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When hiring a carpet steam cleaner – you get what you pay for!

pay steam cleaner peanutsLately I have received a lot of calls from customers who have hired a budget carpet steam cleaner for their end of lease carpet cleaning.  They call me because, the carpet steam cleaner they hired, did not do a very good job.  I usually ask them, “why don’t you call the cleaner back and ask them to come back and do a better job?” The customer inevitably says something like, ” oh they were just someone I found on Gumtree and they were really cheap so I don’t think they will be able to fix this” or “I did call them but they said it was the best they could do and wouldn’t come back”.
Let me make this very clear – you get what you pay for! Carpet cleaning and stain removal in particular is a science, you need training, experience and the right chemicals and equipment.

Steam cleaner certificateWhat is IICRC?

Anyone can go out and buy themselves a carpet cleaning machine and call themselves a carpet steam cleaner.  The Government does not regulate the carpet cleaning industry, unlike many other trades,.  This does not mean, however that there is no training or certification available for carpet cleaners.  The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is the organisation that sets worldwide standards for businesses and individuals operating within the cleaning and restoration industry.

To obtain certification, one must complete intensive training courses.  Then sit and pass exams at the end of the training.  They must also agree to abide by a code of ethics.  As well as  having current public liability insurance and continuing to update their skills and training on a regular basis.  Each of the standards set by the IICRC take years to develop. These standards are reviewed every 5 years to ensure they stay up to date with scientific and manufacturing developments. Jena Dyco International is Australasia’s premier training facility for the cleaning and restoration industry. They provide  IICRC approved courses and examinations as well as other workshops, seminars  and training.  Carpet cleaners who have completed Jena Dyco training courses, are well equipped with the skills and knowledge needed in any on the job situation.

Keeping training and equipment up to date, involves significant costs.  These costs, along with having the appropriate level of insurance and staff, to deliver professional carpet steam cleaning are factored into the pricing. This is something most people are not aware of when they ask “how much to clean….”.  A business charging less than it costs to hire a machine from the supermarket, must be cutting corners somewhere!  I would venture a guess and say that they are using low cost cleaning products and quite possibly do not have any training and very little experience.  They may not even have public liability insurance!  This is frightening considering the cost of replacing carpet or furniture should anything go wrong or even worse if you or a family member are injured as a result of unsafe work practices.

Carpet Steam Cleaner PricingCost of Carpet Steam Cleaner

Customers always ask me why there is such a big price difference when it comes to carpet cleaning.  I tell them that it really depends on the level of service and results you are expecting.  In my opinion, someone who charges very low prices, is usually inexperienced and may not have the equipment and knowledge to remove dirt and stains.  They may even damage the carpets through over wetting or bleaching.

The use of low quality (and low cost) cleaning products or heavily diluting them are ways to cut costs.  This means the cleaning results will also be low quality.  Then there are the carpet steam cleaners we all love to hate. The ones who quote low to get their foot in the door and then bump up the price once they are there.  Usually, because the rooms are “bigger than standard” or the carpet is “dirtier than standard”.  Sometimes without even telling you until after the job!  It is important to weigh up the pros and cons when choosing between low cost Vs professional carpet cleaning.

Professional carpet steam cleaners will have insurance, completed training courses and have certification. They have the experience and knowledge to deal with all types of carpet and stains.  Accordingly, they will have well maintained equipment and high quality, environmentally friendly cleaning products. A professional carpet cleaner, will walk through the job with you before they start and point out any issues they feel may affect the result.  Always, they will give you a clear indication of the best expected outcome and the total price BEFORE they start work. If there are any issues after cleaning, they will return at no extra charge to re clean a spot or whatever the issue may be. Finally, they will confidently offer a satisfaction guarantee with no fine print! Surprisingly, they may even follow up with you a few days after the job to make sure you are happy.

Hiring the right carpet steam cleaner to get your bond back.

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These stains were all left behind by a low budget cleaner and the customer was facing bond forfeiture.

If you are moving out of a property and you want your bond back then it is worth hiring a carpet steam cleaner who guarantees their work.  They may charge a little more but they offer peace of mind and it means less hassles with the Property Manager or Landlord.  Security deposits are usually in the $1000’s, so spending a little extra to make sure you get all your bond back is well worth it.

We recently helped one of our customers in Bentleigh.  She  was fighting to get her bond returned after she vacated a property.  The Property Manager was dissatisfied with the carpet cleaning, even though we had explained that the house cleaner had been through after us and left some dust behind – nothing a good vacuum wouldn’t fix.  We offered to go back and re clean the carpets just to help out our client.  Instead the Property Manager tried to take the customer’s entire bond!  This matter went to a Tribunal hearing. Luckily this particular customer, had used us to clean her carpet every 3-6 months of her tenancy.  Therefore, she provided the judge with the receipts of carpet cleaning as well as a report from us.  Needless to say, the judge ordered the Property Manager to pay her bond back in full!!

