Sounds too good to be true and it probably is.
Have you heard the term “bait and switch”? It is an unethical tactic used to lure you into face to face hard core sales pitch. Free offers, coupons, very low rates, and area pricing are only a few examples of bait and switch offers.
The coupon offer consists of a low initial price per room. Once the pitchman arrives, the upsell begins. The coupon rate usually only applys to the smallest room imagineable and the price goes up for the area you want cleaned. A single room or hall may actually be charged as 2 rooms due to size limitations. Next, the price increases should the room be dirty and require a special prespray. It is certain the area will need the prespray. The low cost to you has now gone from $50 to $400, $500, and some have risen to over $800. Once you sign the work order for all these upsells and the job is performed, you’ve swallowed the bait and on the hook for the cost.
Beware of “free carpet protector”. Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting Scotchgard in the cleaning solution. Protectant has to be applied after cleaning and brushed into the fibers. Real Scotchgard with Dupont Teflon costs over $100 per gallon and the rate for application is usually around 15 to over 20 cents per square foot. Since carpet protector must be mixed just before application, ask the carpet cleaner to allow you to watch the mixing process and see what the reaction is.
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