Carpet Steam Cleaning: Professional vs. DIY

Having your carpets cleaned is a duty that comes into the same category as spring cleaning: it’s not fun, but it’s important, and it should be done on a regular basis. The majority of carpet owners, on the other hand, will only get their carpets cleaned every few years (and some not even that). Carpet cleaning is important for more than simply stain removal. Cleaning your carpet will improve and extend the life of your carpet.

Is It Necessary to Clean Your Carpet on a Regular Basis?

Manufacturers recommend having your carpet cleaned every 12–18 months, depending on the amount of traffic in your home, to keep it looking and working well for as long as possible. In fact, many warranties require you to clean your cleaning on a regular basis; be sure to read your warranty paperwork carefully.

Carpet made of nylon

While regular carpet cleaning is important for all types of carpet, nylon carpeting requires specific attention. A hydrogen molecule can be found in nylon. Nylon’s resilience comes primarily from this source. Cleaning reactivates the hydrogen molecule, causing the fibers to essentially bounce back after they have been flattened by foot movement. The cleaning will revitalize the carpet and improve its performance.

So-Called “Steam Cleaning” and Hot Water Extraction

The most frequent type of carpet cleaning advised by most carpet manufacturers is hot water extraction, also called as steam cleaning (albeit inaccurately). Hot water is sprayed on the carpet and then sucked back into the machine, along with any debris that was on the carpet, in the hot water extraction procedure. A cleaning solution is frequently added to the water to aid in the removal of stains and soiling.

This is not to be confused with actual steam cleaning. However, it is now widely understood that the word “steam cleaning” actually refers to the most frequent carpet cleaning method, hot water extraction.

Steam Carpet Cleaning by a Professional

A truck-mounted unit or a portable machine can be used by professional cleaners. The portable machine offers obvious advantages, such as the ability to be used in apartment and condo complexes in areas where a truck-mounted unit’s hose would otherwise be inaccessible. Truck-mounted units, on the other hand, are more powerful than portable units and, for best efficiency, should be employed wherever practicable.

Steam Cleaning Carpet at Home

Do-it-yourself (DIY) steam cleaning machines are plentiful and can be rented or purchased. With so many different machines on the market, it’s easy to question if you should save money and do the work yourself instead of hiring a professional.

A tiny cleaner may be a useful item to have on hand if your household is prone to spills or accidents that are tough to clean. However, for a more thorough cleaning of your entire carpet surface, hiring a professional is strongly suggested.

DIY’s Risks

DIY machines typically do not heat water to the same high temperature as professional machines, resulting in less effective cleaning. Furthermore, these machines are not as powerful as those used by professionals, thus they are unable to extract as much water (and thus dirt) from the carpet.

The carpet should only be slightly moist after it has been thoroughly cleaned if done correctly. Wet carpet implies that the machine was insufficiently powerful to complete the task. If your carpet is still damp after cleaning, use fans to speed up the drying process and make sure you don’t walk on it until it’s completely dry. Replace the furniture only when the carpet has completely dried.

Other variables, such as the amount of carpet shampoo added to the machine and the technique for utilizing the machine, such as how fast or slow to move across the carpet, give various potential for things to go wrong with DIY machines, or at least not as well as professional cleaners.

Cost-cutting considerations

If the cost of hiring a professional to clean your carpets is an issue, consider having only the “traffic areas” cleaned. This implies that the cleaner will just go around your large pieces of furniture, such as the sofa, bed, and so on. Not only is the carpet beneath these large pieces of furniture not visible, but it is also not exposed to the same levels of air, light, and foot activity as the rest of your carpet, so it makes logical that it does not require as frequent cleaning.