Should I clean my carpets myself?

There are many jobs around the house that you might be able to save some money on by doing yourself, but our years of experience tell us that carpet cleaning isn’t one of them.

Obviously regular vacuum cleaning is a must when it comes to maintaining your carpets, but to really protect your investment they will need a deep clean at least once a year, and more often in areas of high foot traffic or if you have pets. Attempting to clean your carpets will be at best a waste of time and money, and at worse it could permanently damage them.

You may have seen carpet cleaning rental machines that are relatively cheap on the internet or in the supermarket, but this type of equipment can cause lasting problems even if they are used by an experienced professional. The most common problem you run into with these kinds of devices is over-wetting.

This can lead to unpleasant odours caused by bacterial growth- most people have experienced this at some point with clothes that aren’t dried properly, and it’s definitely not something you want occuring in one of your rooms or throughout the entire house.

Shrinkage can also occur with carpets that aren’t dried properly if the base of the carpet swells up and expands when wet. If this occurs the base will require more space, causing structural stress to the rest of the carpet and leading to shrinkage as it dries.

The main cause of these issues is because cheaper rental machines simply don’t have the power of a van-mounted Hot Water Extraction machine like the one we use at Cleaning Pro in the image above. These devices cost tens of thousands of pounds and produce enough pressure and suction to suck up all the dirt and cleaning products deep within the pile, allowing your carpets to dry properly and leaving you with a clean, healthy home environment. We really do offer the best value for money when it comes to cleaning carpets, and you run a very high risk of doing more damage than good if you go down the DIY route. Give us a call today.

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