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Is dirty carpet getting you down? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
You could clean it yourself, but if several rooms need doing, it might be better to hire a carpet cleaner.
Read on to find out exactly what a professional carpet cleaner does and how much it should cost you.
How to Clean a Carpet – The Professional Way
To remove minor dirt and stains on your household carpet, head to the supermarket, buy a can of carpet shampoo and vacuum clean the dirt away.
But what do you do if you have recently moved into a neglected house, or completed a major renovation project? Now might be the time to hire a professional cleaner. You can either hire the machine and buy shampoo and do the cleaning yourself, or hire a person to do the cleaning as well.
Industrial vacuum cleaners work in several stages to remove grime. First, the carpet is dry vacuumed to remove surface dust and debris.
Next, the machine sprays the carpet with a mix of hot water and shampoo that penetrates deep into the pile.
On the third vacuum, the head agitates the pile to wring out the dirt.
The fourth vacuum uses just hot water to rinse out the shampoo and any remaining dirt. Your carpet is left damp but not wet.
Pro Tip: Ventilate the room to speed up the drying process, turn on central heating if cleaning in colder months.
What Should I Be Paying?
The following price list is courtesy of Household Quotes and details average carpet cleaning prices across the UK.
To hire a person, plus machine, room by room, will cost:
- Stair and Landing – £30
- Small Bedroom – £20
- Large Bedroom – £27
- Large Front Room – £35
To DIY, hire just the machine for 24 hours at an average rate of £22-30. Factor in £10-15 on top for the shampoo.
When hiring a person, plus machine, be aware that a minimum fee applies, which is usually £50. Don’t hire a person for just one room as this is not cost-effective, but for a whole house can be worthwhile, relative to the fact that you don’t have to do the labour yourself.
If you are hiring someone else, check out Rated People for a list of trusted tradespeople.
There will be an extra charge for stubborn stains or furniture removal. Be sure to mention these at time of hiring so you don’t get a nasty surprise when the bill arrives.
Be sure to get a fixed price quote, rather than per hour. That way you know exactly what you will be paying and can budget accordingly.
Some cleaners will also work on soft furnishings such as curtains, sofas and rugs, so ask at the time of hiring if you need these items cleaned.
This guide has taught you how carpets are cleaned professionally and provided information on what you should be paying for this service. Remember to check out Rated People to find a trusted tradesperson to hire.
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