A lot of people are skeptical about the benefits of professional carpet cleaning, and make the argument that they can save money by doing it themselves. They might argue that the carpet is clean enough, just from vacuuming and cleaning up spills, or even that they can do a more thorough job by renting ‘professional’ cleaning equipment and using it themselves. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Vacuuming alone leaves behind all kind of food and dust particles, not to mention mold! But what about home cleaning units, or even the more powerful rented ones?
Firstly, when you compare these home units to the truck-mounted kind used by professionals, they’re not even close. When you pay for professional carpet cleaning, part of what you’re paying for is the equipment being used, and the quality reflects that. The power and heat of a professional unit is far beyond those you can get for yourself.
The other thing you’re paying for is the expertise of the carpet technician. There are many mistakes it’s possible to make when operating this equipment, and a trained and experienced professional who cleans several carpets a day is simply less likely to make those mistakes. One is using too much detergent! This is a problem inherent in a lot of the easier to use carpet cleaning products you see advertised on TV, which involve either sprinkling detergent on the carpet, scrubbing it, and leaving it, or otherwise vacuuming up detergent afterwards. In either case, soap and detergent often gets left behind. If you use too much detergent, the same can happen when using a larger cleaning unit.
Even more problematic than too much detergent is too much water! It’s easy enough to get a carpet wet, but to get it properly dry takes work. Remember: even if only a little bit of water remains on even a few carpet fibers, it can become a breeding ground for mold and fungi, which are dangerous for your family’s health. Professional carpet cleaning avoids this problem because experienced technicians know exactly how much water they need, and their more powerful machines can thoroughly and quickly dry carpet in a way that home units simply cannot.
All of this is not to say that you shouldn’t keep your own carpets in good order in between professional carpet cleanings. Home units do make a difference, and can go a long way to helping you keep your carpets looking bright between professional visits. But at the end of the day, for a truly clean carpet, you need a professional.