in larger cities where there is a lot of competition, the top three are not necessarily the best carpet cleaners.  They may be on top because they are the best at marketing and SEO rather than carpet cleaning!  Compare their website’s, pricing, location and importantly their reviews!  Just as a final note, while pricing is very important, don’t be swayed by offers of ridiculously cheap deals.  Like all things in life, if it seems too good to be true it probably is!

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Top 5 questions to ask when looking for the best carpet cleaner

So now that you have narrowed down the search results to your top 3 -5 businesses, you need to pick up the phone or send an email.  Most people are not sure what questions they should ask, other than  “How much?” Pricing is important but so are these other questions below. To ask the right questions,  you need some knowledge or experience.  This list is a good starter guide to give you information on what questions to ask and why they are important.

 

1. Are you owner operated or do you sub contact?

You want to be sure that the business you have chosen from the search results is the actual business who will be turning up on the day.  There is nothing wrong with sub contracting, however there are cost and quality issues that can affect the end results and price.

2. Are you a member of an industry association or have training certification by a recognised industry organisation?best melbourne carpet cleaner

Most professional carpet cleaning businesses will be a member of an industry association such as SCRIA or have training certificates from organisations such as Jena Dyco or IICRC.  This is important as membership or certification means that the business has agreed to abide by standards set by these organisations.  They must continually retrain to maintain their certification and be up to date with the latest techniques and equipment. What this ultimately means, is that you can be sure that the business will provide service that is of a high standard and using chemicals and equipment that are the best available. These businesses also have to agree to a code of ethics, have public liability insurance and will always guarantee their work.  This is important for your peace of mind!

3. What method and equipment do you use?

There are several different methods of carpet cleaning.  Professional carpet cleaners will usually offer a few different methods depending on the situation. Steam Cleaning (Hot Water Extraction) is the method most recommended by the carpet cleaning associations and carpet manufacturers.

Portable steam cleaning machines are great for tight spaces or apartments above ground floor.  Truck mounted systems can produce more hebest carpet cleaning methodat and suction that portable machines. However as the cords and hoses have to be run from outside the premises, through open doorways, they do require driveway access and cannot be used on higher level apartments. They also pose a security issue for some businesses as they do require open door access. Whereas a portable machine can be taken inside and doors locked.

Dry cleaning is an alternative method of cleaning.  There are several different types of dry cleaning – most are low moisture cleaning rather than completely dry. Dry cleaning is useful in commercial properties, where it is not possible to wait for carpet to dry, or noise is an issue.  Usually dry cleaning is used as a maintenance clean between steam cleans, rather than as a complete replacement method.

Professional carpet cleaners will also use high quality cleaning products.  They need to have an array of different products to use on different types of stains.  Most will try to use environmentally friendly products and will know which products work best on different carpet fibres and stains.

4. Do you have an hourly rate or charge by the room/sqm?best carpet cleaner prices

Pricing is a big factor when choosing a carpet cleaner.  it is important however to consider price as just one factor, not THE factor. A professional carpet cleaner will be very transparent with their pricing.  However, this does not necessarily mean they will display a price list on their website.  There is no “one price fits all” in carpet cleaning.  Each job will have its own unique criteria – the age and type of carpet, the amount of foot traffic, staining, maintenance of the carpet, etc.

A good carpet cleaner will ask you about your carpet and it’s history to determine a price.  Most carpet cleaners will start with a set rate for a room, based on a set size in square meters.  Then the age and the condition is taken into consideration, along with travel costs.  The end price should be all inclusive. Stain removal, fabric protection, deodourising and sanitising may be additional costs.  Always ask what is included in the price.

Finally Beware of companies selling “3 rooms for $66” or similar.  While some offer genuine value, you do need to ask what is a “room” to them.  A business may offer low prices but set a very small room size.  Therefore you will never just pay the base rate and the additional square meter charges can be very high.  This is known in the industry as “Bait & Switch”.  Bait the customer with a cheap price then switch to higher pricing once you are onsite by adding in “extras”.

5. Do you offer a guarantee?best carpet steam cleaning

Even the best carpet cleaner in the world can have trouble removing stains the first time.  Some stains appear or reappear a day or so after cleaning, as they are underneath the carpet.  A professional carpet cleaner will always come back and re clean at no additional charge, should this happen.  In fact a good carpet cleaner will always be glad of the opportunity to fix issues you are not happy with, after all they will want your repeat business and your referral to family and friends. While no carpet cleaner can guarantee to restore your carpet to new, they can guarantee to ensure your satisfaction. They will give you an idea of what to expect in terms of the end result and make sure you are happy before they leave.  A guarantee is vital for end of lease carpet cleaning if you want your bond returned

The best carpet cleaner for you is easy to findbest steam cleaning Melbourne

It is as easy as choosing which flavour of ice cream! Now you are armed with all the right questions to ask, you should have no trouble finding the best carpet cleaner for your budget. Just bear in mind, some of those businesses high up in the search spend a small fortune on marketing and advertising as they need to keep renewing their customer base.  The best carpet cleaners will have well established repeat business base. Therefore they have less reliance on the search engines. Sometimes your family and friends are a more reliable source than Google and the best question to ask is “who do you recommend?”

