Most carpet manufacturers recommend a professional deep cleaning at least once a year, depending on the rug’s exposure to foot traffic and spills. While it may be tempting to cut out the middle man and clean your own carpets, this is a risky proposition. Here are two of the most important reasons why you should always hire a professional to clean your carpets and upholstered furnishings, rather than attempt to do it yourself.
Residue from lingering carpet shampoo contains dangerous chemicals that may pose health risks for anyone in the home, especially if they suffer from asthma, allergies or respiratory issues. Unless you can be sure that your cleaning machine will remove 100 percent of the cleaning residue from your carpets and upholstery, your family may be at risk. On a side note, this leftover residue can also cause your carpets and upholstery to become soiled again much sooner.
To eliminate potential health risks, hire a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning
company that uses industrial-strength, hot-water extraction machines and treatments that leave behind no residue. Keep in mind these health risks may also pertain to any pets residing in your home.
Inferior Cleaning Ability
Renting a domestic machine to clean your carpets
and upholstery is usually not a good alternative to hiring a professional for a few reasons:
- The quality and performance of domestic cleaning machines are often unreliable and the results can widely vary.
- Many domestic machines are not powerful enough to provide a thorough deep cleaning.
- Cleaning machine rentals often have less-powerful extraction capabilities, leaving your carpets wetter.
Professionals use industrial equipment that provides a deeper steam cleaning, mainly because of the extremely high temperature of the water. The water in the machine must be hot enough to remove all the ground-in dirt, allergens and bacteria lurking deep within the fibers. One reason many domestic machines provide inferior results is because the water is not hot enough for proper cleaning and disinfection.
Additionally, professional steam cleaning machines have greater water-extraction capabilities than domestic machines. Water extraction is the important final step that involves removing as much residue and dirty water from the fibers as possible. Since domestic machines have less-powerful extraction, they leave behind more residue and dirty water.
When you consider the possible health risks, combined with a domestic cleaning machine’s inferior results, the answer is clear: Always allow a professional to properly clean, sanitize and deodorize your home’s carpets and upholstery.