Carpet cleaning machines are starting to pop up in almost every home you visit. That doesn't mean you really need one, though.
Just how much regular traffic does your home's carpet really get? If it's just yourself and a spouse, for example, and you don't entertain a lot, your carpet is not getting the beating that a family with four kids and a dog would get. Simply renting a shampooer once a year would be enough.
Do members of your household have allergies to dust and/or dander? Do you have pets? Only if you can answer "yes" to either of those questions would you really need to have your own carpet cleaning machine. The average carpet only needs deep cleaning once every 12 to 18 months. At that rate, renting a steam cleaner from your local grocery store or another retail outlet will probably suffice. If you want a deeper clean, hire a professional to do the work.
Sure, it will cost you more than renting a steamer from the store, but professional cleaners know which type of cleaner will work best on your type of carpet and what stain removers are sure to get out the kind of tough ones embedded in yours. Professionals also use carpet cleaning machines with more powerful motors than those you can rent from the store. That means more water gets sucked up from your carpet, and your pile dries much faster, resulting in a much less chance of mildew.
If you've got a white carpet, light beige, or another light color, investing in a carpet cleaning machine is a wise thing to do, as the need for more regular shampooing to keep the carpet looking its best will make it a wise investment. Otherwise, a once-a-year shampoo is all that's actually required.
Don’t even buy a carpet cleaning machine if you’ve got an older carpet with long-retained stains in it. Repeated washings don’t necessarily equal a cleaner carpet. In fact, if you don’t get enough water out of your carpet or you use too much detergent, you can actually damage your carpet. Get a professional. They’ll not only be able to assess the condition of your carpet; they’ll be able to tell you whether some stains are there to stay, no matter what they do. In that case, ask them to recommend a good carpet store.
Day-to-day cleaning doesn’t require a carpet cleaning machine, either. The average carpet only needs deep cleaning once every 12 to 18 months. At that rate, renting a steam cleaner from your local grocery store or another retail outlet will probably suffice. If you want a deeper clean, hire a professional to do the work.