DIY vs Pro Carpet CleaningSince it is recommended to deep clean your carpets at least once a year, the question is often asked: should I do it myself or hire a professional?

We’ve invested resources and research into understanding the chemistry behind carpet stain removal and how to get the most effective clean in your home. Here are our expert recommendations:

Do It Yourself?

First, when cleaning your carpets yourself, you’ll have to rent a steam cleaning machine, so let’s get the low-down on steam cleaners. Steam cleaners spread water and detergent over carpet at high pressures, then rinse and vacuum up the moisture. Have you ever tried to vacuum water? Not easy. So you’ll be using a large amount of water and you’ll have longer dry times and higher risk of mildew growth.

In addition, soap residue is not rinsed completely from your carpet. These soap deposits attract dirt and end up making you clean your carpets again sooner! What a bust!

Renting or owning your own machine comes at a high cost, especially on time and labor. You’ll need to buy your own cleaning solutions, pick up the machine, move furniture, do the labor yourself, and set up fans for drying. Plus, sometimes you have to still scrub trouble spots yourself. You also run the risk of making costly mistakes and accruing late fees for not returning the machine on time.


Why Professional Cleaning is Better

Chem-Dry uses the Power of Carbonation to naturally and gently lift stains to the surface with millions of carbonated bubbles. This process requires ⅕ the amount of water as steam cleaning, leaves behind virtually no residue, and dries in just 1-2 hours.

While DIY steam machines won’t heat the water to the high temperatures that are most effective, professionals are able to use more powerful machines that give you a better clean with hotter water and more effective vacuum systems.

So is it worth it to pay a little more to have a professional do it for you? Absolutely. Professional cleaning may cost a little more, but in the long run you save big on convenience, time, and stress. We have the proper techniques and cleaner types down to a science.

Also Remember:

Carpets should only be slightly damp after cleaning. If your carpets are wet, that means the machine that was used wasn’t strong enough. Don’t get left with soggy carpets! You’ll have to set up fans and the carpet can take as long as 1-2 days to dry. Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonation Extraction method dries in just 1-2 hours!

You can get some minor stains out yourself (especially with the help of Chem-Dry products), but deeper stains and odors will need to be handled by a professional – especially if there is pet urine and odor in your carpet.
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