Professional Steam Cleaning Or DIY Rental: Which One Is Better?

Thousands of grocery stores across the country offer carpet cleaner rentals to eager customers who want to revive their carpets. It sounds great, right? If you have ever tried DIY carpet cleaning, you know it is not as simple as it sounds. There are also lots of misconceptions about the cost and process of professional carpet cleaning services as well. Which one is better?

Professional Carpet Cleaning

There are five primary types of professional carpet cleaners: steam, hot water extraction, encapsulation, shampoo, and dry carpet cleaning. According to Angie’s List, the average cost nationally to clean a room professionally is $51, but the steam cleaning supplies and labor are included in the price ($35 to $50 is normal). Most companies also offer multi-room deals which makes it a great way to rejuvenate your entire home affordably. Professional cleaners do all the work which makes it ideal for busy customers. Companies also train staff on the most up-to-date techniques as well as invest in research to find safe and effective carpet cleaning solutions.

Restore Pro uses a nine-step steam cleaning technique that starts with pre-vacuuming, pre-treatment, and furniture movement and tabbing.  After a thorough steam cleaning, our experts deodorize, apply a spot removal treatment, and then use a speed drying technique. To top this off, we also clean your baseboards which are magnets for low-laying dirt and debris. Lastly, we apply Scotch Guard for stain resistance so that your carpets retain their cleanliness longer. It is a fast and effective process because of our streamlined approach to steam cleaning.

DIY Machine Rental

There are three primary DIY methods: steam cleaning, dry foam, and dry powder. You must first pay a deposit and sign a contract that stipulates you are responsible for any damages that occur during your usage. If the machine happens to break for any reason, it will leave you on the hook for thousands of dollars for a replacement. You also must purchase an expensive cleaning solution per room on top of the daily rental price which makes this a pricey undertaking. Angie’s List notes that the average rental is $35, but you must also buy the cleaning solution for about $19.99 (or more) which could together cost more than the price of a professionally cleaned room.

You must do the work yourself, so you need to include a full day’s wages as part of your final cleaning costs. It is also a back-breaking job as you must repeatedly fill up the water container and empty the dirty water when extracting. You also must move your furniture and reclean tough stains. If you lack carpet cleaning knowledge, you also run the risk of damaging your carpets. If you also use too much water, it will most likely cause mold and mildew to occur.

Before making the trip to your grocery store to rent a DIY cleaner and spend your day laboring, give us a call at 1-800-847-0114 so that we can tell you about our carpet cleaning specials. You can also reach out on Facebook if you have any questions about our steam cleaning technique.