Should You Rent a Steamer or Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner?

Keeping the carpet clean in your home or commercial building usually gets pushed to the end of your to-do list. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to rent a steamer or to hire a professional carpet cleaner.


1. Cleaning
couchblockinstallationMaking sure your carpet gets thoroughly clean should be your main priority when deciding whether to rent a steamer or hire a professional carpet cleaner. If you choose to rent, be sure to do your research. Do-it-yourself cleaning units have a large range of power. While there are some powerful, deep-cleaning units that will work to properly lather and rinse your carpet fibers, there are many on the market that are weak and won’t get the job done.

Professional, truck-mounted cleaning units are extremely powerful. Their strong vacuums are able to suck up dirt, grime, and excess water to help your floor dry faster. The increased drying capabilities of a professional unit also mean that you’ll be able to use your cleaned room faster. Professional cleaners are also able to use hot water consistently to better lather the carpet and help the detergent be more effective in cleaning. The cleaning power of both options should stay high on your priority list.


2. Usability
professionalvacuumwideviewAnother thing to keep in mind when choosing between DIY cleaning and hiring a professional is convenience and usability. Rented steamers should come with instructions, but other than that, you’ll have to operate them on your own. While they are most likely easy to use, non-professional users are subject to error. Using too much detergent, not rinsing well enough, and machine malfunction can all negatively affect your carpet. An untrained eye might not be able to catch the issues during the cleaning process, which can lead to annoying and possibly costly consequences.

Hiring a professional cleaner is convenient because you are not required to do any of the work, including picking up and returning the cleaning unit. Also, because they are professionals, the chances of user error decrease significantly. Weighing convenience and usability should definitely be part of your process when choosing to rent a steamer or hire a professional carpet cleaner.


3. Expense
rakingcarpetThe question many in this situation ask is, “Which option is cheaper?” Steamer rentals are generally pretty inexpensive, with options to rent the machine by the day or week. Professional services tend to be more pricey but do a better job of cleaning your carpet. The cleaner your carpet is with each lather and rinse, the longer you can go before needing another cleaning. In the long run, you need to consider if you’re willing to pay a little extra to deep clean your carpet once or twice a year or pay to rent a cleaner multiple times and wash your carpet frequently yourself.

While rental cleaning units and steamers might be a good choice for small, simple-to-clean areas, a professional cleaning service is most likely needed for bigger projects. If you’re trying to decide whether to rent a steamer or hire a professional carpet cleaner, take time to research your options. You can learn more about Bishop Clean Care’s carpet cleaning and other special services here.



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