Illegal Scams, Bait and Switch Gimmicks. Recognize Bait And Switch Techniques, Carpet Cleaning Rip-Offs

Gimmicks, Coupons and Estimates.  How Carpet Cleaners Illegally Mislead People with Coupons, Estimates and Gimmicks. NOTE: Not all wet carpet cleaning professionals are dirty. Some are reputable.
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Tactic #1:  Unbelievably Low Price - Per Room Estimates       

To some degree, all of us are attracted by low price because we want to work within a budget. But some carpet cleaners use price as a bait for their false and misleading advertising. They offer a cheap price -- usually between $5.95 and $9.95 per room -- and then, once they are in your home, they pressure you into buying "add-ons".  

Tactic #2:  Bait and Switch - Dual Process Carpet Cleaning      

Today a lot of carpet cleaning services describe their service as a process of shampooing or heavy preconditioning, followed with hot water extraction cleaning. Unfortunately, unethical carpet cleaners offer "dual process" as a bait-and-switch technique. Here's how it's done: First, they "bait" you with a basic cleaning (single process) at an unbelievably low price. Then, when you call, they try to "switch" you to more expensive dual process cleaning. If you don't fall for their switch and choose their basic service, you'll likely receive poor workmanship using little or no product (detergent and/or solvents), and they will not guarantee their work. 

Tactic #3:  Unsupported Claims "This Cleaning Method is the Best"

You'll read this in almost every ad. You'll hear this from virtually every carpet cleaner. Remember this: The method that's best for you is the method that achieves your goal. If you want a method that cleans the deep down soil in the carpet, then a method that top cleans only would not be best for you. So before you choose a carpet cleaner, identify your objectives. Then select the method that best reaches those objectives.

Six misconceptions about carpet cleaning

Six Costly Misconceptions

Misconception #1:  You Should Wait as Long as Possible Before Cleaning Your Carpet.

False. A dirty carpet will not last as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps, it's simply not enough.

Misconception #2:  The Only Reason to Clean Carpet is to Remove Soil / Dirt.

False. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals. When you come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair, on your skin, clothing and shoes. Not surprisingly, all of those chemicals and toxins wind up in your carpet.

Misconception #3:  One Method of Carpet Cleaning is as Good as Another.

False. You can choose from three main methods: 1. Steam Cleaning. 2. Shampooing (sometimes referred to as dry carpet cleaning) and, 3. dry organic carpet cleaning (always includes the use of a physical granular product). What is Dry Organic carpet cleaning

Misconception #4:  Having the Right Equipment is All a Company Needs to Clean Your Carpets Properly.

False. Many companies own the right equipment but a large number of employees don't know how to use it. You probably know someone who bought the newest computer on the market but didn't learn how to use it for a year or more. The same is true with carpet cleaning. The company may own good equipment, but the employees may not know how to use it correctly. This is why it's important that you choose your carpet cleaner carefully.

Misconception #5:  The Company that Offers the Lowest Price is the Company You Should Hire.

Maybe -- but not always. Here are two important points to consider.

Point #1:
The price you see offered may not be for the services you want performed.

Before you select a company, decide what you want to accomplish. If you want the carpet cleaner to remove only some of the dirt, you can choose from hundreds of companies. Or, you can even rent a machine at the grocery store and do the job yourself.

Point #2: The price you see advertised is probably not the price you will pay.

Many homeowners have learned that the low price they saw advertised was not the amount they were charged.

if you've ever hired a carpet cleaner, you too may have been the victim of false or misleading advertising. You probably learned the hard way that some carpet cleaners offer a cheap price -- usually between $5.95 and $9.95 per room -- and then pressure you into paying a lot more once they get inside your home. Some of them may even break the law by using illegal bait and switch tactics.

As in all businesses and professions, the carpet cleaning industry has its share of bad apples. We take no pleasure in telling you this, but some are unethical -- and sadly, a few are dishonest. By their misleading advertising and false promises, they cast a dark shadow on our entire industry.

Then you'll find other carpet cleaners -- 1-800 DRYCARPET® service professionals who work hard to earn your trust and respect. As a way of improving our profession, 1-800 DRYCARPET® is dedicated to educating the public. The only way you can make an intelligent decision is to have all the facts you need.

Misconception #6:  Any Honest Carpet Cleaning Company Should be Able to Give You an Exact Price Quote Over the Telephone.

We wish this was true, but it isn't. Customers often think that if they want to clean four rooms and the price is $9 per room, then the price will be $36. But this isn't always true. First, honest, reputable carpet cleaning companies usually price carpet cleaning by the square foot. So if you'd like 1-800 DRYCARPET® to tell you the exact cost of cleaning your carpet, we need to know the exact number of square feet that you want cleaned. To get an accurate measurement, we need to measuring the exact size of the carpet area. Our rates

You'll be glad to know that the carpet area to be cleaned is not nearly as great as most people think, For example, if you want your entire home cleaned and your home is 2000 square feet, the amount of carpeting to be cleaned might be only 800-1000 square feet. This is because most home measurements are outdoor measurements. Plus we deduct the area taken up by furniture that is not moved; such as beds, dressers, entertainment centers ... and of course you probably have non carpeted areas such as; a kitchen, entry way and bathrooms. The result is that the actual area to be cleaned is usually only about 60% of the square footage of the home.

Authentic DRY ORGANIC Carpet Cleaning:  A comprehensive definition by the makes of Swedry®

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Swedry® Carpet Cleaner is a soft, organic product moistened with a unique combination of water and anionic surfactants. Because Swedry® Carpet Cleaner controls the amount of moisture that is applied carpet, carpet is never soaked and stain resistant materials are not flushed-out. In addition, there is no soap and water left in the carpet to attract new soil.

Professional Swedry® Carpet Cleaning machines have dual counter rotating brushes that move vertically through carpet pile, lifting as they clean. Our dry carpet cleaning machine opens up the pile and removes the deep down dry soil. This power pile brushing is a key step in effective cleaning because the majority of the dirt in the carpet is dry soil. Swedry® Carpet Cleaner absorbs and traps soil leaving carpet clean, dry and ready to use immediately.

Swedry® Carpet Cleaner does not contribute to re-soiling.  

Our exclusive six step process  [ Client list ]
Vacuuming: We vacuum before getting started. Vacuuming is a very important part of our system.  
2. Stain and spot removal:
We use our own.
3. Pre cleaning:
ACCELERATOR Pre-Mist (liquid) is applied to soiled areas.
Swedry® Carpet Cleaner: Is distributed on the carpet. Swedry
® is environmentally safe and is biodegradable.
Swedry® Carpet Cleaning:
Swedry® Carpet Cleaning machines have dual counter rotating brushes that move vertically through carpet pile, lifting as they clean. Swedry® absorbs, traps and removes soil, leaving carpet clean, dry and ready to use immediately! Our system employs physical contact vs. water saturation.
6. Vacuuming/Extraction:
This is the final step. Residential appointments usually take 1.5 to 3.5 hours.

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