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DIY vs Professional Carpet Cleaning: What’s the Best Option?

Roslindale Investor Being Handed a Set of KeysRegular cleaning can extend the life of the carpets in your Roslindale rental properties. But, truth be told, shampooing carpets could be an expensive maintenance item, specifically, if you find yourself having to carry out it more than once a year. One approach to save on costs is to clean the carpets in your rental house yourself. But is it worth it? By being more aware of the advantages and disadvantages of both professional and do-it-yourself carpet cleaning, you may surely decide on the option that is favorable for your properties.

Most people are aware that cleaning carpets will help remove stains and doors, although regular cleaning does so much more. It could restore the look and feel of carpets, especially nylon carpet, and remove deeply embedded dirt that a regular vacuum cleaner is unable to remove. For quite a lot of carpets, manufacturers recommend using a hot water extraction method, usually noted as “steam cleaning.” This measure deep cleans carpets by spraying hot water (often mixed with a cleaning solution) onto the carpet and then using strong suction to remove it, along with the dirt.

A lot of professional carpet cleaners, together with do-it-yourself carpet cleaning machines, use the same hot water extraction method. Moreover, there are regularly distinct differences in the process as well as the results. Professional carpet cleaners often use either a truck-mounted cleaning unit or a portable unit. Of the two, the truck-mounted units tend to generate good outcomes since they are more powerful, extract water more efficiently and lead to shorter drying times. On the contrary, renting or buying a steam cleaning machine can surely help you save a great deal of money. Moreover, in case your carpets need a touch-up between full cleanings, it could be suitable to have a smaller device on hand to address spills or accidents.

Naturally, there are several disadvantages to the DIY route. Opting for a smaller personal machine does take more time than a professional cleaner would. Assuming you need to do an entire rental house or large areas, you can spend a whole day purely cleaning the carpets. Apart from that, after all that endeavor, the results are likely to be less than ideal. Smaller carpet cleaning machines often don’t remove enough of the water from the carpet, so it can take carpets a very long time to dry. The longer the drying time, the higher the risk for complications like mold, or further dirt collection, so the use of fans to speed the process is typically urged. Another perspective problem and annoyance is using too much or too little cleaning solution. Either will give rise to problems, from stiff carpet to an insufficient level of cleanliness.

Even though professional cleaning will usually give you good results, it does come at a price. The advanced technology and service professional carpet cleaners provide will cost more than trying to do it yourself. In case you decide to look for bargain deals, it can give rise to anything between shoddy service and full scams. Though, professional carpet cleaning is more efficient, takes less time to dry, and usually only takes a couple of hours (or less), depending on the area. Once you tend to use the same company regularly, they might be willing to offer you a deal.

Whether you hire a professional carpet cleaner or do it yourself, figuring out what you are getting yourself into either way might make it effortless to take the option that is appropriate for you and your rental properties.

If you’d rather not care and worry at all about anything related to these nitty-gritty details yourself, feel free to reach out and speak with the Roslindale property managers at Real Property Management Boston. Our property management services integrate regular maintenance service, sparing you all these troubles and headaches. Contact us online or call us at 617-522-0099 today.

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