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

Radford Carpet Cleaners Using Industrial Equipment to Clean CarpetsRegular cleaning can extend the life of the carpets in your Radford rental properties. But, as it happens, shampooing carpets can be an expensive maintenance item, certainly, if you find yourself having to implement it more than once a year. One technique to save on costs is to clean the carpets in your rental house yourself. But is it completely worth it to do so? By knowing more related to the advantages and disadvantages of both professional and do-it-yourself carpet cleaning, you can, more absolutely, decide on the option that is excellent for your properties.

People already know that cleaning carpets will help remove stains and odors. But, in actuality, regular cleaning does so much more than that. It can surely 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 many carpets, manufacturers recommend using a hot water extraction method, basically known as “steam cleaning.” This strategy 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.

Some professional carpet cleaners, just as do-it-yourself carpet cleaning machines, use the same hot water extraction method. However, there are generally 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. Of the two, the truck-mounted units are apt to cause more excellent payoffs since they are more powerful, extract water more efficiently and lead to shorter drying times. Although renting or buying a steam cleaning machine can keep costs down and help you save up loads of money. On top of that, if your carpets need a touch-up between full cleanings, it can thus be helpful to have a smaller device on hand to address spills or accidents.

For sure, there are different disadvantages to the DIY route. Using a smaller personal machine does take more time than a professional cleaner typically would. When you have to do an entire rental house or large areas, you could readily spend a whole day only cleaning the carpets. On top of that, after all that work and effort, 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 utilizing fans to speed the process is oftentimes commended. One other imminent trouble is opting to use too much or too little cleaning solution. Either may bring about complexities, from stiff carpet to an insufficient level of cleanliness.

Even though 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. Supposing you prefer to look around and compare for bargain deals, it can lead to anything between shoddy service and full scams. But 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. Just in case you tend to use the same company regularly, they might be willing to offer you a deal.

Whether you hire a professional carpet cleaner or do it yourself, grasping well what you are getting yourself into either way could make it hassle-free to choose the way that is appropriate for you and your rental properties.

If you’d rather not be anguished in terms of these nitty-gritty details yourself, you are welcome to talk to the Radford property managers at Real Property Management Insight. Our property management services envelop regular maintenance service, releasing you from these nuisances and headaches. Contact us online or call us at 540-998-6917 today.

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