We’re going to let you in on a little secret: getting a professional to clean your carpets is more expensive than doing it yourself. You might be extremely tempted to opt for DIY since you can save a little cash by doing so, and we definitely welcome you to do whatever makes the most sense for your home and budget!
But before you run to the store to pick up a carpet cleaner, take note of the hidden costs of choosing to DIY your carpet cleaning: it takes a ton of time, and if it’s not done just right, you’re running the risk of carpet damage and mold growth…and that’s just the beginning!
It can take several hours to get the job done right.
There are some downsides to DIY carpet cleaning, and the biggest one is that it takes a long time. The process of cleaning your carpets has several steps:
- Vacuum first
- Move every piece of furniture
- Do a proper pass with the carpet cleaner
- Go over your freshly washed carpet with a rinse
- Allow ample time to dry (that could mean that people aren’t allowed on the carpet for several hours)
If you don’t allow enough time for the carpet to dry, you’re creating a great environment for mold growth, and the tricky part about that mold growth in your carpets is that it’s tough to spot right away! You can also damage your carpets if you put your furniture back too soon. The stain from your furniture can leak onto wet carpets, causing nasty discolorations.
If you use the wrong soap-to-water ratio you can damage your carpet.
The soap that carpet cleaners use foams up a lot, and if your soap-to-water ratio is off, your carpets will be full of suds. Sudsy carpets are dirt magnets! Sudsy carpets are also full of soap residue, which will aggravate the fibers and damage your carpet.
Getting things just right when you’re cleaning your carpets is a tough job! And we haven’t even talked about the hassle of alternating between washing and rinsing yet!
After every round of cleaner, you’ll need to go over your carpet with a neutralizing solution. But if you don’t use the proper solution–or if you use too much water–you could saturate your carpet too much, which, again, creates an ideal environment for mold and mildew growth.
The devil’s in the details.
Any carpet cleaning service worth their soap does a few things in particular that set the experience apart from DIY:
Doing so requires specific cleaning materials and heavy-duty equipment. Doing all of that yourself would become pretty costly pretty quickly, not to mention the headache of learning how to tackle those things too!
It’s a commitment to get your carpets cleaned in the best way possible.
We’ve been doing this for years, and we do it so well that we’ve been voted the Local Best in the “Carpet Cleaning” category quite a few years. If you opt to have us take care of the carpet cleaning for you, we promise we’ll take great care of your carpet, and you won’t even need to lift a finger! Find out more about our carpet cleaning packages, and then give us a call! We’re happy to help.