Dirty Carpets and Home Carpet Cleaning Machines – What Could Go Wrong?
You have noticed that all of the carpeted surfaces in your home have started to look more than a little bit dingy and, if you are honest, are not exactly smelling so great anymore (carpets and rugs, even in a home without pets do tend to cling onto any odors in the home, which build up over time.)
However, going to the expense of having your fitted carpets cleaned by a company offering carpet cleaning in Dayton all sounds a little bit expensive. Especially since you have now remembered those rental carpet cleaning machines that they have down at the local supermarket. Surely that would be OK to use one of those?(and certainly cheaper.)
Actually, sorry to say, there are a number of reasons why the answer is no, both for your fitted carpeting and and your sanity.
The biggest problems for your carpet are the chemicals you have to use, the fact that it will remain damp – or even just wet – for hours and the fact that it is very unlikely that you will ever remove all of the cleaning ‘fluids’ with average Rug Doctor type machine.
What are the risks exactly? Any or all of the following:
If carpeting is left overly damp for even a few hours there is a good chance that mold will form, as that can develop within a matter of hours, especially in a nice, cozy, damp home, the conditions that mold loves and truly thrives in.
Harsh, cheaper chemicals can damage the colors in your carpeting and/or the structure of the carper fibers themselves, reducing your carpet’s useful lifetime.
Because you are not trained to use the heavy machine you are likely to do a lot of dragging, which can again, damage the carpet and result in snags and tears.
If you have a wool carpet, because it is so water absorbent, will draw in some of the chemical laden water almost immediately, and because you won’t be able to dry the carpet properly it will stay there, damaging the carpet every day.
As long as you make a habit of vacuuming your carpet carefully and regularly it really will not need a professional carpet cleaning cleaning too often, once every 12 months or so for a rug that sees moderate foot traffic should be fine. Therefore risking its beauty for the sake of saving a few bucks really is not worth it all in the long run, especially if by trying to go the ‘DIY’ route you end up shortening what should have been a very long useful life of your once beautiful carpeting.