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We are very good at removing stains.  However once another carpet steam cleaner applies chemicals to a stain, it alters the Ph level.  This makes our job more difficult and sometimes even impossible! I hate seeing carpet ruined by inexperience.  Especially when I know I would have removed the stain if I was the first one called.  Professional carpet cleaning is a science and requires skill.  It does come at a cost, but no where near as much as the cost of carpet replacement!

We are always happy to offer help and advice so please contact us next time you need help.  We can offer advice on stain removal, end of lease carpet or general carpet cleaning.

Please call us on 0403 254 080 for a quote or advice!

 

 

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Carpet steam cleaning in Melbourne – why use us?

Why use carpet steam cleaning in Melbourne by Black Gold Carpet Cleaning?

Recently we have been looking at our marketing strategy and one of the questions we asked ourselves is why choose us for carpet steam cleaning in Melbourne? Why would customers chose Black Gold Carpet Cleaning over and above all the other carpet steam cleaners in Melbourne? What makes us unique? Think about it. It is a really hard question to answer, but we came up with a few answers we would like to share with you.

Fully Qualifiedcarpet steam cleaning melbourne

All of our technicians are fully qualified by the IICRC and trained at Jena Dyco. IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification and is the only internationally recognised standard for carpet cleaning. Jena Dyco is Australia’s most recognised training facility for carpet, upholstery and restoration training. These organisations insist on training and examination before certification is granted. It is not something you can “buy” it is a real qualification. Carpet steam cleaning is something a lot of people can do, but only trained and experienced technicians do it the right way. Professional carpet cleaners, can identify the many different types of carpet fibres and understand the best method of cleaning for each type of flooring. The age of the carpet, the type of underlay, the amount of staining or foot traffic marks and the carpet composition, all need to be taken into consideration when undertaking cleaning. It isn’t just a matter of steam or dry cleaning, but rather what is best for your carpet and it’s condition. Carpet cleaning isn’t only about what method you use or what detergents work best, if you do not have the right knowledge, you can over wet the carpet resulting in browning, odours, shrinkage, underlay damage and mould. At Black Gold Carpet Cleaning we can help you choose the best method of cleaning for your carpet as we offer both steam and dry carpet cleaning in Melbourne.

Family Owned & Operated

We are a family owned and operated business. We have a young family and we are involved in our local community. We understand how having a young family can put time and budgetary constraints on our customers and we always try to work out a time to suit and offer really reasonable everyday rates along with one off specials. We care about our customers and want to give them the best possible results every time at an affordable rate. Our discounts are real and our rates are realistic and reasonable. We can keep our costs low as we do not have to pay sub contractors or franchise fees.

Real Guaranteecarpet steam cleaning

We really believe our carpet steam cleaning service is one of the best in Melbourne and we are really proud of our service and results. We like our customers and we want them to be happy. Simply put, we care about satisfaction, and we offer a real guarantee, it isn’t just a marketing ploy. Our guarantee does not have fine print: if you are not satisfied with the end result then it is FREE. We are always happy to come back and re clean if the need arises, however, at the end of the day if we can’t provide the service you expect, then why should we expect you to pay?

We Keep Our Promise

We keep our promises. A lot of businesses promise the earth to get your business but don’t always deliver. We do. We don’t just want to steam clean your carpet once, take the money and run. We want to see you again. We want your return business, we want you to tell your friends and family about us. Just read our testimonials on our website, they are all real customers and we want to keep adding this type of feedback. One of our friends who runs his own carpet cleaning business couldn’t believe these testimonials are real, he thought we made them up! We don’t need to make them up, we love receiving this type of positive reinforcement and we want more.

Environmentally Friendlycarpet steam cleaning in Melbourne

Wherever possible we try to use locally manufactured environmentally friendly detergents. We don’t just love carpet steam cleaning, we love Melbourne and the planet and want to ensure our kids can too. We also like to support related local businesses and reduce our carbon foot print, by buying our equipment and detergents locally.

Results that have to be seen to be believed!

If you need any more convincing, just take a look at the before and after photos below. They were taken a week ago at an apartment we cleaned in Fitzroy. We believe a picture is worth 1000 words!

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BEFORE Black Gold Carpet Steam Cleaning in Melbourne – Fitzroy June 2013

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AFTER Carpet steam cleaning in Melbourne – Fitzroy June 2013