Carpet Cleaning Minimums
If you have ever tried to get carpet cleaning done in just one room, you have probably run into the dreaded minimum charge. The downside to needing only one room of carpet cleaned or for having only one room of carpet is that it will cost you much more to clean it on average. But why do carpet cleaners half to charge this minimum?
There are many reasons why a carpet cleaner has to charge a minimum. For starters, there is travel time to and from the job. It will probably take your carpet cleaner 20 to 30 min. to reach you and then 20 to 30 min. to get back. That is almost an hour of time in just travel. Along with that time, they also have fuel expense. If you are using a carpet cleaner who uses a truck mount, and you should be, the weight of these cleaning units means that the carpet cleaner is probably only getting 8 to 10 miles per gallon. This cost of fuel adds up in a hurry.
Another reason that a carpet cleaner has to charge a minimum is because of set up and take down time. It takes about 10 to 15 min. to set up a truckmounted carpet cleaning machine and 10 to 15 min. to take it all down. It takes the same amount of time to do this whether they are cleaning one room or 10 rooms. So, a one-room job does not take much less time than a two room job.
Lastly, you have to realize that a carpet cleaners time is valuable. There are just so many jobs that they can fit in on one day. This is especially true if the carpet cleaner is an owner operator instead of a large company. An owner operator may only be able to do 3 to 4 jobs a day, so they have to make the most of their time. Without a minimum charge, if the carpet cleaner were to do 3 to 4 one room jobs a day at the regular room rate, they would go broke.
So you see, there are many reasons that a carpet cleaner needs to charge a minimum. Still, the average minimum and the carpet cleaning industry is not that high. Most carpet cleaners charge a mere 90 to 100 dollars as a minimum.