When looking for a carpet cleaning technician, it can be helpful to have an understanding of fair market prices before engaging a business in conversation. This could be especially relevant if you have no idea what companies are charging based on the information you find on the internet. For example, after searching carpet cleaning Amarillo tx, I looked at seven different websites and only one had a listing of their prices. How can I determine from one source what is a reasonable price? I can’t.
So after some more digging on the internet here are some normal figures you can expect to encounter when hiring a carpet cleaning service.
When considering prices, one must look at the two main types of carpet cleaning—encapsulation (chemical) and hot water extraction. Generally when cleaning around 650-square feet of carpet, using the chemical method, the price should be in the range of $120-$250. For 975-square feet, the range increases to $180-$400. And if your home or property has upwards of around 1,700 square feet of carpet you can be expecting to pay $320-$600.
For hot water extraction, the prices for the same amount of square footage are slightly less. This is in part due to the cost of using specialized chemicals and more of them in the encapsulation method than what are used in hot water extraction. So for 650-sqaure feet of carpet cleaned by hot water extraction, the range is $100-$200. 975-square feet will cost $150-$300. And 1,700-square feet costs $180-$550.
Even if your home or business does not have a significant amount of carpet, like 650-square feet, it is a standard practice for companies to charge at least $75.
There is an option provided by some companies for property owners to rent the equipment and chemicals to clean their carpets themselves. Prices are not too exorbitant: around $22 for the machine and $13 for a half gallon of cleaning solution. You can also get spot cleaners and odor removers for fairly cheap—four or five dollars. Unless you’ve been trained, though, cleaning your own carpet can be fairly risky. There’s actually quite a bit that goes into not only effectively restoring a carpets appearance but its health rating. It might not be wide spread knowledge, however it is somewhat common sense that carpets, when not cleaned properly, can be damaging to a person’s health, specifically their respiratory functions.
In fact there are certifications awarded to companies and technicians, that meet the requirements for proper cleaning standards. The organization that gives such certifications and vetting is called The Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration—IICR. So it is a service that can be easily botched. And when you think about it, when looking at a company would you hire an untrained person to clean your carpet? No. So why would you hire yourself unless you had the right kind of training?
A few other costs or options to keep in mind are: stairs, stain removal, and furniture cleaning. Most companies will charge $2-$3 per stair cleaned. Stain removal usually costs around .10 cents a square foot. Some companies might not charge by the square foot, but offer a standard discounted fee for a bulk area of square feet. When it comes to furniture, companies tend to charge $60-$200 for sofas, $40-$140 for loveseats and such, and $1-$1.50 per square foot of wool rug, or around .75 cents per square foot of synthetic rug.
Obviously not every company, but most, offer discounts of some kind. Check with the company you’re considering about such discounts as: free deodorizing, free pre-spotting, multiple-room discounts, carpet and upholstery combination discounts, military or senior citizen discounts. And if you own multiple properties, you might be able to work out a multiple property discount. It never hurts to ask.
Now if a company, which is most it seems, does not have its prices listed on the website, another way you might be able to find out before calling is to check the testimonials either on the website or through google. Sometimes people might have already posted not only about the quality of service but about the cost. It’s always good to look at testimonials anyway, even if there is no hint at prices. This way if you call the company and they have higher than normal prices you can decide, based on the quality of service testified about by others, whether the company is worth the extra “doe”.
Now you do not have to go “un-armed” into the buying conversation when it comes to carpet cleaning, and you can confidently get a great service at the right price, and perhaps even save some money!