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 middleman and clean your own carpets, this is a risky proposition.


Here are some 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.

Health Risks

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.

Less Stress

Face it: keeping up with your home on a day-to-day basis is hard enough. With the Holidays wrapping up combined with many people still working from home, messes can crop up like no tomorrow.


Professional cleaning services can step in and take some of the load off of your shoulders, which, in today’s stressful times, can not only be a treat, but a necessity. Indeed, hiring carpet cleaning services or the like enables you to take care of yourself while also taking care of what you value most, and that’s something that you can’t put a price on.

A Quicker Process

Cleaning is a skill just like any other in that it requires practice, error, and sometimes training to hone. Taking the DIY approach as a nonpro drastically increases the likelihood that something will go wrong. While that can usually be fixed, that takes extra time, and since some cleaning processes can close down a room for a bit (IE, carpet cleaning), you should spare no effort to minimize those errors. Your home should be a comfortable, soothing space, not one in which you have to constantly watch where you’re stepping!


Professional cleaners have been there and done that, so to speak; they’ve got the training and know-how to make nearly any job a cinch. By investing in their services, you’re investing in a seamless, simple, quick, and hassle-free cleaning process that can only come from hard-earned experience. So skip the disaster-ridden DIY approach and save yourself the trouble; professional cleaning services are where it’s at.

The Takeaway

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.