If your carpet has begun to look soiled, you have two main choices: shampoo it yourself or hire a professional carpet cleaner. Both of these choices have their advantages and disadvantages. Here's a look.
Pros: The main advantage here is the price. You purchase a shampooer once, and you can use it again and again. It's also easier to schedule a home carpet shampooing session than to juggle your schedule to be around when the carpet shampooing company is available. You can decide to shampoo your carpet at the last minute, and you can choose to do one room at a time if this works better for your schedule.
Cons: Not all home carpet shampooers are created equal. You'll have to do your research to ensure you choose a system that actually works well and that is safe for your carpet. Shampooers can malfunction, ejecting too much water onto your carpet and causing it to take too long to dry. Also, shampooers all use water to clean a carpet; some carpets, such as wool carpets, are really better off being dry cleaned since they're prone to shrinkage.
Hiring a Carpet Cleaner
Pros: Many carpet cleaning companies offer multiple methods and will choose the one that's best for your home. While hot water extraction (the method most home carpet shampooers mimic) might be best for your carpet, dry cleaning might be a better choice. Some carpets also benefit from rotary cleaning, which involves using a brush to work a cleaning solution deeper into the fibers to remove stains and ground-in dirt. Also, most carpet cleaning companies guarantee their services, so if their process does any damage, it will be covered.
Cons: The cost of having your carpet shampooed regularly can add up. Customers pay an average of $25–75 per room. It's usually cheapest to have your whole home shampooed at the same time, but this can lead to some inconveniences when it comes to moving furniture and not walking across carpets until they dry. Some carpet cleaning companies will move the furniture out of the way for you, but you'll generally have to move it back into place a day or two later once the carpet is dry.
If you're not sure whether to opt for professional cleaning or home shampooing, why not work both into your schedule? Many homeowners shampoo their own carpets a few times a year, but also hire a professional once a year or so to give their carpets a more thorough cleaning.Share
26 October 2016
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