Carpet Cleaning Scams – If you don’t know what you are looking for, you can’t protect yourself from being Ripped Off.
Everyone hates being taken advantage of by a carpet cleaning scam. You pay good money to get your carpet cleaned and ended up with nothing but a dirty, wet carpet. There are many things that carpet cleaning scammers can do when cleaning carpets to rip off people. They get away with it because people don’t know they have been taken advantage of. So, here is a couple of things you need to know. This is not a complete list but it will give you an idea of what you should be watching for.
The whole house for one price scam: Get Your Whole House Cleaned For $100.00
I am sure to some people this sounds like a fair price. However, if you know what it costs to do the job right, there is just no way to do it for that price. The idea with this carpet cleaning scam is to “get in the house.” Once they are in your home they will try to get you to pay for some “extra” things. Usually, the extra things are things that should be included in the price. For example, a popular carpet cleaning scam is to say something like:
“Your carpets are pretty dirty, and in order to clean them we will have to use the (super expensive) “Special Chemical” as a pre-treatment (or something to that effect) if we don’t use this pre-treatment then the carpets won’t come clean (or they will get dirty faster)”
Pre-treating the traffic lanes is something that should always be done. It’s what loosens the dirt from the carpet fibers. But, it isn’t something for which a reputable company would create a separate charge. The most expensive traffic lane cleaner I can find costs less than a penny per SQ. FT. to use, so there is just no reason to charge extra for it.
Let’s say you agree to pay extra for the Pretreatment
Then they hit you with a few hundred dollars extra added to the bill. That is one of the most popular carpet cleaning scams. With this scam, a dishonest Carpet Cleaner can raise the price on you. From the super low price you were quoted to an amount that you would have paid to a Professional Carpet Cleaner who was honest about how much it would cost. However, most of the time you will end up paying a lot more than you would have.
Now you would think since you are paying a lot more now, you will get a good job done.
Probably not. Sure, now they have bumped the price up a couple of hundred dollars, and of course, now they are making money, but because they have nine other people who think they’re getting their houses cleaned for a $100 they still can’t spend much time in your home.
Now that you are paying a lot more money, you certainly want the carpet to stay clean. Carpet cleaning scammers know it and will come to you and say:
“You need Carpet Protector, and If you do not get it, all of the stains will come back.”
That is an outright lie, here’s why
All carpet protectors (if appropriately applied) will make the carpet stay cleaner longer, aid in spot and stain removal, and lessen the amount of dirt the carpet holds on to. Applying carpet protector isn’t going to stop stains from returning, for the most part. However, some carpet protectors have a chemical to limit wicking. Wicking is one cause of reappearing stains. However, there is no guarantee applying a carpet protector to your carpet it will stop stains from coming back. Also, there is no guarantee the stains will come back if you don’t get a carpet protector applied to your carpet. Someone who tells you this is just a carpet cleaning scammer.
If you fall victim to one of these carpet cleaning scammers, one of two things happened. Either you paid the $100 and got a dirty wet carpet, or you paid hundreds of dollars more and still got dirty wet carpet. So, as you are looking for a carpet cleaner skip the ones who charge a flat rate for the whole house and the ones that seem to be too good to be true. In the end, you’ll be glad you did.
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