Why Carpet Cleaning Should Not Be Your Next DIY Project

Having your carpets cleaned is very important to removing deep down dirt, dust and grime that gets trapped within the fibers of pretty much every carpet.  Most homeowners know the importance of having their carpets cleaned periodically, but there is often a question of whether it makes sense to clean the carpets on your own or to call in a professional.

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In pretty much every situation, the right answer is to call in a professional. Trying to clean your own carpets is a time consuming process, it can be expensive and the results are very unlikely to turn out the way you hope.  There are many reasons why cleaning your carpet should not be a DIY project and here are a few of those reasons.

Why You Should Not Try to DIY Your Carpet Cleaning 

Here are just a few of many reasons why you are not going to be able to get your carpets as clean as the professionals would, and why cleaning your carpets yourself could actually end up doing more damage than good

  • DIY Carpet Cleaning machines are generally not as powerful as the tools that the professionals use. Not only do the machines extract less dirt (which defeats the point of the cleaning) but the machines also are not as able to remove water from the carpets after the carpets have been cleaned. About.com calls this issue out as one of the big downsides or problems with DIY carpet cleaning and it is a major issue. When your carpets sit wet for a lengthy period of time, you are not going to be able to walk on them. The dampness can also result in the formation of mold and mildew, which means that your carpets could end up being a breeding ground for these unsafe substances. You are better off with dirt in the carpet than with mold and mildew that formed from a DIY carpet cleaning attempt.
  • Soap residue can linger if the carpets are not cleaned correctly. Family Handyman warns that soap residue can end up lingering on the top of carpets that are not cleaned as well as they should be. When you try to clean the carpet yourself and the cleaning machine isn’t powerful or isn’t able to remove all of the soap, this lingering soap can end up attracting dirt and making the carpets dirtier. The soap residue can also result in the growth of mildew and mold.  The fact that soap is left behind is one reason why Family Handyman indicates that professionals can do a better job than people who try to clean carpets themselves. However, Family Handyman also warns that you need to choose the right professionals because companies that don’t provide top-quality service could also end up leaving behind soap on the carpets.
  • The water doesn’t get as hot on carpet cleaning machines for home use. When you buy or rent a carpet cleaning machine to try to clean your own carpets, the water is rarely going to get as hot as it does when a professional comes in and cleans your home. This, too, results in a cleaning job that is not as thorough and effective as it should be.
  • Carpet cleaning machines (good ones) can be expensive to rent or buy.  To get a good carpet cleaning machine, you are going to need to spend a lot of money.  You will also need to devote a lot of time to cleaning the carpets in your home. By the time you go to the trouble and incur the expense, you will often find that it would have made more sense to simply hire the professionals to do the job in the first place.

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All of these are key reasons why it just does not make sense to try to clean your carpets on your own. Instead of wasting time, money and energy and ending up with a bad result, you are far better off simply calling in the right professional carpet cleaners to take care of your home.

Companies like Chem-Dry provide a green solution that doesn’t use chemicals that are toxic or harmful to pets or kids.  The special process used by these companies also uses less water, allowing your carpets to dry much more quickly and ensuring you do not have water problems or moisture issues.

Have you tried cleaning your own carpets? Tell us about your experiences in the replies!

Bobby Cranwell is an independent contractor well-versed in home improvement projects. He knows the ins and outs of all sorts of renovations and is willing to give away advice for free. He knows that “sharing the wealth” will come back in the form of new business!

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