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

Hot Springs Carpet Cleaners Using Industrial Equipment to Clean CarpetsRegular cleaning can extend the life of the carpets in your Hot Springs rental properties. Even if it is an expensive maintenance item, shampooing carpets is necessary. But, it may not become so much of a hassle if you do it not more than once a year. One way to save on costs is to clean the carpets in your rental house yourself. However, is it that valuable? Don’t hesitate to make inquiries on the advantages and disadvantages of both professional and do-it-yourself carpet cleaning. In doing so, you will be making a more informed decision. This will lead you to the best option for your properties.

Most people know that cleaning carpets will help remove stains and odors. But regular cleaning does more than that. It can 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 most carpets, manufacturers recommend using a hot water extraction method, often referred to as “steam cleaning.” This method 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.

Most professional carpet cleaners, as well as do-it-yourself carpet cleaning machines, use the same hot water extraction method. But there are usually 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. The truck-mounted units, though, are more effective since they are more powerful, extract water more efficiently, and lead to shorter drying times. But, if your goal is to be more economical, then renting or buying a steam cleaning machine would be a better option. Another way to cut costs is to use a smaller device on hand to address spills or accidents so that you only need a few touch-ups in between full cleanings of your carpet.

Do take note, however, that while the DIY route might be cost-effective and efficient, it also has disadvantages. Using a smaller personal machine does take more time than a professional cleaner typically would. Should the task involve an entire rental house or large areas, it could cost you spending a whole day just cleaning the carpets. After all that labor, 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 using fans to speed the process is usually recommended. One possible issue is the use of too much or too little cleaning solution. Both can bring about a stiff carpet or an insufficient level of cleanliness.

While professional cleaning will usually give you good results, it does come at a price. The advanced technology and service professional carpet cleaners provide will cost more than trying to do it yourself. Deciding to look for bargain deals might be economical but at the risk and cost of running into anything between shoddy service and full scams. However, 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. If you tend to use the same company regularly, they might be willing to offer you a deal.

If you decide to hire a professional carpet cleaner or do it yourself, be sure that your decision is thorough and well informed, all for the benefit of you and your rental properties.

Too busy to get tangled up in these nitty-gritty details yourself? We have a team of Hot Springs property managers at Real Property Management Hometown ready to serve you. Regular maintenance service, being part of the many services we offer, is something you might need, as well. If you are interested in learning more or have additional questions, please contact us online or by phone at 501-701-4702 or 501-303-6870 today.

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