Risks of DIY
Generally, DIY machines do not heat the water to the same high temperature as professional machines, which results in less effective cleaning. In addition, these machines are not as powerful as the ones professionals use, which means that they are not able to extract as much of the water (and therefore dirt) from the carpet.
When properly done, the carpet should be only slightly damp after it has been thoroughly cleaned. Wet carpet indicates that the machine was not powerful enough to do the job effectively. If your carpet is very wet after cleaning, use fans to speed up the drying and be sure to stay off it until it is dry. Do not replace the furniture before the carpet is completely dry.
Professional Carpet Steam Cleaning
Professional cleaners may use either a truck-mounted unit or a portable machine. The portable machine has obvious benefits, such as being able to be used in apartment and condo buildings in units that would otherwise be beyond the reach of a truck-mounted unit's hose. However, truck-mounted units are more powerful than portable units and should be used whenever possible for maximum efficiency.
Carpet Cleaning: Professional vs. DIY
Do your carpets look like they’ve seen better days? Do you have young children or pets that track in dirt or do you just want to give your carpet a little TLC? If you’re not sure if you should run out and rent a steam cleaner or call the professionals, let William’s Carpet Care help you weigh your options!
DIY Carpet Steam Cleaning
You can buy or rent small DIY steam cleaning machines for quick clean ups. These allow you to better tackle small spills or pet stains. If you find your household is prone to accidents, a small cleaner may be a worthwhile purchase to have on hand. However, for more efficient cleaning of your entire carpet surface, it's highly recommended to have a professional like William’s Carpet Care come do the job.