Please contact us for all your carpet cleaning inquiries or call us on 0403 254 080.

Have you got your own list of questions you like to ask? Please add your questions to the comments section below.

 

 

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How much do you charge?

Melbourne carpet cleaning prices can vary considerably from business to business. “How much do you charge?” is the question we get asked most often by our customers and one that does not have a standard answer.  Some carpet cleaning companies in Melbourne will advertise cleaning packages, such as standard, deluxe and premium cleaning – all with different price points and inclusions. Others list every service they offer with individual prices for each.  We do not advertise pricing on our website. You are probably asking why, we don’t have cleaning packages, or why we don’t advertise our prices…..well let me explain.

No two Melbourne carpet cleaning jobs are the same.  We like to assess each unique job and price it according to the individual size and condition of the carpet.  We have a base rate we charge per room, (currently $35 per standard room which is up to 12sqm.)

What do you get for our base rate?

  • More than 10 years experience in the cleaning industry and all the knowledge that has been accumulated over these years
  • Training and Certification by the leading Worldwide Industry bodies: Jena Dyco and IICRC
  • Well maintained equipment and first class environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Satisfaction guarantee and after sales service
  • Friendly and reliable service technicians in uniform
  • Pre inspection
  • Spot treatment
  • Hot water extraction (Steam Cleaning) with either a portable machine or a truck mounted system (depending on access to the property).
  • Deodourising & sanitising
  • Post cleaning Inspection – we don’t leave until you are completely satisfied with the work.

Other factors we take into consideration when quoting;

  • the type of carpet fibre
  • the amount of soiling or staining
  • property access (high rise apartment, 3 level town house, single level house, etc.)
  • distance traveled
  • how long it has been since the carpet was last cleaned

carpet cleaning prices MelbourneCarpet cleaning quotes over the phone

Therefore when you call us, we will ask you a series of questions to determine carpet cleaning prices for YOUR home or office.  We can usually give you an estimate over the phone.  By asking these questions, we can be fairly confident that our quote will be accurate and all inclusive.  That way, there are no “hidden extras” or “surprises” when we come to do the work. Unlike some Melbourne carpet cleaning businesses, we try to be transparent with our carpet cleaning prices, and include everything upfront, rather than quote low and then add on extra charges when we come to do the work.  Of course, sometimes unforeseen situations arise resulting in the need for small additional charges, but we will always explain these to you before proceeding with the work.

Black Gold Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, does not offer cleaning bundles or packages because we always strive to achieve premium cleaning results.  In our view,  “Standard, Deluxe, Premium packages” implies  “almost clean, sort of clean and very clean” .  There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to carpet cleaning! We use all the knowledge, equipment and cleaning products required to give each and every job the best result possible for the type and condition of the carpet.

Carpet cleaning prices MelbourneFlexible Pricing

Many times we have been to a job and the customer has said, “don’t worry about that stain…it was here when I moved in…I only want a standard clean”.  Then we go ahead and we remove the stain anyway and leave the carpet looking the best it can be.  That IS OUR “standard” clean!  This is why we charge based on the job requirements rather than a one size fits all type pricing structure.  Our flexible pricing system also allows us to offer discounts for pensioners, local neighbourhood customers and those who want to clean their upholstery as well as their carpet. We value our repeat customers and will always try to offer them great value for money and a little something extra to thank them for their loyalty.

carpet cleaning prices Upholstery cleaning prices

When it comes to upholstery cleaning, many people ask why it is more expensive than carpet cleaning.  Upholstery cleaning prices are based on the number of seats to be cleaned.  The upholstery tool we use for cleaning couches and sofas is much smaller than the wand we use for cleaning carpets, therefore it is much more time consuming.  The extra time it takes to clean upholstery is factored into the pricing. The other factor we take into consideration when quoting, is the cost of the experience, knowledge and training of our staff.  To be able to provide you with premium cleaning results, we need to be constantly updating our skill set and learning about the latest techniques and equipment.

The importance of questions!

So next time you wonder why there is such a difference in the prices between Melbourne carpet cleaning businesses, ask a few questions about inclusions, experience, training, guarantees and make sure you choose a carpet cleaner who can confidently answer your questions and someone who asks you a few questions too!

Please call us for a quote! Black Gold Carpet Cleaning Melbourne Mobile: 0403 254 080