Cheap Carpet Cleaning
By Steve Gillman
Below are four ways to get carpet cleaning done for less.
Following those there are two other ways to save money on keeping
your carpets clean. If you want to also save money on the carpet
itself, see the page where I spell out how I carpeted a room
for $12 (it can still be done for less than $50). You'll find
that one here: A Cheap Carpet Secret.
Clean it Yourself
This is the most common way people get their carpet cleaning
done cheap. Even the smallest towns have a few places where you
can rent a portable machine. Expect to pay around $25 per day
for the rental, and a few dollars more for the cleaning solvents.
If your carpeting is not too dirty, go light on the solvents,
since they sometimes do not get rinsed out of the fibers completely.
That residue which is left behind can attract dirt.
Although it is better than nothing, a portable do-it-yourself
unit will never clean as deeply as a professional cleaning company
can. If you have some areas that are really dirty, and especially
if they have not been cleaned in a while, you might want to consider
calling in the professionals. If you do get help, hire a company
that uses a truck-mount (in a van usually) hot water extraction
unit. The process is commonly called steam cleaning, and I explain
why it is best on this page: Best
Way to Clean Carpet.
Get a Deal on Carpet Cleaning
You can often find cheap carpet cleaning deals if you watch
the newspaper ads. Specials are common during the slow times
of the year (winter in most places). As long as you hire a reputable
company with a good machine you should get the same job as you
would when paying full price.
Arrange a Deal
If the carpet cleaner you call is not too busy, he or she
may be open to doing a special deal for you on "traffic
areas." Often the carpet is only really dirty where people's
feet contact it. These are called traffic areas, and cleaning
them may be sufficient. In other words, the cleaner will not
move any furniture and not clean under anything that is not fairly
open, which makes the job much easier and faster for him. You
can vacuum under furniture to get the dust, and just have traffic
areas done to get a discount--if you ask.
Trade for Service
When I was cleaning carpets I did not own the company, but
I did know about the various arrangements the owner made, and
they included trades at times. In one case he did over $2,000
worth of cleaning for a radio station, in exchange for a number
of radio ads of equal value. If you have anything that your carpet
cleaner might want, consider offering a trade.
Keep it Cleaner
One way to save on professional cleaning costs is to have
it done less often. To prolong the time between visits from the
professionals, keep the carpeting cleaner for longer. There are
three basic ways to do this. The first is to simply vacuum more
often. The second is to have mats outside the home entrances
and small rugs just inside them, to catch the dirt that comes
in on shoes. The third is to have a policy of no shoes in the
Replace Your Carpet
Instead of looking for cheaper carpet cleaning, you might
eliminate the expense altogether. It might be too expensive to
rip out perfectly good carpet and replace it with tile, hardwood,
or laminate flooring, but it is something to consider if you
are getting ready to replace the carpet anyhow.
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