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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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Professional Carpet Cleaning – what is it?

What is professional carpet cleaning?Progessional carpet cleaning badge

Professional carpet cleaning, aims to maximise soil removal, while minimising damage to the textile floor covering. A professional carpet cleaner will have the knowledge, training and experience to both achieve both of these aims.  Professional carpet cleaning requires training and accreditation by an industry recognised training facility. The most respected training organisations in the Australian Cleaning and Restoration Industry, are Jena Dyco and  IICRC. Carpet cleaners who complete these courses will be able to determine what type of carpet you have and the best method for your carpet. What you should ask is,  “are you a professional, carpet cleaner?”, rather than just asking about price and method.  Carpet cleaners differ depending on their training, experience and equipment, this is why results, can vary so much.

Which method is best?

Professional carpet cleaners do not have a “one size fits all” approach.  A professional will  recognise the unique qualities of each job and adjust their methods and techniques accordingly. A series of questions are asked at the time of booking.  These questions help to determine a rough quote based on the details you give over the phone. Once on site, the cleaner will then walk through the property with you before they set up.  During this pre inspection, the cleaner will examine they type of carpet you have, its construction, use, condition and amount of soiling. This is when the cleaner makes a  final decision regarding the best cleaning system for your carpet. A cleaning professional must employ the five main principles of carpet cleaning to ensure maximum soil removal and prevent damage.

1. Dry Soil Removalprofessional carpewt cleaning dry soil vacuum

Vacuuming is the very important first step in any carpet cleaning and maintenance system. Crushed or flattened pile needs to be lifted with a brush or grooming rake, before vacuuming, . You can then maximise dry soil removal. When vacuuming, make sure;

  • the collection chamber is not full
  • the air is flowing freely and not obstructed
  • the drive belt is in good condition (service your vacuum every 6-12 months)
  • the beater brush is in good condition

2. Soil Suspensionprofessional carpet cleaning pre spray

The aim of soil suspension is to remove the soil left behind by dry vacuuming, by breaking the adhesion between the soil and the carpet fibre.   In order to achieve this there are four key elements;

  • Chemical activity: After vacuuming a pre spray is applied. Professional carpet cleaners will try to use bio degradable detergents where ever possible.  They will know which product is best suited to the fiber and the method they have chosen.  Professional cleaners follow label instructions so that they use the correct quantities.
  • Heat/Temperature: Generally speaking, the more heat used, the greater the cleaning efficiency.  The power of the pre spray is increased by heat, which often means less chemical is needed to achieve maximum results. Less chemicals means less residue. However heat in inexperienced hands can result in fiber damage and dye loss.
  • Agitation: This process can be done by hand using a brush, a motorised rotary or water pressure. Agitation distributes the cleaning agents so that they can separate soils from carpet fibres.  This process speeds up the soil suspension and is an important step, especially for heavily soiled carpets.
  • Time: Soil suspension does not happen immediately.  Chemicals need time to dwell on the carpet to maximise their efficiency.

3. Suspended Soil Removal professional carpet cleaning steam cleaning

The next step is to remove suspended soils from the carpet.  There are several different methods of removal, however, the method we use the most is hot water extraction.  Other methods include;

  • absorption either by using a dry compound or absorbent pad (bonnet method)
  • wet vacuuming –  carpet shampoo
  • flushing – the immersion method used to clean rugs
  • dry residue vacuuming – a dry compound or foam distributed over the carpet to attract the suspended soil, then vacuumed away.

4. Pile Setting/GroomingProfessional carpet cleaning carpet grooming

This step does not actually aid in the removal of soil, however it does help the next step, which is drying.  A professional carpet cleaner knows that grooming the carpet after cleaning, helps maintain the look of the carpet fibres.  Grooming also aids in the distribution of deodourisers and fabric protection.  This step also helps with evaporation, which speeds up drying time.

5. DryingProfessional carpet cleaning blowers

Professional cleaners will always ensure they take steps to minimise drying times. Wet carpet left for an extended period, can result in a few different problems. The first being, carpet which takes more than a few hours to dry is a major inconvenience for the customer.  It also increases the chances of re-soiling from foot traffic.  The increased potential for slip and fall incidents is another  very serious consequence when moving from wet carpet to hard floors. Finally, there are issues such as mould, odour, browning and dye bleeds or transfer.

To reduce drying times, professional carpet cleaners usually employ a few different strategies, including;

  • ensuring their equipment is well maintained and operating efficiently
  • ensuring there is adequate ventilation or air flow through the property (e.g. run air conditioning/heating/open windows/ceiling fans)
  • make sure to do dry passes with their wand, after wet/rinse passes, so that maximum water is extracted
  • use hot water which aids evapouration
  • use drying equipment such as air movers

The cleaner will employ some of these methods, but not necessarily all of them.

