A quick note regarding insurance… you would be forgiven for thinking that if ever there was an accident then ‘the insurance will cover it’.
That is true, but only if the cleaner himself has adequate valid insurance. Cowboy carpet cleaners invariably are not insured (simply to save money in their eyes), but… if an uninsured cleaner works in your home and does not have insurance – you will have to pay to replace your carpets YOURSELF!.
The reason for this is home & contents insurance policies commonly DO NOT cover any accidents caused by professionals whilst carrying out their work. A note here regarding ‘professional’, in the eyes of insurers, a professional is anyone who charges money for a service regardless of quality.
Cheap carpet cleaning companies nearly always use cheap chemical products, it goes with the territory. The reason why the use of cheap chemicals is such a bad thing is quickly explained when you think of similar products such as cheap shampoo or cheap washing up liquid.
They not only do an incredibly poor job at cleaning carpets to start with, but they also leave a sticky residue which attracts dirt like a magnet. Further still, they are also extremely prone to causing upset stomachs and discomfort for children and pets who come into contact with the nasty chemical residues which get left behind.
The other thing which cheap chemical products do is leave a strong, headache-inducing chemical smell which lingers for a good day or two.