- The carpet-cleaning industry is unregulated and only a small percentage of carpet cleaners receive formal training.
- If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- There are carpet cleaners out there who are members of an association, which have a code of practice - look for one of these when choosing a cleaner.
While you're more likely to wait until your carpets are covered
in muddy paw prints and unidentifiable splodges before hiring a carpet
cleaner, the Australian standard recommends having your carpets cleaned
at least once a year to prolong their life.
Carpeting your home is no small investment, costing, on average, between $3,000 and $6,000 - so you want to make sure your carpet cleaner knows what they're doing.
Avoid the temptation to choose a carpet cleaner solely on price. Take into consideration their qualifications, experience and whether they have insurance to cover the cost of any damages done to your home.