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Professional Carpet Cleaning Vs. DIY: Weighing The Options

Many people have carpeting throughout their home. Ideally, carpets should be deep cleaned every six months to keep them looking brand new. It also helps to get the grime, dirt, and debris out of the carpets which can help reduce allergies, smells, and stains.

The question is: should you use a professional carpet cleaner or try to tackle the task yourself?

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There are quite a few pros and cons to weigh when you decide how or what method you want to use to clean your carpets. Either way, your carpets will thank you for giving them a good cleaning and your family will thank you for making your house smell fresher!

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10 Pro For Professional: They Have Better Equipment

No matter how you look at it, the professionals have better and more powerful equipment when it comes to cleaning carpets. The type of steam and deep cleaners that you can rent or buy at a local store are generally not as strong as what the professionals use.

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After all, they typically spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on the equipment that they have. This is a major point you want to consider when deciding whether or not you should DIY or hire someone to do the job for you.

9 Con For Professional: You Have To Go By Their Schedule

Whether you have children and work or are a stay-at-home-parent, finding time to do anything can sometimes feel overwhelming. So, hiring a professional can turn into just one more thing to try to find time for because you have to go by their schedule and what they have available. But when you are doing the job yourself, you can go by your schedule and you can also clean your carpets at any time of the day or night. That is something major to think about when you have a busy life; like many of us do.

8 Pro For DIY: Savings!

Professionals often go by how many square feet your area of residency is. What this means is that the bigger your house is, the more it is going to cost. As an example, according to Homeadvisor.com, a 200- to 400-square-foot home may be between $80-$130 while 1,000- to 1,500-square-foot home could cost upwards of $200.

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So, like most of is, if you don’t have the extra money to spend on a professional carpet cleaning service, renting or even buying a deep cleaning machine for carpets can ultimately end up saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

7 Con For DIY: Your Carpet Can Become Too Wet

When you take carpet cleaning into your own hands and don’t necessarily know exactly what you are supposed to be doing, it leaves some real potential to cause some damage to the carpets and the flooring under them. If you were to accidentally make your carpets too wet, not only can it soak your carpets and make dry time almost impossible, but it can seep through to the padding and flooring underneath. That can leave one big mess for you to clean back up later on.

6 Pro For Professional: Doesn’t Take As Long To Dry

When you contact the professionals to clean your carpets, they usually know how to do what they are doing very well. They have the proper–industrial strength–equipment that gets the job done, and they usually get it done faster than doing it yourself.

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This also means that the dry time can be much quicker than a DIY project. Quicker dry times can help you get your house back into order much sooner than you may realize.

5 Con For Professional: You Don’t Always Know Who’s Entering Your Home

This world can be scary sometimes, so when we hire a professional to clean our carpets–or for any other reason–we don’t always know who will be entering our homes. Unless there is a way to background check every single professional that comes into your house, the possibilities could be endless. So, sometimes for people who are a little more skeptical of others, doing it themselves could be their best bet to get their carpets looking brand new.

4 Pro For DIY: You Already Know What The Cost Will Be

When you are trying your hand at carpet cleaning, it is much easier – and more affordable – to do it yourself. This way you will easily be able to find out the cost without too much of a guessing game. You will already know what the cost will be without having to worry about additional costs being added to the grand total.

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Whereas professional carpet cleaners usually give you a general quote without having a locked-in, guaranteed price. If some areas are tougher than others to clean, professionals have the right to charge you more.

3 Con For DIY: Trying To Figure Out The Equipment

Sometimes the equipment needed to clean your carpets can be quite difficult for some people to figure out – even with an instruction manual. And there is nothing wrong with that. If you are one of those people who do not know how to use the equipment every well, it may be best to leave the carpet cleaning up to the professionals who already know–and master–how to use the equipment. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your carpets.

2 Pro For Professional: They Know What They’re Doing

It is safe to say that if someone is classified as a professional and has had adequate training in their specialty area that they know exactly what they are doing. Sometimes it really can be best to leave a job like deep cleaning your carpets to the professionals; as long as you can afford them.

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It is always a good idea to search for the best carpet cleaning company with the best ratings. Just browse the Internet with your favorite search engine!

1 Con For Professional: They Can Upcharge For Difficult Areas

Another downfall to hiring a professional to clean your carpets is that even after they give you a quote based on the square feet of your home is that they can upcharge you for difficult areas. The worse the conditions of your carpets, the more money they may charge you.

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Not every company will upcharge, so watch out for the ones that do if you know you have some challenging areas to clean. You can also ask the company if they charge more for difficult areas as well.

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