Hidden Costs of Carpet Cleaning

There are a lot of costs that come with carpet cleaning, including some hidden costs of carpet cleaning. These hidden costs can add some unexpected expenses to your cleaning. Thus, it’s important to make sure you are aware of these potentially hidden costs.

This rings especially true when dealing with quoting your services for a client. Residential and Commercial carpet cleaning both have some hidden costs, but much more so on the commercial carpet cleaning end.

Below, we have outlined the top hidden costs to consider when carpet cleaning. This will help you accurately quote your client and give them the best price and service possible.

Time to clean the area

Sometimes what is often overlooked is the outline of the area and how much time it might take to clean the facility. For some facilities the cost may go up significantly depending on the amount of machines and time spent on cleaning the carpet.

For example, if you are in a place that is going to have a lot of furniture like an office, then it will be important to consider the work of moving all the furniture. Moving furniture also takes time and depending on how you are charging your clients, could change the value.

Working around furniture could also burn more electricity and power. You will also need to consider the square feet of the office or room as that will play a role in how quickly it will be done.

When are you cleaning?

The time of day that you decide to clean your client’s carpet is also very important in limiting the costs of carpet cleaning. This is in large part because of the costs of the building increase during non-peak hours.

Carpet cleaning during the day would be the most optimal time but can be difficult at times. During the day is when most employees are at the office for working hours.

Carpet cleaning can be noisy and a bit of a disruption so businesses may opt to do this at night which they then could try to cost you for coming to clean at night. In addition, this can cost more on electricity as well having to use the lights.

Amount of water used

This is where it is an advantage to use low moisture cleaning as you are avoiding the potential heavy costs of water. Obviously, the amount of water used will depend on various different factors including the size of the office, which method of cleaning is used, and how much traffic is in the area.

The beauty of low moisture cleaning is it focuses on using much less water than traditional hot water extraction. Using less water also results in saving money and energy.

Saving money on water is an easy and controllable expense for most carpet cleaners. Of course, if you do use hot water extraction then it will be important to consider how big the area is being cleaned. Also, how much traffic the carpet sees and how often you may need to clean it.


In conclusion, these are some of the costs that can be easily forgotten when taking on jobs. Remember the importance of considering all of the potential costs in terms of profitability for your company.

Carpet cleaning is a great business and one with a lot of demand. The main goal of any business is to make money and these are ways to help you save some cash.

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