Although there are times that call for professional carpet cleaning, sometimes all you really need is a quick do-it-yourself (DIY) clean. For those looking for the upsides and downsides of professional versus DIY carpet cleaning, our Manchester carpet cleaning experts at Soil Away have compiled the blog below to help you decide which choice is best suited for your needs.
Whether you decide to hire a professional or conduct the cleaning on your own, the basic procedures are typically the same. This method is commonly referred to as either steam cleaning or hot water extraction. After applying a solution of detergent and water over your carpet, you use a vacuum to remove as much moisture as possible. This process rinses the carpet fibers while simultaneously flushes out dirt. You can purchase your own steam cleaning vacuum for this or even rent one, so why use a professional?
There are several ways that professional carpet cleaning can give your home the edge when it comes to the cleaning. First, professionals clean carpets every day and know the ins and outs of the procedure – it isn’t likely that a professional is going to botch the job and ruin your carpet. This is a real risk with DIY cleaning. Second, is equipment performance and capabilities. For example, professional equipment uses hot water to boost their detergent’s effectiveness, something that rental machines don’t provide as well. Although you can pour hot water into the mixing tank, this will not give you the same cleaning quality that you get from professional tools.
For those that know what they’re doing, renting a carpet cleaning machine can save you money. Nevertheless, there are some downsides. For one, quality varies greatly, meaning if you aren’t experienced with carpet cleaning you may not obtain the desired cleaning results. You may also risk damaging your carpet. For example, some machines will dump too much detergent onto your carpet and without the proper training or experience you won’t even realize it.
You should also consider where the rental machine was prior to you using it. The machine could have been used in a very unsanitary environment. You likely don’t want to cross-contaminate your property. Make sure to ask the rental company how they handle machines after they are returned. Are they cleaned? Professional carpet cleaning companies frequently clean and sanitize their equipment.
Purchasing a quality deep-cleaning machine can get around the problem of unreliable rentals, although they still require you to read their directions carefully and take care of them. If you’re looking for quality cleaning tools, expect to spend hundreds of dollars. Conversely, hiring a professional cleaner allows you to get high quality service without consuming your valuable time. You can sit back while they get the job done without worrying about improper use of the machine.
Whether you decide to conduct your cleaning procedure on your own or with professional help, our Manchester carpet cleaning experts are always a call away and can help you get your carpet into top shape. For further questions or concerns, give us a call anytime at (603) 301-4863 and we’ll be happy to help you out.