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Carpet Cleaning Prices for Professional, Residential and Commercial Carpet Cleaning


Is it instance to attain your carpets cleaned? If you have never had your carpets cleaned professionally or done it yourself then you may be wondering just how much this will cost you. Let me help you determine what carpet cleaning prices you are in for. Depending on whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or you prefer to sit back and let someone else handle the work, the carpet cleaning price can vary quite a bit from region to region.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Professional carpet cleaning prices will depend on the method of cleaning the company uses and other factors such as overhead and competition. Carpet steam cleaning Melbourne prices may be very different from prices for bonnet cleaning or dry carpet cleaning methods. Carpet cleaning pricing will also differ based on whether it is an individual having the cleaning done or a business. Many carpet cleaners will discount cleaning for businesses because they tend to have the cleaning done more frequently. If you are a homeowner, inquire with the cleaner about possible discounts for cleaning on a regular schedule.

Residential Carpet Cleaning

Residential carpet cleaning is normally priced by either the square foot method or by the per room or area method. Normally, either one or the other will dominate a market. This allows customers to compare pricing easier and eliminates confusion over trying to compare two different quotes based on two totally different pricing methods. There may be some companies that decide to price differently than the others however, you should find most companies charge rather uniformly when it comes to cleaning carpet.

Square foot pricing for carpet cleaning is generally the fairest and most consistent method of pricing. This allows the consumer to only pay for the area cleaned. In case you overlook, square footage is calculated by multiplying the length of the room area by the breadth of the space, so a 12 foot by 12 foot room. Once you figure out the square footage of all the areas you want cleaned it is a matter of finding out what the companies charge per square foot to clean. A lot of carpet cleaning companies will provide free in home estimates to give you an accurate written quote. This is advisable since most homes will have tiled or vinyl flooring and certain pieces of furniture that need to be subtracted from the cleaning price. The national average for carpet cleaning is around $.28 a square foot. This will give you a ballpark when making phone inquiries. Be reminded however that not all services are equal. Some may be skipping steps to cut cost while others may be going above and beyond to provide outstanding service. Be sure to ask what method the cleaner is using and what steps they perform in the preparation and the actual cleaning.

When contracting for professional carpet cleaning Melbourne, it is wise to be aware of bait and switch carpet cleaners. Bait and switch is when a company advertises a ridiculously low price to entice a customer to book the job then upon arrival they start adding additional charges to the bill. You have probably seen carpet cleaning coupons advertising $6.99 a room. Common sense would tell you that it would be impossible to make any profit from prices this low. By the time the cleaner pays for fuel, chemicals, and labor not to mention fixed costs such as insurance, equipment loans, advertising and so on, they would be losing money charging these prices. Bait and switch cleaners will try to charge additionally for items like vacuuming, pre-spraying, and will push very hard for up sells like protecting and disinfectants. It may be tempting to act on these low priced ads; however, most customers regret it after dealing with cleaners that use intimidation to charge more money.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Commercial carpet cleaning prices are another area that can vary greatly. Businesses can receive discounted cleaning prices because they tend to maintain their carpets on a much more regular basis than a homeowner. Many carpet cleaners will issue a bid for a commercial location based on how frequently the business wants the cleaning performed. A business may receive 30 or 40% off for cleaning every three months instead of once a year. Carpet cleaning companies usually base their bids on either total square footage of the facility or by total man hours needed to complete the job. It should not concern a business owner how the bid is arrived at, only the total cost and the service provided. Cleaners may end up charging only $.08 or $.09 a sq. ft., but they can remain profitable at this price because of large open areas that are not time consuming or do not require large amounts of solution usage.

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