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DIY vs Professional Carpet Cleaning: What’s the Best Option?

Hyde Park Carpet Cleaners Using Industrial Equipment to Clean CarpetsRegular cleaning can extend the life of the carpets in your Hyde Park rental properties. If you value your carpet, shampooing it can help preserve it, even if it comes as an expensive maintenance item. Besides, maintaining it will only be an issue if you do it more than once a year. One way to save on costs is to clean the carpets in your rental house yourself. Nevertheless, is it that big of a deal? Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of both professional and do-it-yourself carpet cleaning could lead you to a more thorough understanding and decision as to which of the two you want.

Most people know that cleaning carpets will help remove stains and odors. But regular cleaning does more than that. It can restore the look and feel of carpets, especially nylon carpets, and remove deeply embedded dirt that a regular vacuum cleaner is unable to remove. For most carpets, manufacturers recommend using a hot water extraction method, often referred to as “steam cleaning.” This method deep cleans carpets by spraying hot water (often mixed with a cleaning solution) onto the carpet and then using strong suction to remove it, along with the dirt.

Most professional carpet cleaners and do-it-yourself carpet cleaning machines use the same hot water extraction method. But there are usually distinct differences in the process as well as the results. Professional carpet cleaners often use either a truck-mounted cleaning unit or a portable unit. Between the two choices, the truck-mounted units are more efficient since they are more powerful, extract water more efficiently, and lead to shorter drying times. Renting or buying a steam cleaning machine is an option, too, however. These units are more affordable, as well. It would be handy to have a smaller device on hand to address little issues like spills or accidents. Your carpet won’t need much — just a few touch-ups between full cleanings.

However, the DIY route does have a few disadvantages. Using a smaller personal machine does take more time than a professional cleaner typically would. Should the task involve an entire rental house or large areas, it could cost you spending a whole day just cleaning the carpets. Despite all of the effort put into it, the results are likely to be less than ideal. Smaller carpet cleaning machines often don’t remove enough of the water from the carpet, so it can take carpets a very long time to dry. The longer the drying time, the higher the risk for complications like mold or further dirt collection, so using fans to speed the process is usually recommended. One possible issue is the use of too much or too little cleaning solution. Any of the two will lead to either a stiff carpet or an insufficient level of cleanliness.

While professional cleaning will usually give you good results, it does come at a price. The advanced technology and service professional carpet cleaners provide will cost more than trying to do it yourself. Looking for bargain deals, however, could lead to anything between shoddy service and full scams. However, professional carpet cleaning is more efficient, takes less time to dry, and usually only takes a couple of hours (or less), depending on the area. If you tend to use the same company regularly, they might be willing to offer you a deal.

Think about yourself and your rental properties when you decide to either hire a professional carpet cleaner or do it yourself. Different choices lead to different outcomes. Choose well!

If all of these nitty-gritty details are a bit too much for you, our competent team of Hyde Park property managers at Real Property Management Cache Valley can help you, all so that you don’t have to go about this yourself. Regular maintenance service, being part of the many services we offer, is something you might need, as well. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 435-753-5200 to know more about what we can do for you.

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