How long will it take for my carpet to dry?

A professional carpet cleaner will always do his best to ensure carpet dries in the shortest amount of time possible.  Drying times vary depending on a few different factors.  These include, inside and outside atmospheric conditions, air movement, the type of fibre, the pile density, the amount of soiling (heavily soiled carpet requires more cleaning solution) and the application of protectors and deodourants.  Other factors that can greatly affect drying times are the experience of the cleaner, the performance of their equipment and the method of cleaning they use.  Carpets cleaned by hot water extraction are usually dry within a 4-5 hours, where as dry cleaning methods like bonnet cleaning can be dry in as little as 1-2 hours and dry compound cleaning leaves carpet dry immediately.  Regardless of the method used, the drying time should be a matter of minutes or hours not days!!

Where can I find a Professional Carpet Cleaning service?

You now have the facts to confidently ask the questions necessary to ensure you hire a professional carpet cleaning service.  Trained and qualified carpet cleaners generally display their Steam cleaner certificatequalifications and affiliations on their websites. The IICRC issue ID cards to cleaners who have passed their certification exams. You can always ask to see the cleaners card as proof of their qualifications. A good place to locate a professional carpet cleaning service in your area is on the IICRC website.   Finally, do not base your decision purely on price, ask questions and use your knowledge to determine whether or not the answers you receive are accurate. Black Gold Carpet Cleaning is a IICRC Certified firm, so please contact us to arrange a booking.

 

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Carpet Cleaner Melbourne: Budget Double Trouble

Tales from a Carpet Cleaner in Melbourne and Beyond

So a funny thing happened to me at work today……

Carpet cleaner Melbourne callLast Monday morning I took a call from a customer who was very upset.  She had hired a budget carpet cleaner Melbourne, who had destroyed her carpets (over wetting by the sounds of things) and she wanted to know if I would come and have a look. I told her not to worry, I was sure I would be able to help her and make the carpets look a whole lot better.  Without seeing the carpet and the damage the other carpet cleaner  had done, I couldn’t really quote over the phone, but I gave her a ball park figure, she was happy and I arrange to see her on Wednesday morning.

The following day……

On Tuesday morning she phoned me to say she had been called into work unexpectedly on Wednesday and wouldn’t be available.  She apologised and said she would call to reschedule in a couple of days.  Nothing unusual about that – it happens. Although I was a little disappointed as I was dying to see what damage had been done and I always like being given the opportunity to educate my customers on the difference between a budget carpet cleaner Melbourne and professional carpet cleaner Melbourne.

 Keep calm and check your insurance policy!

This mCarpet Cleaner Melbourneorning I received a call from a very agitated customer, who was sounding very upset.  She proceeded to accuse me of destroying her carpets last Tuesday.  She said she had called me to fix the mess another carpet cleaner made and now I had destroyed her carpets even more. My blood ran cold, a thousand questions ran through my head, I took a deep breath, trying to stay calm and wondering if my insurance would cover it.  I had never been in this situation before!

 

 

Which carpet cleaner Melbourne is this?

I quickly checked my booking schedule for last week and saw that I had a commercial booking last Tuesday morning. That was odd she was insisting it was me and all my fault. When I could get a word in, I finally got her address details and realised that she was the one who had cancelled the booking I had made for her on Wednesday.  Then the penny dropped and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  This customer had booked a budget carpet cleaner who destroyed her carpets and then decided I was going to charge too much to fix the damage so she called another budget carpet cleaner to fix the damage of the last one! Now she was probably going to have to replace the carpet altogether!  Once I explained to her that she had called the wrong carpet cleaner Melbourne and she realised who I was, she very quickly hung up the phone with a horrified “I’m sorry, wrong person!”

You get what you pay for! Carpet cleaner Melbourne

I have said it before and I will say it again, if you are going to go for budget carpet cleaning, then you need to take into account the hidden costs and not just the carpet cleaning price. Carpet is very expensive to replace, so you must consider this outcome when choosing a carpet cleaner in Melbourne based on price alone.  I am not being alarmist, I have seen it first hand time and time again – carpets ruined and bond deposits lost due to inadequate training, experience and equipment. Not all budget carpet cleaners are bad, but any professional carpet cleaner, who has invested in training, industry certification, good quality equipment and chemicals, Health and Safety compliance and so on, cannot possibly offer the bargain basement pricing of these budget carpet cleaners.

Carpet Cleaner MelbourneIf this is a risk you are willing to take, then by all means go for it.  If you want high quality carpet cleaning by a professional with a satisfaction guarantee then contact Black Gold Carpet Cleaning, your local carpet cleaner Melbourne.  Granted our service costs a little more than the budget guys, but it isn’t a huge amount more and that extra $50 or so is well worth it for the peace of mind, first class service and unbeatable results – guaranteed!