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DIY vs Professional Carpet Cleaning: What’s the Best Option?

Regular cleaning can extend the life of the carpets in your Forks Township rental properties. But, sadly, shampooing carpets may be an expensive maintenance item, particularly if you find yourself needing to do it more than once a year. One practice to save on costs is to clean the carpets in your rental house yourself. But is it worth it to do so? By knowing more regarding the advantages and disadvantages of both professional and do-it-yourself carpet cleaning, you can, with more confidence, select the choice that is perfect for your properties.

Most people know for certain that cleaning carpets will help remove stains and odors. Though regular cleaning does better than that. It can actually restore the look and feel of carpets, especially nylon carpet, and remove deeply embedded dirt that a regular vacuum cleaner is unable to remove. For some carpets, manufacturers recommend using a hot water extraction method, frequently cited as “steam cleaning.” This style deep cleans carpets by spraying hot water (often mixed with a cleaning solution) onto the carpet and then using strong suction to remove it, along with the dirt.

Many professional carpet cleaners, along with do-it-yourself carpet cleaning machines, use the same hot water extraction method. But there are distinct differences in the process as well as the results. Professional carpet cleaners often use either a truck-mounted cleaning unit or a portable unit. Of the two, the truck-mounted units show a tendency to have the best results for the reason that they are more powerful, extract water more efficiently and lead to shorter drying times. On the contrary, renting or buying a steam cleaning machine can help you save plenty of money. Besides, just in case your carpets need a touch-up between full cleanings, it may be handy to have a smaller device on hand to address spills or accidents.

Without a doubt, there are some disadvantages to the DIY route. Employing a smaller personal machine does take more time than a professional cleaner would. Supposing you like to do an entire rental house or large areas, you can spend a whole day solely cleaning the carpets. After all that hard work, the results are likely to be less than ideal. Smaller carpet cleaning machines often don’t remove enough of the water from the carpet, so it can take carpets a very long time to dry. The longer the drying time, the higher the risk for complications like mold, or further dirt collection, so taking advantage of fans to speed the process is generally advised. One other probable problem is employing too much or too little cleaning solution. Either could cause issues, from a stiff carpet to an insufficient level of cleanliness.

Although professional cleaning will usually give you good results, it does come at a price. The advanced technology and service professional carpet cleaners offer will cost more than trying to do it yourself. If you consider looking around for bargain deals, it may result in anything between shoddy service and full scams. But, professional carpet cleaning is more efficient, takes less time to dry, and usually only takes a couple of hours (or less), depending on the area. When you tend to use the same company regularly, they might be willing to offer you a deal.

Whether you hire a professional carpet cleaner or do it yourself, understanding what you are getting yourself into either way may make it simple to determine the option that is great for you and your rental properties.

If you’d rather not bother with these nitty-gritty details yourself, don’t hesitate to contact the Forks Township property managers at Real Property Management Lehigh Valley. Our property management services count regular maintenance service, rescuing you from such struggles and headaches. Contact us online or call us at 484-544-3351 today.

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