Dirty carpets are an inevitable part of life. Daily foot traffic leaves dirt, grime, and ground-in debris that gets pushed deeper and deeper into carpet fibers. Hot water extraction, often called steam cleaning, is the best way to give carpets a thorough clean. From professional carpet cleaning to rented steam cleaners to purchasing a household carpet cleaner, you have many choices when it’s time to deep clean the carpets in your home.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
Allowing a professional cleaning technician to deep clean your carpets, rugs, and upholstery can perhaps be the simplest route since the technician will take care of all the manual labor. A professional carpet cleaner will provide a top-notch cleaning service using industrial grade equipment.
The cleaning machines that a professional uses are, in most respects, superior to any steam cleaning machine that you could purchase. Some cleaning services use portable steam cleaners, while others use truck-mounted machines. A truck-mounted carpet cleaner is the most effective cleaning systems that currently exists. Using the truck’s engine for its power supply, this type of carpet cleaner has a super strong suction that enables it to extract far more dirt than other machines.
A professional carpet cleaning technician will, as necessary, move any furniture out of a room before cleaning. He will also vacuum the carpets using an industrial-strength vacuum to pick up dirt, dust, hair, crumbs, and virtually all other debris. Using a professional service means that the technician will take care of all filling and emptying of tanks, saving you the trouble of carrying heavy tanks full of water. The technician will also clean the machine after the carpet cleaning is finished and will move all furniture back to its original places.
As you may expect, the cost of hiring a professional carpet cleaning company will be higher than renting or purchasing a steam cleaner. For some people, it may feel inconvenient to have a stranger come into the home for several hours. For many others, however, the effectiveness and benefits of a professional carpet cleaning outweigh the cost and any perceived inconvenience.
Rented Steam Cleaners
In terms of both cost and effectiveness, renting a steam cleaning machine is the ‘middle ground’ between a professional cleaning and purchasing your own machine. The cost for renting a cleaner can be significantly less than hiring a professional, and the quality of clean can be nearly as good.
A rented steam cleaner provides a powerful level of suction that can pull large amounts of dirt out of the carpet fibers. These machines also have large tanks that can hold enough hot water and cleaning solution to make refills infrequent. At the same time, however, they suck so much liquid out of the carpet that the waste water tank may need to be emptied more often.
Perhaps the greatest drawback to renting a steam cleaning machine is that each rental lasts for just 24 hours. If you need to clean multiple rooms, it may take several continuous hours to complete the cleaning before the rental period is over.
Purchasing a Steam Cleaner
Purchasing your own steam cleaner is the most cost-effective way to give your carpets a deep down clean. The total cost of a home steam cleaner is approximately the same as renting cleaner just two or three times. Home steam cleaners have excellent cleaning capabilities, though they may not be as powerful as rental or professional units.
Benefits of owning your own steam cleaning machine include being able to clean as often as you’d like as well as having the machine on hand to clean up fresh stains as necessary. One drawback is that you will need to fill and empty all of the tanks and clean the machine after each use.
Each cleaning method has its advantages and disadvantages, and which route you choose will depend on the size of your home, your cleaning needs, and your budget. A professional carpet cleaning is probably the most thorough, while buying your own carpet cleaner will save money in the long run.