Sometimes, there’s only so much your vacuum cleaner can handle. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a powerful machine that sucks deep into the pile of your carpet, dirt, grime and dust will build up over time. And if you’ve got kids and pets – well there are going to be spillages and accidents that stain the carpet
Eventually, all carpets look a little tired and old and are in desperate need of replacement. However, before you rush out and end up spending a lot of money on something brand new, money can be saved by calling in some professional cleaners. The resulting deep clean can be quite astonishing, giving your carpets an entirely new lease of life.
Eradicate the Grime with a Deep Clean
To get the best results from a deep clean, you’ll need to vacuum and shampoo your carpets. Cleaning occurs in several steps. First, carpets are vacuumed to remove any large and easily removed items. Then, industrial machines spray shampoo and hot water into the pile.
The cleaning head then works its way into the carpet, agitating the fibres to loosen the dirt, before sucking up both the grime and liquid. After the initial sweep, it’s a good idea to clean the carpets again; this time without using any shampoo. This third step acts as a rinsing stage, drawing the remaining dust and dirt from the fibres whilst ensuring no shampoo’s been left behind.
Save Money by Hiring Cleaning Machines
Though professional carpet cleaning isn’t very expensive, if you’re working with a small budget, it’s easy enough to do yourself. The process doesn’t require any particular skill, nor is it difficult; it’s just time consuming, especially if you’ve got a large home.
Many stores across the UK, including Homebase and HSS, hire out cleaning machines for between £20 and £28 per 24 hours. With carpet shampoo only costing about £15, you could clean the entire house for only £35…just be prepared to put in the hours!
Average Carpet Cleaning Costs
It doesn’t cost much to have a carpet professionally cleaned, and though you might want to clean a couple of rooms, when it comes to the entire house, it’s a lot of work. In this instance, it’s worthwhile getting some quotes to have the work done for you. Certainly, by the time you’ve hired a machine, bought shampoo and spent a lot of your personal time cleaning, it almost makes sense to pay a little more to hire someone whilst you put your feet up.
Luckily, the price of carpet cleaning doesn’t vary much across regions, so you can expect to pay about the same in London as you would in rural Scotland. Typically, companies provide quotes based on room type and size. For example, contractors on Quotatis might break down a quote into various areas such as a staircase, large bedroom, large front room, small bedroom etc. Average costs are as follows;
- Small Bedroom – £20
- Large Bedroom – £27
- Stairs and Landing – £30
- Large Front Room – £35
Other Cost Considerations
When you’re booking professional cleaners, there are a few important points to remember if you want to avoid unexpected costs.
- Minimum Charges
For most companies, it’s not worthwhile cleaning a single room. As such, there’s often a minimum charge applied which averages out at around £50. It’s much better and cheaper overall to get your whole house cleaned in one go than to hire cleaners for one or two rooms at a time.
- Stubborn Stains
You may find that stubborn stains require a lot more work to remove and, therefore, cost a little more. When you’re gathering quotes, be sure to mention particular stains (red wine or paint, for example) that might be hard to get out.
- Furniture Removal
Carpet cleaning firms will not be expecting to remove furniture from a room. If they turn up and are unable to start because a room needs clearing, they’re likely to charge more. In some cases, they won’t move the furniture at all and will either clean around it or will ask you to move it. Before booking anyone, be sure to ask about this requirement.
Overall, the cost of carpet cleaning is minimal, and for a standard three-bedroom house you can expect to pay around £200 if you have two reception rooms, three bedrooms and the hallway, landing and stairs cleaned. This will be a little more in a four-bed house, depending on the size and number of additional rooms.
For the best prices, negotiate for a quote to cover the cost of cleaning your entire house instead of each room, giving you the cheapest way to a luxuriously sparkling new interior.