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Clean Your Own Carpets or Hire a Professional?

Published: July 17, 2014
You may be thinking that you'll save money on carpet cleaning and either rent a machine or buy your own.  The question is, do you want to deal with the hard work and mess, and will you really save money?  Another consideration is what the machine could do to your expensive carpets.
Most do-it-yourself carpet cleaning machines, whether owned or rented, are heavy and difficult to use.  After all of your hard work, results are typically not that great or lasting. Your carpet may look clean initially, but a week or two later, old spots are back and it already needs to be cleaned again.  There is also the problem of completely removing water left in your carpet since rental and home units are not very effective extractors.  Even a steam cleaning professional is unable to remove all of the water.  After just 3 hours, mold and mildew begin to grow in damp carpets, producing mold spores that circulate throughout the air.
In addition, the low quality (yet expensive) carpet cleaning chemicals that are recommended for use with the machines can be a problem.  Their harsh and often toxic detergents leave a sticky residue that attracts dirt, causing carpets to soil faster. These chemicals can also shorten the life of your carpets and negatively affect your health.
To protect your carpets and keep them looking new, hiring a professional carpet cleaner makes sense.  For best results, look for a company that offers non-toxic, low moisture, detergent-free cleaning that will prolong, not shorten, the life of your carpet.  Choose a system that is recommended by carpet manufacturers as some, especially steam or bonnet cleaning, can void carpet warranties.  Also look for carpet cleaners using organic products that are safe for your children, pets, and the environment.  If your carpet is cleaned properly, it will stay cleaner and last longer, saving you money - and the hard work of cleaning your own.
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