Many of us have a strong “Do it yourself” attitude when it comes to getting chores done around the house. There’s a good reason for that—we get a strong sense of satisfaction after having done something ourselves! This is especially true when it comes to things like cleaning our bathroom, our kitchen, and our carpets. Devoting an afternoon to your cleaning your carpet may seem as simple as buying or renting a portable carpet cleaning machine from your nearby appliance store. After all, these are supposedly a more powerful solution than the simple vacuum cleaner you have in your closet! When you return home from buying or renting the machine, along with the necessary cleaning solutions, will you have saved money once you devote a day to cleaning the carpet yourself?
Portable does not equal professional
A portable carpet cleaning machine isn’t going to achieve the same effect as a professional carpet cleaning treatment would. This is due to several reasons:
1. Portable carpet cleaning machines are simply not as powerful as commercial equipment. The trade-off of being able to fit one into your car to drive home means that the motors and pumps inside won’t be as heavy or strong as a professional machine would.
2. Damp carpet is an issue that can come up from cleaning a carpet yourself. If you’re not careful with the amount of moisture you use, it’s very easy to over wet your carpet, which can cause odors and slow the drying process considerably.
3. Your carpet can easily become re-soiled with detergent residue, if the detergent isn’t properly extracted.
When you add everything up, it’s almost always more cost effective to have your carpet professionally cleaned. You’ll save time from driving to and from the store, the drying process will be much more efficient, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your carpet will look and feel fresh for a much longer period of time. The cleanliness that a portable carpet cleaning machine can attain compared to trained technicians with professional equipment is quite a big difference.