Is Professional Carpet Cleaning Better than Do It Yourself?
If you’re wondering if it’s cheaper to clean your own carpet as opposed to hiring a professional carpet cleaning company, the answer is usually no. The cost of renting or purchasing a quality carpet cleaner, along with the time and effort it takes to clean a carpet usually outweighs the cost of hiring a professional. That being said, there are some times where cleaning your own carpet may be the cheaper option. For example, if your carpet is not very dirty and is only lightly soiled, you may be able to clean it yourself without incurring a lot of expense.
Cleaning your own carpets can have the advantage of being less expensive than hiring a professional carpet cleaning company. However, it also has several disadvantages. First, it requires time and effort that you may not have, while professionals are going to have years of experience and knowledge. Second, if you don’t have a high-quality carpet cleaner, the results may not be as good as those of a professional. Finally, you run the risk of damaging your carpet fibers if you use too much cleaning solution, scrub too hard or use a process that can be damaging to the type of fabric you’re cleaning.
Should I use a cleaning solution to clean my carpet?
Carpets are made of different materials, which means different materials require different cleaning solutions. Using the wrong type of solution could damage your carpet or void its warranty. When in doubt, conduct a thorough amount of research first or contact a professional carpet cleaner to get the best results. If you are still investigating the option of hiring a professional carpet cleaner – ask what types of cleaning solutions they use in their professional services. Companies like Rug Doctor list many different solutions that can be harmful if not used by an expert cleaner. Carpet cleaning is much more complex than renting a carpet cleaning machine and expecting a professional result. A professional carpet cleaner will know the proper equipment and cleaning solution to use on your carpet to get you the best results.
Can I keep my carpets clean with a vacuum?
Yes, you can vacuum your carpet to remove dirt, dust and many other debris. However, vacuuming alone, even with a high quality vacuum, will not deep clean your carpet or remove all of the dirt and allergens. For best results, you should vacuum regularly and have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 months. Carpet cleaning goes way beyond running a vacuum over your carpet. It not only deeply cleans your carpets, making them look brand new, but it removes bad odors that are caused from stains and bacteria. Additionally, high foot traffic areas are no match for weak vacuums. Professional carpet cleaning equipment is a more effective solution that is oftentimes safer for you and your family than store-bought cleaning solutions. Steam cleaning, deep shampooing, and a hot water extraction method is another good reason to hire a professional carpet cleaning service, especially for pesky stain removal.
Should I steam clean my carpet?
Steam cleaning your carpets can help remove dirt, dust, and stains. However, it’s important to use the steam cleaner for the correct types of carpet and issues. Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damaging your carpet, and do proper research beforehand. In general, you should only steam clean your carpet if it is made of natural fibers such as wool or cotton. DIY carpet cleaning using steam cleaners can also be a dangerous solution, even if you rent carpet cleaners and equipment. The DIY carpet cleaners that you rent, or other carpet cleaning machines, may not be good for your home or your carpet’s specific needs.
Is a Professional Carpet Cleaning Service always the way to go?
Hiring a professional carpet cleaning service has its benefits and negatives. On the plus side, professionals have the knowledge, experience and equipment to do a thorough job. They can also get your carpet cleaned in less time than it would take you to do it yourself. By the time you research the type of carpet you have, the type of stain and stain removal process, and buy the right equipment, you could have already hired a professional. The downside is that professional carpet cleaning can be expensive depending on how many rooms you need cleaned. However, if your carpet is very dirty or heavily soiled, it is usually worth the expense. It is a fact that hiring a professional carpet cleaner is much less expensive than having to completely replace your carpets.
Experience – what is it worth to you?
Professional cleaners have a lot of experience dealing with different techniques in getting a carpet clean without trial and error. How many times have you attempted a job and had to go back and do it over more than once? Most DIY carpet cleaning attempts take more than one try, so depending on the amount of time you have it may be worth trying. However, if you are busy with a full-time job, children, pets, and other responsibilities, it may be hard to find the time to attempt to clean your carpets on your own. Cleaning carpets may sound simple at first, but a professional cleaning service has many advantages.
Time – what is yours worth?
How much time do you have to devote to your own carpet cleaning project? DIY carpet cleaning projects will take time from planning to completion. You will have to research professional carpet cleaners and select a carpet cleaning machine which can cost just as much as hiring a professional. Oftentimes, more than one carpet cleaning machine or solution will be necessary – perhaps steam cleaners will be used on one carpet and regular cleaning on another. Carpet fibers can also vary from room to room, as well as types of stains. Not only that, but learning how to operate a carpet cleaning machine requires time and dedication. Renting equipment can sound good initially, but professional equipment is not cheap. Deep cleaning always comes at an expense. Just make sure you consider your time as one of the factors. Professional carpet cleaners are often able to give you a free consultation and completely clean a room in under 30 minutes.
By now, we have given you a lot to think about in your quest for a clean carpet free of stains and bad odors. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner may be your most cost effective route. If you do decide to rent a professional machine or stick with a consumer grade machine, keep in mind that Carpet Cleaning of Norfolk is just a call away. We have the right equipment to give your carpets a deep clean without any damage and the ability to remove the toughest stains. Not only that, but professional carpet cleaning is a great solution to extend your carpet’s lifespan by several years.
By using powerful equipment operated by professionals that have the right chemicals and solutions is always better than potentially damaging your carpets. Damaged carpets cost far more to replace than professional carpet cleaning. Your carpets will thank you and your local store will still survive. Having your carpet cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner will reward you in the long run – if you have decided to call a professional, call Carpet Cleaning of Norfolk today!