Carpet Cleaning: DIY or Hire a Pro

November 27th, 2011

It is a fact of life: if you have carpets, they’re going to get dirty. So, what are you to do when the holidays are approaching and your home has been volunteered as the site of festivities? Should you clean the carpets yourself, or spend the money and hire a professional?


If you do not have the money to hire a professional carpet cleaner, renting your own carpet cleaner machine and doing it yourself may seem like a smart idea. However, most carpet manufacturers actually discourage this, and for a number of good reasons:

Harmful Chemicals in Carpet Cleaning Solutions

Carpet cleaning solutions may contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your lungs or cause an asthma attack. There are some carpet cleaning solutions are designed to have a neutral ph, which is meant to lessen the risk of harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, these solutions tend to be very soapy and can leave a residue on the carpet. Ideally, a carpet cleaning should be followed by two or three hot water rinses, but this also increases the risk of leaving your carpet wet.

Excessive Use of Cleaner

While it might seem like using more cleaning solution will help get your carpets cleaner, this is not the case. Instead, overusing detergents actually increases the amount of time and work involved in cleaning your carpets. Residue can build up easily, resulting in more dirt and grime than you may have had to begin with.

Damp Carpets

A side effect of cleaning your carpets is that they take a long time to dry. Normally, a carpet should take about eight hours to dry; however, over-saturating your carpet can turn hours into days. The longer it takes your carpet to dry, the more prone your carpets are for developing mold and mildew, both of which pose major health risks. Overly damn carpets can also cause the backing on the carpet to de-laminate, resulting in the need to replace your carpet sooner than was expected.

Hire a Professional

Although it is not cheap, most sources recommend that you hire a professional carpet cleaner to take care of your dirty rugs. It is the easiest, fastest and safest option, without any need for research into dangerous chemicals. These trained professionals have their own commercial cleaning equipment and know the risks involved with cleaning carpets. By hiring a professional, you can also choose from several methods of carpet cleaning, including truck mount steam cleaning and low-moisture cleaning. Once they are done with your carpet, it could look brand new.

It is crucial to do your research before deciding on who to hire. If you end up hiring untrustworthy carpet cleaners, you could end up with carpet that looks worse than before, with damaged padding and floors. Don’t be afraid to ask questions concerning what chemicals they use or whether or not they vacuum before cleaning.

If you still insist on cleaning your carpets yourself, here are a few tips to make the process easier:

· Read up on carpet cleaning, especially the chemicals involved.

· Make sure you know how to use your carpet cleaning machine of choice.

· Wear a mask while cleaning and make sure to keep everyone out of the house until the carpets are completely dry.

· Use fans or open the window to help aerate your house.

2 Responses to “Carpet Cleaning: DIY or Hire a Pro”

  1. Bella Enveeus says:

    definitely hire a pro for me.. but i'll see what type of carpet.. if the small ones, i think i can manage myself

  2. It makes better sense to hire a professional, but shop around a bit first and get as many free quotes for the job as possible, great advice here.

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